Getting tagged by Rockin' Sake Robot to do an 8 random facts list felt a little like ye olde days of e-mail chain lettering. I was tempted to resist participating at first, but after mulling over it for a bit I decided that it was an interesting challenge to think of little tidbits of my life that I wouldn't otherwise talk about. Looking over the list, I could probably write a post about each of these... maybe I will!
1 I spent a month in Shanghai teaching after-school English class to 5-7 year olds the summer after my junior year in high school. I don't speak Mandarin but I had a co-teacher who would translate for me when necessary.
2 I am related to Aaron Burr, that asshole who killed Alexander Hamilton.
3 I used to do synchronized swimming when I was in elementary school. My most memorable performance was a routine I choreographed with two of my friends to "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from the Lion King
4 I was a box blonde for 7 years. I went back to natural brown a few days before I graduated college.
5 I got the lead roll in the high school play three years in a row (Anne Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Judith Bliss in Hay Fever, and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing). At the time I had oriented my life towards becoming an actress on Broadway. Things have changed considerably since.
6 I have abnormally small pinkies, which according to palmistry means I'm "someone who is frustrated, and unable to express my talent and skills". I don't necessarily agree with that.
7 I drink my coffee black. When I was younger my parents would give me spoonfuls of their coffee for taste. I started drinking coffee before I headed off to school in 6th grade, and now I drink way way too much. Contrary to the belief that it stunts your growth, I've always been above average height at 5'8''-ish.
8 I won an HP math award in 8th grade and won a fancy calculator as a prize. This success was my dad's main driving point when trying to convince me that I should apply to an electronic engineering school for college, failing to realize that I had never been interested in engineering to begin with.