Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 448: Vancouver, BC – Sleep & Movie Day!

We had a day off today!

We slept quite a bit and then got up and had some breakfast.

After breakfast, we got ready for the day and went out to get a package that we missed the delivery for.

We walked to get it, in the cold, and once we picked it up, we got a coffee as a reward!

We got home and watched the film Girl in The Spider’s Web.

After we finished the film, we had some chili for dinner and watched the Great British Bake Off whilst doing so.

We played some games and watched some more TV and felt nice and relaxed ready to work again tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 430: Vancouver, BC – Frozen II & PR Research

Needed Sleep

We woke up pretty late today but we really needed the sleep!

We felt pretty great this morning, but it was a little cold this morning for the first time in a while.

We had more cinnamon rolls this morning which were delicious as always, and watched a bit of TV.

Belgian Cafe & Walk

Once we got ourselves ready we went down to the Belgian cafe that Kim went to yesterday and got ourselves some coffee! Curtis had a cappuccino and Kim had a mocha, as she did yesterday. These coffees were great!

We went for a bit of a walk along the sea wall, in the newly cold weather here in Vancouver.

We walked back home and once we got back we did a bit of research for how to get permanent residence here in Vancouver so we can stay for another year. Our plans have changed as we did plan to leave in May but due to a few different circumstances we are looking to stay for a bit, but our current visa ends in May.

Sausage & Mash

We had sausages (Curtis had pork and Kim had chicken) and mash for dinner, along with Yorkshire puddings and gravy.

We ate this and watched a bit of TV.

Hockey, Frozen II & More Research

Curtis has a hockey game tonight, so he’ll be heading off to that later today, and Kim plans to watch Frozen II, as well as do a lot more research on the PR.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 428: Vancouver, BC – A Long Lunch Date!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a fairly slow day with no meetings.

He did a lot of tickets and did some project work on the project that is now close to finishing!

That was pretty much his day, nothing massively exciting happened.

Kim’s Day

Kim went out and met a friend for lunch today. She drove to her house and they went for a nice, long and distanced walk. For lunch they went and got tacos from Tacofino and sat at a big picnic bench in the park to chat and eat. After lunch they popped to a couple of shops to run a few errands for her friend and then went to a bakery to pick up some treats.

They dropped the treats off at the car and her friends home before heading to a different park and chatting on the swings. It was such a brilliant way to spend the day, enjoying the sunshine and having a great catch up!

Evening

For Kim’s pole classes in the evening, she had a great time. She struggled with the first move, but its one she hasn’t been able to get for a while. For the second move of the first class Kim was able to nail it and that was great!

For the second class Kim worked on an invert, it wasn’t the same one as everyone else, but its the one she feels most confident getting into the next move, so she is going to really focus on getting it better! Then they worked on a really pretty pose that Kim was able to do!

Curtis had some pizza for dinner and just played some games.

We watched a bit of TV when Kim got home and then it was time to sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 424: Vancouver, BC – Afternoon Nap

We woke up around 10:30 and had some more cinnamon buns and strawberries for breakfast.

We then got ourselves ready and, after a lot of being lazy, made our way out to the supermarket.

The supermarket was busy and there was a queue again!

We only did a fairly small shop, so we left pretty quickly.

When we got home, we emptied the bins and then Kim felt a little under the weather, so she had a short nap and felt way better afterwards!

We then had some leftover pizza and a ceasar salad for dinner and watched some TV for the evening.

Perfectly relaxed Sunday.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 410: Vancouver, BC – Preparing For Hockey

We woke up a little later than yesterday with the plan of doing very little today, which we achieved.

We had some easy breakfast and watched a bit of TV, then we got ourselves showered and ready for the day.

We did a lot of laundry, took out the recycling and Curtis brought up his hockey stuff as his first game is on Wednesday!

We went out to take the recycling down and then we went out to the shop.

We did our shop and we were incredibly hungry after, so we chucked a baked potato on for each of us to have and that took an hour to cook.

Whilst that was cooking, Kim marinaded some chicken in homemade curry, so we can have that tomorrow as a nice curry!

Curtis retaped his hockey stick for the first time in a very long time and he also sorted out his hockey bag and got that all ready to go.

Kim made some cookies too, right before dinner was ready.

We ate our dinner and watched some TV for the evening as well as played some games together.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 403: Vancouver, BC – First Time Driving Here

We got up a little earlier today and had some toasties for breakfast.

We then did some laundry and got showered, then Kim chatted with her dad and went over her CV and got some of his feedback.

Once Kim was done with that, we left the apartment and jumped in the car.

Curtis has found out that Kim is not allowed to come and watch his hockey games and Kim had been driving since we got to Vancouver, so Curtis needs to drive to hockey himself when it starts on 7th October.

Kim drove to an industrial area and we swapped seats, and Curtis tried driving for the first time on the left side of the car and right side of the road.

Curtis didn’t mind it, though lane discipline was a bit tough. Curtis is going to drive a little more over the next week or so and then he can get used to it before he drives to hockey for his first game!

Curtis then drove onto the supermarket and where we park was absolutely full, so it took a while to find a space.

The supermarket was just as full as the parking around it and it was a little crazy in there, but we got it done and drove back home.

We got back home and had some leftover pizza which we had from yesterday.

We had that and watched a bit of TV, then played some Tony Hawk.

Kim made a slow cooked chicken chili and we ate that whilst watching some YouTube videos.

We watched some more TV and got ourselves off to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 389: Vancouver, BC – Post Work Nap

Curtis’ Day

The start to Curtis’ day was quite slow.

Curtis had a 1 on 1 meeting and then a team meeting after that.

He got some admin completed and then some tickets before he had another team meeting to discuss some process changes and then he had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did a bunch of tickets, which all seemed to come in at once. Most of these were giving permissions to people, though one was getting some usage stats for someone.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with a donut catchup with someone in the UK and someone in Boston! It was so lovely to just relax and hang out. It was an easy-going conversation too!

After this Kim took the car to pick up some plastic spray bottles for the office from canadian tire. She dropped those off at work while she picked up a load of stuff that she is donating to a local youth centre. It was another cars worth, so when she got to the centre, she parked out back and unloaded the car. Its cleared out so much space in the office and Kim also took some stuff from home too!

After Kim had been in the office for a while she hosted a game time. As connect four was so successful last time Kim decided to try it again. 3 other people joined and everyone played everyone and it was so much fun!

She then updated Survey Monkey to a paid account as on the free version Kim was only able to view the first 40 responses. As its been updated, Kim is now able to export the information. This means that some of the work she did yesterday is pointless, bur it saves kim some work going forward.

Kim grabbed some lunch in mid afternoon and then spent the last bit of the day working out who is okay for Kim ro clear their desks. As Megadesk has been okaied Kim now has to empty out all the desks. Some people will come in to clear their stuff themselves, but for some desks Kim will box stuff up, label it and store it around the office.

Post Work Nap

After Kim got home, we had a lay down and ended up having a nap! It did Kim wonders and she felt amazing. Curtis on the other hand didn’t feel great, but eventually he woke up a bit.

We played some Tony Hawk and then Kim went off to pole, which she was very refreshed for now!

When Kim got home, we had homemade chicken nuggets with curly fries for dinner and watched some TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 380: Vancouver, BC – An Electrician

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got up and ready and then got himself sorted to go to the office.

At 09:30, Curtis walked to the office as he had an onboard to complete and setup the laptop for.

Curtis got the laptop setup and the accounts created and then had to ship the laptop out.

During this time, Curtis also had a team meeting.

Curtis had a chat with a colleague about changing people’s names in different applications and if it would break anything as he has to do so next week.

He did a couple of tickets and then the electrician turned up, who was adding a new plug socket in the office.

This took much, much longer than expected and Curtis and his colleague had planned to do something else in that room but were unable to do so as it took so long with the electrician.

Curtis ended up leaving the office around 18:00 and walked home. He’ll be back in tomorrow to do the other thing he needed to get done.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a team meeting to start her day and it went really well. They set up some good plans for the next few weeks.

She then spent some time catching up on emails and messages before deciding to finally clean out the meeting room she has been foubking up as a storage space. She collected and sorted all the stuff that will be donated and just had a general clear out of stuff that doesnt need to be in there.

In the afternoon Kim focused on sorting through the stationary that she put to one side during the office clean up. She tested all the pens, put things into the donation pile and then set everything aside to stay overnight and be put away tomorrow. She finished the cleaning day by checking out the bookshelf and finding any duplicates.

Evening

When Curtis eventually got home, Kim was amazing and had taken out all the bins and made dinner!

Curtis was able to sit down and enjoy some incredible tomato and mushroom pasta and a glass of wine, thanks to his incredible wife.

We watched some YouTube videos and some of The Umbrella Academy and relax for the evening.

Curtis didn’t sleep well last night so he was very tired today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 369: Vancouver, BC – Early Morning Cocktail Class & Virtual Summer Party!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did some tickets and answered some questions in the morning.

After this, Curtis and a couple of different project meetings and then had some lunch.

Post lunch, Curtis completed a contractor onboard which was pretty easy and fast and then he did some more tickets, some admin and answered some more questions regarding contractor onboarding.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim helped host the first virtual summer party, for the UK folks. So as it is held in UK time, Kim was up and in the office by 6! She finished setting up the last few things for the Zoom call by getting extention cables and getting all the aspects ready for the cocktail masterclass.

Once her colleague arrived they popped out to to Tim Hortons pick up some breakfast. Kim had a cheese and egg muffin and they ate while the did the audio and visual tests.

Then it was time to go! They started with a couple of introductions and then went straight into the cocktail class. It was so much fun, Kim made a long island iced tea and showed everyone the steps on how to make it and her colleague did the same for a pina colada. After this they went into the pub quiz. There were four rounds, two rounds had general questions about the past two decades and the other two rounds were about the people and the company. All the rounds went so well and people had a great time.

After the party was officially ‘over’ some people still stayed on the call to hang out. So Kim and her colleague hosted a couple of jackbox games which were amazing.

Once the event finished Kim and her colleague had a catch-up to see how well things went. We had a couple of people reach out and say they enjoyed it, so that makes all the work totally worth it!

Kim spent a little time working on her expenses before she had a team meeting with her manager and colleague to go over the event. It was a great meeting with some good feedback, easy changes to implement for the next two!

After this meeting Kim made a few notes and a game plan for the next few days before heading out and catching up with a couple of people. The colleague who left a few weeks ago is flying home this weekend so it made sense to have one final meet up and another colleague joined too! When they met Kim was suddenly hungry, so they went and got a taco from Tacofino and enjoyed that on the enclosed patio thing, as distanced as possible. Then after that they all went and got some cheese tarts and they were amazing! The colleague still at the company will be joining the summer party next week, but didn’t want to make cocktails so they went to pick something up for her to make instead. After that Kim said goodbye and has made plans to go and visit the colleague again sometime when the world opens back up!

Kim then popped back in the office to hang out with her teammate and just have a chat. It was so lovely to just sit, talk nonsense and plan for the next two events a little as well.

Evening

When Kim got home, we had some tomato and mushroom pasta which was delicious and then watched some TV and played some games.

Kim was pretty tired as she was up from 5am, so we tried to head to bed at a good time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 292: Vancouver, BC – Homemade Butter Chicken!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a normal start to the morning. He was able to get some admin done but also had to answer some questions from people.

Curtis did a few tickets. Curtis helped get someone a license for some software, which took a bit of time to figure out how they want that setup.

Once he did that, Curtis got some statistics and usage information exported for someone, which also took some time as it is a bit of a mundain task, but had to be done.

Curtis got someone back up and running after helping them clear a lot of wasted space taken up on their laptop.

Once he did that, he got started with his newest project. He had to make a mock-up of a page but on 2 different platforms to see what looks best. This took the whole afternoon, but he did it!

Kim’s Day

Kim started tbe day by helping with one of the company wide calls. After this she spent some time working through some of the postal project she has ans she made a good amount of progress again, which is great.

She was then emailed by her manager to help with a quick task of finding the appropriate links for the list of sites she had. So Kim got that sorted and sent that back over. As a follow up to the meeting Kim update the Wiki and sent out an email for people to be able to find it.

Kim spent a lot of the afternoon working on the sales project. She managed to get one half of it done and thats great because she has really been neglecting it!

Homemade Butter Chicken!

Kim made butter chicken from scratch!

It was fairly simple to make, but very, very delicious! It didn’t take too long, she just had to marinate the chicken and then it was pretty much ready to cook.

Along with this, we made coconut rice and had some roti & poppadoms!

A great dinner made from scratch.

We watched some TV and played some games, but Kim has to be up earlier tomorrow so we went to bed early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale