Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 426: Vancouver, BC – One Step Closer?

Last Night’s Hockey

Curtis’ team did not do as well as they have been!

The game ended 4-4, but Curtis’ team were winning by two goals twice and managed to throw both leads away!

The game went to a shootout and Curtis took one shot, but the goalie made an incredible save.

As no one won in the shootout, the game ended a tie.

Curtis’ team haven’t lost yet, still, but a tie wasn’t the desired result.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of his day doing the project work from yesterday, as well as some tickets.

He had his Norwegian lesson for an hour which went well, and then he did more project work.

He did his project work whilst on a call with some colleagues to talk about it and figure out some stuff together.

That was pretty much the entire day, just getting the project all sorted, as well as the tickets he did.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a second interview for the role she is really excited about. She got herself prepared and ready for the interview. She ensured that the mic and camera were working, that she had water and the laptop was on charge.

Kim joined the meeting nice and early and waited to get going. The interview went well, but Kim wasn’t sure she was what they are looking for or that the interview didn’t go perfectly.

For the rest of the morning Kim tried to relax and not worry about it. Then during lunch Kim got an email asking her if tomorrow works for a third (and final) interview!

She was so happy and relieved and set up the interview right away.

Kim then spent some time researching the person she will be interviewing with and a check of her CV and the job listing.

Kim listed the mini hockey set for sale on Facebook over the weekend and someone bought and collected it today. Its great for storage and space, but sad to see it go, it kept Kim and Curtis sane during the first few months of the pandemic for sure! There just isn’t the space in this apartment and so it made sense to go to someone else.

In the late afternoon Kim went for a nice walk with her friend and their dog. They grabbed a coffee and a snack and had a great catchup. They then visited a pet store on the way back and there was a puppy training session about to happen so Kim met and said hello to a few puppies and was very happy about that.

Evening

After Kim got back from her time out with her friend, we had leftover egg fried rice and watched a bit of TV.

We finished watched The Boys Season 2 and then started the new Great British Bake Off season, which we didn’t realise was a thing!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 401: Vancouver, BC – It’s All Broken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a message from a colleague in another office that someone had to head into the Vancouver office to help fix something that broke during maintenance.

Curtis said he would go, so once he was ready in the morning, he walked to the office.

When Curtis got there, he found out that the was stopping people from accessing some websites and no one could use their desk phones.

To fix this, Curtis found a special cable which he plugged into the server and then into his laptop.

His colleague then took control of Curtis’ laptop and attempted to fix whilst explaining a bit about how it all works.

This lasted for about 2 hours and then another issue arose once the main part was fixed! Phones were back working but no one could call out to external numbers.

This took another hour to fix, but eventually it got fixed!

Curtis walked back home, had his first coffee of the day at around 12:45, did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a long team meeting and then did a couple more tickets after that before finishing up for the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a nice long lie in this morning and then she watched Parks and Recreation while having some breakfast. She then had a massive spur of thoughts for her CV so sat and wrote down a lot of notes before getting ready for the day.

Once she was ready Kim finally added her latest job to her CV. Then she worked on cleaning up the formatting of the document. She wasn’t 100% happy with it, so she also saved another version that has a few amendments and she will revisit them and see which she prefers after a break away.

After lunch Kim went back to her old office to drop off her IT equipment and pick up a few things she had forgotten. She stayed and had a quick chat with her colleague.

Kim then went to a rooftop bar nearby where she met her colleague and two other friends she used to work with for food and drink. It was amazing. For the few hours they were catching up Kim managed to completely forget COVID and the fact she lost her job. It felt like a lovely evening out Pre-COVID and it has done Kim the world of good. Kim got some flowers as a gift which was lovely, too!

Evening

Once Kim got back from being out, we had some chicken & mushroom pasta with hoisin sauce.

We watched some TV for the evening and that was it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 345: Vancouver, BC – Japanese Cheesecake

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning, with a lot of tickets coming in and he took them and got those done, as well as having a Zoom call with someone to resolve something from last week.

Curtis then had a meeting with his team which lasted and hour and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, he had another team meeting, this time it was about a team document that they have to get done and provide to some other people.

Curtis did some more tickets and answered some questions from people for the rest of the afternoon.

Curtis did some cleaning in the evening, after he played some games and waited for Kim to get home.

Kim’s Day

Kim began her day by starting on a new mini game for Kahoot! It similar to ‘who are you’, but with only two choices and it is called ‘this or that’.

She had a quick catch up with her colleague when she came in and then moved on to emails and organising things for the coming week.

Later in the morning Kim had a meeting with her colleague where they went over a few projects that are going on and made a few plans.

Kim spent most of the afternoon working on the main event for the virtual summer parties that will be happening in a few weeks. It takes a fair amount of research and attention. So mid way through the afternoon she popped out to get Japanese cheesecake with a couple of friends. When she got back Kim continued to work on the games.

Kim finished the day by having a long catch up with a friend, it went well into the evening again and it was lovely.

Evening

We had an easy dinner, just some chicken and we went old school with smiley face potatoes! Then we watched a bit of TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 341: Vancouver, BC – Team Drinks!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day overall, with a lot of tickets coming in throughout the day.

Curtis had a few weird tickets in the morning, which required some research and a bit of time, but it was positive overall.

Curtis had meeting with his manager which was a 1:1 but was basically just a casual chat with a few informative things thrown in.

The afternoon was much of the same and Curtis helped his team test a few things and did tickets.

Kim’s Day

Kim was in nice and early this morning for a company wide meeting.

After this Kim worked on the tournament information and got to send it out to people who might be interested in participating. She even had one reply in the morning so she added that to the list of bakes for the competition. She had a quick impromptu meeting with a colleague about the events coming up before she headed out for the day.

We had a vendor pop in to take a look at the plants and replace one that was very much drowned during quarantine. Kim also had a games call, two people joined and it was great fun!! They played a jackbox game and had a really good catch up!

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon catching up on her voicemail and answering calls. She also sent out a few emails chasing information too.

A few of the team Kim is on worked from the office today so they all went out for a drink and some snacky foods after work. It was lovely!

Evening

We had sandwiches for dinner. Curtis had a steak sandwich with mushrooms and Kim had mushrooms in hers.

We watched the finale of the most recent series of The Great Canadian Baking Show, which we’ve been watching for a few weeks now.

We then watched Norsemen which is a terrific show!

We watched some other shows and played some mini golf.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 338: Vancouver, BC – Pixel Buds

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ start to the morning was filled with admin and a lot of people messaging him questions and asking for help, so that took up his time until his 10:30 weekly team meeting.

The team meeting took an hour and then Curtis had new tickets to get sorted, as there were a lot that arrived during the meeting.

This took Curtis nicely to lunch time.

After lunch, Curtis was able to fix an issue for someone and then did some other work and admin which took him nicely to the end of the day.

During the day, Curtis received his Pixel Buds, his new wireless earbuds, which he is enjoying!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by handing out some post and then she joined a couple of colleagues in getting a coffee.

When they got back to the office Kim drafted and sent out some emails before making notes for an upcoming meeting. She also called a postal service to see if there have been problems delivering the post lately, but it doesn’t seem like there is.

Kim was due to have an hour long meeting with her colleague to go over some events happening over the next few months, but instead it lasted the rest of the day! Kim made a quick report just before the meeting and then they got stuck in. They spoke about vendors and each of their options, called a vendor, organised the budged, sorted the timeline of planning, arranged the day of events and made a game plan for the next few days.

After the meeting Kim drew up a schedule for the day of and made a guide for what each event is and how it will work. Kim also reached out to the vendors she had been talking to for further information. She then wrote up a to do list for tomorrow before heading home.

Teriyaki Chicken

Kim got home and marinaded some chicken in teriyaki and then we tried on some clothes that we got delivered.

We then took out the recycling and Kim finished off the dinner.

We watched some TV, played some mini golf and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 326: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Veggie Lasagna & No COVID-19!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly early project meeting which didn’t last too long, but had a few action points from it which was positive.

Curtis got some tickets completed and then had a couple of team meetings.

Curtis had a few more project related meeting sheich were very positive and did some more tickets, finishing the day with creating a new project.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her morning working on one FedEx delivery. She ended up redoing the whole thing after chasing for weeks. Hopefully with the new right pickup and whole new paperwork everything will go smoothly, but who knows!

Just after midday Kim called the helpline to get her test results. The first time she called she was unable to get through, then the second time they confirmed that Kim does not have COVID. Which is wonderful! Kim had some lunch and started the ‘meat’ sauce for the lasagna tonight and then headed into the office.

Kim collected all the things she needs to send our to a new starter and began packing them up. She joined her 1-1 call with her manager and that was great. Bother were happy at the new that Kim does not have COVID and they spoke about events for the future.

After the 1-1 Kim went back to sending the items. She had to rebox one of the packages as she had packed more than was needed, so that was great! Kim also picked up the post and ordered coffee for the nespresso machine. It was a very productive afternoon!

Evening

Kim got home after being at the office for the afternoon and made a vegetarian lasagna!

It turned out perfectly and was so delicious! We had it with some homemade garlic bread, too.

We watched TV and played some games for the evening, as usual.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 285: Vancouver, BC – Late Night Hackathon Work!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of his day getting work done for his Hackathon project.

He had to get some user feedback and testimonies and put them into a PowerPoint with his team and make the PowerPoint flashy!

Curtis spent most of his day doing this and even until around 21:30, doing some run-throughs of the presentation.

Curtis was very tired and drained after this but glad his team is prepared!

Kim’s Day

For most of the morning Kim was in a department meeting which was very interesting. Straight after the meeting Kim had a games time set up. They played a game of fibbage on Jackbox and people really enjoyed it, which is great!

As the game went so well Kim decided to set up another Jackbox game for next week. She is not all that sure what the game is that she has picked but everyone will all learn together!

Kim started her afternoon by booking a courier to drop things off and bring other things back to the office. She then worked in her mailing project and chased a few people before moving on to her FedEx task. She had to go through all invoices since Jan coming into Vancouver. Luckily Kim was able to find a way to pull up a report so that saved her a lot of effort!

Old Apartment Clean (Again!)

Kim went out to clean the old apartment again, mostly just the oven and a few other things.

Kim finally got it to clean which was better than it was doing yesterday!

Kim was at the old place for a few hours after work, but was glad to finally get it sorted!

She had luckily already made dinner so that wasn’t a problem!

Curtis was still working for most of the time Kim was out, too.

Kim eventually got home and we were both so hungry, so we made sure we ate, as it was 22:30!

Kim got her pole dancing pole delivered today so she was very excited about that!

We watched a little bit of TV then went to bed as Curtis had to be early to ensure he and his Hackathon team are prepared for the presentation tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 229: Vancouver, BC – Fung Shui

Curtis’ Day

Post walk, the day started very quiet for Curtis.

Curtis did some admin and a few other things, but had nothing planned for a couple of hours.

The day picked up and he had to craft a communication and provide some information to the company around some software security.

Curtis also got a couple of tickets and some people messaged him about different things.

All of a sudden, it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis had a project interview again and then post that, he did some ticket work and some admin for the project he is working on.

In the late afternoon, Curtis and his team jumped on to play some Rocket League again and it was fun! Everyone is starting to get much better, so the games are getting more and more fun, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim joined the meeting in the morning and then worked on sending out a few more of the invites for the cribbage tournament. In the middle of the morning Kim joined in with yoga.

In the afternoon Kim had a 1-1 with her manager. It was ao great to catch up. They went over they were doing, how they are keeping busy in and out of work and it was lovely.

After that Kim then worked on the cribbage spreadsheet to set up the elimination round process! She also fixed some of the automation for the current games sheet.

For the final bit of the afternoon Kim sent. The last of this batch of invites and did some scheduling of interviews for a team mate.

Kim walked part of the way to work before she realised she didnt have her pass. So she went back home, pick it up and then went into work to drop off a few things and pick some other things up. Downtown Vancouver is very empty and some shops are boarded up. It was very surreal!

Fung Shui

We eventually did our workout, which wasn’t until around 18:30 as Kim was out still and Curtis finished up playing games with his team.

Once we finished our workout, we moved the furniture around in our apartment!

We wanted a better area for working out and playing mini sticks, which we have really started to enjoy!

We got the furniture moved and setup and then we had some pizza for dinner, because we completely forgot to get anything!

After dinner, we watched a bit of TV and then played mini sticks for 40 minutes or so. This was fun but tiring!

We finished up the night with some video games and some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 222: Vancouver, BC – So Much Stretching

Curtis’ Day

After we went for our standard morning walk, we both got to working.

Curtis had a lot of meetings during the day, around 4 or so, and all were a mix.

One was for a project, one was the normal daily team meeting and another couple were getting some assistance from team members.

Curtis had a fairly quiet afternoon, but got some tickets done and then did a bit of training in the late afternoon.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with another company meeting, they are happening every morning other than Mondays!

After the meeting Kim went and took her her to a local ford garage, the power has been dropping mid drive. So its great to get it fixed. On the way back Kim even managed to pick up some toilet paper. So thats now something to get excited about apparently.

When she got back Kim did a little research into stuff like games for people to play and other activities.

On Thursday’s Kim has organised yoga, so she joined in on that.

For the afternoon Kim worked on her little projects, she started making a list of all the vendors, she worked on some stuff for the winter party and she worked on some of the first aid stuff. It was a very successful day!

So Much Stretching!

We finished up with work and then we did our workout! It was a tough one, but we got through it.

We did a bit of stretching after and then Curtis was done, but Kim did another hour or two of stretching!

She did some from an app she has, an hen just as she finished her stretching Kim got a text saying she should join in on an exercise livestream. Tantra, the pole and aerial studio Kim goes to is holding online classes.

The class today was sexy flexy and it was amazing! It was a good stretch class that also leans into the basics of some dance moves. Now Kim usually hates stretching but she loved this class. It was absolutely amazing, interesting stretches and it was fun!

We had the last of our leftovers for dinner and relaxed for the last few hours of the day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 219: Vancouver, BC – Morning Walk, Stretches & Daily Workout!

Morning Walk

We were up at 07:45 today and went right out for a walk.

We walked for about 30 minutes and then got ready for the day.

Kim did a few stretches when we got back, which really helped her.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meeting today, starting with his team meeting at 10:30, but he did some admin and tickets before that.

Curtis had some time after that, so helped some people with tickets.

At 12:00, Curtis had a project meeting which was very positive and helpful, followed by a meeting at 13:00 with his team again to discuss a few things that needed to be spoken about.

After that, Curtis had lunch with Kim, some toasties and vegetables, and then in the afternoon he made a Microsoft Forms form to log equipment that people have borrowed and then he had to help someone with a few different issues at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by working on stuff for when she will be back in the office.

Towards the middle of the day Kim joined a few other colleagues for some Yoga, its one of the things that has bee revived for while everyone working remotely. We have one person share their screen and everyone follows along at home, it was great!

After yoga Kim worked on a one page overview for the winter party in Vancouver. She also took a little time to look into options for the other offices.

After lunch Kim worked on the Vancouver winter party a little more and contacted a venue with some questions!

For the afternoon Kim started to put together a quiz that people will be able to play remotely, but all together!

At the end of the day Kim was joined a team catch up. It was great t see everyone’s faces and see how they are all doing.

Workout

We decided it was probably good to do a workout each day, as we should only really be going outside for a little each day, so we did that after work.

We chucked some music on and found an app which has a 2 week workout plan, which we started.

We think this nearly killed us, but it should do us some good, especially as neither of us can do our regular sports.

We finished that and showered, but Kim did some more stretching.

We relaxed for the rest of the evening, had a tuna baked potato and watched some TV and we played some Need For Speed together!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale