Friday, February 27, 2015

Last Day

Today was my last day at work. I should have been screaming from the rooftops but instead I am feeling so sad about having to say goodbye to so many good folks. To my wonderful colleagues who always showed me respect and kindness...thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will remember each and every one of you.
I will also really miss the ladies I do arts and crafts with. They made me laugh everyday, and showed me a new appreciation for the silly things in life. Today was different though. Today, they made me cry. It was so hard to say goodbye, especially knowing that one day they will forget me. But I will always remember them. Always.

Monday, February 16, 2015

"Baby it's Cold Outside"

...anyone remember the song? I think it was a duet sung by Kate Smith and Louis Armstrong. We began the day at 23 degrees below 0...Fahrenheit, that is. After the wind died down I went outside to re-shovel our path in the backyard. Siberia, indeed.

Friday, February 13, 2015


The time approaches when I'll be gone. I received my marching orders from the Peace Corps and I'll be leaving RI for Philly on the 11th of March. Time sure does fly.

I started this blog when I was anticipating my first service in Peace Corps Ukraine. A lot has happened between then and now; some it good, and some not-so-good. I left Ukraine feeling jubilant with many hopes for a future filled with good prospects for career advancement. After one year of unemployment my feelings were mostly of despair. Who is going to hire a woman of my maturity? Who would believe that I really have what it takes to master an amazing position that would pay me decent money and let me feel like I am contributing to something amazing.

Apparently no one.

Well, I'm not going to get discouraged. I have so much to offer and I'm taking it with me to Albania.
Screw those 129 would-be employers. Really.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Here are 2 photos from last weeks monster.  It snowed for over 26 hours here last Monday-Tuesday.
We couldn't open the back door and had to call my nephew to come and shovel us out. There is another Nor'easter blowing in tonight. I just love New England in the winter!
Back door banister and garbage bin

 Backyard birdhouses

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Six Weeks

So, in 6 weeks I'll be going to Albania to begin my second Peace Corps tour. It seems I should be a lot more excited but for some reason, I'm not. I'm more excited about leaving my job...enough said about that.
I've met a few people who will be travelling with me. We write or Skype and pretty much touch base on everything from my past experiences as a PCV to packing advice. I'm trying to be helpful as possible but until you actually walk the walk, the experience is unique to each of us.
On packing: I am taking a lot less than I did last time. A WHOLE lot less. A whole GIANT suitcase less. I won't be caught dragging around 3 bags in a country with potentially no escalators, elevators or even sidewalks. I learned once...never again. I have been trying to impart this info to the new volunteers but I know they won't heed my advice. They will pack everything they THINK they need, only to discover that they won't need even 1/2 of it. This is true for every PCV I have ever met.
So, the more that I see and hear about Albania the more I realize how lucky I am that the PC decided to send me there, rather than to Indonesia. The language is harder but I think that overall, life in Indonesia would have been a whole lot harder.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas with the Luongos

We are not proud.

Goodbye Vladimir


The preceding 3 photos were taken from the Novomoskovsk webpage .
The first photo was taken by me when I was still living in Ukraine. I could see the statue from my balcony.