Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 426: Vancouver, BC – One Step Closer?

Last Night’s Hockey

Curtis’ team did not do as well as they have been!

The game ended 4-4, but Curtis’ team were winning by two goals twice and managed to throw both leads away!

The game went to a shootout and Curtis took one shot, but the goalie made an incredible save.

As no one won in the shootout, the game ended a tie.

Curtis’ team haven’t lost yet, still, but a tie wasn’t the desired result.

Curtis’ Day

Curtis spent most of his day doing the project work from yesterday, as well as some tickets.

He had his Norwegian lesson for an hour which went well, and then he did more project work.

He did his project work whilst on a call with some colleagues to talk about it and figure out some stuff together.

That was pretty much the entire day, just getting the project all sorted, as well as the tickets he did.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim had a second interview for the role she is really excited about. She got herself prepared and ready for the interview. She ensured that the mic and camera were working, that she had water and the laptop was on charge.

Kim joined the meeting nice and early and waited to get going. The interview went well, but Kim wasn’t sure she was what they are looking for or that the interview didn’t go perfectly.

For the rest of the morning Kim tried to relax and not worry about it. Then during lunch Kim got an email asking her if tomorrow works for a third (and final) interview!

She was so happy and relieved and set up the interview right away.

Kim then spent some time researching the person she will be interviewing with and a check of her CV and the job listing.

Kim listed the mini hockey set for sale on Facebook over the weekend and someone bought and collected it today. Its great for storage and space, but sad to see it go, it kept Kim and Curtis sane during the first few months of the pandemic for sure! There just isn’t the space in this apartment and so it made sense to go to someone else.

In the late afternoon Kim went for a nice walk with her friend and their dog. They grabbed a coffee and a snack and had a great catchup. They then visited a pet store on the way back and there was a puppy training session about to happen so Kim met and said hello to a few puppies and was very happy about that.

Evening

After Kim got back from her time out with her friend, we had leftover egg fried rice and watched a bit of TV.

We finished watched The Boys Season 2 and then started the new Great British Bake Off season, which we didn’t realise was a thing!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 425: Vancouver, BC – Another Week, More Applications

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a plan to get a lot of project work done today, which he did!

Curtis had some tickets to do first thing in the morning and then he had his weekly team meeting followed by starting the project work.

The work was mostly just looking at some things and making decisions on them, but he got a good chunk done throughout the day, as well as a lot of tickets, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim had an uneventful day today! She spent most of the afternoon applying for jobs.

Mid-afternoon, she reached out to the people she is having an interview tomorrow with as Kim hadn’t received a meeting invite or link. They then confirmed that they aren’t using the same link as last week and sent across a new one, so it’s good she checked!

Kim then tested the link and made sure that everything was working.

Evening

Curtis has another hockey game tonight, a late one (starting at 22:45) and so we relaxed and watched some TV after he finished work and then Kim made an amazing egg fried rice for dinner.

We ate and watched some more TV and then Curtis left the apartment around 21:45 to head to hockey.

Whilst Curtis was out, Kim did some laundry, vacuuming and a few other things around the apartment.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 422: Vancouver, BC – Meeting All The Friends

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting fairly early about a potential security risk, and then he had a team meeting right after which was about 30 minutes long.

Curtis did some tickets and then had a team meeting about laptops and the current amount each office has in stock and what they want to do with them.

Curtis did a few more things in the late afternoon and then was done for the week!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a busy day today! She went and met a friend for a long, mask wearing walk and it was amazing. She hasn’t seen this friend in a few months and they had so much to catch up on. On the drive over Kim watched a massive train go past for about 10 minutes, it just went on and on! It was huge!

After the walk Kim stopped by the pole studio to see another friend where they had a nice 2 meters apart chat and that was also lovely.

On her way back home Kim stopped at the shop to pick up a few things and she got a rolling pin. Kim really enjoyed making the naan breads a few weeks ago and will now try skillingsboller, or Scandinavian cinnamon buns. They are Curtis’s favorite sweet treat when in Bergen, so Kim is really excited to try to make these while Curtis is at hockey tonight.

Evening

Curtis has a hockey game tonight, so we had some simple chicken pesto pasta for dinner and relaxed, and then Curtis drove out to hockey.

(As usual, the score etc shall be on tomorrow’s blog!)

Curtis should get home at a fairly decent time, so we will watch a bit of TV and relax before going to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 421: Vancouver, BC – The Newest Bed & A Great Interview!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day wasn’t really an interesting read, but he did a lot of project work in the morning, figuring out how to do something with some help from colleagues.

As well as this, Curtis did some tickets in the afternoon and had some discussions with his team.

Kim’s Day

Kim woke up nice and early for her interview this morning. The interview went really well! For this one it was Kim asking questions about the company and learning more, which was great because she has so many questions and interests in the company and products. She wasn’t short on questions and really enjoyed the interview. At the end she was asked to provide some times for a second interview with them so Kim now has that booked in for Tuesday! Thats something exciting to look forward to!

After her breakfast Kim broke down the bed to take to the people buying it. So she filled up the elevator, swapped the beds over and took the new bed upstairs, put the old bed in the car and dropped it off.

Before Kim started building the bed she had a good vacuum of the floor and gave it a quick wash too! Then she spent the whole afternoon putting the bed together. It was so much fun and it did Kim the world of good to have a time consuming task for the day, keeps her happy and busy.

Evening

The pole classes tonight were fun, Kim even managed to do a shoulder mount invert for the first time in a while. She will continue to work on that as she was just starting to gain confidence with it pre COVID. In the second class they revisited a cool flip dismount, which was fun and then two nice poses! They were both great classes.

After the class Kim had a catch-up with her friend and it was so nice!

We chilled when Kim got back home and watched a bit of TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 420: Vancouver, BC – All The Shoes

Yesterday’s Hockey Game

Curtis’ hockey game went well!

His team won 2-0, though he didn’t really do too much, offensively.

The team is currently 2-0!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a few meetings today, eith the first being a project meeting in which he had to make a flowchart of a process, along with a couple of colleagues.

After that, he had a team meeting and then another meeting not too long after which was for another project, just to discuss how to do the certain things for the project which was something Curtis hadn’t done before.

Right after that, there was a meeting to discuss current updates for a project.

Curtis did some tickets and admin in the afternoon.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim went out to coffee with a friend from her old job and it was amazing! They met at a coffee place near the office and both ended up having doughnuts and having a great chat and laugh!

Just after Kim left the catchup she got an email confirming an interview for tomorrow morning! Its for the role that she had a phone screening for last week and ts a role that Kim is extremely excited for, so fingers crossed!

On her way home Kim picked up a celebratory coffee for Curtis and herself. Then she had a quick lunch before researching the company a little more.

In preparation for potential interviews Kim found someone selling a few pairs of shoes that she liked the look of, so she went and picked them up. When she got there, the lady included two more pairs! So Kim got 6 pairs for $15! The few that don’t fit Kim will take to the thrift shop down the road.

On that success Kim decided to change up something about the apartment. When Kim picked out the bed that they currently have she didnt realise it was longer than the mattress and that the headboard was at a reading angle and really stuck out at the back. So Kim has been secretly annoyed at the bed for a while as it takes up more room than it needs and Kim keeps kicking it when she walks around. So she decided to get another new bed. She was able to find someone selling one that they have only had for a few months and wanting to sell it this evening. So Kim agreed and listed the current bed and has a buyer thats super local that wants it!

Evening

We had some pasta for dinner as well as some ceasar salad.

Kim then went out in the later evening to get another bed as we wanted a slightly smaller one. We have replaced our bed often, but we want to try and get one that fits our mattress perfectly.

Once Kim picked that up we chilled out for the evening.


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 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 376: Vancouver, BC – The Final Fun-Day!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and then had a meeting to discuss some project work which lasted for about an hour.

He then had to ensure that users couldn’t change some certain settings on SharePoint, which took some time.

After lunch, Curtis helped with some more tickets and questions and then his team released a new security product, which people had a lot of questions about so Curtis spent time fielding those questions.

He did some more tickets in the late afternoon and then was done for today!

Kim’s Day

Today is the final summer party! Kim added the answers and media to the final quiz and then had a meeting with her colleague to triple check it and make some edits.

An hour before the party a friend and vendor popped by to water and look after the plants for the last time and handing over to her replacement. It was great to say hello, and Kim had to explain that she collected up the plants as backgrounds for the summer parties and that they are usually spread around the office a bit more!

Then it was time for the final party. Kim collected the few things she needed and then they got started. It went so well! They had someone host the cocktail masterclass, then Kim did the quiz and at the end everyone played a few rounds of Jackbox and it was so much fun!

After the party finished Kim and her colleague went to a rooftop patio to have a little snack and another cocktail, a nice little celebration to end the summer parties.

Evening

Kim was home at a good time today and we played some mini golf, followed by some other games whilst dinner was cooking.

We had a ceasar salad with some corn on the cob on the side, as well as some homemade potato salad.

We watched Lucifer and then some YouTube videos.

We watched some more TV and went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale