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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 New Year | Weekly Snapshot

Happy New Year, fellow readers and bloggers! Here's hoping (again) that this year is the respite we've all been waiting for. 


It's been a busy week here. We had family visiting us this week from Boston and everyone had a blast. Good food, good family time, all win-win. We stayed up as late as we could on New Year's Eve but eventually decided to crash 20 minutes to midnight as none of us could keep our eyes peeled open. How was your New Year celebration?

Are you doing New Year's resolutions? I haven't been doing them for years (I'm more a fan of quarterly resolutions) but I am certainly hoping to get back to a plant-based whole food diet. I used to do that before the renovations and then for as long as we didn't have our kitchen, my eating habits went south. Now that we are on the other side of the two most unhealthy weeks of the year, I'm looking forward to eating better and working out more. My husband got himself a Peloton so I am looking forward to trying it.


After couple of weeks of being more off from work than on, tomorrow starts a full work week. It will be rough. Being a person of routine, I am looking forward to getting into the swing of things. For now though, I'm going to try and relax before the grind starts again tomorrow. I have a few blog posts to write and complete planning my week. My son also has his swim class today but otherwise we don't have a whole lot going on. While I appreciate and need a little quiet after the busy week, my kids are wishing that the holidays would last forever. I remember wishing for the same when I was a kid but now, as a parent with little ones, I truly am glad that holidays do end lol. 


I did not get a whole lot of reading done in the last week of 2021. I went down the rabbit hole of exploring all kinds of reading challenges and resolutions that kept popping on my radar last week. Hopefully that changes this week and I get some reading done. There There by Tommy Orange is at the top of my list (same as last week). Right after that, I'll be picking The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin for a book club read. 

For the last few months, I had put aside the Marvel comics that I had been reading. I may look at picking that back up as well.


Encanto movie - This was a fun movie to watch about a Colombian family with magical powers that they use for good and a nice reminder that people are much more than the sum of their jobs and responsibilities. (On a related matter, I am loving seeing more and more movies, shows, ads, basically anything on my TV screen with increased representation and diversity. For all the arguments that the non-woke crowd parry around, this is what they are missing - how speaking out about something can bring about change. I just hope we never reverse course on this but instead see more of it.)

No Time to Die movie - I'm not really a fan of the Bond movies but I usually enjoy watching them. This one was enjoyable as well.

Star Trek Discovery - I am now two episodes behind in this show. Since Discovery is going on a break for a few weeks, I guess I have enough time to watch those. 

Happy New Year! How did your first day of 2022 go? 

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