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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 214: Vancouver, BC – Quarantine Cheese Night!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ morning was pretty busy, just with tickets, really. He did have to review a document, though, which he did for about 30-45 minutes.

Curtis answered a lot of questions today, too.

He got quite a lot done and then had lunch with Kim around 12:30.

After this, he had meeting from 13:00-15:00 with his team to discuss projects, priorities and all the projects which have changed as everyone has to work from home at the moment.

Curtis had a pretty slow afternoon, but did things where he could.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a lot of her morning working on plans for remote social activities. The main thing she worked on was a rough draft for schedule for events and drew up invites too!

Kim then sat a mock test for her exam. It wasn’t great, but is shows the areas Kim needs to work on. Its not like she isn’t short on time to study right now!

After the mock Kim hopped on a social call with one of the other offices while they played games! It was nice to have a chat with some people that she wouldn’t usually and to just have a little chatter in the background while she worked on a few other things.

After the call Kim worked on a plan for an online quiz and she set up the draft invites in meeting requests ready to be sent out. She also saved the last few invoices and sent an email out chasing a few missing ones

Quarantine Cheese Night

We decided to have a bit of a cheese night, despite the quarantine!

But first, it was cleaning time.

We got the apartment cleaned from top to bottom, which felt really good.

After that, we went for a walk just to get outside. The weather was amazing but there were far too many people out.

We got back from our walk and had our cheese whilst watching some YouTube videos.

After that, we watched Ready Player One which is an amazing film, we thought!

We watched a little more TV and then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 173: Vancouver, BC – Winners Dinner!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meetings planned for the day, 5 in total, so that was basically what he did!

There were also a lot of tickets coming in, so that kept Curtis busy in between meetings.

A meeting Curtis was meant to have in the afternoon got cancelled and he was able to welcome someone that traveled in from the Regina office and give them a little tour.

After that, Curtis finished the day with some training.

Kim’s Day

Kim came into work and had an email back from a venue she reached out to. It turns out that the company had way more venues than Kim initially realised so she looked through all the options and responded back for more information.

Kim then took a bit of time to organise other areas of the social planning. This came at a great time as it appears that all of Kim’s saved information had been corrupted so she had to start again with all of her notes on upcoming events.
Kim also scheduled a delivery pickup and cancelled some catering that no one made any choices on.

Kim then went on a donut date with a wonderful lady. They went and picked up a coffee and then came back to the office to have lunch together. It was so much fun and they talked about a load of different things.
When she got back to her desk Kim spent some time looking at catering options for breakfast for a meeting next week.

After this Kim had a catch up with someone in regards to their desk set up and then Kim had a catch up with someone in marketing to talk about sending some swag out. She then spent the rest of her afternoon saving invoices.

Winners Dinner!

Curtis had a quick dinner with all of his team from the Hackathon as one of them was in from the Regina office!

They went to a place called Pourhouse which was actually pretty quiet when they arrived.

Curtis had a burger and fries and a cheap beer (it was Happy Hour) and everyone just chatted, got to know eachother a bit more and just had a laugh together.

Curtis walked home and got home to Kim cleaning.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale