I want Michelle Obama to be my best friend I think we could be good together. Her positive energy is just what I need. Whether she would want to be my best friend of course is another thing. I watched ‘Becoming’ Netflix documentary on Michelle Obama last night – What a woman. What a man. What a couple. I had already read her book and have been a big fan since they took office but now – well I think I am in love. How different everything would have been if they were still in the White House. How many American lives would have been saved. How reassured would have been the rest of the world. How….. well there are too many hows and it is just too sad that instead of this amazingly wise and trustworthy couple we have Trump and his dummy.
What’s the possibility that Trump could be held up for war crimes – because this virus is a silent war. And yes Trump I am politicising it because you are supposed to be a politician. Way back a good few posts ago I talked about the pandemic task force that Obama and Biden set up to prepare for what they knew would be a future pandemic. It was ruefully dismantled by Trump when he came into power. “I am a businessmen,” he said, “I don’t like too many people around,” was his reason for disbanding it and of course because it was set up by Obama. Please do take the time to watch this link below. It is something else.
And I am not going to mention Boris’s talk to the Nation last night except: “go to work, don’t go to work, work from home, actively encouraging you to go to work, don’t use public transport, only use public transport if necessary, stay indoors, sunbathe as much as you like – are you confused? A friend said after he had watched Boris’s speech a few times he thought that it made more sense if you listened to it backwards. I think I shall just carry on the same way I have for the past weeks. That way I know exactly what I should be doing.
I tempted fate when I mentioned that I am no longer an insomniac. It was 5 am when I finally got to sleep after two doses of my herbal sleep tablets. I am still not feeling 100
per cent and my breathing last night was not good. Having a tendency to be a little overanxious – I can easily talk myself into being sick. Me and Woody Allen would be hopeless partners but then I am a bit old for Woody.
I think the Oximeter might not have been a good idea. I have been a little over enthusiastic in my use of it. Last night at 3 am I found that my oxygen levels had dropped to 91 and as I was experiencing a tightness in my chest, swollen glands, blocked ears, a headache and uneasy breathing I was convinced that I had Coronavirus. So, I took up the offer of the test – or at least I thought I would. Now I know why testing has not been increasing. None of the codes I was sent worked. Apparently, the codes come from the government, but the offer of the test comes from COVID-testing and the two are not synched. Why am I not surprised?
Happy to report that I am feeling a lot better today. That said I thought today I would take it easy. Just my yoga and this blog and a little afternoon nap. And it was serendipitous (I have wanted to use that word ever since I set up this blog – and no I didn’t make a mistake serendipity was not available so I used serendipidy instead ) that my girlfriend in Dublin sent me a wonderful speech she gave to her Unitarian Church at the weekend. She read some extracts from An Apology for Idlers by Robert Louis Stevenson. It certainly resonated with me as did her wonderful Irish voice. As I don’t have her permission, I cannot post the link so you too can enjoy her voice but it is definitely worth some of your time. In the meantime, a short extract. And thank you Doireann
AN APOLOGY FOR IDLERS – Robert Louis Stevenson
” Boswell: “We grow weary when idle”
“Johnson: That is, sir, because others being busy, we
want company; but if we were idle, there would be no
growing weary; we should all entertain one another.”
“Idleness so called, which does not consist in doing nothing, but in doing a great deal not recognized in the dogmatic formularies of the ruling class, has as good a right to state its position as industry itself.”
“Let’s be careful out there”
5 thoughts on “Michelle Obama”
I listened to Becoming on audiotape while driving and was so entranced by it that on the same journey I got: 1. stopped for speeding (that never happens) and 2) ran out of gas on the turnpike. I am so heartbroken and miss the both of them so badly right now. It’s almost personal.
I share your loss
I too was utterly gripped by Becoming, the book. what a woman! However, I found the documentary a bit shallow and too performative. Doesn’t affect my huge respect for her, though.
the difference between the two first ladies is incredible