Catching up instead of catching fish…

It was a beautiful late afternoon to go fishing. The sun shone bright against the deep blue sky. We decided to try our luck at the Maas, the river that gave the city of Maastricht its name. I’m not from here, and I don’t know this river. To be honest, it had also been aContinue reading “Catching up instead of catching fish…”

“Interesting…” (with a German accent)

“This new girl is moving into the vacant room today. German. She seems relaxed.” My flatmate had this laid-back approach with everything. Everything was always either chill or relaxed. It didn’t seem to mean much. But somehow this time I trusted his word for it. “Good to know!” I replied. “It’s about time…” We livedContinue reading ““Interesting…” (with a German accent)”

Not the angry type

I used to think I was not the angry type. I also used to think that anger was all bad. I only recently found out that I was wrong about the first. Oh, and I was wrong about the second, too. Back in the day, I never got angry at people much. However, two majorContinue reading “Not the angry type”

My new weekly schedule

I’ve run out of topics lately, and it annoys the shit out of me because I am completely overthinking it. The way I always worked until now is that I just started up WordPress every day, took the first thing that came to mind, and wrote about that. It was a simple process. Lately, IContinue reading “My new weekly schedule”

Alarming insect declines

Over the course of the past five years, many scientific papers have been written about insect declines – some simply reporting patterns in observational data, while others have adopted rigorous monitoring combined with measurements of potential factors contributing to shifts in insect diversity and abundance. There are debates ongoing between entomologists and conservationists as toContinue reading “Alarming insect declines”

I followed the wrong signs…

Whilst driving down the coast of Croatia, I only had one job: follow the coast to Split. Of course I fucked up within a couple of kilometers. Don’t get me wrong: I religiously followed the signs to Split, not realizing that there was an inland highway that would probably be much quicker than the scenicContinue reading “I followed the wrong signs…”

Not bad for a first night!

For the past two days we’ve been prepping our van for the upcoming trip south, during which we will put my second month of parental leave to good use. After a long winter in which we had disconnected several of our van’s features including the water reservoirs and water pump, we had to do someContinue reading “Not bad for a first night!”

Bad day

I don’t know what is/was wrong with me today, but nothing feels right. I woke up feeling absolutely drained. My energy levels were low, and I was cranky, and that feeling only got worse as the day continued. I couldn’t help it, but I felt annoyed by everyone and everything today. I was snarky towardsContinue reading “Bad day”

Story. Story. Story?

When you’re writing a scientific paper, what’s on your mind? What are you thinking of? What are the aims? I find myself in a shift of attitude when it comes to writing. When I wrote my first paper(s), I had no clue what I was doing. I was summarizing everything I did, and not necessarilyContinue reading “Story. Story. Story?”

Last week in office

This week will kind of be my last week in office, and I will not be around for awhile after. Next week I have an annual consortium meeting of the DFG FOR3000 Chemodiversity Research Unit that I have been involved in over the past two years. For the first time since a very long time,Continue reading “Last week in office”