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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 Sunday Salon: A cold and rainy Fall morning

The Sunday

Now: 9.24 am / The baby is sleeping and every one else has just had breakfast. It's been raining for the past three days and while I don't mind this weather - it's a perfect excuse to stay home cozy - the husband is getting a bit restless because he'd rather be outside than be cooped up inside.

Home: It's amazing how busy you are when there's a baby around. On weekdays, I get home around 5.30pm, feed the baby, play with her for a while, have dinner, take a shower, and then feed her again before sleeping - around 8-9pm. Shreya usually wakes up once during the night to feed, though for the last week, she has been waking up twice. Then I'm up at 6.30am, feed her again, before getting ready for work. This schedule is going to go kaput in January after my mom returns to India.

Grateful for: My mom. She LOVES looking after the baby and would happily do it full-time, if needed. I wish she and I were staying in the same country - I will miss her when she returns.

Work: I began to feel more settled at work this week. No more feeling like a headless chicken running around.

Making: I finally finished my mitts last night. I had a knitting marathon (sort of) between baby feedings since Friday evening and managed to almost finish them. I still need to weave in the yarn ends and wash the mitts. Next on my list - a pair of mittens for the baby.

Cooking: We went to an apple orchard last week and plucked a bag full of apples. I've never gone apple picking (or any-fruit picking), so I had a blast. Now, there's most of that whole bag of apples waiting to be used. Today, I plan to make this apple upside-down cake - perfect for this cold wet weather.

Reading: Still waddling through Woman at Point Zero, but I think I will finish it this week. More than halfway through. I'm also occasionally reading books to the baby. When I feed her in the office, she stares at the bookshelves - a sight that makes this mommy very excited. She isn't fully responsive to reading yet - she just stares at the pictures some times, other times she stares at the beyond.

Listening: I also started listening to Jon Krakauer's Missoula - this book isn't breaking any major ground about rapes in colleges, but it's still a very disturbing book.

Anticipating: Tonight's supermoon eclipse. Not that I expect to be able to see it in this neck of the world, what with all the rain and clouds over here, but there's still that tiny ray of hope.

Blogging: Woohoo! I wrote four posts between last night and this morning. I've decided to do what I have always hated doing - schedule posts in advance. Of course, there is no guarantee that next week will be the same success story, but we'll take it one week at a time, shall we?