Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 572: Vancouver, BC – Shipping Many Exciting Packages

Curtis’ Day

Curtis began the day with a first day IT orientation. This one took a while as the person had not set anything up or even logged in, but it was good to be able to go thr whole way through the process with them.

Not long after that, Curtis had a team meeting for an hour or so and then did some tickets and some admin before having lunch.

After lunch, it was time for another long team meeting, and during this, some external software and some issues so Curtis helped inform the company about the outage.

The rest of the afternoon was catching up with tickets and still fielding issues about the software that had broken.

Kim’s Day

The even Kim has recently been planning is on this week so she started her day by making stickers for the cocktail kits that are being sent and delivered this week. She then had a team meeting to catch up, start the week and talk about projects and plans.

As there is a new starter Kim hosted and then sat in on the onboarding. The great thing is with the new team member Kim has been able to hand off a good amount of the work she didn’t understand to them. Its great for Kim because then she can focus on other things and it also means that the new starters get better support!

Kim then left to go and pick up the cocktail kits that are being mailed out but before she picked them up Kim went and got some gift vouchers to go in a couple of the kits. She then took the cocktail kits and went to FedEx to send them.

For the afternoon Kim had a meeting with her colleague about logistics for delivering the kits for later in the week. She then focused on some HR paperwork.

Evening

We had wine and cheese again for dinner to get rid of both the wine and the cheese.

We ate that and then watched more TV, including some more F1: Drive to Survive which we are really enjoying…almost too much!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 571: Vancouver, BC – Virtual Wine Tasting

We woke up at a good time and Curtis went out to our favourite breakfast place to get us the same as what we had (twice!) last weekend.

We ate that and then got ourselves ready for having a chat with Kim’s family. We had planned to have it as a games ‘night’, but we didn’t end up playing games, just chatting, which was nice. We actually started this an hour later than we thought it would be as the time changed to daylight savings here.

Once that call was done, we walked to the liquor store so Kim could get a wine for a virtual wine tasting she was having with some friends.

We got back home and Kim joined the call for the virtual wine tasting. She had a really good time and some really nice wine.

We used that wine to have with cheese for dinner, once Curtis was finished watching dinner and Kim got back from buying some things she needed.

Kim had a relaxing bath in the evening and then we watched some TV together as well as getting some laundry done.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 550: Vancouver, BC – Busy Sunday!

We woke up around the same time as yesterday, with really no plan.

It was meant to rain all day, so we didn’t think we would get out for a walk, but the weather wasn’t bad so we went out!

Before that, though, Kim ran out and got us a croissant each for breakfast and a coffee and we chilled out for a while.

We did a bit of laundry and got ourselves ready, then left.

We got a coffee and just walked and talked for way longer than we planned to, but it was nice and wasn’t actually too cold outside.

We got back home and watched a bit of TV for a bit, as well as doing some more laundry and house work.

We had another apartment in the building to view, so we did that and then went right to do our weekly shop.

We got the shop done and got back home, fairly hungry! Kim made a really nice white wine chicken pasta which was perfect.

We took out the recycling after dinner and then we watched a bit of TV before Kim had a nice relaxing bath.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 533: Vancouver, BC – Chats With Friends!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had some tickets to get done in the morning, some of which required discussion with his team, too.

In the late morning/early afternoon, Curtis had a quick call with some colleagues to figure out some email working for an automated process Curtis created.

Once that was done, he had to do a little bit of work on the automated process and eventually got that completed, meaning the project was done!

Curtis then had some lunch before jumping into a trivia with some people from the Vancouver office, which he did incredibly poor in.

Curtis tidied up some things and did some more tickets and then it was Leafs hockey time!

Kim’s Day

In the morning Kim had three back to back meetings. The first was the daily check in to meet with the team before everyone got into the day, the second was the high level weekly chat and the third was a plan the next few weeks.

To stretch a little after these meetings Kim went out and picked up some coffee. It was nice to get up and out of the apartment for a walk. She then did a little admin when she got back before she joined her first midday meeting.

The first meeting was only quick and to go over the structure of some upcoming interviews, the second was the weekly HR meeting and then Kim hosted the social call.

In the afternoon Kim took a couple of calls from people who needed help with a few things and also worked on a few documents. Then the team Kim is in had a chat with the CEO to go over a few things, it was a great chat. To finish the day Kim and her colleague helped a department head with a job posting.

Evening

Whilst Curtis watched hockey, Kim finished up work and then had a chat with a friend. She’s not spoken with her for a while so it was really great to chat with her.

Kim then had another chat with another friend, because she’s clearly very popular today!

We then made some dinner, which was a katsu curry. We already had sauce in the freezer so we just made that which was easy.

We just chilled for the rest of the evening, once we ate.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 498: Vancouver, BC – New Year’s Eve 2020

We tried to wake up at a good time, but accidentally fell back asleep and woke up at 12:00!

We had some breakfast and then got ready, but once we got ready, the weather had turned and there was a lot of rain, so we didn’t go for a walk.

Kim did a little bit of work that she had to do and we also took a photo of Kim for our PR application.

We played some games and then had some cheese and wine for dinner whilst watching the film Set It Up, which we actually really enjoyed.

We played some more games and watched TV and have no plans for when it hits 00:00, as you’d expect!

Happy New Year to everyone and let’s hope COVID-19 gets under control at some point in 2021! 🤞


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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 451: Vancouver, BC – English Test

English Test

We had an English test today, starting at 10:00.

As mentioned yesterday, even though we are from the UK, we still have to have an English test completed for our PR, so that’s what we did!

We were up at 07:30 and very tired!

We walked down to the test centre which was about 15 minutes away.

We got there and had to sit around for a while and then we were taken in for our ID checks.

We then moved to the test room and sat our computers ready to take the test. That being said, we at there for 45 minutes waiting to start!

We eventually started and Curtis did it pretty quickly. We had 3 hours to do so, and Curtis completed it in 1 hour 15 minutes! There was a listening, reading, writing and speaking section.

Kim finished not too long after, maybe 30-45 minutes, and we were done!

We went to get ourselves a coffee and we both think it went pretty well.

We got home and were very tired!

Need For Speed, Completed!

We completed Need For Speed, so that was fun, and then Kim had to do a little bit of work for something that came up during the day.

After that, we mustered up the effort to go and do the shop.

We smashed the shop! Military precision was used and we got around it really fast, and even went to two other shops!

We got back home and had some cheese and wine for dinner whilst watching the film JEXI which was pretty funny and silly.

We relaxed for the rest of the evening. The day felt very long as we were up so early!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 432: Vancouver, BC – Full Bathroom Clean

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a meeting at 10:30, so did a bit of work before that.

The meeting was good and after that he did some more tickets.

In the afternoon, Curtis setup accounts for a new starter and did some other tickets, too.

Kim’s Day

Kim spent most of the day doing a deep clean of the bathroom. We noticed it needed to be cleaned, so Kim said she wanted to do it during the day whilst Curtis is working.

This took a couple of hours and then Kim did some more research for the permanent residency we need to get and we now know a little more about what is required and we’ve sent off some emails we need to send to get some information and items.

Risotto

Kim wanted to make some risotto, so she had to go and get some wine as well as some other things for the risotto, such as parmesan cheese.

Kim made the risotto and we watched some TV whilst we ate.

We then watched a Netflix show about designing homes, which is something we love to watch!

Kim had to do her background check for her new job so she did that and we chilled out after that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 407: Vancouver, BC – Fresh Tomato Pasta

Curtis’ Day

Curtis thought the issue from yesterday with email was resolved, but it turned out it was not! Curtis spent a lot of the morning figuring out the new issue that arose from it and it seems that it is now fixed!

Curtis did some asset management and figured out if they need to order anything more for the office.

Curtis did a good amount of reading today for his Business Analyst training, which was interesting and he really needed to get that done.

Once Curtis finished lunch, he had a meeting to create a flow chart for a project and figure out what the flow will be.

After Curtis had this meeting, he emailed a new hire to find out a few things before they start, so he can get their equipment ready for them next week.

Kim’s Day

Kim did the same thing during the day, had a slow morning and then applied for jobs.

Later in the afternoon Kim made a pre pole snack and watched some TV before heading out to the shop to get tomatoes. When she got back she had a call with her friend from her old job and they had a great catch-up while Kim prepped dinner. It was so nice to talk to her and laugh, Kim missed seeing her everyday!

After the chat Kim got ready and went to head to pole, obviously the elevators weren’t working so Kim walked down the stairs and down to the car via the car ramp. She was then a little late to pole but joined at the end of the warm up.

Both of the classes were great! Kim was in a much better head space this week and so she was able to concentrate a bit better and enjoy the class more. In the first class they did one of Kims favourite move called an extended butterfly and they went over aerial inverts, which was great because since leaving the UK and losing some of the skill she had Kim had been struggling with that. The class today really helped and things seemed way easier now! In the second class they learnt the last bit of the combo from the week before, Kim wasn’t great at it, but then they tried a new move and a flip from that move. Kim loved this she got the move on the first try and tried the flip with assistance. It was so much fun and Kim really enjoyed it!

Fresh Tomato Pasta

When Kim got home, she added some mushrooms and onion cooked in balsamic and red wine to the sauce and we had that with pasta…It was delicious!

We watched some TV for the remainder of the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Whistler, BC

Place 87 – Day 2: Whistler, BC – Train Wreck, Rainbow Park & Birthday Dinner

Birthday Present!

Kim was excited to give Curtis his birthday present, so she did that when we woke up.

The present was a bunch of snacks from all the other countries we have lived in or will live in, so the UK, New Zealand and Norway.

Curtis loved this gift so much and is looking forward to tucking into the snacks with Kim.

Breakfast!

We woke up around 10:00 and got ourselves ready.

We then headed down to a cafe we had walked past yesterday and got ourselves some breakfast.

Kim got herself a croissant with tomato and goats cheese along with an iced caramel latte. Curtis got a breakfast wrap and a flat white.

We headed back to the hotel to eat our breakfast and then finished getting ready to go out for the day.

Train Wreck

We drove for about 10 minutes to get to the Train Wreck, which is exactly what it sounds like! This is a train wreck from the 1950s which has been used a graffiti spot for artists as well as a trick/jump spot for mountain bikers!

We walked through a forest and across a cool suspension bridge to get to the wreck and a beautiful river to boot!

We got some great photos in and around the Train Wreck and learned a little about what happened and what they are used for now.

Rainbow Park

We left the wreck and took another drive to Rainbow Park.

We didn’t spent too long here, but we walked around for a bit and took in the peacefulness of the park and the beautiful (smokey) view.

Delicious Dinner!

We went out for a dinner at 17:00 to a restaurant not far from us.

This is the first time we have been in a proper restaurant for dinner together since COVID-19 hit the world, so it was a little strange but we were outside and very distanced.

We got some wine to share and then for food Kim got duck breast whilst Curtis got some venison!

For dessert, Curtis got a lemon tart and Kim got a chocolate fondant!

This arrived with a candle and ‘happy birthday’ on it from the staff at the hotel for Curtis’ birthday, which was very kind!

We finished our food and then headed back to the hotel. It turned out that we had been our for about 8 hours, though it didn’t feel like it!

When we got back, we watched The Social Dilemma and then played some Connect 4, which was included with Curtis’ birthday present.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale