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Musings on an English Degree

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Whitewater, WI and the Peace Corps

So get this, Peace Corps announced their “Top Volunteer-Producing States and Metropolitan Areas for 2013” today, and it’s surprising, but my tiny hometown barely made one of the lists. At first, I got really excited thinking it was me who made the list, but it’s for 2013 and it’s been over a year since I got […]

Zoe’s Grant

Primary School Classroom Construction Hey, does anyone remember a couple of years ago when I asked you for money? It wasn’t really for me, but I was still asking and it made me happy. Well, I’m asking again and it will make me happy once more if you’re able to give. [pe2-image src=”http://lh5.ggpht.com/-vC5xM7Py6Ok/Up8w-Sq0p4I/AAAAAAAASZ0/MDW-Y5wTaBI/s144-c-o/IMG00302-20130926-0935.jpg” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/111197070419838127380/20131204#5953531079128557442″ caption=”” […]

If I hadn’t Joined the Peace Corps

What might my life be like, if I hadn’t gone off to Ukraine with the Peace Corps? This question ran through my mind every single day I was there. I thought about it for hours upon hours. I’d sit on trains thinking about it, staring out at the Ukrainian countryside and sweating because everyone refused […]

Welcome Home, Steve

This guy and I are showing Madison how Ukrainians drink tonight. Peace Corps Third Goal.  But seriously, Steve is finally coming home after an extended stay in Ukraine for paid work. It’s time to welcome him home in style.

Travelling Friend, Almost

A few weeks back, I was excited for Lyuda. She messaged me to let me know that a family living in Chicago had contacted her about an au pair job. For those of you who don’t know, an au pair is typically a young woman who lives in a home and raises the children. For some […]

Another Year Ends, Looking Forward Now

It’s been a year now since I last looked back. I think I’ve come a long way, both physically and mentally. Any year I can say that is a good year, if you ask me. In the first half of the year, I spent much of my time working with students to prepare them for […]

Everything is New

I know I haven’t been writing lately. I’ve been busy getting back in the swing of things here in the States. I want to share a photo of Marley because she’s here next to me but I’m using my new phone to post this and I don’t know how to post photos to my blog […]

Reasonably Priced Beer

I’m the only American in Konotop, everyone else has left me. It’s a weird feeling. It’s almost hard to think back to September two years ago when we all met each other at once. It was a blur. Jacque and I go back the longest. As I’ve mentioned from time to time, we’ve been together […]

Taco Casserole

I mentioned I’d write about my taco casserole that I made a month back for Jeramie and my going away party. Sadly, it was all eaten before I could snap any photos but I’ll do my best to outline the recipe. Ingredients 1 pound ground meat 1 can kidney beans, drained 1 large onion, diced […]

Cleaning an Apartment

Bear with me for a moment, this might get confusing. So my landlady came over earlier this week to collect rent and utility bills. She also informed me the woman who owns the apartment (is she my landlady?) will be coming back to Konotop sometime in the next week. She doesn’t know when, she just […]