Just a quick post before going to bed. My list of books to be read is getting bigger and bigger every day. Why? Because I don't stop buying books! :D So I buy books at a faster speed than I read them. Right now I have got 265 books in my Kindle. I have read some of them, but I still have a long way to go to read them all. And don't forget the many books I have to read that are not e-books. My bookshelves are packed with books that are waiting patiently for their turn to be read by me. When I enter my bedroom I can almost hear them saying "Me! Me! Choose me!", but I cannot read them all at once :D
Nowadays I am reading "Poker Face" by Jess Sturman (@JessSturman in Twitter); I am truly enjoying it and I am almost done with it, so I will post the review very soon in my blog (http://thebookwormreviewer.wordpress.com). Next in my TBR list is "Gray Resurrection" by good friend Alan McDermott (@Jambalian in Twitter); I have been quite looking forward to the launch of the sequel to his first book. If you don't know Tom Gray yet, you better look for "Gray Justice" and give it a try. It is really worth the effort of reading and you will love it. So I will be reading it as soon as I finish "Poker Face".
Then it will be the turn of reading all three books by Melissa Foster (@Melissa_Foster in Twitter). Everybody is talking very well about them, and after having read some reviews and some synopsis, I really think that I am going to love them. "Megan's Way", "Chasing Amanda", and "Come Back to Me" will be books 3, 4 and 5 in my reading list right now :D
And now I am off to bed, to see if I can finish reading the book before I fall asleep. Have a good night everyone!! xx
Today it has been a very long day. It doesn't help knowing that the Easter holidays are so close, because that means that my students are feeling very stressed and nervous, and they make me feel nervous too. For those who don't know yet, I teach English at all levels, since my school is devoted to giving tutoring lessons to all those students who may need a little help to study and pass the subject. Since I help them when they are stuck in their study of English, they always look at me as the one who can make the miracle of making them pass their exams. Sorry, guys, I don't believe in miracles... I just believe in hard work.
Mondays are always a relaxing day, since I just have to teach for two hours. But today I had to teach for five long and tiring hours, since most of my students are having their exams before their scheduled study time with me. Meaning that we had to change days and hours. Meaning that I have to work extra hours. On a Monday. Yes. Yes, I said Monday. So I started teaching at 4pm and finished teaching at 9pm.
From 4 to 5 it was the hour scheduled for teaching my 11-years-old. Only one girl came to the lesson today, so it was quite relaxing. I had already gave her some activities to do, so she went on doing them. I am very happy with her. She is so clever that I only need to teach her the lesson once. I may add that I am not teaching her the contents of her level. I am teaching her the contents she will be learning next year, when she enters High School, so she is ready for that challenge.
From 5 to 6, my 16-years-old students came. They are having an oral exam next Thursday, so we have been practising conversation. We have been talking about sports, movies, and things they like to do in their free time. This hour was very good too.
From 6 to 7, it was the turn for my 14-years-old students. They are having an exam tomorrow, so we have been busy revising the whole hour and taking a mock exam, to see if they had understood the grammatical concepts. This hour was stressing, since one of my students didn't seem to understand the difference between using TOO and ENOUGH, so I had to explain once and once again till he finally said he had understood it. When they left at 7, I was starting to have a slight headache.
From 7 to 8, my 12-years-old students arrived to revise for their exam next Wednesday. I love them, but sometimes they can be a pain in your.... ahem, you know what I mean. They like saying to me that they haven't understood just for the pleasure of seeing how I change my explanation once and once again. Finally, they always say "don't worry, we understood the first time you explained it". At moments like that, I really feel like killing them... Anyways, as I said, I love them, so I cope with everything. When they left, I was definitely having a headache.
From 8 to 9, my 13-years-old students. My biggest challenge. One of the boys have been my student since the last 5 years, and you know what they say "Familiarity breeds contempt", or as I say "Familiarity sucks". The fact is that this boy and I get on so well with each other that he thinks I have to admit any kind of behaviour. He is quite a hyperactive boy, and sometimes it is quite difficult to keep him still, but along the years I have learnt how to deal with him. Today he was in one of those days in which he likes disrupting with witty remarks to make the others laugh. I was so tired and my headache was getting worse every second, so I shouted at him. I don't feel happy about that, and I will apologise as soon as I see him again, but at least it worked. I have never shouted at him before, so he got so impressed that he was quiet the rest of the lesson. So in the end I could finish all the revision work I had prepared for them and they are quite happy since they think they will do fine in their exam.
So when I arrived home (finally!), I just wanted to have my dinner and get some rest. I helped my sister to put my dad in bed and we had our dinner. I have watched some TV (watching The Big Bang Theory relaxes me), answered some mails, and written this post. I wanted to work a bit more in my Little Nani stories and in my Top Secret Groovy Cool Adventure with Dan (@Deeliopunk), but right now I am going to bed. Tomorrow it will be a new day. Tomorrow I will write more.
Tonight, my blog post is a bit different. I will talk about food today. Yes, you are reading it right: FOOD. All of you know that my biggest passions are books and writing. Well, now you know that my second biggest passions are cooking and eating. Luckily, I have got a fast metabolism, so I don't get fat (or not too much) :D
Today has been one of those days in which I am constantly hungry. I have eaten quite a lot today. I had three toasts, cereals, chocolate milk, and yoghourt for breakfast. While I was waiting for lunchtime, I ate a bunch of strawberries. For lunch I ate lentils soup and fishfingers, and more strawberries, this time with condensed milk all over them. Between lunch and dinner, I have eaten a cheese sandwich, some yoghourt, a bag of crisps, and two glasses of orange juice. And then, all of a sudden, it was dinner time :D
I was very hungry, so I decided to do something a bit more hearty :) I opened the fridge and I saw a bag of fresh spinach, a piece of cheese, and onions. I decided to cook spinach in a cheesy sauce with fried onion and nuts. It was completely improvised, but in the end it was delicious!
There is not real recipe, so I don't know the amounts. I will tell you the ingredients and you adapt the amount to your needs. So the ingredients you will need are:
- Spinach (fresh ones; don't use the frozen ones because the result won't be the same).
- Cheese (any type of easily-melting cheese), diced.
- Milk (like half-cup).
- Flour (a spoonful or two).
- Onion (fried till crunchy).
- Nuts (a handful).
- Salt and pepper (to your taste).
- Olive oil (enough to cover the bottom of the pan).
So you put the spinach in the pan with the olive oil and cook on slow fire. When the spinach start to reduce their size, add salt and pepper, and give it a stir. Add the cheese and the milk, and keep on cooking slowly. Once the cheese is melted, add flour and give it a good stir, to mix it all. Finally, when it is almost ready, add the onion (previously fried till crunchy) and the crunched nuts. Mix everything together till the sauce thickens. Now it is ready to serve. Eat hot with garlic bread. Yummy!!
Try this recipe if you wish, and let me know if you liked it as much as I have enjoyed eating it tonight :D