She recognized me!

When I still lived in Wageningen in the Netherlands, me and several colleagues were regulars in the local campus coffee place. We were always having friendly conversation with the owner, until at one point we pretty much all left within a rather short time frame. Obviously, I had not been there since I moved away,Continue reading “She recognized me!”

Home Sweet Home

This evening is the first time I have been all alone for a very long time. Over the past 2.5 years, I have hardly ever spent a real moment without kids or without Heike. I have only once been away overnight during my son’s life – when I had an interview for my current job.Continue reading “Home Sweet Home”

The good news that everyone has been waiting for…

My home country of the Netherlands just announced this evening that it will lift pretty much all restrictions in place to keep people safe during a pandemic. They decided to do this during times where per capita case numbers are not just high, but soaring high above pretty much all other countries in the world.Continue reading “The good news that everyone has been waiting for…”

The hill

“Would you like to meet up this evening?” he asked me. “I want to show you the holiday pictures and my new car.” “Sure,” I answered, “if you do an antigen self test beforehand. I’d love to meet. It’s been a while.” “But I just returned from holiday on Friday,” he said, “and I alreadyContinue reading “The hill”

Boiling point

After a solid four hours of driving on a mostly empty highway, we spent last night with the camper parked in a forest parking lot close to Wiesbaden. The drive was a breeze. The kids were completely out for most of the ride. The night was quiet and my sleep was dreamless and mostly uninterrupted.Continue reading “Boiling point”

Time for a ride…

My mother was on her way to visit us. About eleven hours of travel from one country to the next. Eleven hours of absolute hell for this woman. She has huge levels of anxiety in general, and for traveling the peak is probably highest, because she only speaks Dutch. The idea was that she’d comeContinue reading “Time for a ride…”

Embrace kindergarten level

I had an interesting conversation this afternoon about how it sometimes feels like you’re writing an absolute abomination of a scientific paper, especially after you’ve been at it for a while. This is often how things develop in your head when you work on them a lot, and especially if you think about processes longContinue reading “Embrace kindergarten level”

In parallel

There are many different opinions on multitasking. Some people swear by it and do it all the time. Others not so much, and they need to chop their tasks into nice packages that can be finished one after the other. I used to belong to the latter group, but I’ve found myself lately to beContinue reading “In parallel”


I kissed my son goodnight, and tucked him up in bed. As per usual, I grabbed another duvet and threw it over my head, and like a kid building a tent out of a blanket and some chairs – or like some weirdo adult that enjoys sitting under blankets in his free time – IContinue reading “Unfrazzle”

A long way to go…

I don’t understand how some people live. Take, for instance, my boss. I don’t understand how he sleeps at night. And I mean this in the most literal and positive possible way. It’s not that he does anything particularly horrible that should haunt him at night, and keep him awake. It’s more that he’s alwaysContinue reading “A long way to go…”