Monday, August 13, 2012

My House is Turning Ukrainian on Me

So everything in Ukraine works... except for a small glitch where you have to be really careful about it. For example: Wagon doors on a train... they work as long as you don't try to close them. The cash register works, but you still have to use a calculator, the water works but you need to turn it off and on every thirty seconds, etc.

My house is suddenly extremely Ukrainian. You can use the bathing room, but you can't lock the door, and you can use the toilet room but you can't close the door because the light doesn't work and your knees won't fit. You can put something in the fridge, but hold the freezer door so it doesn't fall on your head. You can sit in the bedroom, but not when it gets dark because there are no lightbulbs.

It's been a while since I've been updating regularly... sorry about that! I'll try to update more now that I'm almost on a schedule.



The Shower Is Half Full

With no sarcastic intentions, I woke up today thrilled to find it another gray, rainy day. It is a wonderful 55* and I'm wearing my flannel! I really can't handle the summer heat, plus rain always makes me feel like I'm in a Jane Austen novel. I made breakfast, cleaned up around my apartment, and then hopped in the shower.

My shower is my absolute favorite part of my day. When I was younger (and didn't have to pay my own water bill), I could spend an hour in the shower, easily. Here, in Ukraine, I'm forced to be much more eco friendly. So I put on my new radio app (thanks, mom!) on my iPhone (thanks, dad!) and jumped in. I lather up my hair and... and... THE WATER TURNS OFF. Completely. No water. At all. The lights flicker. My power goes out. In the darkness of my windowless bathroom I rinsed as much shampoo out as I could with bottled water. Then the lights came back on... still no water though!

Alas, the glass shower is half full... because I'm getting muffins today!!