First family bike tour

It took a while to get out of the house, but once on the road it was just amazing.

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Oliver’s bicycle seat

We love to bike. With the nice weather we have been receiving we have been getting outside a lot more. This is the seat the Oli sits in when we ride.

It is a BoBike Mini City. It works, and Oliver loves it. Putting a 20+ pound object between your chest and your handle bars has its challenges and this is no exception. I have to lower my seat substantially and and sometimes my knees hit the seat. When going up steep hills Oli’s helmet hits my chest and it is hard to get the same amount of power when riding without the seat. It isn’t comfortable, but it bearable for about an hour at a time. Given a different bike, without drop bars, this might be a comfortable setup, but with a Surly LHT, it is a bit too tight.

I don’t want to sound negative because it’s a decent seat. Oliver loves to ride and this allows us to get out as a family on our bikes. In the summer I foresee is using this seat 4-5 times per week, which should tell you how important it is to our lifestyle. I ride my bike to work and use the seat to pick up Oliver from daycare, which has been great. When it comes to carrying little ones on bikes, there are so many options, I like having Oliver in front of me, but in the future I do see a few potential other options that are more appropriate for touring, such as:

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Future super hero?

Tanya and Oliver went down south for a little trip. When at a water park they took a photo.

I thought he looked like a super hero.

Tanya’s good friend Sarah¬†took this photo.

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Loosing petals

Trees loose their petals and is a sign that spring is coming to an end.

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My first week at Island Health

I just completed day 4 at Island Health and I wanted to write up a little summary of my week. So far, I can sum up the experience in a single word: good.


Here are a list of things that I enjoy the most about working at Island Health thus far:

  • Friendly people
  • No micro management
  • No timesheets (although I do keep a journal of what I do)
  • Bright office
  • The Royal Jubilee Hospital is huge, which means I usually walk a lot throughout the day (~5000 steps at work)
  • Professional atmosphere
  • Really cool projects


There are a few things that I am bothered by, here are the things that have gotten under my skin thus far:

  • Lack of control over computer software that I can install
  • the offices are a bit tight, I had a great view of Victoria harbour from MYRA
  • The bureaucracy is complex and completing small tasks sometimes take a lot of effort
  • Being forced to use Microsoft products and pretty much nothing else

In conclusion

I haven’t learnt the full extend of my role yet, nor do I fully understand what it is like to work within the complex set of policies and procedures that Island Health has created. I am working with a supportive team who is willing to take the time to train me. The projects are large in scope and are really interesting and I think I will learn a ton in a short period of time of how to best work in this environment.

I am positive about my future at Island Health and I am looking forward to see what this post holds for me in the future.

Posted from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
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