Monday meltdown – disaster edition

Today was an absolute disaster, that started off with a couple of different Monday meltdown events. Or well. Heatwave meltdowns of the weekend that culminated in this horror show that was today. It could have been a wonderful day. A meeting on the final designs for the summer experiments. Another meeting with a new collaboratorContinue reading “Monday meltdown – disaster edition”

Warm and sweaty

God, it’s warm today. We’re visiting my mother in the east of the Netherlands, just before driving back to Bavaria tonight and tomorrow – we’ll sleep somewhere halfway. This weather though. It’s no joke. Luckily, my mother set up a play pool for the kids, to their great appreciation. I have mixed feelings about theContinue reading “Warm and sweaty”

“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)”

Escape the heat

My office was probably 35 degrees centigrade today. Damn, it was warm! Out of nowhere, we suddenly moved away from winter, skipped spring, and went straight into high summer. Our department corridors are basically the top floor of a glass roofed and poorly ventilated building. This means I work in a sauna – I likeContinue reading “Escape the heat”

The joys of summer

The weather has been amazing this week. Summer has arrived in Bavaria – finally, after nine months of dull grey fog. Because of this exceptional weather, a couple of colleagues suggested to go for dinner together in a local Biergarten. The last time I did something with a larger group of colleagues was in theContinue reading “The joys of summer”

Mystery readers

Lately, my WordPress statistics have been all over the place. As I’ve said many times before, I don’t fully ‘get’ them. Well. I get them, but I don’t get what drives them. Some days I get 20 views, whereas on other days, I get more than 100. It’s independent of time of posting or dayContinue reading “Mystery readers”

About yesterday…

I wrote in yesterday’s post how parenting made my perfectionism very palpable. I described several situations where certain playful activities with my son elicited an almost visceral response to my perfectionist soul – regardless how much I enjoy the activities themselves. I think the concept was easy to follow, but I had nothing to illustrateContinue reading “About yesterday…”

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”

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”

Aren’t you afraid?

Some people have asked me if I’m not afraid people will read my blog and feel offended in any way. The answer is no. I’m no longer afraid what people think about my blog. It’s my blog. Those who don’t like what they read will know how to find their way to the X-shaped buttonContinue reading “Aren’t you afraid?”