Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 223: Vancouver, BC – Supporting Local Businesses

Curtis’ Day

After a rainy morning walk on which there were very few people, we got back and Curtis began work.

Curtis had a few meetings today, including one long presentation which lasted 1.5 hours but was very informative and helpful!

Curtis got down to just 3 tickets today which was great, and in the afternoon did some team building with his team and then Friday drinks with people from the office over Zoom.

Kim’s Day

After the company meeting Kim went on and held the UKs weekend windup, it was great! She met someone new and everyone had a great chat!

Kim kept herself busy for a short amount of time before she helped set up a live Cello performance from a fellow employees daughter. It was a beautiful 40 minute set and everyone loved it. It was a perfect escape!

After this Kim picked up a few smaller tasks and worked on her project for a while before jumping on another call to help with the weekend windup for the east coast. For this call we played a game that was online but similar to pictonary and it was hilarious! It was so much fun!

Kim then spent the afternoon sending out updates to everyone, sending out the recorded live stream footage so people can watch whenever they want! She also sent out an invite to a pokemon quiz for next week.

To finish the day Kim had a chat with people from the west coast for a weekend windup. It was so nice to see some faces that she hadn’t seen in weeks!

Supporting Local Businesses

We did our workout which nearly killed us and then Kim did some stretching.

We ordered a curry to support the local business and we got it within 30 minutes!

We chilled out and played some games as well as watching a bit of TV.

We’re looking forward to getting some sleep tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 221: Vancouver, BC – Early Morning Walk

Early Morning Walk

We were up at 07:00 and right out for our morning walk.

Kim had to start work early today, so we made sure we had plenty of time to walk and then get working.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a productive morning, which was really good and made it go fast!

He had his daily team meeting and then right after had a project meeting for an hour.

After lunch, Curtis had another project meeting for an hour and then then afternoon was pretty quiet.

He did get a message around 16:00 asking for some help, so he jumped on a Zoom call and helped the person out, which was really good.

Kim’s Day

Kim has set up a social call where everyone from all 3 offices can join in so she set that up and facilitated it. It went so well! Everyone relaxed and had a great catch up. Just after this Kim joined the company wide meeting.

She spent most of her morning saving invoices and sorting out communications for things. She invites some people to a progress tracker that she made for people to pick a goal and support each other with it over the coming weeks.

After lunch Kim worked on and completed her quiz! She also had a call with her colleague where she was given a mini project! So thats great!

At the end of the day Kim spent some time trying to work out a charge that had been put on a credit card. she had to reach out to a hotel, and then to people within the office! By the end of it all, the charge was fair, so thats great!

Chilled Evening

We did get some chores done, cleaning down the countertops and getting some vacuuming done.

We had a day off from working out as our app said to do so, so we just had leftovers for dinner instead and watched TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 219: Vancouver, BC – Morning Walk, Stretches & Daily Workout!

Morning Walk

We were up at 07:45 today and went right out for a walk.

We walked for about 30 minutes and then got ready for the day.

Kim did a few stretches when we got back, which really helped her.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meeting today, starting with his team meeting at 10:30, but he did some admin and tickets before that.

Curtis had some time after that, so helped some people with tickets.

At 12:00, Curtis had a project meeting which was very positive and helpful, followed by a meeting at 13:00 with his team again to discuss a few things that needed to be spoken about.

After that, Curtis had lunch with Kim, some toasties and vegetables, and then in the afternoon he made a Microsoft Forms form to log equipment that people have borrowed and then he had to help someone with a few different issues at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by working on stuff for when she will be back in the office.

Towards the middle of the day Kim joined a few other colleagues for some Yoga, its one of the things that has bee revived for while everyone working remotely. We have one person share their screen and everyone follows along at home, it was great!

After yoga Kim worked on a one page overview for the winter party in Vancouver. She also took a little time to look into options for the other offices.

After lunch Kim worked on the Vancouver winter party a little more and contacted a venue with some questions!

For the afternoon Kim started to put together a quiz that people will be able to play remotely, but all together!

At the end of the day Kim was joined a team catch up. It was great t see everyone’s faces and see how they are all doing.

Workout

We decided it was probably good to do a workout each day, as we should only really be going outside for a little each day, so we did that after work.

We chucked some music on and found an app which has a 2 week workout plan, which we started.

We think this nearly killed us, but it should do us some good, especially as neither of us can do our regular sports.

We finished that and showered, but Kim did some more stretching.

We relaxed for the rest of the evening, had a tuna baked potato and watched some TV and we played some Need For Speed together!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 216: Vancouver, BC – Live Online Workout Class!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few tickets to do throughout the day, which kept him busy.

As well as that, he was making a Visio flowchart for a process he has developed and that took a surprising amount of time to make!

Curtis had a meeting at 13:00, which lasted for 1 hour.

This was a company meeting to discuss what will be happening and what the plan is during COVID-19.

After that, Curtis and another meeting which was a project-related meeting to figure out requirements and what each team could do to help.

Curtis did some project admin after this and then at the end of the day, he had a happy hour call with people from his office with drinks, similar to what he would have done if he was there.

Kim’s Day

Kim had the final class of her project management course today, but this had to be done remotely which was a little different.

When Kim was on breaks from the course, she did some social related things for work.

After finishing her class, Kim jumped into her social chat with colleagues for a drink and chat.

Costco, Online Workout & Curry!

Once we were both done with work, we walked across the bridge, just for a walk really, and popped into Costco.

They didn’t have most of the things people were looking for, so it was incredibly quiet!

We gathered a few things we needed and then walked back home.

Kim did a workout when she got home as she was invited to it by a friend!

It was a course run on Instagram live as no-one can go out, so they were doing it online.

Kim liked this a lot, but she was tired!

After, we made a chicken tikka masala (mostly from scratch, but not the sauce, we’re not good enough for that!).

This curry was great, as expected, and we had some samosas and naans with it too.

We chilled for the evening…it’s crazy that it’s the weekend already!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 213: Vancouver, BC – Double Fainting!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did his usual admin and then had a team meeting.

After the team meeting, Curtis did a few tickets and then had a project meeting again.

Kim’s Day

Kim did some more health and safety documentation throughout the day, answered some questions and then had a meeting for events.

Appointment

Kim went to an appointment and Curtis went with her.

We had to wait for about an hour before Kim was seen and the aftermath want great!

Neither of us felt good after and both of us felt very faint!

We had to wait for a while for our dizziness to go away before we could leave, then we had a slow walk home.

Once we got back home, Kim went to bed to relax and recover and Curtis went up to the shop to get some ice cream for Kim as well as some other stuff (though the supermarket was pretty empty!).

When Curtis got back, he put on some frozen pizzas for us to have and we watched a bit of TV.

Kim had a fairly early night and Curtis did too, in comparison to his usual habits.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 212: Vancouver, BC – First Time Working From Home

Curtis’ Day

We were up at 08:15, which is about 45 minutes later than usual, as we both have to work from home.

We both had our breakfast and got ready for the day with showers and what not.

Curtis had some admin to do and then a general team meeting at 10:30. Around this time was when Trudeau gave his speech indicating that he was closing all of the borders into Canada!

Curtis did some of the abundance of tickets that were coming in and then had a meeting at 12:00 for one of his projects.

He then had a team meeting and then another meeting about a project.

Curtis then had lunch with Kim which was really lovely to be able to do!

Kim’s Day

This was Kim’s first time ever working from home! She now has to do this for a while, so she has to get used to it!

Kim had a team catch-up to see how everyone was doing which was nice to chat with everyone.

Kim then worked on health and safety documents, getting those ready to go.

Kim had another meeting about an events project which was positive.

Kim went up to the shops to get a few things we needed and then did some reading in the late afternoon, but that wasn’t too thrilling.

Risotto Again

Kim went to an appointment and when she got back, we had leftover risotto, but had a salad to start!

We watched some TV and ate some food…that will be our life for the foreseeable future now!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 211: Vancouver, BC – Long, Long Walk

Kitsilano Beach Walk

We got up and had some breakfast, but got ready for the day fairly quickly.

We left the apartment and had a brilliant 45 minute walk to Kitsilano!

The sun was out, it was still cold but there were no clouds in the sky.

We didn’t expect there to be many people either, but there were actually a lot.

We got to Kitsilano and walked around a bit, just for no reason. It was so nice out that we felt we should.

We did stop and get a coffee and doughnuts at Parallel 49th, though.

We started to walk back after this, with a few stops on the way to pet some dogs and we walked on the beach for a bit, which gave us excellent views!

Guinness & Moscow Mule

We got back home and went for a drink at the pub near our apartment!

We had been out for a good few hours, so felt like we deserved it.

Curtis got a Guinness and Kim got a Moscow Mule.

Risotto

Kim made her famous risotto again and we ate that for dinner. It was truly amazing!

We then watched some TV as well as a film, The Death Of Stalin which we thought was very funny!

We are both working from home tomorrow (and for the foreseeable future), as mentioned previously, so we don’t need to be awake as early!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 209: Vancouver, BC – Panic Buying Has Begun!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had an incredibly busy day.

He started with a quiet day, just setting up a laptop for someone.

He then was told that the company would be announcing company wide office closures as a preventative measure to COVID-19, in a similar vein to how Kim’s place is doing it.

Curtis had to deal with a bunch of things for the closure. Some tickets, getting things prepared like laptops in case they are needed as well as helping with a few other things to assist with the sharing of information and storage of information, too.

Right at the end of the day, once Curtis got a second, he did an offboard and had a Guinness, which was bought for Tuesday to do a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but as that isn’t happening, he and his colleague had one today!

Kim’s Day

Kim went off to UBC today to do some more learning!

She was in a different classroom today, but still did some learning for her project management course.

She met Curtis after he was done at work and we walked home together.

Panic Buying

We went up to the shop when we got home. Not to panic buy, but just to get a few things for dinner and some stuff we needed.

When we got there, there was very little of use left as everyone is panic buying!

We got what we could and got out of there.

For dinner, we had chicken wraps with lots of salad and vegetables in them, with a Nando’s and ranch sauce, it was actually pretty great.

We just sat around and watched TV…we’ll both be working from home until further notice, so that’ll be fun.


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 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