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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

Renovation Updates | Weekly Snapshot

Gah, October? Where did the year go? I'm suddenly realizing we are entering the busiest season of the year and there's going to be tons to do for the next three months. It is unseasonably warmer right now, which makes it harder to believe that it's October. The colors have started changing but it's almost like the trees don't care and aren't even trying to put up a show. 

Renovation updates

At this point, we have completed two weeks in our house while under renovation. Yes, it's every bit as irritating, annoying, frustrating, dusty, and allergy-triggering as they say a renovation can be. But it's also oddly fascinating seeing your house ripped down to the subfloor and peeking inside walls at the things that are typically hidden inside one. It was also satisfying seeing progress made - there's a wall one day, no wall the next day, and then all openings patched up the third day. This coming week is going to see the most progress - the hardwood flooring is finally getting laid. With that, we can slowly start claiming back a part of our main floor from mid-week. But we are still weeks out from having a finished kitchen and master bathroom.

The thing that has been the hardest during the renovation is eating healthy. We've been using the weekends to make a few meals but we've still eaten out more than we like to. The kids aren't complaining - they are getting their beige diet, ugh. We moved our entire kitchen to the basement so it isn't really hard to whip up a few meals just not fun, plus we're trying not to overdo it and have a smelly basement. So far, we've been okay. 

Perhaps the one most affected by the renovation is our dog. She is restless everyday, running up and down the stairs, following us to every room we go to. Poor girl, not happy losing all her favorite spots where she suns herself.


The book I was reading, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, got stuck in the office room where I spent very little time this week and so whenever I was looking to read something, I was too lazy to go get it. Needless to say, I read very little this week. Hopefully, I'll read more this week but I'm doubtful. There's going to be more doing things at the house this week so I expect my evening to go in that.

I did read a children's book last week, Something Happened in our Town, which I recommend.


Nothing other than Marvel's current show 'What If?'. Finally, finally, things are coming together. Phew. I would hate for it to have just standalone episodes.

Looking Forward To

Next weekend is a long one for the kids, with it being Fall Break for them. So we are using that as an opportunity to visit and stay with friends in Chicago. Plus, we get a break from the work at the house. 

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