A little list

In the context of ‘Monday Meltdown’, part of my new weekly writing schedule, I will discuss the stuff that bothers me. So buckle up, it’s time for a rant. You know what bothers me? Fuck, today’s gonna be a little list of shit that bothered me. 1) Sleep deprivation. I can’t tell you exactly whyContinue reading “A little list”

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”

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”

Bottomless pit

Two sick kids beaming out vomit in every direction. That’s more or less what our last 24 hours looked like. Or well, more for Heike than for me – this time. After the week of projectile vomiting around Christmas, I’ve had my vomit baptism multiple times over. This time, work saved me. Yesterday I cameContinue reading “Bottomless pit”

Not sure what it means, but I’ll celebrate anyway!

Do you realize that there are quite a bunch of you? It’s when you reach certain milestones that you really start to think about their meaning. Today I reached a new milestone – 200 WordPress followers. For some reason, the 127th or 43rd follower never made a huge impression, they were just a random number.Continue reading “Not sure what it means, but I’ll celebrate anyway!”

Moms have it easy*

Being a dad can be a miserable job. For at least three months in the early child’s life, you’re plain useless, no matter how hard you try. The child will not acknowledge your existence, except in the form of unstoppable baby cries that are heartbreaking and adorable at the same time. And at various timesContinue reading “Moms have it easy*”

Imposter parenting

This post was half triggered by a couple of posts I read yesterday about imposter syndrome. It’s also triggered by the events of this particular day… I’ve been a father to a beautiful son for almost three years, and he was joined by an awesome little sister almost a year ago. These two little tadpolesContinue reading “Imposter parenting”

Great!

The most important thing about work is – of course – the fact that you can take holiday. There, I said it. You can’t enjoy the highs without the lows. You get the analogy. It’s not that I don’t like my job. I love what I do. It’s just that I also really love holiday.Continue reading “Great!”

Highs and lows

Let’s start today with the lows, and end it on a high note. We spent the night near Rovinj, a pretty town on the Istrian west coast. The campsite was nothing special, and just too far from the center to comfortably walk the distance back and forth with the kids. Now, In Rovinj, most parkingContinue reading “Highs and lows”

Now this is something different…

You all now by now I’m a bit of a reptile nerd. I can’t help it. It’s been like that since forever. It started with dinosaurs when I was young, and it never left me. Those of you that now me a little better, or read here regularly, will also understand that snakes in particularContinue reading “Now this is something different…”