Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 458: Vancouver, BC – The Start of Christmas Things

We woke up pretty late today and had some cinnamon buns for breakfast whilst watching some TV.

We got ourselves ready and then did a bunch of housework, getting some laundry done, replacing the bed sheets and some vaccuming.

We went out for a coffee late afternoon and short walk, as far away from people as we could.

We got back home and played some games and then we went out to the supermarket in the evening to get our weekly shop.

The shop was quite large, but we have some really nice meals planned for the week!

We got home and made some potato and chicken with BBQ sauce and cheese along with a side salad and garlic bread. A big mix of random stuff but pretty tasty!

We then watched a Christmas film (kinda) called Holidate and then a Christmas TV show based in Norway and in Norwegian, which was most of the reason we are watching it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 435: Vancouver, BC – Process Started

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of tickets in the morning and had a call with someone to fix something for them. There was a lot of people messaging him throughout the morning which kept him busy!

At 13:00, there was a large company meeting curtis had to attend and after that he had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis was able to do a bit of the visa application process. He got some documents sent to him from home so he was able to upload those, which was good.

Kim also got her documents, but she may have to do a slightly different process.

Curtis finished the day with some more tickets and then he relaxed!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim didn’t do too much. She did a little cleaning and some research for PR during the day.

In the evening Kim went to pole and had so much fun! The first class revisited an invert that Kim struggles with, so that was fun. In the second class they did some fun tricks that had Halloween sounding names. It was a great class and Kim really enjoyed it.

Evening

A new game came out today, so Curtis played that whilst Kim out at pole.

Kim pole

When Kim got home we watched some TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 345: Vancouver, BC – Japanese Cheesecake

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy morning, with a lot of tickets coming in and he took them and got those done, as well as having a Zoom call with someone to resolve something from last week.

Curtis then had a meeting with his team which lasted and hour and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, he had another team meeting, this time it was about a team document that they have to get done and provide to some other people.

Curtis did some more tickets and answered some questions from people for the rest of the afternoon.

Curtis did some cleaning in the evening, after he played some games and waited for Kim to get home.

Kim’s Day

Kim began her day by starting on a new mini game for Kahoot! It similar to ‘who are you’, but with only two choices and it is called ‘this or that’.

She had a quick catch up with her colleague when she came in and then moved on to emails and organising things for the coming week.

Later in the morning Kim had a meeting with her colleague where they went over a few projects that are going on and made a few plans.

Kim spent most of the afternoon working on the main event for the virtual summer parties that will be happening in a few weeks. It takes a fair amount of research and attention. So mid way through the afternoon she popped out to get Japanese cheesecake with a couple of friends. When she got back Kim continued to work on the games.

Kim finished the day by having a long catch up with a friend, it went well into the evening again and it was lovely.

Evening

We had an easy dinner, just some chicken and we went old school with smiley face potatoes! Then we watched a bit of TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 344: Vancouver, BC – A New Coffee Spot

Relaxed Morning

We had a relaxed morning, waking up late and then had a pain au chocolat for breakfast each with some strawberries and banana.

We finished our breakfast and slowly got ready for the day.

We didn’t have much planned, but did have a few things to get done.

Shopping, Cleaning & Coffee

We went out and did the shop, which was pretty quick, and then we came home and did some cleaning and other chores around the apartment.

We then went out for a coffee, just across the street. We had been to this place before for food and it wasn’t too great, but this coffee was good!

Kim had an affogato and Curtis had a cappuccino.

Games & Breakfast For Dinner

We played a lot of games together, some of which were new, and w head a lot of fun!

We then realised we should probably eat, so we made dinner.

We had breakfast for dinner, which was apparently just what we wanted, and Curtis had bacon with his, which was very tasty!

We watched some TV and played more games for the rest of the evening and in general we just had a relaxed day.


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 283: Vancouver, BC – Move Out Checklist

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin and a few tickets in the morning and then at 11:00, him and Kim left together and walked down to their respective workplaces!

Curtis had to tidy the IT equipment on each desk so that the desks were easier to clean when the cleaners come in to do a disinfect.

Once Curtis got in he got started and finished sorting the desks about 1.5 hours later.

Curtis then stayed at the office and helped the office administrator do a few things around the place.

At 14:00, Curtis walked home. Once he was home, he answered some messages, did some admin and then had a bit of lunch.

Curtis jumped on a call for the remaining time in the day to figure out some new things his team has taken on and help a specific person out with it.

After that, he did a few things around the apartment and waited for Kim to come back from the office.

Kim’s Day

Kim caught up on emails before she headed into the office with Curtis. She then spent some time doing general admin and continuing with the office clean up.

Kim spent a lot of her afternoon in meetings the first one was planned so she joined a couple of her colleagues to go through a process and how it works so Kim has a better idea of what she needs to be doing.

After this Kim jumped on a call with a differnt colleague to go over some plans for the coming weeks. It was just a short call as Kim had to jump on another call with someone and help them out with something while Kim was available in the office.

Once Kim finished up with that meeting she called her colleague back up so they could continue brainstorming for the coking weeks. They made some good plans and a lot of progress!

Move Out Checklist

We headed to the old apartment right after Kim got back to give it another once over and then meet our old landlord to complete the move out checklist.

We did the checklist and there were a few things we still need to do, so we noted those down and we’ll be heading back tomorrow get those sorted.

We were very hungry so we headed home for some dinner!

Kim made a really good vegetarian spaghetti bolognese.

We ate that and relaxed for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 280: Vancouver, BC – Old Apartment Deep Clean

We planned to get up at 10:00, but slept until 11:00 instead.

We had toasties for breakfast and then got showered and ready and head out for the day!

We first went to the old apartment to vacuum and tidy up a bit. We need to clean the old apartment before our official move out date

We then went up to Home Depot with the plan to get some cleaning supplies and a carpet cleaner.

We managed to get the supplies, but we had to go to another, bigger, store to get the carpet cleaner, so that’s where we went next.

We got back to the apartment and Curtis figured out the carpet cleaner and started with that. Whilst that was happening, Kim did a deep clean of the bathroom which turned out really good!

Kim then started on the kitchen as Curtis was still doing the carpet cleaning. It took a while but seemed to go well.

We got the last few things cleaned in the kitchen and then we were done! We did have a cheeky Starbucks break in the middle, though.

We took everything we had into the car (most of it is donations we will be taking places) and then we took the carpet cleaner back.

We got that sorted and then headed back home.

We got a few things sorted around the apartment, getting the new shelving unit sorted and things moved around to get them into the right place.

We got a bit hungry so we ordered a curry for dinner!

We ate our curry and then watched the film Freaks on Netflix, which turns out to be a very good film, and it was based in Vancouver which was very noticeable at points.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 261: Vancouver, BC – Deep Clean & Apartment Viewings

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty slow day, but tried to make the most of it.

He did some admin as usual and then had his team meeting.

Curtis got some tickets done and then scheduled some more laptop checkups with people.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting at 13:00, but he had to leave it at around 13:15 as we had an apartment viewing!

Curtis spent the afternoon making a page for new starters to use to get around the different applications and how to login to them etc. This certainly kept him busy!

Our Lunchtime Viewing

We had a viewing at lunchtime, which was just across the street!

It took us all of 5 minutes to get across there.

We really enjoyed the look of this apartment and it’s in the same area we are in now which is a plus.

Kim’s Day

Kim drafted up an invite for her department to have a games lunch on Friday. She then downloaded steam and some games for it.

This week for yoga Kim had to pick a video. The one she found was the perfect length and focused on stretching for beginners, it was really good.

One thing that Kim had forgotten to do was upload the monthly talks to the folder, so she did that and organised the general receptionist email address. Kim doesn’t often use the email address, but there are many folders that don’t make too much sense.

Kim spent some of the afternoon writing up an invite for people to join on a gratitude call this week. May is mental health awareness week or month in different countries so there are lots of activities planned with that in mind.

Deep Clean & 2 More Viewings

We had 2 more viewings in the evening, but first we had to clean! We have people coming to view our apartment tomorrow, so we have to make sure it’s as clean as possible!

We finished that and then walked down to the city.

We looked at the first apartment, it was very small and we didn’t realise it was furnished which wasn’t ideal for us, so we probably won’t be going for that.

We then looked at another that was bigger but a bit old and not in the best location.

We headed home and were hungry, so made sure we had dinner when we got back.

We had vegetable chilli, which was really good!

After dinner, we filled in an application form for the apartment we liked and then relaxed for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 210: Vancouver, BC – A Weird Atmosphere

We were up around 11:00 today, we had some breakfast and watched a little TV.

Once we got ready, we went out to a couple of shops to get some stuff and then went to Starbucks to do the most important thing of the weekend which was getting coffee.

Curtis is meant to play hockey tomorrow, but due to COVID-19, the rest of the season has been postponed, so that won’t be happening!

We got back home and did some cleaning, getting rid of things from the fridge that were old as well as some other items such as bowls and glasses we don’t use.

Kim went out to get some items from work that she needed to work from home.

Once she got back, we made the same thing as yesterday and watched some TV!

Pretty chilled day, but the atmosphere was weird around the place…Just feels weird!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 208: Vancouver, BC – Mandatory Work From Home!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day with a lot of tickets but also some other things.

He setup a couple of new laptops for people, as well as having a few meetings.

He had a meeting regarding one of the projects he is working on. This was a very successful meeting and he was very pleased with how it went.

After that, he and his team had a chat with regards to a few contingency plans for coronavirus things.

Curtis also had a 1:1 and did a few other things throughout the day. Unfortunately, it also felt like a long day, so long and busy!

Kim’s Day

Today the decision was made that going forward people should work from home. Kim spent a lot of her day helping set that up, reaching out to vendors to cancel all visits and deliveries for the coming weeks.

In the afternoon the team had a meeting about events and how that is looking and how we are wanting to plan those. Which is great news for Kim as it means she will be able to start visiting some of the venues to see if they work for her.

On her way home Kim stopped to pick up a sports bra to complete her costume for her upcoming routine.

She then rushed home to get to her pole class. They learnt such a fun move and Kim really enjoyed it!

Kim Training

While they were waiting to go into open pole to train for the competition an email went out from the organisers saying that its been postponed. It’s not great news, but Kim could really do with the time to get her routine perfect, so she isnt too upset.

Admin Evening

Curtis got home and got a lot of admin/cleaning done.

Curtis emptied all the bins, recycling, regular and organic.

He then did some cleaning, wiping down all the counters and vacuuming.

After this, Curtis made himself hoisin chicken and pasta, which was a lot of food, but delicious.

Curtis played a lot of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare – WarZone, which is a new mode of Call Of Duty that has come out recently, so he did that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale