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Infinite Country by Patricia Engel | Thoughts

   Published : 2021   ||    Format : print   ||    Location : Colombia ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   What was it about the country that kept everyone hostage to its fantasy? The previous month, on its own soil, an American man went to his job at a plant and gunned down fourteen coworkers, and last spring alone there were four different school shootings. A nation at war with itself, yet people still spoke of it as some kind of paradise.. Thoughts : Infinite Country follows two characters - young Talia, who at the beginning of this book, escapes a girl’s reform school in North Colombia so that she can make her previously booked flight to the US. Before she can do that, she needs to travel many miles to reach her father and get her ticket to the rest of her family. As we follow Talia’s treacherous journey south, we learn about how she ended up in the reform school in the first place and why half her family resides in the US. Infinite Country tells the story of her family through the other protagonist, El

The weather, headaches, weather, movies, and more weather

Now that was a disappearing act, wasn't it? Sorry for being "away" for more than a week but I have been very tired these past two weeks. It's the weather, I tell ya. Gloomy, wet, dark, it's like the end of the world outside. I know there are loads of places in the world that are perpetually gloomy, but I can just never fathom how those places can even be considered habitable. I'm battling a mild headache since morning, because it started raining in the middle of the night, after two days of beautiful 50-70 degree weather. The whole of last week, I was sleeping way too early, and even considered taking a few days off from work, but whoever heard of recuperating from the sick weather?

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The weather doesn't usually affect me. I like that there are four seasons where I live. I was born in a country where it rains six months of the year and is blazing hot for the other six months. Sweaters are novelty items there. You wouldn't step out without an umbrella - a habit I have to this day. Whether it's hot or rainy, enjoy your walks under the umbrella! I grew up in a different country where there was only one season year round; it would be 90 degree plus every day. And when it rains, the parties start because rain is a novelty there. Now you know why I was never such a big fan of summer. And so, when I moved to the United States, I was thrilled to see mild summer, followed by a beautiful Fall, then some actual snow in the winter and finally a colorful spring.

But, this year, the weather is just not agreeing with me. It was sad enough that winter pushed Fall out very early, and now I have to deal with crappy moody days with the weather all gloomy outside.

The husband just left for his month-long India trip. Yes, a month. I am super disappointed that I am not with him, as was our original plan, but something came up, so I have canceled my tickets for now. At least, we don't have to worry about boarding our dog for a month and wondering how she will fare, but I haven't been by myself for a long period since I got married. I used to enjoy being my own boss but now I look strangely at that person I used to be. That's what marriage does to you.

In other matters, I have finally finished reading The Martian and liked it a lot. It's certainly one that I will enjoy watching as a movie because Mark Watney's inventiveness would translate well on screen plus a lot of that scientific stuff would be easier to watch than to read. I'm not sure what to read next, but I am in mood for some science fiction or epic sagas. The husband and I also went and watched Mockingjay Part 1 this Saturday and I thought it was pretty good, though a bit slow, which is what you get when they decide to stretch out a book into multiple movies. Peter Jackson does a great job stretching books though - both his Hobbit movies have been very entertaining.

I took today and the rest of the week off work. So that's a really long weekend. I don't have any major plans and I am certainly not hitting any stores on Friday. Maybe the library because I think it's been 3 months since I last went to the library. I've been trying to read more from my stacks, but it would be nice to see some different stacks of books.

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I hope you have grand plans to spend it with your family!


Mystica said…
I can understand perfectly about tropical weather. I dislike the heat and enjoy cool weather which we have in one part of the country. Ours is a tiny island so enjoying this change is just three hours away
Sounds like you have the funk. I have it too.. no energy, not sure if I coming down with something or what. Feel better soon :)
This happens to me sometimes. Maybe try renting some happy silly movies?
Aw, I'm sorry you weren't able to go to India with your husband. And I hope you have plenty of awesome books to occupy yourself in his absence!

I felt the same about Mockingjay: I thought the ideas in it were managed incredibly well, and of course all the actors were great (leaving out Liam Hemsworth, about whom the least said the better), but I could have done with fewer shots of Jennifer Lawrence walking slowly up to the sight of something that was going to horrify her.
Ti Reed said…
I battled a headache for most of my time off which totally blew since I had planned to do a lot of reading. I was better over the weekend but the headache is back. I think it's my eyes. All that close computer work. Or... my caffeine intake which really only amounts to one cup a day.

Back at work this week and grumpy. My busiest week. Too much going on.
Hope you're OK on your own. Not much fun, especially if you first planned to come along. Lots of time to read, though! :-)
Helen Murdoch said…
A month on your own when you are used to having another person around is definitely something that feels strange. I hope the month goes quickly for you! I am on my own for just a couple of days and it feels strange that I don't have to drive Sophia to dance!