Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Some day

Round 14: Days 66-70


Narrated by Leo Draper

Despite what my sister seems to think, my job in the military is not that great. Sure, it's let Kit and I get our own place but it's a tiny place and after paying our deposit, we had very little left over.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

There goes the fear

Unlike my brother Leo, I actually graduated college and have moved in with my boyfriend Lake. Somehow though, we're the ones who've ended up living with my parents, so I'm back in my old bedroom. Leo got a well-paid job in the military immediately but Lake and I have both found it hard to find a job in a suitable field.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Overdrive

Round 14: Days 66-70

Narrated by Pascal Lachance

Well, it was lucky we had so much money in savings because the landlord has recently started charging a rather hefty deposit on any furnishings in the apartment when you move in. It cost us about $17,000 to move into our new place in Exeter and it was only the kitchen and bathroom that had anything at all in it!

Mina had barely walked in the front door when she felt the familiar pangs of labour coming on. She told me later she was wondering why the hell our new neighbour Ben was just standing there instead of going to find me.

I did get there, finally. Just in time to witness the birth of our daughter Abigail. She's got brown hair like me and brown eyes like Mina.

And while all this was going on, Jonas was quietly occupying himself in our bedroom with the new activity table we got him. There was no room for anything like that in our old apartment, so he's thrilled. We probably should have rethought placement though because he's kind of always in there now.

Mina was a bit worried about caring for 2 kids, even though Jonas is so independent, so she's been reading all sorts of parenting books lately.

As it turned out though, Abigail didn't give us any trouble at all as a baby. We were able to anticipate most of her needs (being experienced parents now and all!) so she barely even cried.

Heh. That didn't start until she turned one. She's got a real set of lungs on her, my little girl!

Lucky she's so cute! She usually gets what she wants. I just hope we're not spoiling her by catering to her every whim the minute she screams.

Jonas has started bringing home friends after school. Madelyn Nihill came over the other day, looking like she was frozen to the core.

Which is sort of odd, now that I think about it. It's winter but it's been warm enough lately that Mina has taken Abigail to the playground outside our apartment without even bothering to bring their coats.

Mina claims that Abby is less distracted out there and concentrates on learning her words better. Maybe she's right - she seems to be coming along.

If I was a toddler though, I think those riding llama things would be sufficient distraction!

Mina does all the fun llama-related activities with Abby and I get stuck potty training her. Yay.

No sooner was I talking about unseasonable warmth than we had a really heavy snowfall. The snow outside was ankle deep! Jonas was excited to be able to build his first snowman.

Okay. Before you say anything, Mina and I have an understanding about this sort of thing. We both really wanted a relatively traditional family unit but neither of us were keen on the monogamy that usually comes with it.

So we allow each other to have purely physical relationships with other people. It's pretty rare that I even see the women I sleep with more than once or twice and I know Mina is the same with her men. It works for us and our marriage is a hell of a lot healthier than my sister's marriage. What a hot mess that is.

Anyway, we're probably going to have to start keeping all that to a minimum from now on or at least, do it out of the apartment. Jonas is at an age where it would probably upset him if he found out and he won't be happy playing with his sister forever.

So for now, we've got a pretty happy little family here. Except for the fact that I'm losing my hair. Not too thrilled about that.

Random pic that didn't really fit:
I'm so putting the vacationactions hack back in. I forgot how much they do tai chi without it! And there's Abigail, on the night of her 5th birthday. She must have been in the room while Mina was Tai Chi'ing one day, because her Fitness enthusiasm was lit up before she became a child.

Notes:
  • I love Pescado's apartment hack. Supposedly it allows apartments at Uni (it's so dumb how Maxis didn't allow it in the first place) but I mostly got it to take yet more money away from my Sims. It's silly how they move out and get money for the furniture they theoretically don't even own.
  • Parenting is such a pointless skill, if you ask me. Mina only studied it because she had the want. You can pretty much care for babies without ever doing anything other than feeding and changing nappies.
  • I figure Romance Sims married to each other, with ACR installed anyway, are open marriage kind of people. One of these days, I'm going to set one of my families to Maxis jealous and watch the drama though.
  • Pascal is over 45 now, the age when my Sims gain wrinkles and have their emo hair forcefully removed from them.
  • This entry has gone up 22 hours early, due to a dumb mistake I made. I hope it still shows up on your feeds as new!

Monday, 23 March 2009

All my friends

Round 14: Days 66-70

Narrated by Caterina Nihill

I can't believe I've lived in Exeter for 5 years already and have only just discovered the gym. And I call myself a fitness Sim!

Anyway, the gym is great and I've even found a way to make a bit of extra cash while I'm there. I've been working as a personal trainer. Here, I'm offering some tips to Jace, while he weeps at how much better I am at the treadmill than he is.

Much better. I'm pretty good at this. Maybe I'll buy it someday.

Ben and I decided to throw away my birth control one night. On a whim, I have to admit. And shock of shocks, I actually got pregnant the first time we tried.

I've been feeling pretty well, though I'm tired all the time (tai chi is helping me keep my energy up) and I get hungry faster than I can make food. I've had no nausea at all though. I wonder if it's true that extremely fit women get less morning sickness or if I'm just lucky.

I'm only just barely showing but Ben still rubs my belly every night, waiting to feel the baby kicking.

All that cooking doesn't seem to be improving my skills much. I was so embarrassed to have to serve burnt grilled cheese to Debbie when she dropped by for lunch.

Mum also visits quite often. She's done this pregnancy thing three times before - twice with her own kids and once with my sister. So she's been a good source of information.

My aunty is never very far behind Mum, so they often arrived together.

In my last trimester, I was so tired that I often had to go to bed while my mother and aunt were still there, leaving Ben to entertain them.

It's no wonder I was so tired. Our sleep is constantly interrupted.

I never bought into that whole nesting instinct but I think mine is really kicking in. I've been making sure everything is neat and tidy and the baby's nursery is completely ready. As ready as we can afford anyway. We don't have the money to make it exactly as I'd like.

I can't even remember what I was going to the second floor for but that didn't seem important when I went into labour right at the top of the staircase. Ben was still asleep (it was very early in the morning) so the only one around was our landlord.

We managed to get through it though and I was soon holding little Max in my arms.

I refused to go back to bed until Ben promised he'd get up in case Max cried. Ben had a feeling Max would be okay sleeping for at least a few hours but he was sweet enough to humour me and let me get some sleep.

He even stayed home with him most days while I went to work. Max really kept Ben on his toes. Ben didn't even get dressed until it was well past lunchtime.

I took over when I came home and I think I still have a bit to learn. Like, don't hold the baby up over your face when he's got a full belly.

Max is one year old now. Hopefully, he's a little less prone to queasiness now!

Notes:
  • Jace, in case you've forgotten, is Magdalena's boyfriend. I don't actually know why he was weeping. Maybe it was exactly as I guessed.
  • On the last few lots Simona has visited, Raffaella has followed a couple of hours later. It's not something I've ever observed before with my other Sims but I think it's very cute.

Nuthin's ever gone be the same again



Narrated by Linnea Lane

Debbie and I have finally graduated from Suffolk and have moved in with my parents. It's kind of a drag, so we take advantage of any privacy we can get. There was no bed for us when we moved in, so the closet had to do!

I spent most of the first few weeks at home alone though, so I filled my time with lots of jogging and tai chi. Everyone else was working but I just couldn't find anything interesting.

I did eventually decide I wanted to entertain people though and found a job as a mime! I've worked my way up to ventriloquist now - my career is so much fun!

Getting a good job was exciting but even more exciting was my proposal to Debbie.

She was thrilled, of course. We started planning right away.

Mum started working on her mother of the bride speech right away. Considering I didn't think marriage was a big deal to her or Dad, I was kind of shocked she was so enthusiastic about the whole wedding thing. I guess the most shocking this is that we're not having speeches or toasts anyway. I hope Mum won't be too disappointed.

Lucky Debbie had the wedding to focus on at home because she was seriously bored at work. She was helping out with experiments at the lab and somehow didn't find it challenging to have to choose between red and blue pieces of liquorice.

The night before the wedding, I took Debbie and Mum on a jog to make sure we all slept really soundly that night. Dad probably should have come too - he's porking up a bit lately!

At last, it was time for our big day!

When we started walking over to the chapel, we were very happy with our choice of venue. Not only was it the cheapest but it was freezing cold outside - the chapel is heated!

Dad was first inside the chapel. We have become pretty close of late, after me feeling quite neglected by him, pre-college.

Ah! We were finally married! We had quite a large guest list and not all of them could even fit into the chapel! Athena did come, but she was late and missed the ceremony. Not going to mention exactly what I think of that, but suffice to say, I was not impressed.

I sent Dad out for a weather test - if it warmed up a bit, we were all going to go outside and socialise. But no, it was still cold and there was a thunderstorm brewing. That's good luck, right? Gah, don't tell me otherwise!

So the manager of the chapel let us have our mini-reception inside, as long as we didn't make a mess. I was a little worried that Leo and Filippo were going to break something with their kicky bag but they promised to be careful!

Oh, yeah...this girl. I still have no idea who she was but she seemed to know Leo quite well. Debbie was about to go over and ask her to leave when she told us she could get us a discount on our rent. Well...nice strategy. We couldn't exactly ask her to leave after that!

So instead, Debbie and I just sat at the back of the chapel, watched our guests and chilled out for a bit. It had been a long day, we were both in heels and we'd inexplicably decided go to the chapel on foot, so we had a lengthy walk ahead of us.

Random pic:
Galen actually visits Drusilla all the time but I thought it was a bit suspicious that he happened to visit while Debbie was the only one around one day! He's probably trying for a conversion (which can't happen if you're wondering - all my gay Sims are very, very gay)!

Notes:
  • I've been taking family portraits of each household at the beginning of each round, so I thought I'd use them at the beginning of each update. I might turn them into paintings or photos for the game if I'm feeling spectacularly unlazy one day.
  • Linnea's the only Sim I've had roll a specific want to woohoo in the closet.
  • I considered having less traditional wedding gowns for these two but succumbed to the princess dresses in the end. I'm glad I did, because the poufy dresses are always fun.
  • Neither of these two have the want to adopt a child yet but it will be forced on them sooner or later - I never let my Sims remain childless! I might consider mixing their genes and artificially inseminating one of them to get a biological baby too. I'm curious what kind of child they'd make.