Team Thomas Movember | Mo’ Blogging, Mo’ Problems

Being sick for most of November’s been a royal pain, keeping me from doing everything that was on my list for the month. My stack of blog drafts’ as thick as ever; house doors still squeak in dire need of some WD-40; emails sit unanswered in my Gmail inbox, and I couldn’t tackle Movember with the gusto I would were I at 100%.

It wasn’t for lack of ‘stache β€” my facial hair’s grown in nicely (much to my wife’s chagrin), and I’ve taken photos along the way to prove it. But it’s fitting that one of Movember’s foci are on mental health because I started feeling a real sense of burnout as I started closing 2015 off?

The Week That Was… October 25th – 31st, 2015.

This post’s outΒ easilyΒ a week later than I wanted it to be, its author on the tail end of a week relentless with its to-do list. But with Halloween and my son’s second birthday party both in the past, I can put a little more time back into writing and the tale of how I finished October with a new phone in my pocket, eyes open to anΒ entirely new world of deliciousness, and all other sorts of random in the life and times of Casey Palmer!


Before I start, this post is indirectly brought to you by Google Photos, because without a visual history of what I’ve been up to, I’d haveΒ no clue of what wentΒ down every week.

I finished October with my family game onΒ fleek, spending most of my time either at the 9-5 getting things done or at home with my wife and son, the little joys that pop up in the days. How cute Little Man looks when he’s done his breakfast in the morning and wants to fake a nap with his parents. Or hitting up a Halloween party for the neighbourhood toddlers, watching at least a dozen 2-year olds run around as their parents sat watch at the edges of a plush, carpeted basement (Pro Tip: if you’re going to a potluck, be the one who brings the beer!) I used a SportChek credit to keep my underwear gear on point with the Saxx Underwear Company’s Platinum line; we made our preparations to celebrate the Little Man’s second birthday… even when I wasn’t living it up as part of the #BloggerLife, I feel blessed that life had plenty in store to keep me satisfied, always reminding me there’s more to life than the mischief I get into online.

But if you think the #BloggerLife took a week off,Β trust me β€” you don’t know CaseP; there was stillΒ plenty afoot in the week leading up to Halloween β€” let me tell you a bit about it!

Thomas & Friends Turbo Flip Thomas | Movember Canada | Helping Men Live Better Lives!

Someone approached me months back with an interesting requestΒ β€” to join in a unique collaboration between a childhood staple that’s been around since many of ourΒ grandparents were in diapers and a now-global movement to bring some much-needed awareness to specific issues involving men’s health, all done in ways that stand out and start the right conversations on topics that frankly aren’t talked about enough.

This November, I’m trying my hand at Movember once more, joining Team ThomasΒ (myself,Β Corey Shaw, Paul Van Huss, Mike Reynolds, Shaun Worrell, andΒ Trevor Arsenault) in their fundraising efforts to help in the fight against ailments like prostate and testicular cancer! It’s a team made up of Dad Bloggers from across the nation, backed by Thomas & Friends, celebrating theirΒ 70th anniversary of delighting children with tales of anthropomorphic vehicles getting intoΒ allΒ sorts of mischief!

It’s a little mind-blowing seeing my son enjoy the same show I did at his age, asking to see more “choo-choo” on the odd occasion when we let him watch some Netflix. And they’ve really upgraded the graphics, tooΒ β€” imagine my surprise when I saw Thomas the Tank Engine with fully animated features instead of the rolling eyes and fixed facial expressions I knew from the ’80s! Some things change, but boys and their toys don’t seem to be one of them!

Well… almost.