Place 72 – Day 74: Vancouver, BC – Parry Planning & Password Hunt

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work at 08:50 and had a meeting at 09:00 to be informed about a new company initiative.

Once Curtis was done with this meeting, he was able to actually start his day.

Curtis had a couple of plans for the day. He got a large order approved, so he wanted to get that done, but the start of his day was interupted with a possible security risk, so he had to jump on that and provide all users with an update, explaination and a fix.

Once that was done, Curtis setup a laptop for a new user remotely. The laptop setup took a while firstly because Curtis struggled to get access to it but then because once he did, the internet connection was slow, but he got there in the end.

The printer got jammed, and really, really, jammed by someone. Curtis spent a while trying to sort the jam out and then he helped the person print as they were using card rather than paper.

Once that was sorted, Curtis spent a lot of time trying to figure out or find the password for a machine which is used to play music around the office, but he wasn’t having any luck, so he decided to try and crack it with software instead, which didn’t work!

After all of this, someone just texted Curtis’ predecessor to ask for the password. Once Curtis got it, he made sure to document it.

Late afternoon was mostly filled with admin and Curtis still didn’t get the large order sorted!

Curtis left work at 16:55 and walked to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

Today when Kim left she managed to remember to take everything with her! When she got into work Kim organised the kitchen and then set herself down to go through her emails.

Kim then spent some time going over the summer party to do list before the meeting she had later on in the day. She also spent a lot of her morning with ad hoc tasks like sending out a reminder to let Kim know if you are brining a plus 1 to the party, creating parts of a poster for a possible competition Kim is planning on running and general more daily admin stuff.

The meeting for the summer party was with two of Kims colleagues. They sat down and went over a run through of what the afternoon will look like and did an hour-by-hour sketch of what the plan is, who is doing what and when things are happening.

During the morning Kim had chased for an email about a catering quote she requested yesterday for a meeting next week. Kim hadn’t heard back, so to ensure that they do get food Kim has now reached out to another company. This means that she should have 2 quotes tomorrow and should be able to make a better decision on which company to proceed with.

In the afternoon Kim was inundated with calls. The only problem was that thy were all from the same company tasing for the same people, how were either busy or did not have phones. At one point Kim had taken 6 calls in 20 minutes and also had well over 10 missed calls between 12:30 and 2:30. The calls started coming through once ever 20 – 40 minutes and then at one point, Kim was on the line explaining that they can’t be put through to anyone when the same number was calling again! It was madness! After this, Kim did a lap of the office!

Towards the end of the day Kim was working out how to book travel for someone who is coming to visit the Vancouver office. This gave Kim a really goo insight on how to use the system.

Enchilladas & Housekeeping

We had enchilladas when we got home (after a stop at the supermarket). Kim made these with our leftover chili so it didn’t take long and was delicious!

We got a lot of housework done, vaccuuming and taking the bins out, mainly, as well as cleaning down the sides.

By the time we finished it was already 20:00 and we spent the rest of the evening relaxing and watched YouTube videos/TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 72: Vancouver, BC – Bastille Day, Thai Festival & 49th Parallel Cafe

Bastille Day Celebration

We had a lazy morning and then walked down to Yaletown and to the Roundhouse Community Centre, which was hosting a Bastille Day celebration.

We got there and saw there was a train from 1887 there, so we had to take a look at that first!

There were a few exhibits, but mostly food and drink.

There were some crepe stands, beer stands, tea stands and a full brass band, too!

Unfortunately, there wasn’t really that much going on, so we left the area and went to find somewhere to look for hats.

Hat Shopping

We wanted to look for a new hat for Curtis as Kim wanted to get him one for his birthday.

We went to a few shops around the city, but couldn’t find anything that great.

We went to a few other shops to get some other things, such as some shorts for Curtis and some work clothes for Kim.

Thai Festival

We left the shopping centre and discovered a small Thai festival, which we had a quick walk around, but that wasn’t all that interesting either.

49th Parallel

Kim had a coffee and doughnut at a coffee shop near her work before and said it was really nice, so she wanted to take Curtis there. It is called 49th Parallel.

Curtis got a raspberry doughnut and Kim got a chocolate doughnut. The doughnuts were really good but also light which is nice.

Curtis had a cappucino with his and Kim had mocha. Both coffees were amazing and Curtis loved the fact that the coffee actually had its own flavour!


49th Parallel | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 10/10


Pizza!

We got back home and had some pizza with salad and watched some TV.

We then watched How To Train Your Dragon (the first one).

We had a few hours out the house today, but nothing taxing, which was nice.


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

Place 72 – Day 67: Vancouver, BC – Meeting With a Billionaire!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and was notified about a security issue with Zoom, the video meeting software, which had just been announced by someone.

Curtis and his colleagues looked into this pretty much all morning and trying to find the best fix or work around for it, as well as notifiying all affected users.

Part way through this, there was a fire drill at Curtis’ office so he had to make his way outside and stand out there for a while.

After the drill, it was a mad rush of 20 floors worth of people trying to get up in the elevators, so to avoid that, Curtis and some colleagues went to buy a coffee.

Once Curtis got back, he joined a Zoom call which the person that found the security issue had started and low and behold, the Zoom CEO was in there answering questions! He was even offering free T-shirts. Curtis sat in there listening to all of the information for a while, before he had other things to do.

Curtis tried to re-image a Mac but it wasn’t having any of it, so that took up a big chunk of the afternoon.

Curtis has 2 new users to setup tomorrow, so he’ll be doing that for a chunk of the day as well as 2 meetings.

Curtis left work and met with Kim to walk home.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim walked the opposite way to work and popped to save on foods to pick up a massive cake for a celebration that was happening in the office later on in the day. Kim had intended to pick it up and walk the usual route to work, but it was a very big cake and very heavy so she decided to take the tube thing.
Once she made it into the city she walked the few blocks into work and was greeted in the downstairs lobby by tonnes of people and lots of music. It was a lot for pre 9am!

Kim made it upstairs and set the cake down to find out that the building is hosting a Tennant appreciation breakfast! So Kim and a few people went down, joined the line and took some food back upstairs. What a strange start to the day.
Kim was getting settled into her day and then saw a notification that a new starter was coming in shortly so Kim checked her desk again to make sure it was clean and had everything the new hire would need. In the few moments Kim was away from her desk, the new hire arrived.

Kim then took the lady on a tour of the companies floor, the 25th floor and to see the building amenities. They then tried to get a security pass but the staff were busy with the breakfast function.

The fruit then arrived so Kim went and organised all of that, with the help of 2 great guys! She also put together a small fruit bowl for her colleagues working on a different floor and ran that up to them with a small selection of soft drinks!
Kim then sat down and actually started some work for the day. She also had a catch up with her colleague and got some cool mini side tasks to get on with for some of the other summer parties, one of which meant reaching out to companies in the UK. Its been a while since Kim had to do that!

Then we had the catering arrive for a large group so Kim spent some time reorganising the space to fit the food and laying out the food. Once that had been done Kim was able to run the cake out.
While the group ate and enjoyed cake Kim managed to get some of the day to day tasks done of saving invoices and other fun things!

Once the team finished eating Kim went in to clear the area and pit it back to normal. She also popped the leftover food in the kitchen.

It was then eventually lunchtime so Kim and her colleague sat down and had a good chat. It was really nice!

After lunch Kim took some time to catch up on some of the background onboarding tasks that are to be completed on the first day like sorting the employee photo and sending out some useful information. Its better late than never!

It was then time to try to get the new hire and a visitor from another office their security passes so they all popped to the main floor to sort this and found out that that service is only offered 9-10 am so they agreed to try again the next day.

The rest of the afternoon Kim spent placing orders and sending emails, not all too exciting but it has to be done! She also set up another fruit bowl for tomorrows meetings as today’s went down so well.

Derry Girls

We got back to watching some other TV as we’ve finished Lucifer, so we watched The Last Leg as well as continued Derry Girls, which is hilarious!

We had leftover bolognese with spaghetti, some nice baguette and a side ceasar salad for dinner.

We did very little else for the rest of the evening and went to bed at a good time again.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 65: Vancouver, BC – Afternoon Cocktails

Vancouver Flea Market

We wanted to go to the Vancouver flea market today to have a look around. This place was a 30 minute walk from home. The weather wasn’t great but we risked a walk anyway.

The flea market is near the train station, so we walked to there, and a little bit beyond, to get to it.

Once we got there, it looked a bit dodgy, and then there was an entry fee!

We quickly changed our minds and walked towards the city instead.

Afternoon Cocktails

We decided to stop at a place we walk past on the way to and from work for a coffee.

We went in and then realised it was a lot more fancy then we thought!

We were going to have coffee, but then we were informed it was happy hour, so we thought we better have cocktails.

Curtis got a Moscow Mule and Kim got a frozen slushy type drink which had red wine in it.

We spent a while here just chatting and then finally headed back towards home.

We had nothing planned for dinner, so we grabbed some spaghetti, mushrooms and alfredo sauce and had that along with some incredible French bagette (toasted with olive oil and balsamic) and a side salad.

We watched TV and played some games and then headed to bed at a good time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 64: Vancouver, BC – Movie Night

Lazy

We did very little for the start of the day.

Kim went out in the morning to get us a McDonald’s breakfast, but it wasn’t great.

We watched some TV whilst we ate and then just played some games for a couple of hours.

Shopping

We eventually got ready to go out and went up to HomeSense to buy something to put our spare linen in.

We found a nice create to put it all in as well as a few other things we needed.

We then went to Save On Foods to get a few more food items we needed and wanted.

Free Whiskey & Wine

When we got home, we watched some TV and then we went to the liquor store to get some wine.

We entered and there was a couple of free tasters. There was 2 white wines and 1 red wine, as well as 2 bourbon whiskeys.

After trying these, we went to find a bottle of red.

Dinner

We really wanted toasties for dinner, so we had those with a side of salad and then had a homemade brownie afterwards.

Movie Night

We watched the latest purge film as we hadn’t seen it yet…We thought it was actually pretty good, but we do love the series.


The First Purge

Rating:- 8/10


We finished watching this, watched a bit of Lucifer and played some games before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 61: Vancouver, BC – More Apartment Items!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ morning started slow with a meeting he had which everyone sat in, spoke about their day and what they did over the weekend and then ended the meeting!

Curtis spent an hour setting up a paired programming station for someone and luckily after testing it, it worked perfectly!

Curtis had a few things to do and then a lot of tickets came in, as well as a request to get a lot of people to upgrade their laptops to the latest update.

Curtis helped one lady twice and was able to resolve her issues.

The afternoon was much of the same with a few tickets coming in but also Curtis had to setup a laptop which is in another office, as well as a new user account.

Curtis left the office at 16:45 as both of us needed to get home at a good time.

Kim’s Day

Kim set up the kitchen for the day and then had her breakfast. She then got on with going through emails and getting ready for the day.

Kim then had the social team meeting and her preparation the day before really paid off as the meeting went really smoothly.

Kim then got back to her desk and spent some time sourcing quotes for catering that will be happening next week.

Then Kim spent the rest of the morning on researching stuff for the office summer party and drafting up the official invite.

She then spent some time looking over and attempting to cross reference things to find the missing information. After searching in all the places she thought the information might be she had to ask for help.

Kim then went over the summer party invite with a colleague and then sent it out.

The rest of the afternoon Kim spent going through the action points from the meeting in the morning. Kim coordinated with managers to see when a social hour would best suit their teams next week and she sent out a message outlining that its clean the beaches week and set up a mini competition to encourage people to head to the beach and pick up rubbish!

More Apartment Stuff!

We got home and waited for a bit and then some people turned up with some items we had bought for the apartment from them!

We got a chest of draws, a sled (weirdly), a lamp and a small entrance table.

We were incredibly hungry so we started to make dinner.

We had egg fried rice using the leftover rice from yesterday and some vegetables. We also had some potstickers with it!

We watched Lucifer as it was at a dramatic point so we had to find out what happened at the end of the series.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale