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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

Hello March and Welcoming an Early Spring | Weekly Snapshot

Hello March! It feels like you are here way ahead of schedule, despite the bonus February day we had yesterday. Not only because January felt like it was never going to end and then February whizzes by in 3 days. But also because it looks like Spring wants to start tomorrow - the next few weeks are full of 50F-plus days (and not the 30F days we've been having since December). I haven't even started thinking about March yet and you're already making me start Spring planning as well.

Last Week

The husband reached home Friday night after a week of traveling. Almost every time he travels, one or both kids are sick. And so, since the kids didn't want to jinx it this time, we were again beset by illness, though of a much minor variant than usual - the girl was down for two days and then it was the boy's turn for couple more days.

Other than treating cranky sick kids, they were actually on their best behavior all week long so we had zero dramas and tantrums. I told this to the husband yesterday morning - that he may be the reason for the tantrums after all. Of course, he denies it.

With work also being very busy last week (one of my colleagues resigned, so there were lots of transition efforts this week), I was super exhausted by the end of each day. I even had a headache for couple of days, so I pretty much passed out early two nights in a row. Everything started looking chipper on Friday, so at least the week ended well.


It's the husband's birthday today so much of the day will involve some form of celebration or dismay at being one more year older. We've got cake and presents ready and not a whole lot of plans for today. I certainly need to plan in something impromptu and fun for today before returning back to work tomorrow but don't have any ideas yet.

Looking ahead

It's performance review week at work so bulk of my time is going to be spent on that. It's not my favorite thing to do (probably no one's either) so it's a necessary item that's best wrapped up as early as possible. Beyond that, we are meeting with friends over the weekend so I'm looking forward to that. It's been very quiet on the social front lately so this will be fun.

One downside of the return to blogging has been an explosion of social media in my life again. I'm trying to remind myself again to be more mindful with my time - in my case, it's very easy for the balance to tip unfavorably and cause a burnout so I have to constantly remind myself to rein it in. I've re-looked at couple of time sucks and decided to let them go, so hopefully, that means I'm a little less scatterbrained.


Last week I had started reading Ada Calhoun's Why We Can't Sleep. I'm reading it very slowly and (almost) leisurely, and it is holding my interest very well. I think a lot of us can identify with a difficulty to relax and rest without worry, regardless of our age or gender, so seeing some of the causes being articulated helps in at least identifying the demons, if not in actually resolving it.


I also started reading Up The Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman, after I read more about it while researching for my post this week. A book involving a teacher's attempts to teach / coach / win / motivate a student / class is a theme that I never tire about, although I do realize this book is much more or different than that. So far, I'm still in the chaotic first chapter and had to put it down couple of times (I can't imagine walking into a class or room with so much cacophony) but am looking forward to reading more.

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