Every year for the past few, I have taken part in scoring standardized tests for Illinois schools. This is a temporary (usually only a month long) job, but it helps me save a few extra bucks. I recently got another offer for this April, which I was ecstatic about… until I read the fine print.
This year, the company wants… Read more
Confusion was the overwhelming sensation of the past weekend when some other teachers and I made a quick girls-only trip to the southern seaside city of Odessa. We all basically endured a 9-hour sleepless train ride to get there, but that didn’t matter once we arrived because the brightness of the sunshine perked us all up like a… Read more
Ever get so frustrated with something not going your way that you just kind of crack like an egg, spill all over the place, and then lack the substance to sweep yourself up? After a while, the mess starts to smell a bit like uhm… rotten eggs, and eventually it gets so bad that you just can’t even look at… Read more
My nickname around this part of the world has become Artsy McCrafterson. I have a knack for making something from nothing, and I LOVE doing it. This is nothing new for me, but for Tanya… well, she seems amazed at all my little creations. She actually said I should start a crafting portfolio from just around our apartment. Interesting… Read more
I believe I told you all a while ago that I would be sharing more information about my working life here in Ukraine, so I have finally decided to make a post dedicated to doing just that.
For starters, my job is really not difficult. The Ukrainian teachers here focus on the grammar, while the American teachers focus on repeating… Read more
The world is in a huge crisis right now. This is true. I can’t even put a number on the times I hear “economic crisis” in class, or the number of times I hear my mom talk about someone losing their job back home. It’s really hard to gauge how bad it actually is when I’m out country-hopping and dealing… Read more
After all of the holiday goodies and chocolates I had been consuming, I decided it was definitely high time to take a trip to the dentist for a cleaning. When you’re never in one place for a long time, getting all those little bits done – like seeing a dentist – become pushed to the end of the list until… Read more
Tanya happily walked in the front door a few days ago after a short getaway. “Hey, roomie! I brought you back some delicious treats from my trip to Lviv!”
“Noooooooooooo!” I screamed. What was she trying to do to me? I’ve already shared my concerns on how I need to cut back on sweets after the holidays, but there she… Read more
In one of my conversation clubs in school here in Ukraine, I asked my students what the best year of their life has been. Questions like these, followed with a simple, “Why?”, are a great way to get them all to talk (my main goal for my classes), while also killing a ton of class time. However, a lot of… Read more
With only one word to describe 2009, I think I would have to go with sneaky. Yes, 2009 – you little sneak, you – you are definitely here now in full-force, but only after giving me quite the impressive surprise party on New Year’s Eve. Thank you, Kiev, for that one. The twenty minute fireworks display and the free concert… Read more
You definitely don't know me, but I'm writing to beg that you please don't cut off the gas supply to Ukraine on January 1. Without gas, I won't be able to cook on the stove, have hot water, or even have heat in my home.
I heard stories that it existed. Oftentimes, the story was followed with shock and horror if someone actually had a personal experience to add. I didn't know what to think. Would I ever encounter this thing myself? Would I one day have my own story to tell?