May was a month of big accomplishments here in the Ryder household. Staffer Todd (also known as my darling husband) received his Master’s degree in molecular and cell biology from Quinnipiac University (our undergraduate alma mater). Not only did he earn that, but he defended his thesis which delved into how carbon dioxide affects cells (that’s the super simple explanation). Todd’s graduation wasn’t the only one our family witnessed this month. My sister-in-law Ellen also received her Master’s degree from Lehigh University in secondary education, specializing in math. And thirdly my brother-in-law Jason completed his MD/Ph.D. program at NYU! (So many smarties!)
Besides graduations, we also had a month filled with other fun trips and events. As you may or may not know, I’m OBSESSED with the Fast and the Furious franchise. After reading about an opportunity to see the newest installment, Fast and Furious 6, at an advance screening, I immediately signed up. It was awesome, as well as free! The following weekend, Todd and I traveled down to Staten Island to visit my Aunt Judy. After many many days and weeks of cleaning and various workers coming to her basement to rebuild it after Hurricane Sandy, we were able to put on the finishing touches! We helped install a few small items, as well as two in-ceiling speakers (I learned how to wield a drywall saw!)
Finally, we took a trip into the city to visit Todd’s aunt, uncle, and little cousin Sarah at the Natural History Museum! We had a great time exploring all the exhibits with Sarah and checking out the new additions to the museum since our last visit a couple of years ago. After this, we found a great little Mexican restaurant near the museum, and sat down for some dinner and margaritas (and lemonade for Sarah). In all, it was a ton of fun and something we can’t wait to do more often as we don’t get to see Todd’s extended family too often.
On the reading front I read another 23 books, bringing my year-to-date total to 93. It’s difficult to pick my favorite book of the month (since I read so many good ones), but if I had to pick I’d nominate The Secret of Ella and Micha and The Forever of Ella and Micha both written by Jessica Sorensen.
On the radar for June are some more new adult books I’ve been reading, as well as some historical fiction, paranormal, and action books. June should be a diverse reviewing month! Todd’s got a few fun things up his sleeve too, so keep an eye out!
So, there you have it, another exciting month behind the scenes here at Reflections. What did you do during May?
As always, happy reading!