Sassyhacksaws

Musings on an English Degree

Tag: ukraine

@PutinRF_Eng please come protect me!

Владимир Путин, иди сюда и защитить меня. Я говорю по-русски. Vladimir Putin, come here and protect me. I speak Russian. I’m appealing to you, Mr. Putin, because you’re interested in protecting Russian speakers now and I’m one of them. If it helps my case at all, I learned to speak Russian while I was in Ukraine […]

An Open Letter to Ukraine

An open letter to the Ukrainian People, I’m proud of you. From the beginning, I’ve been watching you. I’ve kept my eyes on the news and I’ve gobbled up every piece of information I can find. Some days, I would even read the same story multiple times, but from different sources hoping I could find […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]