Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 271: Vancouver, BC – We Moved!

We were up at a fairly good time to get the apartment ready for moving as best we could.

We walked up to Home Depot to get a few things we needed and then went to pickup our U-Haul.

We got to the U-Haul place but our self pickup wasn’t working so we had to call support for them to assist.

We eventually got our van and drove back to our apartment to pickup the sofa.

We had to sell the sofa as it was too big, so we took it to the buyer!

We then went from there out to Burnaby where we picked up a new, smaller, vintage sofa which is super comfy!

We then drove back to the apartment and loaded as much as could into the van.

We drove to our new apartment and parked in the loading bay and got unloading!

It took us quite a bit of time, but that was the bulk of the items in.

Unfortunately, our bed cannot be dismantled enough and we don’t think it will fit into any transport easily or fit in the elevator! We therefore left the bed at the old place (which we still technically occupy for the next couple of weeks) and we will be sleeping on mattress until we can get a new bed frame.

We had to go back and get another load of items and load those into the new apartment.

We then took the U-Haul back and went and got the car to do a couple of smaller rounds of deliveries.

In total, it took us around 8/9 hours to get it all in!

We then started unpacking and Curtis plugged in the WiFi router, but it didn’t seem to work! After doing some testing for a while, it definitely didn’t work so he contacted the company and they will come and fix tomorrow between 13:00-15:00, so no work for Curtis until it is fixed tomorrow.

We got a lot of stuff unpacked but then got very hungry, at 22:00, so walked to our favourite pizza place (it’s about a 5 minute walk now, so very dangerous!) And got some pizza and had that with some wine.

We got the bed (mattress) made and finished our wine whilst getting a few other things packed, but we were so tired so just had to sleep.

We can show off the apartment tomorrow when we get it all unpacked, but we really like it so far!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 270: Vancouver, BC – The Final Packing & Dismantling!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy and productive day that went fast!After his usual admin, he joined Zoom’s weekly webinar which was very interesting and helpful.After that, and for most of the day around doing tickets, Curtis started and completed a part of his new project, which was to review some options and decide if the company should use the settings/policies to improve the security of the internal IT systems or not.After work, Curtis cleared out a few cupboards and got some things ready and packed.

Kim’s Day

Today started with guided meditation as part of mental health awareness month. It was very interested and kim enjoyed it. She of thinking of adding into the odd yoga time. After meditation Kim hosted the mid week catch up. It was a fair few different faces which was good.Kim then headed into the office, really early for normal because she had a meeting. On the way she had a good catch up with her colleague. Once she arrived Kim got all of the marketing stock ready for her meeting. She then went through the stock that there is with the director of marketing and they started making loose plans for where it will live and who will be looking after it. After the meeting Kim set up another meeting to go over the stock with someone else from marketing and someone from HR to look into things further.Kim then went through emails and caught up with that. She also arranged a courier for someone for Friday. While she was organising her emails the people to do the renovations arrived, so Kim showed them around and left them to it as she had a call to join.After the call Kim updated her log for the mailing and tried calling FedEx but had no luck. Kim then had her 1:1 that was cut short due to Kim being needed in office for decisions with the renovations and the building maintenance came up to show Kim a few things about the kitchen area.Kim then called FedEx again and was able to get some help with a booking she was trying to make. Due to Kim not giving someone their charger when they picked up their new laptop earlier in the day Kim had to arrange to have it sent out, so she booked that and then organised a FedEx for a laptop going out to someone else.Kim kept herself busy by organising some things around the office while she waited for the courier to come by. After a while she called them and found out it was booked after the cut off time for today so Kim has arranged for it to be picked up from her home tomorrow morning before the move. It did mean that Kim was stalling working from the office for no reason which was a shame! So she dropped the other package off to FedEx and went home.

The Final Packing & Dismantling!

We spent all evening packing up and dismantling!We got the bed dismantled and then packed up everything from the cupboards and sides.We now have pretty much everything ready to throw in the Uhaul tomorrow and move in to our new apartment!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 269: Vancouver, BC – 1 Year in Vancouver!

One Year Here!

We have been living in Vancouver for 1 year as of today! It’s just 269 days as we have had trips elsewhere during our stay, but we moved here this time last year! It’s flown by!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had another slower start to the morning, but did a ticket which took an hour and a lot of project admin during his team meeting.

Once that was done, Curtis went with Kim to clear out the storage locker downstairs and move the majority of it into the car to take to the new apartment.

Curtis spent some time trying to figure something out, but didn’t make much progress, and then went have lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a few more tickets and then that was the end of the day!

Curtis packed up his remaining clothes, getting ready for moving!

After Curtis packed up, he emptied the dishwasher and played some games.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning catching up on emails. On the way into the office Kim dropped the car off at the new apartment so she can put some stuff into the storage locker after work.

Once Kim got into the office she spent some time organising her desk and getting things ready. She then spent a bit of time reaching out to other people about mailing things.

Kim had reached out to the building to see if they would be able to let her borrow some tools or help Kim out a wire hole through the back of a cabinet. Someone showed up today and was able to sort it out. The drill Kim tried it with last week was not up to the task. It was perfect and Kim spend some time setting up her game station for people to enjoy when they are back in the office.

One of the things that Kim has been putting off is rehoming some of the stationary she has removed from the kitchen cupboards. She started with envelopes and folders and moved those to where the other few envelopes are stored. Giving her more space for the rest of the stuff that she has to put away.

After work Kim went and picked up a wardrobe orgnaised for the new apartment. She then went to empty the car, and being smart Kim decided not to use the elevators and took the stairs to the parking floors. Except she didn’t. What Kim managed to do was get locked in a stairwell because the doors lock after you and cannot be opened from the inside! So she had to call the front desk / security to come and rescue her. After that she decided to bail and just go home. She will empty the car on the move in day.

Getting Packed Up

We got a few more things packed in the evening, but dinner was the priority!

Curtis had some Swedish meatballs and Kim had some chicken sausages, along with potatoes, carrots & peas.

Whilst we were making dinner, 2 police cars and 2 police vans arrived outside our apartment and they were arresting someone on a bike, which was a bit of entertainment!

We watched some TV and did a bit more packing up, and we don’t have too much more to do.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 266: Vancouver, BC – Gotta Sell Stuff

Apartment Viewings

We had a bunch of people come and look at our apartment today, which pretty much took up our time.

We had breakfast and then at 12:00, the people started arriving.

We had 4 sets of people which took a look and this took us to about 14:45.

After our viewings, we listed our sofa and some other stuff we can’t take to our new apartment for sale.

Quick Shop & Spider Man

After this, Kim went and did a quick shop, which didn’t take long at all!

We had chicken tacos for dinner and watched Spider Man: Far From Home. We thought it was alright, but not as good as the previous.

Spider Man: Far From Home

Our Rating:- 5/10

We finished that up with some games and TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 265: Vancouver, BC – We Got A New Apartment!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty quiet morning, just having a team meeting and then doing a few things here and there.

In the afternoon, the tickets picked up and Curtis got some done, followed by a long team meeting to discuss the projects from the last two weeks.

Afte that meeting, it was happy hour time, so Curtis jumped onto the zoom call to have a chat.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim got ready and set up the weekly catch up call for the UK offices and when no one showed up for 15 minutes, she ended the call. Kim later found out that the UK had a bank holiday, which she knew about.

In the morning Kim spent a lot of her time on admin, reaching out to people, updating logs and setting up meetings.

Kim then got invited to a meeting and was told about a project she will be helping out with. After that meeting Kim had a quick call with her parents to wish her Mum a happy birthday. It was so great to speak with them!

At midday Kim hosted a games time for her department. She got to use her new Jackbox games and it went well, once she figured out how it all worked! After two games on there Kim joined the East Coast catch up, which mainly had west coast people on it. They had a great chat and then they played some more Jackbox. Kim used the call as a Guinea pig to get the audio from the game at just the right level.

After the games Kim spent a lot of her afternoon doing admin and then she hosted the West Coast weekend catch up. It was a small call, but a lot of fun!

We Got A New Apartment!

We finished work, bought renters insurance, and then walked down to the city.

We got to where we needed to be and met our new landlord again!

We went up to the apartment, got all the information and signed the contract.

We sent the money across but that took a while, but it did eventually go through!

We left the apartment and headed back home and we were hungry so we ordered food on the way home.

We got back and had our food, curry again, and it was spicy!

We had to do a few other things, like change over the utilities and probably buy a new sofa as ours is too large for the apartment.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 258: Vancouver, BC – Moving Apartments!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a quiet start to the morning, but then got a ticket with a request for 19 people to be offboarded!

This took Curtis about 1.75 hours before he was finished.

After that, Curtis had his daily team meeting.

Curtis did some more tickets and then had a quick lunch with Kim.

Curtis had a very productive meeting to discuss returning to work with other members of the company and make some plans with what was going to happen.

Curtis had a few more tickets to do in the afternoon and then attended the happy hour for the week, which was fun, everyone was figuring out what Muppet they would be!

Kim’s Day

As per usual on a Friday Kim hosted the UK Friday social call. It was great, it was a smaller crowd than usual, but a couple of new faces which is nice!

Kim was meant to have a cribbage game after, but it got rescheduled to next week. She then joined a meeting about events coming up in May and how they work with Mental Health Awareness Month. They worked through which events will happen when and how that ties into the communications that will be going out too.

After that meeting Kim had a call with the CEO for a donut catch up. They had a nice talk about VR, the course Kim went on and the plan for the Christmas parties.

Kim had a little time after that meeting and the next social call so she worked on setting up some of the events and drafting up the invites for them. On the east coast social call, there were many new faces again! It was great to just laugh and have a chat with everyone from over there.

After a quick lunch Kim had a team meeting that was a follow on from the meeting last week. Kim then spent the afternoon working on things from the meeting. She finished the day by joining the west coast chat and that was fun!

Moving Apartments!

Today was the last day we have to decide if we will extend out lease, which ends at the end of May.

To help decide this, we went to take a look at an apartment we had seen online.

We went and had a look and it was a lot smaller than what we have and not massively great, either.

This made the decision difficult, but we had to discuss it further.

We got back home and ordered a curry and whilst waiting for that, we did our workout.

We ate our curry and then eventually made our decision that we would move out of this apartment!

We looked at a few apartments and booked some viewings, so we will be busy with that for the near future.

We sat and watched some TV, played some games and that was that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale