2009 Year in Review

All this review is a little delayed it was well worth the time. Despite the overall gloomy haze that covered most of 2009 for the nation, there were many things to be proud be proud of.

small checkmarkChaired for Pre-Conference at the IA Summit in Memphis, TN
With the help of fantastic folks like Samantha Bailey, Keith Instone, Mags Hanley, Jennifer Bohmbach, Donna Spencer, Stacy Surla, and Dick Hill, I took on the responsibility to organize and manage the efforts of the pre-conference workshops for the 2009 IA Summit. In addition to workshops, we also were able to hold the first-ever consortium in the history of the Summit. An awesome accomplishment with great success for the content strategy community.

small checkmarkRan Second Marathon in Baltimore
In 2008 I ran my first marathon in Philadelphia with my good friend, Regan. It was such a major accomplishment for the both of us in my hometown that we also decided to give it a go in hers. Read about the fantastic experience we had in October.

small checkmarkCompleted Full Year as a UX Researcher
In my quest to be the best User Experience Designer I can I chose to spend the past 18 months concentrating on understanding our users and how to best use that information to affect the products we provide. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done so far and the progress I’ve made as a new researcher and a designer.

small checkmarkMentored a Transitioning UX Designer
I had the privilege this year of providing guidance to a very smart and enthusiastic woman interested in transitioning to UX. This is really fantastic and rewarding opportunity. I’m very proud of the progress and hope to continue playing a role in her transition.

small checkmarkTraveled to London, Edinburgh, Zagreb and Hawaii
Like every year, we try our best to travel to new places while also making a stop in Zagreb to see family. This year was no exception. The UK is always a treat, but Edinburgh was amazing and I really hope we get the opportunity to live there one day. Enjoy the pictures from my trip to London and Edinburgh.

I can only hope that 2010 continues to be a year of great experience and accomplishment. Looking forward to whatever lies ahead.

Managed TV

There are so many ways to watch TV these days you’d think it would be easier to stay on top of your favorite shows. However, with more choice comes more complexity. If it’s important enough we will look for or devise a solution to help manage it or simplify and reduce our choices.

Since I watch most of my TV online, I’ve employed this low-tech, manual process for managing what I watch. The sticky you see to the right includes entries for all the shows I follow that includes these details:

  • name of the show
  • last episode I watched
  • link to where I watch it
  • when the show returns from hiatus

It works well for now, but many of my shows are on hiatus. When they start airing again and I start to watch them with my husband and friends, this will quickly become more work than it’s worth.

I patiently wait for the day when Fancast can do this for me.

‘Tis the season for donating

Donating to charities is an important responsibility we exercise each year. As much as we want to donate to all the organizations out there, it’s just not possible. Therefore, every year it’s a challenge to determine how much we can spread around and where. Where we donate is a statement about us and our values.

We support a number of organizations — local, national and international — that help affect the things we hold dear:

  • environmental responsibility
  • eradication of cancer and disease
  • protection of animals
  • access to safe family planning
  • safety and opportunity for children
  • spread of free information and ideas

What do you support?

Second Marathon

This past October I ran the Baltimore Marathon with my good friend, Regan. It was an incredible accomplishment. I finished 5 minutes faster than my first marathon in Philly the previous year and with a much more challenging, hilly course.

The City of Baltimore knows how to hold a marathon. Although it may not have been the best for businesses or city-folk, it was really great for runners. The race closed down a lot of the city streets making it impossible to get from one side of the city to the other by car, public transit or even by foot.

The race began with just the marathon runners at Camden Yards where we had full access to the stadium parking lot, clean bathrooms instead of porta-johns, and lots of space to queue up and stretch out. The course wound through the city hitting all the parks and high-points like Druid Hill, Clifton Park, Patterson Park, and the Inner Harbor.

The half marathon race joined us at the Inner Harbor when we were halfway done. They kept us energized and motivated all the way until the end.

The best part of the race was the support along the way from the great people of Baltimore. There were very few, short segments of the race where there wasn’t a crowd of local spectators cheering us on and passing out food and drink. Residents came out in droves to blast music, dance and cheer for everyone. It was amazing.

I would certainly run the Baltimore Marathon again. I found it to be more challenging, but more rewarding than the Philly Marathon.

Running on The Big Island

At first I was worried about traveling to Hawai’i during a time when I have to run 18 and 20-milers for my Baltimore Marathon training. I was really anxious about the heat and humidity, but excited about the scenery.

I had the pleasure of running my first 18-miler on the famous Ali’i Drive. Ali’i Drive is the official run finish of the Ironman Hawai’i. The heat and humidity did not overcome the beautiful coastline I ran along. I’m excited to run on it again for my two 6-mile runs later in the week.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironman_Triathlon
http://www.hawaiiweb.com/Hawaii/html/sites/kailua_kona_town.html

Interactive Crime Story Feature

CNN has posted a new interactive tool that allows the reader to get more from the story and the history by combining photos, maps, and video to demonstrate the facts and progress of the crimes

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/news/grim.sleeper/index.html

CNN also allowed readers to comment and it was fascinating to see how many folks are trying to solve the crime and offering up new perspectives and interesting correlations.