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The Zale Family ISBI – Alphabetcy 100th Post Extravaganza!

Hello Hello Readers!  Welcome, welcome and STEP RIGHT UP to The Zale Family ISBI – Alphabetcy 100th Post Extravaganza!  That’s right kids!  This is the 100th post on this blog!  I have to send a HUGE shout-out to Sam aka Gryffindork7 aka general ruler of the universe over on The Dysfunkshinul Legacy – she just posted a blog stats milestone, (10,000 potatoes!  Way to go!) which then made me go check my own, and lo and behold, this is what I saw:
Current Stats
Yup!  That thar in the highlighted section is 99 posts!  That means that whatever I posted next would be the 100th post!  Spurring me to create this here post!  I decided to enjoy a trip down memory lane, so sit back, grab a cup o’ tea and a tissue, and enjoy the journey back to the beginning of The Zales.  So onwards!  Let The Zale Family ISBI – Alphabetcy 100th Post Extravaganza begin!

Generation A
Abraham Zale – Founder:








As fine a founder as their ever was.  I loved playing Abraham, and I’m grateful for the fine foundation he built for this legacy.

Angelica Zale – Co-Founder:





Oh Angelica – your guitar addict nature, and your inappropriate flirting made me not always so fond of you, but you birthed six wonderful children and added a lot to the family.  We’d be nowhere without you.

Flying Zombie Interlude

Because Awesome!

Generation B
Breanne Zale – Spare:




First born child of the legacy, you will always be special to me.  And sometimes, when I reflect upon the portraits in the header, I wish I had kept you as the TH.  ❤

Becca Zale – Spare:




I loved Becca until she aged to YA – then I thought she got all the worst parts of Abe mixed with some of Angelica’s beauty.  I loved her hair though, and enjoyed having her in the house.

Blair Zale – Spare:



Yeah – aside from CAS, I have like no teen face shots of Blair… here’s her back while she does homework.

Blair was really under-appreciated when she lived in the family home, but whenever she came for visits her inappropriate and evil traits made for entertaining events.  I also think she turned out beautiful, which surprised me, for as a child and a teen I thought she was bit odd!

Beatrix – Spare:




My first gay Zale, and the first to form an autonomous relationship that lasted until the end.  I have a soft spot for her.

Baxter – Spare:




Baxter – the first male born to the Zale Clan, but that’s about his only claim to fame.  I never really bonded with him, but that’s okay.  He still had a place within the family.

Bettina Zale – Torch Holder:







Oh Bettina!  The first to take on the passing of the torch.  You were supposed to marry a merman, but he turned out to be a regular human, and I was nearly certain you’d obtain your LTW, but a forced move prevented us from succeeding.  You were a lovely Sim, and you added a lot to the family.

Leif Zale – Generation B Spouse:







Leif!  You snazzy spouse you!  You topped your career all on your own!  You also brought a cat to our house with your cat lover trait, adding to one of the most epic things to happen in any blog, let alone this one!

Benji Zale – Cat:










Benji, sweet Benji.  I was annoyed you didn’t have a tail at first, but you ended up being purrfect in every way.  You saved our founder upon his first death, and brought many many hours of joyful catness to the house.  I still miss you.

Koi Interlude:

Because Awesome!

Generation C
Celine Zale – Spare:



Note:  This picture is very important.  I did not know, until this very photo was taken, that if you hit “Tab” you could completely change the way you take screen shots.  Every single photo prior to this shot was taken in regular game play mode.  Can you believe it took me this long?!?

Celine was so lovely, I wavered on going b/g/b/g, but I’m glad I stuck with it.  With only two children in this generation, I was very attached to her.

Cyrus Zale – Torch Holder:







Cyrus, you big dork.  You had quite a run of things!  A sham wedding to Traci that produced such beautiful children – only to end up with Changpu in the end.  I knew we had no hope with your LTW, but I enjoyed you and what you brought to the family.

Traci Zale – Generation C Spouse:







Beautiful, terrible, permanent pajamas Traci, and wearer of the Zale Hair Curse.  You drove me crazy, I kicked you out with a divorce, and then felt terrible about it.  I’m glad we got your tombstone, for I feel you are a pivotal piece of this legacy.

Changpu Zale – Generation C Spouse:





Hi Changpu, I didn’t really know you at all.  Cyrus loved you though, so you’re a-okay in my book.

Angry Mail Lady Interlude:

Because Awesome!

Generation D

Dane Zale – Spare:




Dane and/or Drake were the most neglected Sims to date.  I couldn’t tell them apart for ages, and really only cared about them after they became YAs and got all hawt.  Surprisingly hawt, since they had really weird eyes as teens.

Drake Zale – Spare:




Drake and/or Dane were the most neglected Sims to date.  I couldn’t tell them apart for ages, and really only cared about them after they became YAs and got all hawt.  Surprisingly hawt, since they had really weird eyes as teens. (Yes, yes, I copy pasted… this thing is taking me FOREVER, and it’s not even good…)  😐

Dahlia Zale – Spare:




Dahlia – the craziest of them all – and one of the prettiest too!  I enjoyed having her around the house, and loved her visits after she left.  She even got a few heir votes!

Daphne Zale – Spare:




Daphne, the late adopted child of the house, acquired by Changpu and Cyrus had so many food issues.  We loved her briefly then teased her mercilessly until the end.

Duchess – Dog:








Duchess managed to trek all the way across the world to return home one day, and was my first puppy mom in my playing history.  She gave birth to Eddie, the world’s largest puppy from such a small dog.  She also was so attached to Gustave, that when it was time for him to pass on, sh granted him a couple more days.

Duke Zale – Dog:




We lost Duke the same moment we lost Duchess – so this was all I had of his passing.  Farewell, Duke!

Daisy Zale – Torch Holder:









Daisy, a BAMF from beginning to end.  Well, a coward too… Daisy was so much fun to play and remains one of my favorite (if not favorite) THs to date.  I loved her traits, her look, and her lifestyle.

Gustave Zale – Generation D Spouse:












Gustave was a complete idiot, but I loved him all the same, if only for his daycare antics and the fact the he got us that swanky van.  AND that for the second time in my legacy history, a pet saved a Zale!  Thanks Duchess!

Imaginary Friends Interlude:

Because Awesome!

Generation E

Evan Zale – Spare:




I loved Evan as a toddler, but he had every single birthday completely ignored and uncelebrated.  Poor guy.  He got no love from readers either – but he still had his place, especially creating the “who’s your daddy” drama between Daisy’s one-time fling Brandy, and Gustave.

Ellen Zale – Spare:




I thought Ellen was an incredibly cute Sim, and she looked very different from her sisters.  I always liked the way her makeovers turned out.

Evie Zale – Spare:




Evie was one of my craziest Sims in appearance.  She wore clothes and accessories I hadn’t really used before, and because of this, I really enjoyed her.  She was also one of the most adorable toddlers.

Eddie Zale – Dog:







Sweet Eddie, my first ever puppy born in a family in any of my play files.  I wish he had looked a little more like a combination of Duke and Duchess, but I love him all the same.

Elaine – Spare:




Elaine we managed to get to know better than most spares, since she followed her twin (and future TH) to university!  She was very good at not failing, and passed her classes with flying colors!  Elaine taught us that an Art School idiot can head to Uni and succeed.

Erik – Torch Holder:








My sweet, sweet Diva.  I absolutely loved Erik and all his quirks.  I think he always looked amazing – like a diva should – and built an awesome step within the legacy with his spouse Liz.  He was also an amazing physician.

Liz Zale – Generation E Spouse:






“Never look at the camera” Liz was a fine addition to the house, adding fun, color, and nice genetics.  She may have had a bit of a strange relationship with her son Frond, but I really enjoyed her.

Gnome Interlude:

Generation F

Forrest Zale – Spare:



I thought he was a clone of his father, but he really came into is own as he aged in the game.  Besides, what’s wrong with looking like Erik?  NOTHING!

Frond Zale – Spare:


About now is where I lost an entire post worth of pictures, so here’s what I have of Frond as a teen:

I was so happy to have a Zale inherit the purple hair, even if it was Frond.  He was one of the strangest Sims we’ve had.  From his aging problems, to his rather odd obsession with his mother…

Flora Zale – Torch Holder:



Around here I lost a whole chunk of pictures, so I don’t have Flora turning into a YA, so here’s another teen pic.


Flora and Shelley had to travel to the future for children:

Flora also spent a brief moment as a man.




By the time Flora took over, I felt I had really got a feel for the legacy, the challenge, and my blog.  I enjoyed her entire generation (even if she took forever to die)  They also lived in Monte Vista, which is probably the most beautiful world.

Shelley Zale – Generation F Spouse:
As stated above, I lost a bunch of pictures, so here’s the only one I have of teenage Shelley:







Shelley was a great spouse for Flora.  Family oriented, and very helpful around the house.  I was relieved to see a teenage relationship didn’t have to end like Cyrus and Traci.  I love Flora and Shelley together to the end.

Bonehilda Interlude:

Because Awesome!

Generation G

Giselle Zale – Spare:



This set of spares has trait cards for the final YA picture.  I actually needed an heir poll at this stage, so this is one of the few times I made trait cards.

Giselle was a very beautiful Sim, but I think she was one of the stupidest.  Air frequently blocked her path, and she cost me a fair few fails!

Graham Zale – Spare:



Trait card:

Since we’ve forced several due to gender…
Graham was a great spare!  He even got honored by Zefie and became a spare spouse in HER legacy!  He’s such an all around nice Sim.  ❤

Gwen Zale – Spare:



Last trait card:

Gwen was a little bit spooky, and a whole lot weird, but she added humor and beauty to the Zales.  I missed her once she moved out.

Giles Zale – Torch Holder:










Giles time in charge was wrought with drama and abuse!  His spouse was a jerk, and his love affair with Meredith fizzled out into nothingness – and then descended in enemies!  I was really ready for Helen to take over when she did.  But Giles was my first ever Emperor of Evil, even though he was TCBE from beginning to (almost) the end.

Alejandro Zale:




Giles and Al also had to visit the future for offspring.


Well, Al was nothing but trouble.  The only thing he managed to do well was help make Helen with Giles.  He had a few cute moments in the beginning, however.

Meredith and David Brunson:













I felt I had to put a couple pictures of Meredith and her son David up here.  They were important once.  Briefly.  And at this point in my game, Meredith is ANCIENT.  We shouldn’t forget how adorable Meredith was.

Alien Interlude:

Because Awesome!

Generation H

Hank Zale – Spare:




I had to actually open my blog to figure out who this Sim was in my media library – if that goes to show you how much I knew or cared about poor Hank!  In retrospect he’s one of the cutest!  The drama of his family overshadowed him.

Hal Zale – Spare:




I always felt Hal was too much like his father Al to be very pleasant.  I was definitely not a Hal fan.

Harold Zale – Spare:




Harold was also pretty neglected.  I also named all the boys of this generation poorly, but hey, like I’ve stated, I was pretty wrapped up in Giles’ drama.  He’s a really adorable Sim though.

Helen Zale – Torch Holder:






This is the only shot I have of Helen as an Elder (for now):

Having JUST completed Helen’s VERY long reign over the Zale house, I can say that I was ready to pass the torch, but I can also so that Helen was a WONDERFUL TH and an amazing wife and mother.  Not to mention she’s the next Jane Bond!  I also think her look is just lovely.

Ramon Zale – Generation H Spouse:









Ramon!  Currently my favorite spouse to date.  I just love his face.  He’s been an excellent Sim, entertaining and adorable.  Ralen made the most beautiful children to date in this legacy, and I’m so happy we picked him up at Uni!

Gnome Party Interlude:

Because Awesome!

Generation I

Ivy Zale – Spare:




I adored Ivy from the moment I saw her little face.  I think she was a very beautiful, but unique looking Sim.  I’m happy whenever she stops by the current house.

Irene Zale – Spare:




Easily a reader favorite, I too loved Irene.  I had a lot of fun with her hair and clothes, and love seeing her around!

Imogene Zale – Spare:




I was very  happy to see the dark hair on Imogene, she is an insane Sim and brought a lot of crazy to the house.  She’s super fun though!

UIG Ivanna Zale – Spare:




For being almost deleted, I just love her.  I can’t believe we almost had a game without her!  I think she’s stunning.

Iris Zale – Spare:



Iris was a last ditch attempt at getting another boy out of Ralen so readers could have another option for TH, but we got another girl.  I was surprised when I saw her, because with 4 sisters I didn’t expect anything different, but Iris is her own Sim – and a reader favorite!  She has been downloaded for use in other games.  She is very beautiful.  Remember, she’s still a teen in game, so this is as far as we’ve come with Iris!

Ike Zale – Torch Holder:





Ike was the only male, so he won by default, but I absolutely love him and his new wife Tahiya!  I’m so excited to get to know him better and welcome Generation J!

Tahiya Zale – Generation I Spouse:




I’ve barely gotten to know Tahiya, so who knows how I’ll feel about her by the end!  But right now, I love her, and I think she’s exactly what the Zale Family needs in order to continue towards greatness!

That’s a wrap!  You have no idea how incredibly long this took.  Longer than several posts combined!  But it IS the Zale Family ISBI – Alphabetcy 100th Post Extravaganza! so we HAD to go big!  So!  If you made it this far, here’s your reward!

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Ike and Tahiya had TWIN GIRLS!  Meet Jillian and Jenny!  Jillian a grumpy heavy sleeper, and Jenny is clumsy and neurotic.  THERE WILL BE AN HEIR POLL FOR GENERATION J!  We already have two girls, and it’s a girls turn!  I’m SO HAPPY!

I hope you enjoyed The Zale Family ISBI – Alphabetcy 100th Post Extravaganza!  I realize while proof reading it’s really just a lot of scrolling, but it seemed like a good idea in my head, and after awhile I’d gone way too far to turn back… so I reward you with the beginnings of Generation J!

So – I need to convey some heartfelt thanks to all of you for reading, commenting, and joining me on this journey through a game that captivates us all.  I’m honored to have so many lovely people sharing this with me.  Really, I am deeply grateful.  *ahem* A proper update is coming soon, so until next time, HAPPY SIMMING!

Oh, and here’s the score I couldn’t post last time, or it’d give away the fact that there were TWINS!
SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  7 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  30 (-150)
Self-Wetting -5:  27 (-135)
Accidental Deaths -10:  0 (YAY!)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Births +5:  22 (+110)
Twin Births + 10:  7 (+70)
Triplet Birth +15:  1 (+15)
Fulfilling LTW + 40: 5 (+200)
Honor Roll +5:  5 (+25)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  7 (+70)
Every $100,000 +20:  5 (+100)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +195

❤ to you all.

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I Like Ike 9.0

I’m too excited to type an intro, let’s get to it!

So even though everyone is still at the party, I’m going to start with a Zale Check!  Ramon, Helen, Ike and Iris are eating cake.
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Ivy is also there, and Sammy is choking.  Do be careful dear?

That only leaves Ivanna unaccounted for, and here she is!
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About four feet from everyone else.  Quickest. Zale Check. Ever.

IKE TIME!  His first command under my rule?
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What?  He was going to cost me a fail if I didn’t take care of things.

Once, several life stages ago, I noticed Ike had rolled a wish to donate to charity.  I locked it in and just waited, knowing eventually I’d be able to grant it.  After locating the mailbox, I see tragedy has struck the Zale House.
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Zefie refuses to acknowledge the loss for Eve has passed on.  Miss Wingless is in mourning.  Or maybe celebrating.  It’s hard to say.  😐

After Ike makes his donation, we spot a pretty flower growing on the lawn.
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We pick it and put it in a vase to honor the loss of Eve the Gnome.
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She will be missed. 😦

Ike rolled a wish to have a sno-cone, so I picked “Blizzard” since it seemed like a strange flavor, and WTH?
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It’s brownish and bubbling?
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This is SO strange?!?
Well okay then
And I do believe he got high off of it…  Bizarre.

On this partly cloudy day, Ike joins the Music career…
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…thus beginning the arduous journey towards LTW happiness.

Oh, and here’s as good a place as any to ditch this thing.
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Because I said so.

But before Ike can even attend his first day of work, he has a grand plan…
EGYPT
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Welcome, to the ancient lands!

*ahem* I mean, yo Ike, go find a spouse.  That is why we’re here.  See the Zales have married from France (Gustave) and China (Changpu – although he barely counts) so we need some Egypt!  So Ike, get to it!
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Ike:  YOU get to it.  I’m going to crawl into this tent and do some reading.

Oh no you’re not, mister!  You are going to capture this moth…
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…and get out there and find a lady!

Ike:  I FOUND ONE!
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Except she’s already an adult, and not Egyptian, but keep at it.  Better than reading in your tent the whole trip.

Egypt is bootiful!
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Ike:  I DON’T *pant* SEE ANY *pant* Women!!
I see that, dear.  Do keep trying.

AHA!  HARK!  Females!
TOO OLD
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TOO OLD
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Come on Ike… thing a little younger.

Hey!  It’s Zhara!
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I believe I’ve mentioned her before.  Over on the Lightnings I believe.  See, I have this save file that is on it’s 5th Generation, and they have made every single penny from the selling of horses.  They adopt, purchase, and breed horses, then train them up and sell them for a lot of money!  It’s always sad to see them go, but it’s been really fun.  Anyway, my whole point is, Shara here married into that family, so it’s nice to see her again.  I’m not going to rule her out completely, but someone different would be nice.

But hmm!  It’s quite promising!
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I learn she’s friendly, a green thumb, insane, and a great kisser.  But she can’t be the only young adult female in all of Egypt.

Aha!  Who’s this?  Her name is Tahiya.
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Ike, go say hi!  Hurry!

Ike:  In a minute, I’m learning a song.
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Ike, being a virtuoso does NOT sing terribly like his great-great-great-something-or-another-grandmother Daisy.
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It’s quite lovely actually.

As soon as Ike finished learning a song of Egypt, he enters the shop where I spotted the lovely merchant Tahiya.

And real smooth Tahiya, real smooth.  GREAT first impression, sneeze on his shirt.
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Nice.

Ooh!  This is also quite promising!
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They’re both GOOD
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AND VEGETARIANS!
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Tahiya/Ike spam continues:
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This is him singing the song he learned.  It appears to have some pretty suggestive lyrics.  It’s called “Under the Hot Desert Sun” which is apparently about some steamy woohoo.
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Because she’s a merchant (I’m guessing) she can’t leave her shop to go on a date with him.  He needs to take care of himself, and I thought they could go eat together, but such was not the case.  After a slow dance goodnight, Ike returned to camp to meet his needs.  The plus side of her being  a merchant is that her needs don’t deplete, so she was always very receptive to Ike’s advances.  😀

Then he took care of a quest to get some papers and pick up some turquoise for this guy.
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And then it was right back into Tahiya’s shop.
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And arms.

I love Egypt.  I love Tahiya!  Hmm, what do you guys think.  Tahike?  ha ha ha… yes.  They shall be Tahike.

Ike spends the rest of his trip hanging out with Tahiya all day, meeting his needs at night, and then returning to her.
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Sometimes he just stands around and plays for her.Screenshot-43
Sometimes they play chess together on a table that was in her shop.Screenshot-44
In the evenings, when her shop closes, Ike runs off to camp.
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Then, during the last few hours before his flight home, he sings the song of his love and commitment.  Don’t you worry Tahiya!  We’ll see you again soon!

Welcome home, Ike.
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The game is pleased that we suffered no glitches and issues during your travels.

So before Ike could even go inside, I noticed someone had kicked the flamingo.  I stand up this flamingo all the time, I just don’t document it because I’m sure no one else cares as much as I do about the flamingo… so anyhoo, I have Ike pick it up and WTH?
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Acrobat Zombie materializes out of the ground on this NOT full moon.
See?
it is not a full moon.
Maybe it’s Zombies that keep getting to my flamingo.

This was Ike’s room, it has now been remodeled for Ralen.
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They finally have a decorated room.  It took me kicking them out of the one they had to get it done, but hey.  Their purple and spice brown look nice together.

And THIS?  This masterpiece is Ike’s new room.
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I think it turned out wonderfully, one of my favorite rooms to date.  His favorite color is turquoise, I’m not sure what Tahiya’s is, and if it’s not compatible I just won’t use it in the bedroom.  She can have the bathroom or something.

Uh Oh.  A computer is broken.
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So way back in the day, I believe when this family was in it’s infancy and still in Aurora Skies, the Zales successfully grew a death flower.  I have been passing it from TH to TH in order to prevent instant challenge failure by having the TH die.  It was this broken computer that spurred me to pass it from Helen to Ike.

Okay Ike.  Fix it.
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He did.  Without issue.  That was anticlimactic now wasn’t it?

So hey, this girl?  She’s a riot.
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Aside from drinking with her elbow sticking WAY OUT she was just practicing trick shots with a food processor on the pool table.  Ivanna is pretty epic for having almost been deleted into oblivion.

So, I’m not sure why, but Ike’s look bugs me.  It seems to suit a romantic vegetarian excitable virtuoso who’s a general good guy, but something just isn’t right.
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Let’s give him a new look!

Um no.
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How and why do I even have this?

There we go, that’s better.
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I’m much happier with Ike’s new look than I was with the old one.

Then I spotted Iris off to scare someone!
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And I remembered I need to upload Iris for Sammy!  (Which I already did, that was last post, but I’m just going off my notes here.)  Ramon and Ike share a salad in the background.

Hey Ike?  Who ya talkin’ to?
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You’re about to pass out, so get off the phone and go enjoy your new bedroom.  Fit for a TH indeed!

Ramon and Helen had no problem find their new bedroom, which is good.
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I was a little worried.  Ramon dreams of dragons, Helen piles of money.  I think that suits them both.

Someone special is arriving soon, huh Ike?
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Ike:  Ish habt nosh ideash wat ursh tawkngs ’boutsh.
Well, this is the first and only time you’ve brushed your teeth in your life, so…

Tahiya!  Well, what a formal greeting.
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Welcome to Lucky Palms!

And the second she gets inside, any shenanigans were instantly interrupted by graduation.
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Ike: Oh man, she just got here!  By the time I’m done she’s going to be bored, my breath won’t be minty, and I look like a child!

It’s okay Ike, I’m sure she’ll be fine when you get back.
Look at our Ike, the little overachiever.
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Now hurry home to your house guest!

Needless to say…
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He did 🙂

Then I sent the two out for a lovely date at the Blooming Cactus Bistro.
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At the end of the date, she said she was sleepy and she had to go home.  So she did.  All the way to Egypt.

Ike immediately calls her back for another visit.
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So hey, funny story while we’re waiting for Tahiya to come back.  This is Ramon pooping.
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In Ike’s bathroom.  I have caught Ramon doing this three times now, only in Ike’s bathroom.  I find it hilarious.

Ike:  So, hey Egypt?…
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…have you seen Tahiya? She was supposed to be here by now.

It’s Love Day, and Tahiya was supposed to be here @ 9:00am, but she didn’t show.  I send the Zale clan off to the festival to pass the time.
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Ike plays horseshoes with Julia.

Then he goes to get his face painted.
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We asked for a unicorn.  😐
I’m sorry dear, things just aren’t going your way right now.

Hey!  It’s Sammy and she brought a picnic basket!
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That’s GREAT, since Ike is pretty hungry.

He’s going to steal from join you.
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Sammy:  Yeah, your face looks like crap.  Bye.
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Thanks a lot, Sammy!

Back at home, Iris is being a jerk to Ramon.
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How nice.  It did manage to grant her rolled wish to “Talk to Ramon” so hey.  Gotta think positive.

Helen is working from home, which is good, since now that she’s topped the career, her “reports” and “athletic” have slightly grumpy faces about them.
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But if she works from home, it’ll keep her from being demoted.  Gotta love the workaholic trait.

Ivanna makes a late night sno-cone, in the late night snow, in the very late spring.
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It’s two days until Summer and it’s snowing…

Yummy.
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Blue.

I’m going to have to sell this thing, no one is eating real food.
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And it is making me REALLY want a sno-cone.

Hopefully Tahiya shows up today.  Ike plays his guitar in his skivvies while he waits.
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I just designed that guitar for him, and I really like the way it turned out.

This is Ike, still playing the guitar.
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And Ramon heading into Ike’s bathroom… uh oh.

And he shits…  Ramon will only poo in Ike’s bathroom.
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Note.  I decorated the bathroom since the last time I took a picture of Ramon having a BM, but it’s still Ike’s bathroom.  Keep in mind, this house has *scurries off and counts* 8 bathrooms.  That’s right.  Eight.  Silly old man Ramon…

Helen, go to sleep.
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Ramon emerges looking pleased with himself.

HARK!  A doorbell!
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She’s here!  Go put on some clothes air out your room and say hello!

Déjà vu…
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Let’s hope things go a little better this time. (FLAMINGO DOWN!)

He sings the song of Egypt to welcome her.
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And oh look, Helen has a sno-cone.  I really gotta sell that thing.

Before she can scurry off to Egypt again, we ask her to move in!
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She says sure!
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And with that, Tahiya Shalut joins the Zale house!
Welcome home tahiya
Huzzah!

I gave her a “Welcome to Lucky Palms” makeover (ha ha, my notes say “sunlit tides”, I’m an idiot)  And here she is!
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Her LTW is forensic specialist, she knew not a soul in Egypt, she ahs five logic and four painting skills.  Her favorite color is WHITE, which is spectacular because that’s the color I used in decorating Ike’s bedroom and bathroom.  She likes cookies and Electronica music.  She is a vegetarian, good, genius, artistic and friendly Sim, and I ADORE her.

Are they not adorable?
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Yes, yes they are.  They were autonomously walking off to play juice pong, but I’m not having that!

Boyfriend & Girlfriend!
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Hurrah!

Ramon:  Photobomb level sno-cone.
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I SOO need to sell that thing… The Zales are subsisting on frozen water, food coloring, and high fructose corn syrup…

Ike drags Tahiya to the outskirts of Lucky Palms to the natural oasis beauty of the waterfalls.
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And has a very important question to ask her.
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Then it started to snow, which although strange considering the season, I found it very romantic.
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Goldfish leaps to get a better view of the couple.

I then saw there was about an hour until a movie would start!  They’re way outta town, so we head straight to the theater.
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There was just enough time for a quick kiss before showtime.  And look, the IF is still there!

They opted for the show “Starship: Incredulous!”
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They both enjoyed it very much.

Back at home, Ike announces his engagement to his mother.
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Her face!  ❤

Okay Tahiya, you better enjoy that sno-cone, because the second you’re out of the way, I’m selling it!
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(I actually did this time.)

While watching the house sleep, I see this pop-up.
no julia
No Julia.  Just no.

It’s WEDDING DAY!
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Spares and friends are here!
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They can’t get through the door, but whatever.

Looks like things are going really well…
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*sigh*  I tried to make it a nice event… there’s even FLOWERS by the seats!

Julia!  Your ARM!
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And SAMMY!  Knock it off!

Lovely ceremony.  😐
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Well, lets just skip all this craziness and ZOOM IN.

There.  Now it’s a nice wedding.
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The inflatable water slide in the background really tops things off.  I tried to sell it so I could have nice pictures, but it’s “in use” by one of the guests… again… *sigh*

Nice Ivy.  Way to be happy for your little brother.
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But I did manage to get a couple nice shots:
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I just had to zoom in REALLY close…

Then Ike answers his phone…
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And Tahiya says screw it and heads to the bar.
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Hey Tahiya?  Hurry up, we need to cut the cake.
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What’s the hold up?  Are you okay?

OOOOOH!  hee hee hee hee, we barely got the ceremony done in time.
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Hopefully no one will notice the outfit change…

Ike got stuck waiting for her to cut the cake.
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And then said screw it, and headed off to work.
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*facepalm*

This entire wedding was a fiasco.  But hey, Ike’s married and there’s the J Generation on the way.

Oh.  Hello Julia.
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Apparently it was YOU that prevented me from selling this thing and NOT having an inflatable monster face in the wedding pictures.  Thanks.

Okay, so I absolutely love Tahiya, but she’s addicted to rocking chairs.
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I hear you all going “Yes, Heather, all Sims are addicted to rocking chairs, it’s nothing new…” Except she’s the worst.  There are TWO in this house, and she rolls wishes to buy another one.  But I do think she likes the nursery!  It’s been empty for SOOOO long!  Little Iris was the last to use it.

But when she isn’t in the rocking chair, she DOES find other things to do.
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I approve.

I sent Ike downtown to buy bubble bath and a rubber duck because I’ve wanted them in the house forEVER, and I finally remembered to go do it – and inspiration struck.
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The beautiful botanical gardens drew Ike in, and he had to play surrounded by the desert blooms.  A couple tips wouldn’t hurt either.

Tahiya has taken to napping all over the house.
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This is Ivy’s old bed.  Oh well, beats failing.

I spy CAKES!
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It’s Helen and Ivanna’s birthday!

Everyone made it to cheer.
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Adorable.

And Helen finally grows old to join her husband who is already 84.
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Tahiya looks alarmingly excited about her old mother-in-law.

Ivanna gets to roll and adds loves the outdoors to good, ambitious, grumpy and absent minded.  She gets the Living in the Lap of Luxury LTW.
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Isn’t she pretty?  I think so.

And our little old Helen.
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Adorable.

After the excitement of the party dies down, Tahiya returns to the easel.
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And Ivanna heads out on her own.
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*waves back* Bye honey!  See you at parties!

Ike’s singing still moves Tahiya.
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So sweet.

Cute family is cute.
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Ike’s face.  ❤

Passing time until the baby arrives!
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❤ Tahike ❤

It’s TIME!
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!!!

The maid freaks out, but the soon to be parents remain calm and collected.
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And they’re off to the hospital!

Funny, Tahiya picks out Flora’s old car, which has been sitting unused for ages.
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Works for me!  She can have it!

At 12:08 on a rainy Saturday…
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…Tahike enter the hospital.  When they emerge, we will have the very first member of Generation J.

The End.

Come back soon to meet the nooboo!  Until next time, Happy Simming!

Iris Zale

Hi!  So I know Sammy wanted to download Iris, so I uploaded her… I planned on getting a post up tonight, but I *JUST* finished the play session (note: LOTS HAPPENED) and I just don’t have the energy to get the post up tonight.  Since the exchange deletes my stuff pretty quickly, I thought it best I let anyone know right away that Iris is up.  Go get her if you want to!  She’ll be gone quickly!

Iris for Sammy (Or anyone else who wants her)

 

 

Helen’s Last Hurrah 8.13

Hi!  Let’s just get right to another Zale Adventure!  And holy cow, it’s quite the long one.  Over 130 pictures!  So dig in!

As always, ZALE CHECK time!  Ramon:
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He’s old.  I had forgotten actually.  Oops.  He’s heading to the kitchen for a snack.

Helen is also very hungry, and off to grab a bite.
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Showing off the koi tattoo.

Imogene joins her parents in near starvation.
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Zales don’t eat often, apparently.

Ike looks very sad… I wasn’t sure why at first…
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…but then I checked his queue, and he has “Listen to Request” from Iris waiting.  No wonder he’s sad, stupid bedtime stories.

Darling Ivanna has something other than food on her mind and is off to play with the laptop.
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And here’s little Iris, going to ask her brother for a story.
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Little, evil, disciplined Iris.  With smiling sunflower jammies.  She is not hungry, that’s Imogene’s thought bubble, it just lined up nicely.

Iris is about to pass out, since the bedtime story didn’t do the trick.  Shocking.
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Here she is looking very sleepy heading off to school.

Winter has past, and now it’s spring time!
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I really like Lucky Palms.  Pretty town.

Nice outfit Helen.
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She is level 8, which is “Special Agent”.  Go Helen go! Only two more!

While hanging out in the front yard, this mail lady did NOT walk up to their mailbox, but materialized in front of it.
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What is up with her face?  She’s like three mail people in one…

And now the pond has turned blood red.
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Is this the apocalypse?  Mail lady looks frightened.

I was having so much fun outside, watching the kids get on the bus and the confusing graphics, and then this happened.
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Yup.  That’s fire inside.  How nice.

Ramon is the only one left at home… which is both good, and not good.
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Good because the children are safe, but terrible because RAMON IS IN DANGER.

Oh, I also sold my smoke detectors to make things more interesting…
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…I regret that decision.

Ramon!  DO SOMETHING!
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It’s SPREADING!  I was just sitting here watching this unfold in a state of terror.

Please don’t die, please don’t die!
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Why yes, I do have epic SimPhotography skills, thank you.

Oh Ramon, the fire isn’t even where you’re looking you idiot!
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I’m pretty tired of your shenanigans too!

It’s REALLY spreading now… he’s going to die, isn’t he?
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This is not good.

OH RIGHT, then I remembered I could send Helen home to rescue her husband!
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I don’t care if you’re hungry, get that siren going and go save Ramon!

YAY!  Save your idiot husband!
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You go girl!

And yes, please, put that out posthaste!
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Quick hug to make sure he’s okay…
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Silly old man.  ❤

Now get back to work!
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Back to the station you go!  And seriously, that outfit.  😐

Ramon, you’re an idiot and we almost lost you.
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You need to work on your survival skills… If Helen hadn’t been around, you’d be crispy by now!

With all the kids at school, Helen back on the job, and Ramon no longer in mortal peril, there’s not much to do around the house, but I spotted a naughty stray dog!
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And the flamingo!  I love the flamingo.  It is constantly being kicked and picked back up again.  It entertains me greatly.

Look what I bought!
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Need a hint?  It beeps and summons professionals if something catches on fire.  I also sold those ceiling lamps I hate so much.

Then, Iris glitched.  I was trying to ask Helen to send her straight to bed, since she could pass out at any second.  But the only option for her was “Wake Up”  (well, and heckle, but who ever uses that useless interaction?)
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She is obviously NOT asleep.  I tried other Sims to see if they could do any other actions with her, but nope, all anyone could do with Iris was wake her up…

So I reset her, and Helen, it didn’t work.  So I tried something else that involved a tiny bit of cheating.
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I had her go to bed, then I asked Helen to wake her up.  Since she was actually sleeping, it worked!

See?  Here Helen is asking her about her day.
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Okay, back to ISBI business.

Look!  It’s Leslie Tanner, the forever teen.  He was Ivy’s RI when she went to prom.
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Still a teen.  Still stalking the Zale girls.  I do not blame, they’re beautiful!

ANNNDDD I was JUST about to click save, and my game crashed.  All of the above never happened.  I sat back, put the speed on three and just let er rip.  But FIRST…
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Helen put out the fire before heading to work.  This time dressed as a doctor.  That soot stain is from a previous fire, the one where I mentioned we couldn’t clean it up because of air?  Yeah…  AND the stupid lamps I hated were back.  *sigh*

But!  Since there was no fire this time, and Helen didn’t have to leave work to rescue Ramon, she gets promoted!
Promotion!
That’s level nine!  Only one more!

Meanwhile, Ike keeps being amazing and skilling all the time.
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You keep strumming!  And feel free to play some of that chess there right behind you.

Um… Ike?  See all those flies?
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That’s bad.  That means the food is bad.

Yeah, don’t eat that…
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It’s not only rotten, it’s burnt too!  Ugh, can you imagine?

*GAG*
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Yes, I’m sure it’s quite foul.  Glad you noticed.
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And alarmed that you didn’t care.  I told you not to eat it.

Oh nasty.  It looks like he left maggots in the bottom of the bowl.
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😐  Yes, I’m sure your tummy is very upset.  You’re disgusting.

RAMON!
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Nice puddle. -5

While roaming the house, I spotted Sammy and Julia outside one of the windows.  They’re paying respects to the Zales of save files past.
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Interesting place to enjoy an afternoon book club.

Julia, don’t hate on the cactus.
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I’m pretty sure it thinks you’re swell.

Sammy is reading smut.
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“WooHoo in the Wasteland”  Have you guys been traveling to the future?

Ike vomits up his nutritious breakfast.
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But at least he’s in his own bathroom.

Later on, I have no idea where the kids are, but these two have a date!
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To the gym!
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Because it’s so romantic Helen needs to work out to top her career and complete her LTW!

Ramon tries his hand at weights again.
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Poor baby.
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Physical fitness is not his strong suit.

Or bladder control, it would seem.
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GO TO THE BATHROOM, there’s PLENTY here.

While her parents are pumping iron, Imogene is off doing homework at the Tanner house.
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Good girl.

Ike is playing his keyboard.
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Good boy!

Ivanna and Iris are standing around in the dark on the front lawn.
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Okay… you girls have fun.

I followed Ivanna inside, and she decided to practice her trick shot!
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Cool picture…

Ralen are home from their workout date!
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Like I needed to document that… Man.  No wonder this post has a zillion pictures.

*SIGH*
Iris.  Go to sleep.
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Imogene.  No failing.

This is Helen’s outfit for today’s work as a Triple Agent.
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And look.  Floor booze.

Again I find myself alone with Ramon in the house.  Let’s see what he’s up to!
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Oh.  Shocking.  He’s Rocking.

But he’s still incredibly adorable.
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See?  Yes.  Adorable.

A new maid shows up, and Ramon goes from idle old man, to distinguished chess playing gentleman to impress the pretty lady.
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I’m watching you, mister.

I then got a pop up that Iris skipped school on a field trip day.  Except no she didn’t.  She went to school.  So I go to find her and…
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…here she is.  Walking all over tarnation.  She has “field trip” in her queue.  So I don’t think she skipped school, but missed the school bus.  I blame a door somewhere.  A very tricky door.

Eons later, she gave up walking for the bus, sat down in the sand and did her homework.
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Well okay then.  Weirdo.

Ike is again playing the grand piano!
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We’re going to have a great head-start on that LTW!  I think he’s level SIX or something!

Ivanna hasn’t had a lot of screen time, so here she is playing video games.
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She should be doing lots of other things, like feeding herself, showering, or doing her homework, but sure… play video games… I mean who ignores their responsibilities and plays video games all the time?  *cough*

Ramon supports his son’s musical talents.
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Look at his lips, ha ha ha!  Groovy.

I followed Ivanna for a while, and she went around cleaning things.
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I wonder why?  She doesn’t have any traits that would make that make sense… no “neat” or “perfectionist”… Oh well.  Thanks!

IKE!  @((#*$!  Next time you sit down to play the piano, if you start feeling the need to “go”, then PLEASE, stop playing and GO!
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-5.

Hey look!  One exhausted Ike has made honor roll!
Ike's on Honor Roll!
+5!

So is Iris!
Iris too!
+5!

So.  This is the front of the police station.
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Isn’t it pretty?

This is Helen leaving work and earning her pay.
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(I saw the floating numbers and got trigger happy)

This is Helen standing in the flower beds.
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And it’s starting to rain…

THIS IS THE POINT OF THOSE PICTURES:
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HELEN HAS COMPLETED HER LTW!  +40
This is a great day – and it’s not over yet!

Then she got this warrant to go search the criminal hideout!  Let’s DO IT!
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You raid those criminals, Helen!
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I can’t wait to see what happens!

So while she was raiding and being awesome, I got another interesting pop-up!
plus five!
+5 MOAR!  I really should have been paying closer attention to this.  I bet I’d have way more than I’ve noticed.  Oh well, lesson learned!

Then this pop-up…
Disappointing
Well, that was anticlimactic.  Way to be Helen.  😐

Now hurry home because there’s MORE to do today!
BIRTHDAYS!
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Iris is becoming a teenager!  This party is just a family affair.  There’s another birthday on the horizon that will be a proper party.

Imogene is also celebrating her birth today!  Young Adult time for her!
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That dress… I’m so sick of it.

My Zales are adorable.
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🙂

Iris went first and rolls grumpy to add to can’t stand art, disciplined, and evil.  She’s a real peach.
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But like all the I-children, she’s beautiful.  With her traits, I figured she’d have no nonsense hair, no make up (too artsy) and a simple wardrobe with clean lines.

Isn’t she lovely?
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I think so too.

Imogene is next, dripping wet and being elbowed in the head by her mother.
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Interlude: Iris shows us that her traits ring true, and she abandons her family to eat her slice of cake alone
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It just seems like something she’d do.
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But did I mention how pretty she is?  😀

Back upstairs with the family, Imogene completes her transformation into adulthood.
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Holy cow, her eyes are enormous.  I see a lot of Ramon in that face.  Charismatic joins her other traits of insane, perceptive, light sleeper and friendly.

But I think she’s lovely, and I’ll miss watching her roam around in that ridiculous formal gown.
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I let her have one lat slice of cake with her family, and then it’s skedaddle time!
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Must have been disgusting cake.

Imogene exits the house in a blaze of insane glory.
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And grabs a fly and eats it.  I think she might give Dahlia a run for her money for “craziest Zale”.

And then there were five.
And then there were five
It was a good day.

I seriously have nothing to do with Helen now that she’s completed her LTW, so I wrote in my notes that I was going to go full on ISBI mode and just let the household run itself until the next TH is ready to take over.
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Wow, she looks haggard… so this picture was me setting her free, but then I noticed that her relationship with Ramon needed a little rekindling…
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So I had to do that…

Then the computer broke…
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So I had to fix that…  And we head to the festival in a few screenshots, so I really didn’t go full on ISBI at all…

So anyway, Ike keeps skilling and being awesome.
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I can’t wait until you have your stupid birthday so we can MOVE the *#$ ON!

Ivanna is still around.
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And an expert at door use.  You just have to get really close and STARE REALLY HARD, and tada!  HOW TO DOOR.

But she’s still very pretty.
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🙂  I’m looking forward to her YA birthday too.  And even though Ivanna and Ike are supposedly twins, they’re ages are all jacked up.  She’s like, four days younger…

Ike.  Ike Ike Ike.  You always pick the WORST food choices…
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Yummy.  Briquets.

Iris has some sense and is making something fresh.
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AND raw so it can’t be burnt.
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Again, this is why I have too many danged pictures… like you needed to see another angle of AUTUMN SALAD… I apologize for this.  But I took a note on it, I captured it, and I uploaded it, so you’re going to LOOK at it dangnabit!

Childish Ramon has played with far more of the household toys far more often than all of the children put together.
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But he’s kinda adorable, so it’s okay.  I hope he lives a very long time!

But then, tragedy strikes, and Ramon suffers a stroke and dies in the rocking chair.
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Just kidding.  He’s taking a nap.

Helen, whilst her old man naps like old men do, was sitting on the couch thinking.
No way!
Thinking a little too much I’d say?  She needs to find something else to do.  Immediately.

So!  We’re off to the festival!
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Lucky Palms festival grounds are purdy.

Hey, there’s this cool statue thing…
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I tried to read the plaque like an idiot… it’s in Simlish.

Recognize this Sim?
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It’s IVY!  She’s a food merchant here.  Hi Ivy!

This guy, with the lavender eyes and Alejandro hair was manning the kissing booth.
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And well, Helen rolled a wish for a kissing booth kiss!
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Well, how could we resist?
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OOOH!  I’m telling Ramon!  Just kidding, it’s all in good fun.

Besides, he’s busy collecting festival eggs being all adorable and stuff.
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But it started to rain!  So it’s time to head home.

It’s also PROM NIGHT.
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Which I had no idea was coming.  All three teens headed off for an evening of frivolity.

Ivanna was prom queen and started a relationship with a boy named Dylan Fair.  Ike was, of course, prom king.  While this was happening, Meredith “Won’t Die” Brunson had showed up on the lawn.
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And is playing with full moon zombies.
Seriously, look at this face.
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Reminds me that I loved her dearly, once!  She. is. so. old.

Nothing else noteworthy happened at prom, Ike was rejected by his crush and came home to sleep in his boat.
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Next to his king’s crown.

Sleep well, dear Ike… You have a big day tomorrow!
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He’s having that dream again.  Faceless men at children’s desks.

While the house sleeps, I dug out someone’s picture from the festival.
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I love it.

And I heard lots of haunting from the neighboring Zale Resting Place.
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ERIK!  You diva bastard!  I’ve missed you!  And Abraham, always a pleasure.  And Hi Flora!

The next morning, I get the house ready for a party!
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It’s a fine Spring day, so we’re going to have an outside event!

Before the guests arrive, Helen tests out the sno-cone machine.  You know, for quality control purposes.
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I picked rainbow!

Why so sad honey, I’m sure it’ll be delicious!
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Poor thing!

Oh hey, it’s Dylan, Ivanna’s boyfriend.
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That must be what is disturbing Helen so… HA HA HA, her FACE! >.<

Ivy is here!
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Plinking away on Ike’s keyboard.

Julia found the Zale’s music box, and is never seen again.
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For this party, that is…

Sammy has shown up with invisible food.
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Um.  Thanks?

And then.  It is.  Ike’s. YOUNG ADULT. BIRTHDAY!
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FINALLY!  14 Chapters of HELEN!  I’m ready for something NEW!

Adorable!
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Aren’t they?  Yes.

Ike, due to his issues with food, and his likelihood to pick the worst possible thing to eat, vows off meat forever.  He is now a good, excitable, hopeless romantic, virtuoso, vegetarian.
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And hew grew up in his dad’s hair!  HA HA HA!  I loved it… but no, that’s Ramon’s hair.  You cannot wear it.

There.
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OUR NEW TH EVERYONE!

Surrounded by family and friends – and cake Helen Zale passes the torch to her only son.
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It’s about time!

So that’s it!  That’s all!  Generation H has come to a close, and Ike of the I’s is taking over!  Come back soon, there’s a weekend brewing – that usually means updates!  (I was out of town last weekend, so forgive me.)  I plan on getting one more Zale and a Lightning post done this weekend, so do come see us again soon!  Until next time, HAPPY SIMMING!

SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  7 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  30 (-150)
Self-Wetting -5:  27 (-135)
Accidental Deaths -10:  0 (YAY!)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Single Births +5:  20 (+100)
Twin Births + 10:  6 (+60)
Triplet Birth +15:  1 (+15)
Fulfilling LTW +40: 5 (+200)
Honor Roll +5:  5 (+25)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  7 (+70)
Every $100,000 +20:  3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +145

Everyone’s Favorite Zale Grows Old, TS4 Talk, and a Poll 8.12

Hi Everyone!  Zale time!  I swear eventually Ike will take over, this is Helen’s 13th chapter.  Oh well.  Last time stuff happened, this time, more stuff!  Let’s have at it.

We begin with a Zale Check!  Oh wait, first I have to warn you, this chapter is LONG, and I am SO VERY TIRED… I’m sure it’ll be swell.  ON WITH THE ZALE CHECK.  Ramon!
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He’s standing in the useless nursery (cuz no babies…) waiting to be approached by Iris and her evil plot.

Helen is asleep.
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Dreaming of photos?  A box of photos?  I don’t know… I don’t think I’ve seen that in my game before…

Imogene is “viewing” one of these fine Zale family portraits.
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But I personally think she’s staring at the wall.

Ike is asleep in his boat bed.
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Dreaming about faceless men behind children’s desks.

Ivanna is also asleep.
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I love that lamp!

Here’s Little Miss Evil herself…
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Masterminding her evil plot.

Then it’s father/daughter table tennis time with Ramon and Imogene.
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Ramon is taking it VERY seriously… Just look at this face!
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Ping pong leads to cake!
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How cute are they?  And WHY do Sims ALWAYS talk about garbage?

Ike wants in on the father bonding time too.
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He’s quite handsome!

Yup, that pile of nasty plates is pretty disgusting.
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You can always clean it up… (HA!)

Hey!  A maid!  Helen needs reports.
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Hold still and make friends.

Excellent.
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We appreciate your time.  NOW CLEAN!  (She didn’t)

Most of the Zales are sleeping so I send Helen off to the gym, she needs to get BUFF if she’s going to be an international super spy.
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It’s going well, I see.  😐

UH OH!
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HURRY HOME HELEN!

Oh wait, it isn’t that fireplace… it’s the other one.
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Why do I have two of these death magnets in this house?  (Answer:  I liked the way the chimneys made the exterior look.)

You are a creepy child.  You look AWFULLY happy about this.
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Happy and serene.  Your body language is not congruent with your facial expressions.

Don’t worry, Ike and Iris!  Helen has made it home, and she’s BRAVE.
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And Fierce!
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I love that picture.  Moderately noteworthy:  This fire left a soot spot on the floor that cannot be cleaned up because air is in the way.

Whoa man, Iris is spectacularly Evil.
Iris IS evil
That is incredibly harsh.  And I thought IMOGENE was the creepy one.  Now I’m worried for her safety.

Ramon lives such a life of luxury!  He’s never been employed, and never been controlled.  He is literally a Sim who has done whatever he wanted all of his days.
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Here he is playing video games in Ivanna’s room.

Everyone else was away at school/work, so I just watched him.  He played for SIX HOURS.
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Who on Earth plays video games for SIX HOURS STRAIGHT!?!  (Not me, never, I have no idea what you’re talking about)

After some of the family return home, I find Ike doing this!
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He’s actually getting pretty good!  And hey!  Look at the end of that guitar!  It’s a plumbob!

Ivanna is NOT making friends, but that’s okay.
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That scarf dude is Leslie Tanner, Ivy’s Romantic Interest from her teenage days.

Good girl you lovely Sim you.
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You’re so cute!

Imogene?!?  Where the hell are you and what are you doing?
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You’re standing alone, in a dark parking lot, with “watch” in your queue for some old dude.
Seems legit
No, that’s not sketchy at all…
Please come home soon.  Safe.

While I was watching Imogene be weird, she saw this wild horse.
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Isn’t it nice?  I think so.  Imogene thinks it’s even nicer and rolls the LTW to adopt six strays.  I lock it in.  She also rolled “warm up” which I very much hope she manages to do soon.

UGH!  This “bedtime story” action is SO screwed up.  Iris has a perfectly good bed in her own room.
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Hey look, Ramon is sleeping with his eyes open.  I haven’t seen that since Giles!  Not that anyone cares, but I wrote it down, so Ike picked out the GPod book to read to his little sister.

Hey look!  Imogene came home before freezing to death or getting arrested.
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I approve.

Ha ha, I was watching Ike do his homework, and he reads with his finger.
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You know, like we all did as kids to help us find the next word?  It was kind of funny, and cute.

AGAIN!?!
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NO!  Not the Jelly Bean bush!

It’s okay Ike, your dad is here!
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I must say, I would not run TO fire.  I would run AWAY from fire.  SimLogic.

Later…
This horrifying batch of macaroni and cheese brought to you by Ike.
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These horrifying waffles brought to you by Ike.
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His poor face.  He looks like they personally betrayed him in some way.

Maybe you should take a nap before trying to prepare more foods?
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Or eat cake.  That is a good solution as well.
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Smart SimIdiot.

You know, you’re REALLY cute, but a proper sleep would have been a good idea.
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Is it because it’s a boat bed and you’re a proper young man, not a child?  Well too bad.  You’re not getting a new bed.

What’s with you, grumpy pants?
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Oh right, you’re grumpy.  AND GORGEOUS.

Everyone:  WHERE ARE WE GOING, IT’S 8:30 AM ON A SATURDAY?
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Quit your whining and get in.

TADA!  Family outing to the GYM!
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Ramon was stircrazy since he doesn’t have work or school to get him out of the house, and Helen needs to work out to get promoted!  Besides, it’ll be fun.

And this guy is here!
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Isn’t he spectacular?  The worn out shoes, lace up snake skin pants on an overweight man with a formal jacket, a mullet and festive eyebrows!

I was going to leave him alone, because it was funny… but he hurt my eyes.
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There he is… a little better.

Iris:  My brother is about to pass out, and I’m adorably fiendishly delighted.
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Her little face is adorable.

Ike!  You’re amazing!
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He put on his outerwear, and found a lounger to take a nap in instead of costing me a fail!  I hope his clothes keep him warm!

I love you Ramon.
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Work it boy!

Three reps and he quit.
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He’s not too sure about this exercise thing.  Doesn’t suit his video game addiction.

Helen appears to be getting attacked by a skill bar.
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And she thinks it’s TERRIFYING.

Ivanna breaks her ankle on a treadmill.
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But it doesn’t stop Imogene from giving it a try too.  Makeover boy cameos.

Makeover Boy:  Hello little girl.
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Iris: Fear me.
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Iris:  RAWR!!!!!!!!!!  DIAMONDS ARE EXPENSIVE!
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Makeover Boy:  How right you are!
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He just looks so properly scared.

You’re spooky, Iris Zale.
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You terrified the poor bastard.
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Aw… I pity him.

Old Treadmill Lady:  I BELIEVE I CAN FLY!
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Weeeee!

OTL:  JUST KIDDING.
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Stupid gravity.  Iris knows that being evil requires smarts, so it’s homework time.

Ike wakes up refreshed and not frozen from his snow nap.
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And works out too.

Well, Helen’s fatigued, Imogene STINKS, Ramon isn’t stircrazy, Iris has caused much trouble, so it’s time to go home.
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Boys behind the cage, Helen and Stinkball upfront, the rest in the trunk.

Back at home I check the mail.
Giles still got it
Giles still got it – from beyond the grave!

Sammy!  You birthdayed!
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And grew your hair REALLY long.  Oh well, enjoy.

Julia birthdayed too, but looks mostly the same.
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Helen stalked them to the art gallery because they weren’t at home, and she needs to write more reports!

Back at home, these two are getting along.
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Cute right?

Then they’re off to play tag!
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Such nice girls making friends with each other!

Hi Ike!  Off to sleep in your boat?
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Good.  I approve.
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Thank you for not napping, and thank you for not passing out at the gym.  I appreciate you.

Hello spooky child.  You’re the only one awake.
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What are you getting up to?

She wasn’t the only one awake for long.  2:00am Forever Alone Calzone in your formal.
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Way to be, Imogene.

I’m pretty sure Imogene is plotting to kill Ike in his sleep.
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Imogene:  Automatic male heir my arse!  Can’t even have a vote?!?!  *grumble*
You’re not safe, Ike.
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Maybe you can go into protective custody like your dream suggests.

Feel the burn, Helen!  We have an LTW to reach!
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Rockin’ bod for six kids though!

Imogene.
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Dream big.

Oh pretty Ivanna, do not stab yourself with forks.
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What did I just say!?!
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Ivanna:  Pancakes are hurty 😦

Ike does his homework at Ivy’s old desk.
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Or Ike stares morosely at Ivy’s old desk.

Oh Ramon, you never cease to entertain me.
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I like childish Sims.

Ike then rolled the Hit Movie Composer LTW, and I locked it in.
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I so rarely capture their wishes, it was nice to see.  He’s doing well with it, since he likes to play with the household instruments all the time!  Good little SimIdiot!

Oh hey, creepy Miss Evilpants, I didn’t even know you had one of those things.
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Or I forgot.  Which is spookier since I’m not sure where you’d get your hands on one of those soulless creatures.

Aw, how adorable!  Ivy called to chat with her dad.
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She’s got a pretty thought bubble picture.  She’s so blonde!  How’d she get so blonde?  Oh right, Daisy throwback genetics.

The three teens chat in the kitchen.
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Well, Ike and Ivanna chatted.  Imogene was arguing with thin air.

Outside, I spotted signs that the ghosts had been busy in the snow.
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I set Winter to be VERY short, since Lucky Palms doesn’t seem like the kind of place that would get snow for very long.  Good to see someone enjoying it.  That mangled death one looks hella creepy though.

Still needing reports, I have Helen scurry off to Irene’s house.  Now that she’s not a household member, we can write her up to the police!
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She got a SUPER cute house.  I worry for her and that fireplace, however!

Ike is the best.  He works towards his LTW all the time!
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I hate those ceiling lamps.  Gross.

It’s Snowflake Day!  Gotta throw a party!
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A GIFT GIVING party, since the last one I had was so much fun!

Hi Ivy!
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You know?  When most people arrive in the house, they LOVE Ramon.  Not that I want you heartfarting your father, but sheesh!  Cranky much?

Irene brings macaroni and cheese.  Classy.
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And looks disgusted by her littlest sister.

At least Ivanna looks happy…
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…freakishly happy…

It was supposed to be a gift giving party, but no gifts appeared. 😦
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I looked everywhere.  Dude, someone needs to do laundry.

But it is STILL a very special day!
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Ramon is having his elder birthday!

Aw, family.
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And Sammy!
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Julia was invited too, but she couldn’t figure out how to door and went home.  I saw her little blonde head walking away down the street.  Thanks Jules.

Meredith made it too!
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Considering I got her “she’s gonna die soon” pop-up ages ago, I was surprised to see her available on the list.  I don’t really CARE about her anymore, but hey.

Don’t pout sweetie…
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We’ll all still love you!

That’s better.
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And speaking of better…
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Tada!  Elder Ramon!  I tried other hairs, but he just looks so NOT Ramon without his ‘fro.  I opted for glasses in his old age, all those years of staring at the computer screen.  He’s adorable.

Meredith:  BOOO!  Your cake was too small!
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BOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Ivanna didn’t get any either… sheesh.

Hey there Ramon, the bladder ain’t what it used to be.  Quit watching Meredith play chopsticks and go use the restroom.
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He did, thankfully.

Imogene!  Quit breaking the glassware and wasting the liquor.
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And move.  Ike wants some.  Although he could just walk around the bar and get one of those already made ones… And if he wants to talk to Imogene, he might want to LOOK at her… but hey.  Ike is USUALLY a very smart Sim.

Sammy proves that chicks dig musicians.
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And follows the young man into his bedroom to watch him play the keyboard.  You behave yourselves you two.

Upstairs, and much later, Meredith refuses to leave the rocking chair.
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I kept thinking she’d die up there.  But she didn’t.

Although the gift giving party didn’t have any gifts, everyone had a great time and DID manage to head home.
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And our newest elder gets some sleep with his wife.  Aw.

And that’s all for this post!  NO FAILS!

SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  7 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  30 (-150)
Self-Wetting -5:  25 (-125)
Accidental Deaths -10:  0 (YAY!)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Single Births +5:  20 (+100)
Twin Births + 10:  6 (+60)
Triplet Birth +15:  1 (+15)
Fulfilling LTW + 40:  4 (+160)
Honor Roll +5:  2 (+10)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  7 (+70)
Every $100,000 +20:  3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +140

NOW.  There’s some things we have to discuss.  TS4.  I obviously will NOT complete this blog by the time TS4 is out, and I have already pre-ordered my digital download copy… I do not know what to do.  Also, it’s worth pointing out that this blog is 81% full.  I need to figure out how to continue when we reach the threshold.  So… that said… What do I do?  Here’s a little poll where you can leave me some input.

Now, it’s just for me to get an idea what you guys are thinking.  I’m obviously going to want to jump IMMEDIATELY into TS4 the second I get my grubby little hands on it… And I haven’t forgotten I have The Lightnings too… but I think I can finish them before TS4.  I also think I can finish The Zales up to generation 10… AND I wouldn’t need a second site if I DID stop there… but it’s an ALPHABETCY!  I have never seen a completed Alphabetcy… I really wanted to do it.  BUT TS4!  Ugh, I’m stressed out about it.  Okay, please have a vote, and give me some input.
Thanks everyone!

Birthdays, Virtuosos and Zombies 8.11

Hi There!  Welcome welcome!  Last time we visited Casa de Zale, the adults were on vacation, there were a few fails and a whole lotta birthdays!  Let’s see what we get up to this time!

ZALE CHECK!
Ramon is leaving the kitchen on his way to the shower.
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Such a good Sim.

Helen has planted herself in front of the TV.
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And even though she has a “watch TV” wish locked in, it never gets granted… *sigh*

Irene is just standing here…
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And we caught Ivy mid-yawn!  Flattering… 😐

Imogene is off to bed…
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…in her OWN bed!

Ike, looking disgusted, is heading to the piano.
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He’s a virtuoso, don’t ya know.

Ivanna is on her way to the restroom…
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Note the TP and my excellent photography skills.  And Ivy still mid-yawn.  Ha.

And lastly we have Iris, she’s somewhere up in this dark treehouse.
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So, I’m sure he is a virtuoso, but he’s TERRIBLE at the piano…
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Ike:  PLINK PLINK PLINK

Helen rolled a wish to give Ike a gift, so we do.
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It was a book.  Yay.

Of course, Helen is in the midst of her midlife crisis, so she rolled this.
Divorce Ramon
FOUR TIMES.  NO NO NO NO!

Between all the hidden strife within his family life, Ike has taken to all the musical instruments in the house.
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I’ve also seen him on the keyboard.  He actually reached guitar level four in this play session!  I think that’s GREAT for an idiot Sim.  If he was under my rule, he’d be forced to meet his needs, but on his own, he can play the guitar a la his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Angelica.

Oh Ramon, you be cute.
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you’re also the only one home… so…

Oh… Wait… Apparently Irene was also home…
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…here she is, grounded, in her swimwear, and skipping school to paint.

Maid Photobomb
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Level: Bosom.

I was trying to capture how cool it was that artistic Irene was painting in her favorite color.
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See?  LIME.

Meanwhile, Helen, fresh from a PROMOTION (yay!) to Vice or something is here to grant a midlife crisis wish that does NOT involve divorcing one EXCELLENT legacy spouse.
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She wants a makeover!

Sure, this kid will do… do your worst!
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(Note:  Kid is Leslie Tanner, Ivy’s romantic interest.)

Surprisingly, he does a great job!
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At least our Helen likes it… I think I might prefer the “fail” makeovers… but hey.  Her face ❤

Helen, in her fancy new duds, STILL has reports she needs to write…
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Hi Sammy!  Let her in!  It’s pouring!  And not nearly as late as it looks, there’s a storm.

Hey!  You there!  You nearly froze to death mid-questioning, so we have to finish what we started.
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But aw… how cute are the SimSelves?
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While completing the questioning of dearest Laserkatt, Helen rolls another midlife crisis wish.

And for once, it doesn’t involve flirting with someone other than, or divorcing her husband.
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A new tattoo for Helen!  She’s already marked with the Gnome of the Wrist, but we can come up with something legacy related for her…

And with that, she gets a koi fish on her shoulder.  The Koi were picked up by our earliest Zales in Aurora Skies.  I have miraculously managed to move them to every new house.
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We honor the koi.  ❤

Helen returns home to this.
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That is one flooded bathroom!  I heard the water flowing and it took me near five minutes to find the culprit.  Stupid huge house.

What do I spy!?  A bad outfit!
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Why, I’d recognize that ensemble anywhere!  Hi David Brunson (Helen’s half brother).  It’s nice to see you!

That means BIRTHDAYS!
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Ivy’s excitement and Irene’s disgust sum up the two of them perfectly.  Ivanna is derping a little.

Here we go… that’s better… All smiles!
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Don’t mind Ivanna’s phone… someone wants to make her collect beetles.  And there’s Imogene on her way up the stairs.

YAY!
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YAY!*
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*DAFUQ?  what is that in the background?

Julia.  Why is it always you?
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Just because you almost froze to death during questioning does not excuse this behavior!  It isn’t even full moon lighting yet!

Oh ho ho!  Don’t you try that “innocent zombie” face on me!
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I don’t buy it!

AND REALLY!?  Even though you’re lurch walking around like the undead, you manage to laugh at a little girl’s birthday?
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Shame on you!

Your housemate Sammy?  She’s perfectly normal and playing away on the grand piano in the foyer.
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*sigh*  SimSelves! Amirite?

So aside from piano playing, zombified SimSelves, we have BIRTHDAYS!
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Ivy goes first!  Don’t mind ancient Meredith “The Zombie” Brunson in the background.  I got her “she’s gonna die” pop-up…

Ivy rolled (like a good student) “Light Sleeper” adding to artistic, athletic, technophobe and bookworm.  Those are nice compatible traits.
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DUDE!  Daisy throwback hair!  DO YOU SEE IT!  (NOTE:  This is not her makeover shot, I just needed to show off the Daisy hair)

Anyway, here she is!
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I get a great sense of whimsy from her… and she’s beautiful.  Very much like her mother.  She also opted for contacts.

Ivanna goes next, rolling “ambitious” like the good little studious Sim that she is.  This joins absent-minded, grumpy and good.  And oh…
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…Holy Llama.  She’s stunning.  If it wasn’t guaranteed to be Ike (who I promise I still adore) I would have to put it to vote… cuz man!  I knew from her child face she was different.  She is one of my favorite Zales EVER.  And to think… I named her UIG and was ready to obliterate her with a couple clicks of a mouse…

Do you see her?
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But!  There’s one more important birthday still to come… but while Irene gets ready to sparkle, ZombieJulia lurches over to get some cake.
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David:  Toot?

See?  Told ya.
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ZombieJulia and cake, Irene – midsparkle.

Irene had “good sense of humor” locked in, joining absent-minded, artistic, insane and photographer’s eye.  I *had* to keep her hair, it suited her so well.
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She’s really great too, and I’ll miss having her around!

Nice Julia.
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Better than brains, I guess.

Here’s Sammy still…
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And although she’s ignoring the Zales…

…They are NOT ignoring her…
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And I thought Julia was the zombie…  All those Zales are tapping their toes to Sammy’s “rhythm”.  A couple more joined even after I captured that shot.

Checking on Ivy… OH HELL NO.
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We are putting that dude AWAY!  She’s a grown woman!

Goodbye Childhood.
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Goodbye Riley!

A quick couple gifts for her eldest daughters…
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Lovely Ivy, looking beautiful, gets a random greeting card photo.

And Irene…
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…I think we gave her a pumpkin seed.

I move them out together, and the Zale House is down to six…

And with that, Abraham Zale watched the first born of the NINTH generation head out on their own.
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He looks happy, don’t you think?

***

And that’s all for this update!  It seemed as fine a stopping point as any, even if it is a little short for a Zale post.  More to come soon, I promise!  Until next time, Happy Simming!

NO FAILS!

SCORE:
Failing school -5:  1 (-5)
Game Sent a Service Sim -5:  7 (-40)
Passing Out -5:  30 (-150)
Self-Wetting -5:  25 (-125)
Accidental Deaths -10:  0 (YAY!)
Social Worker Visit -15:  0 (YAY!)
Single Births +5:  20 (+100)
Twin Births + 10:  6 (+60)
Triplet Birth +15:  1 (+15)
Fulfilling LTW + 40:  4 (+160)
Honor Roll +5:  2 (+10)
Randomize Traits for an Entire Generation +10:  7 (+70)
Every $100,000 +20:  3 (+60)
Spouse Tops Career +10:  3 (+30)
I Called a Repairperson -10:  4 (-40)
Repo-man -5:  1 (-5)
TOTAL: +140