Top 2014

As per tradition now, here’s a list of reasons why 2014 was a wonderful year for me. 100 Things I am very grateful for. Thank you everyone for making these happen!

And the very best wishes for the exciting new year ahead of us!! Happy 2015!

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1. Celebrating New Year’s Eve with dear friends in Deventer
2. The (cold Friday night) visits to Sterrenwacht Limburg
3. Photo shoots in Brunssummerheide forest
4. And the many walks there too
5. Passing the first English exams
6. And later on changing courses
7. Visiting the dolmens, with Jan Willem
8. One day of snow (while we were up north)!
9. Astrofest 2014, of course
10. That I learned to look into the eyes of the photographer (for 3D pictures)
11. Rehearsing for Cultaverde 2014, with my girl band
12. Singing The Kissing Me Song
13. Being called back on stage by my very talented students, at the end of the school concert
14. Organising my little cousin Valesca’s first kids birthday party
15. The spontaneous interview for Radio Veronica
16. And an exotic appearance, in the Spanish Muy Interesante
17. The lecture in Rotterdam
18. And the one for ThinkCon in Cambridge!
19. Appreciating the ‘Don’t Worry’ song on the ferry with new travel buddy Julian
20. Matt Parker’s math tricks
21. The National Stargazing Days (and Valesca’s response)
22. The stargazing evening with my family
23. Catching up in the spring break and going out for dinner
24. The Achterhoek Weekend
25. Dragging a lot of stuff on trains for this trip, together with Joep
26. And creatively fighting light pollution on those nights
27. Giving another lecture, in PJs and flip-flops
28. Using Casper’s ‘scope to see upside-down hot air balloons
29. Teaching cheeky teenagers how to use condoms
30. Making an appearance in the book ‘Working Together Apart
31. And writing a guest article for the Huffington Post
32. Learning to play a few songs on my ukulele
33. Montreux. Beautiful Montreux!
34. Freddie’s statue and the Queen Studio Experience
35. The Sunsets and the view from the mountains
36. Playing Rapunzel in Château de Chillon
37. Garden Lodge, London
38. Meeting friends in the Prospect and the Union
39. And Annie reading my palm
40. Staying over at Richard and Yvonne’s
41. Wildlife Rocks in Guildford (with Brian)
42. My birthday (and first proper haircut)
43. Closing the Galaxy Zoo Forum, which was bittersweet
44. The last We Will Rock You in London (and the after party)!
45. The Eagles in concert (from very close up)!
46. My students visiting the Sterrenwacht
47. The many times good advice was given and nonsense was shared at work
48. Doing another Pecha Kucha talk, in Asten
49. Staying the night in that lovely B&B
50. And the wonderful double rainbows
51. The Ecology week. The whole of it!
52. Even the huge bruises I ended up with
53. But especially the boat trips and the things I learned
54. The stargazing weekend in Limburg
55. And thus our first anniversary <3 56. Speaking at TEDxGhent
57. And Lieven Scheire signing my copy of his book
58. The Space recipes contest in Dwingeloo
59. Working at Citaverde College for five years
60. Going for ice cream in Epen
61. Swimming at Callantsoog’s beach
62. The garden party at Erik and Johanna’s
63. The barbecue at Sjors’
64. Zoo Con in Oxford and staying over at Grant’s
65. Playing Hotel California in the middle of the night
66. The discussion with the Jehovah’s Witness at my door
67. Surprising Steven with the weekend in Schiermonnikoog
68. Running on that beach in the evening
69. That massage
70. Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge
71. Making music with Marcello (and writing a song?!)
72. Zoo Con in Portsmouth and the new people I met
73. Being in Portsmouth again
74. Talking in Kohlscheid
75. Accidentally meeting up with two colleagues in the hospital
76. Going for drinks with colleagues (in blue sweaters)
77. Seeing Interstellar and spending some quality time
78. The ‘study day’ at hotel Van der Valk
79. Baking Christmas bread (again) with Rianne
80. The Saint Nicholas poem Steven had written for me
81. Celebrating Saint Nicholas with Valesca
82. Doing a job interview – successfully
83. Catching up with my pal Graham over Skype
84. All the fun things students have said to me
85. Leren hoe een koe een haas vangt
86. Learning how to handle spilling tea over my laptop
87. The Night of the Night
88. Meeting the awesome Dirk in Deventer!
89. An interview for Radio 1
90. The march against animal testing with Joke and Anja
91. The symposium on open access in Amsterdam
92. Doing spontaneous science experiments with my English class
93. Doing an interview for ‘the Dutch Stargazing Live’; HNKS
94. Meeting André Kuipers
95. The citizen science conference in Brussels with Els
96. Christmas with our lovely families!
97. Meeting Lola
98. Not missing much of the Top2000
99. Radio 2’s DJ Jan-Willem Roodbeen mentioning us
100. Camping in the living room until the New Year