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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

Six months! | Five on Friday

  1. #Snomaggeddon! We were snowed in last weekend. I was working from home on Friday - well, working as well as I could with a feisty six month old who didn't nap as much or as long as her mom would like her to. But snow days have their own charm too even if all I like to do is stare at the snow. For all that long weekend fun, I came down with something on Sunday that shut me down for two days. So I was out on Monday as well trying to recuperate.

  2. Shreya turned six months last week! I had been waiting for this milestone from the day she was born. I knew she was going to be more interactive by then (she did start being more feisty at the four month point itself actually). Besides, the six month point was when I wanted to start her on solids (which is going shakily, btw). Now that six months is here, I do feel emotional knowing that another few months and she is going to be one year old!

  3. Two weeks back, our baby's nanny quit, with no notice and after taking an advance pay. After much hunting, we found and hired a new nanny this past week. She is amazing! She brings her one-year old along too and takes wonderful care of both of them. With the previous nanny, I had to give her multiple instructions and suggestions frequently. I haven't once had to tell the new lady anything, other than to point her to the resources. This has been wonderful - I have finally been able to head to work without worrying about Shreya. As hard and trying as it was when the previous sitter quit, I am glad now that she did or we may not have found this amazing person. Which means, I need to resist from getting super-anxious when the crap hits the fan and try to be more willing to accept that the change might be a good thing. (The problem is, sometimes it can be bad too.)

  4. I'm reading. Barely though. Just making it through. Still, I like to say that I am reading every day, even if just a few pages. Right now, I am racing through Sylvain Neuvel's Sleeping Giants. It's a fun book and a quick one too - both of which I sorely need right now. I did finish Girl Waits With Gun last week and loved it! But Train to Pakistan is not moving much, if only because I can barely find the time to hold a paperback and read it.

  5. This week, you guys! It has been intense! I've had to work extra every day and once home mostly watch Shreya then head to sleep. I was beat. I could certainly use this weekend to recover, unless I end up bringing some of my work home, which I hope not. I have also not been on top of myself for weeks now, which is definitely a sign of doing too much, so I need to try and cut down some - I just don't know where to start yet.