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I can't believe I did that!

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
February 13, 2009 · Continue Reading · 13
happy odessa

Is Odessa in Ukraine?

Pinch me! 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
February 9, 2009 · Continue Reading · 6
no rotten eggs

I might be jinxing it, but…

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
February 3, 2009 · Continue Reading · 4
artsy mccrafterson

Setting Goals Part 2: Start something.

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
February 1, 2009 · Continue Reading · 5
taco bell dog

Applying to Taco Bell

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
January 25, 2009 · Continue Reading · 4

Mmmm… Chocolate

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
January 17, 2009 · Continue Reading · 5

What has been the best year of your life?

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
January 15, 2009 · Continue Reading · 6
escalator vodka

Well hello there, 2009! Guest blogging, travel planning, and 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
January 6, 2009 · Continue Reading · 5

Dear Russia

Dear Russia, 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.
December 30, 2008 · Continue Reading · 5

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