Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Weak and mean

Round 36: April 2043 (Autumn)
last update/next update

Josie Clarke is 41, Troy is 40, Jude is 11 and Andrew is 7. 
(Lake is 86, Kendal is 67, Ryan is 11, Patrick is 7 and Zoe is 1)

Narrated by Troy Clarke

It’ll be winter before we know it so for the last few weekends, we’ve been making the most of the currently mild weather.

Last weekend, we had my mum and Lake over for a rooftop barbeque.

Lake wanted to teach Andrew how to play darts, which Andrew is always begging to be allowed to play. 

Andrew with projectiles is always somewhat of a concern but he behaved himself and had a ball with the game.

Jude started Grade 6 this year but he’s not enjoying school as much as he did in Grade 5.

Last year, he was friends with some of the older kids, like Thomas and Michael, but they’ve since moved onto high school and he doesn’t see them as much any more.

He’s not completely on his own - his best friend Ryan is in the same grade - but he is missing the others.

Both he and Ryan are looking forward to moving onto high school next year and having the old gang together again. 

Andrew is in Grade 2, along with his best friend, Patrick. Best friend or boy he uses to do his bidding, depending on what he feels like that day.

Patrick can be very easily led astray and will go along with whatever trouble Andrew wants to get into.

Not that Andrew needs any help acting up. 

He does that just fine without any help for anyone else. 

Jude is often good at keeping him on the straight and narrow but he’s a kid too and sometimes food fights at dinner are just funny. 

Academically, at least, Jude and Andrew are doing great. I guess they take after Josie in that area - both the boys always get straight As. 

Josie was an excellent student too and as an adult, she’s a very hard worker. 

She has fairly regular office hours as a GP but she often ends up working back anyway, seeing patients when her appointments have run late or just finishing paperwork. 

I think she works too hard but she says it’s just the way the job is. Josie and I have really different attitudes towards work though.

I did fine at school and then at college, I did as little as possible without actually flunking out. Which is basically what I do at work now.

I work from home, doing mostly online game support and a bit of beta testing. A lot of days, I’m much more thorough with the beta testing than I am with the game support.

I’m probably too much of a slacker to be working at home but it’s convenient with the boys. I’ll probably start working on site again next year. 

Jude has been telling Josie that when that happens, he’ll be old enough to watch Andrew in the afternoons and they won’t need anyone to watch them after school. 

We’re not quite sure how Andrew would go with no adult supervision. We might still need a nanny or something. 

Josie has been so excited about having Zoe in the family that I thought maybe there was a chance for us to have #3 and finally fill up that spare room we have.

But one toss in the air and one vomit all over Josie was enough to remind her of everything she was glad to leave behind with babies and toddlers and I think we will most definitely be remaining a family of four!

But we’ve still got that spare room! We’ve been in this house since before Jude came along but we’ve never done anything with it. 

We thought about turning it into a spare bedroom but Josie didn’t want to give the impression that we were up for overnight guests. I know she was referring to my mum but I let it go. 

So my next idea is that I really want to turn it into a games room, with a pool table and maybe a couple of arcade machines. We never had the space for anything like that while I was growing up but I’ve always wanted one.

The boys are both a bit more outdoorsy than me and Josie but I imagine they could get some use out of a games room as well. 

Josie was a bit hesitant, because it’s probably going to be an expensive project. I have to admit, I hadn’t really considered that at all. 

I joked that I thought being rich was supposed to be one of the benefits of being married to a doctor but she didn’t appreciate that very much.

I did manage to get her on board with the idea, though she’s making us save a bit for it first. I’m still so excited - it’s going to be amazing!


  • Title is from Weak and Mean by Figdish.
  • Pool table is placed, to remind me to actually decorate the games room before the next time I play. They saved up a few thousand this round, which should be enough. :) Troy is a Spender, so Josie has to rein him in sometimes. 
  • Jude will be in high school next year! Eek! How come I've picked an aspiration for Andrew but not one for Jude? Andrew's is very clear to me but Jude is all over the place. 
  • Josie had the want to play with Zoe when I entered the lot. I fulfilled it, Zoe puked on her and then I never saw any Zoe-related wants again, lol!


  1. They must be a fortune/pleasure pair. This was a fun update; my sim Laney was having a similar experience to Josie this time when I played them-- Declan wants more kids but she's over being at home with babies and toddlers I think.

    Some kids are really hard to figure for an aspiration. You pick them when they turn teens, right? So you've got one more round to pick Jude's? I kind of like knowing where they're headed, while they are kids, if I can, but sometimes I just don't know either.

    1. Actually, Josie is Knowledge/Pleasure and Troy is Family/Pleasure. But Troy's Pleasure side comes in very strongly a lot of the time, while Josie is much more balanced.

      One more round to pic Jude's? I wish! No, he's 11 and my kids become teens at 12, so he ages up halfway through this round. I'll figure it out but it may not be until I've already aged him up. Sometimes I check what LTW they've rolled (you have to be fast and pause before the aspiration selection dialog comes up). I have a mod that opens all LTWs to all aspirations. Sometimes I ignore them but sometimes the game picks something perfect.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. That was an entertaining morning coffee read, thank you!
    As always, I look at the furnishing and decorating in your pictures very carefully. You are so good at that, and I've more than once got inspiration from your Sims' houses for mine.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. If you like my decorating, my next post will be a lot tour, though it's for a community lot rather than a house. :) It's a slight change of plans, as I was planning on a story update next but I finished this quicker than I thought.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. I can't believe that they have the same personality, they don't seem like it. I also can't believe that they are about to be parents to a teenager!

    1. No, Troy and Josie have never seemed all that similar to me, so...the points lie, I guess! I like it though - makes things interesting. I think the different aspirations help but it doesn't explain everything.

      I can't wait to see Jude as a teen, as surprised as I am that it has come along so soon. I suppose shouldn't be - Claudia already has a teen and Victoria's youngest is a teen and Josie is around the same age as her cousins. :)

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Troy wanting to splurge on a game room and Josie reigning him is perfect. It is exactly how I imagine this pairing, because Troy to me has always seemed like a big goofball kid, enjoying the fun more than the work. I like that he's home during the week with the boys, and I agree with having a nanny, I don't think that Jude can handle Andrew. I have friends that can't leave their junior high kids home alone because there is one that is always into mischief, and pulls the other one into it too.

    I am super geeked over seeing Jude as a teen! Though I can't believe they are already there. Soon they will be like my Woodfolk family, all teens and no children. And them stopping at two really seems perfect in my mind, I just can't see Josie wanting to be pregnant and do the work gig at the same time.

    1. Heh, yeah, that's pretty much how I've always seen Troy, so when I did the money styles thing on him and he came out as a Spender, I was pretty excited! He definitely will not be working past 65, even though his job is about as far as you can get from a job before it's not a job any more. ;)

      I don't think Jude will be able to handle Andrew either, so they'll be getting someone in after school. Could be a nanny or it might be Kendal, if Josie relents! But I am so excited about Jude being a teen. I just had six new teens last January birthdays and I'll have another four this time. I'll be overrun!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  5. Looks like these two have plenty to juggle with two boys. ;) Games rooms are great, I try to have one or at least a little corner in each of my sims homes. Lol at Troy joking about the benefits being married to a doctor. I think he's got it pretty easy at the moment.

    1. Even Andrew alone would be plenty to juggle. He's a handful!

      Wow, your sims are lucky! Only a couple of my sims have anything more exciting than a chess set or video console. Troy is very lucky Josie let him live after that comment, let alone buy a pool table. ;)

      Thanks for reading and commenting!