Expat Interview

First (within my regularly read blogs) spotted on Brit Gal’ in the USA and followed up on ExpatMum, was a “meme” on being interviewed which I admit is the first I have participated in as a blogger. So today I answer five interview questions posed by ExpatMum–the questions (chosen by her) largely relate to this crazy foreign life. I then leave you the option to subject yourself to the same treatment at the bottom of the post.

Q1. How long have you been in the UK, and was it supposed to be for a limited duration initially?

I have been here nearly two and a half years already. My job was originally permanent (albeit with a probationary period) so it was always going to be a move for at least a few years but of indefinite length. (Relates to Q5, see below.)

Q2. I noticed you said you had no choice but to stay at the moment, because of the bad exchange rate. Do you like life in the UK?

I do like my life in general, although I also like to have choices. But I’ve been offered the chance to go back to the US several times already and have not done so, so think what you like! (Relates to Q5, see below.)

Q3. What do miss most about the States?

Easy one. (1) Target. (2) Cheez-its. (3) Buying Cheez-its at Target.

Seriously, I get back quite often for work purposes, 3-4 times per year, so the home-sickness is generally not too bad. (Relates again to Q5, see below.)

Q4. How much time (be honest) do you spend blogging?

Not as much as I could, I spend a ridiculous number of hours per week playing “Wordtwist” on Facebook so that’s my other totally useless way to spend time. But I also blog on work-related things and I think the two go together–I never would have started this blog if the work one hadn’t come up, and I started a new work website based on this same general blog platform (thanks, NerdSpawn!) after I had been using WordPress for a while.

Q5. If you could do anything (for a job) what would it be?

I moved here for my dream job. I know that the majority of my peers would say it was an excellent move. And one that was totally unexpected. Some days I still can’t believe how fortunate I am. This move totally changed my life in many ways, and at times I’ve been happier or less happy depending on the details of how things were going. But that’s minutiae. At the end of the day, a job is still a job, and mine comes with as much silly paperwork and administrative BS as many, but I also get to do what I love and have lots of flexibility to pursue my own interests. Yes, it requires hard work (“wicked” hard one might say) and lots and lots of hours. I blog to relax, to get away from my work email and to do something enjoyable and non-technical. But at the end of the day I moved here because I had the opportunity of a lifetime, and since it hasn’t yet broken me to live alone in a foreign country, I’m going to keep at it as long as I still love what I do. (And when tired, I always threaten to leave science and go to school to be a pastry chef, so watch this space!)

There we have it, a little more about me than one could glean from the “About” page.

The instructions if you want to be interviewed by me:

  1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
  2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the

  3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions and let me know when you have posted it, so I can link it.
  4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview
    someone else in the same post.

  5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask
    them five questions.

8 responses to “Expat Interview

  1. Curious – what Do you Do?

  2. Ah, a very good question. To this point I have not divulged this piece of information–but when I write my full memoirs I will reveal all!!!

  3. Aha now you see I was going ask the same question as EPM. But now I’m thinking MI-5!!

  4. Go on interview me – and if you make the questions easy I’ll send you some Cheezits! I was at Wally world tonight and they were on sale 🙂

  5. A pastry chef! Aha!

    Your answers are fascinating, but contain two factual inaccuracies. First, you describe blogging as a “totally useless way to spend time”. Second, you describe blogging as “non-technical”. You have no idea how long it took me to learn how to upload a picture!

  6. Iota, you’re right on one account, I just feel terribly guilty whenever I am awake and not working. Terrible side effect of my line of work. And since that is technical (I have degrees in Engineering and Physics) I guess to me blogging is not technical compared to other things I do all day, but clearly I’m an oddball in the grand scheme of things, most bloggers probably don’t do quite what I do all day 🙂

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