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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

An impromptu long weekend | The Sunday Salon

Currently / 3.27 pm. We just got back from spending the afternoon at a friend's place, where we had some delicious food and plenty of fun. Now, everyone is snoozing the afternoon off, so this is my cue to get some blogging done.

Update at 3.33 pm: I guess a cup of tea will go well with writing.

Update at 3.41 pm: Of course, the baby has to wake up right this minute.

Update at 4.03 pm: Tea's ready and the baby is sleeping again, so blogging continues.

This past week / Has been wonderful. The pace at work has slowed down, enough so that I took a day off on Friday. Getting this long weekend for myself has been nice. I got some things done around the house, I spent a lot of time with Shreya, and I started a new book - Eleanor by Jason Gurley (even if I read only a few pages). I wish I had more time off and I didn't have to go back to work tomorrow but you can't have too much of a good thing.

Grateful for / My dad arrived here last week. It has been a long time since he had come over and it had always bummed me that he couldn't spend enough time with Shreya. So I am excited that he will be here for couple of months and can spend plenty of time with Shreya.

Doing / I finally finished cataloging my ebooks. This has been an on and off project that I had started before Shreya was even born. It took me so long because of the sheer number of out of sight out of mind ebooks I have and also because Amazon does not allow you to export your book list. So this weekend I used some tech tools (notepad++, regex, and CSV) to get that list catalogued. Then I made an IFTTT script to maintain a running list of any future books I purchase.

Blogging / For months, I have been hoping to build my post backlog for two weeks so that I am not always typing posts on the day after I want to post them. I may have to give that up as one more awesome plan that will never happen. It's just too hard.

Celebrating / Shreya is eight months old today! She is happily crawling now and much prefers to be on her knees than be picked up. She babbles quite a bit and loves to play with anything that is out of bounds to her, so that means phones, phone cords, printer, etc. Our money tree has now been moved to the dining table because she loves pulling its leaves. Oh, and pulling Rue's hair is a favorite pastime of hers, along with playing with Rue's food and water bowl. When they tell you not to buy a lot of baby toys, they really mean it. Because babies don't care for the toys, they want the things they can't have.

Enjoying / The husband and I managed to carve out some time last night to play Monopoly and Scrabble. At one point, Shreya dozed off on the husband's shoulder while we continued our game. Since then, I've been playing Words with Friends and Crossword on and off. We also spent much of this week gazing at the skies using the new telescope. So far, we have spotted the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, and Jupiter and four of its moons. We also spent a good amount of time looking at our moon and its spots. It's just awe-inspiring.

Loving / That Spring is here! Technically, it's been a much warmer winter this year but this past week, it has been cherry blossoms everywhere and it's hard not to feel so happy just looking at them. I am waiting for our own Crepe Myrtles to put on their show although the Forsythias are already saying hello.

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