Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 342: Vancouver, BC – The IT Crowd

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a moderately busy day today.

Curtis started with admin as usual, and then some tickets came in so he took and completed those.

Curtis had a team meeting in the morning and then later in the morning, there was an office wide zoom call in which everyone got a colour from the pride flag and made a pride flag on zoom with everyone’s faces in it, which was awesome!

After that, Curtis had some lunch and then after lunch he did some teams building with his team, which was to watch The IT Crowd together, which was fitting for his team!

After that, Curtis wrapped up a few things and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim startes nice an early today as she had to move the social call earlier for a company wide Q&A from yesterday’s meeting. The social call was great, there were a fair few people on the call and they had a wonderful catch up. The meeting after was informative and interesting.

When Kim got into the office she sent a few emails chasing for information and direction. She also received the laptop that had been hard to ship back! Which was great news, it had been a headache!

Kim spent the last bit of her morning working on her credit card and the expenses. She did that right up until the next social call, where she waited for people to join but only one did! They had a little catch up. After the chat Kim finished her credit card expenses.

Late afternoon Kim popped out with a couple of friends to get ice cream! There is a great place just down the road so they got one there and enjoyed them back at the office.

Kim finished her day by joining the West Coast social call for a while. She jumped off to tidy up after a few deliveries and then went home!

Japanese Curry

Kim got home and we played some mini golf but then got hungry, so we ordered Japanese curry to have for dinner.

It was ok, not as good as in Japan of course, but it was fine.

We ate that and then Kim had a bath & relax whilst Curtis played some games.

We joined back together and watched a movie in the evening. It was an easy to watch movie called Overboard.

We then went to bed fairly early as we have a long big day tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 328: Vancouver, BC – New Chinese Food Place

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few things to do in the morning and then once he did those, he had a team meeting.

He did a bit of admin before lunch and then after lunch he had a project meeting.

After his project meeting, he did a few more tickets and then had a team building session, which consisted of playing some rocket league.

After team building, Curtis got a group created which took a bit of time as there are a few steps to that and then was pretty much done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started even earlier today, as there is a follow up meeting from yesterdays meeting which means she has to move the social call a little earlier. So she joined that and had a great catch up with 3 other people and that was lovely. She went from this call to host the Q&A from yesterday’s meeting and that went really well. As it didnt overrun Kim was able to get the recording uploaded to the Wiki quite soon after.

When she got into the office Kim continued cleaning up the meeting room, she worked on breaking down more of the old notebooks. She then nipped put to grab some lunch and enjoyed that before the east coast social call. There were only two people on that call today but it was still fun!

After the call Kim set up a few desks for people to use on Monday as there will be a few extra people in the office. She measured to make sure all the desks are far enough apart, moved tables to ensure that the safe distance is maintained, got screens and finally sanitised the desks.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on drafting a form that will be needed in the coming months. She finished the day with the west coast social call. There was a good turn out today, so after some chatting Kim hosted a jackbox game and that was fun!

Chinese Food

We fancied Chinese food for dinner, so we ordered from a chain called Peaceful Restaurant as it has good ratings.

Kim got General Tsao Chicken with rice and Curtis got Ginger Beef with noodles.

We enjoyed the food quite a bit.

We watched some TV and played some games with our evening and were looking forward to getting some sleep.

Curtis has a haircut tomorrow, too, which is his first since the barbershops re-opened.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 286: Vancouver, BC – Better Luck Next Time!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up early to get ready for his Hackathon presentation.

He and his team got onto a call and ran through the presentation a few times and really nailed it down!

They were first to present and it went really well!

They were asked a lot of questions and a lot of people were interested!

Plenty of people are using the app now and asking for new features which is exciting!

Curtis and his Hackathon team had a discussion about how they thought it went and had a bit more of a conversation around possible future features and then the winners were announced!

Curtis’ team didn’t even place top three, which they thought they would, but there were some really good applications in this Hackathon!

Curtis had a quick meeting around security with his team and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis played some games with his team as team building but then called it a day as he started early and was very tired!

Kim’s Day

All of the social calls for this Friday were great! They all went over the allotted time and it was wonderful to see so many different faces and have people just enjoy themselves and catch up with people. Kim’s first call was the UK call where we had one guy from the UK and one of Kim’s colleagues in Vancouver join for the call and it was great fun.

After the call Kim spent some trying working in the mailing project so she ended up spending a lot of time setting up shipments for next week and had to call FedEx too.

She then jumped on the east coast weekend windup where we had someone from both east coast offices, one remote worker and a couple of people from the Vancouver office! It was brilliant and so much fun!

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon researching and setting up orders to be placed next week and she did some more stuff for the FedEx shipments next week too. To finish the day Kim joined the Vancouver weekend windup and that one was also fun. A lot of familiar faces and it was great to catch up with them all.

Back To Takeaway Fridays

We both finished work and just did nothing for an hour or so…just relaxing.

We then thought food would be a good idea so we ordered some and spent the rest of the evening eating and relaxing. Back to takeaway Fridays!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 236: Vancouver, BC – All Interviews Complete!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few meetings planned for today, and that pretty much all he did!

He had a project interview at 09:30 and then a team meeting at 10:30.

After those two, he had his final project interview!

Once that interview was done, Curtis did some training and some tickets and then we had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had team building which lasted for a while, and then after that he had a webinar held by Zoom about their recent security updates.

Curtis then had happy hour with people from his office, which was a nice end to the short week.

Kim’s Day

After the company wide meeting that happened today Kim set things up for her Easter Quiz! In the quiz she featured clips of what happens next, Easter baking fails and an easter egg hunt. She had a fair few people join on the quiz, which was amazing!

After yoga Kim spent some time going through her checked items in her inbox. Many of the items were old or had been completed, so it was great to have a spring clean.

Mid afternoon Kim joined the east coast social catch up and they ended up playing jackbox games and it was so fun. The first game was a trivia game and the second was a ‘who is a liar’ game where you had to find the aliens in the group through detective skills. They were fun games! As they started a new game it all stopped working, so they played a game of Skribbl instead.

Shortly after that call, Kim had a call with a few of her team and it was great to catch up and close the week together!

She then started to make a list of things she wants to work on next week. She had planned to use her time to focus on the hack project, but its been postponed until roughly the end of May to give people more time to process all the daily meetings and get all the information first.

Pesto Pasta

We did our workout, following a bit of mini sticks, and then we made chicken pesto pasta for dinner!

The food was pretty good and we ate it whilst watching something easy on YouTube.

We then watched a Norwegian show on Netflix called Borderliner, followed by a couple of other shows and games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 223: Vancouver, BC – Supporting Local Businesses

Curtis’ Day

After a rainy morning walk on which there were very few people, we got back and Curtis began work.

Curtis had a few meetings today, including one long presentation which lasted 1.5 hours but was very informative and helpful!

Curtis got down to just 3 tickets today which was great, and in the afternoon did some team building with his team and then Friday drinks with people from the office over Zoom.

Kim’s Day

After the company meeting Kim went on and held the UKs weekend windup, it was great! She met someone new and everyone had a great chat!

Kim kept herself busy for a short amount of time before she helped set up a live Cello performance from a fellow employees daughter. It was a beautiful 40 minute set and everyone loved it. It was a perfect escape!

After this Kim picked up a few smaller tasks and worked on her project for a while before jumping on another call to help with the weekend windup for the east coast. For this call we played a game that was online but similar to pictonary and it was hilarious! It was so much fun!

Kim then spent the afternoon sending out updates to everyone, sending out the recorded live stream footage so people can watch whenever they want! She also sent out an invite to a pokemon quiz for next week.

To finish the day Kim had a chat with people from the west coast for a weekend windup. It was so nice to see some faces that she hadn’t seen in weeks!

Supporting Local Businesses

We did our workout which nearly killed us and then Kim did some stretching.

We ordered a curry to support the local business and we got it within 30 minutes!

We chilled out and played some games as well as watching a bit of TV.

We’re looking forward to getting some sleep tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 215: Vancouver, BC – Spanish Banks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis felt pretty tired this morning, but nothing some coffee couldn’t fix!

He had his regular team meeting and did a bunch of tickets in the morning.

He had a meeting at 12:00, in a similar vein to his other project meetings, finding out requirements and current processes.

After that, he had some lunch and then most of the afternoon, around doing tickets and creating a process for Major Incidents, he and his team did some team building.

They played some Jackbox Games and then some Rocket League, both of which were certainly fun!

Curtis did a little more work after that and then played a little bit of xbox.

Kim’s Day

Kim’s day was full of meetings! She started her day with a company wide meeting where she learned a lot about the product of the company.

After this Kim had a small amount of time where she caught up on messages and emails before joining a webinar about introducing fun into the workplace. It was really interesting and covered things like personalities and how differently people will prefer to relax. It has helped Kim with planning social events for the coming weeks!

Kim then went straight into another meeting, this time it was her 1-1 with her manager. It was great to catch up and check in with each other.

After this Kim caught up with all the other people in her team to go over the things she has planned for remote social activities. Then all the same people joined more people in a more social catch up call to keep that face to face interaction going.

Towards the end of the call Kim got a little emotional as I think it all got a bit much, the isolation and future uncertainty really crept up and got to Kim. She ended up on an hour long call with her teammate, just the two of them and they had a great deconstruction of what Kim was feeling and a good catch up. It was good to talk it out, know that there is support and they can lean on each other at the moment.

After that call Kim felt 10 times lighter and felt like she also had more direction and clarity on things to do. So she worked on a communication to send out to let people know of the events that will be coming up. She also reached out to other people in the company to ask for support and to champion certain activities. Kim also made note of other activities she thinks will be good fun!

Spanish Banks

We got a suggested from Kim’s colleagues to get ourselves to Spanish Banks and walk there…It was great!

We hopped in the car and made the 15 minute drive out to it. Finding parking was very easy…and then we just walked!

It’s a pretty big beach, with beautiful views of mountains and a great skyline.

It was a little chilly, but it was beautiful and great to get outside again.

After our long walk, we drove back home and on the way, stopped at the supermarket and petrol station.

When at the petrol station, Kim realised she didn’t have her credit card!

We went to the supermarket next and it was there, which was lucky.

We got back home and Kim made sweet potato wedges for us to enjoy whilst watching some TV for the remaining couple of hours of the day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 199: Vancouver, BC – Jurassic Park, Margaritas & Nachos

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to leave home an hour earlier this morning to get a scan. This was to see his wisdom teeth in 3D to check if they are touching the nerves. This will determine how they’ll need to be removed.

This only took 10 minutes, so Curtis stopped off at Mario’s for a coffee and then headed to work.

Curtis got to work and played games with his team for an hour as ‘team building’.

Curtis got the nitro canister swapped out for the coffee but it still didn’t work, so he got in contact with the company who are sending someone out.

After this, Curtis had some tickets to do and then there was a meeting in which Curtis was the Business Analyst, gathering information from a team lead with regards to the project he is working on.

After that, he watched Jurassic Park with a few people in the boardroom and had nachos and margaritas!

After this, it was very quiet, so Curtis did some training to wrap the day up.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim started her day by moving a TV from one meeting room to another.

However the TV does not actually fit on the new wall properly, so in reality Kim has moved a TV from a wall to the floor!

She then had her weekly 1:1 with her teammate and they went over all the questions that Kim had written up over the week. They also then did a quick walk around to discuss a few things that they want to change around the office. It was a good successful meeting.

The rest of Kims day was filled with quick wins! She fixed the dishwasher and a table, reached out to handymen, the dishwasher repair company and she reached out to the building about recycling a bunch of stuff!

In the early afternoon, Kim had a meeting with a car rental company which was quick and went well. She then also had another catch up with the cleaners and building management and they went over a few things too.

Evening

Curtis did some laundry and a few things around the apartment and then played games whilst waiting for Kim to come home.

Kim got home but left fairly quickly after to go to pole.

Kim’s first class was great! One of her favourite teachers is back and then after Kim went to open pole to work on her routine. She is making genuinely good progress, but the routine is far from finished!

Curtis watched the leafs game which was on later today, at 19:30.

Kim got back home from pole and we watched a little bit of TV but went to sleep pretty early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 188: Vancouver, BC – Dentist, Team Building & PM Course!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to work but left after 30 minutes or so to walk to the dentist.

This a much different experience from the UK. You get a lot of x-rays as well as a full clean and exam in which they explain a lot about your teeth and go through possible treatments they think you should have.

This was 2 hours long, but free under insurance! Curtis has to go back Tuesday for some more cleaning, though.

Curtis got back to work and got something done quickly and then had a team building exercise. This involved playing some games as a team and having a laugh. This was great fun for Curtis and his team and is something they should do regularly.

Curtis got a few project things done for the next couple of hours and then had some drinks with people at the office.

It felt like a very short say for Curtis, but that’s a good thing for a Friday.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent her day at a project management exam prep course. She learnt a lot and feels really excited about the rest of the course and now has a LOT of reading and studying to do.

Curry & Beer

We really fancied curry and beer for dinner tonight, so we rushed home to have that.

We ordered from Indian Junction as usual and awaited the food.

We chatted about our day and Kim’s exciting course she is taking and then our food arrived!

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening.

We are looking forward to a chill weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale