These two are plotting to drive us crazy!

Today was the first day that we could finally get outside. The kids were more or less recovered from their illnesses. The weather was great. Time to go outside. We drove to the Chiemgauer Alpen, close to Kampenwand. A beautiful area. Crazy traffic aside, it seemed to all go smoothly. However, from the moment weContinue reading “These two are plotting to drive us crazy!”

Should I start a writing challenge and why is the answer yes?

Someone on science Twitter asked the Twitter world today whether they should be starting a writing challenge, and whether it would be a good idea with a newborn around. I guess it’s the time of the year again for New Year’s resolutions, haha. But this is a nice one. And food for a post, too.Continue reading “Should I start a writing challenge and why is the answer yes?”

Like meeting an old friend

One of my oldest friends – if not the oldest – has lived in Asia since 2014, and for the most of it, he’s been working as a teacher in China. We’ve been friends for close to 25 years. We went to high school together, and share many similarities in our personal life histories. It’sContinue reading “Like meeting an old friend”


It turns out that writing a daily blog quickly becomes exceptionally boring if you have got nothing interesting to do all day. First, our baby got sick with fever. Great Christmas. Then, a couple of days later, our toddler joined the club. Luckily the baby recovered already, but Rafa is still feeling quite bad. LostContinue reading “Soulless”

Switching gears, but how?

Four days in. Another thirteen to go. The Christmas holidays always reveal exactly how destroyed you actually are, how much of your energy is still available for life in the holiday season. For pretty much the entire year I run on autopilot. Ironically, even though my work in academia involves intensive use of my brain,Continue reading “Switching gears, but how?”

Move along, there’s nothing to see here…

Nah. Today it’ll just be a filler post, without any actual content. Two sick kids, horrible weather, a horribly failed attempt at making a nice dinner, the day was tough enough. Well, at least we were together as a family :)… Tonight’s planned for a second attempt at finishing yesterday’s movie (I fell asleep halfway).

Well… It is supposed to be family time after all

Christmas 2021. We’ve chosen not to take the long-ass drive back to the locked-down Netherlands. Some people in the family circle choose not to get vaccinated, and several also refuse to get tested before meeting up. This, for me, is more than enough reason not to meet up for several days. There also has beenContinue reading “Well… It is supposed to be family time after all”

I didn’t really want her

It’s time for another post about cornsnakes! Nobody cares, but I do. You’ll appreciate them sooner rather than later, trust me. This morning, my son ‘helped’ me clean some snake enclosures. He doesn’t really help. It’s more of a hassle having him around, because he hands me over anything I could potentially need (but mostlyContinue reading “I didn’t really want her”