Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 514: Vancouver, BC – Hot Chocolate Festival!

We woke up and felt very well rested.

Kim made some cinnamon bun crepes which were very tasty, though we found them a little too sweet!

We watched some TV but then got ourselves ready petty quickly and went out for a walk.

We went to 49th Parallel, a previous favourite coffee stop for us, which is down by Kim’s old work building.

We went so Kim could get a doughnut and also their special hot chocolate they had! Each year, they have a hot chocolate festival here in which many cafés have a special unique hot chocolate flavour. Last year, we weren’t that impressed, but this time, Kim got a dark chocolate & orange flavour hot chocolate and it was excellent! It also came with two chocolate brigadeiros which were also incredible and worked perfectly with the hot chocolate.

We had a long walk and then came home. Curtis then watched hockey whilst Kim relaxed.

We ate leftovers from yesterday for dinner, and watched a bit of TV.

We took the bins down to the recycling as well as some items we needed to take down to storage.

We got some vaccuming and cleaning done and then we played some games and went back to watching TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 475: Vancouver, BC – Interviews Day 2!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right at 09:00 which was all about the new compensation process at his company.

After this meeting, Curtis did tickets up u til lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a meeting to start yet another Business Analyst project and he then did some documentation for it.

After that, there were some more tickets and some admin to get done.

Kim’s Day

Kim got ready for the day by making notes for the weekly meeting and completing a few smaller tasks. She also tried to call a company that they have ordered a laptop from, waited 20 minutes to be taken off call only to hang up instead of unmute.

After the weekly meeting Kim called the laptop company again and cancelled the order, she will order it from somewhere else and get it sooner now. For the rest of the morning Mom reviewed a spreadsheet sent over about the facilities project and reviewed a few applicants in the pipeline for the new role.

Kim popped out at midday for an appointment and then when she got back she resent some paperwork for someone to complete.

In the afternoon Kim hosted another interview, it was so interesting and fun. She called her colleague after to discuss the candidate and the other two from yesterday. They then agreed to meet up and purchase a laptop for a new starter next week, so they both headed to the store and got the laptop.

Once Kim was home she worked on the HR system training and watched q few videos on how to set the system up. Most of it she had already done, but there were some useful hints and tips too.

Evening

We had more leftovers for dinner and watched some TV.

We then played some games together and watched a little more TV. It was a pretty unproductive evening, but we are waiting for new TV shows to come out!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 438: Vancouver, BC – Day Before New Job!

We woke up to a strange loud noise, which we think was actually just people moving things upstairs, but it was around the time we needed to get up anyway, so we got up and had some cinnamon buns for breakfast.

We slowly got ourselves ready and went out for a walk. We hadn’t planned to, but the weather looked really nice so we went anyway!

We got a coffee and walked along the seawall and to the beach.

We turned around at the end of the beach and walked back home.

Once we got home, we went back out to do our shopping.

We got that out of the way and once we got home we had yesterday’s leftovers for dinner. Kim made Curtis’ less sweet and much more spicy, which was delicious!

We watched Bake Off with dinner and some other TV after, as well as playing some games.

Kim starts her new job tomorrow and is mostly super excited, but also a little nervous.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 331: Vancouver, BC – Late Evening Walk

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting right away this morning, which he wasn’t expecting, to discuss a few points about a project.

After that, Curtis had his weekly team meeting, followed by trying to fix someone’s issue and some other tickets.

Curtis had another team meeting to discuss a few new potential policies and then the rest of the day Curtis was trying to get an issue resolved, and it seemed he got close a few times, but unfortunately he didn’t get it fixed.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by completing an account set up and comparing two companies. She then worked on completing the form from last week and putting together another one.

Just before midday Kim set up a laptop for someone before heading out for a team lunch. It was the first time Kim has been to a restaurant in months! It was strange but enjoyable!

In the afternoon Kim had a team meeting about events that are coming up over the next few weeks. It went well and some good plans have been made.

A little later in the afternoon Kim had a meeting with the director of IT to go over a plan Kim has for the phones. It was a productive meeting and Kim now knows what the next steps are.

Late Evening Walk

Once Kim got home we were pretty hungry so we had leftovers from yesterday and watched some TV.

We played a game of mini golf and then went our for a walk around 21:00.

We walked a different way past a marina which was beautiful!

We were out for about 45 minutes and the weather was so perfect.

We got back home and just watched some TV and chilled out for the remainder of the day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 327: Vancouver z BC – One Day Mini Project

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was productive as he was able to start and complete a mini project in just a few hours!

He started the day with chatting with his team about the project as everyone has to agree to it and then he did the work.

It was mostly research and testing which didn’t take him long at all to do.

He did some tickets and joined a webinar but the webinar was useless so he left it half way through.

He has been working for the last couple of days trying to get something fixed for someone but it is not playing ball, so that’s been frustrating and he worked on it more today too.

Curtis did some more reading/training in the afternoon as well as a couple of tickets and some admin.

A pretty productive day in general.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by getting in early to help host a company wide meeting. It went very well and it was really interesting. When that came to an end Kim sent out an email for the Q&A for tomorrow and put the recording of todays meeting on the Wiki.

Kim spent a little time tidying up where she had dumped everything in her meeting room. She then spent the rest of the morning making notes and a plan in regards to changing some things on the phone. Once that was done Kim listened to the voicemails and sent the messages on to people.

Mid afternoon Kim had a meeting with her colleague about changing the phone system and an idea that she had that would make it easier for that team to get their messages. Kim showed the functionality of the app, to the best of her abilities, and explained how it would work in this scenario.

After that meeting Kim had another meeting with a colleague about office updates that are still on the list to be done and future events that they are planning. It went well and they had some really good ideas come up!

Evening

We took the recycling out when Kim got home and then we made more garlic bread to go with the remaining lasagna.

We finished the rest of the lasagne and watched some TV. We played some more virtual mini golf, too, which we are both getting much better at!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 302: Vancouver, BC – Final Day of Isolation!

We woke up and had some scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast.

We watched some comedy with breakfast and then got ourselves ready for the day.

Today was our last day in self-isolation, so we made the most of having to stay home!

As well as doing laundry, we played some Need For Speed.

We then played some VR for a long while! We discovered a new puzzle game and had a lot of fun playing that!

We had more leftover chilli for dinner and watched more comedy, followed by a film called Love Wedding Repeat which was an easy watch.

Kim had her weekly bath and pamper and then we watched more TV before sleeping.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 301: Vancouver, BC – Virtual Pole Competition

Virtual Pole Competition

We got up and had some serial for breakfast and watched more standup comedy for a little bit.

We then got ready for the day and Kim sat down to watch a virtual pole competition, featuring some people she trains with!

This lasted for a few hours, so Curtis used that time to play some games.

After the event was done, we had some leftover chili from a few days ago.

During and after dinner, we watched all of the remaining episodes of Schitts Creek and then watched the documentary they made afterwards.

We looked at some houses in Norway for fun and then watched a bit more TV for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 299: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Games

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had just one meeting planned for the day, but it got pushed tomorrow so he had some free time!

He did what he had planned, some tickets and finishing off a project, but then decided to pickup another project that needed doing.

He wrote out some tasks to do for that project and got to work.

He had to contact some people, turn on some settings and assist them with setting a few things up and then tested a few other things.

Curtis got that all done in a shorter time than he expected, so he had time to do some more tickets at the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her by finishing the game she had planned for today, she got the last couple of questions made and she found all the images to go with them. Then she hosted the game and it was good fun! A smaller turnout than usual, but thats okay!

As that game went well Kim set up and sent out the invite for a game next week. She also reorganised a meeting for next week and sent out the invite for another cello performance. She also gave away a few office chairs today in an auction style over the internal messenger, that was a few minutes of fun!

In the afternoon Kim tried to make a payment for something again and this time ended up on the phone for support and to try to make the purchase over the phone. She had no luck and had been advised to just try again after 24 hours.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim spent her time working on the Sales project and it paid off because she finished the first leg. She set up a meeting to go over it with the person in sales.

13th

We watched a Schitts Creek whilst we ate our leftover dinners, and then we watched the docu-film 13th which is about the US prison system, slavery, racism and all things that are very hard hitting, especially with the current Black Lives Matter movement.

After we watched that, we watched The Great and Kim made cookies.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 294: Vancouver, BC – FaceTime & Online Shopping

Facetime

We woke up and had a chat with Kim’s Dad followed by her sister on FaceTime!

It was nice to catch up with them.

After that, we had some breakfast, just some cereal, and then we each, slowly, got ready for the day.

As we’re both still isolating, we can’t actually do anything, but it was nice to get ready for the day anyway.

After we were ready, we watched a bit more TV and then did an online shop to get some more groceries as we won’t be able to go out and get any, so we’ll get those tomorrow.

Leftovers

We had our leftovers from yesterday’s dinner and then some cookies!

We watched the film Hanna after dinner, too.

We played some games and watched more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 254: Vancouver, BC – New VR Game!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a successful day!

He didn’t have too much planned, but a new onboard came in, so he took that on and got that done, which took a lot of the day.

He also had his daily team meeting, and his weekly team meeting, too.

After his team meeting, he had a project update meeting and then did some tickets in the late afternoon.

A pretty uneventful day!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by writing some documents for projects, not too exciting, but it filled her morning!

In the afternoon Kim sent out an invite to a game of Skribbl for tomorrow. She also updated the a wiki page for working at home, she added more links for people to use.

Kim then focused on mental health awareness and made an itinerary for May.

Kim has put together some calls for people to check in with themselves and each other.
As she found that most of the things she had been working on recently all related together, she made a new subsection in Wiki and moved all the pages to there.

New VR Game

We got a new VR game and we’re having a lot of fun with it!

We did our workout after work and then had some food.

We had leftover roast and watched Travel Man before playing the new VR game, Red Matter for a while.

We watched some TV and some funny YouTube videos and then headed off to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale