Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 492: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Day 2020 🎄

We spent most of the day speaking with our families!

We spoke with Curtis’ family at 10:00, then we had some breakfast afterwards. We had croissants with strawberries.

Once we were done with breakfast and exchanging our gifts, we spoke with Kim’s family including her great auntie Linda, which was really nice, too!

After that, we got engrossed in playing Minecraft and then eventually peeled ourselves away to have dinner.

We had the usual for Christmas dinner, as you’d expect, but vegetables only!

After dinner, we watched Last Christmas and then just chilled out for the rest of the day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 445: Vancouver, BC – 26 Years Old!

We woke up and had a chat with Kim’s family as it is her birthday today! We had a good chat with them and then got ourselves ready.

We went out for a walk, and stopped in at a few places on the way.

Firstly, we got some breakfast at Cafe Crepe, Kim got a banana and chocolate crepe and Curtis got a cinnamon bun crepe.

We ate our breakfast and then went to get ourselves a coffee. Kim got a free coffee, as it’s her birthday, so that was awesome!

We then went for a long walk to and around Stanley Park and we were out for quite a while just walking around.

We got back home and watched a bit of TV before we got ready to head out.

We got ourselves ready and walked down to Gastown to go for dinner. Curtis booked us in at an Italian restaurant.

We got to the restaurant and they had really good COVID-19 protocols and explained everything when we got there.

We got ourselves some homemade bread with olive oil and also some lambrusco wine.

Curtis got lasagne and Kim got a pasta dish that was like a carbonara but without any meat. Curtis really enjoyed his and Kim liked hers but it was very peppery!

We then got tiramisu for dessert which was really good!

We then walked back home in the pretty cold weather and then just relaxed for the rest of Kim’s birthday.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 426: Vancouver, BC – One Step Closer?

Last Night’s Hockey

Curtis’ team did not do as well as they have been!

The game ended 4-4, but Curtis’ team were winning by two goals twice and managed to throw both leads away!

The game went to a shootout and Curtis took one shot, but the goalie made an incredible save.

As no one won in the shootout, the game ended a tie.

Curtis’ team haven’t lost yet, still, but a tie wasn’t the desired result.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of his day doing the project work from yesterday, as well as some tickets.

He had his Norwegian lesson for an hour which went well, and then he did more project work.

He did his project work whilst on a call with some colleagues to talk about it and figure out some stuff together.

That was pretty much the entire day, just getting the project all sorted, as well as the tickets he did.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a second interview for the role she is really excited about. She got herself prepared and ready for the interview. She ensured that the mic and camera were working, that she had water and the laptop was on charge.

Kim joined the meeting nice and early and waited to get going. The interview went well, but Kim wasn’t sure she was what they are looking for or that the interview didn’t go perfectly.

For the rest of the morning Kim tried to relax and not worry about it. Then during lunch Kim got an email asking her if tomorrow works for a third (and final) interview!

She was so happy and relieved and set up the interview right away.

Kim then spent some time researching the person she will be interviewing with and a check of her CV and the job listing.

Kim listed the mini hockey set for sale on Facebook over the weekend and someone bought and collected it today. Its great for storage and space, but sad to see it go, it kept Kim and Curtis sane during the first few months of the pandemic for sure! There just isn’t the space in this apartment and so it made sense to go to someone else.

In the late afternoon Kim went for a nice walk with her friend and their dog. They grabbed a coffee and a snack and had a great catchup. They then visited a pet store on the way back and there was a puppy training session about to happen so Kim met and said hello to a few puppies and was very happy about that.

Evening

After Kim got back from her time out with her friend, we had leftover egg fried rice and watched a bit of TV.

We finished watched The Boys Season 2 and then started the new Great British Bake Off season, which we didn’t realise was a thing!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 415: Vancouver, BC – Friday Ex-colleague Drinks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a slow start to the day, but it picked up and he got a decent amount of tickets completed.

Curtis had a meeting in the afternoon with his team to discuss project work and then after that he drove Kim out to a pub so she could have some drinks with some former colleagues!

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim worked on her questionnaire a little more and maybe finished it! So thats exciting! She had planned to work on the video aspect but decided she would work on that over the weekend instead.

In the afternoon Kim went out with a few friends from her old job and it was so nice! They went to a brewery near the old apartment, so it was nice to be in that area again. Kim had a pretzel and a couple of drinks and had a great catch up. One of the people there Kim hadn’t seen since COVID started.

After this most of them went to a patisserie to get a beautiful dessert and Kim decided to get one for herself and Curtis too. Then Kim ordered and picked up some dinner before getting picked up by Curtis.

Evening

We got some bao from Bao Down for dinner and they were just ok, nothing crazy..

We ate these and watched some TV, then we had a bit of a lay down as we were feeling pretty tired!

We watched some more TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 396: Vancouver, BC – Sunday

We woke up and spoke with Curtis’ family for an hour or so, which was a really nice catch up.

We had breakfast after this, which was similar to yesterday’s.

We did pretty much nothing for the rest of the day. Played some games, watched some TV shows.

We had some leftovers for dinner from yesterday’s delicious fried rice and then we went down to Dairy Queen to get a blizzard ice cream!

We got back and watched some TV, then Kim had a bath and relaxed.

We finished the evening with a hot chocolate and then headed to bed, ready to go back to doing work again.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 360: Vancouver, BC – Distanced Park Gathering

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very quiet day in general.

He did some tickets and then got to do some training in the afternoon as it was quiet, which was great.

Kim’s Day

Kim collected the office visit paperwork, saved it and sent out emails confirming the desks that they can use.

She was then given the task to chase West Coast people for their cocktail choices. She sent out an email to one group and she sent smaller messages to another group. For some people Kim needs a lot of information and for others Kim just needs to know which cocktail they would like.

Today is the day that the new coffee machine is installed! The vendors arrived and set up a big touchless coffee machine. It works by scanning a QR code and ordering a coffee that way, its super cool!

Around logging peoples cocktail choices Kim set up the desks and meeting space for people coming in on Wed, Thurs and Fri. She set up two new hot desks round by the printer. Sprayed all the hot desks with a bleach solution and cleaned down one of the whiteboards. Tomorrow Kim will set up chairs for the meeting and finish cleaning the whiteboards.

To finish the day Kim was able to spend a little time on the quiz, while chasing the final few people for their choices.

Kim had plans this evening! Plans that are outside and with other people! It was very exciting. She got home, changed and left right away! She drove towards the lake where she is meeting some work friends, but when she pulled over to check directions Kim noticed a colleague was stuck as their peddle fell off their bike! So she detoured and picked her up and between the two of them managed to fit her bike in the back of the car. For the rest of the drive over they both wore masks and kept the windows open. Not getting them ‘ronas today!

They made it to the lake and found the two other friends and one of their dogs! Kim was over the moon and spent a lot of the catch-up playing fetch with the dog and it was great! It was so nice to just sit with people and have a chat, in a lovely evening outside. It just seemed so normal. The beat part was that it wasn’t all just work talk too! It was a lovely evening and Kim had a great time.

After this, kim dropped her colleague and her bike at home before heading home herself.

Evening

Whilst Kim was out, Curtis played some games and had pizza for dinner.

After Kim got home, she had some food and we watched a bit of TV.

We didn’t do too much this evening as Kim got back a bit late, but we made sure to play mini golf!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 303: Vancouver, BC – The Outside?!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of admin and tickets at the start of his day, but then had to pack up and head to the office!

The office is reopening with a lot of rules and restrictions as well as just a small number of people as of this week.

Curtis and his colleagues went in first to do the orientation and assist with some last few things around the office.

Curtis isn’t going back for a couple of weeks but wanted to help out.

It was a little strange for Curtis to be back in the office and everyone has to walk the same direction around the office which means it takes Curtis a long time to get anywhere!

Curtis did some more tickets and then had the orientation, learning what everyone can and cannot do and all the rules.

Curtis then helped fill some bottles with sanitizer, each person gets their own, and then he had a team meeting.

After the team meeting, Curtis cleaned the coffee urns which had coffee in them since everyone left…so you can imagine how disgusting they were!

After cleaning that, Curtis had some lunch and ordered himself something exciting!

After lunch, Curtis helped put up some tape around the office to shut areas. He then went to each desk that will not be occupied and put a ‘do not take’ sticker on each monitor just to make sure they don’t go missing.

Curtis left the office around 16:30 and walked home.

Once Curtis got home, he emptied the dryer and then Kim got back so we went right over to our old apartment.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her day in the office, before she went in she caught up on emails and messages.

Once she was in the office Kim collected a few things that needed to be sent out and got them all set up. She then arranged a FedEx pickup and started to move onto the next FedEx package that needed to be sent out. Kim went to print the documents from the first package and it wouldn’t work, so while she was arranging the second package she called FedEx to send over the paperwork she needed. After and hour and a half of calls, speaking to 3 people she was told they couldn’t help and she would have to start again. So she resubmit the form online and went through the whole process again. She finally had them packaged up and ready to go.

Kim had a quick walkround with a colleague to check what needed to be done in the office and then moved some furniture around.

After lunch Kim set up a game of cribbage, this time its the final! Once of the teams is undefeated so that will be exciting. She then spent the rest of the afternoon making plans for the rest of the week and moving more furniture around.

All The Admin

We met with our old landlord to get our deposit back, but also had a long chat about the state of the world and everything that happening.

After we did that, we went and did the shop. We got a decent amount of stuff and popped to Canadian Tire too.

Today was the first time we had been outside in 2 weeks, so it did actually feel a little strange.

We got home and unpacked the shopping and then had more leftovers for dinner.

After that, we watched some comedy and some other TV and then went to bed.

We were very tired today as we didn’t sleep too great.


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 257: Vancouver, BC – Positive Steps

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at the start of the day with his team to create a diagram of how different systems work together as well as a few ideas on how to resolve a few issues and challenges.

After that meeting, Curtis and some tickets to complete and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had another meeting which Wass an update for a lot of the company as well as a Q&A.

After that, Curtis did a few more tickets followed by 3 offboards of contractors that had left today.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a game of cribbage to start her day today. It was such a close game, but unfortunately they lost. Kim spent a lot of the morning trying to get organised, she got the go ahead on a few things so Kim started writing notes for meetings coming up and making plans.

At midday Kim had her 1:1 and it was amazing! It was so productive, Kim got a few answers to things that she had been waiting for and got good direction for a lot of things.

Straight after the 1:1 Kim had a different type of doctors appointment, it was with a neurologist. Kim had a migrane a few months ago, that with the other medical stuff she has been dealing with made her doctor want to refer her on to a specialist. They went over the migraine and everything else and nothing seems too outstanding and bad, which is great. The plan is to catch up in 6 months and come into the office for a face to face examination, once all this stuff with COVID-19 has blown over.

Kim then had a catch up with her teammate where she went over a few questions she had about projects they are working on. It was great to have a catch up too!

In the afternoon Kim reached out to vendors to let them know she had moved their stuff in the office during the big clean up! She also started making a plan for events in May.

Landlord Conversation

We had a chat with our landlord after we finished working and he was able to fix a couple of things for us, too.

We had a long chat with him about a few things.

We finished our chat and it was past 19:00, so we were pretty hungry!

Kim made hoisin chicken pasta, which we had to use spaghetti for as we had no other pasta, and we just relaxed and watched TV for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale