Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 513: Vancouver, BC – PR Medical Exam

Curtis’ Morning

Curtis had a call at 09:30 with his team and then right after that he had a call with someone to finally do something for them that closes off a ticket from November!

He then did a number of other tickets and responded to some questions, right up until 13:00 when we had to leave.

Kim’s Morning

Kim got up and had a phone call with a vendor and then had to send a few messages/emails to get some documents signed. She was able to get these signed which was a relief.

Kim had a chat with her sister for a while which was really lovely!

Kim did a few more messages, emails and a few other work things and then left at 13:000 with Curtis.

PR Medical & Evening

We walked down to the place we were getting our medical and had to wait there for quite a while before anything happened.

Firstly, we filled out a questionnaire and then had further questions asked from us as well as a quick physical exam.

We then left that room and Curtis was called in for his blood to be drawn!

Curtis did feel pretty awful after he had it done, so he led in the room for a while until he felt better.

Kim then got hers done after a wait and then we were done!

They finished up the paperwork and we were out the door after about 2 hours.

We still need to each get a chest x-ray but they can’t do it there, so we need to get that done elsewhere.

We walked back home and Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim went to the office to do some things.

Once Kim got back home, she did some work and then we ordered ourselves some dinner!

We got some Afghan food, which is something new but awesome!

We are that and watched some TV for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 511: Vancouver, BC – The NHL is Back (Again)

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a pretty busy day!

He had a short team meeting at 09:30 and then had a few tickets to get done.

After those, he had a 1 hour meeting with some colleagues to go through an application that a colleague is making for the team.

Once that was done, Curtis spoke with someone that was having some laptop issues and then he spent most of the afternoon after lunch dealing with a small security risk that was identified.

Curtis also had to call the bank to ask if they had our letters we had requested a couple of weeks ago, but they said they likely can’t get them until tomorrow.

Kim’s Day

Today was a lot of back to back things, but felt a lot less busy than the last few days, which was nice! Kim got a few things done in the morning before joining a meeting to go over a few things with a a new starter to get them up to speed on a few of the projects that are ongoing before some other meetings that are coming up. They then both left the call and headed to the in person facilities project meeting. That meeting went so well and Kim is really excited for the next steps.

Once Kim was home she caught up on a few messages and reviewed a couple of candidates. Then Kim hosted the social call where she they played a game of Skribbl, it was so lovely!

After lunch Kim then went in to the office to sort a few things out. The CEO popped in to help and then they had a chat about the company and things that are coming up, which was lovely!

Hockey is Back!

Curtis watched the first leafs game of this (shorter) season! The stress of hockey is back but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The leafs managed to win, in overtime, and it was fun to watch again!

Kim got back home with KFC and we are that and watched some TV.

We watched TV for the rest of the evening and relaxed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 502: Vancouver, BC – Double Office Visit

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up a little earlier today as he had a call with a new starter at 09:00. This call was an orientation to ensure they were setup and everything was working.

Once did that call, Curtis walked down to the office to setup a laptop and ship some equipment.

He completed this about 2/3 hours later and went home.

He got a couple of things sorted, answered some messages and tickets and then had lunch.

Right after lunch, Curtis had to go back to the office to meet someone to fix something urgent, which only took about 10 minutes!

He walked back home and finished a few things before playing some games with colleagues.

Kim’s Day

Over the break Kim had been sent a few reading materials that are useful for diversity and inclusion during recruitment and hiring, so thats how Kim started her day. She went through the reading materials and later in the day Kimberley reached out to a consultant that her previously company had worked with who provides inclusive and diversity training to get a few training sessions set up on a regular basis.

A new starter joined today so Kim had a short onboarding time set up with them and a colleague to help set them up. They had a mini onboarding just before the winter break but the time today was to ensure that they have all the accesses that they need and to see of they had any questions. The meeting wasn’t long enough so Kim arranged a meeting later in the day and the other two went to another meeting.

For the rest of the morning Kim did research on some things for an event coming up in a few weeks and then she was asked to catch up with her team. So they all joined a call to discuss the projects that are coming up, the recruitment and a nice quick post break catch up.

After that meeting Kim and her colleague went back to their other new teammate to finish their onboarding. Kim helped for a bit and then they went into more role specific stuff so Kim left to have some lunch.

After lunch Kim tried to fix a few things with the HR system, but had no luck. She then had to reach out to the work mobile company to update something and that took a while. For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on the facilities project as she went back to square one just before the break.

Evening

We were going to have something different for dinner, but as Kim worked late, we just had frozen pizza.

After that, we watched some TV and played some games, all whilst trying not to fall asleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 489: Vancouver, BC – Late Night Shopping

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a surprisingly busy day today!

He had to do a surprise offboard in the morning and then after that he had a project related meeting.

Curtis did some tickets up until lunch and then had an onboard to do for a contractor and there were some odd things he needed to do for that so it took some time.

In the late afternoon, he helped a few people with some password issues and then the day was done!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim joined the weekly meeting and gave a couple of updates! Technically, after the weekly meeting everyone has finished for the year, which is so lovely. However, Kim has a few more things to finish up so she sent out a few emails and made notes for the new year.

Around midday Kim popped out to the office to pick some things up to take to the CEO as she was picking something up from them. So she went from the office to their house, dropped things off and picked up the things that she needed.

Once she was home Kim had some lunch and relaxed for a bit before heading to a phone shop to get a contract and SIM for the company. She was also able to pick a number so Kim chose one that is perfect for the company.

After this she met up with a colleague to give them a card that had come in the post yesterday. They then went for a quick walk before someone from the office building called and asked Kim to pop in to check something. Once Kim was at her car they said she didn’t need to go in, so she went home and relaxed.

Evening

We tried to go shopping right after work, but realised how large the queue was, so we came back home and had some leftover stew for dinner!

We ate that, relaxed for a bit and then at 20:30 we went to the shop as we knew it would be pretty quiet.

We managed to get everything we needed and did it super fast!

We got back home and chilled for the rest of the night, though it felt weird as we usually get home around 18:00 from doing the shopping, not 21:45.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 481: Vancouver, BC – First Laptop Setup In A While

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went right to the office in the morning to get a laptop setup as well as check a few things.

Curtis had trouble finding a laptop that would work correctly, but he managed to find one eventually and got that setup. This was the first laptop Curtis has setup in a while!

Once that was setup, Curtis got it packed up, checked a few things around the office and headed back home.

Once he was home, he did a few tickets and went on a call with someone to fix something for them urgently.

After a late lunch, Curtis got some project work done and then it was already the end of the day!

Kim’s Day

To start her week Kim prepared for a few meetings for the day and caught up on a little admin. Then Kim welcomed a couple of new starters and took them through their onboarding.

After the onboarding Kim got ready to have a meeting in regards to the facilities project, unfortunately their previous meeting overran so Kim met with her colleague and their manager to discuss. Shortlu after, Kim supported an exec member with creating his HR system profile and showed him how it works and what the software does.

Kim then hosted another interview and it went really well. She then had a chat with her colleague to discuss the meeting and the next steps.

For the afternoon Kim added more information to a new role they may potentially be hiring for in the new year and purchased a laptop. She tried to do it online, but it failed a few times so Kim ended up calling customer services to place the order and it was done so quick and easily! She also helped someone set up their email signature and she sent out information in regards to the upcoming winter party.

For the rest of the afternoon and into the evening Kim focused on the quiz. She updated a few questions and made sure that the answers were correct!

Evening

We had some hoisin chicken stir fry for dinner and watched The Queen’s Gambit which we are thoroughly enjoying.

We then played some SuperHot which we had played on VR but they released a new one not on VR, so we thought we would give it a go! It was super fun and we got a little addicted.

Kim watched the remainder of the film she has been watching and then we headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 474: Vancouver, BC – Interviews

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was back at work today! He had 400 emails to go through as well as some messages.

People clearly realised he was back as he got a flurry of messages asking for him to do different things and asking him questions, but he had fun doing it and was glad to be back at work again.

After his weekly team meeting, Curtis helped someone with an unusual request to add a logo to a couple of places on their file document storage space, so they are more recognisable for each team, which was not something he had done before!

Curtis figured out how to do this but then it didn’t work, but he got it working after some troubleshooting.

Curtis had a bit of other work to do and still had some emails to go through and then he had a meeting with some people from the Vancouver office to discuss the culture and how it feels to work for the company at the moment. They’re gathering information so they can make improvements if needed.

Curtis had some lunch and then his afternoon was a bit more relaxed.

He had some more work to do and caught up with a few more bits of information and prepared a bit for work tomorrow.

Curtis also completed one of his PR applications (for the BC PNP), paid for & submitted that so now he just waits until he can submit his work permit application!

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a lot of her day on various calls with her colleague. The first they went over a few questions they each had and Kim showed her colleague a few things in the HR system.

Shortly after this call they both joined an onboarding call where they met two new hires and helped them set up a few things. Then they joined a couple of the execs to discuss the facilities project and were able to move forward. Kim and the CEO will have a meeting and check things out on Thursday afternoon.

Kim then hosted her first interview! It went so well and she really enjoyed the experience. The candidate was great and it was so interesting. After the interview Kim and her teammate had a chat about the candidate and how it all went. Kim then worked on a few smaller tasks like looking at other candidates for the position, sending out an invite for the gift exchange and she called to chase a laptop, but had no response.

Later in the afternoon Kim hosted a second interview, again it went well and was interesting. Her colleague called after the interview again and they discussed it and then looked over more candidates waiting to be processed. They also then had a chat with a department manager about the onboarding process and how happy he was with it.

Evening

Once Kim was home, we had leftovers from our roast yesterday and we watched some TV.

We then played a whole host of games that recently became free, so we had a fun night trying out some different games!

Kim then watched some more of a movie she was watching and Curtis played some games.

We watched a bit of TV together and relaxed for a bit before heading to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 467: Vancouver, BC – A Week Off!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up at 09:30 and had some breakfast.

Whilst he ate and a bit thereafter, he did his Norwegian homework in time for his lesson tomorrow.

Curtis played a lot of games today, but he did also receive the information he needed from work for his visa application, so he put all of that on his visa profile, but he needs to wait to submit until Kim has her consultation tomorrow.

Curtis also got some research done for our visas, to confirm a few things, and find some questions for Kim to ask tomorrow.

In the afternoon, after some lunch, Curtis went down to the drug store to book in for a flu shot, so we are both booked in for Wednesday now!

That was it for productiveness for the day, as Curtis just played games until he met with Kim to go to the shop.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the day in the office today. When she arrived there were a lot of flies and bugs, so Kim made a couple of DIY fly catchers of clingfilm with little holes in it over a glass that has sugar and maple syrup in it.

She then went over the new HR system with her colleague by sending a new hire a lot of information and forms for them to complete and fill out. Kim the. Had a meeting with the new hire she had been helping over the weekend to finished setting her up and took her through the new hire packet that had been sent over. It was also very productive as they mentioned a few things that needed tweaking on the system and then Kim was able to contact the company there and then to make those changes.

Once Kim passed the new hire to their manager for the day she popped to a couple of shops to get a few things for the office like fly traps, paper towels and more hand sanitizer.

Kim was then back in the office for a short time before heading out to pick up a laptop from the CEO. It was so strange that it was her first time meeting him! She drove over, got the laptop and then they had a lovely quick chat before Kim left.

Once she was back in the office again Kim quickly ate before working on Bamboo again with her colleague. They used setting up her account as a test to see some of the functions of the system. It was great to have an option to run through it again so soon after the morning.

At the end of the day Kim joined a call in preparation for a meeting tomorrow. They ironed our a few last minute details and then Kim made a few purchases before heading home.

Evening

We did the shopping and when we got back home, around 19:00, we made some sweet chilli potato wedges for dinner.

We ate those and chatted about our day and watched some TV for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 453: Vancouver, BC – Changing Many Processes

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting in the morning which went on for quite a while with his team.

After that meeting, Curtis caught up with emails and messages and then had to re-fix the issue he fixed from last week, which took most of the day, though there was a meeting in between to start a project with regards to his Business Analyst work.

Overall, the day went fast but was successful! He got things done and was busy for most of the day.

Kim’s Day

A new starter joined today so Kim got ready by going through notes and having a quick call with her teammate. They then both joined the call with the new starter gave them the chance to ask questions and helped out where they could.

Kim the prepared for a few other meetings in the day by making notes of things to discuss and researching ahead of the meeting. She also added a new meeting to a lot of peoples calendars.

Kim joined a meeting that was about a new role people want to hire for. This opened the door and now there are three new roles. Kim will now research salaries and built up base job descriptions for these positions, its very exciting!

Shortly after this Kim had a team meeting and she decided that today was the day to inform her manager that she is applying for PR and will need help from the company. Kim had hardly finished the question and her manager had already said ‘for sure’ so thats a big weight off of her shoulders and she is over the moon that the company will help. Kim is really enjoying her job and would much rather not leave! They also discussed the winter party and a facilities project Kim is working on.

Later in the afternoon Kim had a meeting with a manager to discuss their requirements for recruitment, onboarding and IT equipment their team will need. It went well and Kim has some good direction for her new onboarding process.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim worked on the facilities project, booked some meetings and sent a summary to her colleague and manager as an FYI.

Evening

We had leftover lasagna for dinner along with a ceasar salad.

We watched some TV and played some games. We were pretty tired, to be honest, so we went to bed pretty early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 434: Vancouver, BC – Ripped Jeans!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting fairly early, which was a 1 on 1, and then he had a team meeting after that.

After that, he did tickets for most of the day and then after lunch he walked down to the office.

Once at the office, Curtis checked on a few things and then got some things together and went and waited down in the lobby for someone who was picking up a chair and a few other items.

Once the person picked up the items, Curtis walked back home.

For the rest of the afternoon, Curtis completed an offboard.

Kim’s Day

Kim popped out to get a couple of coffees in the morning and then joined Curtis for lunch.

In the afternoon Kim filled in one more form for her new job and then went out to buy some jeans! All of Kim jeans are on the brink of ripping so its time to replace. Maybe she will try to upcyle the jeans!

She drove to the shopping centre and went to H&M, but didn’t find anything she liked so Kim decided to try Levis. She found a couple of pairs that she liked so grabbed them and then headed home.

Evening

We had some chicken egg fried rice for dinner, which was delicious, and we cleaned the apartment after that, too.

We also figured out how to correctly ‘seal’ and clean our wok, as it had a weird smell to it.

Curtis had a hockey game tonight, so that’s where his evening ends, and Kim will be doing some relaxing whilst he is out.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 433: Vancouver, BC – Information Obtained!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got ready and then went into the office as he had some things to do there.

Firstly, Curtis got some things out of the storage area and then started setting up a laptop for someone.

Someone came to the office to pickup som IT equipment, so Curtis met him downstairs in the lobby to give him these items.

After that, Curtis finished setting up the laptop as well as getting a monitor and all the required items for a new starter into a box ready to give to them tomorrow.

Once Curtis did all of this, he headed back home and had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis caught up on emails and tickets and then the day was done.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning completing paperwork for her new job and researching things for permanent residency. She finally found some information she needed so Kim and Curtis can start getting their UK education verified and assessed for the PR application.

In the afternoon Kim had a great facetime call with her sister and it was amazing! She misses her so much. Then Kim went out for a little walk as she was starting to feel frustrated with the PR process and how close to the wire the application might be, so it made sense to get outside as there is nothing Kim can do right now. Once they get the education process started Kim will book the english tests that they need to take, then once they have the english test done they can finally start the actual process, and that will be good.

Evening

Kim made peri peri chicken with rice for dinner which was spicy but tasty!

We watched some TV and played some game for the rest of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale