30 Days of Lists Blog Hop: Meet the Blogger Behind My Life as a Teacup

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september 30 days of lists
If you pop by My Life as a Teacup on any given day, you’ll be greeted with lists up to your eyeballs. Come by in March or September and your list intake will double — 30 Days of Lists rules my brain in those months, and I look forward to jazzing up the lists I make on a daily basis for the challenge (because let’s face it, usually my lists end up on twelve different sticky notes across my monitor, and it’s nice to make them pretty for a change).

While it’s not quite time for September’s round of #30Lists, the ambassadors and ladies behind the challenge have invited everyone to take part in a blog hop with the prompts of the March 2011 round! With so many new readers, I figured this would be a good time to re-introduce myself and tell you a little bit about the Teacup.

Without further ado…

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A few things about myself:

  1. Currently, I’m a teacher by day, blogger by night. Teaching English — literature, writing, you name it — excites me and I get to put my organizational skills to use, too (though, at outward glance, it probably doesn’t look like I’m the most organized; believe me, I know where everything is, though!). I tend to make references to The Avengers/Star Wars/Pokémon/etc. in my PowerPoint slides, because really, a presentation is worlds better with superheroes/spaceships in it.
  2. If I could, I would go back and get my English Literature degree all over again. They were some of the most challenge, rigorous, thought-provoking classes I’ve ever taken, and I saw myself grow as a writer, researcher, and intellectual like never before. As an undergraduate, I didn’t necessarily have to choose a period as my department was more focused on a smattering of different eras of literature, but I tended to hover around the general realms of British Literature, William Blake, Gothic/Victorian Literature. And did I mention William Blake?
  3. I hold my pens strangely enough that everyone who sees me comments on it. It ends up looking like a fist with the pen tucked into my pinky. I’ve only seen two other people hold a pen like this, and while I don’t quite understand why we do it, I have to say, I’ve got neat and controlled handwriting. I even won a handwriting award in elementary school for it. Take that, teachers who gave me countless pencil grips to correct it!
  4. I am a morning person, through and through. While getting out of bed isn’t necessarily easy, I’m at my best and most productive before 11:30am. I’m organized, making and breezing through to do lists (which is a whole other story; I’m a planner to the point of being incredibly stressed and unable to function if I don’t), dreaming up my best ideas, and implementing things like a boss.
  5. It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite novel. I blame this on the fact that, as a child, I couldn’t pick a favorite stuffed animal because I didn’t want to hurt the others’ feelings. But really, I find it so hard to deem any book my all-time favorite because I have favorites for so many categories! Some books are well-written, some are just a story I can get lost in, others depict a rich fantasy world I’d love to live in, and a handful resonate poignantly. Don’t ask me to choose.
  6. That said, I have a scar on my hand from a book. A hard-cover textbook from 8th grade, to be exact. But how many people can say they were in a fight with knowledge and knowledge won?
  7. I’m a recovering dancer. And by recovering I mean that even though I don’t dance anymore, every time I have enough space I’m tempted to jeté across the room. I habitually stand in third position, even fifth or first at times, and that usually alerts other dancers in the vicinity that I am one of them. It’s an addiction; I can’t shake it. And frankly, standing that way is comfortable, though it seems to look unnatural to non-dancer folk. This is, in fact, how I met my best friend.
  8. Hockey is in my blood. I grew up in Pittsburgh surrounded by a grandfather, father, mother, uncles, aunts, and cousins who all play/watch/referee hockey. I’ve road tripped with a friend to see hockey games. I’ve stood in line in the freezing winter months for student rush tickets. I’ve been whisked onto the ice as a kid by the Penguins’ mascot, Iceburgh. I’ve played in family holiday pick-up games. I’ve had embarrassing moments where I’ve cried during the playoffs. In fact, it’s hard to hang out with me during playoff season unless you craft outings around hockey games. I try to keep the simultaneous emotions/rantiness in check here on the blog (Twitter is really the culprit), but I can’t make promises. Especially during the playoffs.
  9. I was nominated “most artistic” in my high school yearbook. I don’t think I’ve done anything artistic since graduation, but I did paint my dad’s Father’s Day gift last year. I’ve missed painting, and am trying to do it more these days.
  10. I lived in Japan for three months back in college while I was studying Japanese as my second major. I keep meaning to write about it more on the blog, as it was such a huge part of my life, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I always loved and had a knack for foreign languages, and fell in love with Japanese early on. I wanted to study it, even if only for personal reasons, and was elated when I had the chance to go. I stayed in Hakodate (a small town on Hokkaido) and immersed myself in family life, local festivals, taiko, trains, sightseeing, and a whole manner of other things. But my favorite part? Just getting to do things like a local would, like visiting the local bakery, taking the bus to school, and going to the konbini. Whenever I travel, I hate feeling like a tourist, and getting to “live” in the country I love is one of the things I look back on most fondly.

And a bonus: I’m confident I could live on cheese alone. Is there anything that cheese isn’t good on/with? I didn’t think so.

You can still register for September’s of 30 Days of Lists — come and join us!
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Visit the other bloggers participating to pump yourself up for September (which is just a few days away!) and don’t forget to explore the community as everyone is getting their feet wet today! A few to check out:

Tell me about yourself! What are 3 things about you I should know?
I’m an ambassador and affiliate for 30 Days of Lists, but having participated in the list every year since its initial iteration, it’s safe to say that I’m 110% behind this challenge! If you like being crafty or making lists, I think you’ll enjoy it too!