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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

Chicago, more renovation, and Squid Game | Weekly Snapshot

I think I can say that Fall is finally here. Or at least the crisp Fall air is finally here. The colors not so much. We still haven't gotten around to any Fall activities, and at this point, I'm not sure when or if we'll do them. 

Renovation updates

We are almost at the halfway point into our ground floor renovation. The flooring is almost done, cabinets are ready to be setup, appliances are here. It's exciting to be on the other side of the renovation when things are getting finished. There's still easily 2.5 weeks worth of work left in the kitchen, and another 2-2.5 weeks for the master bathroom, so mid-November is likely when we are done with the renovation. Assuming no delays. 

Flooring coming along

All of us are pretty exhausted at this point. Walking up and down the stairs to pick items from the makeshift pantry and then cook on the main floor gets old very fast. I have been able to work from home without issues and I'm grateful for that. I've set up my office in an upstairs guest room, and with the door closed, it's easy to forget all the construction mess downstairs.

Weekend escape

Last weekend, we drove up to Chicago for a long weekend to visit friends. Our daughter and their daughter are the same age and are very good friends. They were obviously the saddest when it was over. While in Chicago, we visited another friend we knew, took a speed boat ride on Lake Michigan, and mostly enjoyed being in a home that had a functional kitchen LOL! We also took our dog on the trip - we don't usually take her since she gets stressed out by the new place - but we wanted to give her a change plus our friends love her. She did very well over there - found some cozy spots, cuddled up to everyone and enjoyed the fenced backyard.


One of these days, I promise I will get back to talking more about books. Probably once the renovation is over, and once we've dealt with all the cleaning and moving that happens after. In the meantime, I'm trying to slowly but surely read a book, and also visit blogs when I can. Sorry that it's not frequent enough though.

After not reading for couple of weeks, I finally got back to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Loving it so far. Though hardly an easy subject to read about, it's a necessary one.


Last weekend, I caved in and binged on The Squid Game. After Hunger Games and Battle Royale, I wasn't in the mood for another story where people are killed as part of a game. But once The Squid Game memes started flooding my feeds (and realizing I'm not getting it), I decided to go ahead watch the show. Am I glad I did that! I actually loved The Squid Game more than Hunger Games and Battle Royale. It's also more thought provoking. Yes there are a LOT of deaths but after the initial shock and cringe factor, it actually ends up being about something more profound.

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