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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

Who Dey! | Weekly Snapshot

Woot, I have no idea where the week went.

Life and Work

I had several work situations pop up this week and that severely derailed my routines this week. We had to support releases to one of our customers in Singapore this week which made for extremely long days and nights. It was exhausting. I feel for those who had to do this multiple days and are working through the weekend as well. After five busy days, I ended up lounging around on Saturday feeling aimless but also not wanting to be in front of the computer for any reason.

We got some crazy amount of snow last week. It started off as icy precipitation, due to which schools were called off and everyone was encouraged to stay home. Snow came much later which caused one more day to be called off. The kids had a ton of fun playing in the snow. It was too cold but it was fun as well.

It's Who Dey, SunDey!

Well well well to those who follow, it's Super bowl tonight. This is one term you haven't heard me use on this blog before. I don't watch or follow the game and don't usually do watch parties. But with the Bengals in the game tonight, this city has been celebrating for weeks! It's raining orange and black over here everywhere I go. Yeah, it's that big a deal since the last time the Bengals went to the Super Bowl was in '89. 

Anyways, even though I don't follow the game, I couldn't not get infected by all the enthusiasm over here. The schools came very close to cancelling school for Monday. I, for one, am glad that did not happen. Sorry to the fans, but as I was telling someone the other day, win or not, work will need to go on and it unfortunately doesn't when the kids are home, as happened during the not one, but two snow days last week.

If you're not a Rams fan, cheer for the Bengals :-) 


I have been reading The Song of Achilles for far longer than I intended to. The book is beautifully written - I love it when an author leaves me feeling that I will read anything they write. I am not one to read ancient mythologies - read too much of that in high school, didn't care then, don't care now. But I may be coming around now thanks to Madeline Miller. The best compliment I can give is that even the sex scenes she writes do not make me cringe (written sex scenes have always made me cringe and wonder why people even try). 

Next up for me will be The Obelisk Gate, which is the second book in The Broken Earth trilogy. And then maybe The Echo Wife that I've heard so much about. I realized recently that I'm reading more genre books than I ever did in the past at one go. Some of that is by design - these are what some of my book clubs are reading. But also, I'm finding that I cannot do too intense lit fiction right now. I want to be able to return to the book I'm reading when I've had a busy and tiring day. That's what The Song of Achilles is doing right now and The Fifth Season did before.


Star Trek Prodigy - The first season is finally finished. As a show marketed to kids, I felt this show exceeded all expectations. My daughter loved it, the husband and I loved it too. That last season was so exciting to watch and it seems to promise an exciting homecoming for those who enjoyed the Voyager show.

Star Trek Discovery - it's back! Although I feel the first couple of seasons were its better seasons, this one is also good. I somehow prefer the Federation in the earlier centuries where it was recognized. This feels like a lost and disconnected world.

Rumble movie - We picked this one for our Friday family movie night. I have to say this was completely different from what we usually watch but it was also oh-so-much-fun. Highly recommend!

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What are your plans for today? And an early Happy Valentine's and Galentine's Day to anyone who celebrates!

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