Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 434: Vancouver, BC – Ripped Jeans!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting fairly early, which was a 1 on 1, and then he had a team meeting after that.

After that, he did tickets for most of the day and then after lunch he walked down to the office.

Once at the office, Curtis checked on a few things and then got some things together and went and waited down in the lobby for someone who was picking up a chair and a few other items.

Once the person picked up the items, Curtis walked back home.

For the rest of the afternoon, Curtis completed an offboard.

Kim’s Day

Kim popped out to get a couple of coffees in the morning and then joined Curtis for lunch.

In the afternoon Kim filled in one more form for her new job and then went out to buy some jeans! All of Kim jeans are on the brink of ripping so its time to replace. Maybe she will try to upcyle the jeans!

She drove to the shopping centre and went to H&M, but didn’t find anything she liked so Kim decided to try Levis. She found a couple of pairs that she liked so grabbed them and then headed home.

Evening

We had some chicken egg fried rice for dinner, which was delicious, and we cleaned the apartment after that, too.

We also figured out how to correctly ‘seal’ and clean our wok, as it had a weird smell to it.

Curtis had a hockey game tonight, so that’s where his evening ends, and Kim will be doing some relaxing whilst he is out.


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 431: Vancouver, BC – Autumn Is Here!

Curtis’ Hockey

Curtis’ team won their game last night, which was good, but there was controversy again!

The other team’s goalie pulled his groin at the end of the 1st period, so the other team had to get a player into the goalie gear and play him in net!

Curtis managed to get an assist and his team won 4-1, but felt bad for the other team a bit and hoped the goalie was ok!

Autumn Is Here!

We went out today for a walk to and around Stanley Park.

We walked a different way to get to an Italian coffee shop which we had some nice coffee from!

We had a long walk for a few hours and it was much colder due to it being autumn now. It was beautiful outside, but much colder.

Katsu

We got home and relaxed for a bit, playing some games, doing some research for our PR & watching some TV.

We then went out to do the shop at around 17:45, which felt much later as it was so dark!

We got the shop done and headed back home, where Kim made a chicken katsu curry.

The chicken was really good, but for some reason the sauce didn’t turn out ask expected, which was a little disappointing.

We chilled out for the evening, it was a little colder too than it has been, so it felt nice and cosy.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – day 411: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Curry & Naan!

Curtis’ Day

Right away at 09:00 this morning, Curtis had a call with a new hire to go over IT related things, which is a new thing that Curtis’ team is doing to ensure a good experience for new starters.

Curtis finished that and then not long after he had his 1 hour weekly team meeting.

Once that was done, Curtis did some tickets and then had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting to discuss some timelines and plans for a project which was very successful.

Curtis then had to amend the flow chart he had made for this, to reflect the changes and to add the timelines also. Curtis is very happy that he is getting to do some more Business Analyst work.

That was most of the afternoon and he had a bit of admin to do in the late afternoon, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a pretty relaxed day, but did apply to some jobs!

Kim found a couple of jobs she was very keen on, which are a little different to what she usually does for work, but she really liked the sound of them, so thought she might as well apply!

Kim moved the slats in the bed to make it more comfortable and she changed the sheets too.

Homemade Curry & Naan!

For dinner, we had homemade curry, which the chicken was already marinated for, overnight.

Kim made the sauce as well as some naan! Curtis had to run out and grab more flour for this, but it was worth it!

Kim made the curry from scratch and also made the naan completely from scratch and she was very happy with both outcomes.

The curry was excellent and as were the naan.

We watched some TV for the evening and played a bit more Crash Bandicoot.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 403: Vancouver, BC – First Time Driving Here

We got up a little earlier today and had some toasties for breakfast.

We then did some laundry and got showered, then Kim chatted with her dad and went over her CV and got some of his feedback.

Once Kim was done with that, we left the apartment and jumped in the car.

Curtis has found out that Kim is not allowed to come and watch his hockey games and Kim had been driving since we got to Vancouver, so Curtis needs to drive to hockey himself when it starts on 7th October.

Kim drove to an industrial area and we swapped seats, and Curtis tried driving for the first time on the left side of the car and right side of the road.

Curtis didn’t mind it, though lane discipline was a bit tough. Curtis is going to drive a little more over the next week or so and then he can get used to it before he drives to hockey for his first game!

Curtis then drove onto the supermarket and where we park was absolutely full, so it took a while to find a space.

The supermarket was just as full as the parking around it and it was a little crazy in there, but we got it done and drove back home.

We got back home and had some leftover pizza which we had from yesterday.

We had that and watched a bit of TV, then played some Tony Hawk.

Kim made a slow cooked chicken chili and we ate that whilst watching some YouTube videos.

We watched some more TV and got ourselves off to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 399: Vancouver, BC – Incredible Katsu

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00, which was company wide. It wasn’t massively interesting, but it was informative.

Curtis had a some more checkups to do and then he had a team meeting.

After the meeting, Curtis needed to order some items for the office, so he got those together and ordered.

For the rest of the day, Curtis did some tickets and also had a 1 on 1 meeting.

Kim’s Day

Kim slept in! She has nowhere to be and most people said to take it easy for a few days and rest up, so she is. She woke up and went through some really lovely messages from friends, family and old colleagues all offering support, love and advice. She felt very lucky today!

She took a few phone calls in the morning, one about her insurance and they went over what happens next and the other wad about the car. The garage found the issue so hopefully they should stop having problems when its all fixed up.

For most of the morning Kim did nothing. She reached out to people to see if they would endorse her on LinkedIn and that was it!

In the afternoon Kim sat down and started doing something productive. She reorganised her LinkedIn page by changing her experiences to read a little better and make a bit more sense. Kim also added in a bit of info that explains the employment gaps for her trips around the world and the roadtrip in America last year! Now she has no employment gaps. She made a few notes to update her CV with her latest job, but decided that thats a tomorrow job.

Incredible Katsu

We watched a bit of TV after Curtis finished work but we got hungry, so Kim made some homemade katsu chicken curry.

We had leftover homemade sauce from a while ago and Kim lightly fried the chicken.

Kim also made a vinaigrette for a side salad, which we had with it. It was really, really good.

We ate this and then watched some more TV, including The Russell Howard Hour (a UK comedy show) and some YouTube videos.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 395: Vancouver, BC – We’re Back

We woke up and had a nice big cooked breakfast and watched a bit of TV whilst eating.

We eventually got ourselves ready and made our way out of the apartment to get the weekly shop done.

It turns out, we chose the worst time to do this as there were far too many people and it was awful!

We got back home and then went out to get a coffee.

We came back home and watched some TV, played some games and then Kim made some dinner, which was something homemade which we obviously didn’t have whilst in Whistler!

Kim made egg fried rice with fried chicken which was terrific!

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening. We don’t plan on doing much this weekend, just relaxing from the week just gone.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 393: Vancouver, BC – Mello Doughnuts

Preparing

We woke up pretty late and had the remaining croissants for breakfast.

It took us a while to get going today, but we did eventually.

We got showered and then we started to do some packing! We are going away from Tuesday – late Friday (nowhere too far, but it should be fun!), So we needed to pack, of course.

We packed a bunch of things and decided what we need to take, also.

Mello Doughnuts

Once we did that, it was about 16:00 and we decided we wanted to get a doughnut!

We found a place which was a 20 minute walk, but it had great reviews and the flavours sounded good, so we took the walk there.

The area it was in wasn’t the greatest, but we queued up and got our doughnuts!

Kim got a chocolate old-fashioned and Curtis got a lemon doughnut.

We didn’t eat them right away as it was nearly dinner time, so we saved them for dessert.

Pirates of The Caribbean

We got home and had our dinner, which was just some sweet and sour chicken with rice, peas and sweetcorn. But, before we did that, we had a Vietnamese coffee, because why not!

We watched Pirates of The Caribbean (the first one) whilst we ate dinner.

Once we did that, Kim had a relaxing shower and did a facemask, then we watched some more TV.

We have work for just one day tomorrow, and then we’re off for our small trip!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 389: Vancouver, BC – Post Work Nap

Curtis’ Day

The start to Curtis’ day was quite slow.

Curtis had a 1 on 1 meeting and then a team meeting after that.

He got some admin completed and then some tickets before he had another team meeting to discuss some process changes and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a bunch of tickets, which all seemed to come in at once. Most of these were giving permissions to people, though one was getting some usage stats for someone.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a donut catchup with someone in the UK and someone in Boston! It was so lovely to just relax and hang out. It was an easy-going conversation too!

After this Kim took the car to pick up some plastic spray bottles for the office from canadian tire. She dropped those off at work while she picked up a load of stuff that she is donating to a local youth centre. It was another cars worth, so when she got to the centre, she parked out back and unloaded the car. Its cleared out so much space in the office and Kim also took some stuff from home too!

After Kim had been in the office for a while she hosted a game time. As connect four was so successful last time Kim decided to try it again. 3 other people joined and everyone played everyone and it was so much fun!

She then updated Survey Monkey to a paid account as on the free version Kim was only able to view the first 40 responses. As its been updated, Kim is now able to export the information. This means that some of the work she did yesterday is pointless, bur it saves kim some work going forward.

Kim grabbed some lunch in mid afternoon and then spent the last bit of the day working out who is okay for Kim ro clear their desks. As Megadesk has been okaied Kim now has to empty out all the desks. Some people will come in to clear their stuff themselves, but for some desks Kim will box stuff up, label it and store it around the office.

Post Work Nap

After Kim got home, we had a lay down and ended up having a nap! It did Kim wonders and she felt amazing. Curtis on the other hand didn’t feel great, but eventually he woke up a bit.

We played some Tony Hawk and then Kim went off to pole, which she was very refreshed for now!

When Kim got home, we had homemade chicken nuggets with curly fries for dinner and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 388: Vancouver, BC – Long Awaited Pro Haircut

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day by changing someone’s name across all platforms which was actually very seemless and he was very happy with how it worked out.

After that, Curtis had his weekly team meeting which lasted last time than usual.

Curtis did a lot of tickets after this, and was working with an ongoing Zoom issue for someone.

Post lunch was much of the same. He eventually got the Zoom issue sorted and was able to do some other tickets, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by logging the responses she received from the survey. It looks like exporting the information is a paid feature, so Kim has a fair bit of data entry to do!

After this Kim put a link to a discount page for Grouse Mountain. This would have been very useful last week as this was the mountain Kim and Curtis went to on Saturday. Never mind! She then spent some of the morning drafting up a couple of options for the next phases track and trace log. She isn’t too sure which she feels it the best way so she made both and will see what other people think.

In the afternoon Kim went to Staples to get some mailing pouches that will fit the hoodies in them. She found the only box in the store and then went back to the office.

Once she was in the office Kim packaged up a hoodie and it worked perfectly! So she then took it to the post office to make sure that the postage the meter gave her is the right amount. Its a good thing she checked as it wasn’t! Its good to know now so that when she does the big send out she will just take them all to the post office and do it all there.

Kim then went through all of the stationary that she hadn’t finished organising and either put it away in the cupboard or got it ready to be donated.

Long Awaited Pro Haircut

Kim left work and walked home, dropped off her things and went to get her haircut!

She’d been waiting for a professional haircut for a long while and was very happy she was finally able to get one.

Once Kim was back from her haircut, we had pesto chicken pasta for dinner and watched some TV, as well as played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale