Thursday, June 30, 2011

Awesomeness Part 34

This week brought the realization that their birthdays were fast approaching. After 3 days and a promotion to Department Head Cloe decided to take an early weekend. So she wouldn't get paid for her time off. So what? Her and Theta would only be young for a couple more days and she was set on enjoying the remainder of her youth. To start she enjoyed a friendly game of chess with Theta on this brand-new, perfectly sculpted ice chess table (with chairs).

Thursday was spent working on a creative project. It took her three tries, but Theta finally managed to sculpt an ice-double of Cleo. Forever capturing her youth and essence.

They were both quite excited by how it turned out. After a few hours, though, Cleo started to get a tad freaked out being watched by herself. But there's no way they could sell something like this. So a quick jump on The Bouncing Brainstorm and they got a big giggle out of the following idea:

Face the statue out the window so it can freak out the neighbors! :D After setting it up and almost falling down the stairs laughing from the view outside they decided to hit the Bistro for dinner. They discussed their plans for Friday before heading home.

Friday was fairly uneventful. Cleo caught up on her excersize by pumping iron for 10 hours straight (she wanted to, honest!) and Theta went to work making more ice furniture. Lookie! Toilet and hamper!

Saturday was the big day. Birthday!! No dangerous investigations today. While Cleo slept in after her marathon workout session Theta snuck out and bought them matching birthday cakes. She's seen sims age so many times since her move to Moonlit Shores. And now, finally, she was going to take her first steps into true adulthood. Cleo came in and saw Theta staring blankly at the cakes, gave Theta a big squeezy hug and said, "Don't forget to make a wish".

They thought long and hard about their wishes (which they didn't share with each other so I don't know what they were; but I have an idea) before blowing out their candles at the same time. The age transitions for some sims are quite difficult and awkward, twisting their features and dressing them strangely. This was an easy transition. They both looked almost exactly as they had before. Not such a big deal, eh? As they sat down to gorge on cake they had a brilliant idea. Since nothing was changed for them they should do makeovers to make them look and feel more adult-like. They'd each go into their own room and make themselves over into what they thought an adult them should look like then pop out at the same time.

This idea turned out to be more fun in theory than practice. They both became very nervous about what the other would think and it started to cement the giant leap forward they had taken. I think they did well, though. Theta tried for a more artsy-grown-up look.

And Cleo patterned herself loosely based on what the other teachers wore.

It does bother me that she looks less like Brak than she did before, but I still think they both look great. I think they may have psyched each other out a bit, though, because Sunday morning they both woke up to midlife crises. (Thank you Generations -_-) The good news is that their first Midlife Crisis wishes were also the same. They wanna move into a new house! (which, since promised, if I don't deliver will have a negative impact on their adult-life happiness. . . . .) So it looks like Sunday is Move Day.

I was actually in the process of moving them into a nice house I picked out, but the game keeps tweeking while processing the move. -_- I'm going to try one more time before reworking the whole strategy. Not like I haven't moved sims since installing the ep . . . .

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Awesomeness Part 33

Another week goes by and things have been delightfully boring and tedious. Cleo has been working her way up the educational career ladder and is now a high school teacher. It's scary but she's determined to push past her shyness in the name of shaping young minds. Theta has been chainsawing away at bushes and ice. I stopped the bushes when it became apparent they just don't want to give me the dragon topiary, so this headless giraffe is working as a stand-in.

As for the obsession with ice-carving? Well, you'll just have to wait and be surprised. I do have a plan for that. As it generally does, Saturday followed Friday and the two decided to get all dressed up for their digging expedition. After a quick supply check they were out the door.

First stop: Landgraab Science Facility. Apparently a lot of work gets done there on Saturdays so they were stuck taking the same boring "please come see our cow plant" tour. At least Cleo managed to learn a thing or two about Mechafish without the distraction of little children.

After that they were forced to split up. Cleo met up with her high school class at the military base for their "we swear this isn't a recruitment tactic" field trip. Theta hopped over to the eerily quiet fire house. She assumed they were out on an emergency and let herself in. Apparently security isn't a big deal here because she also easily let herself into the fire chief's office. She found some files regarding some new fire extinguisher compound they were using and also a very confusing ledger that appeared to be compensation amounts. Some rather large. Where is this money coming from and why are so many fire fighters being compensated? The rumble of the fire truck coming up the road brought her back to reality and she slid right down the fire pole and snuck out the back door undetected.

She rushed back to the military base to rescue Cleo from the teenagers. She hadn't discovered anything at all inside (it was, in fact, a recruitment tactic) and Theta said she may have, but they should meet up with Sapphire to see if she had learned anything.

Which . . . she did . . . sort of. Sapphire had found an old (old) caretaker snoozing in the supply closet and chatted him up for information. Oh sure, he remembered the big compilation. It was all on the up and up. Each body was accounted for (even a few they hadn't counted on) and the science facility was not involved in any way. No way no how. They tried to push a newfangled fuel source for the crematorium, but bossman wasn't having it, nosiree. (apparently the owner was afraid of zombies . . . heh) So that was a bust. Except finding out that Sapphire was now pregnant. Apparently her and Leroy had worked things out.

While making their way to the car both Theta and Cleo recieved a texted e-vite to a celebrity party just up the road from them. After all their hard work they decided it might be good for them to party it up a bit. And it turns out Cleo's shyness did not interfere with their good time. Over a suspiciously private salad dinner Theta filled Cleo in on the information she had gathered at the fire station.

New fire extinguisher formula? Tens of thousands of simoleons in compensation? They wondered if it had anything to do with those "seemingly unrelated" hospitalizations? Neither of them had any substantial contacts at the hospital. Theta wasn't even sure her gyno worked there anymore. Oh, and in case you're wondering why they were afforded the privacy to discuss these matters? Turns out it was that kind of party.

So before heading home they figured "when in Rome" and took advantage of the hostess' spacious shower before trotting off.

Sunday was all business. After the break-in Cleo decided she wanted muscle so she's been weight training instead of jogging. It occured to Theta that them having to split up could be problematic concidering how deep they were digging and taught Cleo a few self defense moves. Turns out Cleo's a natural and after this sparring match she's already up to Yellow Belt. (level 2 skill)

So if they can figure out how to pull it off next Saturday will be spent poking around the hospital. Not every doctor adheres to doctor-patient confidentiality, right? If they're feeling bold perhaps they'll pay a visit to Theta's inside man at City Hall. She spotted him while accepting her award so she knows he's still there. Is it worth the risk? They've got another week to decide. Okay, okay, OK! So they technically have all kinds of time and can, in fact, decide to drop the investigation altogether. But doesn't it sound better the first way?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Awesomeness Part 32

First I'd like to say that since starting the Theta/Cleo household I've found myself with renewed interest and vigor regarding sims. Perhaps it's the joy of working with a sim loosely based off of my bestest friend Brak; or maybe it's Theta's now certain death. I dunno. What I do know is that I literally had to convince myself after almost 7 hours of play to shut it off. I'm tired and after updating you on the current developments, I'm going to bed.

After Sapphire left to persue the night Theta discussed what she'd been told with Cleo. After some deliberations on the pros and cons of hunting down the truth they decided that even though Nels was a lost cause it couldn't hurt to see what they could find out. If anything. First thing Saturday (there really is no rush) they'd hit the library together and see what was buried in the archival news. Cleo's heart reached out to Theta and she wanted to kiss her. Some wants I disregard, but this one touched me so I kept it. And I did her the favor of using Theta's Lifetime Points to clear her romantic history first. Just in case . . . .

It had been a long day for the both of them so they went straight to bed. With a course of action set Theta had no problem sculpting through the week. Finally Saturday arrived and first thing bright and early they drove out to the library. Cleo flipped through a couple of local history books written by a man in town while Theta checked the archived news stories on the computer. They both took notes on anything even remotely out of the ordinary. Cleo finding some conflicting information about some supposedly defunct experiments going on at both the science facility and military base; Theta finding some very interesting stories regarding celebrities who appeared to have vanished into thin air, fire fighters hospitalized for a variety of reasons seemingly unrelated to their occupation and even rumors that Moonlit Shores once housed five cemetaries before converting to the one mausoleum. Nels was never hospitalized, but he did retire from there early . . . .

After a few hours Cleo remembered that she was supposed to chaperone a field trip to Landgraab Science Labs!! She promised to be back as soon as possible and she'd see if anything was amiss (even though Theta worked there and couldn't remember anything like in the books) while she was there. Theta would remain at the library to see if any of these stories had some kind of common thread.

Around 6pm they both got home. Not tired yet, but both severely stressed out from the day's activities. Sometimes a change in perspective can help when working out a problem so they invested some simoleons in a trampoline they dubbed "The Bouncing Brainstorm". Theta had not found anything else out of the ordinary, and certainly nothing that she could tie together . . . or to Nels for that matter. Cleo was only slightly more successful in that she found out that the science labs were at one time working with several businesses around town to increase their effectiveness and productivity. How did the man put it? "Better living through chemistry". When Cleo tried to ask if they had ever tried to "better" the fire department the entire group was shuffled into the botany lab to see one of the few remaining cow plants in the region.

They compiled their notes and went to bed. The next morning they decided that the following weekend would be dedicated to a bit of field work. They would re-tour the science lab (see if they could get that pesky question answered), snoop around the fire department (which is right down the road) and finish off by visiting Sapphire at the mausoleum to see if she knew anything about the rumored graveyards. That night they were visited by an unexpected, and uninvited, guest. A robber! Luckily Theta's experience led her to install an alarm as soon as they moved in which alerted the police. They must have sent a rookie because he lost the fight with the would-be robber who escaped from beneath all their noses. The officer apologized, promising they'd get him next time, but the only thing the two of them could focus on was that the robber did not go for the expensive excersize equipment or collection of rare cut gems adorning the mantle. Oh no, this thief was attempting to abscond with their notebooks!! What is going on here?!

They were both pretty shaken by the experience. As they comforted each other before the fire they were more determined than ever to uncover the truth. Anyone going to this much trouble to stop them had to have something really good to hide. Still, Cleo had a job and Theta wasn't in any hurry to attract more attention so they decided to stick to the original plan of "Saturday". They also decided to comfort each other a bit more in the shower before turning in for what was left of the night.

Throughout the week Theta found herself just knocking out sculpture after sculpture. She's become quite proficient in every medium available to her. Even sculpting this Simbot Scissorhands (my name) that I just had to screenie for Aaron.

Though she rarely leaves the house Theta's work has not gone unnoticed. The City Counsel honored her with an award for Excellent Sculpting Achievement. She felt a bit silly walking out of City Hall wearing the awarded medal, but Cleo was really excited about it. Said she earned it so she should wear it proudly! At least for a while. Theta agreed. (even though she had to change tops for the medal to show properly. initially it was half hidden through the top she had on)

While they're not officially a couple Theta and Cleo have, as I'm sure I've mentioned, bonded quite fiercely to each other. They have their own lives and mantain their own bedrooms, but on particularly stressful days they'll woohoo to blow off steam before going to their own beds. Except on this particular night where they were both just too exhausted. Yes, that is a nifty hoverbed. Theta bought them each one with her Lifetime Points.

The weekend is right around the corner. Cleo got cornered into chaperoning another field trip, but they're still determined to do as much digging as possible. Theta's put in a call (from a payphone outside the movie theater) to Sapphire so she can start asking around work for information. They have only but to wait.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Awesomeness Part 31

I know. I just had a sim update! Well, there have been some interesting developments of which I felt the public at large should be made aware.

The first is what happened after Sapphire managed to drag her hungover(?) self to bed. Cleo opened her present and saw a very perfect, very juicy, very enticing Life Fruit sitting in the box given by her new friend. Rather than exclaiming with glee and delight (is that redundant?) she ushered Theta over to the couch and divulged some little known information about the Life Fruit. Apparently Cleo's aunt had a bit of the Life Fruit addiction (which was uncovered when Cleo found a picture of her "aunt" as a child with Cleo's great grandmother; also as a child). So Cleo did a bit of independant research and found that not only was Life Fruit responsible for the insanity of a growing number of sims who were unable to accept their loved ones eternal youth, but also for several increasingly common neurological malfunctions. While Theta had always felt fine her instant camaraderie with Cleo (and her solemn sincereity) convinced Theta that it was time to give up the Life Fruit. Once and for all. It would be scary to age and die like normal sims, but somehow she felt that with Cleo by her side she could face anything.

They had, indeed, become quite close quite quickly. After knowing each other only two days they already had inside jokes with each other. Cleo even put her new chess table near the sliding glass door so they could each follow their own pursuits while still not being too far from each other.

Sapphire may or may not have just been hungover. By the time Theta and Cleo finished their conversation she was already awake. Still wearing her dark sunglasses, picking lethargically at her waffles, and announcing flippantly that she had taken a part-time job at the local mausoleum. . . .

Cleo likes a bit of routine and is quite determined to reach her lifetime goal of Perfect Mind (level 10 logic) Perfect Body (level 10 athletic) as soon as possible. So while Theta sculpts, Cleo jogs. Here is a purely gratuitous picture of Cleo jogging down the block.

Though they technically spend almost all day together, Theta and Cleo don't get much time to chat. So they've vowed to take at least half an hour at the end of the day to catch each other up. As you can see in the background, Sapphire's new job at the mausoleum is off to kind of a rocky start . . .

The biggest bonus for her is that her job is a part-time job which leaves her plenty of time to go out on the town with Leroy; who also has a part-time job at the grocery store.

While Cleo was off on her first day as Moonlit Shores' newest kindergarten teacher, Theta maxed out her sculpting skill. This afforded her the ability to sculpt topiaries! (how that's harder to do than ice and stone I don't know, but ok) She decided to get right on sculpting this super cute giraffe topiary for the front yard.

Which Cleo thought was adorable and knew as soon as she saw it she'd be wanting more.

Cleo is also a neat sim and has taken on the housecleaning chores. So that she doesn't feel like such a mooch Theta has begun upgrading all of the household's appliances. When (if?) she leaves, she will be leaving this house in a much better condition than when she moved in.

Sapphire had just entered the semi-prestigous Aquarius disco-club when her blood suddenly began to boil. Good thing it was after sunset!

Since she was wearing her protective sunglasses I've also got this picture of her super bright vampire eyes.

With great power, however, comes severe heartache. She met up with Leroy and he seemed less than happy to have her around. :(

Sapphire's a tough girl, though, and did not let being spurned by her high school sweetheart slow her down. She was feeling good. Great, in fact! She decided it was time to branch out on her own and see what the nights had in store. While telling Theta goodbye she also divulged a bit of information she had picked up while chatting up the bouncer at Aquarius. Something had indeed happened to Nels and it was not likely Life Fruit related. If she's interested in uncovering the truth she should check the newspaper's archives. Particularly the local news.

As a last little note, that was the 300th pic for Theta's epic saga! Let's all celebrate with a tray of Brak's super delicious fruit triangle cookies. :D *hint~hint~wink~wink*

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Awesomeness Part 30

The turmoil in the household was felt by all, and they each dealt with the stress in their own way. Theta tended to her garden, Sapphire spent most of her time out of school with Leroy, and Rebecca spent her weekend raving at a local warehouse.

Nels immersed himself even deeper into his work. He took an undercover assignment and so was booked into the local hotel. His mark kept him busy and he barely had a chance to miss going home.

For better or worse he didn't tell his family what was going on, even though he had been given ample opportunity by the police department to do so. The girls, of course, knew about the fight between their parents and with only their mother's somber presence for reference they were left with plenty of holes to fill with gossip over what 'daddy' was up to.

The next week brought no further resolution between the quarreling couple. Sapphire went about her normal routine of school-Leroy-school. Theta recieved an email from La Fromage stating that they were in the process of fumigating and revamping their entire dance department and asked if there was anyway she could nuture Rebecca's artistic growth for the week. She would, of course, be refunded that week's tuition. So Theta took Rebecca with her to the art retreat and though she didn't get much dancing in, Rebecca managed to paint several lovely paintings to hang on the still mostly bare walls.

Being home, however, had some drawbacks. Rebecca and Sapphire became increasingly aware of the emptiness permeating their home. They agreed to share Sapphire's room under the guise of a fun girly slumber party; but really they just needed the company . . .

Finally Nels' undercover mission was complete. It must have been quite stressful since he came back looking as though he'd aged conciderably. Theta was upset to have missed his birthday, but was even more upset when Nels (all on his own) announced that he wanted a divorce. He was cold and unfeeling and very much unlike the man she had fallen in love with. He gave her two days to pack up those things she wanted to take and get out of his house. As it turns out her Egyptian romeo had other plans as he also took possession of her art retreat during the divorce proceedings.

After Nels left her to her packing Rebecca had her birthday. Not only has she grown into a beautiful young adult, she was also offered a very prestigious position at La Fromage as the new assistant dance instructor. As she said her goodbyes she thanked Theta and told her to be strong. "I don't know what happened to daddy" she said, "but something did." A tear slid down her cheek as she kissed Theta goodbye and hopped into the waiting cab.

As it turned out Theta only needed a few hours to pack, but she really had nowhere to go. At least Sapphire was in school (and would likely be with Leroy after) so she packed up her few boxes into her car and headed to the art retreat to sit amongst the paintings and sculptures and be alone with her thoughts for a while. Or so she thought. As she sat by the fireplace sobbing quietly she was approached by a young female sim she had never seen before. This young sim apologized for intruding and introduced herself as Cloe Lacanth. (get it?) She explained that she was new in town and quite lost and apologized profusely for interrupted Theta's crying.

They talked for a few hours, each explaining their present positions in greater detail and decided they really liked each other. Perhaps even needed each other. At least for the moment. They decided to formulate a plan to help each other out over dinner at the diner.

As it turns out Cloe was even more lost than she had initially let on. She came from a very small town up north that had taught her to be a teacher and bought her a house in Moonlit Shores and then dropped her off on the edge of town . . . kind of queer, but at least she had a home. They agreed that Theta and Sapphire would live with her until they got back on their feet and Theta would help her to get acclimated to Moonlit Shores. Including finding her a job as a teacher since her hometown hadn't prepared her for actually finding a job either. So, first things first they found Cleo's house (she had a slip of paper with the address, but hadn't actually seen it yet) only to discover it was furnished with only the absolute bare necessities. A fridge and a toilet . . . Theta dipped into some leftover celebrity freebies so they each had a bed, toilet and shower; and also a stove so she could make breakfast in the morning. This house didn't even have lights, but they'd worry about that in the morning.

Sapphire did indeed seek out Leroy after school only to discover that he'd aged up over the weekend. So while they were still technically boyfriend and girlfriend their night was confined to polite conversation.

Theta figured she didn't have to worry too much after a friendly paparazzi texted her this picture of Leroy enjoying a plasma fruit. At least he's not feeding on her daughter and that's good enough for now.

The next day was the start of a whole new weekend (already?!) so Theta and Cleo set off to start setting some things right. First stop: Library! Theta walked Cleo through the job-finding process and got her a job as a kindergarten teacher. Cleo is a shy sim (really) and little kids aren't terribly intimidating so it works out great for her. Without a garden to tend Theta registered as a professional self-employed sculpter.

After a quick trip to city hall to finish the registration process Theta was surprised to find Cleo staring at her strangely. When asked why she was dressed like a 50-year-old homemaker Theta could only stare dumbly at her apron. Cleo suggested she get a make-over to look more like the hip, young, single sculptress that she is. So proper furniture shopping was put off a bit longer as they trekked across town to the very salon where Theta was given her previous identity changing makeover. This time, however, she was in Cleo's hands.

Theta's lived so long and been through so much she had actually forgotten that she was, in fact, still young! Between the two of them they came up with a new look that was both shocking and fitting. Perhaps Cleo was hoping that a bold look for Theta would draw some attention away from her . . . even if that's the case it still looks good.

After that little side adventure they finally made their way to the furniture shop and with the money they had both saved up managed to furnish the whole house. Only thing was to wait for the delivery trucks to come the next day. (Sunday delivery? Insanity!) So they both went home and passed out after the day's excitement. . . . which left the door wide open for a bit of teenage shenanigans. Sapphire's birthday was supposed to be in two days, but in Sims 3 (I forget if it's also true in 2) that means that a sim can buy themself a birthday cake and age up early. And that's exactly what young miss Sapphire did. She wasn't going to wait any longer to be with Leroy and she certainly was not going to go to school on Monday and only Monday of next week. She was ready now!

After the age transition and a quick makeover she called up Leroy and asked him out on a proper adult date. Not yet sure if this is regular old necking or something more serious.

The next morning Theta gave Cleo a gift. A life fruit. But just as Cleo was about to remove the ribbon and open the box Sapphire stumbled in through the front door wearing dark sunglasses (at sunrise?) and looking a bit pale. She mumbled something unintelligable and stumbled off to bed. . . . .