Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 491: Vancouver, BC – Christmas Eve Nap

Final Work Day

Curtis had to work until 15:00 today. There was not a huge amount to do, but he did have an onboard and a few tickets to get done, as well as some admin and a little bit of project work.

Kim went out to get lunch today. We had Lebanese wraps and they were very delicious!

Curtis worked for a further 30 minutes whilst Kim went out to the shops to get a few things.

Once Kim got back, we went out for a walk and it was quite cold, but we got a hot chocolate, which was warming!

We got home from our walk and we were cold, so we thought we would get in bed to warm up…Then we had a nap by accident! We did feel better after that, though.

We then looked at some work permit information to see what we can do for Kim on that side of things, as some things changed a little bit from how we thought it would work.

After that we watched the film Happiest Season and then had some cheese and wine for dinner! Kim listened to Christmas music whilst she got this together which she was happy about.

We chilled for the rest of the evening.


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 460: Vancouver, BC – Where Did The Time Go?

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up and his ear was still blocked, so that wasn’t ideal!

Curtis had a meeting in the morning with an external company and someone from his company to try and fix an issue, which they got fixed!

Once he did that, Curtis had a team meeting for about an hour and then jumped into a call with someone to look at an issue they were getting.

Once that was done, Curtis did a bit of work and then had some lunch.

The afternoon was little quieter, but he did get some spam emails blocked and reported and did some tickets and some admin.

Kim’s Day

Kim drew up an email and sent it out to everyone in regards to a charity donation. The plan initially was to have people drop things off in the office and then Kim would take it and do one big donation to a charity on behalf of the company. As that is looking less possible Kim found addresses, times and information for needed items for people to make their own donations.

For some of the morning Kim also worked on the onboarding process. She wrote notes of things she needs more information on and who should be allocated items for new starters.

Around midday Kim worked on moving a few recurring meetings around. She moved the weekly HR meeting forward by half and hour to be able to move the social time to 1pm so more people can join.

In the afternoon Kim put together some information on the provincial nomination process for her company so they know what the next steps are and also have an idea of what they need to do.

Towards the end of the day Kim received new information to go over for the facilities project. So she started going through and adding more notes. Then at 430 Kim had a call she went through each line of the spreadsheet with the person who is helping and sent it over.

After the call Kim made a to do list and some notes for tomorrow and the rest of the week.

Evening

We had leftovers from yesterday’s roast dinner and watched some TV and played some games as usual.

We started watching Alex Rider on Prime Video because the advert looked quite good and it’s based on some books that Curtis read when he was younger.

The time flew today! We both noticed multiple times that the time had just disappeared throughout the day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 443: Vancouver, BC – No Work on Friday!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was busy!

Curtis spent most of the day doing project work, which went really well! He did this with some colleagues and got this pretty much all done.

Along with doing the project, Curtis had a couple of team meetings which went on for a while.

The day was very productive and he was very happy with how it went!

Kim’s Day

Kims new job is mainly a 4 day work week! She can use a Friday as an overspill if she needs to, but the goal is to be more efficient. So Kim had a lazy morning before spending a bit of time researching more PR stuff and a little more about a software for work.

As she had an open afternoon Kim organised to meet an old colleague and good friend for lunch. Kim picked up the lunches and they met near the office, but walked down to the seawall to sit in the sun and have a great catch up. It was so fun and wonderful to relax and spend some time together.

On the way home from lunch Kim grabbed some coffees and then watched a bit of TV to warm up from outside.

Kim had promised her friend that she would being some homemade cookies to lunch but she forgot. So Kim popped back out to drop off the cookies. On the way home Kim stopped at a couple of shops to look around.

Evening

We ordered some Indian food for dinner, we haven’t ordered from there for a while, so we were excited! It was a great curry as always, so that was excellent.

We played some games and watched some TV this evening. We have some plans this weekend so that should be good, providing nothing gets closed due to COVID-19!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 442: Vancouver, BC – It’s So Dark Now!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a lot of tickets to do this morning so he got those done.

At 11:45, he left the apartment and went to get a haircut! The haircut was fairly quick and once he got that done he got a coffee for himself and Kim and then headed back home.

When Curtis got home, he ate some food but also had a lot more tickets to do so he did those.

Curtis also did a little bit of project work at the end of the day and then finished up.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a busy day today. She started by drafting up and invite for a potential event next month and then did some research into activities and things that can be done virtually. She also did some more research on a different software that the company needs.

Just before lunch Kim decided to see if anyone would like to play a game of Skribbl, no one had time today but were interested in doing it next week, so she sent out an invite and how to play for next Friday!

In the afternoon Kim got stuck into her research for the new software, so much so that she was late to a HR meeting. The HR meeting went well and it was great to see how they work. She took notes and had a quick meeting after with her colleague to go over some questions Kim had.

Before a catch up meeting with the HR software company Kim has been talking with this week Kim took some time to make some plans and notes for the next few weeks and added to processes that she has started writing up.

Kim had a few questions for the HR management software company so they organised a call to go over all the questions. It really helped Kim have a better understanding of the product and how it will help and work within the company, so that was great!

To end the day Kim had training on how to set up a new mailbox. Kims colleague toom her through step by step so Kim could do the process and take notes!

Evening

It got dark around 16:00 today, now the days are so much darker!

We did a lot of housework once we finished work and then we had some pizza for dinner.

We played some games and watched some TV, the usual stuff.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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