Place 72 – Day 77: Vancouver, BC – Incredible Pizza, Wine & Ice Cream

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of laptop related things today.

Curtis got a new Macbook that arrived and set that up for the user. Once that was setup, he had a few tickets to do and then had a meeting with someone in another department who wanted to understand how permissions worked on other platforms.

Curtis ate lunch and then was meant to have a meeting but it never happened.

Curtis got another laptop sorted and then spent an hour or so on a project to make a new wiki page for his team, which he got to work on.

At the end of the day, Curtis grabbed a beer but also needed to offboard someone, so he did that for the last hour and then walked to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

For nost of the morning Kim soent her time putting through orders for for the next week to ensure most, if not all the catering, was sorted out.

Kim did have a plan for the day though. There were a few left over bananas at the beginning of the day so she peeled chopped and froze them ready to be made in to a sorbet.

Kim then went back to putting more orders through, like the regular weekly food order. She set that up and then prepared the cart for a quick and easy order again on Monday for the week Kim gets back.

She was then given some post so she organised thay and then popped out to FedEx to send it. After FedEx Kim then went to the liquor store to get stuff for this week and a couple of items for next weeks Friday drinks. Kim knows that getting stuff next week will be a pain, so she thought it would be easier to pick up more stuff this week and last week to ensure that next week is much easier for people.

When she got back Kim then had some lunch before trying to set up some afternoon ice cream and ice lollies. Once she set it all up she realised that the middle of the ice cream was still not set! So she popped it back in the freezer in a hope that it would freeze more and be set within an hour.

Kim then sent out a few emails to colleueges to outline what she had set up and things that were going on over next week.

It was then time to set up the Friday afternoon drinks, tie up the last couple of things and set out the not fully frozen sorbet.

Incredible Pizza

We walk past a terrific smelling and looking pizza place on the way home every day, so we had to try it out. We had no plans for dinner so stopped there and got a 14″ pizza to share.

We grabbed some wine to go with our pizza and walked the rest of the way back home.

Once we got back, we sunk into the sofa and watched some TV with our pizza and wine. We are both very tired this week, so we had a pretty early night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 76: Vancouver, BC – Company Summer BBQ

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was only working until 13:00 as there was a company BBQ from then, so he had a shorter day.

Curtis got a couple of tickets sorted as well as got some admin done with regards to purchases.

Curtis spent some time looking at security configurations as well as configuring a spare laptop.

At 13:00, the BBQ events began. Every team (Curtis’ was yellow) sat together and were given clues. These clues led to places and the whole team had to be in a photo in front of that place. Yellow team took some time to plan a walking route and then set off.

Curtis’ team didn’t rush, but got all the photos done with 5 minutes to spare and were the 2nd to last team back.

After this, it was drinks time! The BBQ was on top of the building in which the company apartment is located, way up on the 46th floor with a great view.

Shortly after getting settled, the games began. The first game was to eat a doughnut off of a string without using your hands.

After this challenge, there was a small break and then a planking challenge. Curtis took part in that one for his team bit he didn’t do well…He was first out! The winner managed to do over 5 minutes!

After the planking challenge, there was a small break and then there was a balloon challenge. Each person had to tie a balloon to their leg and try and pop each others. This didn’t go well as everyone kept cheating!

The final challenge was a team one in which there was a large bucket of water at the front of a line of people and the first person had to fill a cup with water and pass it down the line, over their head, with everyone’s eyes closed. The last person then had to pour it into a small bucket and first team to fill the bucket won. Safe to say, Curtis’ team did not win but got very wet.

Curtis stayed until the end just chatting with people and eating the burgers and hotdogs, then he stayed to tidy and clean up. He helped take things down to the car and then walked home.

Curtis noticed he left his jacket back there, so hopefully he can get it back tomorrow.

Kim’s Day

Kim left home and headed the opposite direction to work. She is taking a first aid course for the whole of next week so had to go and pick up the work book / reading material. So she hopped on the skytrain to the first aid centre, grabbed the 2 binders for her colleague and herself, hopped back on the skytrain into the city and was at work before 9:15!

For the course Kim also needs another workbook so she printed all 300 pages off so she can study for the rest of the week, weekend and into next week. She tried reading it on the laptop but it was straining her eyes.

For the rest of the morning Kim went through quotes for a few upcoming things the social team has in the pipeline.

There were 2 meetings with catering arriving today. They both arrived early again which meant kim was sat smelling pizzas and burritos for about 30 minutes. She then set up the catering in each of the rooms the meetings were in. A couple of minutes later the pizzas were in the kitchen as the meeting had been cancelled! It was great news, Kim and the rest of her team grabbed some lunch and sat up on the roof to enjoy some sunshine.

When she got back to her desk Kim sorted out some post that had been left for her. Just as she finished this a whole new batch of things to post arrived so she got them done too.

At 3:30 Kim had a meeting with a catering company to go over a new platform that Kim might be rolling out internally! Its very exciting because it means Kim has to do less, which is always a win!

For the rest of the afternoon Kim picked up the odd job here and there but spent most of it reading up on first aid. At one point she did eat a pain au chocolate which was magnificent!

Just as Kim was about to leave all of the stuff from upstairs was brought down so Kim put things away after it was unpacked.

Whole Foods Food

Curtis got home and Kim was doing her training, so she focused on that for a bit until she got hungry.

Kim wanted to get Chinese, but they didn’t have what she wanted, so she went to Whole Foods and got some butter chicken and rice with a naan bread there.

Once we got home, we watched a 1 hour long YouTube video and Kim ate her food.

We then watched a bit more of YouTube and the relaxed for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 75: Vancouver, BC – Too Much Food, Too Early

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work and had a meeting which is regarding security and compliance. It was a good meeting and helped clear up some things he was wondering as well as notify everyone about certain things they needed to be aware of.

Curtis made a big order from Apple which he had to get sorted out and speak with the accounts team about.

At 12:15, Curtis had someone coming in for an interview with some people in another office, so he had to meet them, get them into the boardroom and setup their video meeting.

Curtis had a laptop to configure but also had a meeting starting at 14:00, so he didn’t do that right away, but jumped into his meeting.

His meeting was again, very good and informative. It was over an hour long but it was with the full team about the plan for the year as well as completing the document that the whole company will see regarding the teams plans and goals.

After the meeting, Curtis continued with setting up the laptop and then even managed to start another.

He had a few tickets to do and tidy up some things admin wise and then he walked to meetin Kim from work.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by going through her emails and sorting all of those out. Then she got a request for catering request for later in the day so she put that through.

Kim then spent some time organising the travel for a visitor who is coming over in a few weeks. They confirmed their preference on flights so Kim booked that and was looking in to arranging his accommodation. It was Kim’s first time booking travel on this system so lets hope they make it!

It was then time for the social team meeting and discussed some of the things they will be putting on over the next few weeks.

When she came out of the meeting, she was met with a delivery man who was 30 minutes early, which was strange. It was then horrible for Kim to sit next to lovely smelling food for about 40 minutes!

One of the action points Kim assigned to herself was to create a Pride Bake Off for the Vancouver Pride Festival that will be happening in a few weeks. Kim has challenged her colleagues to bake or make anything and they will get extra points if it is a rainbow! Kim is very excited to be organising this and even made posters.

The quotes for the breakfast coming up came in so Kim evaluated them and proceeded to order which is great.

Just as Kim was about to leave she got an email request about catering tomorrow so she called up and got that all sorted.

Nothing-ness

After 2 busy evenings, we got home and did nothing.

We had dinner right away, which was enchilladas with salad like yesterday and then we got caught in a YouTube void and watched a load of videos.

We watched the first episode of Season 9 of Suits and then a Vikings.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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

Place72 – Day 73: Vancouver, BC – Free Coffee, Forgotten Phone & Costco Run

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work with 5 minutes to spare and was non stop from that point on.

He had a new starter to setup as well as 2 people to offboard.

At 11:00, Curtis helped someone move desks and convert it to a standing desk. Once this was done, Curtis got bought a coffee by the lady, which was lovely!

After the coffee, Curtis had some more of the onboarding to complete and then it was lunch time.

Kim met Curtis down at a Vietnamese place near Curtis’ work as they do a great Banh Mi. We got those but because it was far from Kim’s work, she had to walk back as soon as she got it.

Curtis went back to work after lunch and continued to be busy. He had to order a lot of items as well as some software.

At 14:30 he updated the AV system in 2 rooms and checked on them periodically.

There were a lot of small issues today so Curtis spent quite a bit of time sorting those, too.

Curtis’ day finished at 17:00 and he walked to meet Kim.

Kim’s Day

As Kim was walking to work she checked to see if her phone was in her bag and found that it wasn’t! This was not the best start to the day.

When the fruit arrived Kim put it all away, she ordered a lot of different items from normal so it will be a nice change.

Someone mentioned that they couldnt find any brown sugar so Kim then spent some time sorting out the sugar! Nor exciting but everything is much easier to find now! Plus its easier to know what the stock levels are.

Kim then took some time to set up next weeks order and contact a few other vendors about some possible additional items they would like to stock!

It was a colleueges birthday on Thursday, but she was away on leave so in the late morning Kim and another colluege ran to a bakery to pick up a beautiful red velvet cake and a card! As they got in the elevators who catches the door at the last second? The birthday girl! Sods law!

When they got back upstairs the girls prepared the cake and plates to ‘surprise’ the birthday girl! They got a few people together sang happy birthday and then ate cake!

Kim sorted a few things out before heading to near Curtis’ work to meet him for lunch. Not so easy to do without a phone as they had not really discussed a time to place all that well. They eventually found each other and sat for a little while.

When Kim got back she spent most of her afternoon sorting our various different social things. She set up the agenda for the social team meeting later this week, went over a few things for the upcoming summer party and sent out an invite to a meeting next week. She also ordered some catering for next weeks meeting!

At the end of the day Kim spent some time going through her phones messages. It was not interesting and mainly consisted of the dead space before someone hangs up. There was one call where the phone was just recording background noise of people singing in an office, Kim stopped listening somewhere around the 2 minute mark.

Costco Run

We met up from work and walked down to Costco, primarily to get meat but also a few other things like cheese and a cereal.

We spent some money there and then walked back, boxs & bags in hand with all the items we bought.

Too Much Food

For dinner, we has a big chicken salad with a side of Kraft mac and cheese. Turns out it was way too much food!

We were very stuffed, so we just sat and watched Vikings in the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 70: Vancouver, BC – Important Meeting & Dinner Out

Curtis’ Day

Curtis arrived at work at 07:30 as he had to get the boardroom ready for the important global company meeting.

It took a whole hour from 08:00 to 09:00 for Curtis and his colleagues to join the meeting, test everything and get it all ready.

The meeting went well and ended around 10:15.

Curtis had his emails to go through after the meeting as well as checking on tickets.

After a very informative chat with his boss’ boss, he setup a mac for someone to replace their old oneand then gave them it. The were a few issues with connections, so Curtis did his best to assist with that.

During lunch, Kim popped by to see Curtis, brought him a coffee and swapped house keys.

After doing a few more tickets, it was time for Curtis to pack up and heas home early as he got to work so early.

Kim’s Day

Today there were no large meetings going on so no one required a fruit bowl today so Kim started her day by emailing candidates to see when they would be available for phone screens.

Yesterday Kim arranged some time with a colleague who recently joined to talk about the project Kim is helping with. It was really nice to meet the colleague and great to get their input of the project included. Kim then spent some time putting together information to send across to help the lady with our current plans and processes for the project.

As Curtis left the house earlier Kim had the front door key, so she decided this was a great opportunity to have a snoop at Curtis’s office. On the way she also grabbed coffees to enjoy. Kim got to the office and said Hello to the receptionist there who Curtis has mentioned has a similar personality to Kim, so it was really cool to meet her!

Kim the went back to the office and sorted a few things out before a quick call with a vendor to potentially set up a new ordering system! It was really interesting and could take a small chunk off of Kim’s plate! Win!

Kim then popped out of the office to pick up items for the Friday afternoon drinks. As it is Bastille Day on Sunday, Kim decided to do a French inspired afternoon, so she went out on a quest to find cheese, crackers and French wine! First she got the crackers and cheese and then she went to the liquor store to pick up wine and other drinks. Kim is actually out of the office in a few weeks so had the plan to buy extra of the next 2 weeks to cover her not being in. This meant she purchased larger boxes of stuff then normal and the store suggested she borrow a trolley! Kim only had to walk around the corner but that trolley was a life saver! She dropped it back off afterwards, picked up the post and then put all the drinks in the fridge.

Kim then spent some time organising the phone screens for the people who had responded and given their available times.

It was then time to set up for the Friday afternoon drinks. Kim organised 2 plates of cheeses, dried apricots, dried cranberries and two kinds of crackers! She then had some help setting up the drinks. Everything looked so pretty and Kim was super happy with how it turned out.

It was then time to socialise, the little cheese boards went down well and people enjoyed the wine!

Dinner Out

Once Kim got home, we relaxed for a bit and then went out for dinner.

We went to a place calles CRAFT beer market.

Kim had a chicken burger and Curtis had a flatbread pizza. Both were really good and we liked the place, but it was loud and big!

Kim had ice cream cookie sandwiches for dessert.

Curtis was happy that he got to use his company’s payment webapp to pay, too!


CRAFT Beer Market | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 8/10


We went back home via the drug store so we could get some supplies.

We watched a bit of TV and then went to sleep. We were both very tired.


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