About Me

I moved to America from England in December 2007 with my husband, two daughters(born in 2004 and 2006) and an awful lot of boxes.  My knowledge of America was limited to what I had learned on TV.

I thought American children grew up surrounded by strange puppets and giant yellow birds (Sesame Street).
They went to school until they were in their 30’s and sang a lot (Grease).
As adults they had dysfunctional marriages (Married With Children) and lives (Cheers, Soap, Grace Under Fire).
A lot of them were gangsters (The Sopranos) or detectives (The Rockford Files, Columbo, Starsky and Hutch).
There were a few families that managed to lead a good clean life though (The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie).

Armed with this knowledge, America was a pleasant surprise for me!  I am still learning my way around the language and habits and seem to be surviving, despite my English background and vocabulary.

I intend my blog to relate the battles of day to day life with my lively daughters, our three cats, a house that needs lots of work and a lifestyle that needs a lifetime to get used to.  I am bound to reminisce about our early days here and possibly compare it to English life.  It is all true … or so close to true that I can look you in the eye without blinking and swear it’s true.

Djo

5 Responses to About Me

  1. Andrea says:

    Looking forward to many more tales you weave so beautifully. Although, I have to be careful reading your blog too late at night out of fear of waking my family from laughing too loud.
    Cheers, Andrea

  2. Beccy says:

    Great stuff – and inspiring me to go back to my blog and try and get it going again – its here: http://rocknrollmum.wordpress.com/about/ – a couple of years since the last post.

  3. Geraldine says:

    Hi! I’ve just discovered your blog after reading your article in HQ! We have moved from the uk too, although we haven’t been here as long as you (2010). I was pleasantly surprised at your mention of the forest of dean in one of your blog posts. We moved from Cheltenham and i worked in lydbrook for a while… Small world! Perhaps our paths will cross one day 🙂

    • Djo says:

      lol – an amazingly small world! I love Cheltenham, (which is where I had my children, totally bypassing Gloucester!!) such a beautiful place. It would be great to meet up – there is a whole ex-pat underground network here. Hee hee.

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