Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 940: Vancouver, BC – Old Sofa Finally Gone!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a day off today, so he did very little! He played some games, drank a lot of coffee and that was that all day, really!

Curtis did one thing of note, which was get the old sofa finally picked up! We were unable to see it, unfortunately, so instead we paid to have it recycled.

Curtis didn’t have to do much, other than help them through the doors. He did book the elevator too, but unfortunately it was already in use, so he had to use the one other elevator. It was a bit awkward as that elevator was already in a lot of use due to the other one being booked, so people were not too happy when they saw it being used for a sofa! Either way, finally, it’s gone!

We now have SO MUCH ROOM in the apartment, which helps us with a few other plans we have.

Curtis did make a potato salad today for our dinner, though it won’t be as good as Kim’s!

Kim’s Day

Kim had a meeting heavy day today! In the morning Kim joined two interviews. She had a review after the first and then had a daily check in with her new teammate. After the second interview she had a quick chat with one of the people who was also there and then they had the final review in the weekly team meeting.

In the afternoon Kim had a check in with a manager to see how their new employee has been getting on. Then she worked with a teammate for the rest of the afternoon to make plans, work on documents and iron out a few things.

Evening

Once Kim got back home, we had burgers for dinner as well as the potato salad Curtis made and some corn on the cob.

We ate that and watched a bit of TV and then we headed to bed!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 866: Vancouver, BC – Starting The Packing Process

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had some tickets to get done in the morning and then he jumped into a team meeting which went really well.

He then spent some time sorting out some licenses that people shouldn’t have had, which actually took much longer than expected.

After that, he had another meeting in which we discussed how some software works and what needs to be done to get something working as it should. Curtis learned some new things which was great, and his colleague was also able to learn things.

The afternoon was a lot of tickets and admin. He had a discussion about a potential new tools and helped people out with some tickets.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent a lot of her day in meetings and interviews. She had one interview in the morning followed by a recruitment meeting. Then for the rest of the morning she was able to complete a few admin tasks and plan some projects.

In the afternoon Kim joined another recruitment meeting and then had a 5 Min surprise meeting with a colleague to catch them up to date on the meeting. The wellness break for the week was at lunchtime and a few people say down and took some time to hang out and do colouring in online. It was so enjoyable and Kim cannot wait to do it again!

Kim then joined a meeting about an IT project that will be starting soon. She will be helping out with the logistics of it and it will be really interesting! From there Kim went in to host another interview and then had a quick review of the meeting with her colleague.

There was some paperwork that needed to be completed so Kim jumped on a call with a colleague to work through it. Then Kim had a call with another teammate to just have a check in and a chat.

Starting The Packing Process

We got done with work and then Kim went to take back some items she didn’t want from Homesense and then we went down to our storage locker and took out some things from there and took them over to the new apartment.

When we got there, we took the items in but Kim also got the sofa finished and we sat on that for a bit, just relaxing. It was super comfortable and a great purchase!

There were a lot of boxes from the sofa, so we took those down to the bin and then we drove back home and brought up some more items from the storage locker, ready to pack clothes and a few other things. We’re actually getting some things ready for the move, now!

We made sausages, peas and mash for dinner and watched some TV whilst relaxing for the remainder of the evening.

We’re glad we got some stuff done for the move, though most of it will get done at the weekend.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 864: Vancouver, BC – Sofa Is Built & Registered For Vaccine!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis went to the office in the morning and had to setup 2 laptops, as well as find equipment to send out to the new hires.

The office is running low on equipment before they get an order, so finding some items was a bit of a challenge.

Curtis finished that up at about 12:00 and then did some tickets whilst he waited for someone to arrive to collect a monitor.

Once that person was gone, Curtis had a meeting with a colleague to discuss a process and then once he was done with that meeting, he walked home and had some lunch.

After lunch, he had to generate some reports for someone and had some tickets to deal with which took him nicely to the end of the day.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a day full of back to back meetings and interviews! In the morning Kim had her team meeting to go over the plan for the week. She went from this into an interview, then straight into the weekly meeting and then into a second interview. She then had a meeting with the hiring managers to discuss the interviews. It was a really productive and interesting morning!

To start the afternoon Kim had a meeting about planning and next steps for a project. It was so interesting and it turns out Kim was approaching it all the wrong way, she learnt so much!

For a good chunk of the afternoon Kim worked with her teammate on setting up interviews and sending out paperwork. She then had a chat with another teammate before heading out to the new apartment to continue building the sofa. She also had a great chat with a friend while she did the final bits to the sofa.

Sofa Is Built & Registered For Vaccine!

Before work this morning, we registered for our notification to get a vaccine! We don’t get a vaccine for a while, but a new registration site went live so you can get instructions and a code for when you can get a vaccine.

This makes it feel just that little bit closer!

After work, Kim went over to the apartment to complete the sofa as the items we were missing arrived in the mail and we now have a constructed sofa, which is great.

Kim chatted with a friend after that and then headed back to our current apartment so we could have some dinner.

We ate delicious lemon chicken!

We got notice that there will be a viewing tomorrow, which is the first one with the new owners. We’ve been enjoying not having any, and our final week is the worst possible time, but what can we do. That’ll be happening tomorrow evening but maybe we get out for an evening walk.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 863: Vancouver, BC – New Sofa & Built All The Things

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a chat with a new starter in the morning and then after that it was tickets, tickets, tickets!

In among those, he did manage to setup accounts for 2 new hires, ready to go to the office and get equipment setup for them.

The afternoon was also full of tickets and people messaging Curtis to ask for things. Some people from his team were off today, so it was certainly a busy day but a good one, for sure!

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day by dropping off the laptop at FedEx and then she went off to get some lunch from Tacofino.

Once she got her lunch, IKEA called saying they would be early, so she headed over to the new apartment and received the delivery of our new sofa!

Kim then spent a lot of the day building things, but also went to Homesense and bought a replacement ottoman for the one she bought yesterday as it was nicer.

She built both desks and most of the sofa, but has to wait for the cover to arrive tomorrow.

Kim finished up fairly late in the day and then went over to be outside her friend’s house to help train the dog to react better to strangers outside the house.

Kim then returned the ottoman she got yesterday and also found a bunch of items she has been looking for so that was successful!

Kim then drove back home and was home around 21:00, which was right before the hockey game was finishing.

Evening

Curtis watched hockey fairly late in the evening and once that was done, we had some chicken wraps and potato salad for dinner.

We watched some TV and we were relishing in the fact that a lot of stuff is done for the move now. Just got to pack up our small things here and dismantle the bed and then the movers’ll do the rest. Nice and easy.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 861: Vancouver, BC – No Sofa For Us

FedEx

We woke up and had some cereal for breakfast and then got ourselves ready.

Kim went out to FedEx once she was ready to get a laptop shipped out, but it was closed so she was unable to do that.

Once she got back, we relaxed a little and then went out to the new apartment to wait for a delivery of a sofa we had spoken about with someone.

Sofa

Once the sofa arrived, we noticed it was a different colour to the photos and there was some damage. We then decided we didn’t want it, so we gave it back and had to start the search again!

Games & Ordering A Sofa

We stopped at a shop on the way home and got some things for dinner and then played a bunch of games.

We then looked for more sofas online, but we couldn’t find anything we liked or anything for delivery, so we decided we would just buy one from IKEA. That should get delivered on Monday!

Chicken Burgers & Shopping

We had chicken burgers for dinner wit homemade potato salad and then we went to take out the recycling, as well as head to the shop for our weekly shop. This is our last one of those for this apartment!

We got back home and chilled out for the rest of our Saturday night. We have one thing to do tomorrow and then we think we are going to start packing things up.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 271: Vancouver, BC – We Moved!

We were up at a fairly good time to get the apartment ready for moving as best we could.

We walked up to Home Depot to get a few things we needed and then went to pickup our U-Haul.

We got to the U-Haul place but our self pickup wasn’t working so we had to call support for them to assist.

We eventually got our van and drove back to our apartment to pickup the sofa.

We had to sell the sofa as it was too big, so we took it to the buyer!

We then went from there out to Burnaby where we picked up a new, smaller, vintage sofa which is super comfy!

We then drove back to the apartment and loaded as much as could into the van.

We drove to our new apartment and parked in the loading bay and got unloading!

It took us quite a bit of time, but that was the bulk of the items in.

Unfortunately, our bed cannot be dismantled enough and we don’t think it will fit into any transport easily or fit in the elevator! We therefore left the bed at the old place (which we still technically occupy for the next couple of weeks) and we will be sleeping on mattress until we can get a new bed frame.

We had to go back and get another load of items and load those into the new apartment.

We then took the U-Haul back and went and got the car to do a couple of smaller rounds of deliveries.

In total, it took us around 8/9 hours to get it all in!

We then started unpacking and Curtis plugged in the WiFi router, but it didn’t seem to work! After doing some testing for a while, it definitely didn’t work so he contacted the company and they will come and fix tomorrow between 13:00-15:00, so no work for Curtis until it is fixed tomorrow.

We got a lot of stuff unpacked but then got very hungry, at 22:00, so walked to our favourite pizza place (it’s about a 5 minute walk now, so very dangerous!) And got some pizza and had that with some wine.

We got the bed (mattress) made and finished our wine whilst getting a few other things packed, but we were so tired so just had to sleep.

We can show off the apartment tomorrow when we get it all unpacked, but we really like it so far!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 168: Vancouver,BC – Delivery Drama!

We Are Lazy

We woke up fairly late today, but we have had a busy couple of weeks!

We watched some TV, mostly to test our new sofa, of course.

Kim went out for an appointment which took a while, and that was about all we did for the day, other than a little research for a few things and some laundry/tidying.

Delivery Drama

We discussed having an Indian curry for dinner soon and today seemed the perfect time to have one!

We logged onto SkipTheDishes for the first time to order one.

We ordered one and had to wait around 45 minutes before it was meant to be delivered…though it wasn’t!

We waited for it to arrive and coke tracker even said it had been delivered, but it was nowhere to be seen.

We contacted SkipTheDishes, which took ages, and they finally gave us a refund.

We were still crazy hungry and wanting an Indian, so we ordered it (again!) and picked it up.

Curry!

It was excellent food. Kim had a medium Korma and Curtis had a Tikka Masala. We also got popodoms and naan bread along with coconut rice.

All of it was terrific.

We watched the first episode of World On Fire followed by Vikings and then sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 167: Vancouver,BC – Sofa Swap

U-haul

We started the day at 08:45, getting up and ready to head off to U-haul.

We jumped in the car and drove the 15 minutes there. We were early, so got breakfast at McDonald’s.

We got to U-Haul & picked up the van. We did a check around it had to mark any dents and scrapes as you do, but we got to do this through a webpage rather than a piece of paper, which was cool!

We drove off and headed to our first destination.

Picking Up A Sofa

We were purchasing a sofa from someone and so had to drive out to them and collect.

We got to them, parked up and started loading it in. Luckily, the sofa came apart in multiple easy chunks (thank goodness for IKEA!) so it was no problem moving it around.

Once we collected that, we got out of the way there and drove home.

We got home and brought everything inside. We took all of the covers off of the sofa and cushions and chucked them into a wash.

Dropping Off Our Sofa

We got everything in and then had to get our current sofa into the van. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the luxury of being able to break it down, so had to lug it out whole, which we got sorted eventually and then were back on the road.

We drove for 20 minutes to the people that were buying it from us.

We had to wait for 15 minutes before they responded and then it started raining! Luckily, we were able to get a spot right outside their building and helped them unload the van.

After this, we headed to take back the van and had to stop for fuel along the way.

IKEA

We dropped the van off and then got back in the car and drove up to IKEA, because why not.

We got there, parked up and took a wander around. The only things we bought were a pillow, some small Christmas decorations, laundry baskets, some cinnamon buns and some other Swedish snacks!

We had a hotdog and drink before we left and it hit the spot perfectly.

We took the drive home knowing we had to rebuild the sofa.

Sofa Building

We got home and built the sofa. It was the perfect size and seemed very comfy!

Some of the cushion covers are still damp, but we have everything else on and it is a great sofa. (It’s an Ektorp from IKEA).

Curtis watched hockey and Kim relaxed in the evening.

More!

Kim saw something on Facebook she wanted so she went out at 19:15 to buy it. It’s a storage rack for the bedroom so we can organise things a little better.

We ate some leftovers and watched TV For the rest of the night…it was a busy, successful day.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 30: Vancouver,BC – Move In Completed!

Table & Chairs

We just had the table and chairs to build today, so after we got ready, Kim got onto that.

Whilst Kim did that, Curtis collated all of the rubbish into the required piles and then took out the paper pile and put it out in the bin.

Once Kim finished the table and one chair, we ate our leftover Chinese food from last night for lunch.

Internet Install

We should have been getting a technician from Shaw cable coming to install internet into the apartment, but we got a call during lunch saying that they would not be able to come today, so it has to be rescheduled.

As we are both new at work, we said we cannot do during the week but settled on tomorrow at between 18:00-20:00, which means Curtis will sort that out after work!

We finished our food and went out to the shops to get some more things. We got a recycling bin, some more cleaning supplies and a very nice cordless vacuum, which Kim is in love with!

We got a coffee from Starbucks whilst we were out, but Curtis had to wait for over 20 minutes for his as they forgot about him!

Last Chair!

We got the remaining chair built whilst the maintainance people for our apartment building installed blinds in our apartment.

We finished that and then everything was built!

First Food Shop

We got our first food shop done, getting a lot of spices and meat as well as sauces.

We bought a lot but it wasn’t too expensive.

Final Touches & Steak!

We got everything in the kitchen cleaned and put away in the correct place as well as figured out locations for everything else.

We vacuumed and got the place looking good! We then moved the sofa and TV to get them both in the perfect place.

We had already taken all the rubbish out and some things to our storage unit, so we were all ready and it was looking and feeling more like a home.

We had steak for dinner, but unfortunately it wasn’t a very good steak. We had great sides with it though and Kim made an incredible sauce, so it was pretty good. It was our first meal at our new table!

Hopefully Shaw come to install our internet tomorrow and then we are sorted. Kim starts work tomorrow too, and we plan to walk to work together!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 29: Vancouver,BC – Moving Day!

Picking Up Some Things

We left the apartment with everything we have and loaded it into the Uhaul.

We drove to an apartment in the city and picked up some tables. Luckily, these were dismantled so were easy to fit in the van.

We then moved on to another city apartment in which we picked up a nice TV! The guy was very nice and let us test it before we purchased and we also spoke to him a little bit.

We had the fun job of trying not to smash or damage the TV… more on that later!

We continued on from here to collect two bar stools. Kim decided to put them to good use when we were in the elevator.

We drove from here to our new home, which wasn’t far.

TV Panic!

Whilst driving home, a panel of one of the tables slid onto the top of the TV screen, so we stopped to check it. It looked physically ok but obviously couldn’t check it there and then.

We continued to drive and then shortly after, another part of a table slammed into the TV.

We got to our new apartment and ran in to test the TV…It was fine! No issues at al, we don’t think.

Coffee & Apartment Check

We saw the previous tenant of the apartment who was cleaning it for a couple of hours. Due to this, we had to kill time, so we went for a coffee.

On the way back, we got the previous tenant a drink, too!

We had a check around with the landlord regarding the apartment with what needs fixing etc. Once we did this, we moved everything in!

Moved In!

We went down to the garage with the landlord who is kindly giving us a sofa that he no longer needs. We has to help him bring it upstairs, which wasn’t the easiest, but we did it.

After this, we went out to the truck and started unloading.We didn’t really have a plan, so just dumped stuff in our living room, but we got the mattress out of its wrapping and let it expand fully.

Taking The Van Back

We finished moving in and then drove the van back to Richmond. We dropped it off and then went to McDonald’s for some food as we hadn’t eaten since breakfast.

We left McDonald’s and got a bus and then a train to get back home.

Once we arrived home, which was around 17:30, we sorted out the sofa bed, followed by building our bed.

We finally got the bed done by around 21:00.

Canadian Tire

We went to Canadian Tire to get a few things we needed, such as a bed sheet, plungers & sone extension cords.

Chinese

We got a bit hungry, so we walked to a Chinese place and ordered some lemon chicken and szechuan beef. They even said they would delivery it to us, so we said yes and stopped by the liquor store on the way back to get some beer.

We finally got out bed made and got into bed. The bed is very company and just perfect for us!

We watched a quick YouTube video using data as we don’t have wifi as of yet – that is hopefully getting installed tomorrow!

More stuff to build and do tomorrow, but we are getting there.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale