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A Time to Choose 14.8

Welcome back!  It’s the post we’ve all been waiting for!  Okay, not really, but this post is important.  It’s SimNaWriMo, and this post will have an heir poll.  Since the whole point of SimNaWriMo is to get motivated and writing, and heir polls are forced breaks, I thought it was important to get this up as soon as possible.

Voting will only last between 5-7 days.

I will have a poll up here on this site, and over on boolprop.  Feel free to vote both places, if you wish.

So let’s get started!  Zale Check!

Rajan and Mindy are being cute/gross.
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Oscar is about to wet himself, pass out, or both.
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Don’t let his adorable expression fool you.

Owen successfully found a place to sleep.
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And is dreaming of his dad.  Aw.

And little kitten “Big Ears” is also getting his adorable snooze on.
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I can’t wait to see him as a cat.

Ghosties!
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Sorry about the bad crop 😦  It’s Gustave, Mindy, ABRAHAM!, Flora & that hooker Traci.

Eric also appeared while I was down there.
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Hi buddy.

Rajan has happily usurped Mango’s previous role of OMOH (Old Man of House).
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And why that chair is glowing, I have no idea.

So hey guys?  When heir poll comes?
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I like this one.  Just sayin’.

This one wants a horse, and there’s no room in Isla Paradiso for horses.
screenshot-9And the last male heir was a green Sim with gold eyes… but vote however you want!  🙂

Everyone loves the kitten.
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Myself included!  Ferdy ❤

These crack me up…
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One year of marriage?  But they have adult kids!  Silly SimTime is Silly.

Olive is getting married!
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Congrats!

It’s Spooky Day!  Natalie is hosting a Feast Party!
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It’s early in the day, however, and Natalie has rolled another doable midlife crisis wish.
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So we’re off!

She wants a tattoo… she already has the gnome… what should we get her?  Something lifeguard-y?
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Or something beach or ocean related?

I opt for an octopus on her shoulder, which means the artist is actually tattooing in the correct spot!
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First time for everything!

Another harmless flirt with the tattoo artist and…
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…welcome to midlife Nat, you really look great. 🙂

We buy another table for the upcoming feast!
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I haven’t held one of these in a LONG time.  Should be fun!

Nothing like a little ballet in blue jeans for our Mr. Insane.
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His cute little face. ❤

Uh Natalie?  Something you need to tell me?
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Natalie: I tried to fix the trash compactor.  I was not successful.  Shut up.
Well hurry up and shower, guests are arriving soon.

Olive and some rather interesting guests have arrived!
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Sideways hat and wallet chain guy looks super stupid, but he brought dim sum (so cultured!) and played the piano the entire time!  The Zales sure don’t play it.

Party in full swing!  Owen breaks a bottle…
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CRASH!

…Tunes are playing…
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…And Natalie is making a pumpkin pie!
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How cute!

We even get some trick or treaters!
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Owen took care of it all by himself.
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Too cute.

Hey look!  Nate’s rather pregnant wife Rosemarie gets her boogie on!
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Her little face and shimmy.  This post is adorable.

A rather chubby cheerleader heart-farts Oscar than takes candy from him.
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As soon as she turns her back, Oscar makes some rather rude gestures.
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*woof woof*  Not nice, Oscar.

Olive is literally “getting down”.
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Too funny!  I don’t recognize long straight-hair woman.  Cute though!

This picture.  Oh Sims, how I love thee.
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Everyone LOVED the party, but I missed the pop-up about how awesome it was.

Nate and Rose had their daughter Megan!
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MOAR ZALE COUSINS! ❤ ❤

Short-lived happiness…
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Just like his brother, Noah – as soon as the baby was born, trouble in paradise.

After the party, its back to work!  Natalie can now do the “heroic lifeguard run” which is a total spoof off Bay Watch and the slow motion footage.
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You can’t tell in the still image, but it’s super funny!  I even put Natalie in a Bay Watch-esque style swimsuit.  Love it.

Nate goes down!
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SO DRAMATIC.

Uh, hey there Tiger… good party last night?
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Ha ha ha ha ha!

We save Nate, and he proceeds to grumble and scowl at Natalie.
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Fine.  We’ll let you die next time.

It had been too long since we saw Ferdinand.
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OMG the cute.  He was rolling around on the rug.  It was adorable.

Wasting time and granting wishes until the boys get home from school.
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What happens after school you say?  Birthday!
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Owen’s off doing homework somewhere, and Natalie can’t get through the maid, but Dad cares!
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Oscar has born salesman locked in.  He added to brave, insane, excitable and love the heat.

Owen is still a teen, so no LTW yet, and he’s missing a trait, but so far he is equestrian, friendly, hates the outdoors and a slob.

It’s voting time!
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Thanks for reading!  See you in a week!

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One Goodbye, One Hello 14.7

Welcome back!  SimNaWriMo Zale Update Number 2!

Stuff happens, let’s get started!

These two are on an outing?
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I don’t recall starting an outing, but I also don’t recall Sims ever starting one on their own?  Oh well, enjoy yourselves!  Father and daughter look NOTHING alike, just sayin’.

Getting her skillz on.
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I love Natalie.

Sheesh!  Nice outfit there, Mango.
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Good heavens.

There, all better ya old coot.
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I like how you wear glasses and carry glasses in your pocket.

Hey, Nat got promoted again!
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I do believe this is the top of the career.  Good for her!

Poor Nate and his wife are having troubles. 😦
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Maybe he preferred her ancient?  Or was counting on her dying soon?  Not cool, Nate.  Not cool.

It’s rainy and cold at the beach this fall day.
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I don’t expect a lot of drowning.

So she builds a sandcastle.
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And tries to keep warm.
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So hey!   Look!
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A Sim DID drown at the beach on the cold rainy day, but you guys have seen enough of that, so I didn’t both capturing it, but look!  Even though her rescue counter reset a bunch of times, looks like the game was still keeping track somewhere.  Cool beans!

Neat.
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I’ve never seen this before.  Not sure what to do with it, but there ya go!  An Island!

Nice day on the beach…
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😐

Ophelia went home from school with this fashion nightmare.
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She’s actually quite lovely, so I came to the rescue.
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There.  All better.

Natalie’s twin sister Nova is an adult, and has been for ages, and Natalie still has 17 days to mature adulthood.  That’s crazy wrong.  Natalie’s own twins are about to age into adulthood.  Anyhoo, Mango spurred this hug, and it reminded me that he’s going to die any minute.
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I’ll miss having the plant man around.

Hey, look who’s home!
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Owen the sleepy head!  We have a BIG day coming!

Noah’s here!
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Nate and his wife too!
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Who just rejected flowers from him 😦

How cute, they brought food.
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And big head in the foreground is Gavin Wolf, Ophelia’s RI from prom.

Spiky blonde here is Olive’s prom date.
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I use up their once per life stage actions to spur a couple heat of the moment kisses.
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Ophelia went first!

And it’s a success!
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LOL that mouth.  Gross.

Olive takes a turn and is also well-received.
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Let’s see if Story Progression keeps them together out in the world.

I take the first 4 cakes of this massive birthday event and age up Olive, Ophelia and their boyfriends.
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Olive goes first amidst all the hooting and hollering.

She rolls hopeless romantic to join performer, loves the heat, genius and couch potato.
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She’s a very unique Sim, and I’m quite fond of her.  She gets the perfect student LTW.

Ophelia’s guy Gavin goes next.
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The floor waffles really tie this picture together.

In CAS I learn he’s absent minded, ambitious, athletic (could’ve fooled me), good & handy.
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HA HA HA, omg, look at him.  His LTW is international super spy, which is definitely not the look he’s going for here… more like being swallowed by his pants guy.

There, all better for Gavin.
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Kinda cute even.

Tomas, Olive’s fella is the next to steal Zale cake in that idiotic tux tshirt.
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He’s charismatic, dare devil, family oriented, perfectionist and a slob.  His LTW is private eye.  He’s also a face one, so I get out my sculpting knife and randomly drag sliders around until tada!  A sloppy PI is born.
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Good enough.

Ophelia takes a turn.  She rolls natural performer, adding it to grumpy, disciplined, evil & sailor.  She’s not what I was hoping for when I blended Rajan & Natalie, but she’s definitely not boring!
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BTW, I made her LTW gold digger, just for fun.

And like most Sims, looks better in-game.
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Although not much.  Ha ha ha.

I force Natalie’s aging, and she goes next.
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She gets a little bit of a makeover, cover’s the midriff and losses the high heels.  Lovely as always.

Last but not least, and if my game crashes now, I’ll quit forever, Olive breaks her newly adult-style leg while rooting for blinking Owen to make a wish.
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Teenager Owen rolls equestrian to join friendly, hates the outdoors, and slob.  Good luck riding those indoor horses, there, buddy.
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He has a similar perma-worried look, like his brother, although it’s not quite as endearing on Owen, in my humble opinion.

Although his sweet family is there to root for him.
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Aww.

Hey what do I spy here?  Bottom right?
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That cake is hiding another Zale cousin!
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Karlie and Noah are expecting!  YAY!

While watching all the guests, the doorbell rang!
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This dude had an “adopt a pet from neighbor” option, and I was going to do JUST that…

…but then… Mango?  You’re looking a little floaty…
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You okay there good buddy?

Mango reaches out… my drink!
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Sorry, hon.  Not today.

And then, with so much cake… cake on the floor, cake on the table, cake in the hands of the idiots…
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Mango exits this world.  Goodbye, plant man.

Noah:  Daddy!  *sob sob sob* Great party!
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Natalie and Owen:  Who’s gonna feed us!?!? *Wail wail wail*
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Mr. “I smell young adults” university llama: Did I come at a bad time?

Olive and Ophelia get the boot, and the house is down to four.
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Hard to believe!

Nova had her baby!  A boy named Amos.
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Lookie there!  He’s red!  Like his uncles Nate & Noah and grandma Mindy.
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Also looks like Bobbie went all “mature adult” on us, and aged out of his perfectly fine makeover I made him.  Fine.  Look all bald and stupid.

Olive starts to date, and not her RI either.
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Fine, he’s not ancient, so go for it.

And she got a kitten!
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OMG, how cute!

This reminded me that I was about to adopt a pet from Mr. Mohawk, but then Mango went and died.  So it’s time to make an official adoption attempt.

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I could NOT say no to those ears!  Ferdinand joins the family!  Hello KITTEN!

Um, someone needs to clean up down here.
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Seriously…  Who just puts cake on the floor?  WHO DOES THAT?

Anyhoo, Rajan is the first to pick up Ferdinand.
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How FREAKING CUTE IS THIS KITTEN?

Aww, beebee…
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I am ded.
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Holy crap.

New kitten aside, Natalie is having a midlife crisis.  She has rolled a couple doable wishes… flirt with someone else, and get a make over.  I can handle both those things.  Off to the salon!
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Mr. Fabulous here gives her a terrible look.

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Yeah, Nat, not to my taste either.

A quick outfit change and friendly flirt later, and we’re two wishes completed.
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It’s the brief chilly season here on the islands, and Natalie dons her outerwear for like, the first time ever.
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Cute.

Hey, Karlie had her baby!
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Yay!

I’m ded again.
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This kitten is too cute for words.

It’s always nice when your idiots chat together.
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These two socialized nicely before work/school.

Poor Natalie enjoys another cold, wet day in the lifeguard business.
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Cold, wet and desolate.
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I was just about to save and quit, when I spotted this pop-up.
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You two stop that right now.  You just had a new baby!

And on that note, that’s all for this update!  Continue to stick around, there’s even more where this came from.  And an HEIR POLL!  So come back soon, mm’kay?

Happy Simming!

Catching Up with the Spares 14.6

Hey!  It’s SimNaWriMo!  These posts will be a little shorter than usual… cuz if I get enough of them, I get a shiny medal!  And like a dear friend of mine, I too am a dirty, dirty cheater.  But I think you’ll still have a little fun, so let’s get started!

Zale Check!
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Mango is eating cake!  Shocking!

Rajan just finished eating cake.
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Riveting!

Natalie is using the facilities.
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Sorry for the privacy invasion, Nat.  Nothing personal, just the way the Zale-Check cookie crumbles.

Olive also has just finished some cake.
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Zale Check.  Much cakey.

Ophelia is waiting for the bathroom.
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Because there aren’t like, six others in this house.

Oscar is heading inside to “view” the laundry rack.
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Okay then, Oscar.  You be you, honey.

Lastly little Owen is pouting about having eaten his cake.
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I know those lights are so bright, but if I turn them down my pictures suck…  I try not to capture them too often.

As soon as the game is unpaused, Natalie got promoted!
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Well, good for her!

Mr. Hate the Outdoors was caught lounging a la camouflage style on the patio.
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Must still be leisure day… and he looks SOOO BORED.

Mango interrupted Oscar’s trip to view the laundry rack.
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I’m a little disappointed, I kinda wanted to capture that.

Just as leisure day comes to a close, I have Natalie take a dip right off their property.
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They really do have the coolest house.

I head the dreaded chime o’ the fail, and clicked down the portrait panel until I spotted this:
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For shame, Olive, for SHAME!

And right in front of your dad too.
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I laughed out loud at Rajan’s face and thought bubble.  I mean, what else would you do when watching your teenage daughter wet herself in a house full of bathrooms.

One last look over his shoulder, and Owen is off to boarding school!
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I had almost forgotten!  See ya kiddo!

The married couple enjoy a meal together.
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As Nat waves goodbye to her son over the fumes of dirty dishes…

Natalie is the one who rolled the wish to send Owen away, and then when he actually leaves…
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…she cried about it.  Well, whatever, Natalie.

Dudes – so we all got game updates, right?  Well, I updated my game, they totally patched the “dive into water” vs. slowly wading to the rescue.  It was like, the stupidest part of the lifeguard career – a Sim would be drowning, and your lifeguard would RUN to the water… pause… then do that stupid slow-ass wade into the water…then pause…then start swimming to the rescue.  It was REALLY silly… but…
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Natalie DOVE in to save that Sim… here I’ll try to capture it…

SEE!?!?!
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It’s great!  Really!  And funny thing is, when I had her go swimming a few shots ago on leisure day, I *thought* I saw her dive in… and I was like, did that just happen?  And it DID!  This is super cool, you guys… really.

Moving on…

People at the beach that day were all very hungry.
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So Natalie breaks her wrist to feed the masses.

It was well-received.
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How nice.

For the first time, I actually saw a Sim collapse on the beach, not just noticed their needing to be rescued symbol.
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Bald Baby:  Daddy?

Back at home, Ophelia had a guest… and he appears to have eyes for her!
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With those two mouths, they’d make weird kids.  And he seems to REALLY enjoy watching her choke on that hotdog.  Hmm, there buddy.  Hmm indeed.

How cute is Oscar doing his homework at the bar?
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Like, so cute.

Hey – Rajan got offered a new job!
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He’s been a very good and hard-working idiot Sim.  We go ahead and change jobs.

Nat Calls Owen at boarding school.
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He’s doing just fine and having a nice time.

I then decided I needed to go find the spares.

Nova, pregnant with her second child, her husband Bobbie and their daughter Hilary live here.
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Sorry guys, that great little rec room you’ve got on the right?  I’m converting it into a nursery.

There we go, far more family friendly.
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They also didn’t have a TV, and what fun is that?
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Or a decent place to have a meal…
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I had to put a picnic table down though, as inside their wasn’t a lot of space for dining.  It’s a cool houseboat, but not great for a family.  A couple makeovers and we’ll be all done with this place.

Cute little Hilary:
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She give her seal of approval to the new renovation.
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Bobbie gets himself a pretty solid “dad” makeover.
screenshot-30His traits are pretty basic – Charismatic, childish, handy, good & loner.

Nova is preggo so I can’t change her clothes, but they’re the ones I picked for her YA birthday, so they shouldn’t be too terrible.  I do manage to get rid of the awful hair she matured into and put her back in the hair we’re used to seeing her in.
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Such a pretty Sim.

Ha, I was out taking care of the spares, and SP hooked Mango up with Persephone.  I thought I captures a screenshot of it, but I guess not… well, Per, you’re just in for some heartache, as Mango could die any minute.

I found Noah and his household.
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He was off to the salon.  He’s 4 days to mature adulthood.

I located his wife Karlie, and age her down from elder to adult.
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I think she looks a little like Lisa Kudrow, so I give her a “Phoebe” style look.  Maybe they’ll have a kid or two, now that she’s of childbearing age again.

Moderately entertaining, Karlie’s life is pretty dramatic.
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Karlie and her ex-husband Teodor have 3 daughters and a grandson.  Teodor had an affair while married and is actually Palmira’s father!

Teodor also has a toddler child with current girlfriend Nia.  Busy guy.
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Of course, now that I’ve aged her down, it could only get more interesting.
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This is their super cute little houseboat, and their cute little dog Gabby.  Karlie’s two eldest daughters lived with them, so I kicked them out, but kept the pup.

How cute!
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The regular Zales need a pet.

I add a little space for a little one, should the need arise.
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And a place for Gabby to sleep.

Noah’s little life is all set.
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Off to find Nate!  But hey, fun story, I can’t find Nate ANYWHERE.  And Natalie’s rescues have reset for the second time.  She was back up to 17, and now she’s at zero again.  Good thing I quit keeping score ages ago, since she’ll never complete this.

Natalie:  Don’t blame me, I’m just over here working on my ballet skill.
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I don’t blame you, Natalie.  You just aren’t likely to get a fancy golden urn.

The next RL day, I opened up the game to try to find Nate again, and I FINALLY located him.  The family name on the lot was “Greenwood” which isn’t even his wife’s maiden name.  I update that to Zale real quick and scope out Nate’s wife Rosemarie’s life.
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She too is an elder, with grown kids and a few grand-kids.

Whoa, she’s 104 days old.  See all those boats in her queue?
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They’re all “vomit”.  She REALLY wants to throw up.  I have to reset her to get her unstuck.

I ger her home and age her down to adult.
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Look how cute she is!  Aside from being ancient, Nate made a good choice.

They also have two dogs.  Mochi Zale:
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Look at the fluffers!  (His eyes look creepy human though…)

And Dexter Greenwood… aha, there’s that name.
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Cute little Dexter’s lifebar is full.  Bummer.  (And I’m working on that outdoor shadow issue… I’ve done a few things, hopefully it’ll be better…)

Nate and Rose have a TON of money, but life in this little hut.
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It’s actually pretty cool…
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But there’s no room for a family.  I add some stuff so they can take care of the dogs.  Maybe if they have kids it’ll spur an SP move all on their own.

And that’s it for this little post!  We’ve caught up with the spares and made sure everyone is squared away.

There’s more to come (and soon too!)  So don’t go far!  Until next time, Happy Simming!