Pictures of the day

After two days of feeling completely fatigued and out of it (I now fully understand the meaning of the phrase “bone-tired”!), my energy has returned and I’m feeling like myself again. So, the house has been de-Christmasfied today, with the floor lamp back in the place where the Christmas tree was…

I had barely unpacked a box that came in the mail today when the cat jumped into it…

Listened to Bowie all day and then late this afternoon on Twitter this gorgeous picture of David and Iman was posted by Iman

And Sidney Poitier has been on my mind a lot since I heard the news of his passing last night, aged 94. I think I may re-watch Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner again this evening in his honour. I haven’t seen that movie in years but remember really liking it.

May you rest in peace, dear Sir!

David Bowie 75

Today would have been David Bowie’s 75th birthday. I’m celebrating here with the Bowie song that has meant the most to me…

Seeing his handwritten lyrics of this song during the David Bowie Is exhibition has been one of my most valued museum experiences ever. It’s the only secret picture I took when I visited the excellent travelling exhibition a week before he so unexpectedly and shockingly passed away…

Mr Esther and I were going to go to a Bowie tribute concert at the end of January in Rotterdam but due to lockdowns in effect now, the concert has been postponed to next fall. In lieu of the concert, I am listening to only David Bowie today. His wife Iman has shared a 5 and a half hour playlist that has been curated for his birthday….

I already have my own Bowie playlist but listening to another one and hearing what has been selected for that will be fun.

Happy birthday, David! Thank you for all the gifts you have given us.

Enraging

There is rioting in the streets of Rotterdam, which is not far from where I live. An impromptu protest against our government’s Covid measures. In addition, an announcement came today that private fireworks will be prohibited on New Year’s Eve and people go so wild about that? Is there seriously nothing better to violently protest?

And then I also read that Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted of the killings he did in Kenosha, Wisconsin. How is that even possible? Don’t tell me this has nothing to do with racism. As someone on Twitter said so aptly…

And hey, in some countries you can’t even easily buy an assault rifle, let alone get away with shooting people. I’m sure he was scared and shot because of it but he shouldn’t have been allowed to even walk there unhindered with an assault rifle in the first place!

It’s 2 am as I type this and tonight I go to bed with this angry song in my head…

… and hope I can view the world a little more positively in the morning.

Cat music

Before I head for bed: I came across this Tiktok music collaboration video set to a cat loudly lapping up milk and I love it! I think I’ve already watched it at least 5 times and I’m sure there will be more re-watches to come.

That is all. Good night! 🙂

Pressure

Just a quick little post between meetings to share with the world that I have that Billy Joel song Pressure stuck in my head on loop. I woke up with it in my head this morning and it won’t go away. It’s all because of this little scene with Bobby (Peter Krause) and Athena (Angela Bassett) from the beginning of season 2 of 9-1-1, so it’s not terrible if the song doesn’t go away. The song is good and the scene even better.

Athena saying, “On a day like this, they get overheated and start to smoulder”, Bobby’s response, “Yeah, they do” and the way they walk to each other gets me in the pit of my stomach every time, followed by a lovely bout of kissing that is cut off too soon. Here’s that kiss in gif…

I have caught up with all 9-1-1 episodes over the weekend (yes, Herba, I have now also seen the alpacas episode 😊) and before heading for bed last night, re-watched bits and pieces of that first season 2 episode. Watching that scene again (a few times) must account for why this song got stuck in my head over night in the first place.

Anyway, must get back to the pressure of work now, although my pressure is nothing like the kind of pressure first responders need to deal with.