Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 432: Vancouver, BC – Full Bathroom Clean

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting at 10:30, so did a bit of work before that.

The meeting was good and after that he did some more tickets.

In the afternoon, Curtis setup accounts for a new starter and did some other tickets, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of the day doing a deep clean of the bathroom. We noticed it needed to be cleaned, so Kim said she wanted to do it during the day whilst Curtis is working.

This took a couple of hours and then Kim did some more research for the permanent residency we need to get and we now know a little more about what is required and we’ve sent off some emails we need to send to get some information and items.

Risotto

Kim wanted to make some risotto, so she had to go and get some wine as well as some other things for the risotto, such as parmesan cheese.

Kim made the risotto and we watched some TV whilst we ate.

We then watched a Netflix show about designing homes, which is something we love to watch!

Kim had to do her background check for her new job so she did that and we chilled out after that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 419: Vancouver, BC – Finding New Clothes

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with an orientation. He chatted with a new hire and ensured they could do everything they needed to and answered any of their questions.

Not long after that, Curtis had his long weekly team meeting and then did some tickets before lunch.

After lunch, Curtis got his personal learning plan written up and sent off to the required people and then he did a few more tickets as well as some admin.

Kim’s Day

After a relaxing morning Kim went to apply to two jobs, but ended up sending applications in for about 7 roles. So thats exciting!

In preparation for interviews Kim thought it would be a good idea to have some interview clothes ready so she popped to a few places but didn’t find anything. She is also trying to buy less stuff in general so she went to a thrift shop, but unfortunately there wasn’t anything in her size that Kim could wear to an interview. When she got home Kim did find some shoes that would work, so she might get those!

Evening

We had leftovers from last night’s roast for dinner and it was as delicious as it was yesterday.

We watched a bit of TV and then Curtis drove off to hockey at around 21:30.

As the game is late, we will let you know the score tomorrow!

In the evening Kim decided on swapping out her summer to winter clothes. She collected the winter stuff from the storage locker in the car park and sorted through all of her clothes. She has now found a few more items to donate, so thats good!

Once Curtis gets back home it will be pretty late, so it will be right to bed after a shower.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 413: Vancouver, BC – The Season Begins!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got things ready to head to the office this morning and then took the walk down.

Once he got there, he got a laptop from the storage room and started setting that up.

Curtis also had to do some project work which involved some testing, seeing if certain websites could be accessed in different ways.

Curtis did that and then continued setting up the laptop.

He had a meeting to discuss his personal learning plan and how he wishes to develop within the next 6 months to a year.

Curtis finished up the laptop setup and booked a courier to pick it up.

After that, Curtis had a call with someone to try and fix something for them, but after 1.5 hours of trying, they couldn’t get it working, which was frustrating!

Curtis did a few more things and eventually walked home around 16:00. Long, busy, tiring day!

Kim’s Day

Kim has got a phone interview for tomorrow! She received an email to set up a 20-30 minute chat with a recruiter for one of the positions that she is really excited about. Once she set up the time Kim took a deeper look into the company and is now more excited than she was previously. It will be a similar role that she is used to but with a few more responsibilities, but its always good to learn more!

In the afternoon Kim did a bit of housework and had a lazier day. She will probably apply to a few jobs while Curtis is at hockey tonight.

The Season Begins!

Curtis got back home and we watched a bit of TV, then Kim made some chicken pasta for dinner.

We ate that and then Curtis hopped in the car and drove up to the hockey rink for his first game of the season!

We will update you on the game tomorrow, as it’s a fairly late one.

Kim did some job searching whilst Curtis was at hockey and she did a few other things around the apartment.


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 408: Vancouver, BC – Returning Stuff & Mexican Food

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting pretty early on, which was just a 1 on 1 with his manager.

After that, Curtis had a team meeting followed by a meeting regarding a project.

Curtis was then meant to have a meeting to discuss project requirements with someone but they never showed up, so Curtis and his manager had a chat instead.

Curtis had to amend some documentation for a project and then did some tickets for the remainder of the day.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim applied to a fair few jobs so in the afternoon Kim popped to a shopping centre to return something. It was nice to get out in the sunshine and go for a drive, the visit to the shop was nice and quick too.

Then Kim dropped the car off in the parking before heading up the road to pick up the takeaway!

Mexican Food

As Kim was on her way home, she went to a Mexican place just down the road, which we had been to a sister store of in Whistler when we were there.

Kim got some quesadillas and Curtis got some tacos.

The tacos weren’t great to be honest, but Kim enjoyed her quesadillas.

We watched some TV and relaxed for the evening. It’s Friday so super relax time!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 406: Vancouver, BC – More Driving Practice

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of his morning trying to get some email issues sorted. These issues were noticed yesterday and Curtis really wanted to get this sorted.

Curtis spent a while getting that sorted and had to get a bunch of people involved, but it seems to be resolved now, which is excellent!

Whilst working on this, Curtis also had a team meeting.

After the team meeting, he was still working with others on the email issues.

There was a large informative meeting and then Curtis had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis got a lot of tickets completed and then he was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim decided to be lazy today! She had a slow morning saving jobs to apply to. Then in the early afternoon she applied to a couple that really interested her. She received a couple of rejection emails, so at least thats two responses!

In the afternoon Kim planned on going out for a walk to the beach and go via the insurance place to get information about adding curtis to the insurance. She was then able to just add Curtis to the insurance so she did that and took the paperwork home and then waited for Curtis to finish work so they could go together.

Beach Walk & More Driving Practice

When Curtis finished work, we went out for a walk along the beach. It wasn’t too busy which was nice and the weather was just perfect.

When we got back home, after what was around 1.25 hours, we had some leftovers from yesterday and then relaxed and watched some TV.

After that, at around 20:45, we went out in the car so Curtis could practice driving up to the ice rink.

It felt pretty good for Curtis actually and he feels pretty comfortable driving here now, though we may do another drive just because why not.

We got back home and relaxed for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 404: Vancouver, BC – New Job Progress!

Curtis’ Day

As it seems to be with every Monday at the moment, the day was very busy!

Curtis did some tickets in the morning and then had his weekly team meeting which was positive.

After that meeting, there was another urgent meeting which was related to a possible malware threat on a user’s machine, and this chat went on for about 30 minutes.

After this, Curtis had another meeting with regards to a new project that was starting and he had some actions to take away from that.

Curtis then had lunch and was meant to have meeting after but one of the people forgot about the meeting so Curtis and a colleague had a chat instead.

After that, there was an urgent issue with a main system that the entire company uses, though luckily it was an issue on Microsoft’s end and not Curtis’ company, so not much could be done, other than letting people know.

Kim’s Day

Kim had breakfast and watched a but of TV before starting to look and save some more jobs. A friend recommended a few companies so Kim checked those out and saved a few roles that might work for her.

Then Kim started to write up a cover letter for a new style of role she is interested in applying for. She was struggling with it, but once she started matching up similarities from the role to her experience it all went a lot smoother.

In the afternoon Kim applied to a few of those roles, she would tailor each cover letter slightly for the specific job she was applying for and then move on to the next. Today she roughly applied to 10 roles that are very similar.

Tomorrow Kim will apply to more and maybe take an afternoon walk to the beach, why not!

Cleanin’

We did some cleaning after work…Laundry, the dishwasher, then vacuuming.

Kim went out to get some sour cream and then we had some dinner!

Kim made sweet chilli wedges with sour cream and a side ceasar salad.

We watched TV for the evening and that was about it.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 401: Vancouver, BC – It’s All Broken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a message from a colleague in another office that someone had to head into the Vancouver office to help fix something that broke during maintenance.

Curtis said he would go, so once he was ready in the morning, he walked to the office.

When Curtis got there, he found out that the was stopping people from accessing some websites and no one could use their desk phones.

To fix this, Curtis found a special cable which he plugged into the server and then into his laptop.

His colleague then took control of Curtis’ laptop and attempted to fix whilst explaining a bit about how it all works.

This lasted for about 2 hours and then another issue arose once the main part was fixed! Phones were back working but no one could call out to external numbers.

This took another hour to fix, but eventually it got fixed!

Curtis walked back home, had his first coffee of the day at around 12:45, did some tickets and then had lunch.

After lunch, Curtis had a long team meeting and then did a couple more tickets after that before finishing up for the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a nice long lie in this morning and then she watched Parks and Recreation while having some breakfast. She then had a massive spur of thoughts for her CV so sat and wrote down a lot of notes before getting ready for the day.

Once she was ready Kim finally added her latest job to her CV. Then she worked on cleaning up the formatting of the document. She wasn’t 100% happy with it, so she also saved another version that has a few amendments and she will revisit them and see which she prefers after a break away.

After lunch Kim went back to her old office to drop off her IT equipment and pick up a few things she had forgotten. She stayed and had a quick chat with her colleague.

Kim then went to a rooftop bar nearby where she met her colleague and two other friends she used to work with for food and drink. It was amazing. For the few hours they were catching up Kim managed to completely forget COVID and the fact she lost her job. It felt like a lovely evening out Pre-COVID and it has done Kim the world of good. Kim got some flowers as a gift which was lovely, too!

Evening

Once Kim got back from being out, we had some chicken & mushroom pasta with hoisin sauce.

We watched some TV for the evening and that was it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 391: Vancouver, BC – Bao & Taiwanese Food

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started his day having a discussion with his team about some software that the team supports but doesn’t know much about. He had to reach out to someone and setup a meeting to ensure they know how to use this software and help with any questions.

Curtis did a lot of tickets and was meant to have a meeting about a possible new piece of software but that meeting was rescheduled.

After lunch, Curtis had a long team meeting which was regarding project work and what has been done over the last few weeks, what needs to be done and what can be improved.

Kim’s Day

Kim hosted one of the social calls in the morning from home and then she went into the office. She spent a lot of her day working on and improving her emails that she will be sending out. As she is away for most of next week Kim wants to make sure she has as little to worry about as possible when she gets back. She also arranged a couple of returning laptops too.

In the afternoon Kim hosted the east coast coast call, which was good fun. She quickly had some lunch before a 1-1 with her manager. It went well! Kim updated her with the progress of changing the office layout and went over a few things she will be doing over the next couple of days.

Before the last social call of the day Kim went over her emails with her colleague, just to be sure she hasn’t missed anything. Then they also discussed the plan for the next couple of days and started to build a timeline of how the work will be done when Kim gets back from her leave.

To finish the day Kim joined the west coast social call and had a great chat with from loads of places, it was so lovely. Kim then wrote up the notes from her chat in the afternoon and headed home.

Bao & Taiwanese Food

We had Taiwanese food for dinner once Kim got home.

We ordered from Jingle Bao which, as you would assume, specialises in Bao.
Curtis got some pork based bao and we got some orange chicken, salt and pepper chicken and rice to share.

The bao were terrific but the rest of the food wasn’t great.

We watched the film The Nigerian Prince which was actually pretty good but the ending was not great.

We then watched some more TV and played some games.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 389: Vancouver, BC – Post Work Nap

Curtis’ Day

The start to Curtis’ day was quite slow.

Curtis had a 1 on 1 meeting and then a team meeting after that.

He got some admin completed and then some tickets before he had another team meeting to discuss some process changes and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a bunch of tickets, which all seemed to come in at once. Most of these were giving permissions to people, though one was getting some usage stats for someone.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a donut catchup with someone in the UK and someone in Boston! It was so lovely to just relax and hang out. It was an easy-going conversation too!

After this Kim took the car to pick up some plastic spray bottles for the office from canadian tire. She dropped those off at work while she picked up a load of stuff that she is donating to a local youth centre. It was another cars worth, so when she got to the centre, she parked out back and unloaded the car. Its cleared out so much space in the office and Kim also took some stuff from home too!

After Kim had been in the office for a while she hosted a game time. As connect four was so successful last time Kim decided to try it again. 3 other people joined and everyone played everyone and it was so much fun!

She then updated Survey Monkey to a paid account as on the free version Kim was only able to view the first 40 responses. As its been updated, Kim is now able to export the information. This means that some of the work she did yesterday is pointless, bur it saves kim some work going forward.

Kim grabbed some lunch in mid afternoon and then spent the last bit of the day working out who is okay for Kim ro clear their desks. As Megadesk has been okaied Kim now has to empty out all the desks. Some people will come in to clear their stuff themselves, but for some desks Kim will box stuff up, label it and store it around the office.

Post Work Nap

After Kim got home, we had a lay down and ended up having a nap! It did Kim wonders and she felt amazing. Curtis on the other hand didn’t feel great, but eventually he woke up a bit.

We played some Tony Hawk and then Kim went off to pole, which she was very refreshed for now!

When Kim got home, we had homemade chicken nuggets with curly fries for dinner and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale