Monday, May 3, 2010

Stress...just stress

A much more competent and organized person than I would be able to handle a few writing deadlines while maintaining a tiny blog.  How I wish I were one of those people.  I promise that Potatoes and Yams will again fill your blog reader with all sorts of wonderful tidbits about food and life abroad in the near future, as soon as I can stop stressing so much and Regan is fully recovered from her malaria scare.  For right now, though, all my writing energy is going into a horribly overdue chapter and a paper I am presenting at a conference in June that a bunch of respected Dutch historians will also be attending--nothing like heaping a little pressure on top of that stress--oh and also a writing project Sea Legs Girl is working on (my chapter is coming, I promise!).  So until I get a grip on myself, you can go check out her blog.  :)
I will leave you with a few lovely pictures of Koninginnedag, Queen's Day.  Every April 30, the streets become awash in a sea of orange-clad, drunk, Dutch people celebrating the glory of the monarchy. 
I took these pictures last year during my first Queen's Day experience.  I could only handle the large crowd for a few hours before escaping to the countryside for a little bike ride.  The lambs in the field were much more entertaining than the masses strolling around Amsterdam.  This past Friday, Niek and I skipped it altogether and escaped to a deserted beach with the dog.  It was awesome.


  1. Glad to hear I'm adding to your stress ;). And thank you for referring everyone to the blog of a much less competent and organized person!

    I was hoping that as long as I wasn't getting any potatoes that I could get some yams, but Regan had malaria?!

    I wish you both the best! Your readers will be here when all is good again :).

  2. Sea Legs Girl,
    You're not adding to my stress. Writing about running is a good outlet, definitely not a stress maker. By the way, I don't believe for a second that you are not organized.

    Last time I talked to Regan, she was on the mend. I hope her housemates are taking care of her. Hopefully we'll all hear something from her soon.