Place 72 – Day 190: Vancouver, BC – A Slow One

Curtis’ Day

The day was very slow for Curtis today.

He didn’t really have anything planned for the day, but had 2 meetings back to back at the start of the day.

The day ended up being steady as tickets came in, but no project work for him at all.

Curtis fought with a laptop in the afternoon, which would do as he wanted it to, for some reason. He also helped a couple of people with their questions.

Weirdly, the day was slow work-wise, but fast time-wise!

Kim’s Day

Kim collected more RSVPs for the winter party and continued adding notes to her to do list.

She then went to get something from the stationary cupboard and couldn’t find it so she dragged everything out and reorganised it. She recently found 2 plastic baskets in her apartment buildings swap table and knew they would be perfect for the stationary cupboard and they were perfect too!

Kim then took am earlier lunch as she had a meeting in the early afternoon. Just after lunch Kim got caught on the phone with a potential vendor. They organised for Kim to arrange a lunch for her and the administrative team so Kim will look into setting that up for next week.

In the meeting with her colleague Kim went through the relatively long list of questions she stored up over the last week. Kim will bow be hanging up a whiteboard, responding to a rental company and she also got a lot of guidance on the Holiday party among many other things.

Kim went from this meeting straight into her bi-weekly 121 with her manager. They had a great catch up and Kim got a lot of guidance on how to love forward on a few things too!
After the meetings, Kim had a few items to action for the Holiday party and other communications that need to go out so she worked her way through these.

Free running!

Curtis watched the Leafs game which started at 19:00, so a couple of hours after the usual time, so he could watch the whole thing.

Kim went to free running to check the place out and then went to off to pole training.

Kim’s training tonight was far more successful than last week! She managed a fair few handstand related moves and even started to feel more confident with a differnt variety of climb which is wonderful!

We managed to watch one bit of TV before sleeping!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 189: Vancouver, BC – Broken Elevators

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and 3 out of the 6 elevators weren’t working!

Curtis crammed into one of them and just after he arrived at work, he was told that all of the elevators had stopped working, so he got there at the perfect time.

Curtis had his standard team meeting after doing a lot of a admin for the morning, but then really had nothing planned.

His day became busy, in a good way, and he was able to get a lot of tickets completed.

A concern was raised about something project related, so that is what Curtis spent most of his afternoon doing, after his team strategy meeting which lasted for an hour.

Right at the end of the day, Curtis did some project admin but also helped someone who had been having some issues for a few days.

Once that was done, it took Curtis perfectly to the end of the day.

Luckily, the elevators were working.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a day of getting the things she has been putting off done.

Kim started by sending out a chaser message about the Holiday party so she collected the RSVPs and gave the spreadsheets formulas so Kim doesnt have to do maths anymore, then the fruit arrived so Kim sorted all of that and then reorganised one of the other cupboards in the kitchen. Kim gutted it, sorted through plastic cutlery boxed up some plastic lids and just generally had a good clean up.

Kim then spent some time drafting up business cards and got them sent out to be made up.

Kim then sent a few emails about the holiday party and added more points to the to do list and moved some from ‘to do’ to ‘completed’ which is a win!

Throughout the day there were many deliveries, which Kim can only expect will increase over the next few coming months!

One of the deliveries for Kim’s colleague was ful of decorations for the holiday party. The only issue was that one of the things ordered was about a third of the size they wanted! So they will have to get more!

Kim then got her head down and scanned all of her receipts for the past month and saved them all too! This is so great as it means she will have done it just in time to reconcile!

Costco

We went over to Costco to get a few things from there on the way home.

We didn’t get much at all and were out within 20 minutes!

The weather was foul, so all of our bags and the box we carried got wet, but at least we got the items we needed.

Weekly Clean

We got home and did our weekly clean.

We took the rubbish and recycling out and then cleaned up around the apartment.

Kim walked up to the shop to get a few things and then when she got back, we had dinner.

Chicken Baguette

We had a chicken baguette for dinner, with mayonnaise and sweetcorn, accompanied by turkey stuffing crisps and some of our leftover “fancy” cheese.

We watched some TV, made some lunch for tomorrow and that was our evening!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 185: Vancouver, BC – AI Talk @ Microsoft

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a productive day, getting a lot of ticket work done, but also spent a while trying to get an email address setup through a piece of software…which took a while.

When Curtis first got to work, he was told that a TV wouldn’t turn on and sure enough, after he declared it broken, there was a hidden power button to flip!

Just after lunch, Curtis helped a team with a bit of user testing and then got back to doing some work.

For the last part of the work day, Curtis offboarded someone who left today.

At 16:30, Curtis walked to Microsoft with a couple of colleagues for a talk!

Once they got in, they were given visitor lanyards and got some food and drink waiting for the talk to start.

The talk was about the ethics of AI and there was someone that worked in healthcare, head of AI at Microsoft and an Intellectual property lawyer.

The discussion was quite interesting, but not as good as the last one.

Curtis walked home and waited for Kim to get back from her training.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with some holiday party planning, as we are getting closer and closer there will always be something that needs to be done. Today Kim asked the venue for some information for the band aet up and coordinated with the band for their requirements.

Once Kim had worked on the holiday stuff for a few hours she decided to head out to return a flipchart that they bought a few weeks ago as it was missing a piece. Kim went to the staples to return it however the shipment date associated with the online delivery stated it was sent in 1997. This then meant a simple return took about 30ish minutes as the wonderful gentleman behind the counter had to call support. Eventually they got to the end of it and Kim had a good laugh with the guy in the store, he was very helpful too!

Kim came back to both orders of pizzas having been delivered so she put those into the right meeting rooms. She also had a wonderful catch up with they lady who comes in to water the plants. Kim gets on super well with this lady and was away in Vegas for her last visit to the office so it felt like ages since they had a chat!

They decided to arrange to catch up outside of work and have a proper sit down and catch up! Kim is turning into quite the social butterfly these past few weeks, its really lovely!

Someone within the office knows of a new pizza place that recently opened, so they arranged for a free trail to come in to see if the pizza is any good and if it would be a contender for somewhat regular orders.

A few people came in to try the pizza and the general consensus is that it is pretty good!

Kim then did a little planning for this weeks Friday social drinks as it is baby shower theme for one of her colleagues who goes on maternity leave this Friday. Kim drew up a mocktail menu and then went out to pick up some juices. While she was out she picked up the regular alcoholic drinks too!

Kim then focused on the holiday party for a while when she got back. Then Kim made place cards for the mocktails so they were easy to figure out which is which and what they include.

Kim is very excited to put everything together tomorrow.

Kim’s Training

Kims first hour of training was open pole and she really struggled. She thought it was fatigue but found out after the class that the pole was slippery.

Before the next class, Kim claimed a different pole but still struggled with the first move as none of it was anything she has experienced before.

She learnt a new invert, into a new rest position into a new hold position, so it was quite challenging!

The second move was a regular invert into a superwoman to a kind of stand up pose, which was very cool! It was hard to get into but Kim somewhat managed it 3 times, so she left training having achieved something and on a bit of a high.

Late Evening

We were both home later than usual, so didn’t have as much time.

We watched a couple of TV shows and then hit the hay.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 184: Vancouver, BC – Back to Pole Training

Curtis’ Day

Curtis actually got to work at the perfect time, but then emptied the dishwasher which took him perfectly to his daily meeting.

After the meeting, Curtis spent all morning doing ticket work and it was perfectly busy!

At 12:00, there was a demo for some antivirus software which was very interesting, so he really enjoyed that.

After lunch, Curtis had to figure out who owned a software as someone was leaving and someone new had to take it over. Once he figured that out, he started the setup for that.

Once he got that done, he had time to look over a few different helpdesk software and compare them to see which is the best and which his company should start using.

Curtis walked home and watched the leafs game.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in she decided to start getting into the habit of having something to eat before starting to work. She grabbed her cereal and sat down, just after it dawned on her that she has a visitor coming in for someone at 9 so she hid her cereal ans waited to greet the guest. Once the guest was in Kim pipped back to the kitchen to have her cereal.

Kim then spent a while trying to get hold of someone who would be able to send across the missing receipt from a hotel. In total it took over an hour, many calls to different numbers! It was a whole kerfuffle!

She then went into a meeting to have a chat about the upcoming winter party. Kim and her colleagues agreed on decorations and a plan for cracking on with the to do list.

After the meeting Kim sent out a few emails asking a vendor for some information and updated the spreadsheets with new RSVPs.

Just before lunch Kim went out with a friend so that she could grab her colleague a birthday cake and so Kim could grab nappies for a baby shower themed Friday afternoon drinks. Kim will also be making mocktails!

Kim spent some time ordering pizzas and creating templates for possible Congratulations cards for winter party prizes.

Then Kim went into another meeting with one of the ladies from earlier to discuss plans for the social side of the quarterly new hire meetings. They discussed possible dates and games that could work.

Kim then worked through more party stuff by emailing the venue for some info and finally making an RSVP list for the people in the UK office.

Back to Pole

Curtis finished watching hockey and then went up to the shop to get some ham for lunches.

Once Curtis got back, Kim left to go to pole training for the first time since her competition.

Kim loved going back to class today as she learned a crunch spin, which will be great on other combos and a shoulder dismount, which hurt but again is very useful!

Kim went for a swim and to the gym when she got back home. After that, we watched some TV and then went off to bed.


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 179: Vancouver, BC – Birthday Flower Surprise!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was largely uneventful and slow.

When he got in, he had a call with a few people from his team regarding a problem and how they are thinking of rectifying it.

Once that was sorted, Curtis did some ticket work, a little bit of project work and then he had a long, 1.25 hour meeting.

Just before the meeting, pizza arrived for the whole office. There was 22 boxes! This helped feed Curtis during his meeting, which was a bonus.

After that, Curtis technically didn’t have any lunch break, but he got right back to work.

Curtis setup a laptop and had a few more ticket requests to get done and then he went and had a drink with others in the office.

When Curtis left work, he had to go and pickup some chocolates that the florist didn’t deliver to Kim for her birthday!

Kim’s Day

When Kim arrived she had a chat with someone she planned a lunch with! Kim has been assigned a new person to have a coffee date with and Kim organised it for Friday forgetting it was her birthday. Instead of it being for a coffee date, it turned into a lunch for Kim’s birthday! Kim invited her whole team and a few others from around the office. That was a great way to start the day!

Kim then ran across to the supermarket with a colleague and grabbed a chocolate croissant for breakfast and tried to get a free coffee from Starbucks for her birthday but that location didn’t accept it!

Kim spent a fair amount of her morning sorting things for the winter party as it is only 4 weeks away! She made a to do list out of her notes, a guide of a timeline of the activities in the evening, sent out an email to a vendor and made a shared folder so other people can see this and add to it.

Kim and the other 8 women went to lunch!

They picked an amazing Thai place just down the road. It was a great meal, Kim had duck in a pa-naeng sauce with coconut rice and it was delicious!

When they got back to the office Kim was greeted by an ENORMOUS bouquet of flowers!

They were about 3x the size of Kim’s head and they were the final present from Curtis. It made Kim well up and she was so thankful!

After everyone ooo’d and aaa’d over the cute note from Curtis, Kim was sat typing away when a few of the girls who came for lunch and another guy from the office came over and started singing happy birthday but they also had a cake for Kim!

Unsurprisingly, this also made Kim well up, so they went to the kitchen and had cake!

After the cake Kim had a quick meeting with her manager to go over a few questions Kim had about the social committee.

After this meeting Kim continued working for all of 5 minutes before a small army walked over with ANOTHER cake all singing happy birthday! So they all had a chat and some cake.

Kim decided to do a little work after all the cake and arranged for some business cards to be sent out via FedEx. She also took 5 minutes to have a quick chat with her parents!

As she was setting up for the weekly drinks she realised that she didnt have one crate of the usual beers so she ran out to get that, luckily before she left she went to take her ID and realised that she left it with Curtis, so she took another person from the office to go in for her.

Kim then sat down and enjoyed a glass of wine while finished her slices of cake from her multiple birthday cakes and chatted with people until Curtis arrived to help carry the flowers and stuff home!

What a brilliant birthday!

Nothing Evening

We got home, relaxed and watched some TV.

Kim showered and whilst she did that, Curtis played some games.

After that, we sat and watched a bunch of funny YouTube videos and then watched the latest NCIS:LA.

This weekend is a busy one, but should be super fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 177: Vancouver, BC – The Catch Up

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was actually looking forward to going back to work.

Curtis got to work and got caught up, but had a meeting right when he got in, too, so he went into that and then after he spent the whole morning just chatting with colleagues and getting the low down on what’s happened whilst he was away.

Once that was done, Curtis got some tickets done in the afternoon, with a little bit of project work thrown in, but mostly ticket work, which was perfect.

Curtis left for the day and walked home (in the dark!).

Kim’s Day

Kim was greeted with a very warm welcome! Apparently there had been a lot of travel to book while Kim was away and her teammate who covered hadn’t been on front desk for that long for 2 years!

She also had a warm welcome from emails and messages. It took Kim a while to go through them all and was catching up with people at the same time.

She then went into the social team meeting and made plans for the next couple of weeks.

After the meeting Kim had a bit of time before heading out with 2 teammates to look at the holiday party venue and go over a few of the logistics for there.

When they got back Kim had some lunch and then started writing up some notes from the social meeting.
Then she spent some time updating the social calendar for November and moving furniture in the kitchen for an event that is happening in the afternoon.

They moved tables and chairs to make room and 3 group areas.

Kim then spent some time organising catering and looking up signature cocktails for the winter parties.

Kim is trying to link them to each theme!

She also then took some time to process some of the invoices and attempt to catch up on some of that towards the end of the day!

Relaxed Evening

We had a relaxed evening, just had some tuna pasta for dinner and watched a few videos, nothing strenuous.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale