Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 400: Vancouver, BC – The Car’s Fixed!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and the usual admin at the start of the day, but then had to look through a list of contractors and figure out if they’re still contracting for the company and if not, go through and disable their accounts or find out from other people if they are active or not.

At 11:00 Curtis had another Norwegian lesson for an hour and it was excellent! He really enjoyed it and it was a really well flowing conversation and Curtis learned a lot too, of course.

For the rest of the day, Curtis did some tickets but he also helped someone with testing some design things.

At the end of the day, Curtis did 2 offboards of contracts that are no longer at the company.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a slow morning where she didn’t do too much. She got ready for the day and then spent some time working on her CV, she has decided to take the time to update it and condense some of the items a little. The last few times Kim updated her CV, she did a quick add of the latest role and moved on as she will have just moved to a country and needs to secure a job relatively quickly. This time Kim has a tiny bit of flexibility, while applying and securing a new job is very important, its also good to take this time and make sure she is putting her best self forward.

In the afternoon Kim took the bins out and also resubmitted an expense claim that had been rejected on Monday. The system didnt like the way that the claim had been uploaded. Then she spent the rest of the afternoon working on her CV, she now has all of her previous roles rewritten and just has her latest role to go.

The Car Is Fixed!

When Curtis finished work, we walked to get the car from the garage, which was about a 35 minute walk.

The car is finally fixed up, it was expensive, but it was worth it as now we don’t need to worry about it!

We drove back home, watched a quick something and then Kim went off to pole dancing.

Pole was so much fun! Kim felt a little distracted and struggled with some of the moves, but she is so glad she went as she did relearn a move she had been struggling with! In the second class they learnt a combo, Kim was able to do the first bit, but could not get the second half! It did her good to go this evening.

When Kim got back, we had homemade chicken burgers with curly fries and salad for dinner.

We watched a small amount of TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 398: Vancouver, BC – No More Job For You

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a whole day of doing onboards and laptop setups.

Curtis created some accounts in the morning and then he walked down to the office.

Once he got to the office, he got 2 laptops, 2 monitors, 2 keyboards, 2 mice and 2 headsets to get ready for the new hires.

He spent a long time getting the laptops setup and packaged up and ready to ship out.

He then had to wait for a courier to arrive, which took a couple of hours, but he did some other work whilst he waited.

Eventually, the courier arrived and then he was able to head home and finish up working there, as well as chat with Kim about her fun day, as you’ll see below.

Kim’s Day (In 1st Person Today…Exciting!)

As you can imagine from the title and from reading Curtis’s blog, today was not a good day for me! I had an idea that I would lose my job today…And I did. I was laid off and not fired, so there is no need to panic.

I got into the office and finished packing up my desk after saying a quick hello to my manager. After this I made sure all the little tasks from last week and yesterday were done, re-saved a receipt for my credit card and sent out a laptop to someone. I then worked on writing up a handover list for my colleague, outlining a few things that I was expecting to be delivered, an update on a few contacts and links to logs, documents and other things I had been working on. I finished that all just before my 10am meeting.

I walked into the meeting room and said ‘its okay, I know whats going on, I understand and its okay’. I felt very George walking Lenny to look at the bunnies, but I was both George and Lenny, it was very strange. I was certain of what was going to happen, but still a little hopeful that it wouldn’t. Once I sat down it was confirmed that I was let go. They went over a few things together and then Kims manager handed over to a teammate who was going to explain everything in a bit more detail. Just before she did I sent the handover email to my colleague and sent Curtis a quick message to let him know what had happened.

My teammate then went over everything in a little more detail. I then collected my things and headed home.

Once I was home I facetimed my parents which was just what I needed. I was able to laugh and cry about it all and rationalise a plan for the next few days and weeks. After this I called my sister and did much of the same. We had a great chat and it was lovely to see her face.

I quickly updated my LinkedIn and then tried to go over my CV, but that didn’t last long. Instead I started tidying up the apartment, doing laundry, finishing unpacking from the trip and bagging up my IT equipment to take back to the office at some point, but not today! That took me ages because every now and again I would get a message from someone within the company and I would respond and have a little cry! I have received a fair few messages, that is a LOT of crying time.

While I had come to terms with the idea of losing my job over the past day it was still so upsetting to have it happen. I loved that job, I would brag to anyone who would listen about how amazing the people are and how interesting, diverse and fun my role specifically was. It is clear that I was in the right job for me, the love and support I have received has been incredible! And I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone I worked with and who made the last 16 months so incredible! Finding a new job will be a challenge and I can only hope that I get to work with people half as incredible as you all!

Thank you for all the opportunities, challenges and memories, it was a wonderful experience!

As I have said many times times today – it’s okay, I’m okay and it’ll be okay!

I know I’m not the only person to experience this, especially during the current pandemic, but I wanted to express my feelings on this platform.

Tomorrow I will start my job hunt. I have already been given a few companies to check out and a few specific roles to look into, so I am off to a great start. Let’s see where this new adventure and opportunity will take me!

Evening

Once we had a bit of a chat about Kim’s unfortunate news, we hopped in the car and drove it to the garage for its appointment tomorrow.

We then walked back home which was a nice thing to do after such a stressful day.

After our 33 minute walk, the elevators were taking forever in our building and you cannot take the stairs, so there was a lot of waiting there.

We got hungry, so we ordered McDonald’s as Kim had a hard day and we couldn’t really be bothered to cook.

When the food arrived, Curtis went downstairs to get it and there was a large queue again for the elevators.

Curtis had to wait a long time as just one elevator was working, but he got upstairs eventually.

We ate our food and watched TV for the remainder of the evening.

What a day, huh?


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 4: Whistler, BC – Quad Biking!

Breakfast, Of Course

We had a small breakfast from Purebred of just a coffee and a croissant.

We ate this quickly and finished off getting ready for the day, and then checked out, which we were able to do by phone, which was great.

We got everything into the car and then went for a bit of a final walk around Whistler.

We got ourselves some drinks for the day and the went back to the hotel to grab the car.

Alpha Lake & Nita Lake

We drove out to a couple of lakes near where we were going just to pass the time before our activity.

We just had a walk around and chatted for a bit, but it was actually a little cold.

Kim thought it was a good idea to go on the swing…But she then realised it was not.

We finished walking around these lakes and got back to the car to drive to the quad biking place.

The check engine light came on, which wasn’t ideal, but we managed to make it there fine.

Quad Biking!

For Curtis’ birthday, Kim got us a quad biking tour close to Whistler.

We got there and there was just 2 other people joining us for our tour, which was excellent!

We set off on some big quad bikes and did a bit of practice to acclimate to the bikes and ensure we were safe.

We began our tour and it was actually a little technical! There were a lot of stones around to navigate over, but we got to the first viewpoint pretty quickly.

Unfortunately, as with everything at the moment, the view wasn’t very good due to the smoke, but there was a nice river.

We continued on and went up a mountain which was pretty difficult with much larger rocks to get over and some steep hills but we made it to the top!

Again, there is meant to be a good view, but it’s not a very good time for views at the moment.

We had to ride back down the mountain and that was tough as we didn’t want to go too fast over the rocks, but it was incredibly fun and made us think and consentrate for sure.

We got down this part and had a nice flat part we could go fast on and then we came to a thin forest track which was challenging but great!

We then moved into a section that was in a forest still but with a lot of puddles on corners, which got us wet and dirty, especially the one big puddle!

We then headed back to the camp after around 1.5 hours of riding. We had a really great time overall and actually want to come back!

Home Time

We left here (with our check engine light on still) and drove home.

We got home in about 2 hours and were incredibly tired, but glad we got home even though we had a check engine light on.

We booked our car in for Wednesday and then we relaxed!

We had some frozen pizza for dinner, unpacked and relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 385: Vancouver, BC – Grouse Grind, Bears & Dead Battery!

Grouse Grind

We were up at 08:30 and had some egg on toast for breakfast.

After breakfast, we got ready and then Curtis went down to the drug store to get Mars bars and Red Bull.

We then left the apartment and went down to the car to drive up to Grouse Mountain!

We got to the mountain and started making our way up. The Grouse Grind is notorious for being pretty tough, with its 2000+ stairs (plus rocks to climb up etc) & 2 hour completion time!

We started the hike and saw a squirrel right away, which was a great start!

The further up we got, the more challenging it became and we did have to stop quite a few times to regain our breath and stamina.

Towards the end, we got into the clouds and could even see them moving around us.

We eventually got to the top in just 1 hour 20 minutes, which we were very happy with!

Bears!

At the top, there are a few things to do, such as food, drink, disc golf and a bear enclosure!

We obviously had to go and see the bears, so we did just that.

We spent a while looking at the bears and they were pretty active. One of them even had a bath!

Once we were done with the bears, we walked to grab a quick beer before heading down on the gondola!

The beer was perfectly refreshing and just what we needed.

After such as awesome day, we got in the distanced gondola and made our way to the bottom of the mountain.

Once we got there, there was a Starbucks, so we grabbed a coffee and went to the car.

Dead Battery

Once we got in the car, we tried to start it and nothing happened!

Turns out, the battery had died, but we hadn’t left anything on so it must have been it’s time.

We eventually found a tow company that could come and help us, but after we scheduled with them, a couple said they would help jump start us and that worked perfectly, so we cancelled the tow truck and drove to Canadian Tire to get the battery changed!

We got that booked in and had to wait about 30/40 minutes for that to be swapped over, so we did a bit of shopping.

We got a wok which we’ve wanted for a while and then went to the liquor store to get some beer for tonight, which we needed for sure!

We got our car and headed back home.

First Ever Poutine!

We showered when we got home and then ordered some food.

We wanted to try poutine for the first time, so we ordered a burger each with a side ceasar salad each and a side of poutine and some sweet potato fries.

We watched the film ‘love Guaranteed’ which wasn’t great, but was something to watch.

We played some more Tony Hawk Skateboarding and watched a bit more TV but we were very tired after our long hike!


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 189: Vancouver, BC – Tyre Is Back & Bartending

Breakfast

We had a grilled cheese for breakfast and watched a bit of TV.

After that, Kim spoke with her family whilst Curtis got ready for the day.

Tyre

Once Curtis was ready, Kim got ready and we headed out to take the car to the garage and get the wheel put back on.

We got it there and they said it’d be 30 minutes, so we went to get a coffee.

We found a place nearby and it wasn’t great, but it was coffee.

By the time we got back to the garage, they’d done the tyre so we picked the car up and came back home.

Studying

Kim did some studying when we got home and Curtis watched the leafs game (which was the most embarrassing game of all time).

TGISS Bartending

Kim went out to Richmond to her pole place and she was going to bartend for the competition they were holding there.

Kim had a really fun time bartending and getting to watch all of the performances too.

Kim took the train home and when she got back we made a snack to fill us up.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 185: Vancouver, BC – Trying To Repair The Tyre

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had quite a bit of admin to do in the morning, but before that he was asked for some help by someone as they couldn’t get their laptop docking station working.

Curtis got that fixed and continued with his admin.

He had a few meetings today, some for projects and some for other things such as planning what he will do for training for the year and a few other things.

Curtis got a few tickets done, but the day was fairly quiet, but it did give him some time to do some project work and some training, which he appreciated.

At lunch, Curtis went out and got lemongrass chicken and noodles which was really tasty!

Kim’s Day

Kim got herself set up for the week, confirmed a catering order for the Toronto office and packed away the groceries.
Later in the afternoon Kim took the new hire on their office tour, which was strange as its her new boss! It was great to properly meet her and get to have a little chat with her. Then the whole team went our for a lovely lunch! Kim had a chicken salad and it was delicious!

She then spent her afternoon focusing on getting information together about events for the year and reconciling the credit card.

Kim headed out from work early to try to get the car fixed. She took the train home and must have dropped her train pass on the train as when she went to leave it was nowhere to be found!

She remembers seeing someone pick something up after hearing something close to her drop on the floor. So maybe they picked it up thinking it was theirs. Obviously this is on a day Kim was tight on time and the transit police were there. Luckily (and very unluckily) Kim had just topped the card up so only had to pay a $5 exit fee rather than the $170 no ticket fee. Kim was NOT happy!

Trying To Get The Tyre Repaired

Kim got home and got the car to try and get the tyre repaired.

She got there and they said they’ll need to repair it, which will take 30 minutes, which was perfect!

Unfortunately, they were unable to do this as it has a sensor in it that they don’t have.

We’ll need to take it somewhere tomorrow, but needed to drive on it tonight, but should be all fine!

We went off to Curtis’ hockey game which is a 22:00 start, so we’ll update about that tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 127: Vancouver, BC – Good Money For Charity

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to the office at a good time and got caught up.

He checked a backup he was doing for a project and that seemed to be done, so he got that project ticked off right away!

After his brief team meeting, Curtis got on with some tickets that had come in, either over the weekend or the start of the day.

Curtis had a brief chat with some colleagues regarding the hackathon happening at the end of the weekand he then was meant to have a meeting with Zoom but they never showed up!

Curtis had his weekly team meeting where a few answers to questions were provided and a few things spoken about by the team, which was positive.

After lunch, Curtis had to sort out the auction.

The auction finished at 15:00, so Curtis spent the rest of his workday reading the bids, figuring out who won and then a few other caveats. There was a rule for one person to only win 2, which was a problem when pretty much the top 5 people were the same on every one of the 21 laptops!

It took a while, but Curtis got most of the winners notified and asked them to bring money tomorrow.

The company has made around $11000 from each office for the laptops, half of which will be going off to charity!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by organising fruit and delivering post to everyone. After this she had a meeting in regards to the intranet and the plans for it going forward.

After the meeting Kim went out to get baileys for hot chocolates tomorrow, she also got some chocolates for the front desk.

When she got back into the office Kim had some lunch and then organised some of the decorations from the party. She has now got some twinkly lights on in the kitchen and a small army of snowmen behind her desk.

Car Sitting

We got home and Curtis got his hockey stuff ready and in the car.

Whilst Curtis was doing that, Kim was making fajitas! The fajitas were delicious, as you’d expect.

We watched some videos and then both Curtis and Kim jumped in the car to go to Kim’s pole class.

Curtis went with Kim and sat in the car as he had a hockey game shortly after Kim’s session finished.

After the session, they headed to the rink for Curtis’ game.

Hockey

The hockey game was another close one! Curtis played a lot more defensive this game and it seemed to help out.

The team Curtis was playing was the top placed team, but Curtis’ team won 2-1!

We came back home, Kim had some dinner and we then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 203: Vancouver, BC – Car Service

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and had a lot of emails!

He got messages from a few different people asking for some help, so he went off to each of those people and assisted them.

At his team meeting, he wore his new team T-shirt along with the rest of his team. During that meeting, the team surprised their boss by giving her a t-shirt as well which they had all paid for so she could have one too.

Curtis’ day was meeting heavy. There was a big debrief meeting after black Friday, so he had to setup for that as well as attend.

After that, there was another meeting for his team and in the morning he did have a brief meeting regarding some software they had all be trying out.

Curtis was able to try the new coffee that was added to the office collection today. They now have a (hot) nitro brew coffee on tap…one dark roast and one medium. It was incredibly smooth and delicious!

After lunch, there were no meetings, so Curtis had some time to get on with other things.

As well as this, he has a colleague that is visiting from Winnipeg, so he was chatting with him as well as learning some network things from him.

Kim’s Day

Kim left early and dropped the car off at a garage that is owed by one of the dancers she trains with. They had a lovely chat and then Kim took the bus into work.

When she got in Kim did a thorough check of the floor to ensure that everything was clean, as she had recieved a few comments lately about it. She took photos of things that she felt weren’t up to standard and sent them over to be looked at over the evening.

Kim then spent some time booking a meeting room and some catering for a meeting that is taking place tomorrow.

Kim then spent a fair amount of time going over invoices and making sure they are all sent to Accounts so she knows that they will get paid and everyone will be fed during the party.

In the afternoon Kim had a quick meeting with her teammate where they went over the plans for the next few weeks, as there is so much happening!

They have the quarterly new hire social lunch, a pot luck and the holiday party, all by next Friday. They agreed on ‘guess the song’ but a festive addition for the game for the social lunch, they went over what to order for the potluck and agreed to send out a chaser message to remind people and they went over the plan for the holiday party.

Kim explained the menus and rough plan for the room set up.
After the meeting Kim sent out the reminder and then spoke to people in regards to donating old brand backpacks to a Starbucks that is trying to collect 300 to make survival kits for homeless youths. The great thing is it was all approved and marketing even want to come along to take photos too! Its great for Kim to have the ability to help out in this way!

Kim then took 2 trains to go pick up the car. She left with a small list of things that certainly have to be done or may need to be done!

Chilli Chicken

We had some chilli marinated chicken in the fridge so it was time to eat that!

Curtis cooked it up with some more sweet chilli sauce, some soy & some ginger and we had that with rice.

After dinner, Kim went up to the shop to get a few things we needed.

We watched a bit of TV and then went to bed! Today went very fast.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 141: Vancouver, BC – A Child In The Road!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and welcomed a new colleague! This person was the person Curtis replaced, but he has come back!

A job opened up and he has slotted right back in, which is excellent.

Curtis spoke with him for a while, getting him back up to speed with what’s going on in the team and the company.

The rest of the day was pretty much meetings! Curtis had a bit of time to do other things, but at 13:00 there was a whole team meeting which was followed by a meeting the team and with another person which was very positive and useful!

After the two meetings, Curtis had lunch at 15:00! He went to Subway and grabbed a sub from there to eat.

After that, he finally got around to doing some tickets and helping people out, but he then left at 17:00.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in today she started by catching up on the weekends emails and then finally made it around to reconciling one of the credit cards she had to do each month. Kim did take a break to sort out the fruit and milk where she realised that all of the milk she had from last week is now out of date so Kim will have to go and buy more tomorrow!

Kim managed to finish checking the first card in perfect timing to head out for lunch. Today Kim and her colleague had been invited to check out the changes to the local hotels menu and as always it was wonderful!

We love meeting up with this hotel and the food was incredible as always. They shared the sourdough bread for a starter and then everyone except Kim ordered the special fish and Kim ordered the Korean chicken bowl.

The weather recently has been pretty miserable so all of the ladies at lunch agreed that dessert was a good move too so everyone tried the chocolate mousse bar after Kim recommended it and they loved it! All washed down with teas and mochas, it was delicious and lovely! They then waddled back to the office, sufficiently stuffed.

When they got back Kim sorted a travel issue that had happened and then reconciled both of the other cards. She also had to call a courier as there was a charge that didn’t add up but Kim eventually got to the bottom of it and signed off on all the cards. She couldn’t have timed it better as she picked up a few emails and then headed home.

Jacket

We met together and went to H&M to start with, where Kim was looking for some shoes, which we didn’t find any she wanted.

We left there and went to SportChek where we were looking for a winter jacket for Curtis.

We were unsuccessful, but did remember when we got home that we had a 30% off token to use at the same store, so we will go to another one and use that when we can.

Child In The Road

We walked back home and on the way back, we saw something that could have been terrible!

We saw a lady turn her back on her child in a pram and it rolled into the road! Luckily, a cyclist was going past and grabbed it, but it could have been bad. Kim sprinted over when she saw it happen, but luckily nothing bad came from it.

Cleaning

We got home, popped to the shop and got a few things.

Curtis made the lunches and then vacuumed the apartment whilst Kim sorted the laundry.

We cleaned down the surfaces and vacuumed the cobwebs from the ceiling too!

We got all of that done and then made ourselves some delicious baked potatoes. Kim had tuna and Curtis had baked beans.

We watched some TV and YouTube and then off to bed it was.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale