So it was summer for me, for about two weeks after the three-week summer program. During those two weeks, I went to NYC with my family and visited some universities. We went shopping, I spent way more money than I should have, and I hung out with friends when I came back to Toronto.
After those two weeks, I began to feel antsy, like I wasn’t being productive enough with my time. My theory is that summers should be relaxing, but also productive. Right now, that translates into either getting a job to save for university, or studying in order to get into university.
With a month of school left, it’s time to get down to business. There are SATs to study for, textbooks to review, and books to read. I had put a bunch of books on hold at the library online and the first one, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell had arrived at my local branch. So I decided that I would go to the library to pick up my book and begin my sure to be long and tumultuous acquaintance with the grade twelve biology textbook.
As soon as I got to the library, I went to the holds aisle and checked out the book, lest I forget it (and have to pay the $1 fee for not picking up a hold—is this necessary, Toronto?). Then I made my way up the stairs to the fifth floor to the Science and Technology floor of the library, my footsteps heavy and slow. I might have been feeling guilty about how much I’d been slacking off this summer, but that certainly didn’t mean that I wanted to sit down with a biology textbook for hours on end.
So I decided to find an empty table on the second floor and read Outliers instead. Yeah, I’m one of those people, the ones who read books to procrastinate. (Side note: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is a very intriguing book which discusses why successful people are successful. It references some aspects of psychology and takes the “bigger picture” into account. I really loved it and would recommend anyone to read it).
Three hours later, I finished reading the book and with no other obstacles standing in the way of myself and the biology textbook up on the fifth floor, I went up. I stomached the first twenty pages of the textbook, which was basically a review of the concepts I’d learned in chemistry this year. Then I decided that I was hungry and that because I love Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, I should go home and make myself an Arugula Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Click below for the recipe.
Arugula Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Yield: 1 sandwich
- 2 slices whole grain bread
- a couple slices cheddar cheese (depending on how cheesy you like your sandwiches)
- 2 slices ham
- a small handful arugula and/or spinach leaves
- a couple teaspoons butter
Preheat a small non-stick skillet on medium-low heat. Butter both sides of the bread. To make the sandwich, put half the cheese on one slice of bread, the one slice of ham, the arugula, the other slice of ham, and the remaining cheese on one slice of bread. Top with the other slice of bread and place the sandwich in the pan. Put a lid over top and let the bread toast until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes. Using a metal spatula, flip the sandwich carefully and then toast the other side until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes. Serve warm.