The Month That Was… November 22nd – December 26th, 2015.

It’s been the hottest minute since I put out aΒ Week That Was, so much so that I needed to roll ’em up into a month’s worth of material to catch up on the stories! A bit of a fail, I admit, but when you’re simultaneously preparing for Christmas, scribing aΒ lively giveaway series, and trying to keep theΒ rest of your life in order, things are gonna fall between the cracks. But with Christmas over and done with and the new yearΒ just around the corner, I’mΒ jonesing to start 2016 with a clean slate, taking everything I learned this year to push the blog inΒ exciting directions!

But enough jabbering about the future when you’re here for the past β€” let’s take a look at my last five weeks and all the antics that took up my time!


Any blogger who writes a post like this asking “Where do I start?” obviously doesn’t store enough of their moments on Google Photos. Scrolling through a quick search ofΒ 11/21/2015-12/26/2015 gave me everything I needed, andΒ jeez was it a lot!

Though I don’t quite know how I made it this far through 2015 with my sanity intact, November was closing itself off solidly with events like Read for the CureΒ courtesy of TELUS (where we sat in theΒ closest possible seats to the authors thanks to their status as Platinum Plus Sponsors and Ian Brown gleefully called my wife a “little shit”*), and emceeing DECA’s Festival of Lights, an annual event in my ‘hood to help ring in the holiday season by lighting the trees on the edge of East Lynn Park. I made a new friend β€” a potential Dad blogger who was visiting town, and reassured me there’re others out there looking to parent howΒ I parent through an enlightening conversation! I won a FitBit Flex and promptly gave it to a coworker, knowing I couldn’t make as solid use of it as some of my gym-going colleagues could; I succumbed to the hype and tried Hot Star Large Fried Chicken to discover it was little more than that β€” a bit of pounded white meat covered withΒ tons of breading and even moreΒ hoopla; and we continuedΒ tradition, getting Little Man a snowboarding Elmo to hang on the treeΒ amongst the various Christmas accessories we’d ordered in to jazz up Casa de Palmer!

November was busy, without a doubt, but there’s noΒ way I was ready for what’d comeΒ next.

#100HappyDays β€” Day 31 β€” As Simple as Pi

#100HappyDays Day 31 was a busy one, returning me downtown for some training, instantly feeling at home with its slushy sidewalks and people reminding me of the times I’d spend at the mall or wandering with friends, taking the energy of everything in. When I wasn’t dashing through the snow, I kept busy with many events β€” but which one made me happy?

#100HappyDays β€” Day 31 β€”  Pogue Mahone β€” Steak and Mushroom Pie

The first adventure had me wishing an old boss well, hanging with my old team at Pogue Mahone, a regular haunt for many working in Toronto’s Yonge/College area. I got my Steak and Mushroom Pie β€” my favourite item on their menu β€”and shared laughs with some of the best people I’ve worked with yet. It made me wistful for past days, and though I had a great lunch and great times, it also made me a little sad and contemplative about the future, so I don’t think this is the winner.

#100HappyDays β€” Day 16 β€” #HouseOfCardsAgainstHumanity x #PinkShirtDay x #WeLoveKatie

Talk to enough of my friends, and you’ll eventually hear dubious claims that I was born with a horseshoe lodged into my posterior.

Sure, I may win a few things. Okay, some kind of major. And sometimes, I’m just lucky enough to see a tweet advertising a contest ending in a few hours for aΒ Cards Against Humanity expansion forΒ House of Cards.

BiSC | Bloggers in Sin City and Vegas, Day by Day

BiSClaimer: You’re about to experience my six-day Vegas adventure in the span of one post. If you’re not ready to take in all the awesome through text, video and images galore, turn back now. Once I start, I will not stop until it’s out of my system. You have been warned.


“What was BiSC? …It was Casey.”

— Amanda Kruse

It’s been almost a solid month since Bloggers in Sin City, and it’s taken about this long to get off the buzz fromΒ my BiSC-uit high. In the time since I’ve been back, I’ve volunteered at a national conference, listened to amazing speakers, eaten delicious food and got up to much of the madness I would’ve doneΒ before I went to BiSC.

But it just wasn’t the same.

When I got back, many friends and family members expected that I’d spent all my time partying, getting drunk and gambling, because that’s what you do in Vegas, right? At least that’s what TV and movies tell us.

But there’s so muchΒ more to the Vegas experience than you canΒ imagine. You need the right people and the right opportunities to make it happen, though!

And BiSC? BiSC was aΒ perfect combination ofΒ both!