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 426: Vancouver, BC – One Step Closer?

Last Night’s Hockey

Curtis’ team did not do as well as they have been!

The game ended 4-4, but Curtis’ team were winning by two goals twice and managed to throw both leads away!

The game went to a shootout and Curtis took one shot, but the goalie made an incredible save.

As no one won in the shootout, the game ended a tie.

Curtis’ team haven’t lost yet, still, but a tie wasn’t the desired result.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of his day doing the project work from yesterday, as well as some tickets.

He had his Norwegian lesson for an hour which went well, and then he did more project work.

He did his project work whilst on a call with some colleagues to talk about it and figure out some stuff together.

That was pretty much the entire day, just getting the project all sorted, as well as the tickets he did.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a second interview for the role she is really excited about. She got herself prepared and ready for the interview. She ensured that the mic and camera were working, that she had water and the laptop was on charge.

Kim joined the meeting nice and early and waited to get going. The interview went well, but Kim wasn’t sure she was what they are looking for or that the interview didn’t go perfectly.

For the rest of the morning Kim tried to relax and not worry about it. Then during lunch Kim got an email asking her if tomorrow works for a third (and final) interview!

She was so happy and relieved and set up the interview right away.

Kim then spent some time researching the person she will be interviewing with and a check of her CV and the job listing.

Kim listed the mini hockey set for sale on Facebook over the weekend and someone bought and collected it today. Its great for storage and space, but sad to see it go, it kept Kim and Curtis sane during the first few months of the pandemic for sure! There just isn’t the space in this apartment and so it made sense to go to someone else.

In the late afternoon Kim went for a nice walk with her friend and their dog. They grabbed a coffee and a snack and had a great catchup. They then visited a pet store on the way back and there was a puppy training session about to happen so Kim met and said hello to a few puppies and was very happy about that.

Evening

After Kim got back from her time out with her friend, we had leftover egg fried rice and watched a bit of TV.

We finished watched The Boys Season 2 and then started the new Great British Bake Off season, which we didn’t realise was a thing!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 421: Vancouver, BC – The Newest Bed & A Great Interview!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day wasn’t really an interesting read, but he did a lot of project work in the morning, figuring out how to do something with some help from colleagues.

As well as this, Curtis did some tickets in the afternoon and had some discussions with his team.

Kim’s Day

Kim woke up nice and early for her interview this morning. The interview went really well! For this one it was Kim asking questions about the company and learning more, which was great because she has so many questions and interests in the company and products. She wasn’t short on questions and really enjoyed the interview. At the end she was asked to provide some times for a second interview with them so Kim now has that booked in for Tuesday! Thats something exciting to look forward to!

After her breakfast Kim broke down the bed to take to the people buying it. So she filled up the elevator, swapped the beds over and took the new bed upstairs, put the old bed in the car and dropped it off.

Before Kim started building the bed she had a good vacuum of the floor and gave it a quick wash too! Then she spent the whole afternoon putting the bed together. It was so much fun and it did Kim the world of good to have a time consuming task for the day, keeps her happy and busy.

Evening

The pole classes tonight were fun, Kim even managed to do a shoulder mount invert for the first time in a while. She will continue to work on that as she was just starting to gain confidence with it pre COVID. In the second class they revisited a cool flip dismount, which was fun and then two nice poses! They were both great classes.

After the class Kim had a catch-up with her friend and it was so nice!

We chilled when Kim got back home and watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 414: Vancouver, BC – A Win & Phone Interview!

Last Night’s Game

Curtis’ drive to hockey last night was perfectly fine.

Once he arrived, due to COVID-19, getting changed has to be done before entering the rink, so everyone did so in the parking lot.

15 minutes before game time, everyone gets let into a staging area where you can put your skates on and then get onto the ice!

Curtis took warmup to get used to skating again, he hasn’t skated or played hockey since March!

The game started weirdly, with the other team waiting on their goalie, so they played with a player in net! He played actually very well in net and Curtis’ team wasn’t able to get one by him.

That being said, once the goalie came in, Curtis’ team started scoring! They went up 4-0, with the game ending 4-2, so a nice win to start the season, and Curtis got an assist.

You only get 15 minutes in the staging area and then have to leave to the parking lot again.

Curtis drove himself home and was certainly ready for some sleep, but was glad the game went well and loved playing hockey again.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day today was pretty quiet overall and he had no meetings either, which was good.

Curtis did a few things here and there, some training and some tickets, but certainly a quiet day, especially in relation to yesterday!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a bit of the morning preparing for her phone screen interview and then awaited the call. The interview went so well, there is a potential bit of learning Kim will either need and be okay, or could mean that she isn’t the right fit for the job. She is really interested in this position so Kim is really hopeful that it won’t be a big issue, but we will wait and see! Hopefully Kim will get an idea tomorrow.

Kim the had some breakfast and a nice slow morning. She then received an email saying that another role would like her to progress to the next round! So thats great! Kim has to submit a questionnaire and a video as to why she is a great candidate. Its not something Kim has done before so she is excited for the challenge for sure! She started the questionnaire in the afternoon and will probably tackle the video tomorrow.

Pole Dancing

Kims classes today were so fun! They went over a different style invert and a spin that Kim loves in the first class and in the second they worked on a beautiful combo that Kim was able to get a few aspects of. The first move Kim loved and she was able to do both variations, which is great. Kim wasn’t great at the other part of the combo, bur never mind its just something she can work on!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 412: Vancouver, BC – Not What She Thought

Curtis’ Day

Curtis didn’t have any meeting until 10:30, when he had his Norwegian lesson which went really well.

Once that was done, Curtis had meeting with a few people from his team but also some people from another team which was an information around onboarding.

After lunch, Curtis setup some accounts for a new user and then he did a couple of tickets to end the day.

Kim’s Day

After a nice lazy morning Kim was putting lunch together when she got a phone call from a company asking her in for an interview and the role title was something that she was interested in so she agreed to come in tomorrow. Kim was so excited and happy to see an application submitted yesterday come through so quickly!

After lunch Kim then did a little research on the company and asked for a job description for her to refer to and read through before the interview. The company didn’t have a written job description that they could send over and it had some negative reviews, this made Kim a little uneasy. After a few hours and a bit of back and forth communication, Kim decided to pull her application for the position.

The reviews made the role sound more like a sales position over what was listed and Kim doesn’t want to work in sales, its not a good fit for her.

So for the rest of the afternoon Kim wrote some good cover letters for a few open positions that would fit Kim perfectly. Last week Kim was avoiding applying for any roles that have been listed for more than a few weeks thinking that they would have just forgotten to be removed, but thats not smart. The company may just not have found the right fit yet and Kim may be that perfect fit, so she is really happy with the applications sent out today. Tomorrow Kim will review the saved roles and send out more applications!

Walk

We had leftover curry for dinner and watched a bit of TV, then we went for a nice long walk. It was around 19:30 so it was dark and there were much less people out. It was a super relaxing walk.

We got back and watched some more TV before we slept.

It’s Curtis’ first hockey game tomorrow, as well as his first solo drive in 2 years (and on the other side of the road) so we shall see how that goes!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 236: Vancouver, BC – All Interviews Complete!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few meetings planned for today, and that pretty much all he did!

He had a project interview at 09:30 and then a team meeting at 10:30.

After those two, he had his final project interview!

Once that interview was done, Curtis did some training and some tickets and then we had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had team building which lasted for a while, and then after that he had a webinar held by Zoom about their recent security updates.

Curtis then had happy hour with people from his office, which was a nice end to the short week.

Kim’s Day

After the company wide meeting that happened today Kim set things up for her Easter Quiz! In the quiz she featured clips of what happens next, Easter baking fails and an easter egg hunt. She had a fair few people join on the quiz, which was amazing!

After yoga Kim spent some time going through her checked items in her inbox. Many of the items were old or had been completed, so it was great to have a spring clean.

Mid afternoon Kim joined the east coast social catch up and they ended up playing jackbox games and it was so fun. The first game was a trivia game and the second was a ‘who is a liar’ game where you had to find the aliens in the group through detective skills. They were fun games! As they started a new game it all stopped working, so they played a game of Skribbl instead.

Shortly after that call, Kim had a call with a few of her team and it was great to catch up and close the week together!

She then started to make a list of things she wants to work on next week. She had planned to use her time to focus on the hack project, but its been postponed until roughly the end of May to give people more time to process all the daily meetings and get all the information first.

Pesto Pasta

We did our workout, following a bit of mini sticks, and then we made chicken pesto pasta for dinner!

The food was pretty good and we ate it whilst watching something easy on YouTube.

We then watched a Norwegian show on Netflix called Borderliner, followed by a couple of other shows and games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 233: Vancouver, BC – Splits Training

Curtis’ Day

Post morning walk, Curtis got showered and was actually very awake and ready to start the day.

He did his usual admin and then did a little more admin which is something exciting, which should come to fruition in a couple of weeks!

After that, Curtis did a ticket or two and then had his team meeting.

Just after the team meeting, Curtis had a project interview, followed by another!

After that, he got a couple more tickets done and then had another team meeting.

Curtis had lunch with Kim and then had another project interview meeting.

After that, Curtis got some admin done and a couple more tickets, before finishing for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kims company is doing a hack day soon and her team had their first meeting about it today. She isnt entirely sure whats going on, but she is helping with logistics and having a great time! The rest of the team thing we have a good idea, so Kim is happy with that!

After that meeting Kim sent out a company wide email to notify people that there is a bank holiday coming up. She also started on some scheduling for a different role and after she had done yoga she realised that a few had been messed up. Kim took a look into it and couldn’t figure it out, so she had some lunch and came back to it after, then she was able to find the issue, fix it and reach out to people to give them the correct times for their phone screen!

Kim updated the cribbage tournament status page with the results from todays game.

She then cancelled the social drinks for Friday and drafted ip a few communications for challenges and games for people to play.

Mini Sticks, Workout & Splits!

We played a bit of mini sticks and then we got back to our workout!

We liked the workout today, it felt good.

After that, Curtis was done with exercise but Kim continued!

She had a splits training class online, which really helped her and it was the same company she does pole dancing with, so it was good to support them.

We had the remainder of our roasted vegetables for dinner and watched some TV.

We played Need For Speed, probably for too long, and then watched some more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 199: Vancouver, BC – Jurassic Park, Margaritas & Nachos

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to leave home an hour earlier this morning to get a scan. This was to see his wisdom teeth in 3D to check if they are touching the nerves. This will determine how they’ll need to be removed.

This only took 10 minutes, so Curtis stopped off at Mario’s for a coffee and then headed to work.

Curtis got to work and played games with his team for an hour as ‘team building’.

Curtis got the nitro canister swapped out for the coffee but it still didn’t work, so he got in contact with the company who are sending someone out.

After this, Curtis had some tickets to do and then there was a meeting in which Curtis was the Business Analyst, gathering information from a team lead with regards to the project he is working on.

After that, he watched Jurassic Park with a few people in the boardroom and had nachos and margaritas!

After this, it was very quiet, so Curtis did some training to wrap the day up.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim started her day by moving a TV from one meeting room to another.

However the TV does not actually fit on the new wall properly, so in reality Kim has moved a TV from a wall to the floor!

She then had her weekly 1:1 with her teammate and they went over all the questions that Kim had written up over the week. They also then did a quick walk around to discuss a few things that they want to change around the office. It was a good successful meeting.

The rest of Kims day was filled with quick wins! She fixed the dishwasher and a table, reached out to handymen, the dishwasher repair company and she reached out to the building about recycling a bunch of stuff!

In the early afternoon, Kim had a meeting with a car rental company which was quick and went well. She then also had another catch up with the cleaners and building management and they went over a few things too.

Evening

Curtis did some laundry and a few things around the apartment and then played games whilst waiting for Kim to come home.

Kim got home but left fairly quickly after to go to pole.

Kim’s first class was great! One of her favourite teachers is back and then after Kim went to open pole to work on her routine. She is making genuinely good progress, but the routine is far from finished!

Curtis watched the leafs game which was on later today, at 19:30.

Kim got back home from pole and we watched a little bit of TV but went to sleep pretty early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 97: Vancouver, BC – Plugging The Holes

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was very similar to yesterday. He was setting up some Apple Macs as well as some Windows laptops.

He had a few more challenging requests and incidents to deal with too, which was good to break up the day.

Luckily, Curtis got his keys that he accidentally locked in a cupboard back today too!

Right before Curtis left to head home, he got a request for a few macs for a new development team! Luckily, there are a lot of old ones laying around so Curtis can set those up for people, but its still a bit of a pain.

Curtis walked home alone as Kim was going to the hairdressers.

Kim’s Day

Kim got a few bits and bobs before her meeting about the project. In the meeting they went over a few things in preparation for tomorrows meeting as tomorrow they will be getting a lot of help and direction which will be amazing!

After the meeting Kim continued working on some pages that she made for the project and they came out looking great!

As someone was leaving for lunch she invited Kim along and they had a great little walk to the takeaway place, even though they walked the opposite direction for one block! Smak is a healthier place that does a range of veggie and meat options, mainly curries. Kim went for a thai green chicken curry and took it back to the office to eat. It was beautiful!

When Kim went back to work she continued with her project as she wanted to stay at her desk because there were 2 interviews scheduled for the afternoon. Kim had a lovely chat with each candidate when they arrived.

As there is filming going on next week, they had arranged for a scout to come out and check out the best locations to film. He arrived just after 4 and Kim gave him the tour of the office, but knew they would prefer the upstairs boardroom. He was completely sold and started taking photos for reference and organised to come back tomorrow to triple check the lighting in the morning, which is when the filming would take place next week. Kim sorted the new booking for tomorrow morning and then headed out to get her hair cut.

Kim walked to the bus stop while having a chat with Curtis on the phone. Went in and had a great time getting a nice and simple trim before walking home.

Plugging The Holes

Once Kim was done and got back home from the hairdressers it was fairly late! She relaxed for a bit and then we started making dinner.

As we were making dinner, our landlord popped over and filled some holes in our bathroom wall, which were created due to the towel rack falling off the wall. We had a quick chat with him and then had dinner.

We ate ‘tatertots’ covered in cheese with some leftover minced meat. It was really delicious but very filling too!

We watched some YouTube and ended the night with Vikings. Tomorrow is Friday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 20: Vancouver,BC – We Both Got Jobs!

Morning Phone Interview

Kim had an interview at 10:00. This was for a hospitality app in which you can get one off shifts and work, which may be good to get a bit extra cash.

This was very successful and Kim was told she would be approved!

3rd Interview

Kim had another interview today, so she had to head down to the city.

Kim got there and the interview lasted just 25 minutes, with it being more of a character check.

We Both Got Jobs!

Whilst Kim was at her interview, Curtis received a call offering him a job! This was the exact job he wanted and he is very excited. He had to get a lot of paperwork done for that and he starts on Tuesday.

When Kim got home from her interview, she also got a call offering her the job! We both got jobs and the exact jobs we wanted.

Also on the plus side, both jobs are in the city and we are just 10-15 minute walk from each other.

We were pretty happy with today, so it was celebration time.

Chicken

We started our celebrations with chicken from KFC. We walked down to KFC to get a few tenders and some popcorn chicken.

Pub

We came back home and relaxed for a bit and then decided we should treat ourselves and get a drink.

We found a pub which was underground and went and Curtis got a beer whilst Kim got a wine. We sat and just relaxed in the really nice pub before we walked back home.

What Men Want (film)

We got home and ate ice cream whilst watching the film What Men Want. The film was alright, kind of funny and an easy watch.


What Men Want

Rating:- 6.5/10


We are looking forward to the next part of our lives, now we have a home sorted as well as jobs…exciting times!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale