Women’s Day & Birthday

It’s International Women’s Day today and that always means it’s also my favourite feminist’s birthday: Mr Esther is 49 today. 🙂

So far we’re having a low-key lazy Sunday, which suits us more than fine. Mr junior is at work (his hotel internship is still ongoing) and won’t be home until around 4.30 pm. I’m occupying the corner in the left picture now (yes, that’s my laptop on the seat), while my daughter is hangin’ on the couch and Mr Esther is at the computer.

We’ll do cake and gifts when Mr junior gets home and then head out for a family dinner. We may even go out for lunch as well, we’re just now deciding. In any case, despite not getting around to answering comments on previous blog posts and reading e-mails, I am still around. Just bear with me and I will get back to you all.

Have a great Women’s Day and Sunday!

Women’s Day & birthday

A little late as the day is nearing its end, but Happy International Women’s Day anway! A few fun things I came across on my Twitter timeline today…

And because I really like Sandi Toksvig, I’m sharing this one as well. I know it made me laugh…

I’m also partial to this Audrey Hepburn quote on women…

This following clip feels very apt, especially in light of new micro-manager drama that came to light at work. For some reason he mostly seems to piss off the women and this is how the women are reacting…

This Richard E. Grant tweet made me smile…

… just like this one from Hugh Jackman…

… which reminded me of this tweet from Richard Armitage last year. Extra poignant in light of how ill his mum must have been at the time…

But today is also the birthday of my favourite feminist in the world: Mr Esther! Keeping it low-key, the man is a little tired, but he’s looking awfully cute today in a new dark blue bathing robe I got him and his new reading glasses.


Happy birthday to Mr E. and happy International Women’s Day to all! Off to get yummy Chinese takeaway now, to celebrate. It’s getting late and we’re hungry…

Happy International Women’s Day

To celebrate, here’s a video I came across today. It was made a year ago but feels quite topical in light of the whole Time’s Up movement right now…

It’s not only Women’s Day today, by the way. Today is also the 47th birthday of my fave feminist in the world: my husband! I know he very much agrees with Alan Rickman here…

Alan Rickman feminist

I’m off to celebrate! 🙂

Happy International Women’s Day!

It’s International Women’s Day today and also the birthday of my favourite feminist in the world! To celebrate, here are a few quotes I came across that I liked…



Have a good one!

International Women’s Day

Yep, that’s today! A piece in The Independent can tell you what it is and why it’s still needed. Women are tough cookies, just ask Betty White:


But today is also the birthday of my favourite feminist: my husband! We are real partners in everything:

  • When we got married we discussed the surname thing. I am proud of my family name and I didn’t want to give up my name and take his – I had had the name for 29 years, it is part of my identity. If I took his surname, I’d feel like I was his mum and not me! It doesn’t mean I don’t love him, but why do I have to prove my love by giving up my own cherished surname? To my great relief, that was not a problem whatsoever. In fact, in the Netherlands when you marry, the wife can choose to use both surnames in daily life, but so can the husband! So, on his business cards, my husband has both our surnames printed! At first business contacts who didn’t know him mistook him for a woman, but now that he has his first name printed on the card as well instead of just his initials, those misconceptions have gone. It does invite occasional interesting discussions. I think the man is more proud of using my surname occasionally than I am using his! We did consciously choose to give the kids his surname (yes, we discussed that in earnest as well!) as he is an only child and I have siblings who pass along my surname to the next generation.
  • When the children came, he wanted a ‘daddy day’ as well, so we went from both working fulltime to working 4 days each: one mommy-day a week, one daddy-day a week, 3 days daycare and a whole family weekend together. I could not ask for a more devoted and hands-on father to our children if I tried!
  • Contraception was always openly discussed and is not my sole responsibility – in fact, these past years he’s the one who took responsibility.
  • The man cooks and vacuums, while I do dishes and laundry. He does not assume that all the housework is only for me to do.
  • In my working careeer he has always encouraged me to strive for anything I want. Right now I am at a crossroads in my career life, trying to decide my future course, and he is there  encouraging me and helping me think it through every step of the way. Do we need to make sacrifices? Maybe and if we do we’ll make them together. All we want for the other is to be happy.
  • And he has no problem with me being a Richard Armitage (and Colin Firth) fan girl, he feels in no way threatened by that. He reads my blog and listens to my frivolous stories. He’s a very strong man and proves to me again and again why the true man is better than any fantasy ever could be. 🙂

Yes, there really are men in the world who are extremely supportive of equal rights for women. I’m happy to say my husband, born on International Women’s Day 45 years ago today, is one of them!


Happy birthday, my love!