Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 414: Vancouver, BC – A Win & Phone Interview!

Last Night’s Game

Curtis’ drive to hockey last night was perfectly fine.

Once he arrived, due to COVID-19, getting changed has to be done before entering the rink, so everyone did so in the parking lot.

15 minutes before game time, everyone gets let into a staging area where you can put your skates on and then get onto the ice!

Curtis took warmup to get used to skating again, he hasn’t skated or played hockey since March!

The game started weirdly, with the other team waiting on their goalie, so they played with a player in net! He played actually very well in net and Curtis’ team wasn’t able to get one by him.

That being said, once the goalie came in, Curtis’ team started scoring! They went up 4-0, with the game ending 4-2, so a nice win to start the season, and Curtis got an assist.

You only get 15 minutes in the staging area and then have to leave to the parking lot again.

Curtis drove himself home and was certainly ready for some sleep, but was glad the game went well and loved playing hockey again.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day today was pretty quiet overall and he had no meetings either, which was good.

Curtis did a few things here and there, some training and some tickets, but certainly a quiet day, especially in relation to yesterday!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a bit of the morning preparing for her phone screen interview and then awaited the call. The interview went so well, there is a potential bit of learning Kim will either need and be okay, or could mean that she isn’t the right fit for the job. She is really interested in this position so Kim is really hopeful that it won’t be a big issue, but we will wait and see! Hopefully Kim will get an idea tomorrow.

Kim the had some breakfast and a nice slow morning. She then received an email saying that another role would like her to progress to the next round! So thats great! Kim has to submit a questionnaire and a video as to why she is a great candidate. Its not something Kim has done before so she is excited for the challenge for sure! She started the questionnaire in the afternoon and will probably tackle the video tomorrow.

Pole Dancing

Kims classes today were so fun! They went over a different style invert and a spin that Kim loves in the first class and in the second they worked on a beautiful combo that Kim was able to get a few aspects of. The first move Kim loved and she was able to do both variations, which is great. Kim wasn’t great at the other part of the combo, bur never mind its just something she can work on!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 382: Vancouver, BC – Enjoyable Pole Dancing

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty good morning which started with a 1 on 1.

Curtis then had his team meeting and then had a few other discussions with his team about a few issues people were having with the new security setup the company rolled out.

After lunch, Curtis did some tickets and then did a bit of reading for his Business Analyst course.

Kim’s Day

Loads of people joined todays midweek catch-up and it was great. They spoke about their favourite music and everyone loved the same kind of music, except Kim, but they all like heavy metal and are used to being the odd one out. So it was a nice switch up for them.

When she arrived in the office Kim worked on a test idea that she had. She out it all together, made sure it works and took lots of photos. She then made a diagram for it and made notes.

Kim found a lot of marketing stuff in her big clean up a few months ago. As part of this she got a lot of hoodies, so she reached out to everyone who should have a hoodie and will work on getting them sent out.

In the afternoon Kim had a meeting with her colleague to go over some facilities communications that need to go out. She also amended and updated a Wiki page to allow for more information to be added to the page. So she reorganised the information on there, added a table and made a new section for more information to go on.

Pole Dancing!

Once Kim got back home, she got ready and went right down to Gastown to do some pole dancing!

The pole classes were amazing! Kim’s first class was tricks based and focused on handstands, which Kim loved! The second class was a lyrical dance class where they did a flowy routine and it was so fun.

Once Kim got back home, we had some leftover risotto for dinner and watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 355: Vancouver, BC – Quiz Test & Back To Pole!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to renew a license in the morning so had to figure out how to do that one which took some time.

Curtis then did a bunch of tickets and after that he edited a guide that needed changing.

After that, he had some lunch and then helped Kim with testing her quiz that she has made, along with Kim’s family!

The test went really well, and then Curtis did some more tickets as well as a bit of security training in the late afternoon, which everyone at the company has to complete.

Curtis then watched hockey after work was done.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by catching up on a few emails and adding the last few questions to her quiz.

At midday Kim had a meeting with a vendor who popped in. They went over an offer that they have, Kim and her colleague are very excited and hopeful that they can utilise this great offer!

Just after the meeting Kim hosted a game time, but no one showed! So Kim worked on the quiz for a bit.

Kim had organised a test run through of the quiz with her family She sorted out a time and then sent out an invite to her parents and sister, and Kim invited Curtis and her colleague too. It was a great test and Kim got some wonderful feedback that she can use going forward into making the other quizzes. It was also so fun! Everyone seemed to enjoy the quiz, some questions were harder than others, they were able to iron our some technical issues and just have a good catch-up too!

After the quiz and mini game test were done Kim started troubleshooting an issue she had with the audio. The problem ended up that Kim had turned the volum down on the game to stop the lobby music being too loud and didn’t turn it back up again for the sound rounds in the quiz! So that was funny and an easy fix! She also updated the quiz with some word changes and layout changes of some of the questions. She finished by starting the second UK quiz and will work on that a little more tomorrow.

Back to Pole!

Kim got home and shortly after went off to pole! She was finally going back, but obviously there are precautions, such as wearing a mask the whole time and keeping 6ft apart.

Kim loved being back at pole! She was a little nervous at first, but she had a great double lesson back, with a teacher she loves to train with. Kim didn’t manage to nail many of the moves, but she is taking it slow and understanding that her body will have lower limits than it did pre COVID and that thats okay! She will work her way back up for sure. Its also exciting as Kim now has momentum and will, hopefully, start practicing at home too!

We had a chicken salad for dinner and watched a bit of TV, once Kim got back from pole.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 318: Vancouver, BC – Breaking & Fixing Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis kicked the day off with getting a new account created for an onboard, which he hasn’t done for a long while, but he can’t do the laptop as there was none of them in Vancouver, so they have to get done in the Winnipeg office.

Curtis finished that and then did a few security things.

Once that was done, Curtis did a computer checkup which went really well.

Right after that, Curtis helped someone get their laptop removed and back onto the domain do that it works correctly.

This took a while as it wouldn’t let them log back in, so Curtis and to try a few different things and it eventually worked!

Curtis had his team meeting once that was done and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a few tickets and got some reading done, which has been a couple of weeks since he got any reading done.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by sorting out banks of desks. She collected up, removed and replaced extension cables on one side of the building. It took longer than planned so Kim decided to move on.

She had to sort out a few things for people returning to work so she popped to one shop and picked up a few things and as it is a surprise, Kim will be very vague. She popped to another shop and then realised that the first purchase was on her personal card! So Kim went back to the first shop, sorted that out and went back to the office to organise all the things she bought.

She showed her colleague the plan for the stuff that was bought, for the go ahead, so went and picked up the few missing things thay are needed. When she got back to the office she continued putting it all together.

After lunch Kim had a donut chat with a great colleague and it was so much fun. They spoke about how strange COVID has been and a bunch of other stuff, it was great!

After that call, Kim had a meeting with her colleague and then finished up making the things and then sent a few emails before heading home!

Evening

When Kim got home, she marinated some chicken for tomorrow’s dinner and then also made some food for today.

We had chicken breasts with a sun-dried tomato, mustard, garlic, ginger and sour cream sauce.

We had this alongside mushrooms and some other vegetables.

We ate this and spent the rest of the evening watching TV, playing games and just relaxing.

Tomorrow is a day off for Canada Day, so we did plan to go out and maybe go to a park, but the weather is expected to be quite bad tomorrow so we probably won’t do much.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 256: Vancouver, BC – Sneaky Office Visit

Curtis’ Day

Curtis for rest and then, with Kim, walked down to the city.

Curtis was the only one in his team with a specific key, so he had to go drop it off.

He got into the office, dropped off the key and left again.

On the way back, walking through the deserted city, which felt very strange, Curtis stopped at Mario’s to get a coffee. It was delicious and Curtis had a good chat with the owner, as well.

Curtis walked back home and went right into the weekly webinar from Zoom in which they discuss new updates and have a Q&A session.

Curtis finished that and then for most of the remainder of the day, he completed the project work he began yesterday!

After doing a couple of tickets, Curtis did some training and then that was his day done.

Kim’s Day

Today was a busy day! The midweek catch up was great, there were more people than normal and it was great to see some newcomers! Kim hopped straight into a cribbage game after the social call and lost the game. It was good fun, but the other team crushed it!

Kim walked with Curtis into work, it was so lovely to have a tiny bit of normality, even if downtown does look like a brightly and beautifully painted apocalyptic movie. All the shops are boarded up, but people are painting on all the boards, its really beautiful!

When Kim got into the office she started by emptying the remaining cupboards on one side of the kitchen. She managed to organise the drinks where they take up only three cupboards and fit all of the drinks that were stored on a flatbed away in the cupboards too!

Kim then helped IT set up a new user on a laptop. She called one of the guys, but his audio wouldn’t work, so Kim asked the questions and he had to type out the answers. It was strange but it worked!

Kim then went back in the kitchen and started collecting all the nicer biodegradable plates and cutlery into one place, rather than being in different parts of the kitchen. She created a catering cupboard and its great!

Kim found another cabinet in the office so she took that to make it a gaming station in the break out area. She also took the new bookshelf in the kitchen for the breakout area too. She managed to position the bookshelf and another larger cupboard in a way that has storage for the trolleys behind them. Its very aesthetically pleasing!

Kim then had a meeting with her colleague, where she went over the plan for the rest of the day and asked her opinion on a few of the office move things.

Kim then moved a desk so she could use the area as storage space. She collected up all the stuff lying around thay belongs to the team and put it in the new space. It now looks much more open where Kim is making the breakout area.

Mid afternoon Kim popped out to pick up some personal pizzas for her colleague and herself. When she got back one of her managers was in the office. It turns out that he was in to pick up the laptop. So Kim finished setting it up and collected a few things to go with it and passed the laptop over. It was great to have a chat and say hello too!

Kim then attempted to DYI make a cable run in the cabinet she stole earlier. Turns out that it is nearly impossible to drill into the material it is with the weak drill Kim bought a few months ago. There is now a fair amount of sawdust and a tiny hole in the cabinet. So that was relatively unsuccessful! After giving up on this Kim moved a few tables from one part of the office to another.

Just before she left Kim cleared up the massive mess she made in the kitchen and one corner of the office. She then called a courier to ask some questions for a colleague and then had to plug in the mail machine in order for her colleague to send some post! It was a very sucessful day!

No Workout Today

We didn’t really feel like working out today, and Kim got home a little later, so we just played mini sticks instead, until we got hungry.

Curtis had meatballs and Kim had chicken sausages for dinner, with a collection of vegetables and a really nice gravy/sauce.

We watched the next episode of Tiger King and some other TV before heading off to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 228: Vancouver, BC – Plenty of Booze!

Curtis’ Day

We were going to go for a walk when we woke up, but right as we got outside, Kim realised she had a meeting at 08:00, so we went right back in!

Curtis did some admin and then some tickets before his team meeting.

After the meeting, another meeting he had got cancelled so he did some more ticket work and then finished off the morning with training.

After lunch, Curtis had a quick meeting with someone to show them how to do a couple of things and then did a bit of project work and research.

Curtis did some more training and then played some games with his team for team building!

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day with a week a midweek catch up that is open to all offices. There were a lot less people than last week, but it we still great to see people and have a chat!
After this, Kim joined the company wide meeting.

For some of the morning Kim worked on a few quizzes. She has a fair few ideas and it doesn’t look like this working from home situation will be changing anytime soon so she might as well add a few and use them as and when!

She also worked on her spreadsheet that logs the cribbage tournament. She made it easier to read and made the scoring sytem automated! She was very proud of this as she hasn’t used some of the formulas in years!

After lunch Kim joined on a catch up call with people in her team and who sit near by. It was great to see everyone and chat to them, she has missed them all!

Straight after this Kim watched the first game of the cribbage tournament and then updated the shiney new spreadsheet with the results.

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon setting up games for in the future.

Plenty of Booze!

We did our workout which nearly killed us today!

After that, we walked up to the liquor store to get some wine, beer and pre mixed Moscow mules, just to stock up so we have plenty for any occasion.

We got back home and were hungry, so we had a big salad to start with and then leftovers from yesterday.

We watched TV and then played some mini sticks hockey at home, which was WAY more fun for us than it should have been, but was nice to get away from a screen for a bit.


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 208: Vancouver, BC – Mandatory Work From Home!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day with a lot of tickets but also some other things.

He setup a couple of new laptops for people, as well as having a few meetings.

He had a meeting regarding one of the projects he is working on. This was a very successful meeting and he was very pleased with how it went.

After that, he and his team had a chat with regards to a few contingency plans for coronavirus things.

Curtis also had a 1:1 and did a few other things throughout the day. Unfortunately, it also felt like a long day, so long and busy!

Kim’s Day

Today the decision was made that going forward people should work from home. Kim spent a lot of her day helping set that up, reaching out to vendors to cancel all visits and deliveries for the coming weeks.

In the afternoon the team had a meeting about events and how that is looking and how we are wanting to plan those. Which is great news for Kim as it means she will be able to start visiting some of the venues to see if they work for her.

On her way home Kim stopped to pick up a sports bra to complete her costume for her upcoming routine.

She then rushed home to get to her pole class. They learnt such a fun move and Kim really enjoyed it!

Kim Training

While they were waiting to go into open pole to train for the competition an email went out from the organisers saying that its been postponed. It’s not great news, but Kim could really do with the time to get her routine perfect, so she isnt too upset.

Admin Evening

Curtis got home and got a lot of admin/cleaning done.

Curtis emptied all the bins, recycling, regular and organic.

He then did some cleaning, wiping down all the counters and vacuuming.

After this, Curtis made himself hoisin chicken and pasta, which was a lot of food, but delicious.

Curtis played a lot of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare – WarZone, which is a new mode of Call Of Duty that has come out recently, so he did that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 206: Vancouver, BC – Locksmith

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ morning was full of tickets. He got a lot done and they were mostly new ones, and they kept coming in thick and fast.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a meeting with regards to a project (on which he is a Business Analyst) and then after that, he setup a laptop for someone, as well as completing some other tickets.

A locksmith visited Curtis’ work to look at some doors and see if they would be able to put a lock on them.

They’re sliding doors so it may be a little difficult.

Kim’s Day

Kim wrote up an email to her colleague with a load of questions of stuff she needed help with and she looked into car rentals for a visitor.

She then went through her social folder and reorganised it and made a better list of her ideas, costs and venues. It makes it easier to understand the plans she has!

Kim spent a lot of her day answering calls, saving invoices and sending out emails.
In the late afternoon Kim moved some desks around and allocated empty desks a set of draws.

Evening

Curtis got home and watched the remainder of the leafs game.

Kim was at work for a bit longer, so didn’t have much time left before she went off to training.

Kim class tonight was awesome! She managed to nail a climb she has struggled with for ages and she did a cool combo.
After the class Kim practiced her routine and she now has a solid base, she is getting there!

Curtis played some of a new game that was released and then had to take the train up to Richmond and meet Kim there, as he didn’t have hockey for a while, but Kim was up in Richmond so he just met her there.

Curtis has a late hockey game, so we will tell you about that tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 204: Vancouver, BC – Even More Training!

Even More Training!

Kim left early(ish) again to go to do even more training!

When she did this, Curtis got ready and went up to the pharmacy, followed by the supermarket.

Kim went to open pole and attempted training but really just sat about and did a few tricks. After the class she did some handstands and tried a few moves that someone quickly taught on the pole in reception!

Kim popped to a shop before heading home to have some lunch.

After lunch Kim went out to a feedback session with 3 coaches who provided some great feedback. It was great to get good criticism where it was needed and a few compliments on combos that worked and were worth keeping.

She then drove back to the studio closer to home with a friend and they went to a semi private lesson and worked on the comments from the feedback session.

Kim returned home and went in the hot tub for a little bit and then we had some food!

We ate a baked potato each with tuna, but weren’t quite full yet so we had some Mac and cheese!

We watched some more TV and then had an early night.

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This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale