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 513: Vancouver, BC – PR Medical Exam

Curtis’ Morning

Curtis had a call at 09:30 with his team and then right after that he had a call with someone to finally do something for them that closes off a ticket from November!

He then did a number of other tickets and responded to some questions, right up until 13:00 when we had to leave.

Kim’s Morning

Kim got up and had a phone call with a vendor and then had to send a few messages/emails to get some documents signed. She was able to get these signed which was a relief.

Kim had a chat with her sister for a while which was really lovely!

Kim did a few more messages, emails and a few other work things and then left at 13:000 with Curtis.

PR Medical & Evening

We walked down to the place we were getting our medical and had to wait there for quite a while before anything happened.

Firstly, we filled out a questionnaire and then had further questions asked from us as well as a quick physical exam.

We then left that room and Curtis was called in for his blood to be drawn!

Curtis did feel pretty awful after he had it done, so he led in the room for a while until he felt better.

Kim then got hers done after a wait and then we were done!

They finished up the paperwork and we were out the door after about 2 hours.

We still need to each get a chest x-ray but they can’t do it there, so we need to get that done elsewhere.

We walked back home and Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim went to the office to do some things.

Once Kim got back home, she did some work and then we ordered ourselves some dinner!

We got some Afghan food, which is something new but awesome!

We are that and watched some TV for the remainder of the evening.


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 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 500: Vancouver, BC – Best Coffee In Vancouver?

We woke up at a really reasonable time today and had some toasties for breakfast. After breakfast, we had showers and then braved the rain to get ourselves some coffee!

We had heard and read that Revolver was the best coffee place in Vancouver, so we thought we should check it out.

We got pretty wet from the rain on the way there and back, but we were excited for our coffee!

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all that impressive. By no means was the coffee bad, but we weren’t really blown away! But we are glad we got to try it and we may think about trying some different coffee from there in the future.

When we got home, we played some Minecraft and then some VR!

we played quite a bit of VR, including some Mini Golf and the other game we had been playing recently.

We then watched some more TV and followed that up with eating our remaining leftovers from our Chinese food order yesterday.

We watched Big Fat Quiz 2020 whilst we ate which was funny, then finished the night off with some more Minecraft and TV/YouTube.


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

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 482: Vancouver, BC – Suprise Onboard

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started work by completing a surprise onboard which was urgent.

Once he got that sorted, he had his Norwegian lesson which went really well again, once Curtis got into the swing of speaking in Norwegian again!

After that, Curtis had to create a guide for the company which he used an previous guide for and amended it, making it easier to read and use.

Curtis did some more tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis created a requirements document for one of his business analyst projects and he was happy with the outcome.

A few more tickets and some admin was done and then it was the end of the day for him.

He had a bit of a headache so had a lay down and felt much better.

Kim’s Day

In this weeks company wide meeting Kim decided to show everyone the new HR system, as she realised she had been talking about it for weeks but never really explained in great detail as to what it does. She also used the opportunity to use the announcements function to tell everyone in the company that the winter break has been moved forward a day or two to next Tuesday! So that was wonderful and a nice thing to surprise everyone with.

For the rest of the morning Kim did research and wrote up some communications to go out at some point. She also worked on a few things for the party, she reused a ‘how to play’ from a previous event, which was a huge help and saved Kim so much time!

In the afternoon Kim spoke with the execs to discuss the candidates that they have been interviewing and get their feedback. She was elated to hear that they really liked the candidates that Kim and her colleague had picked for them. They also had same thoughts and feelings about the candidates that Kim and her colleague had as well, which was good!

After that call Kim had a quick call and chat with her colleague to discuss the last minute booked interview set for the afternoon and they caught up on a few other things too.

Kim then hosted an interview and it went really well, they were a great candidate and it was a really interesting chat!

In the evening Kim sent out a second gift exchange pool as we have had people start since the cut off of the last pool of people. She then sent and update and some info on how it will work on the day to everyone involved! She then worked on a job posting for a new role that she would like to hire for in the new year!

Evening

In the evening, Kim made some spicy Nando’s sauce chicken wraps along with some homemade Mac and cheese as well as salad.

We ate that and then watched some TV, including the next episode of The Queen’s Gambit.

Kim watched a bit of a movie in the late evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale