Taxes Have Been Paid Off


Yesterday was a big day for me. Yesterday, I paid off the government. You might recall, I had a bit of an issue with taxes earlier this year. Due to my correctly filling out a tax form, my paycheck did not have any taxes taken out of it. It resulted in me owing more than […]

August 7, 2014

How Peace Corps Caused Me to Owe Taxes


See that title? That was trying to draw people in by crying wolf. It worked, I hope. But really, Peace Corps is the reason I  owe taxes of about $4,500 right now, sorta. It’s a mix of a few things and none of it really can be resolved other than by me cutting a check. […]

March 4, 2014

Rehabbing the Nighthawk

Blog, Motorcycles

Motorcycles are a blessing and a curse for me. A blessing because the allow me to feel free. I can open the throttle and feel the wind all around me. I can see the ground racing past me. Death and life surround me while I’m on my bike. It’s thrilling and I wouldn’t trade the […]

May 21, 2013

Figuring Student Loans and Stuff


I was doing some math the other day with my student loans and my bank account and my income. It was half depressing and half uplifting. You see, I have x amount of student loan debt and I make y amount of money per year. y > x I also have z amount of money […]

March 30, 2013

Owning the First Day of School

Peace Corps

I talked to Jeramie yesterday and it sounds like she had an awful first day back at school. If not awful then at least not ideal. Apparently she had to deal with the same kinds of things we had to deal with in earlier years, but she’d thought she had helped her school past them. […]

September 4, 2012

Side Hustle


Hey spammers, stop doing what you do best and stop spamming my websites. I don’t like having to clear spam. [Update 8-20-12 23:22: Within five minutes of posting this, there was a spam comment on an old post.] On to more exciting news. I’ve decided that I’m going to start a side hustle. The Art of […]

August 20, 2012

Deciphering Government Documents

Peace Corps

I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks, but I’ll get to that later today or later this week. Right now, I want to tell you how much I hate sifting through government documents. Okay, hate might be too strong of a word but finding the exact information I need and then interpreting the wording […]

April 10, 2012

Phat Money

Peace Corps

I forgot to take a picture, but today I was walking around with 9,300 UAH (~$1,162.50). I emptied out the ATM to get this much. I needed to give Yulia the money so she could pay for our first shipment of books while she’s in Kiev this week. I had ~15 200UAH bills, ~25 100UAH […]

March 21, 2012

Spending Money

Peace Corps

I sat down in the teacher’s room today during my break to get some reading done, but I was interrupted almost immediately by my school’s director, Yulia. She beckoned for me to follow her to her office (which was weird because she has excellent English). She wanted to show me this: That’s right, the books […]

March 13, 2012

Stepping Forward

Peace Corps

I had a really exciting weekend. After the school dance I got a great package, as I mentioned but I also got some great news. You may remember that I had an advertisement in my old website design asking for donations to a grant I was working on. Well, with the new layout (which no […]

December 21, 2011