I don’t feel like I did as much in May as I did in April, but I did a lot nonetheless.

Here’s what kept me busy this month:

  1. I read 7 books, or over 2,100 pages, which did quite a lot to help catch me up to my goal of reading 30 total in 2014. Four of those books were the four volumes of comics making up Season 8 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I also really enjoyed The Circle, by Dave Eggers – a book that perhaps hit a bit close to home in places, as someone who works in social media and struggles with the balance of over-sharing and participating in the web.
  2. On May 30, I closed on my house! I am a homeowner. I expect a lot of my June 2014 list to be comprised of painting and getting some other work done as we move in.
  3. I was a week-long guest speaker for an Information Architecture class that my MLIS program offers online. I talked to students about what it’s like working in UX, how agency life is different from some of the other job paths they may be considering right now, and what to consider putting on their resumes & portfolios when they start their job hunts after graduation. I also represented SOIS alumni at an open house in the second half of the month, and talked to prospective students about the benefits of an MLIS degree, and some of the alternate career paths available to graduates.
  4. I ran 29 miles, in preparation for the Bellin Run. May is a great month to add on big mileage in preparation. I’ll be doing the actual run in the middle of June. I also brought back some of the Jillian Michaels cross-training I did last year, to improve my Bellin performance and keep me healthier overall. Do your pushups!
  5. My band, Whiskey Doubles, released our first album! You can check it out on iTunes. It’s also available on Spotify, and a bunch of other channels, too. Extremely proud of this.

June is going to be a busy month, getting my home move-in ready, running a race, and playing my first show with the new band.