Election day blues playlist

I started playing my LPs last night (November 3rd) while we waited for the election results to come in. We’re still waiting, so I kept going today. The only rule is I could only play American artists. Here’s where I am so far: November 3rd: The Chicks – Gaslighter Wilco – A.M. Prince – PurpleContinue reading “Election day blues playlist”

I can’t live, if living is without Ruth*

When I woke up and read that Ruth Bader Ginsberg had died, I went on a five-hour bike ride, because otherwise I would have just stayed in my apartment pacing and chanting, “Oh my God” over and over again. Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG) was one of my heroes. One of the first women to graduateContinue reading “I can’t live, if living is without Ruth*”

Why voting matters to me

I don’t think someone can truly understand how much the culture they’re from impacts them unless they leave it. While I’ve been gone from the US for seven years now, still so much of who I am, how I think, wish, dream and steer my way through life is partly a product of where IContinue reading “Why voting matters to me”

The World’s Oldest Working Planetarium

I’m not going to lie, I was SUPER JEALOUS of everyone who got see the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse in real life, and not on CNN when they were eating dinner. But, we did get to see the world’s oldest working planetarium earlier this year which was also impressive. Its creator, Eise Eisinga, a woolcomberContinue reading “The World’s Oldest Working Planetarium”

Deliberate Practice is a technique that can make “anyone great at just about anything”. So, did it improve my Dutch?

Last August, I introduced specific goals to improve my Dutch. They were aggressive for me because I wasn’t doing many of them previously, such as watching Dutch TV or they forced me out of my comfort zone, like the language café. I felt that I needed to do something during the summer to improve myContinue reading “Deliberate Practice is a technique that can make “anyone great at just about anything”. So, did it improve my Dutch?”

31 Day Dutch Challenge: what is fluency anyways?

Status update on my 31 Day Dutch Challenge: niet slecht. I excel at watching TV (it helps that the Olympics are on now!) and I’m doing well with flashcards, reading and the Taaltempo book. These past two weeks show that my weakness is speaking. I haven’t been to the Taalcafe once yet, and I have anContinue reading “31 Day Dutch Challenge: what is fluency anyways?”

Do or do not: the 31 Day Dutch Challenge

When I went back to visit the US, a lot of folks asked me how my Dutch was coming along. My stock answer was “not great.” I’ve made improvements, but I’m behind where I thought I would be by now: I’m slow to speak, I pretend to understand things I don’t, trip over grammar, IContinue reading “Do or do not: the 31 Day Dutch Challenge”

Dickens Festijn Deventer

When we first arrived in the Netherlands, Manon asked her aunt, who loves to travel, what her favorite city was. We were surprised when she mentioned Deventer, a medium sized town about an hour away from the German border. Last year*, we decided to go to the Dickens Festijn, a Christmas market and festival for CharlesContinue reading “Dickens Festijn Deventer”

Hoge Veluwe National Park and Kröller Müller Museum

One thing that I was looking forward to when we moved here was having fall again. I grew up outside Chicago, and when I moved to Texas, I missed a typical fall day – crisp and slightly chilly air, the sound of leaves crunching under my feet, the leaves turning colors and falling, instead ofContinue reading “Hoge Veluwe National Park and Kröller Müller Museum”