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

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 513: Vancouver, BC – PR Medical Exam

Curtis’ Morning

Curtis had a call at 09:30 with his team and then right after that he had a call with someone to finally do something for them that closes off a ticket from November!

He then did a number of other tickets and responded to some questions, right up until 13:00 when we had to leave.

Kim’s Morning

Kim got up and had a phone call with a vendor and then had to send a few messages/emails to get some documents signed. She was able to get these signed which was a relief.

Kim had a chat with her sister for a while which was really lovely!

Kim did a few more messages, emails and a few other work things and then left at 13:000 with Curtis.

PR Medical & Evening

We walked down to the place we were getting our medical and had to wait there for quite a while before anything happened.

Firstly, we filled out a questionnaire and then had further questions asked from us as well as a quick physical exam.

We then left that room and Curtis was called in for his blood to be drawn!

Curtis did feel pretty awful after he had it done, so he led in the room for a while until he felt better.

Kim then got hers done after a wait and then we were done!

They finished up the paperwork and we were out the door after about 2 hours.

We still need to each get a chest x-ray but they can’t do it there, so we need to get that done elsewhere.

We walked back home and Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim went to the office to do some things.

Once Kim got back home, she did some work and then we ordered ourselves some dinner!

We got some Afghan food, which is something new but awesome!

We are that and watched some TV for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 512: Vancouver, BC – Bank Letters Received!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a 90 minute company wide meeting at 09:00 and then after that, for the remainder of the day, he had a bunch of tickets to complete.

He worked with someone for a couple of hours trying to get something fixed and he is pretty sure he got that sorted for them, by the end of the day.

Overall, Curtis had a successful day and was able to get some letters from the bank that he and Kim were waiting for to use for PR.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a team meeting in the morning so she got ready for that and joined. After the meeting Kim prepared for another meeting by reviewing candidates to refresh her memory. She also helped the person in the meeting with a job posting that they have.

Towards the middle of the day Kim had a facilities call that went very well and she went straight from that into the weekly HR call. Then from that call Kim joined another, new, facilities project call!

In the afternoon Kim worked on a some paperwork and ordered a couple of laptops to collect. She also called her colleague so they could work on some of the paperwork together.

Evening

We ate pizza for dinner and watched a really funny Icelandic comic called Ari Eldjárn (it was an English set) for an hour and it was a great laugh!

We then played some games and watched some further TV.

We got the bank letters uploaded and tomorrow we have a medical exam, which will strike off another thing we need to do.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 511: Vancouver, BC – The NHL is Back (Again)

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy day!

He had a short team meeting at 09:30 and then had a few tickets to get done.

After those, he had a 1 hour meeting with some colleagues to go through an application that a colleague is making for the team.

Once that was done, Curtis spoke with someone that was having some laptop issues and then he spent most of the afternoon after lunch dealing with a small security risk that was identified.

Curtis also had to call the bank to ask if they had our letters we had requested a couple of weeks ago, but they said they likely can’t get them until tomorrow.

Kim’s Day

Today was a lot of back to back things, but felt a lot less busy than the last few days, which was nice! Kim got a few things done in the morning before joining a meeting to go over a few things with a a new starter to get them up to speed on a few of the projects that are ongoing before some other meetings that are coming up. They then both left the call and headed to the in person facilities project meeting. That meeting went so well and Kim is really excited for the next steps.

Once Kim was home she caught up on a few messages and reviewed a couple of candidates. Then Kim hosted the social call where she they played a game of Skribbl, it was so lovely!

After lunch Kim then went in to the office to sort a few things out. The CEO popped in to help and then they had a chat about the company and things that are coming up, which was lovely!

Hockey is Back!

Curtis watched the first leafs game of this (shorter) season! The stress of hockey is back but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The leafs managed to win, in overtime, and it was fun to watch again!

Kim got back home with KFC and we are that and watched some TV.

We watched TV for the rest of the evening and relaxed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 510: Vancouver, BC – 2 Hour Phone Call

Curtis’ Day

Up until 11:00, Curtis had a standard and fairly busy morning.

Things relaxed a little but then at 12:30 someone was unable to login to their laptop.

After trying to help them with some messages back and forth, Curtis jumped on a phone call with them to see if he could fix it.

After 2 hours, it was looking pretty bleak, so Curtis asked the person to meet Curtis’ colleague at the office as he was already there.

Once that call was done, Curtis finally had some lunch and then had some admin to do as well as some other work.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a really busy day today! In the morning she prepared for the company meeting, ordered a laptop and joined the meeting. She left the company wide meeting a little early to join a meeting with potential vendors to discuss plans and options avaliable for the company.

She then has a quick call with her colleague to discuss the meeting and go over a few things that happened over the oast few days and catch up.

In the early afternoon Kim hosted the first interview for a position that is open and it went really well. She was really pleased with how it went. After the interview she had a chat with the other person in the interview to discuss next possible steps with the candidate and position as a whole.

Kim then had two meetings with the executive team, back to back. They were both great and went really well. For the last hour Kim was on a call with her colleague so they were able to collaborate easily on a few tasks and organise a few things.

Evening

We had some African stew that we had leftover in the freezer and watched some TV for the evening.

We both had a pretty busy day, so we were ready to relax!

We even had a little bit of a nap, which made us feel much better and more awake!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale