Who am I?
My name is Angela, and although I spent the first eight years of my life in Oregon and Wisconsin, I spent the next 18 in North Carolina, so that's where I consider home. I have an M.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing (an area which, I will sadly admit, I have not concentrated on nearly as much I should have in the past few years) from North Carolina State University. Despite a brief break in my career during which I worked as an international sales associate for a scholastic publishing company (which allowed me to rack up quite a few frequent flier miles on trips throughout Europe), I have been teaching English for 10 years. I currently teach at a private international school in central London and, when I can find the time, write poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and travel articles. I have been married to my English husband since 2006 (hence, the reason I am "accidentally English"). We have two daughters, affectionately referred to as "Crumpet" and "Cupcake" here on the blog.
How did I end up in England?
This is sort of a long story, but the short version is this: In November 2002, I came to London over my Thanksgiving holiday to visit my best friend, who was studying here for a semester. We did all of the touristy things one does on a first-time trip to London... including visiting her favorite local pub. When I walked into the pub, I saw The Other Half sitting at the bar and made a comment to my friend about "that cute English guy who looks a little like Hugh Grant." It just so happened that she knew him, so she introduced us. The rest, as the cliché goes, is history.
I started the blog in July 2008, soon before Crumpet was born. In the beginning, I used it primarily to record my observations of life as a "permanent expat" and to alleviate any guilt I was feeling over not focusing on my other, more "serious" writing endeavors. After Crumpet arrived, I saw the blog as a way to record some of the more memorable parenting moments The Other Half and I have experienced, including the cultural divide that, despite our common language, exists between our two countries and has become more obvious as we raise our an Anglo-American child. As time has passed, and I've noticed more and more "traffic" on my blog, I realize I might actually have some interesting or useful information or practical tips to share. The views I express on this blog are simply that -- my personal views; I am not paid to advertise or endorse any products or services.