Place 72 – Day 123: Vancouver, BC – Shoreline Cleanup

Curtis’ Day

Curtis made further headway with his project, investigating how to setup the folder structure within it, as well as looking at the best ways to do permissions and best way to migrate.

After a while of doing this, Curtis did some tickets, helped a couple of people out around the office and then spent way longer than he thought he would collating a list of the top 10 most expensive software packages the company uses. This is to help them see where costs can be cut.

Lunch came around quickly and once that was done, Curtis donned some nice plastic gloves and along with his colleagues, headed out to pick up some litter! This used 2 hours of his volunteering time for the quarter, but it was quite fun, team building as well as very good for the environment.

All together, in around 2 hours, Curtis and his team collected 12 bags of trash!

For more on the shoreline cleanup, check out their website here – https://www.shorelinecleanup.ca/

As a reward, they all got an ice cream cone from McDonald’s.

Curtis got back to work, did a couple of things and then changed a total of 8 batteries in some uninteruptable power supplies, with the help of a colleague, which brought him to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

This morning Kim had the second half of her new hire orientation so spent most of the morning at home, remotely in the meeting. After the meeting Kim called her friend back in the UK to congratulate him on passing his exam! Then Kim caught up on some emails from the morning and updated a game for tomorrow new hire meet and eat! She also placed the order forr todays pizza.
When she got in Kim continued to catch up on emails, focusing on going over the catering and making sure its all correct and up to date. The weekly pizza arrived so Kim popped that into the meeting and continued on with ad hoc tasks before having some of the leftover pizza with colleagues for lunch!
After lunch Kim and her teammate sat down to go over which reports they were each tackling for the project.

Then Kim organised a delivery to the Ontario office before having her 1-2-1. Somehow Kim has been with the company now for 3 months already! It has flown by. The 1-2-1 went really well and it was all good feedback from both sides, Kim is enjoying her job so much and it sounds like people are happy to have her about!

After the meeting Kim was late into another meeting, which she had totally forgotten about, so she sat down with another team mate to go over the remote meet and eat to ensure that they are both on the same page for tomorrow!

After those meetings Kim dropped the boxes off to FedEx and then a letter off to Canada post before heading back into the office to send out emails requesting info in regards to the reporting project.

NHL 20 Early Access

We chilled out when we got home and Curtis purchased EA Access, meaning he could access the new NHL game 7 days early!

Curtis played this for a while, and then we made spaghetti bolognese and watched some YouTube videos, followed by the newest Suits episode.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 52: Vancouver,BC – Kids Club Volunteering

Curtis’ Day

Curtis grabbed a coffee when he got to work and then he was non-stop!

Curtis swapped out a laptop for someone who needed a better one.

Curtis then had a few tickets to look at and he had an offboard to complete.

After getting everything done, Curtis had his lunch and then packed up for the day.

Curtis had a volunteering afternoon planned through work where he had to go to a kids club and help out there.

Curtis and his colleagues jumped on a train to Main St and walked to the kids club.

Once they got there, they were told about what the club does, how long it has been around and then what the plan for the afternoon was.

The first thing to do, before kids arrived, was to build some ‘fortune teller parrots’ which were made from paper. This took a while and then the kids started arriving, so Curtis and his colleagues headed downstairs to the gym.

An interesting fact about the gym was that it was, a couple of years ago, renovated by the Toronto Raptors who even stayed and played Basketball with the kids…Pretty cool!

The dodgeball started and it was against the older kids, who were fierce! Two games were played and then it was the turn of the younger kids.

After 3 games against the younger kids, it was already 16:30 and they were due to finish at 17:00!

For the last 30 minutes, Curtis and a couple of colleagues played pool with a sweet little girl and then a quick game of marbles before the volunteering was done.

Curtis and his colleagues got photos together outside the club and then Curtis took the 22 minute walk home.

Obviously Curtis couldn’t get any photos at the kids club, but the organiser did take some so he may be able to get some at some point.

Kim’s Day

Kim went in a little early today a new starter was due in at 9. When she arrived Kim got everything ready and then when the new starter arrived Kim did a brief floor tour before he started his day.

When the weekly fruit arrived Kim unpacked it all and realised she ordered about a 5th of the regular amount of bananas. So a small ad hoc order has gone through and everyone should have bananas by tomorrow!

The rest of Kim’s morning consisted of ad hoc administration tasks and some reconciliations. All of this kept Kim nice and busy.

For lunch Kim sat in the kitchen to eat and the after Kim popped out to return a toaster that was too tiny to toast anything!

Kim’s afternoon sped by! She continued work on a spreadsheet that covers all the contact information for vendors she will frequently have to contact. Its so much easier having it all in one space with a search and filter function!

For a while Kim started setting up 2 deliveries that will be sent out tomorrow, so this was good practice to get to know those processes and websites.

Kim then headed home a little early because she started early!

Quasadillas

We had quasadillas for dinner again today, along with a side salad.

We did a bit of cleaning and tidying but got sat down at a good time to watch some TV.

We watched a couple of episodes of lucifer and then went to bed at a good time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale