I just completed my MA in TESOL, and I'm about to tackle my other MA (East Asian Studies), which had been on hold. I'm studying Japanese, with the goal of fluency, but also trying to prevent my current low level of Mandarin from rusting. Having had a lot of well-intentioned but mostly untrained language teachers, I really want to be a good English teacher. That's why I enrolled in the MA program after doing the certification: teaching a language isn't easy, even your native language. Knowing it and teaching it are two totally different things!
Anyway, pardon the rant. What else ... I have a wide variety of academic and personal interests, and they won't all fit in my LJ interests list. I like to travel when I can. I've visited Japan, Taiwan, the PRC (and Tibet), Nepal, and Thailand so far. I especially want to revisit Taiwan and Japan (and maybe live there a while). I've lived in Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina, Kansas, Arkansas (where I lived the longest), and Taiwan. Now I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband (assaultdoor), and I'd love to stay here long term. Other "real life" friends of mine of note on LJ include kyspaz, my friend since sixth grade; pts, a kindred spirit; _aurelius, whom I've known since junior high; unkyrich, a local friend and GM; jenniferward and siderealengine, our former roommates; and applechailatte, a MATESOL classmate and friend.
Communities/journals of mine: tesol_forum: for serious teachers/aspiring teachers of English to speakers of other languages gears_and_steam: for steampunk/industrial fantasy-related image posts and conversation buildyourwings: for aspiring entrepreneurs and other alternatives to conventional corporate slavery museumpeople: for museum employees & volunteers, and museum geeks at large loveandacademia because grad school and relationships do mix aroundfremont for the Fremont-Union City-Newark-Milpitas area asiapop_academy for academic study of East Asian pop culture plussizebride for "plus-size" brides and wedding parties iclp for people interested in/associated with ICLP and Taiwan Daxue comixgrrls: about and for women and girls in comics, as creators, readers, and characters (dormant) elegans: for art depicting elegant women (and a few pretty men) (mostly dormant) and taipeipostcards from when I was in Taipei, Taiwan alwayshoneymoon for assaultdoor's and my travels together, currently featuring photos from our honeymoon in Japan
If you are a gamer, you can also friend my RPG-plotting-writing-playing journal, inventedepics.