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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 interesting first week of 2022 | Weekly Snapshot

And just like that, we are through the first week of 2022. Did we make it this far?


Covid is just getting worse and worse again. I know some say it's not as severe as before so it's okay, but c'mon, Covid wasn't even our reality until two years ago, have we already given up on controlling it or wanting to not walk around expecting to possibly getting sick? Over the last two weeks, so many people that my husband or I know have tested positive. I have seen a lot of memes over the last week advising one to quarantine if they are not positive. Quite a reverse now. Anyways, we are trying to stay put as much as possible, masking when outside or near others. 

Monday morning, my daughter woke up in hives. We spent all morning trying to figure out what the cause could be - due to the rise in Covid cases, no appointments were available with her pediatrician that day so we finally elected to do a virtual urgent care at Cincinnati Children's. They suspected that the antibiotics she was taking (for a bad case of cough/fever before Christmas) may be the culprit. Apparently, around 8-10 days after starting amoxycillin, kids can develop a rash. Who knew. Anyways, they have finally cleared up now. Although she was physically okay otherwise, we chose to keep her home for couple of days because she was extremely and visibly spotty and red in the face.

Work was busy but not too bad, especially for a week right after two quiet work weeks. It did feel good to get into a routine though. I very much crave predictability.


Yesterday was mostly chores - I expect today will be similar. I have a few books to return to the library (all overdue but since the library stopped the practice of fines, I have always been a few days late in returning overdue books back). 


I'm still reading There There - it went slow in parts but it is picking up again. I expect to finish it by tonight. Last week, I read an article somewhere praising Amy Cuddy's Presence, so I quickly picked it up both on audio and ebook on Overdrive. I'm only two chapters in, but so far, it is very good. 

I was hoping to start The Fifth Season last week but that hasn't happened yet. Probably today or tomorrow after There There.


Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts - I was very unsure if I wanted to watch this feature. Long time readers here know than I am a big fan of the books and have reread them often and go gaga over anything Harry Potter. And then Rowling decided to spread transphobia. Around the same time, the child in me grew and I also realized that somewhere at the back of my mind, the lack of diversity in the HP books really did and do still bother me. All this to say that all my nostalgia and memories about Harry Potter are also somewhat clouded nowadays. Anyways, I heard enough good reviews about this feature (plus learned that Rowling was not invited) so I decided to watch it. I don't think I can ever compartmentalize the different distasteful aspects surrounding the books but I did still enjoy the feature a lot more than I expected to. Not only do the actors go back to those 10 years of their life, they did it in a way that I visited my own youth years and remembered my several milestones in Harry Potter age.

Don't Look Up movie - I talked about this more on Instagram - even though this movie was funny and satiric, I came out feeling extremely sad and discouraged. I'm still thinking about how humanity got to where it is right now. Highly recommend.

Boss Baby movie - Took me several years but I finally watched this movie during our family movie night. I really didn't like the boss baby in the trailer so was not initially eager to watch it.

Star Trek Prodigy - It's back! My daughter, more than anyone else, has been waiting for it to return after the mid-season break. It picks up right from where it stopped and we all enjoyed this week's episode.

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