Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 515: Vancouver, BC – Apartment Being Sold!

We woke up and had some cereal for breakfast and then went out for a walk.

We went and got another hot chocolate from the hot chocolate festival. This time it was from Peaked Pie which is an Australian pie shop.

The hot chocolate was a lamington flavour, which, if you’re unaware, is an Australian chocolate and coconut cake!

Curtis got a flat white too, which was excellent!

We had a walk for another hour or two and then headed back home.

We then met our landlord and her agent at our apartment. We were told yesterday that it was being sold, which shouldn’t affect us, but obviously there are things that need to be done, such as photos being taken and viewings, so we have a lot of cleaning to do and many of our evenings/days will be taken up with viewings and cleaning.

Once that meeting was done, we went to the shop to get ourselves some food for the week, though we didn’t need to get to much. We also stopped in at Canadian Tire to get a storage box that we can throw things in when the viewings happen.

Once we got home, Kim re-tried making the potato, mushroom & peas meal we had a couple of weeks ago.

It was delicious!

We ate that and watched some TV, then we played some games and watched a bit more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 514: Vancouver, BC – Hot Chocolate Festival!

We woke up and felt very well rested.

Kim made some cinnamon bun crepes which were very tasty, though we found them a little too sweet!

We watched some TV but then got ourselves ready petty quickly and went out for a walk.

We went to 49th Parallel, a previous favourite coffee stop for us, which is down by Kim’s old work building.

We went so Kim could get a doughnut and also their special hot chocolate they had! Each year, they have a hot chocolate festival here in which many cafés have a special unique hot chocolate flavour. Last year, we weren’t that impressed, but this time, Kim got a dark chocolate & orange flavour hot chocolate and it was excellent! It also came with two chocolate brigadeiros which were also incredible and worked perfectly with the hot chocolate.

We had a long walk and then came home. Curtis then watched hockey whilst Kim relaxed.

We ate leftovers from yesterday for dinner, and watched a bit of TV.

We took the bins down to the recycling as well as some items we needed to take down to storage.

We got some vaccuming and cleaning done and then we played some games and went back to watching TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 511: Vancouver, BC – The NHL is Back (Again)

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy day!

He had a short team meeting at 09:30 and then had a few tickets to get done.

After those, he had a 1 hour meeting with some colleagues to go through an application that a colleague is making for the team.

Once that was done, Curtis spoke with someone that was having some laptop issues and then he spent most of the afternoon after lunch dealing with a small security risk that was identified.

Curtis also had to call the bank to ask if they had our letters we had requested a couple of weeks ago, but they said they likely can’t get them until tomorrow.

Kim’s Day

Today was a lot of back to back things, but felt a lot less busy than the last few days, which was nice! Kim got a few things done in the morning before joining a meeting to go over a few things with a a new starter to get them up to speed on a few of the projects that are ongoing before some other meetings that are coming up. They then both left the call and headed to the in person facilities project meeting. That meeting went so well and Kim is really excited for the next steps.

Once Kim was home she caught up on a few messages and reviewed a couple of candidates. Then Kim hosted the social call where she they played a game of Skribbl, it was so lovely!

After lunch Kim then went in to the office to sort a few things out. The CEO popped in to help and then they had a chat about the company and things that are coming up, which was lovely!

Hockey is Back!

Curtis watched the first leafs game of this (shorter) season! The stress of hockey is back but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The leafs managed to win, in overtime, and it was fun to watch again!

Kim got back home with KFC and we are that and watched some TV.

We watched TV for the rest of the evening and relaxed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 509: Vancouver, BC – Work Permit Submitted!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few tickets and some questions for the morning, which kept him nice and busy, which also went around his team meeting.

Curtis also applied for his work permit which was exciting!

After work, Curtis played some games with a colleague whilst waiting for Kim to finish working.

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim was so busy, but certainly felt like she had nothing to show for it! She was able to set up a lot of meetings for the week, make good notes and generally make good preparations.

Just after midday Kim had a team meeting where they went over the facilities project and a few other HR things. After this meeting Kim had lunch and then she popped out for a meeting in regards to the facilities project.

Once Kim was home from the meeting she managed to get a few things done before having a meeting about candidates that have applied for a role with the company. It was really interesting and productive.

Towards the end of the day Kim finalised a survey and sent out an invite to a social event that will be happening next month.

Evening

Kim made another meal from her new cookbook which is jam and spice chicken drumsticks! They’re sweet and spicy which was delicious!

We watched some TV and played some games and then headed to bed.

Neither of us slept too great last night, so we wanted to get some good sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 506: Vancouver, BC – Evening Laughs

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly busy morning with some tickets, a team meeting.

Once the morning was done, and so was lunch, Curtis did some training and then wrapped up the day with an offboard.

Curtis played a few games after working with a colleague.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a slow morning before joining a meeting to set up things in the HR system in a way that is more efficient and get a few hints and tips. After the call Kim prepared for her next meeting.

She then had a call with someone to go over candidates for a role that they are recruiting for. After they reviewed the candidates they went over the interview structure and questions to make sure all they would get all the right information and understanding of the applicants.

For the afternoon Kim worked on the document for the HR system, reviewed more candidates and set up a plan for the following week.

At the end of the day Kim had a chat with her new teammate to see how she was doing and just to catch up at the end of the week. It was great!

Evening

We ordered some Peruvian food as we wanted toast week but they were closed!

We atethat and watched some YouTube videos, followed by The Great Fat Quiz of Everything and we had a great laugh at that!

We watched some other TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 505: Vancouver, BC – Busy, Productive & Successful!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had quite a quiet morning, but did a few things here and there.

After lunch, it got a bit busier, with a few tickets coming in together and Curtis jumped on those, as well as some people reporting some other issues which Curtis helped with too.

At the end of the day, Curtis was informed of someone leaving the company tomorrow so he had to organise their equipment return.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a quick call with a teammate to help them with a question they had and set up a few things on their calendar. She then spent a small amount of time preparing for her meetings for the day before hosting an onboarding.

After the onboarding Kim had a meeting planned to go over some HR things. The meeting covered kittle of what was planned, but was very productive and useful!

Kim then joined the recruitment meeting to discuss the open roles and the next steps.

For the afternoon Kim had a lot of little meetings and organised a few IT things as well as looked at candidates for an open position that the company has.

Evening

Kim went out to get some chicken and once she got back we had Katsu Curry!

We had the sauce already, so we just needed to bread and fry the chicken (and make rice).

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening.

We can’t believe it’s Thursday already!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 503: Vancouver, BC – Chicken & Dumplings

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some admin in the morning, mostly with a slew of tickets that arrived to do some checkups on people’s laptops to ensure they are working as they should.

He had a Norwegian lesson which went really well at 10:30 and then he had a call with someone to take a look at a few issues they were having with their laptop.

After that, he completed a couple of the checkups and then had some lunch.

After lunch, there were a few tickets to do as well as some admin and then he finished the day with some training.

Kim’s Day

Kim collected and sent some info to her colleague for the weekly company check in and then she joined the meeting. She then had a slow morning ticking off a few items and getting smaller admin tasks done. One of the achievements was that Kim finally fixed the paid time off. She had to reach out to the support team and it turns out Kim just hadn’t scrolled down far enough and missed a tick box! Its frustrating but at least its sorted now.

In the afternoon Kim had three meetings back to back. The first was about some company merch that she would like to order. So Kim pulled together all the people who would be involved, she presented her ideal vendor she thinks that the company should work with and also shared the product that she thought was the beat fit. Everyone loved the suggestions and now things have been set in motion to get an order in. They also discussed and finalised a date for another party!

The second meeting was between Kim and her colleague where they worked through the paperwork needed for Kims provincial nomination paperwork. Then they both went over to a meeting with someone that will be joining the company soon. They discussed the role and the persons goals to see how well they align.

A while after that meeting Kim had an impromptu quick call with a couple of people to discuss a piece of writing they helped Kim with. One thing that Kim, and many other people, want to be beautifully written in all job postings for the company is the diversity ans inclusion section. So Kim asked if people would want to help and they did! So they all jumped on a call during the evening ro make a few edits together. It went so well and really encapsulates the values of the company.

Evening

Kim managed to finish working at a pretty good time and got started on cooking a wonderful dinner! Kim made chicken with dumplings, from her cookbook, which was like a chicken stew with dumplings in…Very delicious!

Curtis watched a bit of the World Junior Hockey Championship final whilst Kim cooked and once dinner was ready we watched some TV.

In the remainder of the evening, we watched more TV and played some games, too.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 501: Vancouver, BC – First New Cookbook Use!

We woke up and had the same breakfast as yesterday and then got ourselves ready for the day.

Once we were ready, we were finally able to go out for a walk as the weather wasn’t bad!

We stopped in at a few places to see if we could get Kim a replacement earring, but we had no luck, so we grabbed a coffee and walked to the beach.

There were quite a lot of people, but we managed to stay away from everyone and had a really nice walk.

When we got home, we looked into Kim’s new cooking book that Curtis got her for Christmas and found some nice food we can make for the week!

We left home again once we had ingredients listed out and went to the shop.

We went to Canadian Tire first to grab a rechargeable battery charger with some rechargable batteries so we don’t use up too much for our VR controllers, then we headed to the supermarket.

We queued for a bit but then headed in and got the shop done in a pretty quick timeframe.

We got home and Kim made the potato, peas & mushroom dinner from the cookbook, which we added an egg to the top of and it was pretty delicious! We wanted the potato a little crispier, but we can try it again!

Curtis vacuumed whilst Kim cooked so we were all ready to relax once we ate.

We are both back to work tomorrow and Curtis needs to head into the office, so an early wake-up it is!

We played some games and watched some TV/YouTube after we ate and just relaxed, really.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 498: Vancouver, BC – New Year’s Eve 2020

We tried to wake up at a good time, but accidentally fell back asleep and woke up at 12:00!

We had some breakfast and then got ready, but once we got ready, the weather had turned and there was a lot of rain, so we didn’t go for a walk.

Kim did a little bit of work that she had to do and we also took a photo of Kim for our PR application.

We played some games and then had some cheese and wine for dinner whilst watching the film Set It Up, which we actually really enjoyed.

We played some more games and watched TV and have no plans for when it hits 00:00, as you’d expect!

Happy New Year to everyone and let’s hope COVID-19 gets under control at some point in 2021! 🤞


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 496: Vancouver, BC – A Bank Meeting

We woke up at a decent time today, but we did sleep in today, especially compared to yesterday.

We had some toasties for breakfast and watched some TV.

After showering and getting ready, we remembered that we had a bank appointment to go to, so we went and did that. We were at the bank for about an hour or so, but in that time we got some things done which we need both for our PR application but also for some other things that we had needed for a while and just never got around to doing.

We got back home and had some pizza and a coffee and played some games.

After that, we made sausages, potato gratin, peas, carrots and gravy.

We ate that and went back to playing some Minecraft but then watched some TV.

There’s been rainfall warnings today, so the weather isn’t likely to get any better, so it’s unlikely we’ll be doing anything exciting (not that we can anyway!).


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale