Here in early 2016, it’s a different kind of hustle than the one we saw closing 2015 out. In that last stretch, there was no end to the work on my plate, keeping me hustling at all hours to keep my blog on point. I had a list of things I wanted knocked out of the park before the year’s end, using every free moment I could find to hit my intense deadlines.
Now that it’s January, in some ways things are more relaxed — I mean, sure, any day now I’ll be racing to the hospital to welcome our second child into the world; and though I got a lot done in the weeks that just passed, there’s still plenty of unfinished business that’s followed me into 2016 — but I can hack away at my ideas gradually, taking my time to find the truth in my half-formed ramblings, not forcing square pegs into round holes and rush it all.
It’s giving me the time to build foundations, putting all the pieces in place so I can finish 2016 with a bang!
And this week was just another step towards that goal.
The rough thing about plans being so preliminary right now is that I can’t tell you much about them. The #BloggerLife’s taken me all sorts of places these past few years, but the things that’re happening right now are well beyond anything I’ve come across before, asking me to make some very important decisions about my life and the people I love around me.
We’ll see how it goes!
But enough happened that I can talk about, like a surprise baby celebration at Sarah’s office, which was nice because she’d feared that everyone would be too busy to send her off.
Ladies and gents,
I'd like to announce that I'm naming the mimosa my official drink of 2016.
Thank you and carry on with your days ???
— Casey E. Palmer (@CaseP) January 3, 2016
In a fancier turn of events, I experienced what The Chase has to offer, continuing my unofficial mandate of making the mimosa my drink of 2016, and chowing down on oysters and truffle frites while taking a look down one of the potential paths that could shape my life.
And the postal service and couriers were good to me this week, delivering the goods including:
- a care package from Pampers to celebrate the little guy who’ll soon take up permanent residence in Casa de Palmer;
- the complete Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD box set from a friend to the blog who thought it’d bring a smile to my face (spoiler: IT DID.); and
- a card from a colleague to celebrate the New Year featuring art from Thunder Bay painter Dick Spooner*!
It was a good enough week, but you know what might’ve been my favourite part of all? When Kendrick Lamar went and utterly killed the mic by performing “Untitled 2” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, continuing a rigorous campaign to stay on top of the rap game without ever seeming to really want the crown.
I’ve yet to really write about my love for Kendrick’s music and what it’s done for me as a creative, but I’m pretty sure if you can’t get down with his combination of funky rhythms and dense lyricism that really forces you to listen, I’m not sure we can be friends!
Make sure to check out the new tune below!
But you know what else is up this week? Your chance to win a $100 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings, with 14 Canadian locations across Calgary and the General Toronto Area, each with their 23 signature sauces and seasonings, and flavours ranging from the fairly tame Sweet BBQ to Blazin’… which I know I wouldn’t try, but hey — my days trying to prove how much heat I can handle are long behind me.
If you need further incentive to try and get your wing on (and if so, I don’t understand you one bit), let’s talk about a little sport called hockey.
B-Dubs is hosting 10 fan events this Leafs season to bring the game day hockey viewing experience to life! Back in November, they even brought Leafs alumnus Darcy Tucker to celebrate with some die-hard supporters from Leafs Nation:
So if you’re looking for a great spot to watch Leafs games, B-Dubs is one strong contender, as they’ve partnered with Toronto’s well-known team to give Leafs Nation an experience they won’t soon forget! With wall-to-wall TVs and enough wings, sauces and bevvies to whet your appetite, why go anywhere else?
And if you find yourself feeling lucky, all this contest needs is a few clicks below! It’s open to Canadians aged 18+ (living outside of Quebec), and continues through the rest of January, so what’re you waiting for???
The Week That Was a Week of Catching Up On Everything Under the Sun.
I recently described to a friend how odd it is — the feeling that I’d finally caught up with all my content. No more stressing out over deadlines with Christmas ’round the corner, clashing with work timelines, holiday parties and checking things off the list to get for my fam. No more trying to come up with sweeping year-end statements and lofty new year’s resolutions, both — as usual — written at the eleventh hour, for if there’s one thing I rarely fail to do, it’s leave little time to plan. No — this week was a busy one… but busy good, scribbling away at this life I’m working at day in… and day out.
Good luck to all those who enter, and I’ll catch you on the flip side!
Until the next, I remain…
*eventually I’ll discover more of Ontario — it’s a massive province at 1,076,395 km2 (of the nearly 300 land masses in the world, that’d put it around 29th!), and while I’d love to visit T-Bay, we just haven’t had cause to make the 2-hour flight yet. (Or 15-hour drive. You know. Whichever.)
As for me, the Case P, I’m already working on my next trick — and if I do it right, it could change my life forever. But until then, you can catch my hijinks on my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts!
See you next post!