Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Deb's Top 10

I thought it might be fun to list my top 10 things about living in England and my top 10 things about living in the US and then just go from there...

Top 10 Things about living in England (in no certain order)

1. Eastenders... to say that I am an absolute Eastenders addict would be an understatement. Just can't help myself.. much to my hubby's

2. Pies and Pasties.. Yummy

3. The countryside.. so beautiful and the country literally backs right up to the city.. you don't need to go far to get to it.

4. My daughter's school... St Michael's Primary Whitefield.. what a great enviornment for learning.. small, friendly.. felt like a family.

5. People.. most of the people that I have met are genuinely lovely and welcoming, which means sooo much when you are a new comer. Especially my husband's family.. if they hadn't given me the support that they did.. I would never have stayed.

6. The English sense of humor.. I am told not so many Americans "get it" but apparantly I did.. I so loved the sarcasm

7.Being able to "blend in" when I wanted.. No one actually knew I was a foreigner until I opened my mouth to speak.

8. Christmas time.... The English have gotten this sooooo right... they actually treat it like a holiday season rather than just the obligatory day off from work. It stretches from somewhere around December 21st on through the 2nd or 3rd of January. They haven't forgotten that this is a family time which is so nice.

9. The National Health Service... Not perfect but still absolutely fabulous.. In my opinion it comepletely puts the American healthcare system to shame. I could go on and on but I'll save that for another post.

10. A nice hot cuppa... I never understood until I lived in England that tea could cure so many ailments... feeling down? have a cuppa, tired? relax and have a cuppa... happy? have a cuppato celebrate , something on your mind? have a cuppa and work on sorting it out, etc. Don't laugh until you have tried it.. it works.

Top 10 Things about living in America (no certain order)

1. My family ... need I say more?

2. My friends... These girlies have been there with me through thick and thin.. wouldn't trade them for the world.

3. The sense of familiarity... not something I can so much put my finger on but believe's there.

4. Driving on the left side of the road.. I am back in my element Thank God.. I found it terribly difficult to drive in England.

5. American washing machines and dryers!!!! Yayyyy

6. Philly Cheesteaks and Hoagies.. mmm I really missed them.

7. Hot summers.. and cold winters where it may be freezing cold outside but at least the sun is shining.

8. Not having to convert everything in my head constantly so it makes sense to me... such as: weather temps, money, measurements etc.

9. Dollar bills... pound coins are so

10. Halloween and Thanksgiving.. so missed those two holidays.
Posted by Debs


  1. Hi Debs,

    Great start on your blog. My name is Cameron I am from the North of England Lancashire. I moved to the states in 2004 I live in Miami, FL. I miss home so your top 10 list I could really understand. Now that your living back home how is life? Oh and I also have a place were you can download all the UK TV for free so let me know if your husband wants that.



  2. Thanks so much Cameron!!! You are my very first comment and have made my day. Whereabouts in Lancashire are you from? I really love and miss England even if my homesickness got the best of me. Life here has been quite an adjustment but we seem to be getting by pretty well. I'll tell more about things as the blog progresses. Thanks for the offer about downloading UK TV but luckily my husband has figured out a way to watch channel 4, ITV, BBC, etc. without actually having to download. Thanks again for reading my blog and being so kind as to comment on it.

    All the Best,


  3. Hi Debs,

    I am from a small town called Garstang that is between Preston & Lancaster. I understand about home sickness. I miss my home a lot, so much so, that I am moving back but I dont't know if that will be this year or in the next couple of years. It's hard when you have a house, a job and 3 super dogs and a wife to move them to the other part of the world. Although I think my dogs would enjoy it the most. All that open space for them to run.

    How is your husband with living in the states? I imagine he must be missing the UK like crazy especially at thsi time. All my family live in the UK and all my wifes family live in Ecuador South America so we are the only two here. However, this Christmas (Sorry Happy Holiday Time) we are getting some Bisto, choco, A full Roast dinner and watching a few Christmas programs on the Telly. What are your plans?

    Keep up the good work on the blog. I'd love to see some pictures from the UK and the States.




  4. Debbie,

    I love your title and intro, it sounds so intriguing. How are things? I hope you and Dave are coming to the family Christmas Party. Let me know. I can't wait to read more of your blog. The top ten is Funny. You have a gift for gab, Writing must come easy for you. Good Job! :) Vickie

  5. Your and my top tens are SO similar! I think I would add scones and clotted cream to #2 in the first list and swap out TexMex for #6. And I think I would repeat the bit about some sunshine in winter about 37 times because sheesh! Sunshine is like a cuppa, basically. :)