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On Why Care About Royalty When There Are Only 30 Monarchs Left on Earth?

@OhMarie The coronation nonsense last year was hilarious. It was definitely a "here's a representation of Dutch culture!" which is always absurd no matter what country does it, but it was wonderfully campy in a way that was not taking it seriously but also totally taking it seriously. They were on a canal tour boat! There were real speed-skaters fake speed skating on a different boat! Armin van Buuren was there!

They do seem fun, they've got that kind of image. And everyone loves Maxima.

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm 0

On Why Care About Royalty When There Are Only 30 Monarchs Left on Earth?

What I've learned about the Dutch royal family since being here: they're very blond, the press are allowed to take pictures of the girls only at official photo shoots that are like once or twice (I can't remember) a year, the now-King is nicknamed Prins Pils (PIls is short for pilsner, the most common beer) or Willex, and my friends think it's weird seeing pictures of him around instead of his mom.

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 2:50 pm 0

On Martha, Martha, Martha

Is loving Martha Stewart weird? She's just so completely realized as a character.

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 10:31 am 9

On How to Enjoy the Airport This Holiday Travel Season

@Apocalypstick Schiphol's my favorite airport, and it's also one I spend a lot of time in because I'm an American Dutch resident who has to travel a lot for work. But it's a great airport! There's a little branch of the Rijksmuseum! There's poffertjes! There are multiple areas to spend time in! The (overpriced, but it is an airport) packaged cheese sandwiches from the smaller kiosks are great! Also, while this isn't really a thing for layovers, for people who live in/visit the Netherlands, transport to and from the airport is the best I've ever encountered. Once you exit the baggage claim you're in a regular train station with regular-priced connections to everywhere in the country- no leaving the building, no "special" express trains, no damn busses to get to a place to get a train. Also in the train-station area there's a grocery store & drugstore & food so you can stock up on stuff before going home. Schiphol! I can't say enough about it.

Weltanschauung- if you can, go to the Holland Pavilion area and get poffertjes. They're tiny pancakes served with butter and sugar. Worth it! There's also the genever bar around there although I haven't been to that yet, and the mini-Rijksmuseum is there too.

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm 0

On A Requiem for Molly, The "Archived" American Girl Doll

I had (and wanted) Molly because even though she wasn't Jewish, she at least felt a little more like she could be, and she didn't feel quite as prissy as Samantha. (Now they have an actual Jewish one so I probably would have gotten that.)

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm 1

On 917 People Who Are Hotter Than Benedict Cumberbatch

Why ar ewe so fucking obsessed with what other people (women, I assume) find hot? Why are we so into shaming people we think are "wrong" about it? Jesus Christ, just shut up already.

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm 6

On Ask a Dietitian: Salt Cravings, Workout Food, and Things to Eat When I'm Stressed

@Tragically Ludicrous Sometimes I have a peanut butter and nutella sandwich, but that's because I usually have those things on hand. Not so much as a "replacement" for anything except I guess eating Nutella with a spoon.

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm 0

On Ask a Dietitian: Salt Cravings, Workout Food, and Things to Eat When I'm Stressed

@adorable-eggplant I legitimately prefer brown rice to white rice. It is the one healthy thing my body goes with, so I go with it hard.

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm 3

On Ask a Dietitian: Salt Cravings, Workout Food, and Things to Eat When I'm Stressed

There's not a situation where a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a substitute for a donut.

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm 8

On The Pickup Artists of PUAHate

@rosaline My salary is paid by the NWO! The Dutch one. I always forget what the English translation is, and I've come to say en-vay-oh instead of en-double-u-oh whenever I encounter that acronym.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 7:22 am 3