I came to the United States in February of 1994. My husband and I got married six days later, so I could get my green card. Since then my status here has been that of resident alien. I can live and work here. I pay taxes here, but so far I’ve kept my Dutch citizenship, since it’s still in perfectly good shape and I’d hate to just abandon it.
When I emigrated, together with my cat, my husband had bought us a little house in a town in South Texas. We lived there until May 2006.
About six months after I came to South Texas, I got a job in the local public library, as a children’s librarian. In the meantime I was struggling to get my Dutch library degree recognized, to no avail. After a few frustrating months at the public library I got a job as the librarian at the high school of one of the region’s smallest and poorest school districts. My absolutely jaw-dropping experiences there can be found under EDUCATION — HIGH SCHOOL. These posts really should be read in order, starting with the oldest. Some more stuff will follow later, as soon as I’ve found those letters.
After almost losing my mind there, I started on the last year of a Bachelor’s degree at the state university nearby. If you want to know why, and how that went and let your jaw drop some more, go to EDUCATION — UNIVERSITY, and start with the oldest post.
My son was born in 1997, right before the beginning of my last semester as an “undergrad”. In the autumn of 1997 I began pursuing a master’s degree in English, which I finished in 2000, I believe, when my daughter was still a baby. You can read my observations as a graduate student under EDUCATION — UNIVERSITY as well, starting here.
We moved to Austin in the summer of 2006. I had been translating Dutch non-fiction into English on and off since 1986, and in 2001 I got officially approved to translate fiction as well, and here in Austin that’s what I focus on. Click here to go to my translating and proofreading website.