Category Archives: Generation 2 – B

Bettina Passes The Torch 2.9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cyrus & Traci, too danged cute.

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

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

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

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

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

Wedding?

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

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

Happy Simming!

Cyrus Meets a Mate 2.8

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

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

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

Boring Leif
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But very handsome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aw, he misses video games…

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Abe: “Hi Sweetheart!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Simming!

The Zales Head to China 2.7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beautiful game is beautiful. 0_0

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

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

Base Camp Adventures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Celine:  That Rice Tourist book?  IT SUCKED

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

Is she elderfaced again?
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Yes.  Gross and creepy.

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

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

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Leif reappears!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fail.

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

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Siblings are cute.

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

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

And **FREEZE**

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

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

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

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

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

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

The End of an Era 2.6

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

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

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So she did…

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

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

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

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

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

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I’m sorry Benji.

Celine & Cyrus…
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I’m so sorry…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speechless 2.5

Hello.  I’d talk to you about what happened last time, and make vague attempts at wit and humor.  But as this post is titled, I’m speechless.  WARNING – this post is depressing.  Let’s get on with it.

First, knowing Abe is old, I’ve been carefully monitoring his stats.  At the beginning of this play session incredibly brief due to extreme trauma, Abe was 94 days and had accumulated a whopping 206,803 LTH points.  I knew his time was limited.  I was prepared.  Okay – moving on.

HAPPY ZALE FAMILY BREAKFAST!
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Bettina: Dad?  Don’t eat the old ratatouille.  It’s gone off.  Even Benji is bothered by it.
Abe: Yummy!
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Celine: Grandpa?  I don’t think you should eat food that is emitting toxic fumes.
Abe:  La la la YUMMERS!
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Abe: OMG WHAT IS THIS ROTTING PILE OF CRAP ON MY PLATE!
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MMMmm tasty.
Seriously, he ate that entire plate of rotten food, and I was so afraid I’d have to see an old man horking up rotten food to the porcelain gods, and I was like, OMG, he’s gonna die.

He didn’t.  BUT OMG HAI!

Angelica appeared!
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Bettina:  Momma?!? I miss you so much Momma!  Is that you?!?

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Bettina: It is you!  I’m trying to raise babies, and I miss you so much, and I’m worried about dad, and hugz.
(I warned you, depressing)

Everyone went off to work and school, except Leif, he had the day off.  And Abe came home alarmingly early…

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I know Leif.  I know…
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The FEELS!!!
Leif made the hand gesture I was making at the same time.  Although his mouth is closed and his brow is furrowed.  And I was agape.  Agog.  A-stuff.  A-sad.

I know Leif.  I know.  And you were the only one home, to witness this tragedy, but I’m kinda grateful.  Abe wouldn’t want to hurt the grandbabies or Bettina.  I’m glad it was just you Leif.  You and a very sad cat.
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And then…
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Benji YOWLED and Abe PLED and I LOST MY SHIT!

I clicked on Benji, cuz she went all orange, and I wanted to see what she was suffering from, and ya know, aside from the TERRIBLY BROKEN HEART, she’d queued up this!!
Good Kitty
Damn straight.  You harass that jackass.  GOOD KITTEH!
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YEAH KITTEH!  YOU GO!  HARASS THAT FOUNDER STEALING JACKASS!  I FUCKING LOVE YOU SO MUCH KITTEH!  I’M GLAD I NEVER GAVE YOU A TAIL, YOU’RE PURRFECT AS IS!

Then wait… What?
BEST KITTEH EVAR
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Benji!  I knew I loved you.  I knew.  I mean, you overshadowed Celine’s birth.  But this?  This?  This is Ninja Wizard Magic.  Benji saved Abe.  I have never ever seen this ever ever EVAR, but there it is!  And then this!

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Rainbow sparkles and Benji’s love for Abe shines through time and space (*SOB*)

This face…
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…The Happy.

Cuz the cat saved him.  And we wouldn’t have a cat if we didn’t have Leif and his cat person-ness, and we wouldn’t have Leif if I didn’t pick Bettina, who I loved, but upon review of my fancy new header realized was pretty much a clone of Angelica – well, it all happened for a FUCKING REASON – and the cat saved Abe.  My founder.  My dearest pile of pixels…

DO YOU SEE THAT FACE UP THERE!?!?

OMG SO MUCH WIN!!!

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Abe: What the hell?
Benji: PUHLEEZ DON’T GO I LUV YOU SO MUCH YOWLPURR!
Death: Peace bitches *pOOf*

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ABE: I’m ALIVE!  I have a bit of a migraine, but I’m alive!
I’m assuming the emotional whiplash has made Leif so complacent… but he doesn’t appear to care.

… Right, then …

OMFG NO

Fuck this shizz.
Abe not only is on death’s door once again, but I bet Benji won’t save him again, and I won’t have this freakin’ emotional rollercoaster, and OMGWTF!!!

So.  I calmed down.  I walked away.  I came back.  I’m really no worse off than before Benji saved Abe.  I mean, Benji saving Abe means he’s just going to die again.  And the game crashing and being HORRIBLE means Abe is just going to die again.  So maybe we’ll be okay.

Cry a lot

Happy Simming?

Life Goes On 2.4

Hello Simmers!

We last left the Zale family adrift in grief over the loss of founding spouse Angelica.  A baby girl was born, who was completely overshadowed by the cat, Benji.  Cyrus became a child and Leif got electrocuted while attempting to repair the broken TV!  Did he survive?

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Yes, yes he did.  And here he is reading the pregnancy book to Cyrus!  This family and inappropriate reading material!  Oh well, Cyrus looks freaking THRILLED with it… so yeah…

Then a singed Leif headed off to sleep…
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In Abe’s bed.  Is his missing his flirty mother in law?  Gross.

LOLZ!  BENJI!
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You go!

Hey! Zale family’s first haunting!  Hi Angelica!
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(I really like the way that skirt looks ghostified)
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She had a blast on the trampoline and was squealing with delight from across the netherworld.  It was pretty cute.

The next morning, silly Cyrus missed the bus!  Bettina had to send him off to school on his bike!
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Another ISBI first for the Zales!

Aw Leif is super cute and awesome in this post.  I was annoyed at him for flirting with Angelica and getting electrocuted, but he is pretty spectacular.
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Aw…

Bettina works on getting Celine skilled up!
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Seriously, this child was a VERY fast potty trainer, a great little walker (but ya know, I used a walker…) but talking?  SLOWEST SIM EVER.

Leif continues being awesome by playing catch with his son
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He only hit him in the face with it, like, TWICE!

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And he parents Celine wonderfully.  This was such a cute little moment.

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LOL Celine, it’s not a chair!  You’re doin’ it wrong!

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Benji “This Red Room makes me think of shiny red lobster tails.”  She is so adorbs!

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Bettina flexes her hidden evil trait.  I mean look at her face.  She is going to take her boy DOWN.  And poor Cyrus!  He’s trying so hard!  Seriously Betts, he’s just a boy.  Go easy on him.

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STILL learning – and look how low that bar is?!?
Bettina:  Maassk, say mask Celine.  Mmmmaaasssk
Celine:  …

Hey!  Lookie here!
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There was a rare sunny day in Aurora Skies, and Leif decided to eat left over birthday cake outside on our new patio!  Thanks Leif!

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OMG Abe, do NOT choke on your favorite waffles.  His lifebar is FULL and I’m very worried for him.  No choking.

BEHOLD!
Random Curry Wurst
A RANDOM CURRY WURST APPEARS.  No seriously.  Where the hell did this come from?  There aren’t left overs in the fridge from a guest bringing them to a party, and as you can see, no one in the household made it?  And this is the FIRST TIME I have seen anything called a Curry Wurst in the game.  Fascinating.

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MY NAME IS CELINE AND I CRY BECAUSE I’M A STUPID BABY AND I CAN’T TALK FOR NO REASON.
(Her stats are green and full and shiny, and she cries and cries.)

Leif got promoted, and we got to pick Special Agent of Forensic Analyst or something.  Leif doesn’t seem “Forensicky” so I opted for special agent, and doesn’t he look snazzy in his vice squad uniform?
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I think he does.  And I like him.  A lot.

Oooh ooh ooh, while I’m talking about jobs (transition master!)
Here’s the lot I built so Bettina could be a fortune teller.  I showed it once before, but it was covered in snow.
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I think it’s lovely – but that’s cuz it’s my first ever built community lot.

So, while things and stuff were happening (transition master??) Cyrus asked Leif for a bedtime story.  After watching all the children be forcefully exposed to adult reading materials, I bought my Zales a bookcase, and put all the child books from the household inventory on it.
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Let’s see what he picks, shall we?


….
…..
LOGIC!
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It’s still not a children’s book, but I’m happy!  With his spiceberry camo bedding.  Aw.

Check out this sweet, sweet moment captured in my ISBI.  Bettina is at work, by the way
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Grandpa and Celine, Daddy and Cyrus.  The awws are extreme.  :’-)

Then Leif asked Abe if he wanted to play catch outside.  They were interrupted by…
ZOMBIES!
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I watched Abe cue up “Zombie Attack” and I worried for his old man ticker…
But I had nothing to worry about – Abe is a Zombiephile.  Cuz this one is SMOKIN’!
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Abe says “oh yeah! I loves the dead rotting skin and sunkin’ cheeks.  YOU’RE HAWT!”
Old Abe is weird.

MUHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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I had paused the game to get up and do something IRL, and when I came back, I thought I’d click around and see what was up.  Never ever has there ever been a better pause.  I caught this zombie being unceremoniously tossed from the trampoline.  I’m sorry, not to toot my own horn, but best.shot.ever.  And it serves him RIGHT for trying to “attack” poor Abe.

And Look!  it’s Old Panda Zombie!  She returns!
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So, I’m just gonna tell you, this ENTIRE play session (which was quite long) I was waiting for Abe to die.  He autonomously queued up this “hug” action for Bettina…
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And I thought he was saying goodbye.  And it made me sad.

Who da hell is this?
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I moused over her, and it said “Pat Zale”  I went frantically searching family trees, and there’s no sign of offspring, and the spares haven’t been out long enough for a child this old?  But then I saw the telltale orb of light over her head, and I thought, she’s an Imaginary Friend!  But then she vanished, and when I clicked active household members, I couldn’t see her, so she must be one of the spares IF.  The spares you say?  Are they here?

They are!
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Becca, Blair having a non-photogenic moment, and Baxter!
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Beatrix’s face, Abe, and Breanne!
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Blanca Sloan, Beatrix’s girlfriend is here too.  And that pudgy girl back there?  That’s paparazzi.
Blanca looks terrified.  Because she is.  She’s staring at a vampire.

Why is everyone here you say?  Birthday!  Times two!
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Leif!  And…
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Leif: MAKE IT STAHP!
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Aw… Adult Leif:
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He’s handsome.

Bettina!
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“I AM A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE”
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“No I’m not!  I make this look GOOD” EVILEVILEVIL!  I first thought Amy was silly, but Bettina has something a little Evil about her.  And I ❤ her even MOAR for it.

Both are in the midst of mid-life crises.

And in case you were wondering, the spares are closer than ever:
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MUHAHAHA, I’m funny.  Beatrix and Becca and table and chair become one.

Bettina wanted a make over for a mid-life crisis wish, so I happily obliged.
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We’ll see how it goes!

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As soon as I saw it, I knew it was supposed to be “bad”, but I liked it!
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Yup, I knew she wouldn’t.  AND OMFG THE PHONE.  STFU.

And then, inspiration struck!  Gnome of the Wrist!  All TH’s are going to have a gnome on their wrist, like Abe got the day he asked Angelica out to meet him at the salon.
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Thanks Older Preggo Looking Vampire Woman!
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…Back at home… (TRANSITION!)

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Abe and the pretty maids, LULZ.

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Maid:  Whelp, I guess I’m done here, $125 bucks please.
Trash Pile:  HEY!  YOU FORGOT ME!

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Lovely Celine.  She rolls absent minded to go with eccentric and clumsy.  I like her.  Lots.  But I really like Cyrus too, and since I PLANNED on going boy/girl/boy/girl, I’ll PROBABLY pick him.  Probably.

Celine TOTALLY digs her new big girl bed.
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And, for the first time this legacy…
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A REAL STORY is read to a child.  Not a skill or pregnancy book.  It looks a bit grown up for Cyrus, but I’m happy nonetheless.

Abe Zale is 94 sim days old, and is still kicking.  And I’m grateful.  Cyrus will be aging into a teenager on the next play session, so I’m sure you’ll want to come back and see us soon!

Until then, Happy Simming!

Death Comes Calling – 2.3

HI!  We left off with Leif and Bettina having a son, Angelica and Abe flirting shamelessly – and a party was happening!  For Cyrus is now a toddler!  We return to our regularly scheduled programming with Blair flexing her evil trait once more, and scaring her mother!

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Hey, Be careful!  She’s OLD!
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LOL her face.  But seriously Blair – her ticker ain’t what it used to be.

Hey Look!  I put down some books (which the annoying maid kept magic-ing into household inventory) and Cyrus found them!
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Oh Abe…
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And a pregnant Betts helps Cyrus learn his life skills!
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And I discovered Bettina has a hidden “Likes Spicy Food” trait, because she got a positive moodlet from this!
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She had eaten hot and sour soup that a party guest had delivered ages ago.

And Aw…
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Bettina and Kitteh in front of Beatrix’s old painting.  MEMORIES!

And then… this…

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!
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STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT!
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Damn straight Leif.  You talk about the hail.  No more.  No less.  Angelica!  You SKANK!

Uh, Angelica?
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I take it back – you’re not a skank… WAIT!
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Oh… Oh Angie…  She was 92 Sim days, and just flirted with her son in law and made me mad…  Fine.  Be gone.  But…

I’m sorry Abe.
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(I think he needs an exorcist – his head glitched all the way around like a possessed owl)  But his face!  Aw…
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But!  Angelica met her maker with dignity becoming a co-founder.
Perfect Time for Labor...
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Oh – see that up there? The labor alert?  No mind… Bettina doesn’t even notice…
Oh wait…
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Can you IMAGINE!?!  Momma?  MOMMA!  OMG DA BABY IS COMING?!? MOM!?!
Cue Abe’s first pregnancy freak out ever – never mind the fact that he had six children.  He slept through all their births…
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Where’s the husband you say? (Poor mourning Benji in the background… sad cat is sad. =(  )
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Watching TV, and MOURNING HIS MISTRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!! (okay – they just flirted a bit, but still, every time he’d mourn I’d be all “stfu you jackass”)
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Leif: Oh hey Betts, you goin’ somewhere’s?  OMGYOURMOMISGONECOUGARWAHHHHHHH
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Oh no Leif, it’s fine you sit there and mourn.  It’s cool.  SHE’S JUST HAVING YOUR BABY!
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COUGARMOTHERINLAWWAAAAAAAH!  -_-

Then he finally headed out to join his wife and earned some of my affections back…
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Cuz sweet, we haz a cruiser.

All that aside, IT’S A GIRL!
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Ahem… it’s a CAT!  Because apparently Benji’s birthday overshadowed the birth of hereby unknown girl child Celine.  I wrote down her traits, but now you don’t get to know because KITTEH!
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I did NOT cheat a tail on her, it just didn’t seem very “Benji” so here she is, and she’s fantastic.  But yeah, there’s a new baby… Somewhere…

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Aww!  Abe loves Benji too! (I SWEAR – there is a new grandbaby in the house…)

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Aw, Leif?  Did she wake you up?  Oh well, you have to go to work anyway!

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Benji Loves Bettina… ❤
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And is PAINFULLY adorable…

Right… on to the PEOPLE… there’s still a child you haven’t seen… and… well, Cyrus is still here…
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Skillin’.

Bein’ Cute:
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Gettin’ loves
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And… Seriously – I joked about the Fallen Legacy awhile back… But watch this:

Yes Abe, I know you need to pee.  Go pee.
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I TOLD YOU TO GO PEE!  I SWEAR!
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YES, PISSING YOURSELF WILL MAKE YOU SMELL BAD!  GO SHOWER.
I SWEAR… IF YOU SIT BACK DOWN I’LL….
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Laugh really hard… MARLENA

While Abe pisses himself and sits in his own filth, Cyrus learns to talk!
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(Doesn’t he have a sister?  Where the hell is his sister?!?)

Bettina catches some Zzz’s in the chair.  NO ABE…
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YOU CANNOT HAVE IT.

And then, before he’s not an adorable little child anymore – CYRUS PICSPAM!
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Thanks Leif!  Lookin’ hawt.

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Too Cute!
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Aw! (Damn down wall!)
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It’s a YETI!

And then, all life-stages must come to pass, and it’s BIRTHDAY TIME!

But what’s this?  A PINK BLANKET?!?
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SHE LIVES!  CELINE EXISTS!
(seriously, I have no idea why I failed to get ANY pictures of her until this moment.  I guess Angelica’s death shook me a bit…)

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Apparently we didn’t even invite people… Just a family party.  But they care!

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HERE SHE HIS HOLY CRAP I SWEAR SHE’S REAL AND I LOVE HER:
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Celine rolled clumsy and eccentric, she loves purple, rock, porcini risotto, and she’s a libra.  She has deceased Angelica’s dark hair, GORGEOUS eye shape in Abe Zale’s lovely grey, and it looks like Leif’s mouth?  Who knows.  But here she is.  I might not go b/g/b/g.  Cuz she’s rad.

We SOLD THE ROCKER and redid the nursery!  I replaced the orange in the décor with purple, and I think it looks okay!
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And cute cheating is cute
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But wait?  Is that Baxter and Becca?
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And Blair too!
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*waves* HI BLAIR (don’t mind build/buy mode… maybe I was getting the cake?)

Cuz it’s the C-Baby I Care About’s BIRTHDAY!
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Grandpa takes Cyrus to his cake too (note above, he took missing granddaughter Celine to hers as well!)
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And here’s the sparkly dance!  And Cyrus!
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He rolled photographer’s eye.  I think he’s very cute and I like him very much – but I feel bad neglecting Celine soo much… but yeah…

Becca paid tribute to her mother and produced her own guitar to entertain us.
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Momma gave Cyrus a birthday present
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And then the TV broke, and Leif needs handiness skill to advance in his career, so I cheated and asked him to repair the TV.

OH SHIT
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Come back next time to see if he lives!

HAPPY SIMMING!