Samstag, 3. November 2012

Herding cats

In German, we have the expression of taking care of a sack of fleas, best translation I could find was "herding cats". This is how I felt with the last wave of kids in university.

Elaine, Ziggy and Aeon had eventually left, but I was still taking care of about three or four households and got sooo tired of it. So in a desperate attempt to make the last semesters more fun, I expanded the Greek House and invited everybody in until I had all eight playables in there:

Loic Inward, Flux Hatter, Nikolai Ramirez, Arkadij and Flynn Gustavsson, Basic Grey, Reaumur Shadowbane and Loics sister Lilith. Poor Lilith, none of the boys had any interest in her, and she had to find somebody outside to finally lose her virginity.

The boys continued what they had started while living together in smaller groups: higgledy-piggledy, crisscrossing love-making. Everyone has at least one bolt with everybody else, some share two bolts, but no one has three bolts with another one, so it is hard to make a decision of who should be with whom. I stopped my micro-managing frenzy and just let them do what they wanted.

Loic with Arkadij:

... and with Reaumur

Nikolai with Flynn:

... and with Reaumur:

Well, you get the idea.

In a desperate attempt to get at least one couple together, I let Loic get engaged with Flux, because they really had a crush on each other.

Until Loic discovered his interest in Flynn.

There was a funny scene in the bathroom:

Flynn getting ready for a bath because he smelled, and Loic just stood there and watched.

In one moment, he was repelled by the stink:

Only to swoon in the next second.

Then he stood there for half an hour watching Flynn bathe.

As soon as Flynn got out of the tub, Loic started to congratulate him. And then congratulated him some more. And then, he congratulated him again.

This went on and on ... he just wouldn´t stop with his congratulation and swooning spree. And I thought: Sheesh, why don´t you two just find a nice cozy bed and get it over with? But both were so exhausted that I had to send them to bed separately. But they took the next opportunity to finally follow their longing.

I had a mod installed that shortened the semester time, which was a blessing, and after two or three days everyone except Lilith was done with college.

She is the last woman standing in the Greek House and waiting for the next incoming wave of new kids that have yet to grow up. One of the last shots of her makes me think though that the time in between will not be too boring:

My first female streaker. [Ryan, who had that job for quite a few college years, got married into my neighborhood (and guess what, he still runs around naked most of the time.)]

Here Reaumur gets harrassed by her and the cheerleader at the same time.

A few more shots of my favorite kiddos:

Arkadij Gustavsson, channeling Andy Warhol:

Loic´s face when someone appreciates him:

Nikolai and Flynn:

Reaumur, whose face I still get not right despite many attempts.

Arkadij and Nikolai

And one of my all time favorite shots of Flux:

When everone was done, I had them all in the bin and did not know what to do with them. Then I had the bright idea to throw them all into one large house. But more about that later!

Gustavsson Legacy IV - Generation 2

Previous posts in this legacy:

Gustavsson Legacy I   Gustavsson Legacy II   Gustavsson Legacy III

Marja had already aged up before Ingolf. They were still all over each other, though. I have never seen this before. Ok, they are both Knowledge sims, but still, the wants windows are both filled with wants to talk, play, flirt, wohoo with the other - constantly. It is not even spring! And they only share two bolts. Nevertheless, this couple is definitely in love.

While the kids were still in college, Ingolf became elder.

He looks goregous, doesn´t he?

They threw a party for the occasion, and the kids came over. Marja is so proud of her sons! (Ok, I admit, the look in her face is rather blank, just pretend she is looking proudly :-))

I don´t know where Anders went, but I have grown more and more attached to Flynn and Arkadij.

The two elders are having a good time. When they are not kissing or hugging, Ingold loves to smustle, and Marja is the bathtub pirate. They both retired and enjoy they quiet time with each other.

Or they smustle together and make me feel like I play an asylum challenge again.

Marja still has that secret, never-expressed crush on John Hunter. They have been best friends forever, and he is so dear to her heart. If the rules (which I broke quickly in generation 2) did not state that the founder had to marry a townie, she would have been together with John. Well, some things are not meant to be, but I always get a little melancholic when I see these two together.

Basic finished University a semester earlier than Anders and already moved in with the Gustavssons.

Then I went and played Cissy´s Beauty Palace, and darn ACR kicked in when Flynn and Basic were there at the same time.

I could not believe my eyes. Flynn, would you please stop kissing your brother´s fiance and soon to be the heir´s spouse??? Aargh. Sometimes I hate ACR. Basic and Anders were already engaged, but not married. Interesting enough, Anders refused flirt attempts when he moved into the Greek House:

He was upset when Nikolai tried kissing his arm, and Nikolai kissing thin air instead is hilarious! Well, I guess Sims are just different when it comes to flirt attempts ... despite how ACR is set up.

Nevertheless, when Anders finally finished Uni and moved back in with his parents, Basic dropped everything and went outside to greet his partner passionately and lovingly:

And they hugged. And kissed. And flirted. And kissed some more ... it was cute.

 And since Anders as a family Sim wants to celebrate the Golden Wedding, I let them marry right away. (Basic is a fortune Sim, btw.)

During the ceremony, a stray random Sim came by and joined the festivities. There is no greater way to photobomb the wedding picture by hopping into the front of all friends with a tacky pink suit!! (Not to mention the haircut. And the face. Note to self: Grab random townies more often and give them a makeover.)

Ingolf joined the ceremony a little late, but as an elder gets excused. I love his Indian style formal suit!

I am not sure though why Marja did not care at all about her firstborn´s wedding and decided to eat some hotdogs with Flynn, who did not care either. Arkadij had to work and could not join.

I have grown fonder and fonder of the twins, and was slightly regretting making Anders the heir, but, what the heck. They will get a little update on their own.

Just some random shots of the guests.

Eldred is too damn cute when he is flirting, because he has only one or two outgoing points. He always gets embarrassed completely, but could not stop flirting with his partner Aeon.

Flux on the right. I have to sneak in one of my favorite shots of Flux that is totally unrelated to the party:

Elaine and Ziggy who just married and are expecting offspring soon.

Basic had to leave for work. The party was a great success.

Aeon and Flynn:

Yeah, and then it was baby-making time :-) Stay tuned to find out when generation 3 of the Gustavsson Legacy will be born!

Mittwoch, 24. Oktober 2012

Aeon Adams and Eldred Rice II

Read previous posts about the couple here:

Part 1   Part 2

(Very) short summary: Aeon Adams and Eldred Rice fell in love with each other while being in Uni. Eldred graduated and moved in with his BFF Luna Hatter.

The relationship between Eldred and Aeon had cooled down a bit. They say, absence makes the heart grow fonder,  but in this case, it was more like "Out of sight, out of mind". Aeon started flirting with Basic (sheesh, Basic, you are part of the Gustavsson Legacy now, stop that fooling around!), and both Aeon and Eldred lacked a bit of enthusiasm for each other whenever they met.

They were thinking of splitting up for good when Luna decided to invite Aeon over for dinner. One thing led to another, Eldred led Aeon to bed, and I could not believe what I heard: the post-coital jingle aka lullaby. Eldred got pregnant, with twins!!! This is the third unplanned pregnancy in the neighborhood, and the second time it hits a gay couple which is ready to break up (first was Lewis and Dorian who are glad they stayed together).

Here you see a happy Aeon leaving his knocked up boyfriend who is blissfully unaware of things to come.

My Knowledge sims have commitment issues, but always a great sense of responsibility. Aeon is no different, he races through the last semesters of Uni, graduates summa cum laude, and he and Eldred buy a house with a lake. He has no intention on marrying, though. It is fine for Eldred, who is relieved he does not have to raise the twins on his own.

It sounded like a great idea at the time I picked my neighborhood - mountains. A look at the image reveals the reality. This is not a skyscraper, but the road up the hill. In a 90 degree angle. Amazing.

The attempt to flatten the terrain made things even worse. Never, ever will I create a new neighborhood in the mountains. Promised. It is not only the visual insult that is bad. I hate the camera suddenly going up and down again when zooming in and out. I really, really hate it, but there is nothing I can do. Exept maybe move every single house in the neighborhood into the bin and into a new hood, but I am not sure if I want to do it, and if it is safe. I have 38 families in this hood and a bunch more houses, so this would take forever.
Their first breakfast in the new house. Eldred is not shy and brings up the issue with Basic.

"Was that really necessary? An affair with Basic??"

"Awww, come on! It was not an "affair"! I kissed Basic, and I already apologized. I am sorry. Ok?"

It obviously is.

Aeon is desperately searching for a job. They are really low on money, the house wasn´t cheap, and I forget about the money for the maternity leave. Aeon wants to be a Mad Scientist, but the job doesn´t show up for, I don´t know, five days? It drives Aeon nuts and makes him grouchy.

Out of desperation, he picks the job in the Showbiz career, because it brings in the most money, and quickly makes it to Broadway star. Who would have guessed? :-)

The pregnancy goes smoothly. No throwing up, no question marks over Eldred´s head. As a doctor, he should know what is going on.

When he pops, he is aware it was not the pancakes he just ate.

He pops a little more. And looks like, hmm, too much beer?

And then the great moment arrives.

Yes, Mr. Wannabe Mad Scientist, Woohoo is exactly what created the situation you find yourself in now!

The first baby is a girl, and awwww ... totally inherited Aeon´s genes. She looks like a copy of his sister Elaine as a baby and gets named Undine.

The second baby is a girl, too. And for some reason, I did not take a screenshot. Don´t ask me why. Her name is Violet.

And then fate knocks on the door.  Harold Lloyd makes an appearance. He is a sim I made and townified, being curious how long it would take until somebody falls in love with him. He often calls my sims, but mostly married women, Faust Stockhausen hung out in the tub with him, but only has one bolt, he landed in another tub of the infamous Romance sim Roxanne, and I feared for his virginity, but he came out of it immaculate. Sadly, Eldred does not have a tub, but three bolts for the cute guy who is as shy as he is.

They make friends quickly, and my imagination goes rampant. How about letting Harold move in with them? But for the moment I drop the idea, and Harold trots away.

Having newborns is rather easy at first. They mostly lie in the crib.

The guys even have time to study.

I am so unsure what to do with them, so I stop my micromanaging and just let them do what they want.

Aww, I kind of missed that. Raising twins is not an easy task after a while. They have no help except from the creepy male maid Maximilian with the purple gloves who never cleans the shower nor toilet. I am glad Eldred loves to clean, it is a source of pleasure for him to scrub, so his mood is mostly great.

Aeon hasn´t lost his sense of humor, he learned the sea shanty from Juan (Chico) Ramirez, and loves to entertain Eldred in the kitchen.

 And then the girls grow up. Urgh. Undine just needs a new hairdo and is basically cute, but Violet??

This looks more like a mix of dog and baby. Only the eyes and brows look familiar. I am glad there is something like plastic surgery.

Undine is really cute.

She quickly wins over her aunt Elaine´s heart with being a spitting image of her.

After some cautious surgery, even Violet looks cute and a bit like Aeon without all the body hair.

I have no idea where Eldred put his genes. Maybe he misplaced them.

Eldred thinks the same when trying to teach Violet to speak.

I did not take many pictures when they were toddlers. It was a mess. Eldred was lucky when he got two hours of sleep in a row. One toddler woke up the other who had just been put in bed. Empty, stinky bottles everywhere. Constant running to clean the potties. A bug which dropped the environmental score really low. I have not been able to find out what is causing it. But the kids grew up well and Aeon finally found his mad scientist job.

The impression I have a preference for Undine might not be entirely false. I just have a weak spot for the Shadowbane werewolf gene. So, again, no picture of Violet, who was in bed already. Thanks heavens!

After the birthday celebration, Aeon and Eldred just fell into bed, totally exhausted. They are still there, recovering from raising the twins. Stay tuned, there might be an update sooner or later! I always want to have a family vacation, maybe this family might be the lucky one.