Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 456: Vancouver, BC – Applications Moving In The Right Direction!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had no meetings today which was great!

He started the day writing a script for something which took a bit of fighting with but he got it working.

Once he did that, he did some other tickets and some other work and then all of a sudden, it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis did a bit more work and then watched the new restrictions be announced for the province, which means no more hockey for at least 2 more weeks and also a few more restrictions like mandatory masks in public indoor spaces, finally!

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day by replying to a few emails about the facilities project and then updating the offer letter she put together yesterday. She spent the rest of the morning catching up on other smaller admin tasks.

At midday Kim hosted the social lunch hour. Only one employee joined so they just had a little chat and it was lovely. After this meeting Kim joined the recruitment meeting and provided a few updates on things there.

Kim then spent some time working on a couple of other Job Descriptions before joining the weekly team meeting. In this meeting Kim went over the updates for the facilities project and a few other things.

Everyone from that call went on to another call to have a chat with someone who will be starting shortly. It was so lovely to meet her and learn about some of the handover process.

For the rest of the day Kim looked into the new COVID restrictions here in BC and also worked on the facilities project.

First Application Submitted!

After work, Kim made a really nice roasted chicken tray bake, which had a Mediterranean taste to it, with some potatoes and a salad. It was pretty tasty!

We watched TV whilst we ate and then after we got both of our applications completed for the PR!

We are still waiting on some documents to come in, but we are hoping we can start the application process without the documents at the moment.

We submitted just Kim’s profile first, and then it was accepted right away! Due to this, Curtis submitted his and was also accepted right away!

Curtis then applied for the provincial nomination, which we couldn’t do until the other one was done, this helps to get a faster turn around as we have jobs! This way, we can get our bridging visa whilst the permanent residence is being sorted. (And need the bridging visa for May!)

Kim then went out to get herself an ice cream and we then were able to relax and watch some more TV and play some games together.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 455: Vancouver, BC – The Results Are In!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a short team meeting at 09:30 and then mostly did tickets all morning until a 1 on 1 at 12:00.

After that, he had a long team meeting at 12:30, which was followed by lunch.

After lunch, Curtis did some more tickets but also some practice tests for his Business Analyst exam.

Speaking of exams, we got our results for our English exams.

Curtis got (out of 12);

Listening – 8

Reading – 12

Writing – 10

Speaking – 12

He was hoping for better on listening, but it was all fine!

Kim did much better, getting 12 on everything, which was awesome!

Kim’s Day

To start her day Kim had a call with someone in regards to her facilities project. Then she moved onto drafting up some key points in a Job Description she worked on today.

Kim then had a call with the CEO to go over what we are looking for in an application. Then Kim got started and transferred some of those notes into key points for the job. She had another quick call in regards to the facilities project mid way through the morning.

For most of the day Kim worked on the job description, doing some research and converting the notes into things for the job description. She also decided to write up a template for ‘about the company’ and ‘why its great to work here’ that can go on every job description, so that was good and will save Kim a lot of time going forward.

Kim then worked on another job description and an offer letter for another role. Very interesting and exciting day!

To finish the day Kim worked on a little more research for the facilities project. Looked a few new things, added to the spreadsheet and made lots of good notes.

Evening

We forgot to take chicken out for dinner, so we had frozen pizza for dinner instead.

We watched some TV and played some games, but we also got our applications started for our visas, which we can now do as we got our English results! We still have to wait on our certificates for our previous qualifications to be certified by Canada, and then we should be able to do the test of the process, if we can’t do so before.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 446: Vancouver, BC – Broken Things!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a busy day all in all!

He started with catching up from the weekend and other emails, then he had a long team meeting.

After that team meeting, it was pretty much lunch time!

Once he finished lunch, he had a long, long call trying to fix something he created a long time ago. This was tough to remember how to do things but there was a little bit of progress made after a 1.5 hour call!

After that, Curtis had a couple more tickets to do and some admin, then he was done for the day.

Kim’s Day

BC added new restrictions over the weekend and as a result Kim decided to take some time to research what this means and learn a little more about how it impacts work spaces. She also started making some more signs for the office that arespecific to the workspace, as well as finding some official materials.

For some of the morning Kim worked on more research for a new software, updated the spreadsheet and sent it over to her manager with some questions and for her to review.

As there are a few employees in difflocations Kim wanted to make a list of all the public holidays that the company might celebrate. At some point she will add it to the new HR software so its easily accessible for everyone.

In the afternoon Kim did a bit of organising of files and then moved on to trying to understanding the recruitment process and add a job posting to LinkedIn. However, after a number of tries Kim can’t seem to get it to post right. So she will take a look and try again tomorrow.

Evening

We had some tomato and mushroom pasta with a ceasar salad for dinner.

We then watched some TV and played some Need For Speed. After that, Kim did a bit of admin for her visa.


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 440: Vancouver, BC – Making Strides With Norwegian

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was meant to have a meeting with someone in his company and an external support person, but the external person didn’t appear, so it didn’t happen!

Curtis therefore got some other work done.

At 10:30, Curtis had his Norwegian ‘lesson’ and learned a lot, actually, which he was really happy about! He felt he wasn’t speaking very good Norwegian, but learning a lot was a good feeling.

After that, Curtis spent most of the rest of the day getting tickets done as well as some security work that came up.

Kim’s Day

Kim started her day with the weekly company wide meeting, it was great to meet everyone, hear what is happening in other departments and get to know the product a bit better.

For most of the day Kim was researching softwares that might be needed soon. So it was a lot of finding one thing, reading about it, heading to a comparison site and then writing up about it.

In the afternoon, one of the companies got back to Kim so they had a quick call to go over some questions, talk about what Kim is looking for and learn more about pricing. This was a great help and Kim was then able to write a more precise overview as a result. She will start to set up a few more meetings with other companies over the next couple of days.

Towards the end if the day Kim reached out to a friend to see if they would be interested in a collaboration between the two companies that they both work in, so that could be interesting!

Evening

We had chicken chilli with potato for dinner which was delicious and we watched some Bake Off with it.

We played a lot of Need for Speed and Curtis was keeping up on the (far too close) US election.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 439: Vancouver, BC – New Vancouver Job First Day!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up at the same time as Kim as he had an orientation to do in the morning.

The orientation was very easy and quick, so that meant Curtis could do some other stuff.

Along with doing some tickets and catching up on emails from over the weekend, Curtis got some more things done for his visa. To get his certifications approved, he has to get them reviewed by Canada. To do so, he has to contact the exam body in the UK to get them to find the information and send it to a place in Canada and then wait for them to review them and provide the results.

This is a long process, but Curtis is glad he got that done.

Curtis also had to apply for another New Zealand criminal record check, so that was another thing he got done.

Curtis had a team meeting at 10:30 which was good and then after that it was more tickets, mostly.

The afternoon was a bit quieter, but some things here and there.

Kim’s Day

Kim had her first day at her new job and it went well! She spent a lot of the day getting set up and settled in. In the morning Kim attended a couple of meetings, the first was a team meeting where she met a few people and was able to learn a bit more about the team and what people do.

Kim took notes for the second meeting, so it was much more of a fly on the wall experience than being involved.

For lunch Kim and her colleague went to a nearby taco place for burritos. They were so good.

After lunch Kim organised the meeting notes and sent them across to a couple of people for their reference. For the rest of the afternoon Kim finished setting up on different apps and was able to ask a lot of questions, which was good.

It was a great first day and Kim is extremely excited for this next chapter.

Evening

Once Kim got home, we chatted about our day and then Kim felt a little tired as she didn’t sleep great last night, so she had a quick 30 minute power nap, which made her feel much better!

After that, Kim made some pasta with a mushroom and white wine sauce which was delicious, as expected.

We watched some TV and played some games as per usual.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 435: Vancouver, BC – Process Started

Curtis’ Day

Curtis did a lot of tickets in the morning and had a call with someone to fix something for them. There was a lot of people messaging him throughout the morning which kept him busy!

At 13:00, there was a large company meeting curtis had to attend and after that he had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis was able to do a bit of the visa application process. He got some documents sent to him from home so he was able to upload those, which was good.

Kim also got her documents, but she may have to do a slightly different process.

Curtis finished the day with some more tickets and then he relaxed!

Kim’s Day

Today Kim didn’t do too much. She did a little cleaning and some research for PR during the day.

In the evening Kim went to pole and had so much fun! The first class revisited an invert that Kim struggles with, so that was fun. In the second class they did some fun tricks that had Halloween sounding names. It was a great class and Kim really enjoyed it.

Evening

A new game came out today, so Curtis played that whilst Kim out at pole.

Kim pole

When Kim got home we watched some TV for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 433: Vancouver, BC – Information Obtained!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got ready and then went into the office as he had some things to do there.

Firstly, Curtis got some things out of the storage area and then started setting up a laptop for someone.

Someone came to the office to pickup som IT equipment, so Curtis met him downstairs in the lobby to give him these items.

After that, Curtis finished setting up the laptop as well as getting a monitor and all the required items for a new starter into a box ready to give to them tomorrow.

Once Curtis did all of this, he headed back home and had some lunch.

After lunch, Curtis caught up on emails and tickets and then the day was done.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent the morning completing paperwork for her new job and researching things for permanent residency. She finally found some information she needed so Kim and Curtis can start getting their UK education verified and assessed for the PR application.

In the afternoon Kim had a great facetime call with her sister and it was amazing! She misses her so much. Then Kim went out for a little walk as she was starting to feel frustrated with the PR process and how close to the wire the application might be, so it made sense to get outside as there is nothing Kim can do right now. Once they get the education process started Kim will book the english tests that they need to take, then once they have the english test done they can finally start the actual process, and that will be good.

Evening

Kim made peri peri chicken with rice for dinner which was spicy but tasty!

We watched some TV and played some game for the rest of the evening.


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 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