Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 326: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Veggie Lasagna & No COVID-19!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly early project meeting which didn’t last too long, but had a few action points from it which was positive.

Curtis got some tickets completed and then had a couple of team meetings.

Curtis had a few more project related meeting sheich were very positive and did some more tickets, finishing the day with creating a new project.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of her morning working on one FedEx delivery. She ended up redoing the whole thing after chasing for weeks. Hopefully with the new right pickup and whole new paperwork everything will go smoothly, but who knows!

Just after midday Kim called the helpline to get her test results. The first time she called she was unable to get through, then the second time they confirmed that Kim does not have COVID. Which is wonderful! Kim had some lunch and started the ‘meat’ sauce for the lasagna tonight and then headed into the office.

Kim collected all the things she needs to send our to a new starter and began packing them up. She joined her 1-1 call with her manager and that was great. Bother were happy at the new that Kim does not have COVID and they spoke about events for the future.

After the 1-1 Kim went back to sending the items. She had to rebox one of the packages as she had packed more than was needed, so that was great! Kim also picked up the post and ordered coffee for the nespresso machine. It was a very productive afternoon!

Evening

Kim got home after being at the office for the afternoon and made a vegetarian lasagna!

It turned out perfectly and was so delicious! We had it with some homemade garlic bread, too.

We watched TV and played some games for the evening, as usual.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 325: Vancouver, BC – COVID-19 Test

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy and fast day today.

He did a lot of tickets throughout the day and did some testing for a colleague, too.

He did a computer checkup for someone and had a 1 hour chat and troubleshooting with someone to fix something, which eventually worked.

Curtis did some more testing and more tickets and then was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim worked from home again. The reasoning behind this is that Kim had a slight cough and tickly throat yesterday and as a result she popped to get a COVID test and went home. Kim feels fine, but now that the office has reopened she feels its best to get a quick test done and be sure it is just allergies or changes in the humidity. She would much rather be safe than sorry aa she fits the requirements of someonewho should go and get a test. So when Kim left work yesterday she went to an urgent care unit in downtown and had a COVID test, it didn’t hurt, but it was unpleasant. It felt like pressure next to the eye and at the top of the nose. The actual swab took only a few seconds, Kim was only in tbe room for 3 minutes. It was great to see how many other people were getting tests for lower level symptoms too.

For today Kim spent a lot of her morning catching up on FYI emails and working through some of the things she may have missed over the past few weeks. Kim also spoke with FedEx in regards to a difficult shipment that she has been struggling with for a while and hopefully starting to make some progress.

At midday Kim hosted yoga and she also had a meditation video at the end. Kim picked both videos today and really enjoyed them. Shortly after yoga Kim joined a short call with a few people to celebrate someone going on Maternity leave. It was great to see some faces Kim hasn’t seen in a while and wish the lady well.

Mid afternoon Kim called the helpline in regards to getting her test results, but the lab only got the swabs at midday today so she was asked to call back tomorrow afternoon, so thats what she will do. Kim is 90% sure its nothing! She updated her manager and let her know the updated timeline.

In the afternoon Kim started listening to her voicemails. This required her to restart the system, so she did that and started listening to the voicemails. There were so many, still some for tomorrow!

Evening

We played some of the Golf game we played yesterday again and then some other games before we got a bit hungry.

We made enchiladas for dinner, which was lucky as we had some stuff frozen we could use for filling, so it was nice and quick.

We watched some TV and played some games in the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 320: Vancouver, BC – Thursday Is A Monday

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the morning getting some information on how to fix an issue, which he managed to get good information on.

Curtis answered some questions and did some tickets for the rest of the morning.

After lunch, he walked into the office to fix the issue he was researching this morning.

The person had left him the laptop, which of course Curtis sanitised before and after handling. Curtis was able to get this fixed fairly quick, which was good as it was something new, and he then went back home.

Curtis got back home and did some more tickets and then an offboard.

Kim’s Day

Today is the last day to set up the office and Kim has very little to do. She printed and laminated the last few signs before moving on to putting signs on desks and meeting rooms. She did the smaller side of the building, where she put a sticker and tape on the table leg of desks being used, tape on the floor 6 feet from the chair, to show people the closest they can be. She also put the meeting room signs up and a few distancing reminders.

When Kim got into the kitchen she put up the last few signs and organised the leftover drinks for people to pick up off of a table.

Once she finished with the kitchen, Kim put a few signs up in the bathrooms before hosting a game of Skribbl while she had her lunch.

After lunch Kim and her colleague continuted to put signs on desks to show that they are being used and putting the notifications on meeting room doors.

Mid afternoon Kims manager came in to do a little paperwork and have a tour of the office, as it is totally different from when she was last in. She loved how the office looked, which was great!

After the meeting Kim and her colleague finished putting the signs up. Kim realised she forgot to print a couple of signs, so she made those and popped them up.

It doesn’t sound like a busy day, but Kim didn’t stop! It was a great day and the office is now ready to go! Kim is excited to have people back.

Weird Feeling Evening

We both felt weird this evening, and all day really, as it felt like a Sunday yesterday so today felt like a Monday even though it isn’t.

For dinner we had leftover pasta with a side of ceasar salad along with some homemade garlic bread which was the perfect addition!

We watched some during dinner and then we played a few more new games together which was fun but made time go too fast!

Kim had a bath in the evening as she felt like it and then we watched a thing or two after before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 281: Vancouver, BC – Another Productive Day!

We got up and ready and then headed out to be supermarket.

We didn’t have to queue at all, which was a bit of a surprise, so we were in and out fairly quick!

We got back home and put all the washing away and then we had a few more bags we needed to empty which mostly had clothes in them, so we got those emptied and it cleared up quite a bit of space!

Kim went out later in the afternoon to get a new storage hanger we can use for clothes and then we were also able to sell something we no longer need.

We then walked to the liquor store to get some beer for dinner, which was a good move!

We then came back home and Kim made Japanese curry again, but this time it was really, really good!

We then watched the film The Guilty which is Danish, but was a really enjoyable and suspenseful film.

Kim had a bath and did a face mask after the film and then we watched some more TV before going to bed.


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 276: Vancouver, BC – A Bin, More Storage & A Lamp

Curtis’ Day

Curtis is starting early this week, 1 hour early, so that he can catch up with the time he missed Friday.

It was a slow start, but then Curtis got some tickets and some other things to do throughout the day.

He was able to start and finish one project work, which was a success!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a donut catch up with a new starter from one of the UK offices. It was great to meet them and have a chat. After the call Kim caught up on some emails and set up a courier to pick something up and deliver it to the office. She then packed up and headed into the office, once her computer had finished an update.

Once she got into the office Kim had a meeting with HR and Marketing to divide up the current stock that we have and make a plan for swag going forward. It was a great meeting and gave Kim a lot of direction for the office clean up. She then went through the stock and starting figuring out where it will all be stored.

Kim then spent some time working on some smaller projects, she tried t order a gift card for someone in the UK again and it still didn’t work. She also started setting up some of the next round of cribbage games.

In the beginning of her afternoon Kim was working with IT finding laptops for people and trying to help set them up, one didn’t want to play ball and Kim couldn’t find the other style of laptop that they needed.

She then sent out more invite for cribbage and then finally started to tackle the tool box. It was full of stuff that Kim didn’t think they needed and there were so many loose screws. So Kim collected up losses screws and organised what was in the box.

A Bin, More Storage & A Lamp

Kim finished work and when she came home she changed her address for her driving license and a few other things.

She then went out to pickup and pay for a new bin, so we have a taller and bigger one.

Kim made some form of Asian style noodles with chicken for dinner which was very tasty!

We watched a bit of TV and then Kim went out again to pickup some more clothing storage for the apartment as well as a lamp!

Once she got back, we finally relaxed for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 273: Vancouver, BC – Last Remaining Things

We got up and had some breakfast, just some scrambled eggs and hash browns.

Curtis got to use his new Aeropress coffee maker, which was well worth it! Excellent coffee!

We then got ready for the day and headed down to the garbage disposal area and then up to our storage locker, to put a few things in there.

We then jumped in the car and drove to our old apartment to get a few things we forgot!

We picked up our cereal and some clothes we had hung up, as well as our bath mat and entrance mat.

We left there and went to Canadian Tire where Kim got some stuff for work and we also bought ourselves some cotton facemasks so we don’t have to keep using disposable ones.

We had to line up for that and then once we were done we lined up to enter the supermarket.

We got our shop done and drove back home.

Once we got home we did a few things around the apartment. We put all our clothes away and got some things moved around to the right place.

We had also listed our old bed frame for sale so were responding to people about that, too.

We made katsu curry for dinner. Most was fresh but the sauce was packaged as we bought it a while ago so had to use it.

Kim breaded the chicken and fried it and we had it with potato and onion cooked in the sauce with some rice.

It wasn’t amazing, a little bland, but next time we know what to do!

We finished that up and then watched another Middleditch & Schwartz which is a very funny improv standup comedy show.

We did that and then Kim made cookies!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 271: Vancouver, BC – We Moved!

We were up at a fairly good time to get the apartment ready for moving as best we could.

We walked up to Home Depot to get a few things we needed and then went to pickup our U-Haul.

We got to the U-Haul place but our self pickup wasn’t working so we had to call support for them to assist.

We eventually got our van and drove back to our apartment to pickup the sofa.

We had to sell the sofa as it was too big, so we took it to the buyer!

We then went from there out to Burnaby where we picked up a new, smaller, vintage sofa which is super comfy!

We then drove back to the apartment and loaded as much as could into the van.

We drove to our new apartment and parked in the loading bay and got unloading!

It took us quite a bit of time, but that was the bulk of the items in.

Unfortunately, our bed cannot be dismantled enough and we don’t think it will fit into any transport easily or fit in the elevator! We therefore left the bed at the old place (which we still technically occupy for the next couple of weeks) and we will be sleeping on mattress until we can get a new bed frame.

We had to go back and get another load of items and load those into the new apartment.

We then took the U-Haul back and went and got the car to do a couple of smaller rounds of deliveries.

In total, it took us around 8/9 hours to get it all in!

We then started unpacking and Curtis plugged in the WiFi router, but it didn’t seem to work! After doing some testing for a while, it definitely didn’t work so he contacted the company and they will come and fix tomorrow between 13:00-15:00, so no work for Curtis until it is fixed tomorrow.

We got a lot of stuff unpacked but then got very hungry, at 22:00, so walked to our favourite pizza place (it’s about a 5 minute walk now, so very dangerous!) And got some pizza and had that with some wine.

We got the bed (mattress) made and finished our wine whilst getting a few other things packed, but we were so tired so just had to sleep.

We can show off the apartment tomorrow when we get it all unpacked, but we really like it so far!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 269: Vancouver, BC – 1 Year in Vancouver!

One Year Here!

We have been living in Vancouver for 1 year as of today! It’s just 269 days as we have had trips elsewhere during our stay, but we moved here this time last year! It’s flown by!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another slower start to the morning, but did a ticket which took an hour and a lot of project admin during his team meeting.

Once that was done, Curtis went with Kim to clear out the storage locker downstairs and move the majority of it into the car to take to the new apartment.

Curtis spent some time trying to figure something out, but didn’t make much progress, and then went have lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a few more tickets and then that was the end of the day!

Curtis packed up his remaining clothes, getting ready for moving!

After Curtis packed up, he emptied the dishwasher and played some games.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning catching up on emails. On the way into the office Kim dropped the car off at the new apartment so she can put some stuff into the storage locker after work.

Once Kim got into the office she spent some time organising her desk and getting things ready. She then spent a bit of time reaching out to other people about mailing things.

Kim had reached out to the building to see if they would be able to let her borrow some tools or help Kim out a wire hole through the back of a cabinet. Someone showed up today and was able to sort it out. The drill Kim tried it with last week was not up to the task. It was perfect and Kim spend some time setting up her game station for people to enjoy when they are back in the office.

One of the things that Kim has been putting off is rehoming some of the stationary she has removed from the kitchen cupboards. She started with envelopes and folders and moved those to where the other few envelopes are stored. Giving her more space for the rest of the stuff that she has to put away.

After work Kim went and picked up a wardrobe orgnaised for the new apartment. She then went to empty the car, and being smart Kim decided not to use the elevators and took the stairs to the parking floors. Except she didn’t. What Kim managed to do was get locked in a stairwell because the doors lock after you and cannot be opened from the inside! So she had to call the front desk / security to come and rescue her. After that she decided to bail and just go home. She will empty the car on the move in day.

Getting Packed Up

We got a few more things packed in the evening, but dinner was the priority!

Curtis had some Swedish meatballs and Kim had some chicken sausages, along with potatoes, carrots & peas.

Whilst we were making dinner, 2 police cars and 2 police vans arrived outside our apartment and they were arresting someone on a bike, which was a bit of entertainment!

We watched some TV and did a bit more packing up, and we don’t have too much more to do.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 268: Vancouver, BC – Back To Viewings Again!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty relaxed start to the day and then had to get some information for some security metrics.

Once Curtis got those, he had his team meeting quickly.

Curtis did some tickets and then had a meeting with a vendor, which wasn’t overly successful.

Curtis had lunch shortly after and then had 3 meetings back to back.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting and then after that he had a project update meeting.

After the update meeting, Curtis had a call with someone to free up some space on their laptop.

Curtis got some more admin done and then was done with the day. Someone was meant to be coming to look at our sofa, but they did not.

Kim’s Day

All of the invites for Kims social events ran out last week, so she started her day by adding new links and extending the recurrences.

One if Kims colleagues is unable to get the mail this week, so Kim said she would. It also makes no sense to just walk there and back, so Kim spent the rest of the day in the office. Once she got there, Kim joined the Yoga class.

On the way into work, Kim saw a cool painting on the wall!

Kim then met someone who dropped their old laptop back at the office. Once she had the laptop she helped IT with trying to set it up. They hit a roadblock so decided to let it try to sort itself out and come back to it later.

Kim then hopped on a call with someone in sales to go over a mini project they need doing. She will be helping the team categorise and organise their filing system online. After this Kim had a quick question for her colleague in regards to some of the older marketing stock thats lying around, so she called her and they had a quick chat.

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon reaching out to people in regards to sending things back to the office. Midway through the afternoon she had a quick call with a friend from another department. It was great to have a nice chat with him.

After that call Kim had another meeting with IT where they bailed on the original laptop and ended up getting a second laptop to work. After this Kim sent a few more emails out and then headed home.

On the walk home, kim timed how long it will take to get from their new apartment to their building and its about half the time it currently takes her, which is good. She also saw someone wearing a purge mask, which was a little unsettling.

Back To Viewings Again

We were told that someone had got our apartment already, so noone needed to view it, but that fell through, meaning we had to get the apartment ready for viewing!

We cleaned the apartment and then we waited for people to arrive to view it. There were about 7 people coming to see our apartment and the first 2 did not show up!

A few people did arrive and came to look at the apartment.

By 20:00 they were gone and we had leftover risotto for dinner.

We got some things tidied and packed around the apartment ready for Thursday’s move out/in day!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale