Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 872: Vancouver, BC – Our Own Offices

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was meant to start with an onboard orientation, but his Zoom wasn’t working right on his laptop for some reason, so he had to send the person some messages and convey all the required information that way.

Once he got that done, he got some admin done for a new hire he has to setup next week, and then he had a quick team meeting, which flowed into another meeting.

Curtis then had a demo to attend for a new piece of software that actually looked pretty cool.

After that, he did some more admin and some tickets before doing his Norwegian homework for a while and also some security admin work at the end of the day.

He then swapped over to the Xbox and played some games on his new 4K monitor, which looks beautiful!

He enjoyed his first day working in his own little office with a proper setup. Far easier now we both have a room to be in and we can’t hear each other during our meeting.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a really busy day, but didn’t feel like her brain kicked in until about half way through! She started by trying to catch up on emails and send our a few in response. During this Kim was asked to jump on a call to provide an update from her team to theirs. The only issue was Kim couldn’t remember what the answers for the questions should be, so she wasn’t much use there.

Kim then joined a weekly team meeting and it was during this meeting that she started being able to keep up with what was going on and have useful answers for some questions, so that was good! She then set up a quick meeting with a couple of people to discuss a new hire before joining them in a different recruitment meeting.

In the afternoon Kim had an interview then a quick catch up with the hiring manager. Then she helped with an IT order and made a plan for the next steps of a project.

For the rest of the day Kim prepared for an event tomorrow, did some paperwork and some research.

Evening

We went out to the old apartment to meet the agent there and do a final check up of the apartment. Nothing was wrong at all, so we walked back home, dropped off some items we left there and then went to the supermarket and bought some essentials we needed.

We were very hungry, so we had chicken wraps and Mac and cheese for dinner, then Kim had some more work to do and Curtis unpacked some more of the kitchen items and tidied up the kitchen counters a bit so there was actually room to use it.

We did that and then we finally relaxed and watched TV together.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 864: Vancouver, BC – Sofa Is Built & Registered For Vaccine!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to the office in the morning and had to setup 2 laptops, as well as find equipment to send out to the new hires.

The office is running low on equipment before they get an order, so finding some items was a bit of a challenge.

Curtis finished that up at about 12:00 and then did some tickets whilst he waited for someone to arrive to collect a monitor.

Once that person was gone, Curtis had a meeting with a colleague to discuss a process and then once he was done with that meeting, he walked home and had some lunch.

After lunch, he had to generate some reports for someone and had some tickets to deal with which took him nicely to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a day full of back to back meetings and interviews! In the morning Kim had her team meeting to go over the plan for the week. She went from this into an interview, then straight into the weekly meeting and then into a second interview. She then had a meeting with the hiring managers to discuss the interviews. It was a really productive and interesting morning!

To start the afternoon Kim had a meeting about planning and next steps for a project. It was so interesting and it turns out Kim was approaching it all the wrong way, she learnt so much!

For a good chunk of the afternoon Kim worked with her teammate on setting up interviews and sending out paperwork. She then had a chat with another teammate before heading out to the new apartment to continue building the sofa. She also had a great chat with a friend while she did the final bits to the sofa.

Sofa Is Built & Registered For Vaccine!

Before work this morning, we registered for our notification to get a vaccine! We don’t get a vaccine for a while, but a new registration site went live so you can get instructions and a code for when you can get a vaccine.

This makes it feel just that little bit closer!

After work, Kim went over to the apartment to complete the sofa as the items we were missing arrived in the mail and we now have a constructed sofa, which is great.

Kim chatted with a friend after that and then headed back to our current apartment so we could have some dinner.

We ate delicious lemon chicken!

We got notice that there will be a viewing tomorrow, which is the first one with the new owners. We’ve been enjoying not having any, and our final week is the worst possible time, but what can we do. That’ll be happening tomorrow evening but maybe we get out for an evening walk.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 565: Vancouver, BC – The Results Are In…

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a team meeting and then had a strange issue to contend with which took up a lot of the morning.

Curtis had a good meeting about compensation, which was positive, and then did a bit more work before lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had to do some tickets and then some policy work. He had to rework his policy breach reporting setup and also make a guide for how that works, why it’s in place as well as a few other things.

That took him right to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a lot of small meetings throughout the day and she worked on a few guides. In the morning Kim focused on the HR guides she has been working on. She also had two individual meetings with her teammates and then had a whole team meeting at midday. In that meeting she decided that there will be a department meeting on Monday mornings and reduce the 1-1s down a little as it was a lot of repeated information.

In the afternoon Kim worked on IT guides and had a call with IT in regards to things going on for the week. They also went through a guide and tested a few things.

In the middle of the afternoon Kim worked with a teammate to finalise the results of a survey. Then to finish the day Kim tackled some other HR stuff that she hadn’t gotten around to just yet.

Evening

We had a bit of a lay down after work, because why not, and then we made some chicken with a Chinese style sauce and pasta with mushrooms and spring onion.

We ate that and watched some TV together and then played some games as well as some more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 563: Vancouver, BC – Family Games & Chat!

We woke up and Kim went out to get some breakfast. We had a croissant each and shared a cinnamon bun, along with a coffee each.

Once we were ready for the day, we had a chat with Kim’s family and played some games with them! This was a fun way to start our Saturday.

We then went out for a nice walk to the beach in the perfect weather we had today.

When we got back, Curtis watched hockey and Kim looked at some furniture for our new apartment.

Once hockey was done, we did some cleaning and had some pizza. We then watched some TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 556: Vancouver, BC – A Great Apartment

We woke up, got showered and went right out to view an apartment. This apartment is just down the street from us and we had high hopes about it.

The apartment was almost perfect for us. We really liked it, so much so that we applied for it!

We left here and went to get ourselves some breakfast and then came back home. We got croissants and coffee which was the perfect pick me up.

We then had a chat with Kim’s family as it is her Dad’s birthday and she then played some games with her family whilst Curtis went to get his haircut.

Curtis finished his haircut and then walked right to meet Kim and go for another apartment viewing. This apartment was the one Kim went to view during the week so she went to have a second look and Curtis got his first look.

We actually didn’t like the apartment really at all on the second look, which was a shame.

We walked back home and Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim relaxed.

We then had leftovers from last night and watched some TV and a film.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 542: Vancouver, BC – Playing In The Snow

We woke up this morning to quite a bit of snow, and it was still snowing!

Kim went to Tim Horton’s to get some breakfast, which was very similar to the one was had in Iceland when we got engaged! Nothing particularly crazy, just a breakfast muffin with a hash brown, doughnut and coffee, but it reminded us of being there!

After breakfast, Kim got ready and met a colleague for some distanced playing in the snow. She took the boogie board we have and slid down a hill a few times. They also had a bit of a walk but it got a bit too busy, so Kim went home.

After Kim got back home, we watched a bit of TV and then it was time for more games with work people! Kim played a lot of games for a few hours and it was a lot of fun!

Whilst she did that, Curtis watched hockey.

After we were done, it was time to get some food for the week. We couldn’t be bothered to drive to the supermarket, especially with the snow, so we walked down to a downtown supermarket near us to get enough stuff for the week.

We got all our stuff and couldn’t find anything we wanted for dinner there, so we ordered Tacofino and picked it up on the way home.

We got back home and ate that, then we took down the recycling as there was quite a bit there!

We got back to the apartment and just relaxed for the remainder of the evening. It’s a long weekend this week so that’s awesome!


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 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 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