Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 1000: Vancouver, BC – Away We Go!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got a bit more sleep this morning and then he jumped on a call with a colleague to figure out some strange permission issues.

There was a team meeting and once that was done, he had some tickets to get done as well as having to call someone and get something fixed for them.

Throughout the day, when he had time, Curtis got the packing done and a few things around the apartment, like taking out the rubbish.

Kim’s Day

Kim left early-ish and took laptops over to the office she was working from during the day.

After that, she went and got some breakfast and even took Curtis a croissant and coffee!

She got some of the laptops sorted today and it was nice to be in an office with colleagues.

Kim left the office around 13:00 and went bowling! She organised this with people from her company and a fun company event!

After bowling, Kim headed back home.

Away We Go!

Off to the island we go!

After work, we drove out to the ferry terminal and took the ferry over to Vancouver Island! We have a fun 10 days planned and we’ll be visiting Kim’s great auntie Linda for the first time in quite a while.

We got some easy food on the ferry and then drove out to Port Alberni! We’ll arrive there super late, but then we’ll be up early tomorrow to do some exploring!

We’re super happy to have some time to travel around and see things, whilst being careful, of course.

Today is also DAY 1000 in Vancouver! Crazy.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 986: Vancouver, BC – Back To The Gym

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a much quieter day today.

He did some tickets and admin throughout the day, and did have one team meeting which he ran. He had to get updates on projects from his team and ensure it was all on track.

In the late afternoon, he did some team building with some people from his team and played some games with them until the end of the work day.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a really great day and it was such a wonderful way to end the week! She started by waking up late and was really thankful for Curtis helping load the car up. She then drove to a nearby town to meet some teammates there to show them the laptop set up process.

Once she arrived Kim took all the laptops up to the board room in the office over a few trips. Luckily on the final trip Kim bumped into her teammate. Everyone got comfy in the room then Kim and her manager joined a call to discuss some IT stuff.

She then did a little admin before walking everyone through the laptop set up process. They all took a break to move their cars and then Kim had a quick chat to discuss a candidate, but most of the people weren’t able to turn up. So Kim took the time to work with her teammates to pack up!

They all then went to a nearby restaurant to meet two other teammates and it was so lovely! They all then left to head over to a nail salon for pedicures, ok the way Kim took a call to discuss the candidate that she wasn’t able to talk about earlier. She then had a wonderful break getting pampered and just relaxing.

Before everyone headed home a few people joined a call to discuss another candidate and the next steps there!

Evening

Kim got back home and we had some snacks pre-gym. We are finally able to head back to the gym after Curtis’ surgery, and having the time!

We did a 1 hour workout, but took it much easier than last time as Kim has been to pole a lot this week and Curtis didn’t take any breaks last time, and he really felt that!

After going to the gym, we undid all of our good work and ordered burgers for dinner! Curtis has been craving a burger since he had his surgery and now was his chance to have one!

We ordered from a place called Juice Joe’s which is a horrible name, but the burgers were really delicious!

We hung out for the evening and relaxed. We were meant to be going to an outside gathering with people from Kim’s work tomorrow but it’s meant to rain so that got cancelled.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 985: Vancouver, BC – ‘Return To Office’ Planning Again

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a slightly less busy day today, though still busy enough!

He did some tickets and then did an onboard for a contractor which seemed to take a while to do.

Curtis then had a quick meeting about return to office things and a further discussion came from that.

The rest of the day was tickets and also Curtis changed someone’s name on all systems, which took some time but had no issues, which was excellent news.

Kim’s Day

Kim had another interview heavy day, she started with an interview then joined a biweekly meeting to discuss projects and other really interesting things. Kim took a quick call to help someone with an IT issue and then had a 15 min sit down with the other people in the interview to have a chat.

It was then time for interview number 2! She had another chat with a candidate and then ended up being late to the weekly department meeting. She gave her update and listened into what the other departments are doing. She then joined a recruitment meeting to discuss the status of a bunch of live roles.

In the afternoon Kim had interview 3 and 4 and their reviews before having a chat with a couple of the executive team to discuss how their interview went. Then to finish the day Kim joined another recruitment meeting to discuss next steps for a role and review the candidates

Evening

Curtis had some pasta for dinner and when Kim got home, we had a bit of time together and watched some TV. Yesterday, Kim ended up working quite a bit in the evening, so it was nice to get some relaxing time together.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 979: Vancouver, BC – Planned For A Half Day…But No!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis slept a little bit this morning which was really nice. He woke up with quite a bit of pain but that subsided once he took some pills.

Curtis played games all day whilst Kim worked.

We were going to hang out for half of the day, but unfortunately Kim had to work and have meetings all day.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a super busy and interesting day! She started with a mini team meeting with her managers to discuss plans for the next couple of weeks. They all then joined a meeting to start discussions about some really important and interesting things.

Kim then hosted a meeting, while setting up a laptop, to brainstorm how a team will work and build up. They then went into a meeting about the responsibilities within the team. Kim continued to set up the laptop and take stock of incoming laptops.

After the meetings Kim then also set up meetings for the new starter finished their laptop and sent it out. She also managed to get through other pop up admin while waiting for the laptop to update. She the. Had to call Lenovo to ask for support, so she did that while getting ready.

Once Kim was at the restaurant she said hello and had a wonderful couple of hours in two places for a couple of drinks with old colleagues.

Evening

When Kim finished with working, she went to meet some friends downtown at a bar/restaurant. Curtis drove her down and she had a really good time! Some people left shortly after she got there as they needed to head out, but some people stayed and Kim really enjoyed that.

Kim got home and we watched some TV and relaxed for the evening and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 941: Vancouver, BC – New Office Setup!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of meetings booked for today, so he was up a little early to get ready for those.

The first meeting was a team meeting to discuss the projects coming up for the next two weeks.

After that, there was meant to be another meeting but that got rescheduled so Curtis had a little bit of time to go through some tickets and get other admin done.

Curtis then had another team meeting to discuss random things.

There was a little more time for a break and then Curtis had to join another workshop to learn more new things. This lasted for most of the day and then he had a few things to do at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a meeting heavy day today, but it was all super interesting! She started with a quick chat with her teammate to check in and make sure they have everything they need the. She gave an update in the weekly company meeting.

There was then an hour break where Kim was able to log costs and pull information together for finance. She then gave a quick update to the finance meeting before having some lunch.

After lunch Kim joined an interview and it was so interesting. She then had a call with her teammate to update them on how the interview went and next steps. She then had a quick planning meeting with another teammate.

To finish the day Kim had a great conversation with a department lead to discuss career progression with their teams. It was so interesting and Kim really enjoyed it. She then had another planning meeting with her teammate to make agendas for meetings coming up, start some early stages events planning and get organised on a few projects.

Later in the evening Kim set up a laptop to swap out for a current employee.

Evening

Kim worked for a while and then we took out the recycling and made dinner. We had garlic and herb chicken skewers, mango and chilli chicken skewers and corn on the cob with potato salad leftover from yesterday.

Kim got her new desk setup whilst we waited for dinner to cook and setup her office in a new configuration!

We watched a small bit of TV once Kim was done with work and that was it!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 908: Vancouver, BC – Back to Laptop Setups

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a company wide meeting again this morning. This time it was more of a question session but it was very interesting.

Curtis got a lot of tickets and admin done in the remainder of the day, but he also had a meeting with someone to help them with setting up and using OneDrive.

Once he got that done, more tickets ensued until the end of the day.

After work, Curtis watched the first playoff game for the Leafs. Unfortunately, one of the players suffered a pretty nasty injury which was not great to watch. The Leafs ended up losing the game, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim had so much time not in meetings today! She had such a productive morning doing admin, research and updating job descriptions. She then joined a meeting with other department leaders to set up the structure for the new recurring meeting. She then had a quick hiring meeting.

To start the afternoon Kim joined the wellness break it was a follow on from last week where people are updating a world map with pins of where they grew up with photos and stories. It was so much fun.

She left the wellness break to go and pick up some equipment from a teammate. When she got home Kim worked on updating another job description and she started setting up a laptop to send out to a new starter.

She finished the day with a 1-1 with her teammate, that went over by nearly 45 minutes! She then had a really a nice chat with a good friend. After, she quickly finished setting up the laptop.

Evening

For dinner, we had curry that we had in the freezer and then we went out for a walk to both clear our heads after the day of work.

We got back home and relaxed, watched some TV and just decompressing.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 886: Vancouver, BC – Laptops, All Day

Curtis’ Day

Curtis headed right to the office this morning as he had some things to get done there.

He started by setting up a laptop and getting together equipment to send out with the laptop.

Whilst doing that, Curtis did some tickets and other things, too.

Someone then dropped off their laptop and Curtis and to wipe and re-setup that laptop as it was having some issues. That didn’t actually take as long as expected, so that gave him some extra time.

The person came and picked up their laptop in the late afternoon and Curtis was able to give them that with no issues.

Curtis then headed home around 16:30 and when he got home, he had lunch as he hadn’t had it yet today!

Curtis then watched hockey whilst Kim did some work.

Kim’s Day

To start the day Kim joined a meeting about a new projects one of her colleagues might be working on she then joined a recruitment meeting but only her teammate showed up, so they had a quick chat and check in before Kim joined an interview.

After the interview and the review Kim went to a team meeting where everyone gave updates about projects they are working on. She went from this into another interview and review before completing some paperwork and sending it out.

After a quick lunch Kim had two catch ups with teammates to see how they are doing and update each other on projects. Kim then joined her final interview of the day, has the review and then completed some more paperwork.

Evening

We had potato, peas and mushrooms for dinner and then chilled out. We both had very long, busy days so we needed to just zone out.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 884: Vancouver, BC – SPUD

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a first day IT orientation at 09:00 and the person was very lovely!

Shortly after, Curtis had a team meeting followed by helping someone get their computer working as it should.

Curtis had yet another meeting with his team, then lunch, then he had a project to get done. That project only ended up taking 45 minutes which was excellent!

The rest of the afternoon was admin, tickets and also getting another computer working correctly for someone.

Curtis played some games whilst Kim had her evening meeting and then went up to the shop to get some chicken. We had received an order from spud.ca today, which is a very environmentally friendly supermarket that delivers (we had a discount code, so thought we’d try!) But the chicken was frozen and we needed some for tonight, so Curtis went to get some.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her week with a team meeting to get updates and see if anyone in the team needs help with any projects. She then joined a recruitment meeting to discuss a couple of roles that are open and the next steps for them.

In the afternoon Kim had an interview and she joined the review after to discuss what is happening next and how it went. They also discussed a small event that will be happening.

She then went on to update some paperwork with a couple of colleagues. To end the day Kim caught up with a couple of hiring managers to review the candidates who have applied for roles. It was a productive and fun evening!

Evening

For dinner, we had lemon pesto couscous with chicken & vegetables. Delicious! It was another recipe we kept from our Hello Fresh box a while ago.

We ate that and watched some TV together for the evening.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 874: Vancouver, BC – Another Games Night

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day from start to finish.

There was a lot of work to do with regards to the laptop checkups he had to do yesterday, so he did that for most of the day.

Curtis did have something challenging to do, as well, which he worked on with a colleague for a bit and he was able to get it done which was really good.

He also had a team meeting to discuss some interesting things that may be happening and then he headed off to get a haircut.

After this, he did a bit more work to do and then played games whilst Kim was in her games night.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day a little slower than usual given the event last night and so she got ready and joined a recruitment call right away. She went over the candidates from the event that happened the evening before and gave an update to the recruitment team about the candidates they met.

She was then asked to join a meeting so she was in that until into the early afternoon where Kim then joined an interview. She had a great chat and then caught up with the hiring manager after to discuss the candidates of the week and plan for the next couple of weeks.

After Kim popped out she hosted a games night! It started small and then a few more people joined in and it was so much fun. She then had a quick call with her friend and it was great!

Evening

After games night, we had homemade chicken burgers for dinner and we just hung out. We both had busy days, so it was good to just relax.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 864: Vancouver, BC – Sofa Is Built & Registered For Vaccine!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to the office in the morning and had to setup 2 laptops, as well as find equipment to send out to the new hires.

The office is running low on equipment before they get an order, so finding some items was a bit of a challenge.

Curtis finished that up at about 12:00 and then did some tickets whilst he waited for someone to arrive to collect a monitor.

Once that person was gone, Curtis had a meeting with a colleague to discuss a process and then once he was done with that meeting, he walked home and had some lunch.

After lunch, he had to generate some reports for someone and had some tickets to deal with which took him nicely to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a day full of back to back meetings and interviews! In the morning Kim had her team meeting to go over the plan for the week. She went from this into an interview, then straight into the weekly meeting and then into a second interview. She then had a meeting with the hiring managers to discuss the interviews. It was a really productive and interesting morning!

To start the afternoon Kim had a meeting about planning and next steps for a project. It was so interesting and it turns out Kim was approaching it all the wrong way, she learnt so much!

For a good chunk of the afternoon Kim worked with her teammate on setting up interviews and sending out paperwork. She then had a chat with another teammate before heading out to the new apartment to continue building the sofa. She also had a great chat with a friend while she did the final bits to the sofa.

Sofa Is Built & Registered For Vaccine!

Before work this morning, we registered for our notification to get a vaccine! We don’t get a vaccine for a while, but a new registration site went live so you can get instructions and a code for when you can get a vaccine.

This makes it feel just that little bit closer!

After work, Kim went over to the apartment to complete the sofa as the items we were missing arrived in the mail and we now have a constructed sofa, which is great.

Kim chatted with a friend after that and then headed back to our current apartment so we could have some dinner.

We ate delicious lemon chicken!

We got notice that there will be a viewing tomorrow, which is the first one with the new owners. We’ve been enjoying not having any, and our final week is the worst possible time, but what can we do. That’ll be happening tomorrow evening but maybe we get out for an evening walk.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale