May 31

May 2015 Update: Summer Is Getting Close

May 31, 2015

May was filled with lots of fun moments. Work can often be crazy during the month of May, and even though this last week has been unbelievably busy, the month was not quite as crazy as usual. Here are some of the bright spots:

  • personal highlightsMay started with one of my favorite parties of the year. My friends Maggie and Steve throw a Cinco DerByrthday party the first weekend in May every year to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, Cinco De Mayo, and Steve’s birthday. It never fails to disappoint!
  • My family had a lovely cookout for Mother’s Day that was simply perfect. It was just fun to hang out together.
  • My little brother turned 40, and my sister-in-law threw a fun family party that was so fun. We chowed down on some good food, and I even did pretty well at the trivia game.
  • We had our End-of-the-Year work party a little early this year at a local Mexican restaurant. It was fun to hang outside of work with everyone over a pitcher of margaritas and free food!
  • Memorial Day Weekend was perfect – the ultimate blend of fun and productivity. I had lunch with my parents, did dinner and drinks with a friend, went to a picnic at a friend’s house, and went to a Blackhawks party.
  • I hosted this month’s book club at my place for the book The Girl on the Train (review coming soon!). It was a fun evening with pizza, wine, and great book chat.
  • I finished the month with an evening at the Arlington Park Race Track with some of my coworkers. Although there was some rain initially, we had a great time (and I even came close to breaking even).

books and blogging


  • I attended the inaugural Chicago YA Book Fest. I had mixed feelings about it, but I’m glad I went.
  • I took my mom, my niece, and my nephew to the Scholastic Warehouse Sale. What made this so special was watching the love of reading that my niece and nephew have, the excitement they have over picking books to read, and knowing that my mom instilled that in me while I was growing up. It was one of those small but special moments.
  • I found a great new book blog to follow that I highly recommend. Check out The Modern Mrs. Darcy. She recently featured The Ultimate Summer Reading List, and I loved it!

What were you up to this month?

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Posted May 31, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "Monthly Wrap Up


  1. By Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction on

    Sounds like you had an extremely fun-filled May! Thanks for revealing yourself as my Secret Sister! I love knowing who you are and being able to come over and thank you for all the awesome gifts you’ve bestowed on me! :-)


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