Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 577: Vancouver, BC – 3 Hour Chat!

We had a really great sleep and slowly woke up and had some breakfast.

We had breakfast wraps and then got ourselves ready for a walk.

We went for a nice walk and spoke about really exciting things happening at Kim’s work as well as the product in general.

We got back home after our walk and got a bunch of cleaning done, as well as laundry, which felt great.

Once we did that, it was time for Curtis to watch hockey and Kim to chat with a friend.

Kim’s chat went on for over 3 hours but it was so good! They got to cover a wide range of topics and just really enjoyed laughing together.

Once hockey was done and Kim’s chat was done, we ordered some food as we didn’t order any for dinner yesterday. We ordered some Asian Fusion food from a place called The Union which we ordered from a while ago and enjoyed.

After dinner, we played games and watch TV, and also planned out items we are going to start boxing up for the move in a few weeks.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 543: Vancouver, BC – Snowy Walk & Lugging Stuff Around

We woke up a little later than we planned, but it was really nice to sleep!

There was a little bit more snowfall overnight, but not much, but it was still snowing when we woke up!

We had a pain au chocolat each for breakfast and then got ourselves ready for the day.

We went out in the snow for a bit of a walk.

The snow was quite heavy when we left, so we were getting pretty soaked, but it was nice to get some air.

We grabbed a coffee and went for a short walk. We walked to Curtis’ work as he had to pickup a package that was meant to get shipped on Friday, but due to an error, it was not!

We grabbed that so Curtis could take it home and drop it off to the new hire, who luckily lives right opposite us.

It wasn’t the easiest box to lug home as it was fairly heavy and an awkward size, but we did it!

Once elevator is down in our building, so we had to wait a while to get back up the apartment.

Right when we got up, Kim made a terrific chicken and mushroom risotto.

We ate our dinner and watched the film Wine Country which was easy to watch and pretty funny.

We then chilled out for the rest of the evening and we even played some card games! We played Dobble and Exploding Kittens which Kim’s dad sent.

Kim got her work permit paperwork done this morning, but the website to upload it was down so she was unable to do so! Hopefully she can do that tomorrow.

Tomorrow is a day off, so sleeping is on the cards!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 433: Vancouver, BC – Information Obtained!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got ready and then went into the office as he had some things to do there.

Firstly, Curtis got some things out of the storage area and then started setting up a laptop for someone.

Someone came to the office to pickup som IT equipment, so Curtis met him downstairs in the lobby to give him these items.

After that, Curtis finished setting up the laptop as well as getting a monitor and all the required items for a new starter into a box ready to give to them tomorrow.

Once Curtis did all of this, he headed back home and had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis caught up on emails and tickets and then the day was done.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning completing paperwork for her new job and researching things for permanent residency. She finally found some information she needed so Kim and Curtis can start getting their UK education verified and assessed for the PR application.

In the afternoon Kim had a great facetime call with her sister and it was amazing! She misses her so much. Then Kim went out for a little walk as she was starting to feel frustrated with the PR process and how close to the wire the application might be, so it made sense to get outside as there is nothing Kim can do right now. Once they get the education process started Kim will book the english tests that they need to take, then once they have the english test done they can finally start the actual process, and that will be good.

Evening

Kim made peri peri chicken with rice for dinner which was spicy but tasty!

We watched some TV and played some game for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 131: BC Lions Game!

Curtis’ Day & Evening

Curtis’ day was steady today, which was perfect!

At 11:30, Curtis had an early, and long, lunch. Someone in one of the teams he works with is leaving, so it was a leaving lunch.

They went to a place called Black & Blue which is quite an upmarket meat place, but they do a great lunch deal!

It was $14 for a burger and a beer, so everyone got that and it didn’t disappoint!


Black & Blue | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 9/10


The burger was great quality, the sauce was great and the accompaniments were tasty!

Curtis got back to the office at 13:30 and next thing he knew it was 15:30!

Curtis was asked about something he had setup and then someone said something about it which meant Curtis had to review it as he wasn’t informed of the full scope, so that took up some time.

After this, Curtis offboarded the leaving person and then had just enough time to had a quick beer with everyone before walking home.

Once he got home, he played NHL20 all night as it has come out! Borderlands 3 also came out and Curtis purchased this too, but was too engrossed in playing NHL he never got a change to play it.

Kim’s Day & Evening

As Kim had been worming a few days early and late, she decided to come in an hour late.

Once she got in Kim restocked the fridge before heading down and picking up the mail.

Kim then spent some time picking uo.older emails and taking calls and then suddenly it was midday! Kim went to the shop with 2 team mates to.get some lunch, just before she ordered Kim realised she left her wallet on the desk.

Kim went back to get it and then picked up a chicken pot pie with mash and gravy as the weather was miserable. She then had lunch with a few colleagues and had a nice chat.

After lunch Kim put the weekly order through and cleaned the boardrooms whiteboard ahead of some meetings that are happening next week.

She also was in discussions with the caterer during the afternoon.

Kim then went to the liquor store nice and early to make sure things had a good amount of time to cool.

When Kim got back she went straight into a meeting with the other fire warden from yesterday to catch up on what happened, to tweak the plan and talk about any procedures they want to put in place.

After this meeting Kim started to look inti some travel for someone coming to visit. Kim had to reach out to hotels directly in order to get a gosod rate.

Kim oversaw the set up of the alcohol today. She was 3 minutes late to setting it up so the IT team emptied the fridge and set it up. Kim grabbed the snacks and cut up the lime for the coronas.

Kim then went back to her desk to finalise the hotel reservation and book the flights.

When that was all done Kim joined some colleagues in a card game that is hiring orientated but similar to cards against humanity and it was great fun.

Kim then left to head to the Canadian football game.

She headed over to a local hotel to join everyone else in taking the taxis over to the arena where they all watched the game in the box.

Kim also met some ex players and other cool and interesting people.

Champions ring!

This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 124: Vancouver, BC – A Long Day At The Office

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a video call with someone in the morning, around 11:00. He did that and was able to sort one of their two issues they were having!

After that, he did some tickets and got some admin done and then it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis imaged an old mac and then went for a drink in the kitchen area with some others for 30 minutes.

At 15:45, Curtis had to complete and offboard, which actually didn’t take that long luckily, so he went back had had a few drinks at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

When Kim arrived she had a small amount of time before her first meeting so she caught up on a few things before heading in to the meeting.

The meeting was an informal way for some of the remote workers to get to know each other, the way this is done is by playing a game of 2 truths and 2 lie, then giving the people a chance to elaborate on the truths. It went really well even though it was only 2 remote people on the call along with Kim and her team mate calling from the office.

Kim spent the rest of the morning on her financial project which took a fair amount of time. We also had a small amount of catering arrive for a team meeting.

As part of the quarterly new hire, the company likes to hold a fun game over a lunch, so when the pizza arrived Kim helped set it up and also set things up for greeting bingo! It was such a fun way to get new hires to interact with other people in the company.

When it all wound down, Kim and a couple of other people took 5 to sit down and chill and it was great to have a good chat and catch up! Kim the cleared the room and headed back to her desk to put through some orders for food and office supplies.

After sorting out her orders Kim went out to pick up some wine and a bottle of each vodka and rum to make peoples mocktails into cocktails. This week Kim had planned a back to school friday afternoon drinks including a mocktail competition.

When she got back into the office, Kim organised a little more for the day long meetings that are happening next week by cleaning whiteboards and clearing up beind the front desk.
Kim then set up for the afternoon drinks, turning the large tall table into a bar style layout and putting all the other drinks on a different smaller table.

The mocktails and cocktails went great, the competition part fell through but it was still fun! After most people had left Kim cleared down the kitchen again and it reminded her of working in a pub again.

Kim then met Curtis on the way to her class in the evening to pick up her clothes. The class was so much fun this evening but it was a challenge too!

Late Work Day

Curtis got home and emptied the recycling and rubbish. He then emptied the dishwasher.

The xbox was unable to sign him in, so he had to go old school and watch YouTube videos all evening on the laptop.

Curtis walked down to Kim to give her exercise clothes as she was running very late at work.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 122: Vancouver, BC – Morning At Home

Curtis’ Day

Curtis, amongst doing tickets, spent most of the day researching for a project which is due in December. He felt that he had made good headway with it today, which was great.

Curtis’ colleague was on his last day today, so he had to say goodbye to him, as well, though he is not based in Vancouver, but in Regina.

Curtis left at 16:45 and walked home, thinking that Kim had already gone home, but she hadn’t!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day at 8am on the dot, but at home! Kim had her remote quarterly new hire orentation meeting that lasted for most of the morning from 8-11. Kim had a small presentation segment too about the social team, so she was both host and attendee!

When Kim got into the office she started by catching up on her emails that she had missed from the morning. Kim then went and had a quicker lunch than usual!

After lunch Kim had a chat with the drinks delivery man and they tried to come up with a new plan to ensure that all deliveries are consistent, as they haven’t been for a few weeks.
Kim then spent some time confirming the catering she had enquired about yesterday afternoon and booked some catering in for our office in Ontario.
As 2 other people passed their first aid course last week Kim moved their monthly meeting from next week to today to ensure that all their questions and ideas were able to be put to use straight our of their brains.

It was a really successful and useful meeting where lots of good plans were made.

After the meeting Kim had a chat with her team mate about a little project they are taking on. They organised a plan and Kim tried to find some ways to make it quicker and easier.
Tonights class was perfect for Kim, she has finally found her right level and felt confident to do the moves but felt it could be challenging enough also!

More Exercise!

Once we were both home, Kim had some toast and Curtis had the leftover curry.

We watched some TV and then Kim drove down to do some exercise.

Once Kim got back, she had some tuna pasta and we chilled out watching some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 289: Auckland- Rugby Corporate Suites!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis’ day started very slow but he got some essential things done.

At about 10:30, the day got much more busy but very interesting. A specific part of some software wasn’t working and Curtis offered to help fix it which ended up taking most of the day and multiple people!

On the journey home, the traffic was incredibly busy, but Curtis still got home around 17:00.

Both of us;

Kim got home and got ready and we then got an Uber down to Eden Park. We went to Burger Fuel once we arrived and got the Korean chicken burger, which was just ok.

We got free tickets to watch the rugby from Kim’s work!

When we arrived at the stadium, we entered and went to the ‘lounge’. This was where there was a ‘paid’ bar and the seats were higher than the ‘regular’ seats.

We were approached by one of Kim’s colleagues who gave us tickets to go to the corporate suite!

We got free drinks and food and also got to watch the game from a box. This was an incredible experience, even though Auckland lost to a team in the division below them!

Rugby

Rugby1

Rugby2

We were there for a few hours and then we got an Uber home. Our uber driver was really nice and we had a great conversation all the way home.

Once we got home, it was bed time.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale