Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 394: Vancouver, BC – Holiday Time!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis and a meeting at 09:30 which was to show someone around some software and see if he can help them with any questions they had.

After that, Curtis had his weekly team meeting which lasted for about an hour and then after that, the day got crazy!

Curtis did constant ticket work until lunch time, and then after that he had a meeting with his team to talk about some survey responses and statistics.

After that, Curtis had a bunch more work to do and had to reach out to some people, as well as ensure he didn’t have any work left for during his vacation for the rest of the week.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by working on some emails she plans to send out when she gets back from her leave for the rest of this week. In the morning she also set up an ad hoc visit for someone to work from the office, a return for a laptop and sent out a gift card.

In the afternoon Kim set up a couple of hot desks, just in case someone wants to come in while she is away. Then its all set up and someone else doesn’t have to do it! Then for the rest of the afternoon Kim sorted her expenses.

Evening

Kim got back home as Curtis was just finishing off our baked potatoes for dinner.

We ate those and watched some TV and then we went down to 7-Eleven and Kim got an ice cream there.

We got home and Curtis ate the remaining ice cream we had at home and Kim ate her ice cream.

We did some packing to be ready to leave tomorrow and we got a few things sorted throughout the evening, such as vacuuming and ensuring all the dishes were done etc.

We aren’t up too early tomorrow and we have a few things to get done then we’re off for a brief drive!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 393: Vancouver, BC – Mello Doughnuts

Preparing

We woke up pretty late and had the remaining croissants for breakfast.

It took us a while to get going today, but we did eventually.

We got showered and then we started to do some packing! We are going away from Tuesday – late Friday (nowhere too far, but it should be fun!), So we needed to pack, of course.

We packed a bunch of things and decided what we need to take, also.

Mello Doughnuts

Once we did that, it was about 16:00 and we decided we wanted to get a doughnut!

We found a place which was a 20 minute walk, but it had great reviews and the flavours sounded good, so we took the walk there.

The area it was in wasn’t the greatest, but we queued up and got our doughnuts!

Kim got a chocolate old-fashioned and Curtis got a lemon doughnut.

We didn’t eat them right away as it was nearly dinner time, so we saved them for dessert.

Pirates of The Caribbean

We got home and had our dinner, which was just some sweet and sour chicken with rice, peas and sweetcorn. But, before we did that, we had a Vietnamese coffee, because why not!

We watched Pirates of The Caribbean (the first one) whilst we ate dinner.

Once we did that, Kim had a relaxing shower and did a facemask, then we watched some more TV.

We have work for just one day tomorrow, and then we’re off for our small trip!


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

Comox,BC

Place 86 – Day 2: Comox, BC – Rock Climbing, Backyard Bonfire & Home Cooked Food

Rock Climbing

We did some rock climbing in the early afternoon, after some relaxing in the morning.

We had some crepes for breakfast and then drove to the rock climbing place.

Brody frequents the rock climbing gym often, so he knew what to do, so it was great having him there.

We did alright and we actually really enjoyed ourselves!

Sandwiches

We finished with the rock climbing after 2 hours and were pretty hungry, so thought we’d find somewhere for a sandwich.

Brody took us to an ice cream store which also did homemade sandwiches.

These sandwiches were phenomenal!

We polished off our sandwiches and headed to the snowboard rental store.

Snowboard Rental

We both had to rent snowboards, boots and helmets, so we did just that. It cost us just $94 and they were very helpful with helping get us set up. We slung that all in the back of the van and we’re ready to go.

Backyard Bonfire

We went out for a couple of hours to the house we were at last night as they had a small bonfire going in their garden.

We all stood around and chatted whilst feeding the fire and keeping very warm!

Eventually, we had to leave as we were having a home cooked dinner from Brody’s mum!

Home Cooked Meal

We got back and the food was ready!

We had coconut chicken, a vegetable medley/salad type thing and some asparagus. It was terrific food!

We had some wine and just chatted for hours. We had a really great evening.

We got all our things ready for our fun adventure tomorrow, and headed to bed at a good time as we are up early again tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 169: Vancouver, BC – The Migration Has Started!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent a lot of his day getting the final preparations done for the migration he had to start today.

He had a team meeting and then the migration started at 15:00!

The way he was going to do it wasn’t working and then he tried a few other ways and it still didn’t work.

Curtis found out that Microsoft had recently purchased a company that do just what Curtis was looking for and when he tried it (once he got home and was still trying the other ways for a while) it seemed to work.

There were a few other files that had to be done a different way and Curtis eventually figured it out. He stopped working around 21:30 but the migration will run overnight and hopefully complete by the morning!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her week playing catch up from last week.

She began with booking some travel for a new starter to come out in a week. She was also answering a lot of phone calls this morning.

When she wasn’t able to transfer someone through she was eventually told to go to hell and was hung up on. So that was delightful.

Kim also put away all of the shopping a fruit that arrived.

Kim then orgnaised catering for 2 mini events coming up next week.

Earlier in the day someone told Kim that they had ordered pizza, when it arrived the delivery man complained to Kim that there was no tip!

Kim tried to explain that she didn’t make the order but the driver would not give her the time of day.

Kim isn’t too sure what she did recently to bug to random people in 1 morning but hey ho!

Can’t let it get to you! Kim then spent some time listening to her phone messages and got caught up on that.

She then spent some of the afternoon planning the layout of one of the catered events, she drew up a floor plan and devised how the bar should be set up.

At the end of the day Kim ran to the storage to pick up the Halloween decorations so they can take inventory of what is available and what is needed.

Getting Ready For Our Trip

Kim was out training and whilst Curtis was working, he was also packing and getting ready for our short trip away which starts after work tomorrow!

Kim got home and we watched a little bit of TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 19: Victoria, BC – Packing Again

Back To Packing, Again

We were up at 10:00 and we had some breakfast.

When Curtis showered, Kim started to pack. We need to pack one of our bags to take with us on one trip and another bag to leave here during that time.

We spent a couple of hours packing and getting it all sorted.

A Brief Walk

We went for a brief walk so we could get some air.

We went to the supermarket, but before that we went for a drink in Starbucks.

Curtis had a flat white to try it and see if he can get a coffee he likes from Starbucks. Kim had a hot chocolate, as usual.

Surprisingly, the flat white was great! We sat around for a bit and then left Starbucks.

Pizza!

We saw the pizza place when we walked out of Starbucks, so we just HAD to have it!

We had a large slice each, of just a cheese pizza, which hit the spot perfectly.

We left here and went to get orange juice from the supermarket.

We walked back to the apartment and just relaxed in front of the TV with Linda until dinner.

Dinner

We had leftovers for dinner from the roast chicken the other night, which was excellent, just what we needed.

Another Brief Walk

We walked downtown again, planning to get a bit of dessert.

The chocolate shop we went to for dessert wasn’t providing the dessert we wanted, so we left and just walked back. It was nice to have an evening walk.

We watched some more TV and then went to sleep! We only have 1 more full day here.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 360: Auckland – Pre Travel Sort Out & Christmas Decorations!

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left an unwell Kim at home and headed to the client.

Kim was home all day today as she wasn’t feeling well at all. We think she may have what Curtis had on Saturday!

Curtis had already done a lot by 09:30, which was very positive and motivating.

Curtis went on to get another few machines migrated and by the time he left, he had completed another 6 machines…A huge chunk completed! He plans to have a similar day tomorrow, but we’ll see.

Curtis’ drive home was slow, but he stopped at the supermarket on the way home for some essentials.

Kim’s Day;

Kim spent the majority of the day in bed, but did get progressively better throughout.

When it came to late afternoon, Kim was feeling much better and even put on some pork belly in the slow cooker for dinner.

Both of us;

Once Curtis got home, we spent a good chunk of the evening sorting what to keep and what to get rid of for when we go traveling next. This was very, very successful though we were very tired afterwards!

We finished off dinner and had pulled pork and coleslaw buns with a side salad and kumara wedges.

We finished dinner and watched some TV, including Blue Planet 2.

After watching TV, Kim went and spoke with Nicola and then managed to start doing some Christmas decorating…Kim and Nicola made a Christmas tree on the wall, put up some decals and painted some candy canes to add to the homemade tree!

After this, we went to bed as we both have busy days ahead of us tomorrow.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale