Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 523: Vancouver, BC – Negative!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning, with many people messaging him and asking for help.

Curtis had his usually weekly team meeting at 10:30 and after that he had some more tickets to attend to.

After lunch, Curtis had a call with someone to show them how to do something and then there were 35+ new tickets that arrived at once which Curtis dealt with these were user role change tickets, so it was just a bit of admin for the last 45 minutes of the day!

Kim’s Day

Just after her day started Kim had a call with her colleague to go over the projects that they both have going on. It was a really useful meeting where Kim was able to talk out a document she was writing and get a second viewing on it meant she was able to figure out the wording that she needed to make it better. She focused on the document after the call too.

At midday Kim joined a team meeting chat where they had a quick 15 minute catch up to go over some of the other ongoing projects over the next few weeks.

Shortly after the meeting Kim received a test to say that the test results came back negative, which was such a relief!

In the afternoon Kim worked on an info email to send out to everyone. Then she finished the day on a call working with her colleague on a few things. The call was mainly to collect the paperwork needed for the facilities project, but they also went over a few other things too.

Evening

Kim was meant to receive a package today but it had not arrived and the tracking was fairly useless, so she contacted support and that also wasn’t too much help!

During this, Kim made dumplings to go with our leftover stew and we then ate that whilst watching TV.

We had to reschedule the viewings planned for tonight and tomorrow as the testing centre for COVID suggested that Kim isolate still, if she has symptoms, even if she tests negative.

Therefore, it was just relax time!

On the plus side, Curtis got his final piece of paperwork he needs for PR and Kim just needs a couple!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 522: Vancouver, BC – Another COVID Test

We woke up and had ourselves some breakfast and relaxed.

Once we were done with breakfast, we each showered and got ourselves ready. During this time, Kim noticed a slight tightness in her chest and shortness of breath.

Out of precaution, she went to get herself tested for COVID-19. This was her second test, as she had one close to the start of the pandemic, but this one took far less time.

This was still unpleasant, though!

Kim went to a drive-thru testing station, which was incredibly easy and efficient!

Once she got home, we had to re-arrange the apartment viewings that are meant to happen tomorrow, should Kim have COVID.

We should find out the results some time tomorrow, likely the afternoon, so we thought postponing would be the safest thing to do.

Due to this possibility, we didn’t go anyway today, we just stayed at home and relaxed.

Kim is perfectly fine, other than a little bit of chest tightness and we suspect that she doesn’t have COVID, but we shall find out tomorrow.

Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim went to get tested and then we played games and watched TV for the remainder of the day.

We don’t have much food in the house, but enough to get by for a few days, so we had frozen pizza as it was the easiest thing.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 521: Vancouver, BC – First Apartment Viewings

We woke up at a really good time, got ourselves showered and had a bit of breakfast.

Right after that, we got right into doing the final clean and tidy, which took us a couple of hours.

We felt the apartment looked incredible once we were done, and the realtor felt the same, which was great!

Curtis welcomed the realtor and showed her to the storage and parking, and then we left and let her do her thing.

We went first to get a coffee/hot chocolate from a place down in Gastown.

The hot chocolate was part of the festival again and was a malt-style hot chocolate. It was nice, but not exactly what Kim was expecting. Curtis got an Americano from there too which was fantastic.

We left here and walked for a bit towards Curtis’ work.

We had a gift card from his work building for the food court next door, so we went there to get some lunch. Unfortunately, the card didn’t work, but we still got the food and went to find a place to eat it.

Whilst we were finding a place, we noticed that Jack Poole Plaza was slightly different with a lot of new random signs around etc.

It turns out, Ryan Reynolds is filming there and making it into another location!

We ate our lunch and then continued with our walk. It’s certainly got colder now and it’s rumoured that it will snow tonight, but we shall see!

We walked for a couple of hours what was really nice (but cold) and then we headed back home to meet the realtor and get our keys back.

We got back in and just relaxed for ages! We even had a nice nap.

For dinner, we had some frozen chili we had made before, so we made that into quesadillas!

We watched a comedy show whilst we ate that and watched a few other things for the evening.

Whilst all the walking was fun today, we do play to relax tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 520: Vancouver, BC – ANOTHER Application Submitted!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis and a team meeting at 09:30 and then was busy with some tickets followed by some admin and security work before it hit lunchtime.

Once lunch was done, Curtis had some questions and tickets to attend to, then he started a project. It was mostly figuring out what needs to be done for the project, but there was a little bit he got done, too.

He had a quick request from someone on his team for some information so he found that and provided it to them, then it was the end of the day and time to watch hockey!

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim sent a few emails and set up some meetings for next week. She then joined a meeting to set up a company wide brainstorm.

After the meeting Kim submitted her PNP profile. Then she created a template that she will use for some base questions in interviews. Kim also sent some paperwork to another new hire and ticked a few quick wins off of her to do list.

In the afternoon Kim went for a masked walk with her colleague. It was so fun and the weather was beautiful. Once she was home Kim worked on a few things for the facilities project.

Evening

We had some pizza from our favourite pizza place for dinner, once Kim got home and hockey finished.

We ate that terrific pizza, did some tidying and cleaning for the first set of viewings tomorrow and watched a bit of TV.

We topped of the evening with some wine and relaxing.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 519: Vancouver, BC – The Cleaning Begins

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was very pleased that he had a great sleep last night!

He was very ready to work, which was good, as he had quite a bit to do today.

He had some tickets to complete and then, mid morning, he setup a laptop remotely in the US, which always takes time due to connection issues/time it takes to do everything.

Once that was done, it was lunch time, followed by a bit of license auditing which Curtis did to ensure that licenses weren’t being used when not required.

Kim’s Day

Kims day started with a meeting about the HR system. They went through some of the processes and features to ensure that they had been set up correctly. Following this meeting Kim made some changes and updates to a few things. At midday she had a HR meeting where they updated about candidates and other things.

Then in the afternoon Kim sent some paperwork out, reviewed documents and continued with the updates from the morning.

The Cleaning Begins

Once he finished work, Curtis played some games and then he got some cleaning done for he showings this weekend.

He cleaned the bathroom and that looks so much better!

Whilst he was doing this, Kim made chicken burgers, leftover from the previous time we had them. We also had some Mac and cheese leftover so we had some of that, alongside the burger.

We watched TV and did a bit more cleaning/tidying for the evening and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 518: Vancouver, BC – X-rays

X-rays

We were up around 07:00 this morning and ready to go!

We had to get x-rays as the last part of our medical and it’s a walk in clinic for that, so we wanted to get there for when it opens so we’re in and out as quick as possible.

It opened at 07:30 and we got in and out of there pretty quick and we’re back home by 09:15, but did stop to buy a coffee on the way home!

Curtis’ Day

As soon as he got home, Curtis had a busy day!

He had meeting right when he got back and then did a lot of tickets right up until lunch.

Once lunch was done, he had more tickets to do and did some troubleshooting with someone.

It was an entire day of tickets but a busy and successful one!

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim updated spreadsheets and made notes for the next few weeks and months. At midday she then joined her team meeting to discuss the ongoing projects and the next steps for them all. Kim then hosted the social call where everyone just had a chat and caught up, it was so nice.

For the afternoon Kim joined her colleague discuss the plans for the next year or so for the team. It was such an interesting call!

She then had a call with someone so that they could help Kim send the first offer letter on the new HR system. It was so great for Kim to have that support from someone who has a little more experience with the software than she does.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on a few projects and eventually sent the offer letter out.

Evening

Curtis watched hockey after work whilst Kim was working.

We then had Mac and cheese for dinner, homemade of course!

We ate that and watched some TV and headed to bed at a decent time as we were up early this morning.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 517: Vancouver, BC – Requirements Discussion & HR Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy morning with many questions and tickets being directed his way.

At 10:30, Curtis had a Norwegian lesson which went excellently and then he got back to many messages and tickets again.

Shortly after finishing his lesson, he had a meeting around a project to discuss requirements and ensure that everyone was on the same page. That went well and progress was made, which is terrific!

We had some lunch and then Curtis did some project work and managed to start and finish a project in an hour.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by continuing on with putting some of the HR documents on to the HR system as a template. She then joined the weekly meeting and provided updates for the department she is in.

After the meeting Kim wrote up a few things for her colleague and sent them over. She then joined a meeting to discuss a candidate, which went well.

In the afternoon Kim focused on finishing the HR paperwork she started earlier and also updated some other information on that system too.

Kim also managed to get a few things done for the facilities project.

Evening

Kim went out to the shop to get some wine for the dinner (and to drink a little, of course) and something from the pharmacy.

We made a mushroom and tomato pasta which we’ve not had for a while and it was excellent!

We ate and relaxed for the evening and had a few discussions with the agent who is selling our apartment with regards to what we need to do etc.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 516: Vancouver, BC – Gathering Paperwork

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets in the morning and then had a meeting for an hour with his team.

After that, he had some more tickets to do and a bit of Norwegian homework, then he had another team meeting for about an hour.

Curtis did a little more work and then he had some lunch with Kim.

After lunch, Curtis and a little more work to do and a bit of admin for some project work he had just been given.

After work, Curtis watched the Leafs game whilst Kim continued to work.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning setting up two laptops for a couple of her teammates. She also managed to get some admin done. Just after midday Kim joined a team meeting where they all caught up and made plans for the week.

Kim’s colleague came and picked up their laptop after the meeting and they had a quick chat too. It got cut short because of a facilities meeting email that came in. As a result of the email Kim set up a meeting with a few people so they could all discuss next steps on the project. The meeting went really well!

After that Kim had a meeting with her colleague to go over some of the immigration paperwork. They completed a form, collected a few of the other needed documents and also made a note of other documents needed.

Kim then dropped the other laptop off to her other colleague. To finish her day Kim helped her two colleagues set up their laptops and was also able to get some HR stuff done, too!

Evening

We had some homemade lemon chicken with rice and the lemon chicken had been marinated for a while so it was very lemoney, which we love!

We watched TV and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 515: Vancouver, BC – Apartment Being Sold!

We woke up and had some cereal for breakfast and then went out for a walk.

We went and got another hot chocolate from the hot chocolate festival. This time it was from Peaked Pie which is an Australian pie shop.

The hot chocolate was a lamington flavour, which, if you’re unaware, is an Australian chocolate and coconut cake!

Curtis got a flat white too, which was excellent!

We had a walk for another hour or two and then headed back home.

We then met our landlord and her agent at our apartment. We were told yesterday that it was being sold, which shouldn’t affect us, but obviously there are things that need to be done, such as photos being taken and viewings, so we have a lot of cleaning to do and many of our evenings/days will be taken up with viewings and cleaning.

Once that meeting was done, we went to the shop to get ourselves some food for the week, though we didn’t need to get to much. We also stopped in at Canadian Tire to get a storage box that we can throw things in when the viewings happen.

Once we got home, Kim re-tried making the potato, mushroom & peas meal we had a couple of weeks ago.

It was delicious!

We ate that and watched some TV, then we played some games and watched a bit more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 514: Vancouver, BC – Hot Chocolate Festival!

We woke up and felt very well rested.

Kim made some cinnamon bun crepes which were very tasty, though we found them a little too sweet!

We watched some TV but then got ourselves ready petty quickly and went out for a walk.

We went to 49th Parallel, a previous favourite coffee stop for us, which is down by Kim’s old work building.

We went so Kim could get a doughnut and also their special hot chocolate they had! Each year, they have a hot chocolate festival here in which many cafés have a special unique hot chocolate flavour. Last year, we weren’t that impressed, but this time, Kim got a dark chocolate & orange flavour hot chocolate and it was excellent! It also came with two chocolate brigadeiros which were also incredible and worked perfectly with the hot chocolate.

We had a long walk and then came home. Curtis then watched hockey whilst Kim relaxed.

We ate leftovers from yesterday for dinner, and watched a bit of TV.

We took the bins down to the recycling as well as some items we needed to take down to storage.

We got some vaccuming and cleaning done and then we played some games and went back to watching TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale