Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Zales Make a Move 3.1

Aloha!  I hope everyone is having a delightful weekend!  We last saw the Zales have a wedding, and triplets!  And I was very mean by denying you their details.  So, let us await no longer!

Meet the triplets!
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Cyrus: I should get a picture.
Don’t worry Cyrus, I did.
Both Traci and Cyrus had the fertility treatment, but mixed gender triplets!  YAY!
We were able to roll their traits.
From left to right:
Daisy!
A grumpy slob.  Ha, isn’t she a delight?  She likes Chinese music, stir fry, and lilac!  Like Andie!  I love lilac, so yeah.  She’s a Sagittarius and was born first.  So I thought we’d get all girls, and I was going to do a flower theme, and then there’d be Dahlia and Daphne, but then two boys popped out… so we have a single Daisy.

Drake!
Loves the cold, and good.  Soul, cheese tofu steak, and Irish green. Born second, and a Cancer.  Cuz ya know, star signs aren’t determined by birthday in the Sims.  Idiots.

Dane!
Light sleeper, friendly.  Country, Stu surprise, yellow.  Born third, and a Pisces.

I had Cyrus put them all in the swings, turn them on slow, and try to take a nap, but the damn family kept putting them on fast, picking them up, making me crazy, so I decided to just let them be and watch the family “take care” of them.  Besides, Cyrus is never going to complete this LTW.

OMG THERE’S THREE OF THEM!
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Traci: SO HUNGRY!
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WHERE ARE MY PANCAKES.
Haven’t seen them. Idiot.

Hey, Celine had prom!  We got a pop up about, and I locked in the “go to prom” wish for her, but then it like, NEVER came, but finally!
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Yeah, she looks cold.  I mean, I’d be cold.  And it’s raining.

Benji Cat Elderfied!
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Aw.  Sweet Benji

And then Leif went and had a birthday too…  I didn’t really care so he just spun his whirly-ma-jig alone by a desk.
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DERP

DO NOT LIKE
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Ha, you’re old.

And seriously, then there were two more birthdays.  Celine and Bettina on the same day, and since ex-torch holders deserve cake, Celine got one too.
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Benji: oh the scratching it is SO good.
Celine looks a little bit evil to me too.  Maybe she inherited it from her mother?

Pre-makeover:
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Not bad!  And she didn’t even get that Zale Women Hair Curse.

But after makeover:
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She’s stunning.  Oh well, get lost, we need another baby IMMEDIATELY! I think her LTW was the ghost hunter that she rolled after seeing her grandparents.

BYE!
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And don’t forget Bettina!
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Lookin’ evil.  And I swear all Traci ever wears is her pajamas.  I love that I put her in those socks though.

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She looks far from thrilled.  Poor thing.  Happens to us all, Bettina.

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Here she is in her pajamas and has her hair back the way it should be.  And is making a fantastic face!

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Not feeling so well?  Well, Celine left, so we have an opening in the house.  You’re pregnant.

Then, for no real reason, I took a couple pictures of their house to show you guys, and I’m REALLY glad I did – but more about that in a moment!

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I like their little house quite a bit for being a “add on when and where you can” house.

And then, this utterly terrifying, dreadfully wretched circus music started playing.  And it wouldn’t stop.  I googled it, and it appears to have something to do with the ghost hunter career and that it would stop once the ghost hunter completed their mission.  Well, it wouldn’t stop.  And it was making my ears bleed.

we're moving!
So we’re moving.

Here!  After the wind and rain and snow and freezing weather of Aurora Skies, my Zales decided to pack what mattered, sell the rest, and head off to beautiful Sunlit Tides.  Which I don’t know if it will work well on my computer or not, and I’ve never had a Sim set foot here, so we can all learn together.
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So we bought a huge lot on the shore, and put down the two things that mattered most:
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I can almost feel the sunny warmth!
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Look at those babies, just laying in the grass like forgotten jelly beans.  Really now.

And apparently, the Zales are very difficult!
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Must be the cat, ha ha ha.

Well, that’s where I’ve left off.  I need to build a house, and get a feel for Sunlit Tides.  Cyrus, between his wedding and his offspring hasn’t even worked a single day in his life, so I’m worried about him maxing the career portion of his LTW.

Come back soon to see what the Zales get up to in Sunlit Tides!  Happy Simming!

EDIT:  I didn’t like Sunlit Tides.

moving again
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I didn’t like Riverview either.
more moving
Sunset Valley

Sunset Valley!  I liked!

Here’s their new home!
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Angelica and Abe:
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Here’s the inside.  It’s very beige, but I may not change it too much.  It is very sparsely furnished in the bedrooms, so there will be more – but building houses takes forever and then you just want to be done!  I do anyway.
Kitchen/Dining
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Man, that’s a bad photo – but Hi Leif!  Study desk, TV area, book cases…
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And then very bad pictures of very empty bedrooms and very bland bathrooms.
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One for each of the babies, and a “yellow” one for the unknown child.  I was super tired of building/buying so they got the bare necessities.

But the Zales have a basement!
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Oooh.  Ahhh.

Yeah, that’s it.  See ya!

SimSelf!

Wow! for the first time ever, I’ve made a SimSelf.  It’s on the exchange, and I tried to use only base game stuff since I know not everyone has all the expansions, I actually have very curly hair, but there’s a great lack of base game curly hair, feel free to change it – in fact, it’s encouraged.  You can download me here.  Feel free to torture her as you see fit!  But do keep me posted, yes?

Feel free to link me to your own simselves in the comments, and I’ll toss you in the town to play with the Zales!

Happy Simming!

simself

Zale Family Life – Cyrus Style 3.0

Hi There!  When we last saw the Zale family, they were mostly very boring, but Cyrus and his future spouse aged into Young Adults, and Bettina passed the torch onto her oldest child.  I built a garage/addition to house Cyrus’ needs for science and that’s pretty much it!  Let’s see how Cyrus takes control of things!

First?  Let’s see what the house is up to!  It’s science time!
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And it’s hard!
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Cute Cyrus is Cute.  I just LOVE him after this play session.  He’s super!

Bettina is taking video games VERY seriously… (And the house is still red – oops)
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Bettina pulls the best faces, I swear.  And I love the work uniform related to the fortune teller career!

Traci’s been in the house for like… 24 Sim Hours, and graces us with this…
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Fail.  And on her cute white socks too!  I LOVE the look on Cyrus’ face.  He is not impressed AT ALL.  “I’m gonna marry this idiot?”

Yes you are.  Hush.

Celine continues to be amazing, and all she does is paint and paint and paint.
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Isn’t she great?  I think so too.

Well, I promised a wedding – so first…
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Cyrus and Traci!  ❤

I wasted no time whatsoever – She said “yes” and Cyrus invited all the siblings and Blanca Sloan over.  She registers as his “aunt” which I thought was really awesome.  The house is getting full!  Blanca has lost weight too, which I find interesting.
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Becca: I’m so glad I brought a book.
Beatrix Hiding Behind Becca: HI MOM!
Breanne: Who’s the blonde?
Cyrus: I am having a wedding.
Leif: OMG YAY CLAPCLAPCLAP
Party Crashing Old Lady: Oh Crap, Blair is here.
Blanca: Blair is indeed here.
Blair: HI MOM!
Baxter’s Arm: Photobomb!

Let’s have a wedding!
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Cyrus:  This woman just peed her pants a few hours ago, is this REALLY a great idea?  **HIS FACE LOL**

So many other Simmers have trouble with their party guests find chairs – but I never seem to have that problem!  They all sit very stoically like little robots.
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Cue vows!
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Traci: I hope he got a bigger diamond.
Cyrus: Well, bladder problems or no bladder problems, it’s wedding time!

Cue sobbing!
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Beatrix, Celine and Bettina all weep uncontrollably.  Lovely.

Then Leif?  He disapproves.
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They are still exchanging rings, haven’t even smooched, and Leif TURNS HIS BACK on his son’s own wedding to annoyingly contemplate Baxter.
Leif: That Baxter… facepalm.

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Smoochie!  Aw, little falling hearts bye the koi pond.  Lovely ❤

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Baxter looks like rice makes him very very sad.  😦 Bad rice.  Becca, claps politely, and Beatrix looks bored and slightly disgusted. Old Lady Party Crasher is having a nice time.

Bettina: OMGYAYCAKE!!!!!!!!
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Beatrix:  Wait?  There’s CAKE!? This is WAY better than I thought it would be!
Cake:  Can someone answer me?  I’m ringing.

Suddenly – a disturbance!  I had no idea who was fighting until the dust settled.  Who could fight on such a beautiful night?
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Blair:  RAWR! QUIT CRASHING OUR PARTIES NO ONE LIKES YOU I WILL CUT YOU RAWR!
OLPC: But they’re so much fun! *whine*

Blair: I will now scare my Brother-in-Law while thinking about Baxter…
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…but I’m ever so very sleepy.  Evil is tiring.
I really like Blair  Every time I see her I have fun watching what she gets up to.  And that is NOT her formal wear, she’s just inappropriate and wears it ALL THE TIME.

How better to end our wedding than with an Amy sighting!
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HARK!  There are MANY dirty dishes!

Let’s meet Traci!
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Traci is an irresistible, nurturing, night-owl who doesn’t eat meat and LOVES cats.  She likes Chinese music, cheese tofu steak, and hot pink.  She is a Leo.  Her LTW is to top the journalism career.  I use her one YA action to join.

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Aw, love birds!
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I wanted to show off their spiceberry/hot pink bedroom décor.  I’ve also adjusted the wall paper since this photo, but I really like their bedding.  I think it suits Cyrus.

Then it’s back to work for Cyrus!  He has an LTW that is intimidating to me, so he spends a LOT of time doing this:
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And I wanted you guys to see his cute hairy legs and undies.  HA!  I’m such a Cyrus fangirl!

TRACI!  What in the world are you doing?  NO NO NO NO NO!
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HIS WIFE IS RIGHT THERE!  You do NOT blow kisses at your Father-in-Law!  OMG!
Surprisingly, Bettina didn’t care at all, but seriously?  And I thought Angelica was bad!

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BLARGHHHHHHHHHHHH!  Babies?  Did she eat meat?

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Oh Crap, they’re alone again and interacting!  BEHAVE YOURSELVES!

Oh good!  Yes Leif, berate her ignorance!
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They bickered for quite awhile – yay!  NO MORE FLIRTING.

While his wife gets up to heaven knows what with his father…
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…Cyrus ogles his ring.  Aw.

Bettina came home with a pop up about being promoted.  She’s lookin’ FIERCE!
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Only one more to go!  I think she’ll make it all on her own!  Thankfully I was so enamored with the “perform private reading” action that I had her do it ALL the time when I was still in control of her, so that’s got a green smiley face.  And her Alchemy is a flat yellow face, but everything else is good, so I see no reason why she’d have trouble completing her LTW!  I’m very happy!

Full moon glow baby pop!
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And I don’t hate her maternity outfit either!  Awesome!

And, she since been behaving herself with Leif, and I’m not as worried anymore, as their relationship is like, right at the middle.  And she keeps doing cute things like this:
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Aw.  I love her face.

OMGYAY!  ABRAHAMANGELICA 5EVER!
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I was so happy to see the joint haunting!  They’re watching Leif and Bettina sleep which is pretty damned creepy, but hey.

So I know you haven’t seen much of Celine… all she does is paint.
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She completed the rather unimpressive blue smear painting, which sat on the easel forever because I thought it was incomplete, then she painted the very different kitty painting!  I’m keeping all of them and hanging them all over the garage.

She completed this one too:
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And hey!  Look!  It’s Cyrus!
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And I finally spiceberried up the place.  I like it better than the red.  Cyrus is so cute in his swimwear!  Why is he in his swimwear?  Well, I discovered that all of his science-ing would benefit from a garden.  So I planted a couple things and put down a sprinkler – everyone LOVES the sprinkler.  It’s a boring garden for now – so I didn’t bother with any pics.

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Cyrus: OMG!  My wife is HUGE!  Alarming!  Alarming!

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Her face, she’s the greatest.  It’s like complete surprise. :-O

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I like hospital births, and then it won’t be like Angelica birthing on the lawn and such.  Here they go in!

Here they come out!
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My my!  A basket!

It’s multiples!  I was going to cliffhanger the number, but I wanted to show off my nursery, and since I have such astute readers, you’ll notice the number of beds.
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For working with three different favorite colors, I thought it turned out pretty good!  Yellow, Lilac, and Irish Green.  This is my second set of triplets EVER in my gaming history, and I’m pretty excited!  You’ll get to meet them next time.

Speaking of next time – Celine will age to young adult and head out on her own.  Leif and Bettina will also have their elder birthdays, and hopefully Bettina will achieve her LTW.  You’ll also get to meet the triplets, which I’m very excited about!  I wanted lots of TH options that were close in age, so both Cyrus & Traci had fertility treatment.  The house is now full at 8 Sims, so the second Celine moves out, we’ll have one more and that’ll probably be it, because I don’t want huge age gaps.  Makes picking your TH very difficult.

I am hereby promising to heir poll the D Generation, and regardless of the results, I will honor them.  Even if you pick a boy again, and I can’t go boy/girl/boy/girl like I had originally mentioned.

Happy Simming!

Bettina Passes The Torch 2.9

HI!  I just posted, and now I’m posting again because my husband watches football, which bores me to death, and I completed my housework AND baked cookies.  I am IRL Ninja.  So!  We left off with not much happening except Traci graced our household by stalking Cyrus home from school one day.  I loved her so much, that I immediately elected Cyrus new TH.  Let’s see what’s happened shall we?  *HINT* not much — AT FIRST!

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Celine paints.  Having rolled artistic, it’s almost all she does!  I haven’t spent a lot of time with Sims I don’t micromanage (hence the allure of an ISBI challenge) and I’ve had artistic Sims before, but never left alone.  She paints.  A LOT.  She’s finished six paintings all on her own.  I have to keep using Bettina to sell or hang them, but wow!  She’s like, level 5 all on her own, so Bettina signed her up for Art Club.  I ❤ Celine.  If I’d never met Traci, she’d be TH fo sho.

I did some boring house remodeling, and now there’s a chess table.  Keeping in mind Leif’s LTW for that thing that masters three skills, I try to do things that allow him to skill all the time.  So boring married couple plays chess.
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Bettina: “Boring?  Rubbish! Can’t you see my fancy work clothes?
Of course I can Bettina.  No one cares.

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Abe haunts again!  He really DOES miss video games!
Benji:  “My post/bed.  It is.”

And then like, three of the four household members want a damn water slide – but I know it’s almost as bad as the damned rocking chair, so I’m hesitant… BUT!
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Leif:  WEEE!
(Author’s Note: OMFG there’s a bug!  I HATE HATE HATE all bugs.  I respect them, but they scare me and I can’t help that… the end.)

And then it was like the Zales knew, there are only so many clear days in Aurora Skies…
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So Cyrus and Celine do their homework together outside.  Too cute.

So — seriously, they just do boring Sim things forever – there’s nothing noteworthy at all.  I mean – even the things I’ve shared already are pretty BORING!  I mean LOOK!  WOW!

Bettina has fancy new work clothes
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I mean, I think she looks really awesome.  But do you REALLY care?

And Bettina has worked REALLY hard at cooking and recipes and can make SO many things!
Including Cyrus’ favorite, Vegetarian Fish & Chips!
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Aw, he’s cute.  Although I can’t imagine what vegetarian fish is like.

And look!  It’s AmyWan!
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It was hard to get a good shot, and surprisingly, she’s not behaving like most gnomes and completely blocking the door. HARK!  What does she see?  (Hint?  Hedgerow.  Lots of hedgerow.)

So – I should’ve been taking lots of photos of Leif while he was in the “undercover” branch of his career, because he appears in EVERY OUTFIT EVER, but here he is, and I found it noteworthy because The Zales Are So Boring Right Now!
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Things get slightly more interesting
What’s this?  A birthday?  But for WHOM!?

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And are there TWO CAKES?  And is that Traci? (No. She does NOT have a plumbob over her head. I… Have no idea how that happened.) OKAY! I cheated her into the active household because I loves her so much. But I never controlled her or did anything more than recolor her clothes.  And doesn’t everyone LOVE the incense from China?

Yes.  Yes to all questions.
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I didn’t invite spares because UGH so much playing today!  No one was interested in seeing them again, myself included.  So happy family birthday!

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Cyrus & Traci, too danged cute.

Here’s pre make-over Cyrus!
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I only changed his clothes, cuz the hair and stuff totally works.

And Traci!
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SERIOUSLY?  What is with that hair and women in this house?  UGH.  And hey!  Bettina came home!  YAY!

One quick make-over later – and Yes.  I love her.  She’s perfect.
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Cyrus get’s some new clothes… And side burns.
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And I took FOREVER on his clothes and still hate them, but love the sideburns.  Cyrus rolled “Athletic” to add to his photographer’s eye, neurotic, absent minded self.  Oh, and he’s socially awkward too, Like Abraham was.  We picked “Scientific Specialist” and why it was an option, I’m not totally sure, but I hated all the other ones, especially the photography ones.  I’ve seen so many bloggers struggle with it, that I steered clear.  I don’t love this one either, but I’m trying to do new things.  So Scientific Specialist is mastering the science skill, (which I had to google like a n00b) and reach level ten of one of three different careers.  Science, Medical, or Business.  Cyrus rolled a wish to join business, and even though his grandfather had gone that route, he switched to mayor as an elder.  So Cyrus can attempt business as well.

So, just like alchemy – but somewhat better – I don’t like weird things in my house.  So I built this!
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Science station, a bathroom, laundry, work out machine, easel, and the good ol’ red wagon.  I like it, which is good, since my new TH will be spending a lot of time here.

NOW – I did the building and VERY little Simming while setting up for the wedding.

Wedding?

WEDDING
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I will begin the next post having taken control of Cyrus so he can get Traci moved in and engaged and ready for the alter.

This is Bettina Zales last post as TH – she’s level 8 of her LTW related career.  Hopefully she can do it on her own.  And as much as I adore her, I’m ready to witness a new brood for Generation D – So, it’s time to bid adieu to Bettina, and hello Cyrus.  And I promise things will get more exciting!

Happy Simming!

Cyrus Meets a Mate 2.8

Hi People Simulators!  I hope everyone is having a FANTASTIC day!  We last left the Zale family after a fun trip to China!  Life has returned to “normal” – and lets see what’s developed, shall we?

First!  I bought a bunch of koi from the shops in China, so I built a pond!  I tried to stock it, but it was frozen forever (stupid Aurora Skies).  But here’s their new pond!
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Aw, look how cute this little family is
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And then they were REALLY boring forever, so here they are being boring.

Boring Bettina:
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Doesn’t look all eldefaced in this photo!

Boring Leif
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But very handsome.

Boring Cyrus
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Aw, he says he doesn’t like homework.  Well, he doesn’t HAVE to do it – it is an ISBI!  He just chose to!  Silly boy.

And Celine isn’t quite as boring
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Playing with blocks.  Aw.  I love her outfit too.

Celine and Cyrus are constantly doing things together…
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But why don’t they ever sit on the couch?  It was a very expensive couch!

Bettina finally made it to the point in the fortune teller career where she can branch out!  Her LTW is to reach the top of the Mystic Branch, so of course, we picked that one!
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But Scam Artist sounds like fun too!

And then I discovered she needs freakin’ Alchemy skill…
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And maybe I’m just not very imaginative, but I’m not super into the things that aren’t very “real” but this is what I chose for her, so fine.

I redid Abe and Angelica’s room to be an Alchemy room.
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And we got right to business.
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I have to admit, when she’s in her work clothes, she looks pretty badass at the alchemy station.
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Yay!  I could finally stock the pond!
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I love koi, so I’m pretty excited by this.

Then!  I heard haunting sounds!  Abe!  Is that you?!?
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No.  It’s just stupid Angelica.

Then – everything changes.  Cyrus brings this home from school:
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And I LOVE HER – I did give her a quick make over because her favorite color is hot pink, but I didn’t CHANGE her clothes, just recolor them.  LOOK AT HER!  SHE’S AMAZING!  Her name is Traci.  The second Cyrus walked in with her, I knew he’d be my TH, and she’d be the spouse.  He also rolled, IMMEDIATELY to be BFF with her.  Aw.  I used Cyrus’ one teen action to invite her to prom!

Cross your fingers!
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Prom
YAY!!!!  I’m so excited!  Cyrus & Traci Forever!!

Then I had to just watch, and I hoped his “socially awkward” trait didn’t rear it’s ugly head, but they did JUST fine all on their own talking about bin bags and garbage cans.

Cyrus: BIN BAGS!
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Traci: GARBAGE CANS!
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Cyrus: YES. GARBAGE CANS.
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I love them, btw – in case you can’t tell, hurrah!  However, I have seen Celine as a teen (and you will too!) and she’s pretty damn spectacular as well.  But I don’t regret my choices.

I heard haunting music again!
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It’s ABRAHAM!  HAI ABE!!!!!

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Aw, he misses video games…

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Abe: “Hi Sweetheart!”

Betts: “DADDY!”
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Aw.  And damn Benji, way to photobomb with your routefail.  JUST GO AROUND.

I kept hearing this spectacular “roaring” and I guess Celine was just WAY into it compared to other simmies I’ve had play dinosaur.  But she straight RAWR’d up the Zale house.
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PROM TIME! CyrusTraci WOo!
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Cyrus: “She’s Purdy”
Traci: “I’m having fun”

And cue formal!
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Aw dang.  I just love them so much!

And cue outerwear!
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They look nervous to me, LOLZ.

Good Luck Cyrus!  The fate of the Zale Family Legacy is in your hands!
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This town is so beautiful
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Do you see?  Wow.

Back at home, Leif and Benji are being stupid cute.
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Aw, man.  SO MUCH CUTE!

How was Cyrus’ prom?  A raging success!
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Traci Steady GF

And look at their cute pic, daaawww!
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I don’t think we’ve had a single prom that wasn’t in the dead of winter.  Everyone’s always in their outerwear!

A WILD BIRTHDAY APPEARS!
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Doesn’t she look adorable?  I love her, I really do.

Cue FAMILY!
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Clockwise, it’s Beatrix, Baxter, Traci & Cyrus (aww), Bettina, Blair, Becca, Party Crasher Old Lady, and the birthday girl!
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This party looks awesome.  The guests thought so too!

Here she is!
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Ooh, I like her so much!  She had artistic locked in, which joins absent minded, clumsy, and eccentric.  I heart her.

Even more after her makeover
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Look at her!  MAN!  I wavered a bit on my choice of CyrusTraci.  But – I’m sticking with it.  But seriously?  Do you see her!?!  WOW.  Leif and Bettina made awesome kids, we should’ve had more than two.  But I plan on CyrusTraci heavily populating the house, so we’ll see what happens with THEIR kids.

Aw, family is ❤
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And they all had an awesome time, and I saw a “nice party” notification I’d never seen before!
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Random Adorable Celine Pic.
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Because I said so and I love her.

THEN!  We got our first gnome!  I swore I took a picture of it on the floor in the laundry room, but I didn’t!  I named it AmyWanKenobi in honor of the first person to find my blog and say something nice.  ❤ Amy.
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Here she is watching TV.  Aw.
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In an attempt to get better acquainted with Aurora Skies, I send the whole family on an outing to a pool.
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Celine stood out by the car, everyone got in, then she was all SEE YA SUCKERS! And went back inside.  Fine then.

It is QUITE the pool!
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In all honesty, it’s a very well done building.  I liked it!

Seeing as Bettina brought idiots with her, Leif…
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…read about pregnancy (Author’s note: I’m FOREVER taking that book out of his inventory and putting it back on the shelf.  But as soon as he whips out a book, it’s ALWAYS a pregnancy book.  Leif has an unnatural obsession with pregnancy.)

And Cyrus, being the hipster that he is…
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…finds the coffee shop.  I thought it was pretty cute.

Betts?  She swims.
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So… yeah – this post is just dragging on and on, but they’re in that boring point where I’m just waiting for time to pass so we can move on – I mean it’s boring to post about, but still super fun to play…

Cyrus and his dad play a friendly game of catch.
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Leif: “HA HA – ahem – are you okay?”
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I watched them play forever, it was pretty cute.  Cyrus got better, but threw the ball like a ballerina every time.  He started catching the hard throws though.

And!  So you know the alchemy crap that I don’t enjoy?  I discovered Bettina can study it at work, so I’m totally ditching the alchemy room, and I’m going to get it ready for CyrusTraci.  Bettina had all these elixirs in her inventory, and rolled a want to put one on consignment.  We trekked over to the consignment store – but it was closed.  There was this completed sketch on the drafting table there, and I told her to take it.  We like stealing unattended items.  I was eyeballing her inventory, and check it out?
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That is quite the appreciation!  So we promptly framed it and threw it up on a wall.

Check it out!
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Thanks Rajita Wong!  We’ll cherish it always.

And that’s all for now!  I know we just rambled through things, but hey – it is what it is!  Cyrus is still 8 days away from young adult, so things are pretty slow right now.  I’ll probably play quite a bit later today – but there likely won’t be a post because it’s unlikely much will happen.  I don’t know about you guys, but 8 days can take me quite a while to play.  I also have cookies to bake, and laundry to do.  Boo.

Happy Simming!

The Zales Head to China 2.7

Hi Simmers!  Last time Abe died, and now that the depressing shit is over, it’s time for a grand adventure!  I have had WA for a VERY long time, and I very rarely travel. First, I’ve seen the glitches everyone has experienced, and experienced my own first hand.  A family I was very fond of went to France, and the mom vanished when they got back.  She still had a square on the sidebar, but it was empty, and there was nothing I could do to get her back… but now I’m smart!  I save before going in case there’s problems.  And seriously, I’m not sure I’d ever gone to China, and it’s STUNNING.  Let the Zale Family Adventures Begin!  (we had fun!)

First, before heading off to China, the kids are SO CUTE!
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Celine looks JUST like Blair.  Dawww.
And look how handsome Cyrus is!
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I planned on going boy/girl/boy/girl, and it’s a boy’s turn, so I’m almost positive Cyrus will be the next TH, however, Celine has Abe’s gray eyes, so I’m not completely decided.  But aren’t they fantastic? I think so too.

Leif, amidst his midlife crisis rolled a wish to travel abroad, since it’s one I can do in an ISBI, we pounced on it!  (As well as buying a car worth more than $10,000 – I just sold the one they had and bought it again and painted it red. – ISBI Ninja Master)

Behold!
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I thought China was so stunning, you’ll hear me raving about it a LOT.  Several of the pictures I took were just because it was so beautiful!  You’ve been warned.

Almost all of them immediately rolled a want to see the Terra Cotta Army, so I locked it in for everyone and off we went!  What the hell?!?
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Has China always had boats?  Or is it just because I have Island Paradise?  Anyway, the family route failed and tapped their toes forEVER, then they finally got in the water taxi.  It went 3.2 millimeters, and then they all got out.  Seriously, I laughed out loud.  Nice EA.  Nice.  I want to be a beta tester, this crap wouldn’t fly with me testing this game.  Just sayin’.

Then I discovered they brought their CAR too?  Who does that?
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It also went about 2 meters, then they all got out and ran…

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And ran…
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…for ages, leaving poor Celine and her little child legs behind.  Aw.  I think it’s the Dayes who traveled with ghost children, and they floated all this crap – I can only imagine how painfully annoying that was now.

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Beautiful game is beautiful. 0_0

Bettina respectfully greats locals…
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…and then it’s SHOPPING time.  I love recipes and cooking in this game, so I wanted those things, and I have never, not once, not a single time ever done ANYTHING martial arts, so I wanted to buy those things for the legacy house.  Current generation isn’t really fitting of it, but I’m sure there will be one some day!
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Shop shop shop!
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Such a beautiful world.
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I also really like the base camp here… but that’s later…

Since I can only control Bettina, I just kinda ignored the family, but I found most of them buying food
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But little girl Celine is left to run around, alone, in the dark, in a foreign country.
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And I think she stole someone’s bike…
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Yup, definitely stolen because she must of ditched it somewhere…
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…in the beautiful, beautiful scenery.  OMG.

Base Camp Adventures

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So I followed Celine to basecamp, and this book was just sitting on this table.  I totally stole it.  And it was fun.

Bettina – not exactly making friends
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And reading with Cyrus while Leif eats…
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What is that?
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Sorry it’s pretty dark… it’s a BAGEL!  I freakin’ LOVE bagels! Can you only get them in China?  Strange…

Where’s Celine?  Don’t worry, she’s fine!
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She found a lovely bed, in a lovely room with a million dollar view.  Wow.

Leif and Betts find sometime to themselves…
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I love this pic.  Leif’s face, and the waterfall out the window.  It’s stunning – and funny.  LOL

Here’s one sleepy Cyrus
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In a beautiful place.  ISBI fails or almost failures don’t seem to annoy me at all when surrounded by such pretty pixels!

Just after Cyrus finally found a bed, and Bettina and Leif had only recently fallen asleep… Celine wakes up.  With not much else to do, I stalk her and take pictures.  Totally norms.
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Isn’t she adorable?  I love her pjs.

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She grabs a bite… Cleans it up.  (Aw, such a good girl.)
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And grabs a book off the shelf.  It had the hilarious title of “Rice Tourist’s Companion”.
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Behold! Wild Adventurers Appear!  Celine must’ve been up REALLY early to beat the adventurers out of bed!

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Her name is Tosha, which made me think of Tasha Yar, who just totally died in the TNG episode I just watched.  Aw.

And then this explorer, appeared desperate for sustenance
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Celine has ALMOST finished the rice book!
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Muscular Legged Dude in the Background “Check out these guns, baby!”

A disturbance in the basecamp!
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Look closely.  Are they fighting or woohooing?  By the time they stood up and straightened themselves out, I was even more confused…  But yeah, this skirmish was brought to you by Bonnie and Fahed.

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Celine: Makin’ Faces! (seriously, I hope someone else wakes up soon – I didn’t realize I’d so documented Celine’s hours alone so closely…)

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Celine:  That Rice Tourist book?  IT SUCKED

OMG THANK THE LLAMA!
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Bettina is finally awake!  I must’ve been distracted just enough to watch her slob trait emerge.  She’s so micromanaged that she rarely has time.  And you know how diva sims do that weird sing-to-themselves-with-intense-passion thing?  I think I’ve seen Betts do it once… Which is good, because I freakin’ hate that thing.  Anyhoo
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Don’t LOOK Gnome!  I’m so ashamed!  Nomomomomonomom!

Is she elderfaced again?
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Yes.  Gross and creepy.

Leif must of really enjoyed what Bettina offered up in the exotic love bed
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“It’s my wife!  I loves her!”
Really?
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You two are sickening, especially since you were both asking for a DIVORCE like, 24 sim hours ago.

And then.
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The entire family is in the above picture.  They’re just invisible now.  Lovely.

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Leif reappears!

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And then they were all back and I calmed down.  I was a bit worried.

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What is she eating?  It looks like brains.  Nasty.  I’d be choking on it too!  What is this, Fear Factor?

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Bettina channels Angelica – aw.  She’s not nearly as gifted with it as her mom was.

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But she’s just as angst-y!  Worth noting, this is Angelica’s actual guitar.  Which I think is neat.

Then I saw this creeper doing this…
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Celine!  Don’t ask strangers for BEDTIME STORIES!  Totally inappropriate!  (checks her traits) Nope!  Where are your parents!?!

Here’s one…
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Nice Leif.  He then tried to get to a bathroom, but China’s basecamp has like, six thousand stairs, so…

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Fail.

When did we last see Cyrus?
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Oh wait, that’s Leif.  Moving on…

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Siblings are cute.

And, it’s go home time!  Goodbye Beautiful Shang Simla! (Or whatever it’s called)
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And **CRASH**

The entire China trip would have had to been restarted, but I actually saved a Zales in China file about half way through – so I reopened them, and just kinda watched since I didn’t really want any more pictures…

And **FREEZE**

I had to power off my computer to get it functional again.

And FINALLY, I thought they’d made it home and cue ERROR
OMFG NO

So I went to bed and tried again this morning.  It took three more times, but they finally made it home safe and sound!

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I also finally did a little bit of landscaping.  Looks much better.  Great?  No – but better.

So!  Next time there’s a Prom for Cyrus, and unknown adventures await the rest of them!  I plan on playing later this afternoon, but my dogs need to run and play, and the new Delicious game came out, so I kinda want to play that too, and my TNG obsession is happening right now, and well, not enough hours in the day for all my desired leisure activities.   Come back soon and Happy Simming!

Oh, and I’ll try to play until Celine ages into a teenager so we can better decide if we really want her or Cyrus.  See you soon!

The End of an Era 2.6

Hello Simmers!  We left the Zales with Abe dying, Benji saving him, and my game crashing – so here we go again!

Since I know Abe is about to die again, I thought I’d have Bettina and him do a little bonding.  She had the “apologize” option available, and it made me sad.  I didn’t want him to die with Bettina needing to apologize for something.

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So she did…

…And hugged him goodbye.
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…ahem *wipe away tear*

So!  Bettina’s face got all glitchy and weird… and she had, like elderface.
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So I gave her a new hairstyle, hoping it’d fix her… It didn’t
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OMG Bettina, what’s happening to you!
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She looks completely insane and terrible.

And her and Leif both rolled THIS during their mid-life crises…
Divorce!
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Seriously you two?  I don’t care if you both want it… NO!

And, like clockwork, just like yesterday…
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In almost the exact same spot… Abe Zale died again.

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Death was trapped in the corner, so our hero Benji was unable to save her dear master a second time.

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I’m sorry Benji.

Celine & Cyrus…
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I’m so sorry…

So I had a first for me, a funeral!  We invited all the spares over.
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Don’t they look dapper?  And wretchedly depressing…

I only caught a few of them, but they all took the time to do this…
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Having fun yet?  Me either…

Death is however…
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And is apparently childish.  Yeah fine, sit on the floor and play with the toys.  Whatever.

Then Cyrus went and birthday’d all over the funeral…
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Here he is.  He rolled Socially Awkward.  Aww.  Like his grandpa.
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I got a bit of a hipster vibe from him, with his photographer’s eye and such… He’s handsome and I like him, but I’m too busy being sad.

But Bettina’s face!  It’s NORMAL!
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YAY!

Bettina: “OMG!”
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“I’m wearing my wedding dress at my dad’s funeral!”

Then some jackass in a llama suit crashed the funeral… great – just great.
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But llama guy or no llama guy…
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…under a clear, starlit sky – the Zale family said goodbye to their fearless founder.

“Goodnight Celine…”
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“…I miss him too.”