Sassyhacksaws

Musings on an English Degree

Tag: peace corps

Save the World

I see this on my walk to the grocery store. It’s my favorite bit of graffiti in this country (of which there is a lot to choose from).  

Halloween Costume 2012

I know this is at least a week past relevance but I thought I’d share it anyway because it made my laugh and be uncomfortable for an entire day. Jacque and I have been stuck together during our entire Peace Corps. We planned to take a taxi from the airport together (her plane was late so […]

School, Travel, Work, and Cleaning but no Excuses

Guys, I’m sorry, I’ve been busy. I really want to write every day but…no excuses. Here’s what I’ve been up to. Closing things up and focusing on work I have had trouble figuring out why I’ve been so exhausted this semester. I get home from school and I have so little energy. When people ask […]

Interviews, Ubuntu, Awards, and Paintings

The past couple days have been weird in the best of ways. Everything that’s happened seems to have ended up as a welcome surprise. As you know, I was eagerly waiting for Ubuntu 12.10 to drop yesterday (ask Lyuda who was here for tutoring and she’ll confirm that I kept checking every 15 minutes for […]

Collective Creative Writing at School

Friday, I had some of the most fun I’ve ever had with two of my classes. I worked with a 9th grade and a 10th grade class and we did the same lesson with both. It started off with me reading a story and asking them to understand. Then, they read the story and told […]

Proposed Writing Retreat

If you remember last year, I had an ambitious November. I wanted to take 30 days to make myself a better man, and I did. I wanted to do 100 push-ups and 100 sit-ups each day, and I did. I also wanted to complete NaNoWriMo, and I did. It was ambitious and by the end I was absolutely drained […]

Saying Goodbye to a Haircut

Today I began to say goodbye. I’ve mused before about haircuts in Ukraine. It was a simple post that boiled down to, I have a great woman who cuts my hair here because she knows what I want without me having to jump through hoops in Russian to explain it. I walk in, sit down, […]

Photo Essay: Chernobyl 2012

Sometimes you do things because the opportunity is there and you’re not quite sure if it will come about again in your lifetime. Sometimes people ask you why you’re doing exactly that and you explain it to them the way you see it. And sometimes they respond that future insurance companies might not insure you […]

Peace Corps Ukraine Group 39 COS

So much has happened in the past week and I want to write about all of it now, but I think I’ll spread it out over a few days because each thing deserves personal recognition. The week started with our flag football tournament, but I’ll write about that later once I steal photos from Jeramie […]

Two Years In

As of today, September 17, 2012, it has been exactly two years since I left Wisconsin for the Peace Corps. Granted, I didn’t actually arrive in Ukraine until September 22, 2010 due to problems with visas at the embassy. Also, it’s been a year since I last visited home. Time has flown.