Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 443: Vancouver, BC – No Work on Friday!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was busy!

Curtis spent most of the day doing project work, which went really well! He did this with some colleagues and got this pretty much all done.

Along with doing the project, Curtis had a couple of team meetings which went on for a while.

The day was very productive and he was very happy with how it went!

Kim’s Day

Kims new job is mainly a 4 day work week! She can use a Friday as an overspill if she needs to, but the goal is to be more efficient. So Kim had a lazy morning before spending a bit of time researching more PR stuff and a little more about a software for work.

As she had an open afternoon Kim organised to meet an old colleague and good friend for lunch. Kim picked up the lunches and they met near the office, but walked down to the seawall to sit in the sun and have a great catch up. It was so fun and wonderful to relax and spend some time together.

On the way home from lunch Kim grabbed some coffees and then watched a bit of TV to warm up from outside.

Kim had promised her friend that she would being some homemade cookies to lunch but she forgot. So Kim popped back out to drop off the cookies. On the way home Kim stopped at a couple of shops to look around.

Evening

We ordered some Indian food for dinner, we haven’t ordered from there for a while, so we were excited! It was a great curry as always, so that was excellent.

We played some games and watched some TV this evening. We have some plans this weekend so that should be good, providing nothing gets closed due to COVID-19!


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 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 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 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: 387 – Locarno Beach Walk

Locarno Beach Walk

Today was a day off for Labour Day, and we wanted to get out the house today, but not do anything crazy, so we decided a beach walk was perfect!

We had some toasties and then slowly got ready.

We drove out to the Jericho Park/Locarno Beach area and struggled to find any parking.

After a long while of driving around, we managed to get some parking a bit further away.

We walked up to the beach and just walked, walked and walked!

The beach was pretty busy, but we managed to walk around safely distanced.

We got back home around 17:00 and relaxed a bit before having leftovers from yesterday’s thai curry for dinner.

We watched a film and some TV and then headed to bed to get ready for the short work week.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 363: Vancouver, BC – Both Working At Home Again

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was ask a few questions around an onboard right in the morning.

After answering those, Curtis did some admin and then blocked some phishing email addresses that people had reported in the last week.

Curtis then had his daily team meeting followed by helping someone with a password issue, which took about 45 minutes.

Once Curtis was finished with that, he had to purchase something for the Vancouver office and then did some more small tickets before lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a quick call to go over something with someone in his team and then had his bi-weekly team meeting to discuss project work over the last couple of weeks.

Kim’s Day

Kim was working from home today!

Kim started her day with the UK call and had a wonderful catch up with one of the people out there. She then spent most of the morning finishing the news UK quiz before testing it on her family. Unfortunately that call didnt go so well! Her parents connection kept dropping so Kim ran through the questions with her sister to check for timing and wording changes that need to be made.

Kim also did a little admin before and after the call. She reached out to someone who is leaving and made a payment for her colleague.

After the call with her sister Kim joined the east coast social call and had a great chat with those people. Then Kim had a quick lunch before making a few changes to the quiz she tested today. Once she had made the changes Kim started working on the our people quiz for the UK.

She ended her day with the west coat call and had a great time. We had a few new starters on the call and it was lovely!

Evening

We ordered an Indian from our favourite Indian place which we haven’t had in a while and it was delicious!

We watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate dinner and then we watched the film Desperados on Netflix which wasn’t great but wasn’t terrible.

We watched some more TV for the evening and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 311: Vancouver, BC – YOU

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent his morning doing a lot of computer checkups with people which, for some reason, some of them didn’t work, so it took a bit longer than usual.

That took us most of the morning and then after lunch Curtis had 2 back to back meetings.

The first meeting was a discussion on security and then the second was a meeting in which Curtis was the Business Analyst for the project and had to get some plans together for next steps, which he and the team did successfully.

The day was a bit quieter after that, with Curtis just doing a couple of tickets and some admin before wrapping up for the day.

Kim’s Day

When Kim got in the office she called a company and asked a few questions and set up an account. It was very easy and a great start to the day.

Kim went on to order a few gift cards, save and chase some reciepts and answered a few calls. She then made some more signs and amended a few that she had.

For the rest of the morning and most of the afternoon Kim and someone from IT went around and cleared more desks, they removed a load of redundant wires, collected up MORE found IT equipment and started a more thorough general office sort out and clean up.

Midway through the afternoon we had someone pop in to assess the plants and tell us how they were these past few months. We managed to only kill one, which Kim is saying is a big win!

More Curry!

We had leftover curry for dinner, with more coconut rice. It was just as good as it was yesterday!

We watched a very funny South African comic whilst we ate and then a couple of episodes of YOU afterwards, which is getting very intense!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 310: Vancouver, BC – Fixing Telephony

Curtis’ Day

All of Curtis’ morning was helping fix some telephony things.

There were some changes made but the team which broke a few things, so a bunch of Curtis’ team, including him, had to go through and click a few buttons on each user’s profile to fix it. This took all morning but it was good that it got fixed.

Curtis had his weekly team meeting at 13:00 and then ate lunch after.

After lunch, Curtis and to organise tickets for a bunch of computer checkups and then he had to contact each of the people to setup these checkups.

There was also a couple of tickets for Curtis to get to at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her week at home and caught up on emails. At mid morning she had organised another cello recital and it was amazing. She recorded it and uploaded both recordings to the Wiki.

After that Kim headed into the office and made some more progress on her signs before having a meeting a catch up with her colleague.

After lunch Kim had a meeting with her team which went well. Then her she went out to a few shops with her colleague to sort a few things out.

When she got back to the office Kim worked on the signs a little more and ordered flowers for the cellist from today.

Homemade Curry, Again!

Kim made the marinade for a curry last night, so it was pretty much good to go today, she just had to make the sauce and some coconut rice!

When Kim got home we made that and homemade naan too!

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening.

We both had a busy day, so were pretty tired!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 292: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Butter Chicken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a normal start to the morning. He was able to get some admin done but also had to answer some questions from people.

Curtis did a few tickets. Curtis helped get someone a license for some software, which took a bit of time to figure out how they want that setup.

Once he did that, Curtis got some statistics and usage information exported for someone, which also took some time as it is a bit of a mundain task, but had to be done.

Curtis got someone back up and running after helping them clear a lot of wasted space taken up on their laptop.

Once he did that, he got started with his newest project. He had to make a mock-up of a page but on 2 different platforms to see what looks best. This took the whole afternoon, but he did it!

Kim’s Day

Kim started tbe day by helping with one of the company wide calls. After this she spent some time working through some of the postal project she has ans she made a good amount of progress again, which is great.

She was then emailed by her manager to help with a quick task of finding the appropriate links for the list of sites she had. So Kim got that sorted and sent that back over. As a follow up to the meeting Kim update the Wiki and sent out an email for people to be able to find it.

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon working on the sales project. She managed to get one half of it done and thats great because she has really been neglecting it!

Homemade Butter Chicken!

Kim made butter chicken from scratch!

It was fairly simple to make, but very, very delicious! It didn’t take too long, she just had to marinate the chicken and then it was pretty much ready to cook.

Along with this, we made coconut rice and had some roti & poppadoms!

A great dinner made from scratch.

We watched some TV and played some games, but Kim has to be up earlier tomorrow so we went to bed early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale