Apple TV | Netflix Stream Team | Season One, Episode Three — New Year, New View: How a Little Black Box Changed My Life

January’s a time for new resolve and resolutions — even for those of us who claim we don’t make any. Flipping the calendar to a new year does something to us, giving us a figurative reset button — a chance to do away with unneeded things holding us back and try once more to become the people we’re meant to be.

Netflix Canada was right on track with their January prompts, asking the Stream Team to outline some of their resolutions for the year ahead!

Now, if you know me, you might find this a tad problematic — after all, it’s already tough enough for me to come up with 100 new resolutions every year — so I thought up some ways I could still join my Stream Team peers as they geared up for a new year with new views.

First, I thought to give my family some resolutions of their own, little things they could do to make all of our lives easier. However, Sarah reminded me that unless I yearned for permanent residence on the living room couch, that might be an approach to reconsider. (Don’t think I won’t get you to stop throwing your toys, though, Little Man!)

Then I considered resurrecting an old blog idea of mine and repurposing it — “I Don’t Do Resolutions”, a tongue-in-cheek ode to those who believe themselves so perfect that they don’t need some self-reflection to see what they could do better… but my heart wasn’t in it, preferring to focus on what good I can do in my life over the ills people focus on in theirs.

Finally, I did the only thing I could — write a post about Netflix Canada and a little black box, telling the story of how they’re changing my life with far more than shows.

What’s small, comes in a black box, and can replace three consoles and fifty games with its Netflix app?

I joined the Netflix Stream Team at a strange time — two posts in and it was Year Three, where the stakes were higher and our digital media benefactors aimed to immerse us even deeper into the sheer wealth of programming they offered. There was plenty right in line with my interests for a better 2016, like Soul Surfer which I’d seen before at a church retreat; and the Planet Earth collection, once owned on DVD (you know — back when optical media was the thing), but it was the Year Three Stream Team welcome package that’d change everything.

If you follow anyone else on the Stream Team, this’ll be far from a spoiler for you, but I don’t think you realize how happy I was when I came home to the 4th gen Apple TV released last October and a Sony HT-CT80 Sound Bar to give my TV a much-needed upgrade. Many would simply see this as yet more cool swag that’s par for the course with the #BloggerLife, but for a couple of parents quickly realizing that kids and really good at taking up space with hordes of stuff… every little victory we can get to reclaim some space is more than welcome!

Let me refer you back to an item on The 2016 100:

41) If we’re just using it to watch Netflix ANYWAY, replace the Playstation 3 with an Apple TV or Roku 3 or SOMETHING.

It’s been nearly five years since we got married — five years since my baby brother got me a Playstation 3 as a wedding gift, thinking it was the best thing in the world. I remember making an EB Games cashier’s day with the stack of games I bought shortly afterwards, getting ready to game like the good ol’ days, where I’d bask in the TV screen glow well into the night.

But Casey the Husband is a far cry from the man I’d been as a bachelor, all that free time finding ways to fill itself, none of it including animated avatars trying to complete complex three-dimensional puzzles on my screen. And once kids came into the mix years later, my consoles, games and DVDs were little more than eyesores, eating up precious energy and space that could be put to such better use.

So while I’ve little to offer Netflix Canada as far as new resolutions, I’m happy that they’ve helped me knock one off my list that’s sure to keep on giving as this family keeps growing!

And as for you out there in need of a solid fix when there’s nothing good on cable, don’t fret — Netflix has plenty planned for the year ahead… but why not start with some of what you can expect this February?

That said, The Making of a Murderer‘s not going to watch itself, so I’d better get back to it!

Happy streaming, tout le monde, and I’ll see you when I look at you!

Until the next,

–case p.


*Disclaimer: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team, a group of bloggers posting monthly on the new things Netflix has to offer, which often involves interesting monthly packages promoting their freshest shows and movies! I just tell my family I’m watching copious amount of TV for work. They buy it. For now.

The 2016 100 — or — How to Build a Better Casey

I can’t even lie, guys — coming up with a list of 100 goals for the fourth year in a row was hard — ridiculously so. I’m a very different me than I was when The 2013 100 came out, back when free time was still an abundant commodity I didn’t even know I was taking for granted, trying to fill it with countless things that’d keep life interesting.

A problem I most definitely don’t have in 2016!

As I work at surviving the upcoming year — especially with our second child’s imminent arrival — I needed to make the list a lot more realistic; I’m all too skilled at chasing ambitions that exceed my lifestyle’s capacity, and I’ll need to keep wary of that in 2016 if I want to see myself make it out the other side!

So without further ado, The 2016 100. It took a couple of days to polish off after recovering from the gauntlet that was 2015, but I feel like it’s a list that will really make waves in this life o’ mine should I see it finished!

But hey — that’s what I say every year ????

Thanks for reading!


1) Write an amazing series for Black History Month
2) Win a vacation for my dry cleaner
3) Watch Creed; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Martian; Ant-Man
4) Take Eric to a sporting event so he can stop complaining about getting left from sporting events
5) Phase my old 3.5″ hard drive out
6) Get rid of my old electronics
7) Stop biting my nails
8) Get rid of the wedding thank you cards I never sent
9) Clean out the basement crawl space
10) Build shelves into the crawl space
11) Give my FWD Powershot 2 to my old manager the hockey coach
12) Do the CN Tower Edgewalk
13) Sort out my old TD employee RSP
14) Consolidate everything down to a single notepad

Though a chiropractor I started seeing late into 2015 told me I’d developed some mild sciatica in my back, I didn’t need him to tell me I carry too much STUFF. In a digital age where we can pack mountains of information into a single device, there’s really NO NEED for me to carry all the draft posts and note that I do — save the fact that working from hard copy’s the way my brain’s WIRED.

In 2016, I need a little more focus to keep all my ideas stored in one place so I’m not constantly carrying EVERYTHING in my house made of paper, knowing that I probably scribbled SOMETHING on ALL of ’em.

15) Sort out the Internet situation at home so I can stop relying on tethering to LTE data
16) Learn enough Spanish to understand my sister-in-law’s Mexican wedding in May
17) Find time for date nights, which will involve finding someone who wants to babysit two kids… how about we just find more awesome things to do at home, just in case?
18) Try Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake
19) Get to 0 drafts on CaseyPalmer.com by converting everything into live posts
20) Install the growth chart for my kids that we got at my office baby shower
21) Update all the old content on CaseyPalmer.com
22) Upgrade the site infrastructure to better support contest traffic
23) Redesign the heck out of the blog (Twenty Sixteen, what up)
24) Find the time to pack more lunches for work
25) Clean up and optimize my Pinterest account (I still have that copy of Pinterest Savvy lying around somewhere)
26) Shave more regularly
27) Hand out my remaining business “cep” cards so I can put in a new order (wait — do we still do business cards?)
28) Clear out the bookshelves to prepare for Baby #2
29) Replace the lost key to our 2011 Ford Edge
30) Figure out what I ACTUALLY need to run my site and invest in THAT.
31) Replace our bathroom sink
32) Meet with the people who I never seemed to schedule in through 2015 (Aaron, Emma, Ria, Adrienne, Dianna)
33) Get a Brookhaven Computer Cabinet

The 1% of the Casa de Palmer workspace I use to do all the things isn’t the best — in fact, it’s falling apart. As I get older and start formalizing my #BloggerLife, Sarah and I agree that my workspace should evolve to show that. It’ll take some saving to make it happen, but it’d be a nice addition to the home.