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The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 3: The 28 Things Left Over

And we’re finally here—the 28 items that either just didn’t make the cut to come back after 2016, or got tabled for future Casey to handle somewhere down the line!

The more I do these, the more I realise I can’t do everything today, and so I work harder to focus on what’s in front of me so I can give myself the room to manage future challenges!

But hey—if there’s something on this list you think you can make happen sooner, feel free to let me know at palmer.casey@gmail.com and we’ll see what we can do!

Without further ado, here’s The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 3: The 28 Items Left Over!


The 2016 100 Wrap-Up — What I MAY Do, But Not Necessarily in 2017

2) Win a vacation for my dry cleaner — One thing I’ve learned as a blogger is that while it’s all too easy to get high on yourself when you have successes, you also need to keep realistic. Though many great things have happened in my #BloggerLife so far, I don’t have the clout nor the contacts to conjure a vacation from thin air. Not yet, anyway. This is one I’ll pursue awhile, yet.

The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 3 - The 28 Things Left Over — The Toronto Argonauts' First Game at the New BMO Field (Go Argos Go)

4) Take Eric to a sporting event so he can stop complaining about getting left from sporting events — After hitting a Toronto Argos game last year with a few buddies (and by association the Canada vs. Slovakia World Junior Hockey Championship game I was at just before the new year), I may have promised my buddy Eric that I’d take him to a game sometime. This would make the 2017 list, except I have no idea when I’ll find myself invited to a game next, so we’ll get back to this one eventually.

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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.

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DO ALL THE THINGS: The 2013 100 Wrap-Up 31-40: Audiophilia, Authorship and Altitudinal Consumption

For those keeping track at home, I’m at about a 25% success rate with The 2013 100 so far (not so bad considering that I found 35% of the list as a waste of my time — really shows you how much someone can change in a year!) As we enter the Christmas season, it’s all about wrapping up those to-do lists, trying to end the year on a merry note to open the new year dashingly.

Let’s see whether I boost that success rate today!

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The 2013 100, Items 31-40: Audiophilia, Authorship and Altitudinal Consumption

  1. Go up the CN Tower, one way or another, and go the CN Tower Edgewalk
  2. Visit Casa Loma
  3. Create a list of cool things to do in Toronto
  4. Run a cool 5K race, like Run for Your Lives or Tough Mudder
  5. Clean my music collection up, once and for all
  6. Establish a far better filing system for my documents
  7. Use all the different themes, templates, tutorials and eBooks I amassed in 2012
  8. Try to sleep like normal people do
  9. Get all of the outstanding work off of my plate at the 9-to-5
  10. Write my first eBook

31: Go up the CN Tower, one way or another, and go the CN Tower Edgewalk

Casey Palmer Pointing to the Tower

Living in Toronto and never having gone up the CN Tower is a lot like living in Paris and never having climbed the Eiffel. Or living in New York and never climbing the Empire State Building. Or the Statue of Liberty. Or the Rockefeller Center — jeez, New York, how many tall-ass buildings do you have?!

I’ve lived in Toronto area all my life, and somehow did it without visiting this city’s most notable landmark! No sooner than  I’d mentioned it, friends were sending suggestions my way on how we could tick this one from The 2013 100 list:

“You should climb it in the Enbridge CN Tower Climb for United Way in October and blog about it!”

“I’d totally do the EdgeWalk with you, but you know it’s $175, right?”

But in the end, Sarah came up with the best idea:

“Why don’t we just go to 360 for our anniversary?”

Sold.

You Dine Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round, Like A Record, Baby, Right Round Round Round

Easily the most stratospheric restaurant in the city, 360 is attempting to masquerade as a fancy joint in a place that’s pretty dated.

I mostly enjoyed the views and the food, but the craziest part of the experience is trying to find your table again after going to the washroom! Sure, they mark the sections, but when your seat is constantly rotation around the pivot point where the washrooms are, it only helps so much.

If you want a nice place to see the city while you dine, 360’s a great place to go — it’s the only way to get value of out seeing the CN Tower as a tourist, because the open gallery beneath it is a hot mess, has longer line-ups and — well, it’s generally pretty chaotic.

360° Revolving on Urbanspoon

I’ve done the CN Tower once — I probably don’t need to return for a very long time.

Well — unless someone wants to pay for my EdgeWalk experience, but we’ll save that for next year 😉

STATUS:

CN Tower: SO done.

EdgeWalk: On to the next year!

32: Visit Casa Loma

So Casa Loma was recently sold and its future looks toward converting it into a restaurant, event space and museum. I don’t have any burning desire to visit — I was just on this “tourist in my city” kick that I thought needed dealing with, but I think I’ll wait on this and see how it turns out.

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

33: Create a list of cool things to do in Toronto

The front page of the Zoomdoggle Fun List NYC Vol. 01
Your guide to amazing in The Big Apple!

When Sarah and I visited NYC in 2011, I searched for the best travel guide to help me get the most out of the city, and was instantly inspired by Zoomdoggle’s Fun List NYC. I soaked in so much New York that after a week, I considered living there!

When I got back to the Great White North, I thought — “Why don’t we have a guide like this for Toronto?”

Whenever someone’s visiting Toronto, Torontonians refer them to the same ol’ stuff. Go check the CN Tower out! Catch a Jays game! Take a stroll through High Park!

But we know better.

In 2014, I want to take another look at building a list of things Torontonians love to do in their city, and then maybe we’ll have a Fun List, too!

STATUS: On to the next year!

(In case the original link isn’t working correctly, you can find the PDF here: http://www.nuok.it/doc/funlist.pdf.)

34: Run a cool 5K race, like Run for Your Lives or Tough Mudder

Casey in a Three-Legged Race
A 5K three-legged race… would suck. Surely.

In an ideal world, I’d have a year’s worth of content scheduled so I could make more time to do stuff like run.

You don’t just wake up one morning and decide to run a 5K — people train for distance runs, conditioning their bodies so they don’t have a poor showing when the time comes to perform. Aside from sporadic games of dodgeball and Ultimate through the year and doing some heavy lifting at home, I’d say that running a 5K in my current condition would be the literal death of me.

Next year, let’s try some baby steps and include more physical activity in my routine. Once I’m used to thatthen let’s look at conquering a distance run.

Anyone know any good sales coming up for running shoes?

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

35: Clean my music collection up, once and for all

When I started 2013, I had 100 GB of music — or about 15,000 songs — sitting on my hard drive, taking up space. 15,000 songs — at 3 minutes a song, that’s 750 hours of music. You’d need more than a month straight to listen to it all. There was no way I was listening to everything!

So I did what any OCD audiophile would do — I backed the music to my 3 TB external hard drive and started culling.

With iTunes Smart Playlists and an acute sense for my musical tastes, I managed to bring the collection down by more than 90% to 1400 songs that I could listen to without mashing the skip button on my headphones to death!

We just won’t mention that I’ve crept up to 2100 songs since….

STATUS: SO done.

36: Establish a far better filing system for my documents

Messy Kitchen Table
I’m so organized….

There’s already a problem word here in the item itself — documents.

I have some mild hoarding tendencies — I came by them honestly, but I won’t tell you which side of the family they’re from!

When I had to convert my office to a nursery, we unearthed a number of papers I hadn’t looked at in ages: old newspaper clippings, magazines, notes — I was holding on to a number of items that played parts in my life, “just in case”.

Just in case I had an amazing infographic idea and needed some visual inspiration. Just in case there was a life-changing article in one of those magazines that I simply couldn’t do without. Just in case we had a global paper shortage and I needed to keep my family warm.

So, yes, I came up with a better system that’s more befitting of our digital age and trying to live in a paperless environment.

I recycled the heck out of it all.

There’s still a bit left over, I will admit but it’s nowhere  near as bad as it was. And as my Dad taught me back in the restaurant days, there’s only one surefire way to deal with a mess:

Clean as you go.

STATUS: SO done.

37: Use all the different themes, templates, tutorials and eBooks I amassed in 2012

Unfortunately, hoarding isn’t limited to physical items — my hard drive’s stuffed with textures, themes and other digital files I’ve amassed from different sales over the years, and it ain’t easy finding the time to put it all into production!

It’s all part of a master plan — to eventually get my design game tight and define my individuality once and for all.

But my site in’t my full-time job — a white-collar  family man has a couple other obvious priorities to deal with, so let’s table this for next year.

STATUS: On to the next year!

(P.S. If anyone ever needs a hookup, we’ll look at some licensing agreements and see what I can do!)

38: Try to sleep like normal people do

Casey Sleeping on the EuroTrip 2005
It’s said that I can sleep anywhere. I just don’t sleep a lot by choice.

You’re kidding me, right?

Not only do I keep enough on my plate to keep 2 or 3 people busy, years of surviving on 4-6 hours of sleep trained me perfectly for fatherhood, which is kinda nice.

So yeah, sleep when I’m dead!

…or at least when it’s doctor-mandated.

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

39: Get all of the outstanding work off of my plate at the 9-to-5

There’s one word to describe the act of trying to get every last thing done at an office job to the point where you’ll never need to look at your task list ever again:

Futile.

Something you either learn quickly or never learn at all is that there’s no end to work. Someone will always come up with something for you to do — some unforeseen wrinkle in the operations adding to the smorgasbord of accountabilities you already have on your plate; some jerk who’d held on to something for far too long because of laziness and now with the deadline approaching has made it the most urgent thing ever — work is endless.

As a not-so-young employee in an older workplace, I can see the workplace from both sides. I see the older employees thinking that the youngins don’t know what it means to put in an honest day’s work and just get the job done. I see the new, young staff who are hungry to prove their worth, frustrated by tasks reeking of inefficiency and ridicule.

In my case, I’m at my 9th role at my organization in the last 6 1/2 years, and I’ve become a “fixer” in that time — I enter broken projects and get them back on track, striving to leave them in far better shape than I found them. But I soon discovered that even that wasn’t enough, with people from my old jobs ringing me up to get advice on how to do things like I did them.

So good luck getting rid of all your work, because it’ll never happen. What might happen is a nervous breakdown from trying to do it — so hey. How about we just be realistic?

STATUS: Ain’t nobody got time for that!

40: Write my first eBook

Someone I’d consider a prominent blogger once told me something like this —

“You audience wants to support you. What you need to do is give them something to support you with.”

Blog writing is one thing, but we’re a commodity-based society, dealing in goods and services to improve our perceived quality of life. It’s one thing to write stories on my site that make people laugh and think, but that’s 5 minutes of value. What if, instead, I could create something that gave 5 minutes of value? Or 5 days? Or even 5 years?

Up until now, I’ve struggled finding a niche. I was a Toronto lifestyle blogger dabbling in social media strategy, tech, food and travel. As soon as DoomzToo entered the picture, though, it was time to balance all that with the challenge of fatherhood.

And there it is. The niche. How to do daddyhood right and still keep a blog on the side!

I chat a lot about still finding time to be yourself despite your new responsibilities — perhaps it’s time to put my money where my mouth is and package it in steps for other Dads to read.

In 2014, it’s time to do this the “write” way.

STATUS: On to the next year!

You’re almost halfway through the journey that is my 2013! Please feel free to try something from the complimentary snack bar while you wait for the next destination! Our next stops include stepping my game up as a photographer, why I suck as a gamer, and feeding the urge to dodge and burn! [/designer joke]

Until next we meet,

–case p.