Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 429: Vancouver, BC – Peruvian Food!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of tickets in the morning and then was able to get his project completed with his colleagues which was excellent!

Head a long team meeting at 14:00 and then did a little more work before finishing up for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim got up and went straight out for a walk with a friend! They met near a coffee shop, both got a drink and walked along the seawall. It was raining and an hour into the walk they started getting cold so turned back and picked up the pace a bit.

She had planned to head to a shop after the walk, but Kim was so wet and cold she decided to head home to warm up and get dry! When she got home she called home to speak with her parents and it was so nice!

In the afternoon Kim eventually headed out to lush and had a little look around. She got a few samples too! So she is excited to try those.

Peruvian Food!

We ordered some Peruvian food for dinner, as it’s something new to try!

We pretty much got the same food, which was a meat with a great sauce/seasoning which tops fries and comes with rice.

Curtis had steak and Kim had chicken and we also shared an empanada. The food was really excellent and we’ll be heading out to get it again for sure!

We ate this and watched the new Borat film, which we had seen was meant to be pretty good but we didn’t really think it was that good, to be honest.

We then went out and got Kim a blizzard ice cream from DQ just down the road.

Once we got back, we watched The Great British Bake Off and then relaxed watching some other TV for the rest of the night.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 415: Vancouver, BC – Friday Ex-colleague Drinks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a slow start to the day, but it picked up and he got a decent amount of tickets completed.

Curtis had a meeting in the afternoon with his team to discuss project work and then after that he drove Kim out to a pub so she could have some drinks with some former colleagues!

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim worked on her questionnaire a little more and maybe finished it! So thats exciting! She had planned to work on the video aspect but decided she would work on that over the weekend instead.

In the afternoon Kim went out with a few friends from her old job and it was so nice! They went to a brewery near the old apartment, so it was nice to be in that area again. Kim had a pretzel and a couple of drinks and had a great catch up. One of the people there Kim hadn’t seen since COVID started.

After this most of them went to a patisserie to get a beautiful dessert and Kim decided to get one for herself and Curtis too. Then Kim ordered and picked up some dinner before getting picked up by Curtis.

Evening

We got some bao from Bao Down for dinner and they were just ok, nothing crazy..

We ate these and watched some TV, then we had a bit of a lay down as we were feeling pretty tired!

We watched some more TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 408: Vancouver, BC – Returning Stuff & Mexican Food

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting pretty early on, which was just a 1 on 1 with his manager.

After that, Curtis had a team meeting followed by a meeting regarding a project.

Curtis was then meant to have a meeting to discuss project requirements with someone but they never showed up, so Curtis and his manager had a chat instead.

Curtis had to amend some documentation for a project and then did some tickets for the remainder of the day.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim applied to a fair few jobs so in the afternoon Kim popped to a shopping centre to return something. It was nice to get out in the sunshine and go for a drive, the visit to the shop was nice and quick too.

Then Kim dropped the car off in the parking before heading up the road to pick up the takeaway!

Mexican Food

As Kim was on her way home, she went to a Mexican place just down the road, which we had been to a sister store of in Whistler when we were there.

Kim got some quesadillas and Curtis got some tacos.

The tacos weren’t great to be honest, but Kim enjoyed her quesadillas.

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening. It’s Friday so super relax time!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 401: Vancouver, BC – It’s All Broken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a message from a colleague in another office that someone had to head into the Vancouver office to help fix something that broke during maintenance.

Curtis said he would go, so once he was ready in the morning, he walked to the office.

When Curtis got there, he found out that the was stopping people from accessing some websites and no one could use their desk phones.

To fix this, Curtis found a special cable which he plugged into the server and then into his laptop.

His colleague then took control of Curtis’ laptop and attempted to fix whilst explaining a bit about how it all works.

This lasted for about 2 hours and then another issue arose once the main part was fixed! Phones were back working but no one could call out to external numbers.

This took another hour to fix, but eventually it got fixed!

Curtis walked back home, had his first coffee of the day at around 12:45, did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a long team meeting and then did a couple more tickets after that before finishing up for the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a nice long lie in this morning and then she watched Parks and Recreation while having some breakfast. She then had a massive spur of thoughts for her CV so sat and wrote down a lot of notes before getting ready for the day.

Once she was ready Kim finally added her latest job to her CV. Then she worked on cleaning up the formatting of the document. She wasn’t 100% happy with it, so she also saved another version that has a few amendments and she will revisit them and see which she prefers after a break away.

After lunch Kim went back to her old office to drop off her IT equipment and pick up a few things she had forgotten. She stayed and had a quick chat with her colleague.

Kim then went to a rooftop bar nearby where she met her colleague and two other friends she used to work with for food and drink. It was amazing. For the few hours they were catching up Kim managed to completely forget COVID and the fact she lost her job. It felt like a lovely evening out Pre-COVID and it has done Kim the world of good. Kim got some flowers as a gift which was lovely, too!

Evening

Once Kim got back from being out, we had some chicken & mushroom pasta with hoisin sauce.

We watched some TV for the evening and that was it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 398: Vancouver, BC – No More Job For You

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a whole day of doing onboards and laptop setups.

Curtis created some accounts in the morning and then he walked down to the office.

Once he got to the office, he got 2 laptops, 2 monitors, 2 keyboards, 2 mice and 2 headsets to get ready for the new hires.

He spent a long time getting the laptops setup and packaged up and ready to ship out.

He then had to wait for a courier to arrive, which took a couple of hours, but he did some other work whilst he waited.

Eventually, the courier arrived and then he was able to head home and finish up working there, as well as chat with Kim about her fun day, as you’ll see below.

Kim’s Day (In 1st Person Today…Exciting!)

As you can imagine from the title and from reading Curtis’s blog, today was not a good day for me! I had an idea that I would lose my job today…And I did. I was laid off and not fired, so there is no need to panic.

I got into the office and finished packing up my desk after saying a quick hello to my manager. After this I made sure all the little tasks from last week and yesterday were done, re-saved a receipt for my credit card and sent out a laptop to someone. I then worked on writing up a handover list for my colleague, outlining a few things that I was expecting to be delivered, an update on a few contacts and links to logs, documents and other things I had been working on. I finished that all just before my 10am meeting.

I walked into the meeting room and said ‘its okay, I know whats going on, I understand and its okay’. I felt very George walking Lenny to look at the bunnies, but I was both George and Lenny, it was very strange. I was certain of what was going to happen, but still a little hopeful that it wouldn’t. Once I sat down it was confirmed that I was let go. They went over a few things together and then Kims manager handed over to a teammate who was going to explain everything in a bit more detail. Just before she did I sent the handover email to my colleague and sent Curtis a quick message to let him know what had happened.

My teammate then went over everything in a little more detail. I then collected my things and headed home.

Once I was home I facetimed my parents which was just what I needed. I was able to laugh and cry about it all and rationalise a plan for the next few days and weeks. After this I called my sister and did much of the same. We had a great chat and it was lovely to see her face.

I quickly updated my LinkedIn and then tried to go over my CV, but that didn’t last long. Instead I started tidying up the apartment, doing laundry, finishing unpacking from the trip and bagging up my IT equipment to take back to the office at some point, but not today! That took me ages because every now and again I would get a message from someone within the company and I would respond and have a little cry! I have received a fair few messages, that is a LOT of crying time.

While I had come to terms with the idea of losing my job over the past day it was still so upsetting to have it happen. I loved that job, I would brag to anyone who would listen about how amazing the people are and how interesting, diverse and fun my role specifically was. It is clear that I was in the right job for me, the love and support I have received has been incredible! And I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone I worked with and who made the last 16 months so incredible! Finding a new job will be a challenge and I can only hope that I get to work with people half as incredible as you all!

Thank you for all the opportunities, challenges and memories, it was a wonderful experience!

As I have said many times times today – it’s okay, I’m okay and it’ll be okay!

I know I’m not the only person to experience this, especially during the current pandemic, but I wanted to express my feelings on this platform.

Tomorrow I will start my job hunt. I have already been given a few companies to check out and a few specific roles to look into, so I am off to a great start. Let’s see where this new adventure and opportunity will take me!

Evening

Once we had a bit of a chat about Kim’s unfortunate news, we hopped in the car and drove it to the garage for its appointment tomorrow.

We then walked back home which was a nice thing to do after such a stressful day.

After our 33 minute walk, the elevators were taking forever in our building and you cannot take the stairs, so there was a lot of waiting there.

We got hungry, so we ordered McDonald’s as Kim had a hard day and we couldn’t really be bothered to cook.

When the food arrived, Curtis went downstairs to get it and there was a large queue again for the elevators.

Curtis had to wait a long time as just one elevator was working, but he got upstairs eventually.

We ate our food and watched TV for the remainder of the evening.

What a day, huh?


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 397: Vancouver, BC – Dos!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to catch up on a bunch of things after being away for a week, so he did that for most of the day.

A new round of computer checkups has started, too, so Curtis had some people to contact and setup a time to check some things on their laptops.

He had a team meeting at one point in the morning and then had to contact a bunch of people for the computer checkups.

As well as this, Curtis had to coordinate and plan for some new people starting, which Curtis has to head to the office for tomorrow to setup some laptops and send them out.

Curtis did some tickets and some other admin and then was done for the day. It went very fast and was very busy!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a good portion of her morning catching up on emails and messages. She took some time to check on incoming laptops and ensure that they were all on their way or received and she looked into a few company updates that went out. Kim also sent out a charger to a remote worker.

After shipping out the charging cable Kim went through her voicemails. Most of them were for her colleague so she wrote up all the phone notes and sent them over.

A laptop had been returned to one of the offices, but it is now required back in the Vancouver office. So Kim spoke with an employee from that office and arranged that they will send it back. Kim put the paperwork together and sent it all over to the colleague who will help out.

In the afternoon Kim spent more time on the hoodies that need to be sent out over the coming weeks. She has a preset page on a spreadsheet for sheets of stickers and started adding employees addresses there so that the ink doesnt smudge and Kim has to write less.

Dos!

When Kim got home, we made some sandwiches for dinner. Kim had brie, mushrooms and shallots in her sandwich with mustard.

Curtis had wagu steak, mushrooms, shallots and mustard in his.

We ate these and watched some TV and then we played some Dos, which is made by Uno, and is similar but has some different rules, of course. Kim bought this for Curtis for his birthday, but it only arrived today!

We figured out how to play that and played it for way longer than we probably should have!

We watched some TV for the rest of the evening and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 396: Vancouver, BC – Sunday

We woke up and spoke with Curtis’ family for an hour or so, which was a really nice catch up.

We had breakfast after this, which was similar to yesterday’s.

We did pretty much nothing for the rest of the day. Played some games, watched some TV shows.

We had some leftovers for dinner from yesterday’s delicious fried rice and then we went down to Dairy Queen to get a blizzard ice cream!

We got back and watched some TV, then Kim had a bath and relaxed.

We finished the evening with a hot chocolate and then headed to bed, ready to go back to doing work again.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 395: Vancouver, BC – We’re Back

We woke up and had a nice big cooked breakfast and watched a bit of TV whilst eating.

We eventually got ourselves ready and made our way out of the apartment to get the weekly shop done.

It turns out, we chose the worst time to do this as there were far too many people and it was awful!

We got back home and then went out to get a coffee.

We came back home and watched some TV, played some games and then Kim made some dinner, which was something homemade which we obviously didn’t have whilst in Whistler!

Kim made egg fried rice with fried chicken which was terrific!

We ate that and watched some TV for the evening. We don’t plan on doing much this weekend, just relaxing from the week just gone.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 2: Whistler, BC – Train Wreck, Rainbow Park & Birthday Dinner

Birthday Present!

Kim was excited to give Curtis his birthday present, so she did that when we woke up.

The present was a bunch of snacks from all the other countries we have lived in or will live in, so the UK, New Zealand and Norway.

Curtis loved this gift so much and is looking forward to tucking into the snacks with Kim.

Breakfast!

We woke up around 10:00 and got ourselves ready.

We then headed down to a cafe we had walked past yesterday and got ourselves some breakfast.

Kim got herself a croissant with tomato and goats cheese along with an iced caramel latte. Curtis got a breakfast wrap and a flat white.

We headed back to the hotel to eat our breakfast and then finished getting ready to go out for the day.

Train Wreck

We drove for about 10 minutes to get to the Train Wreck, which is exactly what it sounds like! This is a train wreck from the 1950s which has been used a graffiti spot for artists as well as a trick/jump spot for mountain bikers!

We walked through a forest and across a cool suspension bridge to get to the wreck and a beautiful river to boot!

We got some great photos in and around the Train Wreck and learned a little about what happened and what they are used for now.

Rainbow Park

We left the wreck and took another drive to Rainbow Park.

We didn’t spent too long here, but we walked around for a bit and took in the peacefulness of the park and the beautiful (smokey) view.

Delicious Dinner!

We went out for a dinner at 17:00 to a restaurant not far from us.

This is the first time we have been in a proper restaurant for dinner together since COVID-19 hit the world, so it was a little strange but we were outside and very distanced.

We got some wine to share and then for food Kim got duck breast whilst Curtis got some venison!

For dessert, Curtis got a lemon tart and Kim got a chocolate fondant!

This arrived with a candle and ‘happy birthday’ on it from the staff at the hotel for Curtis’ birthday, which was very kind!

We finished our food and then headed back to the hotel. It turned out that we had been our for about 8 hours, though it didn’t feel like it!

When we got back, we watched The Social Dilemma and then played some Connect 4, which was included with Curtis’ birthday present.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 389: Vancouver, BC – Post Work Nap

Curtis’ Day

The start to Curtis’ day was quite slow.

Curtis had a 1 on 1 meeting and then a team meeting after that.

He got some admin completed and then some tickets before he had another team meeting to discuss some process changes and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a bunch of tickets, which all seemed to come in at once. Most of these were giving permissions to people, though one was getting some usage stats for someone.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a donut catchup with someone in the UK and someone in Boston! It was so lovely to just relax and hang out. It was an easy-going conversation too!

After this Kim took the car to pick up some plastic spray bottles for the office from canadian tire. She dropped those off at work while she picked up a load of stuff that she is donating to a local youth centre. It was another cars worth, so when she got to the centre, she parked out back and unloaded the car. Its cleared out so much space in the office and Kim also took some stuff from home too!

After Kim had been in the office for a while she hosted a game time. As connect four was so successful last time Kim decided to try it again. 3 other people joined and everyone played everyone and it was so much fun!

She then updated Survey Monkey to a paid account as on the free version Kim was only able to view the first 40 responses. As its been updated, Kim is now able to export the information. This means that some of the work she did yesterday is pointless, bur it saves kim some work going forward.

Kim grabbed some lunch in mid afternoon and then spent the last bit of the day working out who is okay for Kim ro clear their desks. As Megadesk has been okaied Kim now has to empty out all the desks. Some people will come in to clear their stuff themselves, but for some desks Kim will box stuff up, label it and store it around the office.

Post Work Nap

After Kim got home, we had a lay down and ended up having a nap! It did Kim wonders and she felt amazing. Curtis on the other hand didn’t feel great, but eventually he woke up a bit.

We played some Tony Hawk and then Kim went off to pole, which she was very refreshed for now!

When Kim got home, we had homemade chicken nuggets with curly fries for dinner and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale