Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 452: Vancouver, BC – A Lot Of Cooking & Baking

We woke up a lot later today, and Kim made some Crepes for breakfast. Kim had chocolate crepes and Curtis had sugar and lemon.

We watched some TV and relaxed and then got ready for the day.

We planned to take the recycling out, but the elevators were very full and only 2/3 were working, so we decided to wait instead.

We did the vaccuming and a few other cleaning jobs around the apartment.

Kim then made some more cinnamon buns, with the plan for them to be bigger ones than last time!

They took some time as it was enough dough for a very large batch!

The came out pretty good, actually, though Kim wasn’t sure to start with.

We went out to get some more milk and some cheese in the evening as we needed some to make dinner!

After we got back, Kim made a veggie lasagna which was absolutely delicious.

We then tried one of our cinnamon buns and they’re pretty great too!

We played some games and watched TV for the evening, getting prepared to work again tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 451: Vancouver, BC – English Test

English Test

We had an English test today, starting at 10:00.

As mentioned yesterday, even though we are from the UK, we still have to have an English test completed for our PR, so that’s what we did!

We were up at 07:30 and very tired!

We walked down to the test centre which was about 15 minutes away.

We got there and had to sit around for a while and then we were taken in for our ID checks.

We then moved to the test room and sat our computers ready to take the test. That being said, we at there for 45 minutes waiting to start!

We eventually started and Curtis did it pretty quickly. We had 3 hours to do so, and Curtis completed it in 1 hour 15 minutes! There was a listening, reading, writing and speaking section.

Kim finished not too long after, maybe 30-45 minutes, and we were done!

We went to get ourselves a coffee and we both think it went pretty well.

We got home and were very tired!

Need For Speed, Completed!

We completed Need For Speed, so that was fun, and then Kim had to do a little bit of work for something that came up during the day.

After that, we mustered up the effort to go and do the shop.

We smashed the shop! Military precision was used and we got around it really fast, and even went to two other shops!

We got back home and had some cheese and wine for dinner whilst watching the film JEXI which was pretty funny and silly.

We relaxed for the rest of the evening. The day felt very long as we were up so early!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 432: Vancouver, BC – Full Bathroom Clean

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting at 10:30, so did a bit of work before that.

The meeting was good and after that he did some more tickets.

In the afternoon, Curtis setup accounts for a new starter and did some other tickets, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of the day doing a deep clean of the bathroom. We noticed it needed to be cleaned, so Kim said she wanted to do it during the day whilst Curtis is working.

This took a couple of hours and then Kim did some more research for the permanent residency we need to get and we now know a little more about what is required and we’ve sent off some emails we need to send to get some information and items.

Risotto

Kim wanted to make some risotto, so she had to go and get some wine as well as some other things for the risotto, such as parmesan cheese.

Kim made the risotto and we watched some TV whilst we ate.

We then watched a Netflix show about designing homes, which is something we love to watch!

Kim had to do her background check for her new job so she did that and we chilled out after that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 357: Vancouver, BC – A BBQ, With People!

Breakfast

We slept in for a while, until around 11:30, and then lazily got up and had some breakfast, which was grilled cheese.

Returning Clothes

Kim went to Burnaby to return some clothes at a shop or two and also to buy a few items.

Kim got herself some new earrings that she had been looking for, too.

Curtis stayed home and played games for the afternoon and evening.

BBQ

Kim went to a BBQ which her friend invited her to at her house.

She really enjoyed herself, and there were quite a few people there but they were all in a bubble, so Kim stayed distanced as much as possible, but still had some good conversations and some fun!

Shopping

When Kim was done at the BBQ, she headed home and we went to do the weekly shop. We finished the shop and headed home, getting home around 21:30.

Cheese & Wine

We had cheese and wine for dinner, because we fancied it and it’s a fun Saturday dinner!

We watched some TV and chilled out for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 298: Vancouver, BC – Double Dinner!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a colleague demonstrate a new application they made which helps his team onboard people faster, which is amazing!

Curtis watched that and then had his daily team meeting right after.

He then attended the weekly Zoom webinar and then got some project work done!

He got a whole project started and finished in the day and did some work for another couple of projects whilst doing so, as well as some tickets and answering questions.

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim hosted the mid week catch up where she had three other people join the call, it was great! For the most of the morning she worked on lots of little tasks, she set up a time and date for the next cello performance and she fully finished the log that she will need for the coming weeks.

Later in the morning Kim had an impromptu call with her manager and another manager to discuss plans for the log Kim had been working on to see if there were any better alternatives. After that call Kim had another call with a different colleague in regards to stuff going on in the office.

After lunch Kim had her 1-1 which went well, she had a great talk. For the afternoon Kim worked on the team project by updating a few documents and the Wiki page. She also sent out a message to people in Vancouver about the deals on their chosen hotels in the Downtown area, just in case people want to have a mini break.

Double Dinner!

Once we finished working, we ate the remaining fancy cheeses that we had in the fridge, as a ‘first dinner’.

Right after that, Kim made some tomato and mushroom spaghetti which was excellent and our second dinner!

We watched some Shirlock and The Great before retiring to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 288: Vancouver, BC – Pole Is Up & Vancouver Protest

We had some breakfast, just some cereal, and then started to get ready for the day.

Our old landlord texted us and said we can pop over for the final handover and checklist.

We got there and cleaned a few things before he arrived.

All went well and we just had a few things to clean before the handover.

We got it handed over and then we were done! We are officially moved out of that a apartment now and there is therefore no work to do there anymore.

We got back home and went out for some coffee. We went to a place called Incognito Coffee which we really enjoyed.

We brought the coffee home and then Kim’s friend came over to confirm that our ceiling is concrete. Once that was confirmed, we had a bit of a chat and then they left.

Once they had left, we got Kim’s pole stood up and it was perfect! She is very happy she can use it now and has had a few tries on it.

We then went down to the protest here in Vancouver. We stood distanced from everyone on the outskirts of the protest, but we wanted to show our support.

We then went home, and will be self isolating for 14 days as much as possible.

We had cheese and wine for dinner, as we went to the shop once we left our old apartment earlier.

We ate that and just watched some TV for the rest of the evening. Nothing fancy.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 255: Vancouver, BC – Giving Tiger King A Go

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another busy day today.

He started the morning with setting up a laptop in Charlotte remotely, for a new starter.

After that, he had to figure out a plan for someone that had broken their MacBook screen, and after trying a few things, he decided the best thing to do was to offer an old MacBook as a replacement.

After this, Curtis did some tickets and then after lunch had a project meeting and did some project work, analysing data collected from interviews.

Kim’s Day

Kim went to join a game of cribbage but someone had dropped out, so Kim rescheduled it. She then spent a lot of her morning doing little tasks, she checked some of the policies she started at the beginning of quarantine and worked on those, reached out to her favourite venue for the winter party for a little information from them and made some plans for when she is back in the office.

Kim joined a meeting about plans for the next month. After the meeting Kim put all the information on the Wiki and even out together a calendar for it too!

Kim hosted a game of Skribbl again today, it was great fun and a fair few people joined in and got involved!

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on the social page for the Wiki. She put a calendar on there, as you may be able to guess, it is a new function Kim found and finally understands! She then updated it to include all the events that are coming up and added all the recurring events too.

Giving Tiger King A Go

We had cheese and crackers for dinner and then watched Tiger King we’ve been trying not to, but we decided we would give it a go anyway.

We watched some other TV and played some games/VR.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 249 – Vancouver, BC – Quarantine Wine & Cheese

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had such a busy morning!

This morning went so fast and it was already lunchtime which was crazy.

Curtis did some tickets and then did an onboard, which took up a lot of time.

Just before lunch, Curtis got introduced to a new account executive for a vendor.

We had some soup for lunch and then in the afternoon Curtis did some admin and tickets.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim hosted the mid week catch up before the company wide meeting. During the social talk, only two people joined and they mainly had a chat, which was great as it meant Kim could get some other things ready for her day.

After the big meeting Kim helped some people in the UK with some logistics stuff. They were sending stuff from the office to people and Kim helped!

Kim then had a catch up with her colleague, it was meant to be for an hour, but it went on for at least two! They went over all the plans for the office space, events coming up and everything in between. While everyone is out of the office Kim will go in to move things around, not annoy everyone and be totally unbothered, it will be amazing!

When the meeting finished Kim went straight into hosting a mini game that she named ‘Who Are You?’ People are given controversial questions like which type of peanut butter do you prefer? And the answer options would be crunchy or smooth. Then there would be a time after where people can fight ans argue about why their answer was right and other people were wrong. It went exactly how Kim had hoped it would and people had so much fun!

Kim then spent the rest of the afternoon writing down points of interest in two documents she needs to write up.

Shopping

We drove up to the shop and went to Home Depot first.

Kim wanted to get some pots and soil for her herbs.

We managed to find pots, but they were sold out of soil, but we got the pots anyway.

We left here and took the stuff back to the car and then queued up for the supermarket.

We ended up doing a pretty big and expensive shop, but that should last us for another 10 days or so, and we even managed to get some toilet paper!

We got back home and had cheese and wine for dinner, because why not?

We played some need for speed, some VR and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 218: Vancouver, BC – Self Isolation Sunday

Self Isolation Sunday

We had an incredibly lazy day today, which is the correct way to self isolate!

We did absolutely nothing, other than having breakfast and showering, until about 16:00.

We went out briefly just to head to the shop, but that was really the extent of our day!

We had cheese and wine for dinner whilst we watched Spiderman: Homecoming, which was fine.

Kim had a chat with a friend for a bit in the late evening and then did some work that she wanted to get done before work starts again tomorrow.

We didn’t do too much else for the evening, but then had to go to bed as we’re back to doing work tomorrow, though from home, of course.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 214: Vancouver, BC – Quarantine Cheese Night!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ morning was pretty busy, just with tickets, really. He did have to review a document, though, which he did for about 30-45 minutes.

Curtis answered a lot of questions today, too.

He got quite a lot done and then had lunch with Kim around 12:30.

After this, he had meeting from 13:00-15:00 with his team to discuss projects, priorities and all the projects which have changed as everyone has to work from home at the moment.

Curtis had a pretty slow afternoon, but did things where he could.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a lot of her morning working on plans for remote social activities. The main thing she worked on was a rough draft for schedule for events and drew up invites too!

Kim then sat a mock test for her exam. It wasn’t great, but is shows the areas Kim needs to work on. Its not like she isn’t short on time to study right now!

After the mock Kim hopped on a social call with one of the other offices while they played games! It was nice to have a chat with some people that she wouldn’t usually and to just have a little chatter in the background while she worked on a few other things.

After the call Kim worked on a plan for an online quiz and she set up the draft invites in meeting requests ready to be sent out. She also saved the last few invoices and sent an email out chasing a few missing ones

Quarantine Cheese Night

We decided to have a bit of a cheese night, despite the quarantine!

But first, it was cleaning time.

We got the apartment cleaned from top to bottom, which felt really good.

After that, we went for a walk just to get outside. The weather was amazing but there were far too many people out.

We got back from our walk and had our cheese whilst watching some YouTube videos.

After that, we watched Ready Player One which is an amazing film, we thought!

We watched a little more TV and then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale