Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 284: Vancouver, BC – Hopefully The Last Deep Clean!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of work on his Hackathon project today! It’s that time again, and he is in the same team as last time, which was the winning team, of course!

The idea has really got some legs now, thanks to multiple meetings during the day and the wonderful developer getting it built out.

Curtis did a few of the admin things for that and a few tickets around this. He also attended the weekly Zoom webinar.

Curtis did some work around some requested approvals and he also showed his team what to look for and how to approve these correctly.

Curtis did a bunch more work on the Hackathon and some more meetings for it and then was done for the day!

Kim’s Day

Kim woke up and then stressed thinking that she was 15 mintues late for the midweek catch up, this would have been the case on most days but it turns out that today Kim was 45 minutes late for a resilience and mindfulness webinar, so that wasn’t great! Luckily it was voluntary and recorded so Kim can catch up on it.

She then got ready for the midweek catchup and had a lovely chat with people from the Vancouver and Toronto offices. It was great!

Kim then spent some time catching up on emails and general admin. She also wrote some notes for upcoming meeting and plans. Mid morning Kim jumped on a call with a colleague to talk about the plans for the kitchen, Kim has already looked into getting a new dishwasher but they are also looking into replacing something else too. After this call Kim spent a while looking for things that are needed in the office.

In the afternoon Kim had her 1-1 and it went well. For the rest of the afternoon Kim continued shopping for things that they need in the office.

Hopefully The Last Deep Clean

We left home right after finishing work and went to the old apartment, with a stop at the liquor store and Home Depot for supplies.

We had a long list of things we needed to do, so we got right on it.

Most of it was easy stuff, but the one main thing that was a pain was the oven! It was just not getting clean! We tried many different techniques but none seemed to help. Due to this, we think we need to pay someone to come and clean it!

We got everything else done though and drove back home.

We showered when we got home and then ordered a McDonald’s for dinner as we were too tired and couldn’t really be bothered to make anything that late.

We ate that and then had some of the new whiskey we bought to wind down the evening with some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 283: Vancouver, BC – Move Out Checklist

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin and a few tickets in the morning and then at 11:00, him and Kim left together and walked down to their respective workplaces!

Curtis had to tidy the IT equipment on each desk so that the desks were easier to clean when the cleaners come in to do a disinfect.

Once Curtis got in he got started and finished sorting the desks about 1.5 hours later.

Curtis then stayed at the office and helped the office administrator do a few things around the place.

At 14:00, Curtis walked home. Once he was home, he answered some messages, did some admin and then had a bit of lunch.

Curtis jumped on a call for the remaining time in the day to figure out some new things his team has taken on and help a specific person out with it.

After that, he did a few things around the apartment and waited for Kim to come back from the office.

Kim’s Day

Kim caught up on emails before she headed into the office with Curtis. She then spent some time doing general admin and continuing with the office clean up.

Kim spent a lot of her afternoon in meetings the first one was planned so she joined a couple of her colleagues to go through a process and how it works so Kim has a better idea of what she needs to be doing.

After this Kim jumped on a call with a differnt colleague to go over some plans for the coming weeks. It was just a short call as Kim had to jump on another call with someone and help them out with something while Kim was available in the office.

Once Kim finished up with that meeting she called her colleague back up so they could continue brainstorming for the coking weeks. They made some good plans and a lot of progress!

Move Out Checklist

We headed to the old apartment right after Kim got back to give it another once over and then meet our old landlord to complete the move out checklist.

We did the checklist and there were a few things we still need to do, so we noted those down and we’ll be heading back tomorrow get those sorted.

We were very hungry so we headed home for some dinner!

Kim made a really good vegetarian spaghetti bolognese.

We ate that and relaxed for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 277: Vancouver, BC – More Stuff!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty quiet day in general. He watched the Zoom webinar and then did a few tickets.

After that, he had his weekly team meeting.

Curtis did a few things in the afternoon but it was pretty slow overall.

Kim’s Day

Kims day started by hosting the midweek catchup! There were just two people but it was such a nice time to hang out and talk. Straight after that Kim joined the health and safety committee meeting and that also went well. There were some great discussions and it was great to see everyone!

Kim then spent a bit of time working through some emails before joining her take a break activity for the week. She decided to try and host a crafting hour where people could use the time to make or work on something to relax. Kim decided to make some cereal bars and someone else worked on creating wrapping paper for a gift box. The crafting time ended up being just 30 minutes but it was good fun!

Kim then went into the office and collected some things to ship out. In order to do that she had to pick up a cardboard box, so she left to go grab that and picked up some cream for her colleague on the way back. Kim then packaged up the box and set up the FedEx drop off.

Kim the had a meeting with her colleague where they caught up from the last week and updated each other on their projects. She was able to get direction and help with her projects which was great!

For some of the afternoon Kim worked on a data management project for one of the teams in the business. It had been a week since the meeting where things were explained so it took Kim a while to really get going! After a while she was flying through it and making good progress.

Kim then had another catch up with her colleague before she headed home via FedEx to drop off the package.

More Stuff!

Kim went out to get another thing for our apartment! She picked up a bookshelf which we can use near the kitchen for a bit more storage.

Kim actually drove to the wrong place first, which was annoying! Typing it into Google Maps didn’t seem to work correctly.

Kim had leftovers for dinner and Curtis had some meatballs.

We watched some TV and relaxed for the rest of the evening, though we did take the recycling down.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 274: Vancouver, BC – Checking Out The New Neighbourhood

We woke up and had some french toast for breakfast and then we got ready for the day.

After we were ready, we spoke with Kim’s family and gave them a little tour of our apartment, even though it is not ready yet!

We finished the call, had a quick snack and then went out to walk around and explore our new neighbourhood. There seemed to be some cool places around and we even found an open Starbucks, so we got our first Starbucks in months!

We then walked back home and relaxed for a while, as well as looking at beds and other things for the apartment.

We then got hungry, so decided to make pizza!

We had a pizza dough already, so it was a case of just getting the topping sorted. We went with mushrooms, cheese (cheddar & mozzarella), red onion and sweetcorn!

The pizza was pretty tasty, though we don’t think it was enough for 2 people.

We watched the film Prospect whilst we ate dinner.

We had some cookies and other snacks throughout the evening and just generally did very little.

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 271: Vancouver, BC – We Moved!

We were up at a fairly good time to get the apartment ready for moving as best we could.

We walked up to Home Depot to get a few things we needed and then went to pickup our U-Haul.

We got to the U-Haul place but our self pickup wasn’t working so we had to call support for them to assist.

We eventually got our van and drove back to our apartment to pickup the sofa.

We had to sell the sofa as it was too big, so we took it to the buyer!

We then went from there out to Burnaby where we picked up a new, smaller, vintage sofa which is super comfy!

We then drove back to the apartment and loaded as much as could into the van.

We drove to our new apartment and parked in the loading bay and got unloading!

It took us quite a bit of time, but that was the bulk of the items in.

Unfortunately, our bed cannot be dismantled enough and we don’t think it will fit into any transport easily or fit in the elevator! We therefore left the bed at the old place (which we still technically occupy for the next couple of weeks) and we will be sleeping on mattress until we can get a new bed frame.

We had to go back and get another load of items and load those into the new apartment.

We then took the U-Haul back and went and got the car to do a couple of smaller rounds of deliveries.

In total, it took us around 8/9 hours to get it all in!

We then started unpacking and Curtis plugged in the WiFi router, but it didn’t seem to work! After doing some testing for a while, it definitely didn’t work so he contacted the company and they will come and fix tomorrow between 13:00-15:00, so no work for Curtis until it is fixed tomorrow.

We got a lot of stuff unpacked but then got very hungry, at 22:00, so walked to our favourite pizza place (it’s about a 5 minute walk now, so very dangerous!) And got some pizza and had that with some wine.

We got the bed (mattress) made and finished our wine whilst getting a few other things packed, but we were so tired so just had to sleep.

We can show off the apartment tomorrow when we get it all unpacked, but we really like it so far!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 270: Vancouver, BC – The Final Packing & Dismantling!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy and productive day that went fast!After his usual admin, he joined Zoom’s weekly webinar which was very interesting and helpful.After that, and for most of the day around doing tickets, Curtis started and completed a part of his new project, which was to review some options and decide if the company should use the settings/policies to improve the security of the internal IT systems or not.After work, Curtis cleared out a few cupboards and got some things ready and packed.

Kim’s Day

Today started with guided meditation as part of mental health awareness month. It was very interested and kim enjoyed it. She of thinking of adding into the odd yoga time. After meditation Kim hosted the mid week catch up. It was a fair few different faces which was good.Kim then headed into the office, really early for normal because she had a meeting. On the way she had a good catch up with her colleague. Once she arrived Kim got all of the marketing stock ready for her meeting. She then went through the stock that there is with the director of marketing and they started making loose plans for where it will live and who will be looking after it. After the meeting Kim set up another meeting to go over the stock with someone else from marketing and someone from HR to look into things further.Kim then went through emails and caught up with that. She also arranged a courier for someone for Friday. While she was organising her emails the people to do the renovations arrived, so Kim showed them around and left them to it as she had a call to join.After the call Kim updated her log for the mailing and tried calling FedEx but had no luck. Kim then had her 1:1 that was cut short due to Kim being needed in office for decisions with the renovations and the building maintenance came up to show Kim a few things about the kitchen area.Kim then called FedEx again and was able to get some help with a booking she was trying to make. Due to Kim not giving someone their charger when they picked up their new laptop earlier in the day Kim had to arrange to have it sent out, so she booked that and then organised a FedEx for a laptop going out to someone else.Kim kept herself busy by organising some things around the office while she waited for the courier to come by. After a while she called them and found out it was booked after the cut off time for today so Kim has arranged for it to be picked up from her home tomorrow morning before the move. It did mean that Kim was stalling working from the office for no reason which was a shame! So she dropped the other package off to FedEx and went home.

The Final Packing & Dismantling!

We spent all evening packing up and dismantling!We got the bed dismantled and then packed up everything from the cupboards and sides.We now have pretty much everything ready to throw in the Uhaul tomorrow and move in to our new apartment!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 269: Vancouver, BC – 1 Year in Vancouver!

One Year Here!

We have been living in Vancouver for 1 year as of today! It’s just 269 days as we have had trips elsewhere during our stay, but we moved here this time last year! It’s flown by!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another slower start to the morning, but did a ticket which took an hour and a lot of project admin during his team meeting.

Once that was done, Curtis went with Kim to clear out the storage locker downstairs and move the majority of it into the car to take to the new apartment.

Curtis spent some time trying to figure something out, but didn’t make much progress, and then went have lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a few more tickets and then that was the end of the day!

Curtis packed up his remaining clothes, getting ready for moving!

After Curtis packed up, he emptied the dishwasher and played some games.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning catching up on emails. On the way into the office Kim dropped the car off at the new apartment so she can put some stuff into the storage locker after work.

Once Kim got into the office she spent some time organising her desk and getting things ready. She then spent a bit of time reaching out to other people about mailing things.

Kim had reached out to the building to see if they would be able to let her borrow some tools or help Kim out a wire hole through the back of a cabinet. Someone showed up today and was able to sort it out. The drill Kim tried it with last week was not up to the task. It was perfect and Kim spend some time setting up her game station for people to enjoy when they are back in the office.

One of the things that Kim has been putting off is rehoming some of the stationary she has removed from the kitchen cupboards. She started with envelopes and folders and moved those to where the other few envelopes are stored. Giving her more space for the rest of the stuff that she has to put away.

After work Kim went and picked up a wardrobe orgnaised for the new apartment. She then went to empty the car, and being smart Kim decided not to use the elevators and took the stairs to the parking floors. Except she didn’t. What Kim managed to do was get locked in a stairwell because the doors lock after you and cannot be opened from the inside! So she had to call the front desk / security to come and rescue her. After that she decided to bail and just go home. She will empty the car on the move in day.

Getting Packed Up

We got a few more things packed in the evening, but dinner was the priority!

Curtis had some Swedish meatballs and Kim had some chicken sausages, along with potatoes, carrots & peas.

Whilst we were making dinner, 2 police cars and 2 police vans arrived outside our apartment and they were arresting someone on a bike, which was a bit of entertainment!

We watched some TV and did a bit more packing up, and we don’t have too much more to do.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 268: Vancouver, BC – Back To Viewings Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty relaxed start to the day and then had to get some information for some security metrics.

Once Curtis got those, he had his team meeting quickly.

Curtis did some tickets and then had a meeting with a vendor, which wasn’t overly successful.

Curtis had lunch shortly after and then had 3 meetings back to back.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting and then after that he had a project update meeting.

After the update meeting, Curtis had a call with someone to free up some space on their laptop.

Curtis got some more admin done and then was done with the day. Someone was meant to be coming to look at our sofa, but they did not.

Kim’s Day

All of the invites for Kims social events ran out last week, so she started her day by adding new links and extending the recurrences.

One if Kims colleagues is unable to get the mail this week, so Kim said she would. It also makes no sense to just walk there and back, so Kim spent the rest of the day in the office. Once she got there, Kim joined the Yoga class.

On the way into work, Kim saw a cool painting on the wall!

Kim then met someone who dropped their old laptop back at the office. Once she had the laptop she helped IT with trying to set it up. They hit a roadblock so decided to let it try to sort itself out and come back to it later.

Kim then hopped on a call with someone in sales to go over a mini project they need doing. She will be helping the team categorise and organise their filing system online. After this Kim had a quick question for her colleague in regards to some of the older marketing stock thats lying around, so she called her and they had a quick chat.

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon reaching out to people in regards to sending things back to the office. Midway through the afternoon she had a quick call with a friend from another department. It was great to have a nice chat with him.

After that call Kim had another meeting with IT where they bailed on the original laptop and ended up getting a second laptop to work. After this Kim sent a few more emails out and then headed home.

On the walk home, kim timed how long it will take to get from their new apartment to their building and its about half the time it currently takes her, which is good. She also saw someone wearing a purge mask, which was a little unsettling.

Back To Viewings Again

We were told that someone had got our apartment already, so noone needed to view it, but that fell through, meaning we had to get the apartment ready for viewing!

We cleaned the apartment and then we waited for people to arrive to view it. There were about 7 people coming to see our apartment and the first 2 did not show up!

A few people did arrive and came to look at the apartment.

By 20:00 they were gone and we had leftover risotto for dinner.

We got some things tidied and packed around the apartment ready for Thursday’s move out/in day!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 266: Vancouver, BC – Gotta Sell Stuff

Apartment Viewings

We had a bunch of people come and look at our apartment today, which pretty much took up our time.

We had breakfast and then at 12:00, the people started arriving.

We had 4 sets of people which took a look and this took us to about 14:45.

After our viewings, we listed our sofa and some other stuff we can’t take to our new apartment for sale.

Quick Shop & Spider Man

After this, Kim went and did a quick shop, which didn’t take long at all!

We had chicken tacos for dinner and watched Spider Man: Far From Home. We thought it was alright, but not as good as the previous.

Spider Man: Far From Home

Our Rating:- 5/10

We finished that up with some games and TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 265: Vancouver, BC – We Got A New Apartment!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty quiet morning, just having a team meeting and then doing a few things here and there.

In the afternoon, the tickets picked up and Curtis got some done, followed by a long team meeting to discuss the projects from the last two weeks.

Afte that meeting, it was happy hour time, so Curtis jumped onto the zoom call to have a chat.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim got ready and set up the weekly catch up call for the UK offices and when no one showed up for 15 minutes, she ended the call. Kim later found out that the UK had a bank holiday, which she knew about.

In the morning Kim spent a lot of her time on admin, reaching out to people, updating logs and setting up meetings.

Kim then got invited to a meeting and was told about a project she will be helping out with. After that meeting Kim had a quick call with her parents to wish her Mum a happy birthday. It was so great to speak with them!

At midday Kim hosted a games time for her department. She got to use her new Jackbox games and it went well, once she figured out how it all worked! After two games on there Kim joined the East Coast catch up, which mainly had west coast people on it. They had a great chat and then they played some more Jackbox. Kim used the call as a Guinea pig to get the audio from the game at just the right level.

After the games Kim spent a lot of her afternoon doing admin and then she hosted the West Coast weekend catch up. It was a small call, but a lot of fun!

We Got A New Apartment!

We finished work, bought renters insurance, and then walked down to the city.

We got to where we needed to be and met our new landlord again!

We went up to the apartment, got all the information and signed the contract.

We sent the money across but that took a while, but it did eventually go through!

We left the apartment and headed back home and we were hungry so we ordered food on the way home.

We got back and had our food, curry again, and it was spicy!

We had to do a few other things, like change over the utilities and probably buy a new sofa as ours is too large for the apartment.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale