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Archive for April, 2011

Jessica and Richard Norman are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their twins. Only a few months left!

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Mood Swings

Pine State University, May 2019:
George Tang, Ethan Carter, Anita Bryant, and Dorothy Hernandez are 21
(Mona Wiggins is 23)

“Hey,” Ethan says when he corners Dorothy in the dorm kitchen one morning. “How about you and I slip off to my room and get to know each other better?” He grins and wiggles his eyebrows up and down.

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May 2019:
Tucker Craig and Cynthia Morris are 31, Violet is 9
(Baine Austin is 10)

Violet Craig is certain that, at the ripe old age of nine, she has to be the most miserable person in the entire world.

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Round 17 Outtakes

Zared is one of my few Sims that autonomously primps with the mirror. I love his grin.

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In the sun

April 2019:
Zane and Belinda Smith are 36, Sam and Lexi are 14, Dee is 6, and Emily is 4

Nick comes over to visit Lexi a lot after school and on weekends. Lexi isn’t yet sure what you’re supposed to do when you have a boyfriend so she sticks to doing her usual routine, which is hunting for bugs to add to her collection now that spring is here.

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The switch

I just (as in within the last five minutes) discovered I had a Sim Secret to me posted a couple weeks ago. I never read that site unless someone specifically tells me to look at something, so I had no idea it was there until now.

Anyway, I did want to have a chance to voice a response to the secret explaining my reasons for switching to TS3.

Basically it comes down to this: My options right now are either to stop Simming and updating this blog entirely, or else switch to TS3.

My computer refuses to run TS2. I’ve reformatted, I’ve dumped all downloads, I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled, and yet every time I start up the game there is a continuous string of errors. I had hoped that reformatting would solve the problem, but it didn’t. I had planned to eventually–at some point in the unknown future–switch to TS3 by way of ending Pine Hollow and starting fresh with a new hood. I thought that might be a year or so from now. But when this problem happened I found that I wasn’t yet ready to give up Pine Hollow and the people I had come to know there. I knew I couldn’t just end the story with the unfinished round that I had managed to play before my computer started acting up. There was no satisfying ending with what I had and I didn’t want to leave the readers of the blog left hanging with an abrupt end.

So I decided to recreate my characters in the TS3 version to continue their stories. There will be some differences, yes, but I have tried my hardest to make the TS3 versions still feel like the same Sims you’ve gotten to know. I’m adapting TS3 to my play style and not the other way around. I hope that you all will continue to read the stories in the new version, but I can’t force anyone to and would not want you to keep reading if you don’t want to. Honestly, you don’t have to feel like you need to be anonymous to say that you won’t be following this blog to TS3. It’s not going to hurt my feelings. In my career I take criticism regularly and have grown a thick skin. 🙂

I know you guys have put up with a lot from me for disappearing during a rough time for my family and I appreciate each and every one of you that has read my blog (even those of you who lurk without commenting!). I’ve enjoyed my years as part of the Sim blogging community and have met a lot of great people through our Sims. In the end, I still see this as a gameplay blog and not a story blog because I let my Sims and the game decide the storylines (I’ve done Sim stories and they are way more work than I want to do regularly). The switch is a continuation of the gameplay and I’ve tried to make it less jarring to my readers by giving you plenty of notice that it’s coming and sneak peeks into the Sims and the new world. I hope you’ll continue reading, but if you don’t, I do want to say thanks for following along with me this far. My next household update (Zane and Belinda Smith’s house) will be the last Sims 2 post, and the first Sims 3 post should go up next week.

And I hope this doesn’t come across as an attack on the poster. It was not meant that way at all! I’m not angry or upset about the secret. I just felt like I should fully explain my reason for switching because I may not have made the issues and my thoughts clear before now. 🙂

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Best of me

March 2019:
Logan and Shelley Gates-Watson are 29, Lily is 8, and James is 4
(Charlie Tang is 60)

Narrated by Shelley

Sometimes I look at Lily and wonder when my little baby girl grew up. She’s almost nine years old now and already she’s showing us glimpses of the young woman she’ll become.

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