If you are trapped in an airport, an Amtrak train, a Midwestern state, or some other polar vortex hell tonight, consider Michelle Obama’s coordinates for your mental happy place. We already knew the first lady would enjoy an extended vacation in Hawaii (a 50th birthday gift from the president, who went back to work this week); now TMZ and others report she will spend the bonus days at the Maui estate of Oprah Winfrey (whose 60th birthday is coming up as well). According to the day-in-the-life article Winfrey wrote for Huffington Post Hawaii, it is Disneyland for adult women.
“Every evening we sit on the front porch and watch the greatest light show on earth: the sun dipping below the horizon. Neighbors drop by. We sip drinks inspired by whatever is fresh and delicious — mango, guava, pineapple, cucumber, basil. We chat, laugh and rate the sunsets according to their magnificence. When there’s a full moon, we hike up the mountain and sometimes ride horses to the top to watch the moon rise over the ridge.”
Subtract the whole neighbors dropping by part of the routine. According to TMZ, “security on the island is airtight, with SWAT teams and just about every other resource securing wide perimeters around Michelle.”