Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 920: Vancouver, BC – Nearly Overslept!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did indeed stay up and watch Great Britain play their final game. They ended up finishing 13/16 which was a huge achievement for them! The game last night ended 6-3 to Switzerland which was a much better result than anyone expected.

Whilst it was great to watch hockey, going to bed at 04:30 and waking at 08:30 wasn’t too great and Curtis paid the price today! He felt very tired in the morning but felt better as the day progressed, which was good, as it got busy!

It also didn’t help that we almost overslept as we forgot to set the right alarm!

Curtis had a bit of work to do in the morning and then had a call with Microsoft about a few different things.

After his call, he had a Norwegian lesson an it was really, really good! He was speaking without really thinking which was great.

After that, and for most of the rest of the day, he was in and out of meetings regarding one particular issue which he also had to write up some documentation for and make some notes.

He was able to get some tickets done in the afternoon as well as some other admin before calling it a day.

Kim’s Day

Today was a long and meeting filled day! Kim started her day having a chat about a trivia night that the company is parking up with another company for on Friday! She then gave a quick update at the finance meeting before having a quick chat with a new starter to see how their first week was.

After giving an update in the weekly meeting Kim joined a great meet the team to hang out with her new team members, it was awesome! She then had a connect with each of the new starters to give them an overview of the past few months or allocate work for the next couple of weeks.

To start the afternoon Kim joined a recruitment meeting and then went into a candidate review and mini forecast meeting. She was then able to get some admin done before showing her new teammate the folder structure and where they can find things.

In the late afternoon Kim sat down with a few executive members to discuss a new role. She then went into an interview and spent the evening working on some admin of emails and reorganising a couple of documents.

Evening

We had chicken burgers again, Kim made a bunch the other day so they’re nice and easy to have!

We had those with some leftover sweet potato fries and chilled out for the evening, along with a nice walk.

We were meant to be selling our old sofa tomorrow, but the person cancelled which is frustrating!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 468: Vancouver, BC – Application Consultation

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got up when Kim was up and had some breakfast, showered and then played some games for a little bit.

After that, he had his Norwegian lesson and then just played games and chilled out for most of the remainder of the day.

When Kim had her consultant chat with regards to the PR and work permits, Curtis followed along and did some research for it.

Kim’s Day

Kim joined the weekly company meeting and they did the usual stuff and updates before wishing someone a happy birthday! Kim organised gift vouchers for everyone so they can get cake, and then use the rest of the voucher for the winter party coming up. They all sang happy birthday and ate cake and it was amazing!

After the meting Kim went out to look at offices, she saw two new ones and popped by one from last week to take a video of it. Then when she was back at home Kim updated the photos and videos as well as made a few notes about each of the spaces.

For the early afternoon Kim made email profiles for new starters and continued to update the onboarding process for new hires.

Kim also had a meeting about a new role that the company is hiring for, its the same role Kim wrote the job posting for. They spoke about the kind of candidate they are looking for and some of the aspects of the role.

Kim had a chat with a PR consultant about our application, the chances of us being accepted and the remaining steps etc. We got some good information and clarity there!

Kim finished her day by looking into a new software for a department within the company and working on the winter partys quiz.

Evening

We had a very healthy dinner of potato, chicken nuggets & corn with Nandos sauce and then some nacho cheese on top for good measure!

We watched some TV, played some games and did some more research, made some decisions and discussed our PR application and some related items around that.

We then watched some more TV and chilled out.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 412: Vancouver, BC – Not What She Thought

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didn’t have any meeting until 10:30, when he had his Norwegian lesson which went really well.

Once that was done, Curtis had meeting with a few people from his team but also some people from another team which was an information around onboarding.

After lunch, Curtis setup some accounts for a new user and then he did a couple of tickets to end the day.

Kim’s Day

After a nice lazy morning Kim was putting lunch together when she got a phone call from a company asking her in for an interview and the role title was something that she was interested in so she agreed to come in tomorrow. Kim was so excited and happy to see an application submitted yesterday come through so quickly!

After lunch Kim then did a little research on the company and asked for a job description for her to refer to and read through before the interview. The company didn’t have a written job description that they could send over and it had some negative reviews, this made Kim a little uneasy. After a few hours and a bit of back and forth communication, Kim decided to pull her application for the position.

The reviews made the role sound more like a sales position over what was listed and Kim doesn’t want to work in sales, its not a good fit for her.

So for the rest of the afternoon Kim wrote some good cover letters for a few open positions that would fit Kim perfectly. Last week Kim was avoiding applying for any roles that have been listed for more than a few weeks thinking that they would have just forgotten to be removed, but thats not smart. The company may just not have found the right fit yet and Kim may be that perfect fit, so she is really happy with the applications sent out today. Tomorrow Kim will review the saved roles and send out more applications!

Walk

We had leftover curry for dinner and watched a bit of TV, then we went for a nice long walk. It was around 19:30 so it was dark and there were much less people out. It was a super relaxing walk.

We got back and watched some more TV before we slept.

It’s Curtis’ first hockey game tomorrow, as well as his first solo drive in 2 years (and on the other side of the road) so we shall see how that goes!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 374: Vancouver, BC – First Professional Norwegian Lesson!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin and some tickets at the start of the day and then at 10:30, he had his first ever professional Norwegian lesson! He has been self teaching for about 12 years, but thought it was time he had some professional help, and an opportunity to speak Norwegian!

The lesson was through an app called iTalki which is used for learning languages. It wasn’t free, but it was worth it, and Curtis was able to pay a little less for a trial lesson.

The class was more of a conversation, both people getting to know each other, but the whole 30 minutes was in Norwegian only, which really helped Curtis and he enjoyed it. He is already looking forward to the next lesson!

He had a couple of meetings to round out the morning and the did some tickets and admin after lunch.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent her day finishing a few things for the summer party tomorrow. Most of her morning focused on finishing the quizzes and she had a quick meeting to go over the timeline and make a few changes to that.

After that Kim focused on making a How to Kahoot slideshow and another stand alone agenda for that. Then she updated the changing agenda with the few changes too!

Kim had a team meeting in the afternoon and they went over some points from the last party and helped with a few things for the next two.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim focused on the final quiz for tomorrow’s party. Once that was completed Kim and her colleague did a run through to check timings and made edits to the quizzes after. It was another long day, but totally worth it.

Evening

Kim was home late again, as to be expected with her current project work going on, so the evening was a lot like yesterday.

Curtis had a pizza and waited for Kim to get home and then she had some food and we watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 216: Vancouver, BC – Live Online Workout Class!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few tickets to do throughout the day, which kept him busy.

As well as that, he was making a Visio flowchart for a process he has developed and that took a surprising amount of time to make!

Curtis had a meeting at 13:00, which lasted for 1 hour.

This was a company meeting to discuss what will be happening and what the plan is during COVID-19.

After that, Curtis and another meeting which was a project-related meeting to figure out requirements and what each team could do to help.

Curtis did some project admin after this and then at the end of the day, he had a happy hour call with people from his office with drinks, similar to what he would have done if he was there.

Kim’s Day

Kim had the final class of her project management course today, but this had to be done remotely which was a little different.

When Kim was on breaks from the course, she did some social related things for work.

After finishing her class, Kim jumped into her social chat with colleagues for a drink and chat.

Costco, Online Workout & Curry!

Once we were both done with work, we walked across the bridge, just for a walk really, and popped into Costco.

They didn’t have most of the things people were looking for, so it was incredibly quiet!

We gathered a few things we needed and then walked back home.

Kim did a workout when she got home as she was invited to it by a friend!

It was a course run on Instagram live as no-one can go out, so they were doing it online.

Kim liked this a lot, but she was tired!

After, we made a chicken tikka masala (mostly from scratch, but not the sauce, we’re not good enough for that!).

This curry was great, as expected, and we had some samosas and naans with it too.

We chilled for the evening…it’s crazy that it’s the weekend already!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 156: Vancouver, BC – Cooking Competition Winner!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work and just had a whole day of meetings planned.

Curtis got a few things done and then went into his first meeting. This meeting had a lot of information thrown at him all at once, so it was a lot to take in and make plans for!

As it was a meeting with other people in the business, Curtis had a follow up meeting with just his team to discuss this.

Shortly after that meeting, Curtis had another meeting with his team, to work on a few project things.

Directly following that meeting, his team had another meeting to discuss the last 2 weeks of work they had done, what went well, what didn’t go well and what was learned.

After this, Curtis got some other work done and then had some drinks with colleagues in the office.

Curtis had to leave his laptop at the office (locked away) so it could continue doing something he was doing that was going to take a while.

Curtis walked home and waited for Kim to get home.

Kim’s Day

Kim went to a company ran cooking competition today!

She had to cook a few things with her team. Kim made a steak sandwich with an arugula side salad and she also made a brunch style meal which was hash brown with eggs!

Kim then got a meal which was really good! A beetroot terrine for starter, duck for main and then a chocolate budino for dessert!

Kim won the competition for her steak sandwich, which was awesome! She won a wooden spoon!

Evening Out!

Kim continued her work outing for a few hours after work. They went to a bar and had some drinks and some really good chats! They had a terrific time.

Once Kim got home, she wasn’t feeling very hungry, so Curtis just had some soup.

We watched some TV and then went to bed. We were excited to get some sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale