Place 72 – Day 198: Vancouver, BC – Helpin’ Out

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of tickets to get done or chase up on today, so that kept him nice and busy, as well as a few new tickets he had to pick up.

Curtis had a call with a user and also an external support team to try and figure out an issue, which took about 45 minutes.

Curtis didn’t know how to do something he had seen a ticket for, so after he tested the boardroom to ensure it was working for a meeting, he did a 30 minute call with someone on his team so they could show him what to do.

After getting that done, Curtis had lunch and then after lunch, he had some project work to do, which was mostly just developing and writing up a process as well as creating a flow chart for it.

Once that was done, Curtis walked home.

Kim’s Day

Kim doesn’t really have much to report on today! She spent her her morning organising a meeting room for someone so had to kick people put of one and find others for them and talking with a hotel in regards to some local accommodation that needs to be booked.

For the afternoon Kim was talking with all the vendors for the holiday party and taking a fair few incoming calls. She also ordered the regular pizza for tomorrow.

That’s it in a nutshell really!

Helpin’ Out

Curtis got home crazy fast and watched the Leafs game, where they did very well!

As well as that, Curtis washed his hockey kit and folded and put away some laundry that we had out.

Kim got home briefly and then went back out again to go and help out at pole.

Kim went to the pole studio to help out at reception. This involved greeting people, handing out wrist bands and answering any questions when the receptionist was busy. As a result of helping, Kim now has a spare class!

After Kim’s pole help, she came home and had some dinner, then went up to the supermarket to get a few things.

We watched some TV and Kim ordered some things she needed for the holiday party.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 183: Vancouver, BC – Hot Chocolate Station & A Big Win!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had his daily meeting.

Post-meeting, Curtis did a lot of ticket work, mostly on new tickets that were arriving after the long weekend.

At 11:30 he had a demo of some software with his team, which they got a small Q&A for too.

After that, Curtis jumped right into showing his team what to do with some software, with relation to a project.

Curtis’ afternoon involved helping someone with some OneDrive issues via a screen share and then he used the quiet afternoon to wipe and setup two old laptops.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by calling a hotel who they are missing a receipt from.

It took 4 calls and a lengthy conversation to track down the transaction in question and then the hotel never even emailed it across meaning Kim has to do it all again tomorrow!

Just as Kim was about to walk into her weekly catch up with her teammate where they had a good catch up on everything winter parties, first aid and all the other other small things that get pushed to one side.

Kim then spent the rest of the morning sorting through RSVPs for one of the other offices and reminding other offices to respond too.

Just before lunch Kim made a hot chocolate station as the cream was due to go past its sell by date at the end of the day. So she steamed up some cream and put out cinnamon, hot chocolate powder and vanilla flavour for people to help themselves!

Kim then sat down to a quick lunch before heading into the monthly health and safety meeting.

In this meeting they watched some instructional videos on their specific AED that they have. They also handed out action items for everyone to do. Its one thing Kim is trying to work on, hand work out and not hold it all!

Kim then went through the responses from the Vancouver winter party and drew up a spreadsheet for this office too.

Big Win!

Curtis had a hockey game at a really good time of 20:30.

They got there and it was Curtis’ team’s first time wearing their dark jerseys, which look amazing!

The game went really well, especially for Curtis. He got two assists, one was a really lovely saucer pass and the other was after whacking away at the puck and a teammate came in and finished it.

Curtis also got a boarding penalty, which he didn’t mean to do!

His team won 4-1, again the leading team and it was a really great feeling game!

We got back home, cleaned a few things we neglected earlier today, made some lunch for tomorrow and that was that, bed time. Which we are looking forward to as we are very tired after a lack of sleep last night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 149: Vancouver, BC – A Winning Lunch!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the day doing project work, which was all positive and its heading in the right direction!

Not too much more to speak about with that, but lunch was interesting.

As Curtis and a couple of his colleagues won a card building competition, they won a free lunch! They decided upon sandwiches from Chachi’s.

The sandwiches were excellent! Curtis had a smoked meat sandwich which was tender and delicious. It had pickles and some kind of mayo inside.


Chachi’s | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8/10


After lunch, Curtis completed some more project work and did some testing for it.

Right when he was about to leave, he got an email from someone asking for something from someone that has left the company, which makes it difficult.

Curtis did some investigation to see what could be done, but it seems not much was the answer.

Curtis walked home and just played some games for a bit until Kim arrived back.

Kim’s Day

To make time for training Kim is going in to work earlier so she can attend and open training time slot.

Kim got in and started her day by catching up on emails and preparing emails to send out to today’s new starters, as there are 3 today!

When the first arrived later in the morning Kim did the full new hire tour, including showing her the facilities like the gym and the too floor of the building.

For the rest of the morning Kim was working on the invites again and made some good progress. Just before lunch Kim had to nip out and pick up some milk alternatives as she forgot to order some. She also picked herself up some lunch while in the shop.

Mid afternoon the other new starter arrived so Kim did a tour of the office floor and that was it. After this Kim had a chat with her colleague about their plans for upcoming meetings and the timings that would work for them.

Kim started making the bookings before getting distracted by ad hoc requests from people coming to her desk. So she made a note of it all before she left and went to her first training session.

Session 1

Kim’s first training session went well. Kim trialled a new song to see if it worked better and it really did! She was able to take the few pieces from the other routine and easily transfer it into this song. It was so easy it in fact worked better with this song!

Session 2

Once Kim got back from her first set of exercise, we watched a little bit of TV and Curtis had some leftovers.

Kim went off to her exercise and Curtis played a few more games and got some admin completed.

Kim’s second training session was very much the same thing but at the location closer to home. Kim.was able to do a full run through with around and record it which is amazing!

As the routine is just over a month away and Kim is missing a whole week of training across 2 weeks, she was starting to stress. She is much happier and confident now.

Kim got back home and we watched a little more TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 137: Vancouver, BC – A Card Tower

Curtis’ Day

Curtis wanted a break from doing the guides he spent all day doing yesterday, so he made an effort to not do any!

Instead, Curtis spent most of the day just setting up accounts and laptops for 2 new people that start on Monday.

After lunch, at 15:30 after his meeting, Curtis had a challenge to complete – building a tower from a pack of cards.

The rules were simple. Only the cards and box can be used.

Curtis was on a team with 2 others and they thought of the idea to bend the cards to use them as a structure, which is what they did.

Everyone started to follow suit but in the end, after some drama of the ‘judge’ accidentally knocking down another tower, Curtis’ team won and got tickets to do an escape room!

Curtis setup desks for the new people and completed a couple of tickets at the end of the day and then left to meet Kim and walk home.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she remembered that she had some fruit from the catering in the fridge, so she chopped up some more and made a nice little fruit salad. Kim then turned her attention to the drinks fridge and restocked that.

When she got back to her desk is was time to save more of the invoices. She is making good progress, but gets interrupted by the phone and other emails which disturbs the flow!

As two people were leaving to pick up their lunch they invited Kim along so she went for a nice walk with them to the shop. When they got back they all sat down for some lunch. It was so nice.

After lunch Kim took some time to rearrange her calendar for next week and warning people of thw big meeting room cleanout taking place tomorrow. She then continued on with the invoices.

Kim arranged a meeting with a colleague so she could help Kim figure out what should and shouldn’t be kept from behind at reception. She went through and organised it in to piles and then they quickly went through it together and Kim managed to organise paperwork and throw a whole lot out.

The last bit of the afternoon was continuing on with the invoices.

Back To Silks

We actually walked home together today, which is the first time in a while as Kim didn’t have to stay late.

We got home and watched some YouTube whilst Curtis had some thai curry for dinner.

Once Kim left to go to Silks, Curtis played the new Call of Duty beta!

Kim drove out to Richmond and had an open silks practice session. It felt like Kim has no muscle mass in comparison to when she left.

Kim was able to climb okay but her invert and combo moves were gross!
As a result of this, when kim got home, she went straight to the gym to focus on legs, core and flexibility. Hopefully that will help!

Kim got home and we watched some more TV and then went to sleep.

We can’t believe its Friday already!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 291: Auckland – Into The Playoffs

We woke up a few times this morning but stayed in bed until 09:35.

We had cereal for breakfast and watched some videos.

We had a shower each and then did the housework. We vacuumed and hung out the laundry before we left to get the shopping done.

We didn’t get too much whilst shopping and so we had time to go to our usual coffee shop and get an iced mocha!

We went back home and Kim made lunches as well as cleaned the oven.

We then did some research for accommodation and got some booked.

We then took Nicola and Tabitha to watch Curtis’ hockey game. This game was a big one, where if Curtis’ team won, they would get 3rd in the league.

The game was a physical one, where Curtis managed to get 3 penalties, one of which was a questionable hit.

On the plus side, Curtis’ team won 1-0 and therefore secured 3rd place!

Next up is the play-off quarterfinals, where they play the last place team in the league. That’s in 2 weeks.

We got home and Curtis showered then we had a chicken burger each for dinner.

We watched two episodes of the big bang theory and then did some more research.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 283: Auckland – An Incredible Game & A Birthday Party

We woke up at 10:30 which was the perfect time to wake up!

We had a sausage each from last night as well as scrambled eggs, beans and mushrooms.

Breakfast

We finished up with breakfast and then Curtis watched the Leafs’ pre-season game.

At 14:00, Curtis took Kim to a birthday party! This was for a colleague at work. We stopped by at the supermarket to get some flowers for the birthday girl and some drinks.

Curtis dropped Kim off, got some fuel and went home.

At 15:30, Curtis left to go to his hockey game. As he got halfway down our road, he realised he didn’t swap his glasses for contact lenses, so he turned around, put them in and then was off again.

Curtis got to the rink and had a good feeling about the game! This game was against the Bears, who are currently last place.

Curtis’ team started sloppy and after 2 periods, they were down 1-0.

In the 3rd period, the Scorpions turned it up and scored two goals in the last 5 minutes to come out with a win! Curtis got an assist on one goal and felt that he had a good game in general.

One more game left in the season and then it’s playoff time!

Curtis drove home, showered and ate some pizza. On the drive home, there were some incredible skies!

Kim had a great time at the party. She was playing games and of course drinking, but she really enjoyed herself.

Kim got a lift home via KFC and got herself a twister wrap.

Once Kim got home, we watched some YouTube videos and then went to sleep!

Curtis needs to get a haircut tomorrow but his usual barber is closed so he had to find a new one!

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This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 224: Auckland – Big Win & Post-game Beverage

We woke up at 10:00 and Kim FaceTimed her family.

Once Kim was done with that, we had a ham, cheese and egg bagel each for breakfast.

Once we were done with breakfast, we got ready and headed out to Onehunga.

We were going to find some new work shoes for Curtis as his current ones have holes in and Kim was looking for some clothes, too.

We went to a few shops and Kim got a couple of exercise tops and a skirt and Curtis didn’t find any shoes!

We left Onehunga and went to Glenfield Mall on the way home to do the weekly shop.

We stopped in at Coffix when we got in and had to wait a while as it was busy! Once we got our coffee, Curtis’ wasn’t good at all which was a shame!

We then stopped at a couple of shops to look for shoes for Curtis and eventually found some nice brown ones.

We then did the shop which didn’t take long and then we came back home.

We did a bit of a clean when we got home, doing the vacuuming.

We then drove to Botany for Curtis’ ice hockey game.

The game was a really good one and the Curtis’ team got the 4-2 win!

After the game, we went for a drink with Curtis’ colleague Colten and his girlfriend Sarah. It was nice to sit and chat, until the music got too loud which is when we left!

We then got home and Curtis showered and we watched some funny videos whilst eating leftover pizza as dinner!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale