Character Meme 6 of 6: Jen

At last, it’s time for the 6th and final questionnaire!  And just in time for Semester Aboard to turn 6 months old!  More on that tomorrow…

So, last but not least, is a meme from Jen, the main character!  Even though you get into her head quite a bit in the book, I hope this one is still interesting.  As before, it contains no spoilers, so even new readers can get to know the characters a little before reading!

Also, I have tabs now!  If anyone has any tips on making them prettier, please let me know!

If you click the tab that says Semester Aboard, then you can read the previous 5 memes.  They don’t need to go in any particular order.  Enjoy!

Jen
Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?
    my bed

Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
    watching the ship leave Acapulco!

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
    The ship map

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
    Laurie in the shower and the ship engines

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    I spent all day outside in Acapulco!

What is on the walls of the room you are in?
    There’s a painting of a bunch of boats, a big mirror, and Laurie put up some postcards she bought.

What is the last film you saw?
    I forgot the name, it was about the Aztecs

Do you like to dance?
    Sort of

Would you ever consider living abroad?
    Maybe someday.

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
    Shannon

What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
    pictures from Mexico in the computer lab

Last time you swam in a pool?
    a couple of weeks ago

Type of music you like most?
    I like almost everything

Type of music you dislike most?
    I don’t really like rap or bluegrass

Are you listening to music right now?
    no

What color is your bedroom carpet?
    light gray.

What was the last thing you bought?
    postcards to send home

Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?
    no

Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
    no

Do you have a garden?
    Rachel does

Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
    yeah

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
    turning off my alarm.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
    Jeff Corwin, JK Rowling, JR Ward, Lynsay Sands
   
Who sent the last text message you received?  What did it say?
    Rachel – bon voyage!

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
    Macy’s

What time is bed time?
    11, maybe a bit later.

How many tattoos do you have?
    I don’t have any

What did you do for your last birthday?
    It was the day before the ship left for Mexico!  I was San Diego with my step-mom and Emily.  We went out to dinner and sightseeing.

Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
    This guy named Danny who is super awesome and reallllly hot.  Of course he has to be MARRIED!  I swear, all the good guys are either taken or gay!  He spent all day with me so that I wouldn’t be un-escorted in Mexico!  And then he bought me a taco.  I think it was a taco.  It was good anyway.

What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?
    Wherever I am right now!  At the end of this trip Chile will be the furthest from home I’ve ever been!

When’s the last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
    last week maybe?

Have you ever won a trophy?
    yeah, but not for anything big.

Are you a good cook?
    I’m pretty good

Do you know how to pump your own gas?
    yes

If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be?
    Wasn’t this already asked?  Someone famous like an actor or an author.

Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
    no

Do you touch-type?
    yeah

What’s under your bed?
    suitcases and I think a life vest

Do you believe in love at first sight?
    I guess.  I haven’t met him yet!

Think fast, what do you like right now?
    This ship and this voyage!

Where were you on Valentine’s day?
    Shannon and I ate ice cream and watched chick flicks!

What time do you get up?
    I have to get up pretty early for class now.

Is there anything going on this weekend?
    We’re going to Panama!  I’m going to take a boat ride on Lake Gatun in just a few days!

How are you feeling right now?
    great

Do you sing in the shower?
    sometimes.  If something is stuck in my head

Which came first the chicken or the egg?
    I think the chicken had to.

How many keys on your key ring?  What do they go to?
    2, my house and my car

What kind of car do you drive?
    an old Honda

What is your favorite time of the day?
    I like afternoons and evenings

Where did you grow up?
    Maryland

How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
    The other side of the country

What are you reading now?
    I’m half-way through a cheesy novel and I have a neat book for class called Chilies to Chocolates.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    more of a night owl

Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
    no

Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
    It feels like it

How many rings before you answer the phone?
    I don’t know, it doesn’t ring, it plays music.

Red rose or white?
    red
Salt or pepper?
    salt
Pink or blue?
    i like both
Hamburgers or hot dogs?
    both again
Music or movies?
    movies with good music
Comedy or horror?
    comedy
Action or adventure?
    adventure
Summer or winter?
    summer
Sun or stars?
    both
Funny or romantic?
    both
Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
    creamy
Rings or necklaces?
    necklaces
Camping out or slumber party?
    depends
White or dark chocolate?
    dark!
Night or day?
    i like both
Surfing or snowboarding?
    I’ve never been surfing and I’m awful at snowboarding, but I love skiing.
Soft candy or hard candy?
    soft
Phone or e-mail?
    i use both
Pencil or pen?
    Pen
Pizza or chicken wings?
    Pizza
Spiderman or batman?
    I’m not really into superheroes
Snow or rain?
    snow
Water or milk?
    chocolate milk
Fruit or vegetable?
    fruit
Inside or outside?
    outside
Sweet or sour?
    sweet
Shoe or clothes shopping?
    clothes
Long or short hair?
    long
Cocky or shy?
    cocky
Ocean or pool?
    both
Dancing or singing?
    dancing
Couch or chair?
    couch
Hot chocolate or coffee?
    hot chocolate
Cake or pie?
    cake
Butter or margarine?
    butter
Chili or clam chowder?
    chili
Sausage or bacon?
    bacon
Sandals or tennis shoes?
    sandals
Twister or connect four?
    Twister
Lobster or crab?
    crab
Mexican or Italian food?
    Mexican!  That taco thing today was so good!
Fall or Spring
    I love both
Truth or Dare?
    I never know which to pick!

Character Meme 5 of 6: Mariana

It’s time to get to know Mariana a bit better!  As before, “she” has filled out an internet questionnaire.  It’s spoiler free (if you haven’t read Semester Aboard yet) but should still help you get to know her, even if you haven’t.  There’s no particular order that you have to read these in, but they do make more sense as a whole.

Here are links to the previous ones.  Happy reading!

Charlie

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?
    danis shoulder

Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
    waving goodbye to acapulco

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
    im being forced to watch some awful movie

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
    dani laughing at this stupid movie.  i swear he better be joking about a sequel coming on

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    earlier tonight.  i was on deck watching the water

What is on the walls of the room you are in?
    a pretty painting of a skiff

What is the last film you saw?
    like in a theater? letters to juliet

Do you like to dance?
    yeah

Would you ever consider living abroad?
    yeah

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
    my mom

What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
    i dont know

Last time you swam in a pool?
    dunno

Type of music you like most?
    i like lots of music

Type of music you dislike most?
    country

Are you listening to music right now?
    im TRYING to

What color is your bedroom carpet?
    sort of minty aqua

What was the last thing you bought?
    clothes

Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?
    no

Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
    maybe

Do you have a garden?
    no

Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
    yes

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
    what i need to do

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
    living?  brad pitt

Who sent the last text message you received?  What did it say?
    dani asking for help cause he got locked out of the room AGAIN

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
    h&m

What time is bed time?
    11ish

How many tattoos do you have?
    none but i want one

What did you do for your last birthday?
    went out to dinner with my family

Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
    some girls who were on my trip with me today

What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?
    so far – mexico!

When’s the last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
    dunno

Have you ever won a trophy?
    yeah
   
Are you a good cook?
    not really

Do you know how to pump your own gas?
    yeah

If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be?
    my big brother

Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
    no

Do you touch-type?
    yes

What’s under your bed?
    all of my suitcases

Do you believe in love at first sight?
    yes

Think fast, what do you like right now?
    traveling

Where were you on Valentine’s day?
    i dunno

What time do you get up?
    pretty early

Is there anything going on this weekend?
    im going to see the panama canal!

How are you feeling right now?
    a little sleepy and ready to hit dani or the tv

Do you sing in the shower?
    yeah

Which came first the chicken or the egg?
    i think the egg

How many keys on your key ring?  What do they go to?
    5…my parents house, danis house, my car, my dorm room, the gym

What kind of car do you drive?
    ford fusion hybrid

What is your favorite time of the day?
    after class

Where did you grow up?
    maine

How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
    a couple states away

What are you reading now?
    textbooks

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    neither really

Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
    no

Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
    i dunno. i think

How many rings before you answer the phone?
    depends on whos calling

Red rose or white?
    red
Salt or pepper?
    salt
Pink or blue?
    light blue
Hamburgers or hot dogs?
    hot dogs
Music or movies?
    movies
Comedy or horror?
    comedy
Action or adventure?
    adventure
Summer or winter?
    summer
Sun or stars?
    sun
Funny or romantic?
    romantic
Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
    creamy
Rings or necklaces?
    necklaces
Camping out or slumber party?
    slumber party
White or dark chocolate?
    dark
Night or day?
    day
Surfing or snowboarding?
    snowboarding
Soft candy or hard candy?
    soft
Phone or e-mail?
    e-mail
Pencil or pen?
    pen
Pizza or chicken wings?
    pizza
Spiderman or Batman?
    i dunno
Snow or rain?
    rain
Water or milk?
    water
Fruit or vegetable?
    fruit
Inside or outside?
    outside
Sweet or sour?
    sweet
Shoe or clothes shopping?
    both!
Long or short hair?
    long
Cocky or shy?
    cocky
Ocean or pool?
    ocean
Dancing or singing?
    singing
Couch or chair?
    couch
Hot chocolate or coffee?
    hot chocolate
Cake or pie?
    cake
Butter or margarine?
    butter
Chili or clam chowder?
    clam chowder
Sausage or bacon?
    bacon
Sandals or tennis shoes?
    sandals
Twister or connect four?
    twister
Lobster or crab?
    both
Mexican or Italian food?
    neither really
Fall or Spring
    spring
Truth or Dare?
    truth

Character Meme 4 of 6: Charlie

It’s Charlie’s turn!

This is a little internet survey that I stumbled on and decided to fill it out on behalf of the main characters in Semester Aboard to help readers get to know them a little better!  If you haven’t read it, don’t worry there are no spoilers!

If you missed the previous ones, be sure to read them!  They can all stand alone, but are meant to be funnier as a whole:  ThomasDaniTS

There are still two characters left to go!  Head on over to Facebook and vote for who’s up next!

Charlie

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?
    Almost the back of a chair

Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
    Waiting with Dani to get his key fixed.

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
    About five minutes of a terrible Indiana Jones wanna-be movie.

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
    My roommate’s music, the engines, and my roommate and some girl flirting.  I guess she’s pretty, but a few sparks short of a flame.

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    I was on Deck 7 for a bit.  But I spent the entire day outside.

What is on the walls of the room you are in?
    A painting and a couple of pictures from home.

What is the last film you saw?
    The A-Team.

Do you like to dance?
    Not really.

Would you ever consider living abroad?
    I guess.

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
    Ember.

What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
    Some documents for an essay.

Last time you swam in a pool?
    Never have, never will.

Type of music you like most?
    Rock and Roll.

Type of music you dislike most?
    Rap.

Are you listening to music right now?
    Yes.

What color is your bedroom carpet?
    Tan.

What was the last thing you bought?
    Too many souvenirs to list!  And seven more ports to go!

Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?
    No.

Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
    Probably not.

Do you have a garden?
    Yes.

Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
    Yes.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
    What to do first.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
    Someone like Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger.

Who sent the last text message you received?  What did it say?
    Dani: fine, stay in your room and don’t watch faux-indys adventures with me!

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
    I could think of quite a few…

What time is bed time?
    Around 10 or 11 usually.

How many tattoos do you have?
    Two.

What did you do for your last birthday?
    Got tricked into a joint surprise party with Callie.

Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
    Didn’t have dinner tonight.   

What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?
    Greece.

When’s the last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
    A couple of weeks ago.

Have you ever won a trophy?
    I have a couple.

Are you a good cook?
    Yes.

Do you know how to pump your own gas?
    Of course.

If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be?
    Elvis, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Washington, Abe Lincoln (not the vampire hunter), my grandfather.  Ah, too many.

Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
    No.

Do you touch-type?
    Yes.

What’s under your bed?
    Nothing, I vacuumed under it before we left for Mexico.  Although this bed has my souvenirs under it.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
    Absolutely.

Think fast, what do you like right now?
    The weather.

Where were you on Valentine’s day?
    Watching the snow from inside and then at a nice restaurant.

What time do you get up?
    By five if I can.

Is there anything going on this weekend?
    A few trips in Panama.

How are you feeling right now?
    Good.  A bit sleepy.

Do you sing in the shower?
    I don’t really shower.

Which came first the chicken or the egg?
    The chicken.

How many keys on your key ring?  What do they go to?
    Six.  House, the Mazda, the Ford, Callie’s house, parent’s house, garage.

What kind of car do you drive?
    A Mazda.

What is your favorite time of the day?
    Anytime, as long as it’s good.

Where did you grow up?
    On the family ranch in Arizona.

How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
    Almost on the other side of the country.

What are you reading now?
    “Chilies to Chocolate:  Food the Americas Gave the World”  Very fun read for a textbook.   

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Morning person.

Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
    Almost.

Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
    I think so.

How many rings before you answer the phone?
    I grab it as soon as possible.

Red rose or white?
    Red.
Salt or pepper?
    Pepper.
Pink or blue?
    Blue.
Hamburgers or hot dogs?
    Hamburgers.
Music or movies?
    Can I pick both?
Comedy or horror?
    Comedy
Action or adventure?
    Adventure
Summer or winter?
    Summer
Sun or stars?
    Sun
Funny or romantic?
    Both
Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
    Not a fan.
Rings or necklaces?
    Neither.
Camping out or slumber party?
    Camping
White or dark chocolate?
    Dark
Night or day?
    Day
Surfing or snowboarding?
    Neither.
Soft candy or hard candy?
    Depends.
Phone or e-mail?
    Phone.
Pencil or pen?
    Pencil
Pizza or chicken wings?
    Pizza
Spiderman or batman?
    Hm, probably Spiderman.
Snow or rain?
    If I had to choose I’d say snow.  It’s not as wet.

Water or milk?
    Neither.
Fruit or vegetable?
    Vegetable.
Inside or outside?
    Depends on the weather.
Sweet or sour?
    Spicy!
Shoe or clothes shopping?
    Clothes.
Long or short hair?
    Short.  But not too short.
Cocky or shy?
    Cocky
Ocean or pool?
    Dry land.
Dancing or singing?
    Guitar
Couch or chair?
    Couch
Hot chocolate or coffee?
    Hot Chocolate.  Or just chocolate.
Cake or pie?
    Cake
Butter or margarine?
    Butter
Chili or clam chowder?
    Chili
Sausage or bacon?
    Sausage
Sandals or tennis shoes?
    Tennis shoes
Twister or connect four?
    Twister
Lobster or crab?
    I guess lobster.  Not a fan of either.
Mexican or Italian food?
    Mexican.
Fall or Spring
    Spring
Truth or Dare?
    Depends on who’s asking.

Character Meme 3 of 6: TS

The third character to “fill out” a survey is TS!  If you missed the previous two you can read them here:  Thomas and Dani. 

If you have no idea what any of this is about, here’s a little summary to bring you up to speed:

As a refresher (or summary if you haven’t read it), Semester Aboard begins at night.  Our narrator, Jen, is on a summer study abroad program that takes place on a ship.  As the story opens, the students have just gotten back on the ship after several days in Mexico, their first port.  The ship is just getting ready to leave and sail on to Panama.  From there…well, Jen stumbles across something a bit magical…

For our purposes, let’s say that the students all returned to their rooms to find a “Get to Know Each Other” thing waiting for them to fill out.

And don’t worry, this is spoiler (but not hint) free!  

TS

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?
    a chair

Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
    Enjoying the breeze out on deck

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
    Few minutes of a football game

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
    Tom typing, awful music on the telly, the ships engines, and people talking.

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    not long ago.  I was out on deck.

What is on the walls of the room you are in?
    a painting and letters from home.

What is the last film you saw?
    The A-Team
   
Do you like to dance?
    hell no.

Would you ever consider living abroad?
    I have and would again

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
    Ian   

What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
    can’t recall

Last time you swam in a pool?
    I jumped into one at a party a couple of weeks ago

Type of music you like most?
    rock, metal, and anything you’d hear in an Irish pub

Type of music you dislike most?
    anything too slow

Are you listening to music right now?
    not on purpose

What color is your bedroom carpet?
    hardwood with a big, comfy blue rug.

What was the last thing you bought?
    a stack of postcards to post home and gifts

Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?
    yes.

Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
    No way.

Do you have a garden?
    I have a patch I like to dig in.

Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
    US, Ireland, Wales, France, and Japans.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
    getting breakfast.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
    Eli Manning
   
Who sent the last text message you received?  What did it say?
    Rae.  “have a good night bro! kisses”

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
    Lowes or Dicks.  Maybe both?

What time is bed time?
    Anytime I feel like it

How many tattoos do you have?
    none

What did you do for your last birthday?
    Went camping with my brothers and sisters, got snowed in and stuck in a cave.

Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
    Tom and a couple blokes from down the hall

What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?
    I’m sailing there now.

When’s the last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
    don’t really like tomatoes.

Have you ever won a trophy?
    a few

Are you a good cook?
    I’m a good eater.

Do you know how to pump your own gas?
    yeah.

If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be?
    I can think of way too many.

Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
    no

Do you touch-type?
    yes

What’s under your bed?
    some socks, my suitcases, textbooks, and i think i lost a tennis ball under there yesterday

Do you believe in love at first sight?
    have to.

Think fast, what do you like right now?
    sunny spots, comfy cushions, chasing deer, good food

Where were you on Valentine’s day?
    still snowed into that cave

What time do you get up?
    whenever I need to.

Is there anything going on this weekend?
    docking in Panama

How are you feeling right now?
    grand

Do you sing in the shower?
    sometimes

Which came first the chicken or the egg?
    can’t have one without the other.

How many keys on your key ring?  What do they go to?
    5 house, car, office, sports locker, parent’s house

What kind of car do you drive?
    Toyota pickup.  but I prefer to ride in the back.

What is your favorite time of the day?
    Whenever

Where did you grow up?
    US and Ireland

How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
    On the other side of the pond.

What are you reading now?
    i should be reading a textbook

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    night owl

Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
    Yes

Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
    probably

How many rings before you answer the phone?
    one

Red rose or white?
    white
Salt or pepper?
    neither
Pink or blue?
    blue
Hamburgers or hot dogs?
    both
Music or movies?
    movies
Comedy or horror?
    horror
Action or adventure?
    action
Summer or winter?
    both
Sun or stars?
    stars
Funny or romantic?
    funny
Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
    neither
Rings or necklaces?
    neither
Camping out or slumber party?
    camping out!
White or dark chocolate?
    white
Night or day?
    night
Surfing or snowboarding?
    skiing
Soft candy or hard candy?
    hard candy
Phone or e-mail?
    phone
Pencil or pen?
    pencil
Pizza or chicken wings?
    pizza WITH wings
Spiderman or batman?
    Batman
Snow or rain?
    snow
Water or milk?
    water
Fruit or vegetable?
    neither
Inside or outside?
    outside
Sweet or sour?
    sweet
Shoe or clothes shopping?
    I don’t shop.
Long or short hair?
    either
Cocky or shy?
    cocky
Ocean or pool?
    both
Dancing or singing?
    singing
Couch or chair?
    couch
Hot chocolate or coffee?
    coffee
Cake or pie?
   savory pies
Butter or margarine?
    butter
Chili or clam chowder?
    chili
Sausage or bacon?
    BOTH
Sandals or tennis shoes?
    most sandals get chewed up too fast
Twister or connect four?
    twister
Lobster or crab?
    crab
Mexican or Italian food?
    anything with meat.
Fall or Spring
    both
Truth or Dare?
    dare
 

Well, I hope you got a kick out of that!  Be sure to swing by and vote for who you want to see next!  I try to post the first character to 3, but if there’s a tie I’ll post the first to 5. 

Character Meme 2 of 6: Dani

Just a recap for those of you who missed the first one — the characters of Semester Aboard are filling out one of those internet surveys!  I’ve got a poll up on facebook where people can vote for the order they’re posted in!  Thomas was chosen first, you can read his here.

Next up is Dani!   As before, no spoilers.  Just some easter eggs!
  
If you’re new to the More than Magic world (or the ones who haven’t read Thomas’ yet) Semester Aboard begins at night.  Our narrator, Jen, is on a summer study abroad program that takes place on a ship.  As the story opens, the students have just gotten back on the ship after several days in Mexico, their first port.  The ship is just getting ready to leave and sail on to Panama.  From there…well, Jen stumbles across something a bit magical…

For our purposes, let’s say that the students all returned to their rooms to find a “Get to Know Each Other” thing waiting for them to fill out.

And now: Dani!

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?
    Air.  The wall if I lean.

Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
    Waiting in line to get my stupid key fixed.   

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
    A fantastically corny Indiana Jones rip-off.  I’m going to watch the sequel too, unless Mariana smashes the TV.

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
    The aforementioned movie, Mariana working on her computer, terrible music she keeps turning up, the engines, waves, and some whales off somewhere.

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    I was up on Deck 7 watching the water and grabbing a late night snack.

What is on the walls of the room you are in?
    A painting of a skiff and a little dock.

What is the last film you saw?
    Again: the Indiana Jones rip-off.  Also, I saw The A-Team before we left the states.  Great movie.

Do you like to dance?
    Willingly?

Would you ever consider living abroad?
    Abroad as in “not in my birth country?”  Cause…I do…

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
    My mother.

What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
    A lot of legal music to legally put on my ipod.

Last time you swam in a pool?
    Not a big pool guy.

Type of music you like most?
    Nearly anything.

Type of music you dislike most?
    Rap.

Are you listening to music right now?
    Movie music.  And some godawful teenybop that Mariana’s listening to.

What color is your bedroom carpet?
    Tan, but this carpet is blue.

What was the last thing you bought?
    A Mexican mask, a tee-shirt, and some really good mystery food from a street vendor.

Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?
    Yes.

Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
    I would.  But check CLIFF DIVING IN ACAPULCO off my to-do list!  Now, that was fun!  I think my life was at a greater risk when I told Charlie.

Do you have a garden?
    Yes.

Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
    Of course.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
    If I really need to get up.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
    Oh man…Patrick Stewart maybe.  Or Gene Wilder.  Or Harrison Ford.  Wait no, Sir Ian McKellen. Can we have a group lunch?

Who sent the last text message you received?  What did it say?
    Tom.  “sure, i’ll be up soon.”

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
    Hm…that’s a tie between Best Buy, Sports Authority, and World Market.  Or can I say Amazon.com?

What time is bed time?
    When I get tired.

How many tattoos do you have?
    Five.  Sort of six.

What did you do for your last birthday?
    Went out for a nice dinner and a movie.

Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
    A nice NM girl named Jen who braved the mystery tacos with me.

What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?
    From…Greece?  Michigan?  New York?  Probably Vietnam.  But soon Chile!

When’s the last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
    Earlier this summer.

Have you ever won a trophy?
    Only one?

Are you a good cook?
    Sure am.

Do you know how to pump your own gas?
    Are there…people who can’t?

If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be?
    Damn, that’s a tough one.  A President or Composer would be pretty splashy.

Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
    Nope.

Do you touch-type?
    Yes.

What’s under your bed?
    I haven’t looked recently.  Probably a bunch of stuff I think is lost.  This bed has my dufflebag under it.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
    Sure do.

Think fast, what do you like right now?
    Cliff diving!

Where were you on Valentine’s day?
    Digging out my car to go to work.  And then at a fancy restaurant.

What time do you get up?
    As late as possible.

Is there anything going on this weekend?
    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m swimming to the bottom of Lake Gatun.

How are you feeling right now?
    Bored.  Hence the survey.

Do you sing in the shower?
    All the time.

Which came first the chicken or the egg?
      The rooster.   

How many keys on your key ring?  What do they go to? 
Eleven.  My house, my garage, my car, Charlie’s car, Tom’s house, Mariana’s car because it was my car, my office, my mother’s house, my mother’s boat-house, and my brother’s house.  I don’t know what the last one goes to.  I should probably get rid of it.

What kind of car do you drive?
    A silver Ford Escape.

What is your favorite time of the day?
    Any time.

Where did you grow up?
    Off the coast of Greece.

How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
    Quite far.

What are you reading now?
    This.  And also “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”.  It’s pretty much my new favorite book.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Night owl.

Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
    Yes.

Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
    How can I tell if my eyes are closed?

How many rings before you answer the phone?
    Depends on who is calling.  One for most friends, two at work, and I let my mother go to voice mail.

Red rose or white?
    Red
Salt or pepper?
    Salt
Pink or blue?
    Blue
Hamburgers or hot dogs?
    Hamburgers
Music or movies?
    Both
Comedy or horror?
    Both
Action or adventure?
    Action
Summer or winter?
    Both
Sun or stars?
    Both
Funny or romantic?
    Both.  These are a bit tough.
Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
    Creamy
Rings or necklaces?
    Neither
Camping out or slumber party?
    Camping
White or dark chocolate?
    Dark
Night or day?
    Both
Surfing or snowboarding?
    Both!
Soft candy or hard candy?
    Hard
Phone or e-mail?
    Either
Pencil or pen?
    Pen
Pizza or chicken wings?
    Pizza
Spiderman or batman?
    No love for Superman?
Snow or rain?
    Rain.
Water or milk?
    Water!
Fruit or vegetable?
    Fruit
Inside or outside?
    Outside
Sweet or sour?
    Both
Shoe or clothes shopping?
    Clothes
Long or short hair?
    Short
Cocky or shy?
    Cocky
Ocean or pool?
    Ocean
Dancing or singing?
    Singing
Couch or chair?
    Couch
Hot chocolate or coffee?
    Coffee
Cake or pie?
    Pie
Butter or margarine?
    Butter
Chili or clam chowder?
    Clam chowder
Sausage or bacon?
    Bacon
Sandals or tennis shoes?
    Barefoot
Twister or connect four?
    Twister
Lobster or crab?
    Crab
Mexican or Italian food?
    I hate to choose Italian, but probably.
Fall or Spring
    Both
Truth or Dare?
    Dare

Who do you want to see next?

Character Meme 1 of 6: Thomas

I stumbled across a good-sized meme and decided that it would be a great idea for the “characters” of Semester Aboard to fill it out!  Over the next few days I’ll be posting one for each of the 6 main characters.  I’m running a poll on Facebook to see the order to post them in.

Each meme will be filled out by the characters on the night that Semester Aboard begins.  If you haven’t read it yet, don’t panic, there won’t be any spoilers.  Although there may be some hints!

As a refresher (or summary if you haven’t read it), Semester Aboard begins at night.  Our narrator, Jen, is on a summer study abroad program that takes place on a ship.  As the story opens, the students have just gotten back on the ship after several days in Mexico, their first port.  The ship is just getting ready to leave and sail on to Panama.  From there…well, Jen stumbles across something a bit magical…

For our purposes, let’s say that the students all returned to their rooms to find a “Get to Know Each Other” thing waiting for them to fill out.

Now, on to what you are actually here for.  Our first character is:  Thomas!

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?
    The wall

Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
    Watching the ship leave Acapulco

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
    At the moment it’s a little graphic of a ship moving along a map.  Earlier today I caught a bit of a soccer game.

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
    Cheesy ship sailing music on the TV, the engines, TS typing, people out in the hall, and music from somewhere.

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    About an hour ago.  I was waiting to get back on the ship.

What is on the walls of the room you are in?
    Some mail that we got in Mexico, a painting of a boat and a sunrise, and a mirror.

What is the last film you saw?
    The A-Team.

Do you like to dance?
    No.

Would you ever consider living abroad?
    I have, I enjoyed it.

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
    Jon.

What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
    Can’t remember, the ship internet is really slow.

Last time you swam in a pool?
    I don’t know.  Not too recently.

Type of music you like most?
    Probably rock and roll.  Maybe metal.

Type of music you dislike most?
    Techno

Are you listening to music right now?
    No.

What color is your bedroom carpet?
    At home?  It’s hardwood.  This carpet is blue.

What was the last thing you bought?
    Some postcards and knick-knacks to get rid of my last pesos.

Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?
    Yes.

Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
    I might.

Do you have a garden?
    A vegetable one?  No.

Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
    Yeah.  And the Japanese one.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
    My plans for the day.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
    Maybe Eli Manning. 
   
Who sent the last text message you received?  What did it say?
    Danio.  “Coming up to deck 7?”

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
    A mall or a Target, then I can get a little of everything.

What time is bed time?
    Usually quite late.

How many tattoos do you have?
    None.   

What did you do for your last birthday?
    Threw a party.

Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
    TS and some other people on the ship.

What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?
    Japan.

When’s the last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
    Not sure.

Have you ever won a trophy?
    Yep.

Are you a good cook?
    Not really.

Do you know how to pump your own gas?
    Of course.

If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be?
    Douglas Adams, Frank Herbert, Gene Simmons uh…If I can only pick one: Joe DiMaggio.

Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
    Yes.

Do you touch-type?
    Yes.

What’s under your bed?
    My suitcases.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
    Sort of.

Think fast, what do you like right now?
    What?

Where were you on Valentine’s day?
    I have no idea.  Nowhere special.

What time do you get up?
    It varies based on when I went to bed.

Is there anything going on this weekend?
    Panama!

How are you feeling right now?
    Pretty good.

Do you sing in the shower?
    No.

Which came first the chicken or the egg?
    Chicken.

How many keys on your key ring?  What do they go to?
    Three.  My house, my car, my office.

What kind of car do you drive?
    In nice weather my ’67 Camaro.  In the winter my Subaru. 

What is your favorite time of the day?
    Between sunset and sunrise.

Where did you grow up?
    Upstate NY.

How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
    Not terribly far.

What are you reading now?
    Ender’s Shadow and a bunch of textbooks.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Night owl.

Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
    No.

Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
    What?  I think.

How many rings before you answer the phone?
    Usually two or three.

Red rose or white?
    Red
Salt or pepper?
    Salt
Pink or blue?
    Blue
Hamburgers or hot dogs?
    Hamburgers
Music or movies?
    Depends on my mood
Comedy or horror?
    Comedy
Action or adventure?
    Action
Summer or winter?
    Winter
Sun or stars?
    Stars
Funny or romantic?
    Funny
Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?
    Neither
Rings or necklaces?
    On me or on girls?
Camping out or slumber party?
    Camping out
White or dark chocolate?
    Dark
Night or day?
    Night
Surfing or snowboarding?
    Skiing.
Soft candy or hard candy?
    Hard
Phone or e-mail?
    Phone
Pencil or pen?
    Pen
Pizza or chicken wings?
    Pizza
Spiderman or batman?
    Batman
Snow or rain?
    Snow
Water or milk?
    Water
Fruit or vegetable?
    Fruit
Inside or outside?
    Outside
Sweet or sour?
    Sweet
Shoe or clothes shopping?
    Neither
Long or short hair?
    Short
Cocky or shy?
    Cocky
Ocean or pool?
    Ocean
Dancing or singing?
    Singing
Couch or chair?
    Couch
Hot chocolate or coffee?
    Either
Cake or pie?
    Pie
Butter or margarine?
    Butter
Chili or clam chowder?
    Probably chili
Sausage or bacon?
    Bacon
Sandals or tennis shoes?
    Tennis shoes
Twister or connect four?
    Twister
Lobster or crab?
    Crab
Mexican or Italian food?
    Italian
Fall or Spring
    Spring
Truth or Dare?
    Dare

There, I hope that was fun to read!  Who do you want to see next?  Jen, TS, Charlie, Dani, or Mariana?

Happy Holidays!

I can’t believe it’s already Christmas!  It really comes too fast sometimes.  That said, I’m excited as always.  Disappointed that we’ll be getting rain instead of snow, but what can ya’ do?

Last year, I started a needle jar and it was exciting to put a second batch of needles in.  What is a needle jar, you ask?  It’s something my parents have been doing my whole life.  We have a large baby food jar (with a pretty tree painted on the lid) and every year we pull a few needles off of our Christmas Tree and put them in the jar.  My parents probably have 25+ years of needles stuffed into that jar.  I’ve been adding to it every year for as long as I can remember.  I always look forward to taking off the lid and inhaling the scent of all my past Christmases.  My jar looks pretty sad by comparison, with only a dozen scattered needles in the bottom.  But, I suppose filling it with memories is part of the fun.

I’m really looking forward to next week, when I can concentrate on More than Magic #2!  Here’s my first little teaser for you: it takes place at a ski resort, a few months after the events of Semester Aboard.  I’m kind of crossing my fingers for a heavy winter so that the snow can inspire me while I write.

Don’t forget, Semester Aboard is on sale for 99 cents until the end of the month!  You can get it for that price from Smashwords, Barnes &Noble, Diesel Books, and Sony!

Later today I’m going to post Chapter 3! You can also read Chapters 1 and 2 right here, if you haven’t yet.

Last, but not least, I’ve got a (rather long) meme that I’ve decided to fill out the way that characters in Semester Aboard would.  Let me know who you want to see a meme from first: Jen, Thomas, Dani, TS, Charlie, or Mariana!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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