Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 323: Vancouver, BC – Sun, Ice Cream & Lemon Drizzle!

Chat

We had a chat with Curtis’ family eight when we woke up!

It was great to catch up with them and see what they’d been up to and their plans for the next little while, as well as update them on us.

Sun & Ice Cream

The weather was so nice today that we went out for a bit, but first, we did a shop.

Once we finished the shop and unpacked it, we went out for a walk around the area and popped into Yaletown Gelato for an ice cream!

We each got one scoop, Curtis got dark chocolate and Kim got salted caramel.

Our ice creams were perfect, and we walked around the seawall on what felt a lot like a ‘normal’ weekend day, which was odd.

We stopped in to get a cold coffee each from Starbucks and then walked back home.

More Games & Lemon Drizzle

We got home and played some more games, which we are really enjoying doing now, and then it was probably a good time to do some laundry and make dinner.

We had a jar of carbonara sauce to use up so we had chicken and mushroom carbonara for dinner.

As well as making that, Kim made a lemon drizzle cake as well as some small lemon drizzle cakes, too.

We watched some TV and played some more games for the rest of the evening, but overall had a really great day and weekend!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 304: Vancouver, BC – Long Awaited Walk

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a slow day today.

He reviewed some of the security notifications that his team received for a bit and then did some tickets.

Curtis had a meeting to show the final product of something he was working on and that went really well.

He had lunch shortly after that, followed by a meeting to discuss the possibility of using some apps for automating some things, but they weren’t up to scratch.

After that meeting, Curtis spent the rest of the day fighting with some mailboxes that weren’t doing what he wanted them to do.

Kim’s Day

As Kim had to call a company in the UK today she got in a little early to sort that.
After that call Kim had a donut catch up with someone in the UK and it was so lovely, they talked about their families and everything thats going on in the UK at the moment. It was a very easy going call which was brilliant.

After that Kim had a short while to organise a few things around front desk, she out away some of the deliveries that have come in over the last few days and had a general tidy up.

As Kim finished her sales project she had a quick call with the person who tasked it to her to hand it back. It was only a 10 minute call but it went well!

After that call Kim got stuck into organising the office, she set up the kitchen and sorted our the lounge are to be functional spaces. She then worked on drafting up more signs.

After lunch Kim spent the afternoon in a team meeting where they did a walk around of the office and Kim explained the methods to her madness!

Long Awaited Walk

We took the recycling out when Kim got back home and then had pizza for dinner.

After dinner, we had a quick nap as we didn’t sleep well last night, and then we went out for a walk which we haven’t been able to do for a couple of weeks!

We walked down to the seawall and got a great view of Granville Island.

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 274: Vancouver, BC – Checking Out The New Neighbourhood

We woke up and had some french toast for breakfast and then we got ready for the day.

After we were ready, we spoke with Kim’s family and gave them a little tour of our apartment, even though it is not ready yet!

We finished the call, had a quick snack and then went out to walk around and explore our new neighbourhood. There seemed to be some cool places around and we even found an open Starbucks, so we got our first Starbucks in months!

We then walked back home and relaxed for a while, as well as looking at beds and other things for the apartment.

We then got hungry, so decided to make pizza!

We had a pizza dough already, so it was a case of just getting the topping sorted. We went with mushrooms, cheese (cheddar & mozzarella), red onion and sweetcorn!

The pizza was pretty tasty, though we don’t think it was enough for 2 people.

We watched the film Prospect whilst we ate dinner.

We had some cookies and other snacks throughout the evening and just generally did very little.

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 73 – Day 250: Vancouver, BC – Back At The Office For A Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day overall.

Curtis had a 2 hour meeting with his team to discuss some projects and plan for future project work, too.

Curtis then did a few tickets that came in, and then a computer checkup.

The rest of his morning was pretty quiet and mostly just admin.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting with his team again, but this was a training session to learn something from one of the people on the team. This was very interesting!

Curtis had 2 meetings after that followed by doing some tickets and training and then his day was done!

Curtis did some cleaning of the apartment once he finished working and then waited for Kim to come home.

Kim’s Day

Kim joined the last company wide meeting for that series of talking points. Some more big meetings will be arranged for the coming months that will cover different topics.

Kim then played a game of cribbage and her team won! She thinks that she understands the game a little now! After the game Kim updated the wiki page about working from home to add more useful links. The she headed into the big wide world to go into the office.

On the way to work, she saw some beautiful wall art!

Once Kim arrived it was full speed ahead! She emptied the marketing cupboards so she could take stock on what there is in order to buy new cupboards and stuff to keep it all in. Around aorting the marketing stuff Kim also rearranged the whole corner of the office ,she restacked chairs, koved a plant and collected up furniture that she needs to move.

She then moved one of the cupboards and put it round by the printer to be the new stationary cupboard. Kim then emptied the current stationary cupboards from within the kitchen so she can bin the old or broken stuff and reorganise everything into two new cupboards. She put all the daily use stuff next to the printer, along with all the stacks of paper.

While she was in the office, Kim’s teammate came in to the office. They then went out (very far apart from each other) to go and get some lunch. They went to Tim Hortons, picked up a sandwich and then say very that apart in the kitchen back at work to eat lunch. It was very strange, but also nice to have some company, some resemblance od normality and talk to someone face to face!
After lunch Kim had a doctors appointment that was a follow up from the one she had last month and then Kim went straight back into stationary organising!

Towards the end of the day Kim had a meeting with another teammate about all the social events that have been going on and plans for future events. It was great to have a catch up and get an idea of what is coming up.

Kim and her teammate in the office then worked on a few things around the office before Kim headed home!

Busy Evening!

When Kim got home, we took out the recycling and then did our workout!

After our workout, Curtis went to the car to get some of the shop from yesterday which we left in the car for ‘quarantine’.

We then got showered and made our dinner!

Curtis had a steak with mushrooms, potato, onion, carrot and peas.

Kim had a mushroom sandwich for dinner, which was terrific!

After dinner, we played some Need For Speed and watched some TV, but it was already pretty late in the day by this point!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 247: Vancouver BC – Addicted To VR!

Curtis’ Day

The weather outside was wonderful this morning when we went for our walk, so Curtis felt refreshed and ready to start the day.

After he showered and had breakfast, Curtis did some admin and then had another computer checkup to complete at 09:30, so he did that and then did some security work.

After that, he had his daily team meeting, followed by some project work and then he had another checkup to do.

Curtis got his project work completed and then had his weekly team meeting.

After that, he actually ended up having a busy afternoon, which he wasn’t expecting, as he had some people reach out about some issues, and that lead him perfectly to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim got herself ready to play a game of cribbage, earlier than she would usually start working. So she got orgnaised, joined the call, and then realised it wasn’t her game! So she left and then did a test of a bunch of light bulbs in the apartment and made a bin pile and replaced some of the dead lights in the kitchen.

When she started work at the proper time she reached out to someone she is meant to be arranging a phone screen for as they had not been in contact.

Kim then spent most of her day working on righting a wellness and ergonomics document for the Wiki. It was something that her manager said would be a good thing to have for people to refer to while working from home. So Kim did her research and spent most of the day making the document to be a interesting and informative!

She also joined yoga at midday and in the afternoon updated the cribbage tracker to account for the games that took place today. Towards the end of the day, she aldo heard back from the candidate and booked them in for their phone screen.

Back To Working Out

We worked out after Kim got back from the office.

We played some mini sticks first as a warm-up, of course, and then did our working out which felt great.

We both showered and then we had chicken pesto pasta for dinner as it was almost 20:00 and we were hungry, so it was nice and quick.

We watched travel man whilst we ate and then watched some TV, played some games and played more VR…We are definitely addicted to VR!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 242: Vancouver, BC – Oculus Quest VR!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started work and did a few tickets.

He then had an offboard to do and his team meeting, followed by more tickets in the morning.

A lot of the afternoon was admin work.

At around the perfect time for Curtis to finish work, a delivery came for him and it was the Oculus Quest VR headset he had been waiting for, which was expected until Monday!

Curtis got this setup right away and gave it a test run…he really enjoyed it, but had to stop as it was time for a walk!

Kim’s Day

Kim held the midweek catch up and had a great chat with a few people, it was really lovely. Straight after that, Kim had the Health and Safety committee meeting.

Funnily enough there were no office walks or first aid incidents to be reported! It was great to speak to the committee and see if they have any thoughts on how we are doing safety wise and open the floor up for people to air concerns about day to day in the current situation. Kim also mentioned that some first aid guidelines have changed and sent out some information after the call.

Kim then spent most of the rest of the morning sending out messages and drafting up invites and emails. She complied a list of some useful YouTube channels for people to show their kids for education purposes.

After lunch Kim had her 1:1 and it was great to get guidance on a few things and have a general catch up! She followed up this meeting by stating a new wiki page about ergonomics and mindfulness at home, she will have a page outlining good working at home exercise and provide people with good resources on how to stay active and keep an eye on their mental health too.
Kim then had a donut date with someone from the office, in this time it is really good that people are able to connect so easily and just have a chat.

Kim started making plans for emails that she will have to send out when she gets back in the office, while doing so she realised it would be easier to make an info sheet that outlines all the things she needs to tell people. So she drafted it up and will send it on to IT for their input after!

Walk & VR-ing

Once Kim was done with her exercise, we went out for a walk.

It was far too busy, but nice to get outside.

We got back home and made some rice to go with the veggie chilli Kim made yesterday and ate that whilst watching some TV.

After this, we played VR together for the first time and we LOVED it. So glad we have that, now we are in self isolation.

We did that for a while and then watched a little TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 235: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Workout

Curtis’ Day

We didn’t go for a walk this morning, so Curtis got to sleep in!

Curtis had a meeting at 09:30 with his team and 1 other person, to get team specific feedback on a survey the team had answered.

After that, he had his general team meeting, followed by 2 project interview meetings.

That was already the morning done and we went for a lunchtime walk.

Curtis’ afternoon was all tickets, which took up his whole afternoon which was good.

Kim’s Day

Kim hosted the midweek catch up, it was great to talk to a few people, some who hadn’t joined before!

She then spent most of the day working on the presentation. She has made a cool theme and designed the slides around that. She took some time to get some information on there, make sure the slides work and tried to make it as interesting and captivating as she can.

Midway through the morning she had a department catch up, it was so nice to see people she hasn’t seen for weeks!

For the rest of the day Kim did the slideshow. She also did a little scheduling and towards the end of the day she started to read a document that her colleague sent over, but she has made that a future Kim problem, it wasn’t something to start at the end of the day!

Homemade Workout

We did our homemade workout, which was our favourite elements from the workout we had been doing, but all put together in the style we wanted.

This was great!

Kim did a few stretches and then we did the cleaning for the week.

After the cleaning, we had leftover vegetarian spaghetti bolognese, which was terrific.

After dinner, we played some mini sticks for a while, and then played some Need For Speed, followed by a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 233: Vancouver, BC – Splits Training

Curtis’ Day

Post morning walk, Curtis got showered and was actually very awake and ready to start the day.

He did his usual admin and then did a little more admin which is something exciting, which should come to fruition in a couple of weeks!

After that, Curtis did a ticket or two and then had his team meeting.

Just after the team meeting, Curtis had a project interview, followed by another!

After that, he got a couple more tickets done and then had another team meeting.

Curtis had lunch with Kim and then had another project interview meeting.

After that, Curtis got some admin done and a couple more tickets, before finishing for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kims company is doing a hack day soon and her team had their first meeting about it today. She isnt entirely sure whats going on, but she is helping with logistics and having a great time! The rest of the team thing we have a good idea, so Kim is happy with that!

After that meeting Kim sent out a company wide email to notify people that there is a bank holiday coming up. She also started on some scheduling for a different role and after she had done yoga she realised that a few had been messed up. Kim took a look into it and couldn’t figure it out, so she had some lunch and came back to it after, then she was able to find the issue, fix it and reach out to people to give them the correct times for their phone screen!

Kim updated the cribbage tournament status page with the results from todays game.

She then cancelled the social drinks for Friday and drafted ip a few communications for challenges and games for people to play.

Mini Sticks, Workout & Splits!

We played a bit of mini sticks and then we got back to our workout!

We liked the workout today, it felt good.

After that, Curtis was done with exercise but Kim continued!

She had a splits training class online, which really helped her and it was the same company she does pole dancing with, so it was good to support them.

We had the remainder of our roasted vegetables for dinner and watched some TV.

We played Need For Speed, probably for too long, and then watched some more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 226: Vancouver, BC – 9 Years Together!

Curtis’ Day

We completed our daily morning walk and then Curtis had breakfast, showered and started work.

He had a meeting with his team to go over some project stuff which lasted 1 hour.

After this, Curtis did some tickets and admin and then some project work.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a quick 15 minute call with the whole company to test if Zoom would handle it fine and then he had lunch with Kim.

Once finishing lunch, Curtis had meetings for 1.5 hours and they were productive project meetings!

After those, Curtis got some tickets done and then the day was over.

It went really quick for Curtis!

Kim’s Day

Kim set up the teams for the online cribbage tournament and worked on getting a game set up. She had to updated the template of the invites too!

She then started looking into the process of scheduling for phone screens for a teammate.

As it had been a while since she had helped with that side of things they set up a call so her teammate could explain everything and show her the changes to the website.

Between setting all that up and the meeting Kim joined in with yoga. It was so much fun and another employee had their whole family join in from the UK! It was great!

After the meeting Kim spent most of the afternoon setting up phone screens. She also reached out to a couple of vendors to discuss plans for the next few weeks and months!

9 Years Together!

We have been together for 9 years today! Crazy!

To celebrate, we ordered some pizza, going old school with what we used to do, which was get pizza and watch some TV, so that’s what we did! But we did do some working out and stretches before hand, so it’s not all that bad!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale