Place 72 – Day 170: Vancouver, BC – Short Trip Away!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a bit of work as soon as he woke up.

He had to check the migrations he started overnight and, unsurprisingly, some of it had not worked.

Curtis got to work and had to figure out what the problem was and how to prevent it happening again. Curtis spent all day answering questions post migration as well as trying to get the migration for one team’s folder in particular to work, but it did not.

As he couldn’t get it to work, he investigated the issue and figured out the problem, which should be mitigated by completing the transfer on Friday instead.

A second set of migrations had to take place today as well, but they went very smoothly, which was excellent!

Curtis had to help with desk moves at his office and then headed out at 16:30 to walk up and meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she started on her reconciliations straight away. This was only for 30 minutes as she and a colleague agreed to run to the liquor store to place a larger order to deliver for Friday for the function on Monday.

After this they caught up on some time to go over a few things like a stationary order and what to change the catering from and to.

They also went over a stationary order where Kim order stuff for all of the upcoming events, pencils and water colours for Diwali, a flip chart for the meeting next week and some other office items.

As one of Kim’s teammates is due to go on maternity leave soon the team arranged a group manicure or pedicure followed by lunch.

It was so nice to relax and talk about everything not work related. It was extra funny because in the nail place they had Jack Whitehalls TV show where he holidays with his dad on and everyone found it hilarious!

After lunch Kim got straight back into reconciliations to try and sort all of that out, but once she finished one card that required a few phone calls, she realised she had to sort a few other things out before she left.

Kim then ordered all the upcoming food for this week including the weekly Thursday pizzas and the monthly social talks pizzas.

She then wrote up a few emails and sent them off before she leaves for 2 days! She met Curtis downstairs to start their holidays!

Flying To Portland!

We met at Kim’s work and then walked to the train station.

Kim was able to get a seat, which was a win on such a busy train!

The train took 45 minutes to get us to the airport, but that gave us perfect time to chat about our day.

We got to the airport and found the correct check-in area, but luckily we had already checked in, so we just went right to security.

The terminal was absolutely empty, so security was fast, but then we got to US immigration, which was also fast, luckily!

There weren’t many people in the departures either, so we just wandered around.

There wasn’t much to see or do, so we just sat at the game and chilled, waiting for the flight.

We got 2 trams to get from the airport to our hotel, which is in downtown Portland.

We got checked in and went and got some quick food as we were quite hungry and then we went back to the hotel to chill!

We’re in Portland for a concert, which is tomorrow, so we have most of the day to do stuff tomorrow and then a bit of time on Thursday morning before we fly back home.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 164: Vancouver, BC – Going Home Sick

Curtis’ Day

Curtis seemed to wake up with a bit of a sore throat this morning which he assumes is from the fact that Kim has been battling with one for the last week or so.

Curtis got to work and had a 1 hour team training session which was actually very helpful.

After the meeting, Curtis completed his admin for the day, answered some questions regarding his project and had a few ticket related things to do.

For most of the rest of the day, other than a quick demo from his colleague, Curtis did some more project work and testing.

Curtis felt worse and worse as the day went on, so much so that at around 15:15, Curtis went home to work, so he didn’t spread his germs and also so he could relax a little.

After finishing an offboard Curtis needed to do, he watched hockey and had some tomato soup.

Kim’s Day

Kim started the morning by finishing the invite information from yesterday and sending that over to her colleague for review. She then had to revisit the email about Halloween too as the attachment didn’t work, so Kim collected the best Halloween puns she could to make the email a little more interesting than ‘here is the right attachment’.

The hotel that Kim Kim thought she had sorted out yesterday called and said that there was another issue so Kim fixed that too.

Kim then finally got around to uploading the monthly social talks for people to easily find them. Then after that she continued on her old Wiki project. She updated a forms page where she has now collated all of the forms that people might need when in the office and put them in one place.

This then had a knock on effect where Kim realised she had been putting off making a form for packages being sent out. Kim finally took some time in the afternoon to make a nice and new form that covers all the information she needs, but in a way that doesn’t look like too much hassle for the person sending the item.

Towards the end of the day Kim put some hooks in the meeting rooms to allow people to hang up loose wires. It makes the rooms look neater and causes less of a tripping hazard.

Training & The Apprentice

Kim went training in the evening and Curtis just drank plenty of water and tried to get better!

Kim got some small pizzas for dinner and then when she got home we watched The Apprentice!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 148: Vancouver, BC – The Tale Of The Lost Keys

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was nonstop for about 1.5 hours this morning.

When he got to work, he emptied the dishwasher and put on a pot of coffee.

A new person had started so he helped them get all setup and that took a long while!

Eventually, curtis got on with his admin and then did a few tickets, helped a few people out and did some project work.

At 11:30, he had a remote session with someone to try and fix something for them.

After this, Curtis had a team meeting, which was productive, and then he had lunch.

The whole afternoon was full of project work, which Curtis then realised there is even more to do for it!

Curtis left at 17:00 and met Kim on the way home.

Kim’s Day

Kim came on this morning to an email for catering for today so she booked that in and then started booking in a new starters travel to Vancouver for their first week.

Kim then set up catering for this Friday for both the Vancouver and the Toronto offices. She also took a fair few phone calls and answered emails throughout the day too.

The pizza than arrived 15 minutes early, again. So Kim set that up in the meeting room and then called the vendor that the last few deliveries had been arriving early, it took a few calls as Kim was hung up on instead of transferred and left on hold instead of being transferred twice.

On the third attempt the lady who helped added a fairly decent voucher to the account which is good news.

Kim then spent some time talking with her colleague about the upcoming holiday parties and they came up with a couple of potential themes and Kim was told about a good graphic design site to make the formal invitations on. So Kim tried to familiarise herself with that and had a play around on there.

Kim also cleaned and reorganised the boardroom and stocked up the stationary pack in the smaller meeting room behind reception.

The Key Quest

When we got home, we spent a while searching for Kim’s keys!

She didn’t have them all day, but remembered having them at home yesterday.

After looking for ages, we found them down the side of the sofa cushion!

We took out some recycling, cleaned down the kitchen tops and vacuumed.

We watched some TV after Kim got back from taking her dressing gown back to the store as it didn’t fit as good as she thought.

We had leftovers from yesterday for dinner, which actually tasted better than they did fresh!

We finished the night with an episode of Vikings and then off to bed we went.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 75: Vancouver, BC – Too Much Food, Too Early

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had a meeting which is regarding security and compliance. It was a good meeting and helped clear up some things he was wondering as well as notify everyone about certain things they needed to be aware of.

Curtis made a big order from Apple which he had to get sorted out and speak with the accounts team about.

At 12:15, Curtis had someone coming in for an interview with some people in another office, so he had to meet them, get them into the boardroom and setup their video meeting.

Curtis had a laptop to configure but also had a meeting starting at 14:00, so he didn’t do that right away, but jumped into his meeting.

His meeting was again, very good and informative. It was over an hour long but it was with the full team about the plan for the year as well as completing the document that the whole company will see regarding the teams plans and goals.

After the meeting, Curtis continued with setting up the laptop and then even managed to start another.

He had a few tickets to do and tidy up some things admin wise and then he walked to meetin Kim from work.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by going through her emails and sorting all of those out. Then she got a request for catering request for later in the day so she put that through.

Kim then spent some time organising the travel for a visitor who is coming over in a few weeks. They confirmed their preference on flights so Kim booked that and was looking in to arranging his accommodation. It was Kim’s first time booking travel on this system so lets hope they make it!

It was then time for the social team meeting and discussed some of the things they will be putting on over the next few weeks.

When she came out of the meeting, she was met with a delivery man who was 30 minutes early, which was strange. It was then horrible for Kim to sit next to lovely smelling food for about 40 minutes!

One of the action points Kim assigned to herself was to create a Pride Bake Off for the Vancouver Pride Festival that will be happening in a few weeks. Kim has challenged her colleagues to bake or make anything and they will get extra points if it is a rainbow! Kim is very excited to be organising this and even made posters.

The quotes for the breakfast coming up came in so Kim evaluated them and proceeded to order which is great.

Just as Kim was about to leave she got an email request about catering tomorrow so she called up and got that all sorted.

Nothing-ness

After 2 busy evenings, we got home and did nothing.

We had dinner right away, which was enchilladas with salad like yesterday and then we got caught in a YouTube void and watched a load of videos.

We watched the first episode of Season 9 of Suits and then a Vikings.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 68: Vancouver, BC – Team Doughnuts & Ice Skates!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting booked in for 09:00 but when he joined no-one was there. He spoke with everyone and they rearranged it to 30 minutes later but even then it didn’t happen, so Curtis didn’t bother.

Most of Curtis’ morning was taken up with 2 onboards and setting up their laptops. Once they were done, Curtis had a team meeting but unfortunately this ran over through lunch and Curtis didn’t eat until 14:00! Luckily, the meeting was very useful and a lot of good points were brought up.

The afternoon consisted of Curtis finishing the laptops and then trying to get a Mac to update and then he can use that to create a bootable USB which will be useful for Mac devices.

Curtis left the office around 16:45 and met Kim on the walk home.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into work and helped set up the meeting room on the roof. She first had to find the AV kit for the room, once she found that she took the kit and a fruit bowl up to the room so their meeting could get underway.

Then Kim spent some time organising some aspects of her ongoing project. She had to fix some links that had broken and took some time to see how the other teams were progressing.

Someone then mentioned to Kim that a person needed catering for the lunch that was being held today so Kim arranged to pop to the shop to pick them up a salad. Just before she left someone else mentioned that the fridges had no milk alternatives so Kim made a trip of it and headed out to the shop to pick everything up. As she walked out it was absolutely pouring with rain!

The side of the road Kim was on had no covers beyond a certain point so kim dashed across the road where there were covers the while way back to the building. It just so happened that the dash across the road put kim right at the front doors of a Tims, so of course Kim went in, picked a doughnut for herself and Curtis and then 4 random ones for friends at work! She then did a brisk walk back under the shelter out of the rain.

When she got back from her little jolly outside Kim started setting up the catering for the lunches. Once the actual food arrived, Kim loaded it on to the trolley and popped upstairs to get everyone fed and happy. She also took up some more fruit and soft drinks.

Kim then went through the quotes she received from the UK coach services and collected all the different quotes into one simple spreadsheet. Much easier to compare that way.

Kim then joined her boss in a meeting to talk about her project and go over what has happened since before kim took it over and they discussed what will be happening next.

The towards the end of the day the trolley Kim had left upstairs came back down so she was able to sort all of that out and get things ready to do it all again tomorrow.

Ice Skates

We got home and were only there briefly before we had to walk for 15 minutes to look at some ice skates for Curtis.

We got there and he was a very nice French man who was leaving the country. The skates seemed perfect and were a great price, so we got them and headed home.

Dinner

Kim wasn’t sure what to make with the pork we had taken out of the freezer, but what she made was excellent!

We had paprika-cooked pork with a sauce made of mustard, white wine vinegar & the pork juices. As sides we had German potato salad which Kim got as leftovers from work, our leftover sweet potato and some sweetcorn. A terrific dinner considering we had no plan.

After dinner we watched some YouTube and a couple of TV shows and then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale