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University Open Day; no weekend yet.

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We get to welcome our visitors to our IT workshop LAByrint (labyrinth), where they can practice handwriting on our large digital Prowise board, play Osmo Tangram (an app for primary school) and program with the cute Bee-bot robots for young children.

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Six Word Saturday


Finally dusting off my work bag…

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… because Monday I’m heading back to work. I don’t know for how many hours, since computer / cell phone screens and my eyes and brain still don’t agree and cause nausea, but the vertigo and swirling is abating. And I miss my colleagues and friends at the university, miss being useful. On January 12th finally the appointment with an ophthalmologist at the hospital. I might kiss him – or her; I don’t really care at this stage. 😉

Have a free Saturday.


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Not Dressed Yet

My Saturday in Six (and a half) Words:

NOON, AND I’M NOT DRESSED YET. 

Quiet. It’s been much too quiet around Figments of a DuTchess. The figments have gone into hiding, sheltering from the mass of work input. Work that normally is balanced between planning and creativity. Managing and writing. Working and spare time. But these last months I’m diving under in Excel schemes and scheduling, coming up for a quick breath and then going down again in exam planning. It’s eating up my Muse. And I hate that! This madness has got to stop. I need to empty my head, so other stuff can sneak back in. So now, indeed, I’m not in daytime mode yet. The Muse needs my attention, before anything else is done. Don’t come calling at my door, because I can’t open: I’m not decent yet!

Is age catching up on me? Or is the work load simply too heavy? My partner-in-work-crime has collapsed under the pressure and is now trying to find her balance again, struggling hard. I miss her each day. She’s the one who keeps me sane through the madness. We laugh and curse, work and rebel together. Get well soon, sweetheart. ♥

Yesterday our students graduated in a festive ceremony. Our team has worked so hard to get this done, and all went well. Many compliments and heart-felt hugs to my colleagues at the academy – you are simply the best. In the evening we all celebrated the start of the summer holidays with a delightful dinner. Only a ‘lucky’ few – including myself – will still have to work next week, but most are off on their six weeks freedom tour. Enjoy!!

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Have a happy Saturday!

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Diploma \o/

Today it is official: my youngest son has signed his diploma and is ready to go to university. He has chosen Health sciences, together with two of his friends, and will move out into the wild and roaring student life in August. Student Sean. It does have a nice ring to it, don’t you think? 😉

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The Bird Will Soon Leave The Nest

My youngest son Sean has passed his exam. HE DID IT!! He called earlier to give me this excellent news. We talked for a bit and then I broke down crying for joy in the arms of a professor at work, oh pffff.

Sean, cheers, I’m so very, very proud of you!

Now Maastricht University is waiting, student life is beckoning…

*jumps around*

Love you,
your mom

Sean is the one in horizontal position, with the red clown nose 😉

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The Fair Man

Yesterday I stared into the eyes of a complete stranger. Non-stop, for ten seconds. No talking involved. It was interesting and weird. Afterwards I asked for his name, so he (Koen) was no stranger anymore 😉

It was a challenge during the annual Education Day of our university. The speaker told us that the average time married people look full into each other’s eyes is eight seconds a day. Only eight seconds?! Can anyone confirm that? I stare into V-man’s eyes much longer, but perhaps that is because we don’t live together.

On our way back to the academy, I saw this statue, with a fancy fair in the background. I jumped onto the bicycle path (yes, we have plenty of those in Holland), was almost run over by several vehicles, but managed to take this photo. The Fair Man.

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Photos Oriental Party

Photos of the oriental party of our academy last Friday, as promised:

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  1. the charming belly dancer
  2. workshop
  3. even male coworkers stepped in
  4. Dutchess & Vman
  5. party time
  6. part of my team, me on the right
  7. Dutch fries with mayonnaise as last snack, mmm

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