Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 327: Vancouver z BC – One Day Mini Project

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was productive as he was able to start and complete a mini project in just a few hours!

He started the day with chatting with his team about the project as everyone has to agree to it and then he did the work.

It was mostly research and testing which didn’t take him long at all to do.

He did some tickets and joined a webinar but the webinar was useless so he left it half way through.

He has been working for the last couple of days trying to get something fixed for someone but it is not playing ball, so that’s been frustrating and he worked on it more today too.

Curtis did some more reading/training in the afternoon as well as a couple of tickets and some admin.

A pretty productive day in general.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by getting in early to help host a company wide meeting. It went very well and it was really interesting. When that came to an end Kim sent out an email for the Q&A for tomorrow and put the recording of todays meeting on the Wiki.

Kim spent a little time tidying up where she had dumped everything in her meeting room. She then spent the rest of the morning making notes and a plan in regards to changing some things on the phone. Once that was done Kim listened to the voicemails and sent the messages on to people.

Mid afternoon Kim had a meeting with her colleague about changing the phone system and an idea that she had that would make it easier for that team to get their messages. Kim showed the functionality of the app, to the best of her abilities, and explained how it would work in this scenario.

After that meeting Kim had another meeting with a colleague about office updates that are still on the list to be done and future events that they are planning. It went well and they had some really good ideas come up!

Evening

We took the recycling out when Kim got home and then we made more garlic bread to go with the remaining lasagna.

We finished the rest of the lasagne and watched some TV. We played some more virtual mini golf, too, which we are both getting much better at!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 326: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Veggie Lasagna & No COVID-19!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly early project meeting which didn’t last too long, but had a few action points from it which was positive.

Curtis got some tickets completed and then had a couple of team meetings.

Curtis had a few more project related meeting sheich were very positive and did some more tickets, finishing the day with creating a new project.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her morning working on one FedEx delivery. She ended up redoing the whole thing after chasing for weeks. Hopefully with the new right pickup and whole new paperwork everything will go smoothly, but who knows!

Just after midday Kim called the helpline to get her test results. The first time she called she was unable to get through, then the second time they confirmed that Kim does not have COVID. Which is wonderful! Kim had some lunch and started the ‘meat’ sauce for the lasagna tonight and then headed into the office.

Kim collected all the things she needs to send our to a new starter and began packing them up. She joined her 1-1 call with her manager and that was great. Bother were happy at the new that Kim does not have COVID and they spoke about events for the future.

After the 1-1 Kim went back to sending the items. She had to rebox one of the packages as she had packed more than was needed, so that was great! Kim also picked up the post and ordered coffee for the nespresso machine. It was a very productive afternoon!

Evening

Kim got home after being at the office for the afternoon and made a vegetarian lasagna!

It turned out perfectly and was so delicious! We had it with some homemade garlic bread, too.

We watched TV and played some games for the evening, as usual.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 325: Vancouver, BC – COVID-19 Test

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy and fast day today.

He did a lot of tickets throughout the day and did some testing for a colleague, too.

He did a computer checkup for someone and had a 1 hour chat and troubleshooting with someone to fix something, which eventually worked.

Curtis did some more testing and more tickets and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim worked from home again. The reasoning behind this is that Kim had a slight cough and tickly throat yesterday and as a result she popped to get a COVID test and went home. Kim feels fine, but now that the office has reopened she feels its best to get a quick test done and be sure it is just allergies or changes in the humidity. She would much rather be safe than sorry aa she fits the requirements of someonewho should go and get a test. So when Kim left work yesterday she went to an urgent care unit in downtown and had a COVID test, it didn’t hurt, but it was unpleasant. It felt like pressure next to the eye and at the top of the nose. The actual swab took only a few seconds, Kim was only in tbe room for 3 minutes. It was great to see how many other people were getting tests for lower level symptoms too.

For today Kim spent a lot of her morning catching up on FYI emails and working through some of the things she may have missed over the past few weeks. Kim also spoke with FedEx in regards to a difficult shipment that she has been struggling with for a while and hopefully starting to make some progress.

At midday Kim hosted yoga and she also had a meditation video at the end. Kim picked both videos today and really enjoyed them. Shortly after yoga Kim joined a short call with a few people to celebrate someone going on Maternity leave. It was great to see some faces Kim hasn’t seen in a while and wish the lady well.

Mid afternoon Kim called the helpline in regards to getting her test results, but the lab only got the swabs at midday today so she was asked to call back tomorrow afternoon, so thats what she will do. Kim is 90% sure its nothing! She updated her manager and let her know the updated timeline.

In the afternoon Kim started listening to her voicemails. This required her to restart the system, so she did that and started listening to the voicemails. There were so many, still some for tomorrow!

Evening

We played some of the Golf game we played yesterday again and then some other games before we got a bit hungry.

We made enchiladas for dinner, which was lucky as we had some stuff frozen we could use for filling, so it was nice and quick.

We watched some TV and played some games in the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 324: Vancouver, BC – Planning Projects

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with some tickets and questions from some people. It went incredibly fast and he got a lot done in that short hour or so which felt really good.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting and then not too long after that, he had another team meeting to plan a project, writing a project charter. This was really good for Curtis and his team to figure out how those work and what to do.

Curtis had his lunch and then had a pretty quiet afternoon, just doing a couple of tickets, some admin and then training for the rest of the day, which was good to get done.

Kim’s Day

Kim got into the office and started by catching up on a few emails. She then continued to try to set up an account where she called the company numerous times. She managed to progress the issue, but has now hit another issue that she will deal with on another day.

Kim reached out to a colleague who is leaving and continued to work on paperwork for a colleague who has already left.

Towards the end of the morning Kim went to work from home, and it was relatively unexciting. She spent a lot of her day catching up on old emails and sorting out some general admin that she had been putting off.

Evening

We played some Golf with friends which is a fun mini golf game and then we had some dinner and watched some TV.

We didn’t really sleep last night or for the last few nights really, so we are looking forward to getting some sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 321: Vancouver, BC – Dentist & Fried Chicken

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day, doing some tickets and then having a 1:1, followed by a project update meeting.

After lunch, Curtis got ready to head out as he had a dentist appointment.

The dental practice has very good restrictions with regards to COVID-19 and it was really good to see that.

Curtis was there for about an hour for his hygiene appointment.

Curtis was also informed that if he wishes to have his wisdom teeth removed, he has to do so through a full surgery as they’re touching his nerves!

When Curtis got home, he caught up on things from work and then sat back and had a drink whilst playing some games.

Kim’s Day

Kim left for work and was greeted by a lot of rain, so she popped back to the apartment to grab a jacket and then went into work. On the walk in Kim joined a call as she had planned to be in the office before it started, but luckily no one joined.

When she got in Kim went around and said a few good mornings to very happy faces. People are very excited to be back in the office again. They also found their little gift bags Kim made the other day and loved them!

When she set up her laptop she got a notification that people were on the call Kim was hosting earlier. So Kim jumped back on that call and had a nice chat.

After the call Kim started on the one task she gave herself for the day, take old used notebooks apart, recycle the parts she can and shred the written on pages. Kim also showed someone around the office and explained the method behind the madness to all of the tape on the floor in the kitchen and around the office. She also helped a few people setting up their work spaces.

For some of the morning Kim helped IT fixing the meeting room booking system and she fixed the hot water in the kitchen. Then until lunch Kim tore up more books.

For lunch Kim hosted the other social call, but no one joined for 20 minutes. So Kim and one other person had a quick chat for 10 and it was lovely.

In the afternoon Kim tore up a few more books, replaced someones laptop and answered a few emails. Everyone had an earlier social drink, and everyone enjoyed their mini bubbly bottles from the gift bags, and a back to office photo was taken, which was great! Kim did set up the online social call, but no one joined! It is probably because it was a strange short week that was chopped in half.

Fried Chicken

Kim got home and we ordered some fried chicken from Juke. It was pretty tasty, though definitely not as good as we had hoped. Curtis also got some ribs with his and they weren’t particularly great either.

We watched some TV and played some games for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 313: Vancouver, BC – Printing Signs

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent the start of the morning fixing a problem that someone had which Curtis spent a bit of time looking at yesterday.

Curtis had to get some computer checkups done after that, so that’s what he did for most of the rest of the morning, as well as some security things.

Curtis’ afternoon was pretty quiet, but he did do some tickets, answer some questions and did some admin.

Kim’s Day

Kim made sure she got into the office early so she could call FedEx in Europe. It was a 45 minute wait but she eventually got through and was able to set up the pickup again. Hopefully it works!

After Kim did some admin she had her 1-1 which was short and sweet, other than all the work the team are doing together, there wasn’t too much to talk about. Kim the had a call another call after this too!

For the rest of the morning Kim printed and started making the signs for the office and she even made some of the signs into stickers! Which is great as she doesn’t have to laminate them.

In the early afternoon Kim joined the return to office call to help field questions that people may have. It will be so nice to see people regularly again!

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked in cleaning up the office again. They reorganised some marketing stuff, emptied more desks and Kim orgnaised some of the extension cables under the desks. The office is really clearing up and it looks great!

Evening

Kim got home fairly late and then went out to get some wine. We needed some for the dinner but also, why not have a glass, too!

We made a veggie spaghetti bolognese and that was really delicious. We watched a comedy show whilst eating.

After eating, we watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 312: Vancouver, BC – Constant Issues & More Office Organisation

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very irritating day today.

He had the zoom webinar and then after that he spent most of the morning doing computer checkups. Most of this should be able to be done without even contacting the users, but for some reason Curtis’ laptop was being a pain, so it meant he had to contact each user and either get them to do some things or have a Zoom call with them and do it for them.

After lunch, Curtis had a couple of tickets to do and then had a long Zoom call with someone to try and get an issue fixed, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to get anywhere with it, other than ruling out possible fixes, so it’s back to the drawing board.

Kim’s Day

Kim took the mid week catch up call from home and today it was just her and one other person, but someone she had not met before! So it was great to meet them and say hello.

Once she was in the office Kim started on peeling the signs off the bin doors and removing all the loose tape too. She then organised the new bins and put the signs above them.

Kim had a call from a vendor who she is waiting on a response from to tell her that they haven’t done anything but are going to. Which seemed like a total waste of time, especially given that they had been calling multiple times a day just to give that message.

In the early afternoon Kim had a jackbox game planned, but only one person joined so they had a quick chat. For the afternoon Kim continued to reorganise the office. She emptied more drawers, removed some tables and tagged desks that IT need to look at tomorrow. It was a long but good and successful day.

Towards the end of the afternoon Kim wrote up a to do list for herself and IT for tomorrow.

A Relaxing Bath

Once Kim got home, Kim decided to head to the pharmacy down the road to get some drain unblocker for our bath as it has been getting more and more blocked.

Once she got that and came back, she had a nice long relaxing bath which was just what she needed.

We then made a veggie stir fry for dinner, but we ended up not having enough noodles for 2 people, so we had sweet & sour chicken with rice and vegetables and Curtis will have the stir fry for lunch tomorrow.

We watched some TV and then went to bed. Nice, simple & relaxing evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 310: Vancouver, BC – Fixing Telephony

Curtis’ Day

All of Curtis’ morning was helping fix some telephony things.

There were some changes made but the team which broke a few things, so a bunch of Curtis’ team, including him, had to go through and click a few buttons on each user’s profile to fix it. This took all morning but it was good that it got fixed.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting at 13:00 and then ate lunch after.

After lunch, Curtis and to organise tickets for a bunch of computer checkups and then he had to contact each of the people to setup these checkups.

There was also a couple of tickets for Curtis to get to at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her week at home and caught up on emails. At mid morning she had organised another cello recital and it was amazing. She recorded it and uploaded both recordings to the Wiki.

After that Kim headed into the office and made some more progress on her signs before having a meeting a catch up with her colleague.

After lunch Kim had a meeting with her team which went well. Then her she went out to a few shops with her colleague to sort a few things out.

When she got back to the office Kim worked on the signs a little more and ordered flowers for the cellist from today.

Homemade Curry, Again!

Kim made the marinade for a curry last night, so it was pretty much good to go today, she just had to make the sauce and some coconut rice!

When Kim got home we made that and homemade naan too!

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.

We both had a busy day, so were pretty tired!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 307: Vancouver, BC – Juneteenth March & New Work Dishwasher!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of the morning getting someone to setup a new laptop for them, in one of the US offices.

He had to chat with someone and get them to setup the laptop by following his steps and then that person left the office and so Curtis was handed off to someone else.

Luckily, that was the final part of the setup and it all went nice and smoothly, so the new laptop now has a home!

Curtis had his lunch and then a long team meeting in the afternoon.

After the team meeting, Curtis did a couple of tickets and one that came in right as the meeting finished and then he was done!

Kim’s Day

For once Kim was up and ready with plenty of time to get ready for the UK social call and het computer was not working. So Kim did the call from her phone and after worked from her phone for a bit before she took the battery out to restart it.

After Kim did a little admin at home she headed into work and stopped off to return a few items back to a store on her way in.

Once Kim got into the office she continued working on signs for the office and she sent a few emails to IT to ask for help with a number of things.

In the afternoon Kim hosted the east coast social call and they had a chat before playing a few games. After the games Kim joined another call and watched the cribbage final and it was fun!

After one team won Kim sent out a email to the company to celebrate and she sent the winners some gift cards. Kim and her colleague popped to the liquor store as they had to be in the office until 9pm potentially, so they may as well make the most of it and have a catch up.

Kim joined in the west coast catch up after having a quick call with Danielle in New Zealand, which was great! On the social call they played even more games and Kim made her black lives matter sign to have for the protest that was happening in the evening.


Once they noticed that the protest started to march Kim set up a timelapse, took her sign and went downstairs. Kim stood back to one side and watched thousands and thousands of people walk past and it was amazing and so moving.


Just in front of the office building was a snack, water and hand sanitizer stand with first aid people. It was so peaceful and powerful, Kim was so thankful to be able to be a part of it.

There were so many people of all races, ages and genders, it was beautiful and very emotional to be a part of. Kim and her colleague went back up to the office and had a drink while they waited for the people to come in and install the dishwasher. It was a great evening and the office has a new dishwasher!

Burgers!

When Kim got home after the dishwasher was replaced at the office, it was around 20:00, and we found some food to order, as with each Friday.

We got some food from LOCAL which serves pub style food.

Kim got a chicken burger and Curtis got a breakfast burger…Both were pretty great!

We watched some TV and a movie and then headed to bed. We were both tired this week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 306: Vancouver, BC – New Laptop!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet day, overall.

He was waiting for our new laptop to arrive and it was meant to arrive before 12:00, but he had no idea when it would arrive and if it was to arrive, they wouldn’t be able to buzz up as the intercom doesn’t work with our phones! This meant that Curtis had to keep looking outside and he eventually saw the FedEx truck at 11:30, so he ran downstairs to meet the delivery driver.

Curtis got the laptop, which is a Microsoft SurfaceBook 3 and had a play around with that and then did a bit more work, mostly tickets.

Just after that, Curtis had a meeting in which he gathered requirements as an IT Business Analyst around some pain points someone was having and what they wanted to achieve. Curtis took some notes here and setup another meeting with some people from his team to discuss next steps.

Curtis had some lunch and then a VERY quiet afternoon, just doing a handful of tickets and some admin.

At 16:00, there was an EA press conference which Curtis watched, and then he played some games.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim had some company to help with stuff around the office. As the plan for the day was all about cleaning and getting IT equipment ready a couple of the people from the IT team came into help. They went about cleaning and collecting some of the equipment from around the office and just before midday Kim went and collected pizzas for everyone as a thank you for helping out.

Once the IT people left Kim started hosted a quick game. She set up some tome to play Drawful on Jackbox and it went quite well. It was just a small crowd of people but it was good fun!

After the game Kim continued working on the signage for the office. It involved remaking a few of the signs and drafting up a few more. She was also working on some potential changes to the phone system, so had a couple of calls with the support team for if and how the things Kim wanted to change would work.

Face Masks

We had a really tasty chicken breast each with lemon and mustard sauce, along with some potatoes, broccoli and corn on the cob.

After dinner, we watched some TV and then did some face masks! They actually burned our faces a little, which wasn’t great, so we got rid of them pretty quick. They did seem to make our faces smooth, though!

We had a homemade cookie each whilst watching a bit more TV and then we headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale