a big beautiful mess

Monthly archives for October, 2011

Small Victories

Small Victories

Today was Halloween. There was no pumpkin. I spent the weekend on a wild rollercoaster between feverishly weak and energetically running around to a dozen different stores getting together the things I needed for the Halloween party. I’ve never been so stressed for Halloween! I didn’t know how many people would come, or how active […]

Teacher Teacher

Teacher Teacher

One of the strangest transitions for me in the last few weeks has been realizing that I am a grownup. Or at least I have to act like one in front of the students. This is the first time since age 3 that I have not been a student. Now, I’m at a new school […]

Это Россия

Это Россия

The pavement outside Centrin, my dorm/hotel place, was just recently repaved and is now beautiful, clean asphalt; but the sidewalk further up the street, near the Embankment, is falling apart and made out of sand and disconnected concrete blocks. That’s Russia. Arkhangelsk has made a hero out of Mikhail Lomonosov, who was born somewhere in […]

dziś był dzień polski

dziś był dzień polski

Today was Polish Day. Oh my gosh you guys, I thought I was coming here to learn Russian. Polish Day was WAY harder than English Day, let me tell you. But Łukasz is a very good teacher and is nicer with me than with his students at the university (or so he tells me). I […]

Today was English Day

Today was English Day

This conversation transpired today between my new Polish roommate Łukasz and me as we were walking to the electronics store. Łukasz: I bought those things for us. Me: What things? Łukasz: That we saw at the store yesterday. Me: But what are they? Łukasz: I don’t know how they’re called in English. Me: Is it […]