FableVision's Seasonal Survival Guide: December

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We’ve almost made it! We’re in the home stretch of 2018, the holidays are fast approaching, and the New Year is almost upon us. We know the last month of the year always goes by in a flurry, and it can be easy to let the days escape you, but have no fear! December’s guide will revamp your motivation, and help you soak in the last days of 2018.


Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know everyone’s New Year’s Resolution is to be more active, but why not start now?!  We have just the activities to get you moving this holiday season.

Get Active: Snow Excuses

  • Grab your trusty skates or rent a pair, and hit the ice (no, not literally, it may be slippery -- so try not to fall!) There’s something special about skating in the crisp night air under the stars, but if swimming is a more realistic option where you’re from, check out Rink Finder to find the closest indoor arena to you. Skating can be a daunting task to those who are not well acquainted with the sport, find adult skating classes near you!

  • If you’re not afraid of the cold and you live in the right climate, snowshoeing is an amazing winter outdoor activity. Buy a pair of snowshoes (or rent them from your local rec center) and go on an adventure! Great photo-ops along the way too! Need more info before taking the plunge? Check out this first-timer’s guide.

Walk/Drive Around to See the Lights: All Light Long

  • Holiday lights are right up there with fall foliage for the best views of the year. If your neighbors love to go all out, consider taking an evening stroll to see the festive decor. Nowhere worth gawking at nearby? Take a drive to the town center or another neighborhood with more to take in. The twinkly lights and beautiful displays are sure to get you in a cheery mood!


Whether you're looking for a fun and easy decoration or a beautiful homemade gift, we’ve got you covered.

Paper Snowflakes

Right Click to Download FableVision’s Snowflake Template

Right Click to Download FableVision’s Snowflake Template

"To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold."

The age-old classic doesn’t have to be so simple! Paper snowflakes can be beautiful, intricate designs that will spruce up any dorm room or party space! Check out these templates for a more mature version of a childhood favorite. After they’re cut out, leave them blank for a classic version, or add glitter and decoration.

Or, add a New Years spin to your snowflakes and write some early resolutions to keep you motivated throughout this last month of 2018 and get you excited for the year to come. It’s a snow-brainer!

Cinnamon Stick Candle

  • This candle makes a great homemade gift for a loved one (or for yourself. Plus, it’ll make your house smell amazing). All you need is a pillar candle, a glue gun and glue sticks, some cinnamon sticks, and an optional ribbon to finish it off. Anyone can do it! Here’s how:

  1. Get a candle and some cinnamon sticks from your local grocery or gift store. Think about how far up you want the cinnamon sticks to reach when deciding on a candle.

  2. Plug in your glue gun to get it ready to go! If doing this with children, make sure there is adult supervision! The glue guns can get extremely hot.

  3. Cut the cinnamon sticks to your desired height. Put them up against your candle to see if you prefer them to go all the way up , ¾ the way up, or half way up. All are great options that are sure to delight!

  4. Put a thin line of glue on each cinnamon stick and adhere them to the candle.

  5. (Optional) Grab some twine, a ribbon, or some raffia to tie around your candle creation.

  6. Before burning, place on a coaster or dish under your candle to ensure there will be no messes. Now you have a beautiful centerpiece or gift, perfect for all occasions!


Oh no! You got invited to a last minute holiday party but don’t want to show up empty handed? Store bought cookies can’t always cut it. Have no fear, we have a personal favorite recipe from Jen’s friends, the Stark family, that is sure to be a crowd favorite. Cracker candy is a holiday treat that everyone will love, with it’s chewy texture and sweet and salty flavor combo! And the best part, it only takes 20 minutes to make and about an hour to cool!


  • 1 ½ sleeves of saltine crackers

  • 2 ½ sticks of salted butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 bag dark chocolate chips

  • Optional: Sea salt, toffee pieces, crushed candy canes, crushed oreos



  • Line a ridged pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Place crackers flat on pan covering it entirely

  • Melt ½ stick of butter in a pan and pour over crackers

  • Melt the remaining 2 sticks of butter in a pan on medium/low and stir in 1 cup brown sugar. Continue stirring over heat until  bubbly

  • Remove from heat and add condensed milk, stir until well combined and pour over crackers.

  • Put in the oven for 8 minutes, until bubbly but not burnt

  • Remove the tray and allow to cool for a few minutes before sprinkling chocolate chips on top.  Once melted slightly, spread chocolate chips over the entire tray. Add any desired toppings (we chose toffee pieces and sea salt, but the cracker candy is completely delicious as is!)

  • Allow to cool completely, then cut into pieces for serving. Enjoy!


Snow day has you stuck inside? We have the perfect movies to keep you cheery while you wait out the storm!

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas

  • “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags,” because it came on Netflix. The love and joy surrounding the holiday season is enough to make anyone’s heart swell (or grow three sizes…) and what better way to enjoy the last month of 2018 than with a classic movie filled with laughs, that reminds you that the true meaning of the holidays doesn’t come from the store. Now with three options of which version you want to watch, the 1966 animated original, the 2000 live action, or the newest version, which came out just a month ago, there’s a Grinch movie for any movie watcher!



  • In a heroic tale based on a true story, Balto, a Siberian husky-wolf hybrid, leads his team of dogs through the Iditarod trail during an alaskan blizzard. Balto braves the storm and races time because his town of Nome experiences a health epidemic and medicine is needed as soon as possible. Traveling through the cold, Balto and his team encounter many dangers, but also some friends along the way. This high-stake adventurous tale will have you on the edge of your seat. Bundle up and get ready to watch Balto, the dog who will do anything to help his community and save the people he loves!

There’s snow easy way to say it, but this is the final installment of the Seasonal Survival Guide series. Thank you to our devoted readers (hi Mom!) and keep checking the InternVision blog for more amazing intern projects in the future!

Jen Jordan and Yasmine Ebeed’s Seasonal Survival Guide is an independent project of FableVision’s Fall 2018 Marketing Interns. Apply to join our team at



FableVision Presents: Forest Tourist

Take a nature stroll in Forest Tourist, the all new game designed by FableVision’s fall 2018 interns! With Sam Seasons (a seasoned adventurer) as your guide, players will explore the forest as it progresses throughout winter, spring, summer, and fall.  

This point-and-click adventure game is perfect for young elementary school students eager to learn about the four seasons and the critters that come with each one! Players can follow Sam Seasons to explore different ecologies and animals that pop up in each ecosystem. As you walk through the wilderness, you’ll encounter different animals and learn facts about their life cycle, habitat, and more. Let’s branch out and start our journey, click here to play (and be sure Flash is enabled in your browser)!

Meet the team

  • Priya Amin, Production Intern, Harvard University

  • Jess Brown, Art Intern, Lesley University

  • Vath Doangpratheep, Art Intern, Lesley University

  • Christian Peth, Production Intern, Berklee College of Music

  • Marketing by Yasmine Ebeed (Marketing Intern, Simmons University) and Jennifer Jordan (Marketing Intern, Fitchburg State University)

Special thanks to the intern supervisors, Michael Fogarasi, Hannah O’Neal, and Sarah Ditkoff for their guidance and expertise. Learn more about internships at FableVision Studios here.



FableVision’s Seasonal Survival Guide: November


It’s finally November, the weather is settling into cooler temperatures, the trees are almost bare, and wait… where did 2018 go?! We’re here to give you some advice on how to get through and take advantage of the month of giving. Follow along with us as we give you some ways to stay active, creative, and positive throughout the November month!


Now, we know what you’re thinking: “There are things to do in November besides eating pumpkin pie until I explode?!?” And the answer is yes! November is the perfect time to give back to your community, relax with family members, and get outside to enjoy the last of the fall weather before the snow hits. Check out our top favorite November activities!

Volunteer at a soup kitchen/package Thanksgiving meals for families

  • November is a great time to give back to the community and help out others who may be in need. Not all families have the means to celebrate, especially in the colder months as bills seem to stack up. If you are able, giving your time and energy is a small price to ensure others have a hot meal. Consider putting in a couple of hours at a local soup kitchen or with a community group packaging Thanksgiving meals. We promise you’ll be happy you did it!

Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the annual tradition that never gets old! There’s something about seeing giant flying inflatable Turkeys, Pillsbury Doughboys, and Pikachus that is oddly comforting. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with your family or friends, watch the choreography of the dancers, and enjoy some amazing performances! Whether you watch from your warm house with appetizers and dinner cooking in the kitchen, or venture out to see first hand, you can’t go wrong with this November favorite. Here’s a list of some Thanksgiving Day parades that you’re not going to want to miss!

Flag football/watch a football game

  • Grab some friends, gear up, and get ready for some flag football! New to this kind of thing? Here are some basic rules on the game, you’ll be a pro in no time. Watch out Tom Brady! Playing flag football is a great way to get your blood pumping and keep you warm - even if it’s cold outside.

  • If you’re not too into the sporty scene, grab a blanket and head to your local high school or college game. Grab some popcorn and a hot chocolate from the snack stand, and enjoy these last nights outside before the snow starts to fall! (Alternate option: watch a game on the TV from the comfort of your couch.)


Whether you’re looking for some motivation or an easy decoration before the family comes over, we’ve got you covered!

Daily Gratitude Notebook

"It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy.”

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  • So it’s November and you’re reaching the final stretch of the semester. Finals are creeping up on you and it’s getting harder and harder to appreciate anything other than your 8 a.m. being cancelled. A Daily Gratitude Notebook is the perfect way to keep your reality in check and not lose yourself to the endless tests, essays, and projects. It’s also a great way to remind yourself of all the little things in life that pass us by everyday without us even noticing, there is always something to be grateful for!

  • Here’s a step by step guide on creating your journal! (Remember that your journal is personal to you, so you can choose to follow these steps, or you can create something totally new).

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  1. Find something to write in, this could be a brand new journal, an old notebook, or even a couple pieces of paper stapled together to make a little booklet!

  2. Start off with a title or title page - write out “November,” the day that you start your journal, or draw a cute fall themed doodle! It can be as simple or as intricate as you like. Click here for some fun inspiration!

  3. Start writing things that you’re thankful for! If you’re struggling, try to think of just one thing each day that made you happy or that you were grateful for. Need a bit more structure? Try a gratitude journal with prompts, like this one!

  4. Voila! Now you have the beginnings of an awesome Gratitude Journal! Set a daily or weekly check in with yourself and let the thankful vibes flow.

Leaf Garland

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  • We’re thankful for a lot of things, one of which is our amazing internship! This got us wondering, what is everyone else at FableVision thankful for? We asked all of the FableVisionaries to fill out a leaf for our leaf garland with what they were feeling grateful for.

  • The steps to this are pretty simple, but the end result is a great decoration! Follow along on how to make your very own leaf garland. You can do this with your friends, your classmates, your family, or anyone else you want to get together with and reflect on what you’re grateful for with!

Right click to download and save FableVision’s leaf cutout template!

Right click to download and save FableVision’s leaf cutout template!

  1. Print out this leaf template, or any other shape you want your garland to be, and use it to cut out your construction paper!

  2. Get a hole puncher and create a small opening at the top of your leaves.

  3. Fill out your leaves with everything you’re thankful for

  4. Use some decorative yarn and string all of your leaves together to create your finished piece!

  5. Find a nice place to hang it up so everyone can admire it and be reminded to always be thankful!


This Vegan Rice Pilaf is a perfect Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) dish! Recipe credits go to Livvy of 86Lemons and Angela of Oh She Glows, who created this easy-to-follow recipe that the whole family can enjoy!


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  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1½ cups chopped celery + ½ cup, divided

  • 1½ cups uncooked wild rice

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1½ cups water

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ¾ tsp salt (or to taste) + pepper as desired

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • ⅓ cup dried apricots, chopped

  • ¼ cup golden raisins

  • ½ cup fresh cranberries, thinly sliced


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  • Preheat oven to 325ºF and toast the pecans for about 7-8 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  • Sauté onion, oil, and garlic in a large skillet over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add 1½ cups chopped celery and cook for another 5-7 minutes.

  • Add wild rice, broth, water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low-medium. Cover with lid and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring once half way through.

  • After 30 minutes, uncover, stir, and continue cooking for 20-30 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Note that wild rice cooking times can vary a lot so keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. (My rice cooked pretty fast and burned a little on the bottom, so make sure to continuously check and stir!)

  • Remove bay leaf and stir in the dried fruit. (I ended up not adding the dried apricots, so you can pick and choose what to add in depending on your taste!) Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the sliced fresh cranberries, remaining ½ cup chopped raw celery and toasted pecans.

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Cozy up with a PSL and some pumpkin pie to finish your day with some feel good films!

The Blind Side

  • The November month is all about being grateful for what we have and giving back to your community. The Blind Side is the perfect movie about inclusivity and caring for others and overall gives you a warm fuzzy feeling and makes you want to make a difference in someone else’s life too. It also is based around a football player so it fits in perfectly with the sports season!

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

  • November wouldn’t be the same without the classic: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the crew as they attempt to throw a Thanksgiving dinner party! After you’re done scarfing down your turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy, sit down with the family and grab some pumpkin pie for dessert, and have a few laughs!  It’s hard to not crack a smile at Charlie Brown’s foiled attempts to finally kick the football.

How’d it go? Did you survive November? Congrats! Only one month left before you can boast you survived all of 2018! Make sure to come back next month for the final Seasonal Survival Guide of the year! Hang onto your snow caps, we have a lot more in store for you guys!

Jen Jordan and Yasmine Ebeed’s Seasonal Survival Guide is an independent project of FableVision’s Fall 2018 Marketing Interns. Apply to join our team at



The Stargazers: Meet the Fall 2018 Interns!

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The fall interns here at FableVision have beamed down from their spacecraft and are already exploring the fields of art, production, and marketing!  With collaborative intern projects underway, these shooting stars are over the moon about utilizing their skills and becoming FableVisionaries in training.  This galactic journey is in progress, and it’s time to meet the interns!

Sparked your interest? Head on over to the internships page to see how you can apply!

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Jennifer Jordan

  • Hometown: Tyngsboro, MA

  • School & Major: Fitchburg State University, Communications Media with a concentration in Film/Video

  • Position: Marketing Intern

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We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
I go to Fitchburg State University for communications media, the same college FableVision’s co-founder Peter H. Reynolds went to, so I’ve been hearing about FableVision for years now! I always knew I was interested in children’s media but when I took a sound design class where I had to design a full soundtrack for a children’s audio book, it sealed the deal! I had so much fun with that assignment. Once I interviewed and saw the Wall of Inspiration and so many talented people working together in a creative space, I knew it was a perfect fit!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I LOVE learning, so I’m most excited to get my hands on new software, websites, and marketing strategies that I never knew about before.  Gaining more knowledge every day is awesome. I hope to learn more about social media marketing, and become a skilled blog post writer!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
Scrump, the doll from Lilo and Stitch.  That movie is just so important and I’m in love with every aspect of it.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Probably have some hot tea and stretch, being frozen for 100 years sounds awful.

Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: Dancing!
Favorite holiday: Halloween
Cat or Dog Person:
I am obsessed with all animals but I have to say cat! (Shout out to my two kittens, Penguin and Tiger Bear!)
Fantasy World you wish existed: The Hundred Acre Wood


Yasmine Ebeed

  • Hometown: Windham, NH

  • School & Major: Simmons University, Communications with a concentration in Graphic Design

  • Position: Marketing Intern

  • Portfolio:

    We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
    I’ve always been interested in art and animation, and I’ve lived my whole life thinking I had to move out to California to be a part of any type of animation studio, and after discovering that there was an amazing multi-media production studio right in my backyard, I was so excited! I spent my whole summer reading every blog post, watching every video and falling more and more in love with FableVision and what it stands for. I knew I wanted to be a part of it one way or another so I applied for an internship!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m most excited to learn more about marketing! Doing marketing for a studio is a new experience for me, but so far I’ve loved every second of it! Hopefully I come out of this expedition with a wealth of knowledge on how to create effective and engaging content. I also really love art, so being around so many creative people inspires me to better my skills every day, I’m still on the launch pad with a lot more to learn!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
I would add my childhood Powerpuff Girls Room Guard, because it yells every time someone walks past it and I think it would make for a good laugh.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Probably go back to sleep.

Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: Twitter
Favorite holiday: Eid! It’s an Islamic Holiday, I love getting dressed up and seeing friends and family!
Cat or Dog Person: Cats all the way!
Fantasy World you wish existed: The world of Avatar: The Last Airbender! I would LOVE to be a water bender.


Vath Doangpratheep

  • Hometown: Waltham, MA

  • School & Major: Lesley University College of Art and Design ’19, Animation

  • Position: Art Intern

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We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
My professors and friends told me about FableVision and I immediately fell in love with their work. At the time, I was also taking a character design course with Bob Flynn and thought that it was a super fun and informative class, so I knew that I had to get involved with FableVision somehow and applied!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m excited to learn new art and animation techniques in a studio setting. There are so many passionate and talented artists here, it’s an inspiring environment to be in! I want to take in and learn as much as possible about everything that goes into the art process here!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
Definitely a Weighted Companion Cube from Portal. Portal 2 is one of my all-time favorite video games because it has such an incredibly rich storyline, unique characters, and gameplay–it absolutely deserves a place on the Wall!

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
After the initial shock, I’d probably catch up on the endings to all the shows I never had the chance to finish.

Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: Cute vids of animals being silly
Favorite holiday: Christmas—I love cold weather, cozy knitted sweaters, and giving gifts to family and friends!
Cat or Dog Person: I’m both!
Fantasy World you wish existed: I wish any universe from the Studio Ghibli movies existed! Especially the world of Howl’s Moving Castle or Spirited Away because they’re all so full of nature and dream-like atmospheres


Jess Brown

  • Hometown: Canterbury, CT

  • School & Major: Lesley University, Animation

  • Position: Art Intern

  • Portfolio:

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
A love and appreciation for children’s media, and a great professor who kept encouraging me! I’d known about FableVision since my first year at Lesley—Bob Flynn came into my internship seminar class to talk about some of his work, and from then on it’s always been in the back of my mind. I have a lot of background working with kids, and so I felt really drawn to FableVision and the work that’s done here.

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m really excited to be working alongside the other interns to create something brand new—getting experience in the production process with a team is always great and really valuable. I can’t wait to work alongside others and see what we make!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
If I could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, I think it would have to be a surfing pikachu figurine. Or this.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
Teach the children in schools what memes Really Were and what they Really Meant.

Fun Facts

Something you can’t go a day without: My glasses, sadly. Also, three full meals and multiple snacks, because my metabolism is a monster.  
Favorite holiday: I like December holidays a lot because I love giving people gifts—close in second is Halloween though, because I also really love giving myself discount candy.
Cat or Dog Person: Dogs! I love cats too, but I’ve gotta go with dogs on this one.
Fantasy World you wish existed: Ever since I was five years old I have never wanted anything more than to live in the world of Pokémon.  


Christian Peth

  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY

  • School & Major: Berklee College of Music, Business / Management

  • Position: Production Intern

  • Portfolio: Christian’s done sound design work on a number of FableVision’s games, including Georgia Race Through Time!

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
I had previously worked for FableVision as a sound designer and composer for a couple of their games, so an internship was a logical next step.  It was an incredible experience working with each game’s development team, and as a result I knew I’d appreciate the company’s work culture.

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I’m super excited to work with the other FableVision interns on our intern project!  Real world leadership experience is invaluable as a business management student. The primary “learning objective” of my internship at FableVision is mastering the basics UX Design.  It’s the ultimate combination of my expertise in product development and my fascination with how technology directly affects an individuals daily life.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
I would feature artwork related to one of the games I composed music for, with a QR code incorporated into the artwork that would open a music playback engine featuring the game’s soundtrack.    

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 years?
I would absolutely go out and explore my new surroundings, learning everything I can about the 22nd century through first-hand experiences.  

Fun Facts:

Something you can’t go a day without: Fashion is a critical component of my lifestyle, and my wardrobe is something I definitely couldn’t live without.
Favorite holiday: Halloween is the ultimate combination of festive fall treats and spooky movie nights.
Cat or Dog Person: Cat for sure.  I emotionally associate with cats on a number of levels.  
Fantasy World you wish existed: My inner child would certainly suggest the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Fantastical creatures, robust lore, powerful magic, it really has everything going for it.


Priya Amin

  • Hometown: Port Neches, Texas

  • School & Major: Harvard, Joint Degree with History and Science and Visual and Environmental Studies with a Secondary in Integrative Biology

  • Position: Production Intern

We know FableVision is out of this world, but what exactly drew you to an internship here?
I used to play many educational video games growing up, and they were fundamental in my interest in school. If I tell that younger version of myself that I was working to help create the kind of content that inspired me to learn, I think I’d be so proud! Moreover, I am passionate about the intersection between education and entertainment, and FableVision’s work is positioned alongside my interests for my own career.


What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn during this expedition?
I hope to learn more about how different production pipelines are specifically created to produce different media for FableVision’s clients. Overall, I look forward to contributing to content that I wish I saw more of--I’m excited about the projects in the fall lineup, and I can’t wait to see how they turn into viable products for larger audiences.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
Something from Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, which was my favorite show as a kid.

What would be the first thing you do after waking up from being cryogenically frozen for 100 Years?
I’d probably make myself a grilled cheese; I bet I’d be really hungry (I’m always hungry).

Fun Facts:

Something you can’t go a day without: A shower!
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Cat or Dog Person: Dog!!!
Fantasy World you wish existed: The Wild Thornberrys