This week that was made for one of the busiest I’ve had in ages, leading up to my brother taking the next step in his adult journey — getting married to his girlfriend of five years in a party that reminded me I’m not quite as young as I used to be.
So after managing three solid blog posts, I needed to shut down a while. Wanting his big day to go as smoothly as possible, I played my big brother role and stepped in to help where I could, but I wouldn’t realize it’d mean coordinating the limo driver and videographers; sourcing a new audio track for the ceremony’s soloist when the one provided proved sub-par; and fielding all manner of question on the fly as the guests sought to figure out the day. It meant writing a speech from his two brothers that outlined who he is, what he’s done, and what made the day as great as it was — a speech that got him the most emotional I think I’d ever seen him!
But after some time spent recovering, I finally got my thoughts together and scribed The Week That Was #4. And though there’s plenty I could talk about this week, here are a few I have no intention of discussing:
- the build-up and results of the 42nd Canadian general election;
- the Toronto Blue Jays’ rise and fall at the hands of the Kansas City Royals, bat flip and all;
- Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video and its domination of the Interwebs; or, of course,
- Back to the Future II and how its imagined 2015 is way cooler than the digital navel-gazing we’re obsessed with right now.
No, while there was aplenty to whet the appetites of an audience voracious for entertainment and excitement, I had a week of an entirely different flavour, facing the future and the things it might hold for myself and my family. Even though the 9-5 sought to consume my time when I wasn’t trying on tuxes, hanging with friends, or shopping for the Little Man’s outfit, I still fit in a thing or two that kept the week interesting!
Let me share a bit of my life with you….
It Takes a Village to Raise a Child
Though I knew it was coming for a while, it was amazing to see my coworkers put a surprise baby shower together to celebrate our second son! After tricking Sarah into my office under the pretense of lunch, in one of the rare occasions I’ve managed to surprise her, it was great seeing Sarah greeted by my coworkers and some of her friends alike for a party complete with delicious food, lavish decorations, and a bounty of gifts for the newest Palmer to come!
It was amazing gesture by my colleagues, and a feeling that won’t soon leave me.
Now we just need to figure out where to put everything!
Investing in the Future — The Grid
Every now and then I’ll come across something that genuinely raises an eyebrow, giving me pause to consider the world I’ve built around me so far, and what I could do to make it better.
If I’m completely honest, the way I currently blog isn’t sustainable. It takes a lot of work to put a post together — using just the right words, finding the right images, and doing all the stuff in the background to make the post Internet-ready. With the time I invest to produce content meeting my standards, there’s no way I can scale the blog to produce more content the way I do things now.
Enter The Grid — a new way to think about website creation with a site that creates itself. It’s in limited beta right now as they continue developing the solution, but looking in on something that could potentially save me countless hours of time at the price of $8/month (it’ll be $25/month once they’re fully up and running) just seemed like a no-brainer.
I’ll continue hustling my way until they’re ready for me, but I look forward to a potential future where everything just works at the push of a button!
So really, that’s The Week That Was. It ended much as you’d expect, with a wedding-filled weekend as we clowned around at the rehearsal dinner; tried writing our speeches at the Monte Carlo Inn while my wonderful groom of a brother fed us some potent cocktails to celebrate; and wrapping up with a reception that saw me dance like I haven’t done in a long time.
It was a solid way to start closing the month out.
Sometimes you won’t have amazing weeks. Sometimes you’ll play second fiddle to others around you, supporting them so they can have their time in the limelight.
But life isn’t all about you* — we live the best lives through the things we do for others; we’re not alone in this world, so why expect the universe to keep all eyes on us 24/7?
Thanks for checking out The Week That Was #4, albeit a bit later in the week than I’d like! As your reward, I’ve put together some videos that caught my attention this week — I hope you enjoy them just as much as I did!
I love this song, I love this video, you should love it too!
I can’t believe it took me 7 years to come across this one, but I think this song is one of the best representations of my city in hip-hop. Many have tried to capture its raw essence in track after track, but this one really stood out to me when I found out about it through a blogTO post 🙂 T-DOT REPRESENT.
And my BEST TWEET OF THE WEEK award goes to:
Her: "Is it normal for 2-year old boys to be obsessed with their private parts?"
Him: "I'm 32 and still obsessed with my private parts!"
— Casey E. Palmer (@CaseP) October 21, 2015
* no matter what Tupac says!