January 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 5

January 2020 Thankful Thursday Week 5

Copy of Copy of THROWBACK THURSDAY.pngHello and happy Thursday. I don’t know about you, but I think I was the happiest when I was at school, and then in university, I was super excited to learn the things I actually wanted to learn and not what I had to. And yes, school made me so happy that I decided to never leave it again by becoming a teacher. Even years after graduating university some people and some situations made that excitement come alive again like we’ll see in today’s happy thought.

January 30th, 2018: Having a teacher remember my name makes me happy. 

Now, I am not certain that what I’m going to tell you is what I was actually referring to in this post, but who cares, right? My sister, who recently finished university, was taking an online English class, which is a requirement for every major in Colombia. Online classes can be tricky and she had some sort of technical difficulty, for which she needed to talk to the director of the English department, who turned out to be a former teacher of mine. My sister didn’t know who the teacher was when she went to talk to him, and I didn’t know that he was in charge of that department, either. She started telling him the problem she had when all of a sudden he asked her, “wait, are you Camila’s sister?” We have the same last name, so he might have associated that and my sister’s physical resemblance to me, which is almost nonexistent. It was so heartwarming to hear that a person who had taught me a once-a-week class two years before still remembered me!

Have you had an experience like this? Did you feel as happy as I did? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

This Is Chick Lit

This Is Chick Lit

Hello and happy Wednesday. December 2019 was an odd reading month for me because I read a whole lot but around Christmas, I got really close to having a reading slump. Like I said, I was reading one, sometimes even two books a day and then the time came for me to read two big books and the motivation I’d had just drained. One of those books was The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes, but I’m glad I managed to finish it.

I read this book between December 21st, 2019 and January 12th, 2020 and gave it three stars. With this book, I took several pauses, so it isn’t really that it was hard to read or anything, I was simply interrupting my reading to tackle something else that maybe was shorter or a quicker read for me. Now that I can reflect upon my impressions, I can say that I overanalyzed the story a bit much as I read it and it ultimately wasn’t that deep.

We get a prologue, which is set in the 1960s, so I was convinced that I would be reading a historical romance and I wasn’t thrilled about that. The prologue takes place in France, where a young horseman is going to attempt a complicated trick for a show he’s putting on, and a young Englishwoman who’d previously come to see the show and had fallen in love with the man. I know some of you probably think that would be a super cute story, but I didn’t want to read about that and thankfully I didn’t since the main characters of the story weren’t the lovebirds but their granddaughter and this lawyer who comes into her life by chance.

By the title, it’s obvious that this story is about horses, so I knew that I was going to get into something I wouldn’t fully understand. If you like horses and you know the names of the tricks and all of that, then maybe this is the book for you. Like I said, though, there are two main characters, a teenage girl and a lawyer, and at first, we read about them separately until their paths cross. Natasha, the lawyer, knows nothing about horses, and we actually read about her professional and romantic life. Sarah, the girl who is the horseman’s granddaughter, is the one fascinated with horses.

The storyline is honestly way simpler than what I’d originally thought, and the link between the two main characters is more straightforward than I’d predicted it to be. That being said, a lot of this story is exposition and another big chunk is simply fluff. This book is over 400 pages long, and it would’ve done perfectly without 150 pages. There are two scenes that depict attempted sexual assault, so trigger warning for that.

At the end of the day, though, this was really the story of a woman who reconnects with her ex-husband and finds her happily ever after. I cried towards the end, so that should tell you something (although to be fair I do cry a lot). This is clearly women’s fiction and I’m sure many readers will find it worthy of a five-star rating.

Do you like books with animals? I’m always worried that they might get hurt, so I don’t think I do. Share your answers with me in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

IG Chooses My Makeup: the Winners

IG Chooses My Makeup: the Winners

Hello and happy Monday. Welcome to another episode of my “IG Chooses My Makeup” series. The results are in, so today I’m sharing them with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think about these picks? Was any of your choices a winner? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

Splendies #1 Haul

Splendies #1 Haul

Hello and happy Sunday. Today I’m starting a new series in which I show you my underwear. No, but really, I got a one-year subscription to Splendies and I want to share my joy with you. Because of shipping and handling and all that stuff, I don’t really know what month I’m getting if that makes any sense, so I’ll just keep track of the haul number for you. The panties have themes for every month, which can make it easier to decipher, but I’m not going to sit down and guess. You can do it, though, if you want to.

For anyone who doesn’t know what Splendies is, you’re probably super confused right now. Let me explain. Splendies is a  subscription service that sends you three panties for $14.99 a month. Yes, every month you pay $14.99 (or less, if you get the three, six, or twelve-month subscription) and you get three panties. Do the math, it’s cheaper than Victoria’s Secret, and quite honestly, better quality.

There is a straight-size and plus-size version of Splendies. We all know that I’m on the fatter side, but I’m a size M in panties (please don’t send me underwear, I was telling you this only for reference). The straight-size goes from S to XL and the plus-size goes from 1X to 4X. Just to clarify, Volupties, which is the plus-size service is $16.99 every month.

Once you get your size figured out, you can decide the type of underwear you want to get. You have the surprise variety package, the no thongs one, and then one that has all thongs. This is for Splendies. With Volupties you can choose between surprise variety and no thongs. Now, I’m a lover of thongs, but I need a break every now and then from them, so I selected the surprise variety package.

If you look at my thumbnail you can see that the styles of all three panties are very different. Each month I get a thong, which I like because it’s a flirty piece, but it’s not all lace or straight-up lingerie, bikini-type panties, which I love for every day since I’m a teacher and sometimes I don’t really care about having sexy underwear, and a what I call granny panties. The granny panties are still super cute, don’t get me wrong, but they’re full coverage and they’re perfect for when you’re on your period or when you don’t plan to leave the house.

What kind of panties are your favorite to wear? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

Playing “Would You Rather?” in Class

Playing “Would You Rather?” in Class

Hello and happy Saturday. You know how teachers sometimes are requested to plan a mini-lesson for job interviews? Well, the idea I’m going to share with you was for one of those situations. It was for a middle school position and the first of many schools that called me, so it’s no surprise that I didn’t end up working there. I did like my lesson plan a lot, so I’m not letting it go to waste.

“Would you rather…?” is a game in which the players are given two choices and they must present sound arguments to support their pick. The cool thing about this game is that you can make it as simple or as complex as you want, and of course, as I always say, you can make the necessary adaptations to fit your class’s needs.

I didn’t know the students I was going to try this with (spoiler alert: when the interview day came, we didn’t even execute the lesson), so I stuck to very generic topics and to focus on having students work on speaking. I googled “would you rather questions for middle school,” I clicked the first link I found and I got my options from there. I needed two things for this lesson: flashcards and markers.  You can even have the options in your phone or computer and either project them on the board or write them down, or you can just read them and have your students listen.

The way I had thought this idea was to give each student a different set of cards, so everyone had a different question. Students get time to think about their choice and the arguments to support it, and here’s where I say you can make it as simple or as complex as you want because if you’re working on debate skills, you can have your students come up with three arguments in favor of their choice and one counterargument. You can have them write their reasoning or simply have them think and then speak.

After that, taking turns, students will present their question, the options, their choice, and the reasons behind it. Again, there can be a space after each intervention for rebuttals. If you’re working with younger kids, you can present the questions yourself and have them raise hands when the option of their choice is mentioned, then you’ll select one student from each “team” to talk. The idea is pretty simple, but that’s what allows you to make changes.

I will always be a fan of activities like this, which take me a few minutes, some paper and a marker to come up with. Are you the same way? What’s your favorite type of activity to do in the classroom? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

NetGalley Reads: Postcards for a Songbird

NetGalley Reads: Postcards for a Songbird

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Hello and happy Friday. This will be my last NetGalley review of January because I have to start focusing on February and trying to plan how everything’s going to go considering my vacation is over. Today I want to talk to you about a book I fell in love with almost immediately and an author that I certainly want to read more of in the future. I’m talking about Postcards for a Songbird by Rebekah Crane. This book was sent to me via NetGalley for reading and reviewing purposes, so as always, I’d like to thank them, the publisher and the author for the opportunity.

I read this book between December 23rd and December 25th, 2019 and gave it four stars. I’ll spoil this review a bit and say I’d totally planned on giving it five stars, but there was one detail towards the end that made me change my rating. It was silly, but not silly enough for me to let go of.

This is the story of Wren, whose mom left when she was a baby and whose sister and best friend Lizzie, just recently left as well. At the beginning of the book, we see that Wren is clearly overcome by absence, and her dad is so worried about her that he thinks it would be best for her to go live with her aunt in another city. The whole deal about the sibling who left gave me Where Things Come Back vibes at first, but as I keep thinking about it, it’s more like Paper Hearts by Ali Novak, since Lizzie left the house voluntarily and, as we discover, starts sending Wren postcards, hence the title of the story.

Wren’s dad is a police officer who works nights, so we don’t see those characters interacting much. We can see the effort he makes to have her kid live a “normal” life despite everything that’s happened to them. I really liked him as a character and I thought that we could witness a bit of development in his relationship with Wren. The plot twist I didn’t appreciate has to do with him and I honestly think his whole character was ruined by it.

The story takes place during the summer, and what we read about is Wren inadvertently taking her life back and in a way moving on from the burden of her mom and her sister. She starts realizing that there is a world outside of the bubble she and Lizzie used to live in, and that leads her to meet an amazing group of people. Besides that, she starts texting her next-door neighbor, a boy who cannot leave the house because he’s super sick and afraid of everything. Don’t worry, they don’t fall in love, although there is some romance.

One of the characters is physically abused by her father, so trigger warning for that. Overall, this is an emotionally charged story, and though we see growth and there are happy moments, it might not be the best choice for someone suffering from depression. To me, this book did what Jandy Nelson failed to do with I’ll Give You the Sun, which I didn’t really like.

Do you like books about siblings? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

January 2020 Thankful Thursday: Week 4

January 2020 Thankful Thursday: Week 4

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Hello and happy Thursday. You know when you’re re-watching a show and something bad is about to happen and you’re like mentally telling the characters “ugh, here we go,” but they don’t listen because technically they haven’t gone through that? Well, that’s what it’s like to look back on some of the happy thoughts I wrote down in 2018. Like, I totally get why I was happy at the moment but that’s because I had no clue what was to come after that. So I guess here’s to happiness that might turn into something else later.

January 23rd, 2018: Being invited to online interviews makes me excited and happy. 

Now, this isn’t the online interview that got me into the program I attended that summer. This was if I’m not mistaken, an interview for a private school in DC, just in case the original plan didn’t work, you know? It was one of those formats in which you get a prompt and have a minute or so to record yourself answering. That’s sort of stressful but not as much as actual Skype interviews, which I despise. Since then I’ve done a few phone interviews and in fact, I got my actual job through one. The first time I visited the school was to sign my contract. If that isn’t proof that technology has evolved to benefit us, I don’t know what is.

Have you had any job interviews that were held online? How did they go? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila