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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

Happy Mother's Day | Weekly Snapshot

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there! If anything, this year's Mother's Day is likely to be among the most unique in years. I almost forgot about Mother's Day until we were halfway through Friday. Gosh, when you don't visit stores trying to constantly remind you which holiday was coming next...

Last week

It's been a very good week, after cycles of challenging weeks. We were able to get things somewhat stabilized at work - well, as stabilized as you can after a layoff. This week, I picked on a new interest - interior design and renovation. We'll blame this on the husband - he was watching an episode of House Hunters and then another, and then more, so that has made me squarely obsessed with exploring some decoration ideas. We haven't done a whole lot to the interiors of our house since we moved in. It was typically one expensive year after another. You may recall that last year was the year of the replacements (fridge, roof, HVAC unit, dishwasher, and microwave). This year, we are considering painting with some professional advise and help, but with the virus situation that 2020 has turned out to be, I'm not sure how that's going to work. 

We did however add several new plants to our home yesterday after visiting a local nursery and bringing home some houseplants. We're planning to go back today and bring some more that we liked, now that we have a potential place for them.

We've continued our baking experiments this weekend and tried a new recipe of sponge cake. We loved this one and will likely use that next week for the boy's birthday. We're still thinking themes and designs but are expecting something to do with cars as the boy loves wheels and things that go. If you have or know of a favorite vehicle-themed cake, please share! I've seen a few using fondant and am not ready to go there yet so icing cake is what I'll try.

Looking Ahead

I'm actually looking forward to the week though I don't really have anything planned. My daughter has two more weeks of "school", which is hilarious because at home, we're going to be having months more of school. Her teacher has been sending weekly ideas to our inbox and doing weekly calls with her and the class. I've actually not had to go searching for ideas much, but with school closing, I'm going to have to step up my game. There are days I wonder if I'm ruining school for her (either by not following education best practices or letting her do her thing while I attend to a work call). If the virus situation continues longer, I hope we have a much better way to do school. 


This week, we started binging on House Hunters and Property Brothers. I'm amazed how much renovation can be done for much less money than I anticipated renovation would cost.   


Last week, I started reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. It was more of a chance read - one of my online book groups was reading it and I had recently read Helen's review of the book. I expected it to be raw and heartbreaking (and it is) but it's also very readable and hard to put down - a combination that's not very common. I'm only about 3 chapters in (before my reading started becoming primarily about interior design) but I love it and hope to finish it this week.

Honestly, beyond that, I haven't read much. Not surprisingly, I feel like I'm doing too many different things (or at least reading about too many different things) and unable to focus or complete one of them. 

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How has your Sunday been so far?

Linking with The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.