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 494: Vancouver, BC – Addicted To Minecraft

We woke up at a slightly better time today and had some crepes with strawberries and chocolate for breakfast.

We watched a bit of TV then showered and got ourselves ready for the day.

We planned to go for a walk, but the weather wouldn’t let us up, so instead we stayed inside and played far too much Minecraft. We’re pretty sure we’re a little addicted!

We had more leftovers for dinner and watched a film called Ingrid Goes West which we thought was alright.

We played more Minecraft in the evening and Kim had a bath and relaxed.

Curtis had to be on call for work tomorrow, but other than that, we have no plans.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 492: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Day 2020 🎄

We spent most of the day speaking with our families!

We spoke with Curtis’ family at 10:00, then we had some breakfast afterwards. We had croissants with strawberries.

Once we were done with breakfast and exchanging our gifts, we spoke with Kim’s family including her great auntie Linda, which was really nice, too!

After that, we got engrossed in playing Minecraft and then eventually peeled ourselves away to have dinner.

We had the usual for Christmas dinner, as you’d expect, but vegetables only!

After dinner, we watched Last Christmas and then just chilled out for the rest of the day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 491: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Eve Nap

Final Work Day

Curtis had to work until 15:00 today. There was not a huge amount to do, but he did have an onboard and a few tickets to get done, as well as some admin and a little bit of project work.

Kim went out to get lunch today. We had Lebanese wraps and they were very delicious!

Curtis worked for a further 30 minutes whilst Kim went out to the shops to get a few things.

Once Kim got back, we went out for a walk and it was quite cold, but we got a hot chocolate, which was warming!

We got home from our walk and we were cold, so we thought we would get in bed to warm up…Then we had a nap by accident! We did feel better after that, though.

We then looked at some work permit information to see what we can do for Kim on that side of things, as some things changed a little bit from how we thought it would work.

After that we watched the film Happiest Season and then had some cheese and wine for dinner! Kim listened to Christmas music whilst she got this together which she was happy about.

We chilled for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 474: Vancouver, BC – Interviews

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was back at work today! He had 400 emails to go through as well as some messages.

People clearly realised he was back as he got a flurry of messages asking for him to do different things and asking him questions, but he had fun doing it and was glad to be back at work again.

After his weekly team meeting, Curtis helped someone with an unusual request to add a logo to a couple of places on their file document storage space, so they are more recognisable for each team, which was not something he had done before!

Curtis figured out how to do this but then it didn’t work, but he got it working after some troubleshooting.

Curtis had a bit of other work to do and still had some emails to go through and then he had a meeting with some people from the Vancouver office to discuss the culture and how it feels to work for the company at the moment. They’re gathering information so they can make improvements if needed.

Curtis had some lunch and then his afternoon was a bit more relaxed.

He had some more work to do and caught up with a few more bits of information and prepared a bit for work tomorrow.

Curtis also completed one of his PR applications (for the BC PNP), paid for & submitted that so now he just waits until he can submit his work permit application!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a lot of her day on various calls with her colleague. The first they went over a few questions they each had and Kim showed her colleague a few things in the HR system.

Shortly after this call they both joined an onboarding call where they met two new hires and helped them set up a few things. Then they joined a couple of the execs to discuss the facilities project and were able to move forward. Kim and the CEO will have a meeting and check things out on Thursday afternoon.

Kim then hosted her first interview! It went so well and she really enjoyed the experience. The candidate was great and it was so interesting. After the interview Kim and her teammate had a chat about the candidate and how it all went. Kim then worked on a few smaller tasks like looking at other candidates for the position, sending out an invite for the gift exchange and she called to chase a laptop, but had no response.

Later in the afternoon Kim hosted a second interview, again it went well and was interesting. Her colleague called after the interview again and they discussed it and then looked over more candidates waiting to be processed. They also then had a chat with a department manager about the onboarding process and how happy he was with it.

Evening

Once Kim was home, we had leftovers from our roast yesterday and we watched some TV.

We then played a whole host of games that recently became free, so we had a fun night trying out some different games!

Kim then watched some more of a movie she was watching and Curtis played some games.

We watched a bit of TV together and relaxed for a bit before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place – Day 464: Vancouver, BC – Sinus Infection?

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up and his ear was still feeling blocked/pressured, but he also had a bit of a strange sinus feeling, which would work with Curtis’ original theory of it being a sinus infection.

Curtis dealt with that all day!

Curtis started work an hour later at 10:00 today to help cover the later hours of Black Friday support, so he had to finish at 18:00.

In the morning, Curtis had a call with someone to try and get something sorted for them, which went alright but there were a couple of issues which took some time to address.

Curtis then had a meeting with his manager to discuss this particular request as Curtis is off next week, so he needs to give a few things over to his boss.

Curtis then did a bit of work and had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did an offboard and then some more work and answered questions for the remainder of the day.

Kim’s Day

Today was far more productive than Kim had imagined it would be! She started her day by getting ready for a meeting with the executives about the facilities project. So she called a few people to get a couple of quotes on things to get a rough idea of costs. The meeting was then moved to mid next week so Kim spent some time working on a social even happening next week before trying to purchase a software.

For the rest of the morning Kim started setting up the new HR software. She created shell accounts for existing employees and had a play about with some of the features and settings as well as making it on brand and ready to go.

Kim then worked on sorting out a few things for some new hires starting over the next few weeks. She organised start dates and decided to start implementing minimum notice periods before a new starter can start, to give time for the onboarding process. When she made this suggestion, everyone was on board so that was fantastic!

Kim then decided she deserved a coffee, so she went out and picked one up for Curtis and herself and then spent the rest of the afternoon finishing the movie she started yesterday.

Evening

Once Curtis was done with work, we ordered some food from Tacofino and whilst we waited for that, Curtis called the doctor for the second time of the day to see if they can let him know about the next steps for his ear.

They think it could be a sinus infection, so Curtis got some nasal spray to try and see if that helps! He really hopes so!

We went and picked up our food and then we watched Spiderman: Into The Spiderverse which we actually really enjoyed!

Curtis picked up his nasal spray after the film and then we chilled for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 448: Vancouver, BC – Sleep & Movie Day!

We had a day off today!

We slept quite a bit and then got up and had some breakfast.

After breakfast, we got ready for the day and went out to get a package that we missed the delivery for.

We walked to get it, in the cold, and once we picked it up, we got a coffee as a reward!

We got home and watched the film Girl in The Spider’s Web.

After we finished the film, we had some chili for dinner and watched the Great British Bake Off whilst doing so.

We played some games and watched some more TV and felt nice and relaxed ready to work again tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 437: Vancouver, BC – Lebanese Coffee & Prospect Point

We woke up this morning and had some more cinnamon buns for breakfast.

We relaxed for a bit, got dressed and showered and then left the apartment.

We went to the place we got our Lebanese food from yesterday as they sell Lebanese Coffee, which we thought we should try!

We walked down there and went in to get the coffee.

There was not really anyone there and it’s a huge place, so we sat and enjoyed!

You get the coffee in this cool contraption and we had these tiny little mugs.

Curtis really enjoyed it! It’s similar to Turkish coffee, which meant it’s really strong!

Kim enjoyed it less, but didn’t hate it.

We left where and walked down to Stanley Park, where we’ve gone to the last couple of weekends, to have a nice walk in the chilly autumn weather.

We walked to a lake called Beaver Lake, but it wasn’t actually very interesting, so we continued up to Prospect Point where we got a great view on the Lions Gate Bridge!

We left here and walked back home, which took about an hour, but we did stop off to grab a Starbucks!

Kim enjoyed her walk home as there were plenty of leaves to kick!

We got back home and we were tired after being out for a few hours and being on our feet all day.

We ordered some Chinese food which took a while to arrive, but we eventually got it and it wasn’t very great at all, unfortunately.

We watched the film Like A Boss whilst we ate and then played some Need for Speed and watched some other TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 409: Vancouver, BC – Shannon Falls & Porteau Cove Beach

Shannon Falls

We got up and Kim made some breakfast, and we relaxed for a short time whilst we ate this.

We got ourselves ready and hopped in the car for a 1 hour drive.

We drove up to Shannon Falls, which is almost in Whistler!

We got there and it seemed a little smokey again, which was unfortunate, but we continued anyway.

We saw the falls from the floor and from a small viewpoint and they were certainly pretty!

We continued walking towards a hiking trail, only to be stopped by a fence as the trail is closed for gondola repairs! We were going to do a nice hike, but due to this, we just left instead.

Some Beach Somewhere

Kim found a beach fairly close, so we drove onward to that as there are apparently seals there!

It took us down a strange gravel road which lead to a ‘beach’ right by some construction and logging sites!

It really wasn’t interesting at all, so we got back in the car and drove onward to another location.

Porteau Cove Beach

We drove to Porteau Cove which has a beach and a little pier. It’s mostly for people boating, but there is a beach which you can walk on.

The beach wasn’t sandy, it was just a lot of fallen trees and some rocks, but we made the most of it by walking up and down this for a very long time!

Kim climbed a large rock, only to get worried about getting down which was some entertainment for a bit, whilst she tried to get down safely (which she did!).

We got tired, hungry and thirsty, so we slowly made our way up to the car.

We drove back home and when we got back, we had some pizza and watched the film Brave.

We played some Crash Bandicoot and watched some more TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 391: Vancouver, BC – Bao & Taiwanese Food

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started his day having a discussion with his team about some software that the team supports but doesn’t know much about. He had to reach out to someone and setup a meeting to ensure they know how to use this software and help with any questions.

Curtis did a lot of tickets and was meant to have a meeting about a possible new piece of software but that meeting was rescheduled.

After lunch, Curtis had a long team meeting which was regarding project work and what has been done over the last few weeks, what needs to be done and what can be improved.

Kim’s Day

Kim hosted one of the social calls in the morning from home and then she went into the office. She spent a lot of her day working on and improving her emails that she will be sending out. As she is away for most of next week Kim wants to make sure she has as little to worry about as possible when she gets back. She also arranged a couple of returning laptops too.

In the afternoon Kim hosted the east coast coast call, which was good fun. She quickly had some lunch before a 1-1 with her manager. It went well! Kim updated her with the progress of changing the office layout and went over a few things she will be doing over the next couple of days.

Before the last social call of the day Kim went over her emails with her colleague, just to be sure she hasn’t missed anything. Then they also discussed the plan for the next couple of days and started to build a timeline of how the work will be done when Kim gets back from her leave.

To finish the day Kim joined the west coast social call and had a great chat with from loads of places, it was so lovely. Kim then wrote up the notes from her chat in the afternoon and headed home.

Bao & Taiwanese Food

We had Taiwanese food for dinner once Kim got home.

We ordered from Jingle Bao which, as you would assume, specialises in Bao.
Curtis got some pork based bao and we got some orange chicken, salt and pepper chicken and rice to share.

The bao were terrific but the rest of the food wasn’t great.

We watched the film The Nigerian Prince which was actually pretty good but the ending was not great.

We then watched some more TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale