Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 303

What happens when the place you live becomes the ‘norm’?

Your blogs ‘die’, apparently.

‘Your blogs are dying.’ That’s what I got told today.

And I have to ‘step it up a notch’.

I don’t really mind this comment, because it encouraged me to think about something that I had not thought about before. It made me think about life as an expat and how you begin to settle in and just go with the flow and accept things as they are in your host country. When does that transition happen? Six months, a year, 16 months (that’s where we are in our journey).

'Tis true

‘Tis true

The truth is, I can’t really ‘step it up a notch’ right now, because there is nothing to tell you in the world of the UK Desperate Housewife USA that is interesting, different or fascinating whilst living in America. If I did tell you about my ‘normal life’ in America, my blog would read:

Got up, showered, had breakfast.
Took my son to school.
Went to work.
Had lunch.
Did some jobs.
Wrote some stuff.
Picked my son up from school.
Made his tea.
Did some homework with him.
Went to work.
Came back.
Ate my supper.
Put the washing away.
Went to bed.

(Bloody hell, now, that, dear readers is the life of a VERY Desperate Housewife indeed!)

For reference, this was my breakfast today.

For reference, in case it is of interest, this was my breakfast today.

See……how is that list of chores and daily life different or interesting or a commentary on being an expat in the USA? It’s not, and it is very, very boring for you to read.

Anyway, I write a blog for pleasure and WHEN I encounter something new or interesting or different in America, or I go some place else that offers a new insight in to the vast place that is the USA, I’ll share it, but if I don’t then, don’t worry, you won’t get another list as above!

Being an expat is about this, but more besides, if it crops up....

Being an expat is about this, but more besides, if it crops up….

So, maybe this ‘adjustment’ to your surroundings is what happens when you are an expat and your life in another country starts to become the norm…things don’t seem quite so different and intriguing and unusual.

Sure, things will pop up and they will tickle my fancy or make me wonder, or confuse me or bemuse me, but until then I shall blog as it comes.

Right then, if that is all, I’m off to unload the dishwasher!

Tomorrow, you never know, I might even have my breakfast before I shower – fancy that!

A desperate housewife unloading the dishwasher. Isn't that fascinating..? ;)

A desperate housewife unloading the dishwasher. Isn’t that fascinating..? πŸ˜‰

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20 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 303

  1. Andrea says:

    Funny that. I’ve lived abroad a few different times and after the novelty wears off, you realize that life still revolves around the same basic things. But I must admit, I’d rather be unloading the dishwasher in France!

  2. Andy says:

    “Your blogs are dying.”

    Oh by the way, what was for supper? Not that glass of green goop I hope. πŸ™‚

    There’s plenty more American weirdness and differences between here and back there to keep you going for a while yet I think. πŸ˜‰

  3. Lex says:

    Don’t change a thing, we love your blogs! I remember chatting to you when you first started doing them in the UK, & a big part of doing them was to let us friends & family know how you were getting on in the USA. You have gone way beyond that, & I have learnt loads about things I shall never experience. Keep on just the way you areπŸ˜€ X

  4. Debbie says:

    I love them, they still make me chuckle and smile.πŸ‘πŸ‘

  5. Claire E says:

    Who the devil told you that? I, for one, do not agree! Nuff said…except don’t change a thing, oh and keep ’em coming! Xxx

  6. pak152 says:

    don’t become complacent. expand you boundaries, look at things as if it were the first time. pick a theme. Clothesshopping USvUK, museums etc
    keep politics out

  7. VictoriaK says:

    Keep writing! (Funny, but I have friends (and family!) in the US who don’t even read my ex-pat blog because they assume I’m living a life of European whimsy, and, well, what fun is that to read about?)

  8. Sally D says:

    How are you getting on with all the different American accents/dialects. Can you tell if someone’s from New York, California or the Deep South. Keep the blogs coming xx

  9. Blogs are ever evolving you don’t have to pigeon hole yourself. I often wonder what will come of mine when the children are older – an early education blog about teenagers won’t quite cut it but then hopefully I’ll be back in the workplace by then and have lots to write about. I write about stuff sometimes that doesn’t quite fit with the subject matter of my blog but I like that, often the out of the box stuff is the best.

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