I’ve just finished chapter six 6 in NOT and have two things I’ve been thinking a lot about. 1. How does the author know all that stuff? 2. How have women’s roles/place/acceptance (I could go on) really changed in the last 70 years?
So the first one. In order for the author to have such detailed information – not only factual events, but feelings and perceptions – everyone must have kept daily, detailed diaries. Not only does it seem they write in them all the time they must have held on to them and passed them on. Did everyone do that? Or is it just those that felt like they were in such positions of importance that they felt obligated to record history? Do you think the President and the First Lady do that today? And their kids and secretaries and aides and all the members of the House and Senate? Or is everyone relying on the internet and blogs to not only record their lives but to also publish them to the world. (do you know there is a national texting competition?) Hmm. I wonder. I never liked the idea of documenting my life and intimate thoughts on paper. In fact found it kind of embarrassing. But really, I wouldn’t have much to say that would need to find it’s way into history books. Maybe that’s the difference.
Second thing plaguing me. On the one hand Eleanor is out there making speeches at political events without FDR, lobbying for civil rights even though it may be against what her husband was supporting, writing columns – really following and communicating her own political agenda. Maybe because FDR couldn’t be out and about? He seems to be totally supportive of her “work”. It seems very ahead of the times. But then there was the seemingly open and acceptable goings on FDR had with the other women. What’s up with Missy? and the Crown Princess of Norway? Would that happen today? I don’t think so. Look at the Monica Lewinski thing (how embarrassing).
OK back to running. We are moving on to a new GOAL!! The 10K . After realizing that we are floundering without a goal we decided to go from the couch (yes it’s back to the couch) to the 10K. I’ve already downloaded my app. My only concern is the weather and the darkness. London from Oct to Mar is grim. Really grim. I can do it. So watch this space.
Now for food. I made the most delicious cheese soup the other day.
I know most cheese soups are grainy and too cheesy, but this is delicious. Chop into nice little pieces some carrots, celery, onions (and I sometimes add little potato pieces) and sautee in butter. Add a bay leaf. After the veggies are getting soft add some flour. Then a splash of wine. Next some chicken stock and simmer until vegetables are done. Then add some 1/2 and 1/2 and cheddar cheese. S and P. Delicious.