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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

Pandemic-fatigue | Weekly Snapshot

It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well. 


My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions. But it's the rest of the community that drives me nuts. But hey, we live in the free world over here, where my freedom is more important than your health, so you dare not tread on my rights over here. 

I feel extremely sad for all the kids, stuck in a world that we cannot even agree to keep safe (whether from the pandemic or global warming or the hypothetical comet in Don't Look Up). Sorry I'm all doom and gloom over here. It's no fun when I hear about all the people I know getting covid left right and center and then wondering when is it going to be us. We've also been wanting to visit Disney this year but I'm so torn about that as well. I feel mad about this because my kids will one day be too old for Disney and I would never even have taken them there. Yeah, it's a first world problem but a serious mom-guilt moment.


We had a very busy Saturday. My daughter wanted it to be a mother and daughter kind of day, which basically means it's all about what she wants to do lol. I managed to squeeze in a new board game I had gotten recently (Trekking the World) and she enjoyed that one a lot, though she was not ready for some aspects of the game. Beyond that, it was groceries, meeting our realtor to check out some investment properties, and trying to get ahead of some chores. Today though, it's mostly quiet. I expect there will be more mother-and-daughter things happening, at least my daughter has a lot of plans, lol. Tomorrow I have work, but my husband and kids are off. 


Last week, I finished There There. I know it has a lot of good reviews, but it was somewhat underwhelming for me. That last incident (readers of the book will know what I mean) felt terribly cinematic and in addition, the idea was to show different Native American lives but I felt like it lost steam halfway through the book. I'm still listening to Amy Cuddy's Presence but haven't had much time for it this week. 

I also started The Fifth Season this week - not too far in, but looking forward to where it goes.


Hotel Transylvania: Transformania movie - This came out in Prime this week and since we were a fan of the first three movies, we were excited for this one too. It certainly delivers and is a fun watch.

Cloud Atlas movie - I chanced upon this movie on Netflix and decided to finally watch it. I had been putting it off because I wanted to read the book first, which I did give a try and found really hard to get into (I was not in the frame of mind for that kind of writing at the time), so I decided I can watch the movie. It was certainly a very interesting watch but it made me wish that I did read the book first.

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