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 428: Vancouver, BC – A Long Lunch Date!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly slow day with no meetings.

He did a lot of tickets and did some project work on the project that is now close to finishing!

That was pretty much his day, nothing massively exciting happened.

Kim’s Day

Kim went out and met a friend for lunch today. She drove to her house and they went for a nice, long and distanced walk. For lunch they went and got tacos from Tacofino and sat at a big picnic bench in the park to chat and eat. After lunch they popped to a couple of shops to run a few errands for her friend and then went to a bakery to pick up some treats.

They dropped the treats off at the car and her friends home before heading to a different park and chatting on the swings. It was such a brilliant way to spend the day, enjoying the sunshine and having a great catch up!

Evening

For Kim’s pole classes in the evening, she had a great time. She struggled with the first move, but its one she hasn’t been able to get for a while. For the second move of the first class Kim was able to nail it and that was great!

For the second class Kim worked on an invert, it wasn’t the same one as everyone else, but its the one she feels most confident getting into the next move, so she is going to really focus on getting it better! Then they worked on a really pretty pose that Kim was able to do!

Curtis had some pizza for dinner and just played some games.

We watched a bit of TV when Kim got home and then it was time to sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 427: Vancouver, BC – A New Job!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a 1 on 1 in the morning and then did some more project work but mostly tickets throughout the day.

Curtis did have a meeting right before lunch with the account manager from Zoom who was mostly try to see him stuff, but was also useful to ask questions to.

When it came to the afternoon, Curtis had some more tickets to do and then someone needed some urgent help, so he jumped on a video call with them to get their issue sorted.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by getting out and picking up a coffee for Curtis and herself. Her third and final interview today and wanted to get out and go for a short walk beforehand, to stretch her legs and het a bit of fresh air.

When she got back Kim drank her coffee while she got ready and prepared for the interview. She sat down, double checked her questions, the job description and the companies LinkedIn page.

Kim joined the call and after 5 minutes of waiting received and email asking if she was joining! She responded that she was there and looking at ‘waiting to be let in’, they then resent the link and the same thing happened, so after a couple of tries they sent over a new link and the interview went ahead. It was such an interesting discussion and it was with the CEO and Founder of the company. It was wonderful to talk to someone who is so passionate about the project and what they would like to achieve. During the interview the role and company sounded even more perfect for Kim! The community involvement and mindset is something Kim has always wanted to do and be a part of.

After the interview Kim stayed on the call to discuss a few things with one of the people from the other two interviews and it was lovely to have a less formal chat and go over the next steps.

Kim was then going over the interview with Curtis and saying how she think it went well when she received a meeting invite and email asking if she could jump back on the call to discuss one more thing. Kim was then asked a couple of questions and then was offered the job! She said yes on the spot, it was a no brainer as Kim is extremely excited and looking forward to this opportunity. After the call Kim told Curtis, who was very happy, and then they had lunch!

After lunch Kim dropped off a bit of the bed that they sold last week to the people who bought it. So that was a nice walk and s great way for Kim to walk off some of the energy.

Evening

We played some games and then got hungry, so we had a pretty early dinner.

Kim made Jamaican jerk chicken with coconut rice…This was SO delicious!

We ate that and watched a bit of TV and then watched the Great British Bake Off.

We watched some other TV and played some more games in the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 417: Vancouver, BC – Video Job Application

We woke up around the same time as yesterday and we had a nice breakfast and relaxed for a bit.

Kim spoke with her sister for a bit in the morning and then we got ourselves ready for the day.

We played some games during the day and then Kim spent a lot of the day filming and editing a video application she has to do for a job.

She has to create a video answering some questions about her experience and the company she is applying for.

Kim enjoyed the experience of creating this gave her, but it was a little tough to figure out. She was certainly glad with the outcome, though!

We then spent the rest of the evening relaxing and getting a few things done around the apartment.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 416: Vancouver, BC – Whytecliff Park

We woke up pretty late and Kim had a chat with her family as it was her sister’s birthday today.

Once that was done, we had some breakfast and slowly got ready for the day.

Once we were ready, we drove up to North Vancouver and to Whytecliff Park. We had been in this area before, but not in this specific park.

When we got there, we climbed around some rocks and got some really nice vantage points! It was a pretty nice place but pretty busy for what it was,along it a little bit challenging to get around.

We left here nor too long after we arrived and the weather started to get colder and less nice.

We drove to where we thought another park was, but it turned out just to be a fancy housing estate, so we left here.

We ended up in a place we had been to before and grabbed ourselves a coffee before walking around the seawall.

It was starting to get really windy, cold and feeling like it would rain, so we drove back home.

On the way back, we checked the supermarket to see how busy it is, as it is Thanksgiving weekend here in Vancouver, so everyone will be shopping. Sure enough, it was super busy with a large line, so we decided to come back later.

We headed home and had some pizza for dinner and watched the film Tangled which Kim really wanted to watch.

Once we were done with that, we went out to the shop at around 20:45 to get it done with next to no people there, so it was much faster and easier.

We came back home and played some games and chilled out for the evening.


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 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 410: Vancouver, BC – Preparing For Hockey

We woke up a little later than yesterday with the plan of doing very little today, which we achieved.

We had some easy breakfast and watched a bit of TV, then we got ourselves showered and ready for the day.

We did a lot of laundry, took out the recycling and Curtis brought up his hockey stuff as his first game is on Wednesday!

We went out to take the recycling down and then we went out to the shop.

We did our shop and we were incredibly hungry after, so we chucked a baked potato on for each of us to have and that took an hour to cook.

Whilst that was cooking, Kim marinaded some chicken in homemade curry, so we can have that tomorrow as a nice curry!

Curtis retaped his hockey stick for the first time in a very long time and he also sorted out his hockey bag and got that all ready to go.

Kim made some cookies too, right before dinner was ready.

We ate our dinner and watched some TV for the evening as well as played some games together.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 400: Vancouver, BC – The Car’s Fixed!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and the usual admin at the start of the day, but then had to look through a list of contractors and figure out if they’re still contracting for the company and if not, go through and disable their accounts or find out from other people if they are active or not.

At 11:00 Curtis had another Norwegian lesson for an hour and it was excellent! He really enjoyed it and it was a really well flowing conversation and Curtis learned a lot too, of course.

For the rest of the day, Curtis did some tickets but he also helped someone with testing some design things.

At the end of the day, Curtis did 2 offboards of contracts that are no longer at the company.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a slow morning where she didn’t do too much. She got ready for the day and then spent some time working on her CV, she has decided to take the time to update it and condense some of the items a little. The last few times Kim updated her CV, she did a quick add of the latest role and moved on as she will have just moved to a country and needs to secure a job relatively quickly. This time Kim has a tiny bit of flexibility, while applying and securing a new job is very important, its also good to take this time and make sure she is putting her best self forward.

In the afternoon Kim took the bins out and also resubmitted an expense claim that had been rejected on Monday. The system didnt like the way that the claim had been uploaded. Then she spent the rest of the afternoon working on her CV, she now has all of her previous roles rewritten and just has her latest role to go.

The Car Is Fixed!

When Curtis finished work, we walked to get the car from the garage, which was about a 35 minute walk.

The car is finally fixed up, it was expensive, but it was worth it as now we don’t need to worry about it!

We drove back home, watched a quick something and then Kim went off to pole dancing.

Pole was so much fun! Kim felt a little distracted and struggled with some of the moves, but she is so glad she went as she did relearn a move she had been struggling with! In the second class they learnt a combo, Kim was able to do the first bit, but could not get the second half! It did her good to go this evening.

When Kim got back, we had homemade chicken burgers with curly fries and salad for dinner.

We watched a small amount of TV 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