Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 1000: Vancouver, BC – Away We Go!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got a bit more sleep this morning and then he jumped on a call with a colleague to figure out some strange permission issues.

There was a team meeting and once that was done, he had some tickets to get done as well as having to call someone and get something fixed for them.

Throughout the day, when he had time, Curtis got the packing done and a few things around the apartment, like taking out the rubbish.

Kim’s Day

Kim left early-ish and took laptops over to the office she was working from during the day.

After that, she went and got some breakfast and even took Curtis a croissant and coffee!

She got some of the laptops sorted today and it was nice to be in an office with colleagues.

Kim left the office around 13:00 and went bowling! She organised this with people from her company and a fun company event!

After bowling, Kim headed back home.

Away We Go!

Off to the island we go!

After work, we drove out to the ferry terminal and took the ferry over to Vancouver Island! We have a fun 10 days planned and we’ll be visiting Kim’s great auntie Linda for the first time in quite a while.

We got some easy food on the ferry and then drove out to Port Alberni! We’ll arrive there super late, but then we’ll be up early tomorrow to do some exploring!

We’re super happy to have some time to travel around and see things, whilst being careful, of course.

Today is also DAY 1000 in Vancouver! Crazy.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 999: Vancouver, BC – Getting Ourselves Ready!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis started the day with a meeting at 09:00. This was with his team but also with another team. This meeting was an update on how the offices are coming along and remaining items for returning to the office.

He had a lot of admin to get done today, so he did that, and then it was mostly tickets for the rest of the day.

There was an office-wide meeting in the afternoon, just to discuss a few important things and also just have a bit of fun.

Kim’s Day

Kim started with an interview and then had a catch up after to chat about how it went. She then joined a 1-1 with a teammate to check in on them. Then Kim joined the weekly department meeting.

Towards the middle of the day Kim joined two calls about recruitment planning and what that might look like. She also joined a recruitment call to update the exec team about a couple of live roles.

Towards the end of the day Kim had a 1-1 and then joined another interview. She finished the day with a connect about two roles, it was a great way to end the day.

Evening

We went out to Canadian Tire to get Kim a trolly for work. It was nice to get outside!

We got some take out for dinner and once we ate that, we did some cleaning and some other house work in preparation for going away for 10 days!

We also had to pack, so we did that, and then we hung out and watched some TV.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 996: Vancouver, BC – We Had Rain!

Curtis’s Day

Curtis had an onboard orientation at 09:00 this morning. After that, he had some other work to do and then went right into back-to-back meetings.

The two meetings were both with his team and they were super helpful! They garnered some discussion and he then managed to book another meeting for the afternoon to have further discussion about something related to the office.

We had some rain today! Curtis looked out the window in the morning and thought it would rain and luckily it did! We hope that improves the situation with the forest fires here.

The afternoon for Curtis was setting up accounts for a new hire, doing tickets and having the meeting he scheduled earlier in the day.

He got a bit of Norwegian homework done in the afternoon, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim had an interview heavy morning! She started her morning with an interview, went to FedEx and then had two more and the reviews too! It was a great start to the week.

In the afternoon Kim started with a meeting with finance before having a recruitment meeting to align on all the open roles! She then joined a team meeting that ran over and finished the day with a quick catch up with one of the recruiters from the consultancy firm!

Evening

Kim went off to pole and Curtis played games until she got back.

Once Kim was back, we had a chicken caesar salad for dinner.

We didn’t do much for the rest of the evening, just watched a bit of TV and relaxed.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 994: Vancouver, BC – A Friend’s Tattoo & Leafs Tickets Booked!

We woke up and got ourselves some croissants and got showered after that.

We did a bit of tidying/cleaning and then Kim needed to head out.

Kim went to meet a friend who was getting a tattoo! Once she got the tattoo, Kim met with her and had a coffee and then walked her home. She had a good couple of hours of chatting with her and that was super nice. A beautiful tattoo, too!

Curtis vacuumed and then played some games and relaxed until Kim got back.

Once Kim got back, she did some more cleaning and had to take a video of the apartment for something and send that off.

Curtis booked tickets for the Leafs game here in Vancouver, depending on if everything is going ok in December! Exciting!

We had leftover Korean chicken for dinner and watched some TV together for the evening.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 993: Vancouver, BC – Finishing Work At A Good Time!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a bit more of a relaxed morning today. He needed to call a courier and organise a pickup for an offboarded user.

Once he did that, he did some tickets and that was pretty much the rest of the day.

The day was pretty quiet, so when he had spare time, Curtis got some Norwegian homework done.

Curtis did an offboard at the end of the day and then it was the end of work for the week!

Kim’s Day

Kim started the day joining the new weekly finance meeting and they discussed a process to fine tune it. It was a great meeting. A fair few people from here were meant to head into another meeting but it got pushed back so Kim sat and had her breakfast and then helped someone with some IT stuff when the meeting was pushed again.

Just before midday Kim joined the meeting and really enjoyed the interesting discussions. It’s so lovely to be involved and get to help so many interesting and wonderful things!

She then had some lunch and popped out to pick up a coffee, but the shop was closed. Which meant Kim went into the wildfire smoke, hot outside for no reason! It was so hot and the air quality is awful today.

She then prepared for an interview, hosted it and had a review before finishing someone’s laptop and rearranging the beginning of her week to be able to take it to the couriers.

Evening

Kim finished work at a good time today, which was great, and she used the time to have a snack and then a little 1 hour nap!

After the nap, we ordered some Korean chicken for dinner and chilled out.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

place 72 – Day 990: Vancouver, BC – Staying Away For Work!

Curtis’ Day/Night

Curtis had the croissant that Kim got him for breakfast and then he got himself ready and walked to the office.

He needed to get a couple of laptops setup and sent out, so he did that for the morning and then in the afternoon he did some office cleanup, which he is doing today and on Thursday.

He got a lot of things tidied but him and his colleague also added monitor arms and monitors to a lot of desks which took a few hours but a good chunk got completed!

More of that to do Thursday, as well as a few other things.

Curtis headed home and was alone all evening. It was a little weird!

Curtis mostly played games for the evening, but watched a few YouTube videos, too. He had some steak for dinner which was MASSIVE but really good.

Kim’s Day/Night

Kim went to get croissants for breakfast and then she left to drive down to drop off the car at the garage for a service.

Kim then got an Uber and was dropped off in town and she popped into a coffee shop and met her managers there! They got a few things sorted from there before heading to the hotel to get the day properly started.

They all then spent the day whiteboarding, making plans and talking a lot of things out. There were a couple of meetings that everyone joined. Kim gave the update in the weekly company meeting and then in the early afternoon Kim joined two recruitment calls.

In the evening they went out to a local restaurant for dinner. It was such a fun and interesting day, but there isn’t a whole much to share, we did a lot of talking, planning and whiteboarding!


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 986: Vancouver, BC – Back To The Gym

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a much quieter day today.

He did some tickets and admin throughout the day, and did have one team meeting which he ran. He had to get updates on projects from his team and ensure it was all on track.

In the late afternoon, he did some team building with some people from his team and played some games with them until the end of the work day.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a really great day and it was such a wonderful way to end the week! She started by waking up late and was really thankful for Curtis helping load the car up. She then drove to a nearby town to meet some teammates there to show them the laptop set up process.

Once she arrived Kim took all the laptops up to the board room in the office over a few trips. Luckily on the final trip Kim bumped into her teammate. Everyone got comfy in the room then Kim and her manager joined a call to discuss some IT stuff.

She then did a little admin before walking everyone through the laptop set up process. They all took a break to move their cars and then Kim had a quick chat to discuss a candidate, but most of the people weren’t able to turn up. So Kim took the time to work with her teammates to pack up!

They all then went to a nearby restaurant to meet two other teammates and it was so lovely! They all then left to head over to a nail salon for pedicures, ok the way Kim took a call to discuss the candidate that she wasn’t able to talk about earlier. She then had a wonderful break getting pampered and just relaxing.

Before everyone headed home a few people joined a call to discuss another candidate and the next steps there!

Evening

Kim got back home and we had some snacks pre-gym. We are finally able to head back to the gym after Curtis’ surgery, and having the time!

We did a 1 hour workout, but took it much easier than last time as Kim has been to pole a lot this week and Curtis didn’t take any breaks last time, and he really felt that!

After going to the gym, we undid all of our good work and ordered burgers for dinner! Curtis has been craving a burger since he had his surgery and now was his chance to have one!

We ordered from a place called Juice Joe’s which is a horrible name, but the burgers were really delicious!

We hung out for the evening and relaxed. We were meant to be going to an outside gathering with people from Kim’s work tomorrow but it’s meant to rain so that got cancelled.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 985: Vancouver, BC – ‘Return To Office’ Planning Again

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a slightly less busy day today, though still busy enough!

He did some tickets and then did an onboard for a contractor which seemed to take a while to do.

Curtis then had a quick meeting about return to office things and a further discussion came from that.

The rest of the day was tickets and also Curtis changed someone’s name on all systems, which took some time but had no issues, which was excellent news.

Kim’s Day

Kim had another interview heavy day, she started with an interview then joined a biweekly meeting to discuss projects and other really interesting things. Kim took a quick call to help someone with an IT issue and then had a 15 min sit down with the other people in the interview to have a chat.

It was then time for interview number 2! She had another chat with a candidate and then ended up being late to the weekly department meeting. She gave her update and listened into what the other departments are doing. She then joined a recruitment meeting to discuss the status of a bunch of live roles.

In the afternoon Kim had interview 3 and 4 and their reviews before having a chat with a couple of the executive team to discuss how their interview went. Then to finish the day Kim joined another recruitment meeting to discuss next steps for a role and review the candidates

Evening

Curtis had some pasta for dinner and when Kim got home, we had a bit of time together and watched some TV. Yesterday, Kim ended up working quite a bit in the evening, so it was nice to get some relaxing time together.


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Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 975: Vancouver, BC – Actual Food?!

Curtis’ Day

We started the day together, actually, and had a different breakfast! We are looking to get Kim eating breakfast, so we had a smoothie and Kim had some overnight oats! Something a little different, fairly healthy and easy to eat.

Curtis got ready for the day and then began work. He had a lot to catch up on but luckily, his mouth was feeling quite a bit better today.

He had some admin to do to catch up from his time off and then throughout the day he did some product work as well as some tickets that came in.

There was one team meeting to attend, so he attended that, and in the afternoon he was able to write up and send an email with regards to a project, which was the next big step.

Kim’s Day

Kim had a good day today! She started in a meeting reviewing job descriptions that are ready to send out to new starters soon before joining an interview. After the interview Kim assisted with a discussion about process and questions to ask that would make the screening process easier.

Kim was then able to make a couple of purchases and then join a product review to see if it is the right purchase for the company. She then joined the weekly team meeting to discuss projects and next steps.

To start the afternoon Kim had a quick hiring and planning meeting with a department to make sure that the current plan aligns with what they may need into the future. She also had a check in with a manager to make sure their new starter is settling in nicely.

For the rest of the afternoon Kim joined two interviews and their reviews. She ended the day with a call with her managers where they went into more detail on plans, projects and next moves for the department.

Evening

Once Kim finished work, we had some gnocchi with pesto and tomatoes for dinner. The first ‘actual’ food for Curtis since his surgery. It wasn’t super easy to eat and there was a little pain, but he managed it and was happy to have some solid food.

Kim did a little more work in the evening and then we watched some TV and relaxed.


This Time Last Year


Mr And Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 969: Vancouver, BC – In Person Colleagues!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis woke up with no plan to go to the office until later, but he has some colleagues who are in the Vancouver office from the Winnipeg office, so he went in to see them and help them out with some stuff.

Curtis got there and then started setting up a laptop he needed to setup and he helped out his colleagues with the things they were doing, and he did a lot of tickets, too.

Once he did the tickets, he helped a colleague with some account set ups, and then he finished up the laptop setup.

When the setup was done, he did more tickets and had a quick meeting to discuss a software integration.

The late afternoon was taken up by getting a laptop of an old employee setup for someone to login to and then he started setting up another laptop for someone, which he needs to finish tomorrow.

After finishing work, Curtis went to pick up a package and then walked home.

Once he got home, Curtis played some games whilst Kim went out to an appointment.

Kim’s Day

Kim had another really interesting day! She started by turning up to a meeting with the executive team, so that was better than yesterday! They reviewed a few job descriptions and sorted a couple of other things out.

Kim then had a couple of 1-1s. Her first was to discuss a new hire and how things are going and the second was with her teammate to discuss projects and next steps. She then provided the weekly update to the company before joining a call with another teammate to update a few accounts and get some IT stuff done.

Kim then had a meeting to discuss a couple of processes and then she joined another meeting to give a quick update and get approval on a couple of things. After those Kim joined a meeting about non development hiring and the next steps there before joining an interview. After the interview Kim had a review and a quick mini team meeting for most of the afternoon. It was great!

Evening

After Kim got home from her appointment, we had homemade chicken burgers for dinner and relaxed for the evening. Just a couple of days now until Curtis gets his surgery!


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Mr And Mrs Hale