May? More like Month-of-Awesome

May is primed to be an amazing month, if only the sun would get the memo and start shining.

I plan to hit up the Downtown Farmer’s Market and cross a few things off my “Before 30” lis, like SHOOTING THE HOT DOG GUN (!!!) at an Iowa Cubs game. I’m so excited. (Get your tickets: May 16.)

Other fun events on the calendar:


It’s Tulip Time in Pella, starting today! I don’t think we’ll make it this weekend because I’m going to a Kentucky Derby Party I wrote about for the latest issue of DSM Magazine, online here.

I hope the town is still blooming mid-month when my family comes to visit.


Check out all of the Des Moines Bike Month events here. (Yes, the festivities include an urban chicken coop tour!)


The Des Moines Social Club is hosting its grand opening on May 10.


The “I’d Rather Be Short” book signing is coming to B&N in West Des Moines on May 15. My creative muscles need some exercise.


Personally, I’m excited to head to St. Louis this month for a baby shower that will feel like a wedding reunion. Our dear friends had a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic a few years ago around this time, and now they’re having a baby girl!



I pulled together the invites and other friends are pitching in to help host, but the shower will be at the home of a Mizzou friend who is known for her fantastic shindigs. We may even attempt to take Emmett to the City Museum while we’re in town!

I’m sure I’m missing a million things. Happy May Day!

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