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Day 195: Two TRs

I'm still coming down from the high of finishing the super long but interesting, (Kindle) page-turning, addictive book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris last night. I know I've mentioned it before but it was so terrific! I purchased it for $1.99 impulsively a couple of years ago, around the time the PBS miniseries came out, I think. It's been sitting on my Kindle, but I have to be in the right frame of mind to start a book like that. Turns out it's exactly what I needed this summer.

I'd like to produce some sort of intellectual review of it for you, but I probably can't in the 6 minutes I have to sit here and type. I didn't know around 99% of what I read (because I missed the TR parts of the miniseries, I suppose) and every section fascinated me. I realized that I do not and mostly likely won't ever understand politics or military strategy, but Morris did a decent job of dumbing it down enough that I could follow what what happening. The book covered mostly his public life, but enough of his private life to understand the deep influences his family had on his politics and his passions.

I can't stand that I don't have the follow-up, Theodore Rex, at the ready. I didn't realize when I started the book that it's part of a trilogy. That means I'm up through his Vice Presidency, and the next book covers his life as President. I lamented this morning that my local library doesn't have it, but received a few ideas from friends and did eventually find it on Overdrive, so as soon as it becomes available it will download to my Kindle. Winning! If you are even marginally interested in history, or in Theodore Roosevelt, I have to recommend The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, and I'm hoping I enjoy the others just as much.

Also notable in regards to my gratitude:

I almost skipped my mother's group's dinner/drinks outing last night because I was cranky. A friend talked texted me into going anyway and I had a blast. Hilarious stories, mostly, but other fruitful conversation was enjoyed!

My oldest (first and middle initials TR! he he) has taken an interest in laundry. Whoop whoop! It's too early to tell if it will stick, but I'm giving him every opportunity I can to learn it. He also took the trash out without being asked yesterday, so basically I'm winning at motherhood.


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