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#101 Old 10th Apr 2018 at 8:58 PM
I really enjoyed this look at Julien's life. He was pretty busy for a day off! I laughed at how he sabotaged the rival restaurant, but I was surprised how much salmon was left to spoil. I expected more people would at least try it.
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#102 Old 15th Apr 2018 at 4:46 PM
Default One year anniversary.... so, party?
So, today's the one year anniversary of this thread. One year ago I was in the final exam season, thinking about sharing this hood after having been invited to this group, and then deciding to crank out a forum post for it. Motivated, I then made a post for the Day family, staying up till one in the morning to get it done. I've since been amazed at the reception this hood has received and it's definitely been a lot of fun writing these posts and updating the fanon pages for it on The Sims Wiki.

So, I'm not entirely sure what to do on this one year anniversary. I thought of doing something big, but I couldn't think of any, and it's not really that big of a deal, is it? I realize that this hood isn't available for public download, and in fact, nothing I have on here is available for download. The houses I've built and the Sims I've created probably aren't good enough to be uploaded to MTS, but that's fine; I can still share them. Which is what I've decided to do.

In this folder I have uploaded the appearances of pretty much all of the Sims that I have made in this hood. They have been cloned and sanitized using Body Shop, so they should be safe to use in your game. The links to download are also available on each individual Sim's fanon page. Appearances for Maxis-made Sims, Alec Bigfoot, and the Newbie Servos aren't listed, because, well, that's kinda daft.

Do let me know if any of the links aren't working or if one of the files are incorrect.

Now here's to another year of Simming with The Sims 2! In the past year or so I've learned quite a lot more about the game, specifically on storytelling and picture taking. I think my photos have been getting better now that I have the appropriate mods, am using the appropriate programs to their potential, and some in-game tricks (like saving camera positions) to make photography a lot easier and nicer. Even though The Sims 3 has its own bucket of goodies, I still must confess that I prefer storytelling and picture taking in The Sims 2. Also, I find that Sims in TS2 have much more depth and I feel more attached to them than the Sims I've created in TS3. Still, I'm enjoying the third iteration in the series, and perhaps I'll create a fanon for that too, who knows.

Hopefully you're all enjoying SimVille and the magic I've been able to create with it. This neighbourhood has been around since 2014, and it's the longest lasting hood I have. Hopefully I haven't actually corrupted it by accident or anything, so that I'll be able to play this for many more years to come. And, who knows how much longer I'll keep updating this thread? ...Although hitting the 365-day mark is a good sign, I suppose.
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#103 Old 1st May 2018 at 11:43 PM Last edited by k6ka : 2nd May 2018 at 2:58 AM.
Default Friday morning with the Days
Ah, so it's that time of the year again. School's out and while I do have another summer job, this time I'm staying in-town to work at an amusement park. Hopefully that means I'll be able to update this thread more often than I did last year!


Back to the Days, a family I haven't played in a while.

It's 1AM. Jaden, Bradley, and Ethan are sleeping in the boys' "bedroom".

Taylor was passed out on the living room couch.

Cody had spent the night gaming on the computer, but looks like it broke. Ah well. He'll have to call Beth Love over tomorrow to have it fixed.

Christian was the only other person awake in the apartment. I think I last had him clean the bathroom.

Cody decides to just call it a day and snuggles down cozily into his bed.

Christian went up to the roof to stargaze, lacking anything better to do. Isn't it amazing that he can still see so many stars in the city?!

This time Ethan was the other boy that was going to be staying up for the second half of the night (poor Jaden finally gets a break!). Two half-brothers passing the night quietly together... for a moment, at least.

Christian needs some shut-eye.

Ethan stargazes quietly on his own. He wonders what it's like out there in space, a vast, limitless void of nothingness.

At around 5AM, Jaden wakes up, still sore and uncomfortable from the stress of his poor grades and his lack of sleep. He takes a shower nonetheless.

Cody's sleeping in this morning after staying up so late playing computer games. The boys don't have much to eat, so they raid the fridge for cookies. Perhaps the sugar in the cookies will substitute for bread and cereal.

Christian sleeps until morning.

He wakes up to a very unhappy stomach.

There's some leftover pizza in Jaden's inventory. Like the Torres, Haiders, and Francos, the Day brothers save up every bit of leftover food for consumption later, especially on the days when Cody doesn't feel like cooking (which is just about every day) and there aren't any restaurant leftovers for them.

Cody wakes up at long last.

"Yes, the computer's smoking a little bit. I guess it found our relationship a little too hot to handle!"

A little brotherly bonding?

The school bus arrives. Cody waits for all of his sons to leave the apartment before he even sets foot outside his bedroom in his PJs.

Cody knows better than to tamper with electronics after that electrocution... but he mostly called the landlady to invite her over socially...

"Cody is such a dear..."

But as soon as Beth is out of earshot, Cody's on the phone with... someone else!

Oh, Cody... will he ever learn?

"I don't want to hear about your disgust for sumo wrestling LA-LA-LA-LA-LA!! Enough with that!!"

(Danielle didn't even live in the building; she was just a walkby that the landlady tried to strike up a conversation with)
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#104 Old 4th May 2018 at 8:51 PM
It was a smart move on Cody's part to call for repairs rather than try to fix the computer himself. I've had more than one sim get electrocuted that way. However, it seems he was looking for much more than just a fix for his computer. The boys are doing about as well as they can at taking care of themselves; I wish Cody would help them out a little more but he seems only able to think of himself right now.
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#105 Old 4th May 2018 at 10:08 PM
Ugh that Cody.. please even cook for your kids!!

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#106 Old 9th May 2018 at 11:19 PM
Default Midweek woes for the Cuevas
Julio came home Tuesday evening to his younger siblings playing outside on the street. He's unfazed by it—it's a common sight in the favelas—but today Julio wanted none of it. He went straight into the house and into his room, out of sight.

Isabelle had spent the better part of her evening cleaning her bathroom. Won't Cheryl be a good kid and watch a movie with her? No boys, no Julio, not even her hubby; just mother and daughter watching a chicken comedy.

Cheryl brought Tina Traveller home from school, but she seemed more interested in playing cops and robbers with Garrett than watching a silly movie.

On the other side of the street, Evan and Gallagher Newson had a one-on-one water balloon fight with each other. Waiting for a parent to say it's not safe... but life in the favelas was never safe, was it? The Cuevas parents are used to all of those dangers. And the Newson clan have enough on their hands already.

Julio bought dinner at work, but he's still feeling a bit peckish. Rather than reaching for a plate of his mother's leftovers, he grabs a protein shake from the fridge and downs the chocolate-flavoured, sugar-free drink with great gusto.

Julio's a bit tired and cranky.

Julio, I know you didn't have the best of days today, but that doesn't mean you can just go and yell at your mother while she's cooking—even if you're not going to eat it.

"What do YOU know of anything?! Do YOU know how I feel?! You're just living up there, watching us from above, and you don't even come down here to walk on this world on our level! You wouldn't be saying all of that if you have ever walked in MY shoes!!"

Julio, I know you're pissed at your parents for making you leave your friends behind. I'm not saying that is necessarily a good thing, but you can't just keep being so bitter about this forever.

"Yeah, that's easy for YOU to say!! I bet you've never had to move and leave your friends behind against your will!! Do you even HAVE a will?! Hmm?!? Why don't you play me with free will on?!?"

The dining table was quiet today. Thomas is tired after a long day at work and isn't really in the mood to talk. Isabelle, Garrett, Cheryl, and Evan don't have much to say. And of course, Julio's absent, but he wouldn't have talked at all at the table if he somehow was there.

At Garrett's insistence, the three kids clear the table and wash the dishes.

Thomas quietly brushes his teeth and gets ready for bed.

Dear Diary,

Julio once again didn't show up for dinner. I think he is still angry at us for moving... as usual. I am surprised that he has allowed his anger to hold onto him for so long.

I really do hope that things will change, that Julio will learn to forgive us and know that we didn't mean to separate him from his friends. We know how close Julio was to the people in the favela, and we really liked them too. I hope that someday we'll be able to get together the money to go back and visit them. I wish Julio would stop and listen long enough for us to tell him that we really do love him and we really do want to see him with his old friends again.

Alas, I have been writing down these hopes for many, many pages now. I have been praying for the same things over and over again, but nothing has turned up. I feel tempted to give up, give up and abandon God like He seemed to have abandoned me. But I cannot abandon my son.

"Did you guys hear Julio yelling at mom in the kitchen? Why do you think he's still angry after all these months?"

"It seems really strange that he's still mad at mom and dad after all this time. I think maybe we should just give him some money and let him go back."

"Good observation!"

"I can't speak for dad, but I don't think mom has given up on him yet. I think the best thing we can do is to be patient and not be cold to him. Julio's still part of this family, after all. He's still our eldest brother."

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#107 Old 10th May 2018 at 2:01 AM
I love these little stories
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#108 Old 10th May 2018 at 6:11 PM
It was nice to see Isabelle and Cheryl have a little time together, just the two of them.
If he hadn't been thinking bed, I'd have said Julio gave himself a thermal headache drinking his protein shake too fast! You got some great pictures of him with all his facial expressions. But maybe that attitude of his is why he hasn't made any new friends yet.
I loved the diary sequence. I'm totally going to steal that idea, and make actual diary entries for my sims. I also loved the younger kids sitting around talking and plotting.
#109 Old 4th Jun 2018 at 7:04 AM

I found your post quite amusing and I liked the bit with the Diary a lot.

for info on changing the Mac Open File Limit check out my post here http://www.insimenator.org/index.ph...html#msg1628939
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#110 Old 4th Jun 2018 at 5:32 PM
Originally Posted by lordtyger9

I found your post quite amusing and I liked the bit with the Diary a lot.

Amusing? How so? I thought it helped make things a little more personal, what with Julio and I trying to converse with each other. Julio's going through some rough times and I don't blame him. I think he really could use someone who's willing to listen to him and let him vent.
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#111 Old 4th Jun 2018 at 10:48 PM
Default Tuesday Troubles with the Logans
It's Tuesday, and for Jake, that's his day off. Normally he's an early-riser and races his boys downstairs to see who can make breakfast first, but today he seems to have completely forfeited his victory.

"What do you think's up with dad?"

"Eh, I don't know. Wouldn't be surprised if he was hoping to go to another nightclub today."

"Do you think we should tell somebody about this?"

"Even if we did, what could they really do? Not much. Plus, dad told us not to tell anyone else about what happened."

"I wonder what's up with dad, Tucker. He's been acting up a lot these days."

Jake does not stir until 9am, an hour after his boys have left for school.

He seems hungry... for donuts and cookies and cakes and sodas.

First it was video games. Now it just might be food next. He prepares a group-sized batch of toaster pastries and gulps one down...

...then another...

...then another...

He's on to his fourth. Tucker looks up at him.

Stomach tight as a drum and full enough to skip lunch, he plays a snowboarding game as opposed to the soccer game he usually plays, just so he doesn't have to be reminded about his sagging work performance on the field.

Ryan comes home from school at one o'clock and is surprised to see the kitchen and the dining room a mess. His zero neat points means he isn't bothered by it, but he is still surprised to see that from his dad, since his dad is usually the one who nags the boys to clean up after themselves.

"Aww, and how's my favourite dog in the world doing? Did dad ignore you all day? Shame on him!"

After Ryan leaves for work, Tucker tries to get Jake's attention, but Jake's not interested in playing with the dog. All Tucker wants, however, is a feeding bowl that isn't empty.

Jordan comes home at three, sees a hungry and neglected Tucker, and shakes his head quietly. Where did his dad go?

Jake disappears into his bedroom afterwards and doesn't come out. When Jordan knocks on his bedroom door, Jake opens it and barks at him angrily for disturbing him. Jordan is quite shocked at this sudden change in attitude. He has never seen his dad this angry before, for no apparent reason! What was Jake doing in his bedroom that made him so aggressively defensive about it?

Jordan hides in his bedroom until his older brother comes home. Jake doesn't come out of his room. Ryan prepares some mac and cheese for them to eat.

Jordan tells him about it.

"That's strange indeed. I think dad's hiding something from us in his room. Dad has to work this Saturday; think we can sneak into his room and figure out what's going on in there?"

The conversation ends abruptly when Jake comes down, grabs a bowl for himself, and returns to his room without a word.

Nobody seems to be minding how the kitchen's getting really dirty. Someone better do the dishes before they get eaten by flies.

#112 Old 4th Jun 2018 at 11:00 PM
Originally Posted by k6ka
Amusing? How so? I thought it helped make things a little more personal, what with Julio and I trying to converse with each other. Julio's going through some rough times and I don't blame him. I think he really could use someone who's willing to listen to him and let him vent.

"Yeah, that's easy for YOU to say!! I bet you've never had to move and leave your friends behind against your will!! Do you even HAVE a will?! Hmm?!? Why don't you play me with free will on?!?"

I found that line and the picture that went with it amusing.

for info on changing the Mac Open File Limit check out my post here http://www.insimenator.org/index.ph...html#msg1628939
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#113 Old 21st Jun 2018 at 2:17 AM
Default Sunday snapshots of the Newbies
After experimenting with playing games in higher resolution, I decided to try and run The Sims 2 in 1366x768 resolution, which is the resolution of my entire laptop screen. Adding to the challenge was that I play in windowed mode, so naturally the actual resolution was probably going to be a bit smaller than that. I set the taskbar to autohide itself after I launched the game, and to my delight, the window fit on my screen with even some room to spare. Irfanview worked flawlessly and didn't capture anything extra or unwanted, and the extra room meant that even if I accidentally dragged the game window down, nothing would get cut off and I could just drag it back up. I first tried this setup with The Sims 3, and when it worked beautifully I decided to try it with the other games I have, including SimCity 4 and Cities: Skylines. The increased resolution means larger screenshots, which means better images... surely.

I took a few experimental screenshots with the Pleasant family in Pleasantview, and when I liked how the images turned out, I tried it out in SimVille for the first time. Here's a couple of screenshots I took of the Newbie family in SimVille—that wealthy, prominent family that seems so eager to befriend total strangers, yet seem to treasure quantity more than quality in relationships. More friends is better for them... but can they make better friends?

Pancakes for breakfast started the day off well.

Alec and Julius were slightly off-key, but they sounded oddly wonderful together.

The key to every healthy relationship with a younger sibling is conversation, not lecture.

Even though the Newbies are extremely wealthy, Amar still goes to the Corner Stop to pick up groceries. Well, at least enough to fill half the fridge.

He had the other half delivered to his doorstep, but he mostly placed the order because he wanted to see the deliveryman.

Because walking down the stairs is just too slow and cumbersome...

Marco Polo in the pool cools off a hot day.

The Newbies kept Mayhew Shibata over for dinner.

Layer cake for dessert.

"Thanks for having me over, Amar! Not too many people order stuff here in SimVille so I don't know that many people 'round here."

"No problem, Mayhew! Do give us a call if you need anything!"

Window washing.

Tuning the music room piano.

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#114 Old 21st Jul 2018 at 5:46 PM Last edited by k6ka : 21st Jul 2018 at 6:13 PM. Reason: Added an image I forgot to add
Default The Newsons—not new but they're doing good... or are they?
I remember being very turned off by the physical appearances of this family when I first installed Apartment Life. For many years this was enough to deter me from even touching the family, and they sat in the family bin quietly in many of my hoods, unwanted and unplayed. But as time passed, I had a change of heart, and began to admire the Newsons for being a non-nuclear family with a pretty incredible story that EAxis tried to build with them. I allowed Gavin Newson to be hired as a server at Amar's Restaurant, and soon decided to move them into my hood to be played with. And good grief, is this one difficult family to manage, given its size and its two young bouncing inhabitants promising to steal sleep from everyone else in the household! But before I get ahead of myself, let's have a look at how the Newsons are doing in SimVille.

After their parents' untimely death, the adopted Newson clan is faced with the reality of separation and a return to foster care or weathering the unknown future together. With no parents to guide or protect them, can the Newson's continue to provide each other the safety and security their adopted parents provided?

The Sims

Gavin Newson

At his age, Gavin never thought he would be adopted. He is grateful for the chance at a real family and has come to fiercely love his brothers and sisters. In fact, Gavin couldn't imagine life without them. He decided long ago that he would do whatever it took to protect and care for them!

Money was tight after their long, tedious, and costly travels to reach SimVille from their old home. Juggling an overnight cashier job at the Corner Stop with an evening cleaning job at DiscoGambling, plus the additional stress of high school and the boatloads of homework that come with it, sure left Gavin feeling like he's been getting grey hair before he's legally old enough to drink and buy cigarettes. One day, when he had gotten terminated for falling asleep on the job at the Corner Stop, Amar Newbie took notice and decided to offer him a much more manageable job at his restaurant. The hours were long and irregular, but the pay was generous, and Gavin wouldn't have to juggle two jobs simultaneously to keep the food on the table. Gavin accepted... and now Ginger is mad at him for not being home enough.

Ginger Newson

Ginger was a troubled child with a troubled past before flowering under the loving kindness of her adopted mother, Gloria. With Gloria gone, Ginger faces the unknown challenges of being an adult and acting as a mother to her siblings.

Ginger has always wanted a happy family... but not like this! Her four younger siblings take up a lot of space and energy in the apartment they live in, and the cramped quarters only serve to exacerbate the problem. She's okay with Gabriella and Gallagher, but she's not very prepared to take on raising two toddlers at a time. With Gloria around, things were fine, but after Gloria's death and Gavin's constant absence from the home in order to find work, Ginger's being left to bear the load of all of the work that needs to be done around the house alone. She's been getting Gabriella and Gallagher to help out as best as they can, but it's still up to her to make sure the young tots learn all of their toddler skills before they grow up... and by the way things are going right now, they might not make the deadline in time.

Gabriella Newson

Gabriella, a precocious child, has been dubbed the princess of the Newson family. This little wonder enjoys the lavish love and attention of her siblings and has a knack for wrapping people around her little finger.

Gabriella's the attention seeker of the household, and it doesn't matter who in the family is giving her attention, so long as it's positive and not because she's in trouble. With Gavin frequently out at work or school, Ginger's the only person that's above her that she can pick on to get attention from. Of course, young Garrett and Georgia make for a great, albeit illiterate, audience as well; she frequently tries to get their attention through games and goofiness, but usually their need for food and clean diapers wrenches the attention from Gabriella to the toddlers' needs. She likes Garrett and Georgia better than her brother, but all that love and adoration takes a major backseat when they start crying—and all of a sudden they become the world for her older siblings.

Gallagher Newson

Gallagher is one of a kind. He is a happy child who tends to be shy around strangers. He stays to himself more than any of the other children but he is coming out of his shell day by day. Will his siblings continue to bring out the best in him?

Gallagher gets along fine with Gabriella, but he doesn't like it when Gavin and Ginger tell him to play with his younger siblings. All Garrett and Georgia seem capable of doing is chewing on toys and spitting them back out, all covered in baby spit and slime. Gallagher starts out with 0 daily relationship points with both of his younger toddler sibs, and while he doesn't necessarily hate them, he's more of the passive-aggressive type when interacting with them. When Gavin tells him to bring them a baby bottle, he'll bring the bottle but neglect to warm up the milk. When Ginger tells him to empty the trash bin filled with dirty diapers, he'll take out the trash but won't put in a new trash bag until Ginger explicitly tells him to. Gallagher often gets jealous when he sees Gabriella giving her attention to Garrett and Georgia, wishing that he was the one who got all of the tender care and the attention in the family.

Garrett Newson

The bouncing male fraternal twin in the household has quite a knack for helping to keep Ginger awake all night. The Newsons can't afford daycare, so Garrett has never had much exposure to outside Sims... which suits a shy tot like him just fine. He's an unaggressive one, even when Gallagher is being half-hearted to him. He seems to be Ginger's favourite, as she spends more time with him than Georgia. He still, however, hasn't mastered any of his toddler skills yet. Will he be able to make it, or will the Newsons' constant bickering and division keep him from growing up well?

Georgia Newson

Georgia is Gavin's personal favourite, and while Georgia's a lot grouchier than the rest of the household, she seems to enjoy Gavin's presence more than anyone else's. She's less likely to open her mouth to laugh at Gabriella's performances, but she doesn't particularly appreciate Gallagher's snubbing, throwing loud and angry fits when Gallagher steps over or around her. Gavin wants Georgia to grow up well, but work and money all seem to be bigger things on his mind, and he frequently leaves Georgia in the care of Ginger, who's angered by Gavin's seeming half-heartedness towards raising his younger adopted siblings in favour of making money and being away from the apartment. As such, Ginger's having to build that relationship up with Georgia—a difficult task with Garrett and the older kids all competing for her attention. Will she be able to make it, or will everyone else steal much needed attention from her?

The house

The Newsons reside in the Teleprompter Apartments, which we covered in our story about the Jocks. They reside on the north side of the second floor, and their apartment is practically a mirror image of the Jocks' apartment.

A brief glimpse of life in the Newson family

It started at around 3AM when Garrett and Georgia conveniently decided to wake up together at the same time. Garrett sat happily in his crib, but Georgia wanted out. Now.

Still tired and groggy, Ginger got the little tot out of her crib and kept her amused. She still doesn't have a high enough relationship with her to teach her how to walk and talk.

Garrett and Georgia should at least graduate from using diapers, and since they needed to go anyways, Ginger decided to place them on the potty chair and save herself the diaper-changing hassle. Goodness, that was not fun when they were infants!

Ginger needs coffee. Parenthood is a tiring full-time job.

Ginger gets Gavin out of bed at 4 to help teach Georgia how to walk. She's making good progress; she should be able to learn it before she grows up.

When Gallagher and Gabriella wake up, Gavin needs to make them breakfast (such a shame Sim kids aren't allowed to cook). Ginger would eat, but Georgia insists on being fed attention first.

Gavin and Ginger may very well be high school dropouts at this point, given their responsibilities outside of school pushing them into adulthood far sooner than they would've liked. They initially tried working on a "rotating" schedule where Gavin and Ginger would take turns going to school, since babysitting services are much too expensive (and useless, given how the nanny can barely take care of herself) for them. However, it's not a particularly even system, as Ginger finds herself staying at home more often than not. Gavin, being a Fortune Sim, insists that he should go to school in order to get a good education for a better paying job down the road. Ginger, meanwhile, argues that the current system doesn't work if Gavin doesn't honour the rotations properly and that his current job is a dead-end job anyways; no matter how well Gavin delivers food to hungry guests, it's not going to improve his cooking skill and he will never become chef material to land a chef position (a position fellow colleague Angela Kovax is much more qualified for anyways). Plus, Gavin is actually making pretty good money for his job: the tips are pretty nice, and Amar's a fair employer. Shouldn't Ginger be given opportunities too?

Today, Gavin assumed his position as promising young scholar, even if he's not exactly honour roll material. Ginger watches with disapproval.

Very well then, Ginger thinks to herself. If Gavin's not gonna help raise the kids then he's not going to be their father-figure. Then I'll teach the twins to respect me and not you. You were never their father. You know what hurts more? You really weren't their father at all!

Well, nasty thoughts aside, Ginger needs some breakfast first.

The twins have exhausted their reserves of energy and are tired once again. They'll be back up and crying within a few hours. Ginger places them in their cribs, then passes out on the couch.

The solar panels on the roof of the building practically makes the complex self-sustaining! It actually really helps, given how rent here is pretty steep.

At 11AM, the twins wake up. Georgia stirs up a fuss and wakes Ginger up from her dreamy, sleep-deprived slumber.

Ginger can only be in one place at a time, though. Garrett begins screaming for his exit as well.

When Ginger finally gets around to getting him, he had already forgotten about his desire to explore the outside world and has discovered the interesting nature of boogers instead.

Ginger might be able to save her grades... if Gavin would let her go to school!

Ginger's famished. She's gonna have to eat first! Let's just hope the twins get along with each other in her brief absence...

Oh, well, at least their twin bond has held up. ADORBS!

Amidst the dog knocked-over trash can and the sweltering heat of the SimVille sun, Gavin's grades are less than optimal.

Gavin has an hour before he has to work. He's still busy thinking about having enough money in the bank for a nice retirement... and that starts with generous tips at the restaurant.

"Aww, what? Ginger didn't potty train you today? C'mon, she's been sitting at home all day! What does she do anyways?"

With the bathroom currently occupied by two Sims too many, Ginger has to use the public bathroom downstairs by the swimming pool.

"Hey, I was the one who woke up at three in the morning to tend to the kids!! I was flat out tired by the time morning came around, and I had to look after the two while you just went to school!"

"What, you think I had a jolly good day today? I couldn't finish Mr. McCumber's assignment in time and it was due today! How do you think I'm going to graduate at this rate?!"

"Ugh!! You just leave me here with the twins! You don't even help change their diapers or feed them!"

"And you don't even try to find a job or anything, so I have to work to keep the money flowing! I'm the only one who's making money here, you know!"

"What?! How on earth am I supposed to get a job?!?! Who's going to look after the two during the day?!"

"You are!"

"You don't even let me go to school!! How am I supposed to graduate??!! Am I supposed to be a juvenile delinquent for parenting a bunch of kids that aren't even mine?!?! What did I do to deserve all this?! Are you just going to ignore me now?! Huh?!"

Well, now that she's at home, she may as well just go ahead and teach Georgia how to walk. If Gavin doesn't help take care of the kids, then she might as well do so and get the kids attached to her so they'll give him the cold shoulder. First things first: Garrett and Georgia need to be able to walk on their two feet!

At 3PM, the kids come home from school. Gallagher brought home his good friend Isaiah Gavigan, who's at least more interested in him than the twins.

Isn't it nice when you receive positive attention?

Gabriella runs into the apartment, only to be shushed back out by Ginger; the twins are sound asleep. It's gonna be a great afternoon for Gallagher, now that he's no longer competing for attention from his sister.

After a few minutes of playing, Isaiah's rumbling stomach (and the Newsons' lack of food in the fridge for big meals every day) leads him to buy a bag of chips from the vending machine.

Ginger, meanwhile, is much too tired to think straight, let alone get up to play with her siblings. That's fine—they're old enough to take care of themselves. May as well catch up on some more shuteye...

...at least, until the twins wake her up again. This time, they're hungry, and she definitely can't skip out on that. She places them in their high chairs and fetches baby food from the fridge.

If there's one advantage of working at Amar's businesses, it's discounts at every one of Amar's establishments! 50% off cooked food at Fresh Rush Grocery sure saves Ginger a heck of a lot of time when it comes to feeding the rest of the family (well, except Gavin, since he works at a restaurant for crying out loud! Why would getting food ever be of concern for him?). Grilled cheese sandwiches are a favourite in the Newson household.

On the plus side, Garrett has been successfully potty trained! Georgia will be soon to follow. Potty training's the easy bit, though, since they need to go pee anyways. The young tots are still gonna need to learn how to walk and talk if they're to have a great start to life.

Not today, though! Ginger's passed out on the bed, having been operating on-and-off today on barely any sleep.

"Coochy-coochy coo!!" Gabriella really adores her younger siblings.

"Y'know Gallagher, I should be asking you the questions about having younger siblings. I'm an only child, but mom wants to have another baby. What's it like?"

"Well, they wet their pants and cry all night, for starters."

"Is it really that bad, though?"

"Well, you've never had kids before, so how would you know?"

"True, true."

Amar knows Gavin has kids at home to care for, and the restaurant usually quiets down after 9pm, so Amar will typically let Gavin off early. Tonight, Gavin gets home at 10pm. Time to put the tots back into their cribs... where's Ginger?

"What?! You can't have just gone to bed without putting Garrett and Georgia back into their cribs! ... No, you are NOT going to just pull the covers over your head and ignore me! You're going to get out of bed and give me an explanation!"

"Oh, now you're talking?! I barely slept last night and these toddlers have been waking me up like the most inconvenient alarm clocks all day!! YOU, meanwhile, got to go to school today! I'm at a D right now, Gavin!! I'm not about to be expelled from school because of you!!"

Eventually, they reach a resolution: Gavin and Ginger will each take one toddler and place them in their cribs; Ginger gets the bed and the opportunity to go to school tomorrow; and Gavin will sleep on the couch and stay at home until he has to go to work. And for once, the apartment is quiet... for now.

...Until the twins wake Gavin up! Should he apologize to Ginger now?


The Newsons have been through a lot of hard, unfortunate times, but they've also been very lucky to have one very important thing: a family. The situations they've been through are like a blacksmith's forge to metal; the heat seems to destroy it, but in reality it helps refine and reshape the material to produce something stronger and more useful. Unfortunately for the Newsons, they have not yet experienced the fullness of the refining process, and in fact may be too quick to blame it as the reason that their bonds are now beginning to crumble, now that they've settled in.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more!

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#115 Old 7th Aug 2018 at 4:50 AM
Default A bond endangered
Things didn't seem all that unusual one Tuesday morning at first. Sure, Simon was still moping about his lost job, but at least there was food...

"Simon! The school bus is here! Let's go!" But Simon did not move. His little brother tugged at his arms. "Simon! We have to go, or we'll be late for school!"

"You go," Simon said simply. Now it was Lucas' turn to not move. "I'm not leaving without you!" he said. "Wherever you go, I go!" At which point, Simon rebuked him and ordered him to go to school.

So Lucas went, alone, retreating to the very back of the bus so no one could see him choking on his tears. Simon remained on the couch for the next few hours.

When Lucas got home at 3, he was surprised to find the apartment empty. Even the door was unlocked! ...although thankfully nothing was stolen. He called his brother's cell phone, but he got no response. Not even any ringing, as if he had turned his phone off. The first person he calls? His next best friend.

Evan and Amar practically ran over to the apartment. "You haven't seen him?" Amar asks. "No, not since this morning," came Lucas' reply. "Did he go to school?" Amar inquires. "No, he stayed put on the couch after breakfast and didn't move." "Did you notice anything unusual about him?" "Yeah... he yelled at me to go to school when I told him I wasn't leaving without him."

The three run frantically around SimVille, looking for Simon.

When Simon cannot be found anywhere around town, they take Amar's car and head into the city looking for him.

Finally, they find him at the Crypt O' Night Club. Simon's there, smustling away on the dance floor.

"Simon!! We need you! We need you back home!" Lucas shouts at him. But he doesn't seem to hear them... or at least, chooses not to listen, for he goes over to the bar and orders a few blended drinks.

"You guys need to leave me alone!! Go away!!!" And Simon rushes out the back door. The three run after him... but he is gone!!

It is Evan who insists that Lucas spend the night over at the Newbies' place. "You can sleep in my bed," Evan said to him. "I'll sleep on the couch." And at first, things seem to be okay.

Despite the hospitality, though, it's still a strange new environment for Lucas, and the recent developments keep him restless enough to stir him out of bed at half past three in the morning.

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#116 Old 20th Aug 2018 at 1:08 AM
Default Saturday cooking with Angela Kovax
For the first time in months, Angela finally had a day off on a Saturday, the busiest day of the week for Amar's Restaurant. She's looking to ramp up her cooking skill points today and work towards that shiny promotion over the hill to head chef of the place!

Salmon and pork chops are one of the most commonly ordered items on the menu, so she has to get used to making a ton of them. It all starts at home. Salmon... mmm, salmon's good.

Et voila! Lunch's settled for today!

Now for the pork chops.

...W-W-Well, if every porkchop were perfect, we wouldn't have hotdogs? Too bad it's burnt either way.

Angela is not going to let that stop her, though! She's determined to learn from failure and continue onwards. Let's see if she can pull off a delicious turkey dinner for her family tonight!

You know, every time the oven is used, there's always a chance of...


Well, it was worth a try. Back to spaghetti and meatballs for now.

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#117 Old 20th Aug 2018 at 12:13 PM
Poor Angela!

On the plus side though, her dishwasher is amazing! I wish I had one that could wash away an entire charred turkey.

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#118 Old 8th Oct 2018 at 12:53 AM
Default A Saturday with the Jocks
First off, I'd like to apologize for letting this thread sit dormant for quite some time. I have since resumed school but still work at the amusement park on weekends, which means my life has been much busier than over the summer (winter for those in the southern hemisphere). As I write this I haven't touched The Sims 2 in a couple of weeks, so I'm happy to get back into it again. Since it's been a while, though, I kinda just wanted to play for fun again.

I decided to play the Jocks today. (I don't do "rotations" or have quotas or anything of the like; I just play whichever household I feel like playing at the time)

Toby's on the phone with a Rosemarie Jitmakusol. He has a want to fall in love with her! He'll definitely be inviting her over. Maybe tonight.

He then invites Carly Firebaum over. His parents don't even know her, but even if they did, they wouldn't approve of it. So long as Toby can keep discreet... I mean, the apartment building is surely large enough to hide the two from them. Right?

Harold had work today until 3. He got a sweet promotion to Rookie, and brought home sports superstar Dan Newbie as well!

Sharla Ottomas' offer of a hug didn't sit well with Jason.

Quite the greeting! I think Toby missed the mark by an inch, though.

The two seat themselves in the nice restaurant on the top floor of the building. It's an unscored outing, but Toby doesn't mind. With his father in the building, it's probably easier if they didn't have scores to keep track of and hordes of kissing wants to fulfill.

Really, Toby? The weather? How boring could you be? Even Carly looks disinterested.

Ribs for Toby; lime seared prawns for Carly. The server seems rather excluded and unwanted from this conversation. Wonder if a tray-dropping "accident" is about to happen.

Hmm, guess not.

Sloppy Sims have no sense of table manners.

Today's a "cheat day" for Jason, I guess. It was a Saturday, and during the landlord's half-baked building party where the landlord mostly annoyed his tenants, he didn't really work out that much. Now he's getting himself a bag of white cheddar crackers...

Isn't it just sad that Dan and Samantha Ottomas are playing on two separate pool tables? Such loners!

Now if mom or dad steps out of those elevators those two will be caught in an instant!

Thankfully both are in their apartment teaching a townie how to do the slap dance.

Well, if there's anything that didn't get done this weekend, it's cleaning the bathroom! What a MESS this place is!

I've never actually used the "Buy Coffee For Sim" interaction before today...

Mmm... coffee and convos. (And Dan's buying his own meal at the restaurant, it seems)

Jason thinks he can score some points from his dad if he reads the Fitness hobby magazine. He would approve, surely; he reads it himself from cover to cover every week.

Dan Newbie, of all things, orders an omelette. I see even the rich in SimVille don't mind cheap eats.

I'd say their "love" is too superficial to even be considered love... but that's just my opinion. I'll let Toby ride the waves if he insists on continuing with Carly.

Oh of course... Toby just had to make out for the first time with Carly in a stairwell, of all places!

I think I might've spoken too soon.

"So, where have you been today?" Harold asks Toby when he pulls up at the dining table.

"Oh, nothing much. The usual."

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#119 Old 30th Oct 2018 at 7:46 PM
Default Funday with the Firebaums
In case you hadn't known, The Sims Wiki recently had its URL forcefully changed from 'sims.wikia.com' to 'sims.fandom.com', as I mentioned here. Yes, I'm still recovering from the anger instilled from this rebranding nonsense. I still want to vomit every time I look at my browser's address bar.

Anyways, while digging through some old files on my hard drive that for some reason I haven't gotten around to processing yet, I came across these two old images I took a good while ago, and couldn't help but chuckle a little.

Darren decided to play a nice round of video games with his father, Cory. Only problem is, Cory's a lot more into games than his son, and soon his son decided to call it a day.

"Hey dad, it was nice playing with you, but I think I should get some rest now. Can you please move? You're blocking my way..."

"Yeah, that's right, sonny! You better start playing more aggressively if you don't wanna spend your days doing HOMEWORK!"

"Dad, dad... seriously. I can't get out, the coffee table is in the way."

"Son, admit defeat and wave your white flag! You can't beat me! You can't beat your old pops! I'll always be better than you! You want another piece of me, punk??!!"

Oh, how long ago was it? I first posted those in 2015 in this post. The memories! So when I booted up my game after suffering from a serious midterm crisis, I decided to play this family again. Back to apathetic Cory and his two not-so-apathetic children.

Yes yes, look who's here. It's Beth Love, that landlady who has a steamy affair with none other than that Cody Day! And today's a Saturday so she's here with her half-baked hot dogs fresh from the communal grill.

Her love for flowers and insects and trees doesn't particularly interest Darren.

Although Carly's a Romance Sim, that doesn't mean she can't pursue non-romantic relationships now and then too. Actually, who wouldn't?

Cory, oddly enough, remains inside the apartment and receives a phone call from... wait, do we know each other?

No doubt Beth's telling Darren about her recent WooHoo with Cody. She figures that Darren won't mind—he's a teen so he can handle it, and he's too young to get his feet wet with them. Yet.

I moved Chester Gieke into this apartment lot not too long ago, so Cory hasn't met him yet. Gamers, unite!

While we're at it, let's teach our guests here the vacation greetings!

Weather? What a boring subject of choice.

Have you ever seen an old man windmilling an air guitar? ...What, are you saying you're not impressed, La Shawn Cameron?

Ah, work. The most inconvenient thing in life, and Darren has to work on Saturdays. As he leaves the chess table, Carly decides to talk non-romantic relationships with the landlady. Well, I mean, surely the two understand each other, right? (And by God, it looks like nobody was hungry enough for those crappy hot dogs)

Er, guess Beth wanted to go down that direction again with a minor...

On another note, looks like her face got stuck. Sure seems quite happy over not being interested in world peace.

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