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I hurried to get a very stinky new Mr. William Wonderland home before he could do any more damage to himself or others.

As soon as we got home, William headed straight for the bathtub.

I, on the other hand, was exhausted. It seemed like ages since I’d had a good night’s sleep. I headed to bed and was asleep within minutes.

I woke up to the sound of Bungle freaking out.

“I’m trying to sleep!” I shouted at him. “Will you stop making all that noise?”

“But you’re having a baby!” Bungle cried.

“Of course I’m having a baby!” I snapped. “That why I need my beauty rest!”

Then the contraction really hit me. “Holy crap!” I said. “I’m having a baby!”

Why Bungle knew I was in labor before I did is one of those questions I know better than to ask.

And where was William? He was having another argument with Mum. He didn’t respond when I called him.

So I headed to the hospital by myself. William could work out his own crap on his own time.

William figured out that he’d screwed up big time pretty quickly, and he headed to the hospital at full vampire speed.

He got there well before the baby was born. That was good for me, but it was better for him. He would have hated his unlife if he’d missed the birth of our baby.

Meet Franklin Wonderland!

William was a very attentive husband and daddy. He did all the right helpful things, including getting us home.

(I have no idea why the baby has a different skintone in the taxi.)

Once we arrived home with our bundle of joy, things got a little weird.

Is this what happens when you cross a witch with a vampire? Does it hurt?

Fortunately, when I pulled little Franklin out of the floor, he seemed to be just fine.

And just as sweet as ever.

William and I started to figure out what our new life as newlywed parents might look like. William took up the guitar.

Mama and Mum really seemed to appreciate it. He didn’t sound very good, so I think they just listened because he wasn’t wearing his shirt.

Mama was particularly appreciative of William’s physique.

Isn’t Franklin adorable?

But wow, he stinks! Or is that me? I think maybe it’s both of us.

The happy grandparents doted on him.

While my parents and William took time with the new baby, I put more work into my alchemy research.

But the bliss couldn’t last for long. Sweet, elderly Dinah had to leave us.

We were all devastated. Except Bungle, who was more upset by the lousy music on the stereo.

Dinah had a long life, though. It was hard to feel cheated. I took some time to thank the Grim Reaper for being so generous.

Grim Shrugged. “Your parents are old,” he said. “They’ll be next.”

And I was trying to be friendly!

“You have a new baby too,” Grim continued. “Better keep an eye on him. Never know when sudden death could strike.”

It’s a good thing that Mama and Mum were too busy having grief woohoo to hear this guy.

I want to get far away from this Grim. We’re moving.


No fails!

Actually, Dinah was like 10 days over her lifespan, and I finally triggered her death. Someplace in there, my sims started living much longer than their lifespan indicates. I’m looking into some settings in MC to put a limit on how long characters can live. It’s hard to let a sim go until your house is stuffed to the gills and you can’t handle any more.

The baby-in-the-floor glitch was caused by me needed to do a save/quit while the family was on their way home from the hospital. Usually that teleports the baby home, but I’d never seen THAT happen!

William with the guitar was me using his free action. William has no trouble making time to paint, and I thought maybe he’d be autonomous about music as well. No go. He got to like level 3 before he had to stop playing and pee, and he’s never done it autonomously.

This is, in fact, the very last screenshot in this home. Next post, the family moves to Aurora Falls!!


“This is your day,” I told my reflection. “This is the day you are going to set the record for civilians saved from certain death.”

I really needed the pep talk. I may be an amazing hero, but nobody seemed to need a hero recently. Everyone was being incredibly responsible with their kitchen appliances, and nobody’s home was going up in a fireball.

It was just so depressing.

I consoled myself by using all that time was NOT spending fighting fires to take up a new hobby.

Anatomy seemed like a good one. Studying what people might look like if I DIDN’T save them from burning buildings.

Nova grew up into a truly beautiful adult cat.

I thought she was a bit awkward as a kitten, but look at her now! Singularity’s spots AND Cheshire’s stripes!

Even her Dinah face seems a bit more natural.

She’s so humble about her beauty too. What a regal beauty!

News drifted in from the family. My mother-in-law was still rockin’ it all night long.

Deanne, meanwhile, broke up with her latest girlfriend. I can’t say I was too disappointed about this. She’s old enough to make her decisions, but her grandmother’s best friend?

Things got kind of boring around the house. We had almost an empty nest, and there wasn’t much going on.

“OK, everyone!,” I declared. “We’re going out for a night on the town!”

“Not another one!” Erin cried. She can be such an ungrateful girl!

“I’m your mum, and you’ll have fun if I tell you to,” I told her in no uncertain terms.

So we all headed to the Toadstool.

To play hacky-sack in the parking lot.

Erin wasn’t really into it, though, so she decided to go inside for a nice bowl of brains.

She’s such a moody girl.

That’s when we got the phone call! Deanne was having a baby! Now I totally forgive her for her weird choice in girlfriends. Who cares? We have a granddaughter! Wahoo!

While I was chatting it up with Deanne, Hetal also got a phone call. “Hey, my boss is throwing a party. I really ought to go to this one. I hope you don’t mind.”

It wasn’t really a question, and she was gone before could answer.

This hadn’t exactly turned out to be the kind of evening on the town I’d been hoping for.

But then Erin caught my eye from across the room.

Maybe she knows how to have fun after all.

Hetal said the party was kind of a bust.

Her boss was happy to see her there.

So happy that he forgot all about her in five minutes and decided to get it on with his wife instead.

If that weren’t annoying enough. Ayden van Gould showed up!

She still hasn’t forgiven him for how he treated her mom, so she kicked his ass. Hetal seems to have gotten quite violent in her old age. Everyone remember not to piss her off.

She was so pumped about beating up Ayden that she rushed back into the party to tell her boss all about it.

“And then I gave him an upper cut! Hear me roar like a space rocket!”

That turned out to be kind of awkward.

The party, such as it was, finished up with her watching TV while her boss Mike nix burned the mac and cheese he was planning to serve to his guests.

Nix can’t even cook right.

Hetal had a mind to give him what-for, but she finally decided she wanted to keep her job.

She was still watching TV when I called her and asked her to come home.

“Home!” she said. “That’s a great idea. This place is SO boring anyway.”

I hope my love’s memory is all right.


Fights: 0 = 1 = 1

I totally missed the money shot of Hetal fighting with Ayden van Gould and kicking his butt. It made me laugh, so I’m happy to take the fail.

I was trying to make this the last post of Gen 1, but I made it just TOO LONG. So — spoiler — the next post will be the last with Allison as a patroness. Bittersweet, eh? It is for me.

I was very meh about Nova as a kitten, but she grew up with Singularity’s spots on top of Cheshire’s stripes! That is so awesome I may not be able to have a cat legacy heir poll.


Strawberry came by to go hunting under the foundation of our house. I was thrilled to see her, but I’m not sure where she got the power to walk through walls.

Dinah got to say hi, though. I’m sure she misses her little kitties. I do hope Branden is taking good care of them.

Strawberry appears to be superhuman in other ways.

I’m living proof that human girls can make babies together in this world, but I didn’t think it extended to cats!

Erin just spends too much time on her computer! She needs to get out there and live a little. I’m sure all she needs to change her ways is a good heart-to-heart with her mum.

When I heard her at the keyboard again, I headed into her room to tell her how it is. In the gentlest way possible, of course.

But who did I see on her computer screen? I picture of my old coworker, William Pierce!

“What are you doing looking at HIM?” I asked.

“Isn’t he dreamy?” Erin said. “That’s the man for me. I going to marry him and make beautiful babies.”

“Are you crazy?” I cried. “He’s older than I am! You’re just a kid!”
I never heard any daughter of mine shout like that!
She told me her love life was none of her business. Of course it’s my business! She’s my daughter. It’s my job to meddle in her affairs.

AND she said I was humiliating her by treating her like a child.
Well, she IS a child, dangit.

After that, I went off to cool down with some quality dollhouse time. At least the dolls don’t talk back and call you names. Hmmf.

Later, I asked Hetal to go talk some sense into the girl.

They talked, but I’m not sure how much sense was involved.

They got all into witch bonding and went off to some witch stuff together.

I didn’t feel left out or anything. Not at all. I’m much too mature for that kind of thing.

Besides, neither of them has my biceps.

While Erin was at school the next day, I showed her there were no hard feelings by upgrading her computer to be unbreakable.

I might’ve poked around to see if she had any more files on Mr. Pierce, but that’s just between you and me. It didn’t matter anyway because all her stuff is encrypted. She’s a strange kid.

Singularity’s been extra cuddly recently. It’s so sweet to watch. She’s also been a bit, ah, extra-fluffy.

Then in the middle of the night, I woke up to the sound of yowling.

Now I know why she was acting so motherly.

Four kittens!
The black one with amber stripes is Eclipse.

The fluffy purple one (in the back) is Quasar.

And then there are the boy-girl identical twins, Comet and Nebula.

Nobody can tell them apart.

So we pretty much just treat them as interchangeable.

All the yowling brought everyone downstairs to crowd into the corner of my bedroom. I couldn’t even get out of bed!

Then Erin realized she’d forgotten to do her homework and stayed up the rest of the night doing that.

Now the house is filled with kitten, just like when Peanut was young! It’s hard not to trip over bundles of fluff, but it’s worth it.

Hetal was late home from work because she got a promotion!

Erin was late home from for I don’t know why. I hope she’s OK. She’s still not talking to me much after that whole incident with Pierce.

When she did get home, she spent a lot of time standing in the corner of the foyer, looking at a family picture and making sighing sounds.

Then she went to lie down and take a nap.

So my siren immediately woke her up.

Turns out there was a fire at Branden’s new house!

You’d think the pouring rain might help put out these outdoor fires, but you’d be wrong.

The fire didn’t take much work, so I took a minute to size up Branden’s roommate.

Not bad. If he’s into boys, he can pick that one.

Not that I’m into boys. At all. Of course.

Actually, I think that dork is the one who set the fire, but at least he’s pretty to look at.

Branden was very grateful that he had a mom who could keep his house from burning down.

But Strawberry was the most grateful of all.

Strawberry is one heck of a kitty.

The next day was more of the same.

Ho hum.

Just a major house fire that nearly killed a local family.

Nothing terribly interesting.

At least these folks could really make their garage look pretty.

It was truly elegant to look at in the light of the fire that was burning it all up.

While I was gone, I missed Peanut’s birthday. Sigh.

We got a call from Deanne. She’s pretty happy with her love life. I’m going to be grown up and not give her crap about the age gap.

Sometimes all you can do is drown your sorrows in a bubble bath.

And sing to your rubber ducky. Rubber duckies like that.


Passing Out: 17 + 1 = 18

Whoa! And now we have FIVE heirs to the cat legacy. Woo, it’s a lot of cats in the house again.

At this point, I’m mostly letting everyone run on autonomy except making sure that Allison keeps in shipshape for her job. She’s creeping along, saving 2 sims here, 2 sims there. She’s doesn’t HAVE to reach her LTW for this challenge, but I’m not willing to give it up. Augh.


After such a rough day, it was nice to be reminded of the cycle of life. Little Nova was such a doll. I bet she had just a bit of Cheshire in her, since she was born so close to when he died.

Singu’s first gift to her little daughter was a turtle! It was almost as big as Nova!

Singu is such a wild thing, and she’s an amazing huntress. I think she expected little Nova to, um, *eat* that turtle. Ick. I snatched it up before anything that gross could happen. I prefer my kitties to eat the kind of food that comes out of a bag. At least in the house.

I made an arrangement to sell the turtle at the flea market across the street. Apparently it was pretty rare and worth a lot of money.

I’m sure it was happier living in someone’s aquarium than not living in Nova’s stomach.

Nova herself settled in very quickly. I’d forgotten how much I missed having a kitten about!

Singularity, meanwhile, was soon up and consoling her beloved Peanut about his father’s death.

He seemed a lot more cheerful after that.

Soon he perked up and was back to his old adventurous self again. Peanut might not be as smart as his daddy, but he sure is resilient.

I had to charge up on all the kitty sweetness I could because I was about to lose another one of my girls.

This time, it was Deanne’s turn to grow up and get her start in the world.

She chose a very different look! I don’t think I’m brave enough to chop off all those long locks, but she certainly looks smart and capable this way!

Um, apparently, Erin was a bit too eager to cheer for Deanne and forgot the macaroni and cheese she had cooking on the stove.

I swear, we have more trouble with macaroni in this house. It’s such a temperamental noodle.

Deanne and Erin grabbed their slices of cake while I dealt with the fire.

I guess they know better than to get too worried about a house fire when I’m here.

Hetal was kind of cranky about the whole thing. This is the third fire we’ve had in this kitchen.

When I finally sat down to eat my own cake, Deanne nudged me. “There’s a firefighter at the door.”

Then she took another look.

“I really, really hot firefighter! Oh my gosh! Is he looking at me?”

He certainly was, and it was quite a manly stare. Not that I’d know much about things like that.

I didn’t recognize this fellow. He must have been a new guy. It turns out he was here to give us a lecture! Because there was no fire! Because I’d already put it out!

Well, I never!

Deanne was furious! She gave that guy a lecture like you wouldn’t believe. She said that he ought to be throwing a party in my honor.

She refused to calm down until he gave her is phone number.

That’s my enterprising girl.

At last we all had to hug Deanne goodbye. She knew what she wanted to do with her life, and it wasn’t here. She was going to get a small apartment closer to downtown.

It was pretty clear why she wanted to move out so fast.

Her grandmother’s friend even. Well, she doesn’t look a day over my age.
I guess it didn’t work out with the firefighter. Too bad.
She also didn’t forget that she needed to pay the bills.
Deanne will make an excellent test subject. I haven’t met a brain more impenetrable.
Erin was the only child left in the house now, and I could see that she was having a hard time with it. It’s hard to be picked on by four older siblings and then suddenly have the run of the house.

I tried to cheer Erin up by piling all three of us into the fire engine and heading out to the fairy gardens to take a tour of the Arboretum.

It didn’t work.

I’d never have thought a tour of fairy houses would be boring, but there you go.

We all went home, and I set about making the stove fireproof. It’s caused us enough trouble, and there’s always the chance that a fire might break out while I’m not around.

Hetal played video games on Erin’s new game console.

Erin did her homework and then hung out in some chat room on her new iTab. I swear, she spends too much time staring at a screen. She misses out on so much of real life! Like beautiful burning fires and kitties.

Speaking of kitties.

I rest my case.


Fires in home: 2 + 1 = 3

Couldn’t go without a fail forever. 🙂

All of the spares are out of the house now.

Also of interest is my post on the Sample blog about Twallan’s resignation: http://sims3sample.blogspot.com/2014/01/it-couldnt-last-forever.html


I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, but I have a way with computers. When Caitlin talks about having “Golden Fingers,” she seems to think it has something to do with music. I have the REAL golden fingers. With just a few strokes of my fingers on a computer keyboard, I have any information I want.

By the day after I saw him on Snowflake Day, I knew everything there was to know about William Pierce.

He’d been married for almost as long as my folks to some woman named Beatrice nee Saunders. Apparently, she had quite a reputation amongst vampires, and it wasn’t a good one. I’m not entirely sure what kept them together, but it seemed to work.

But it seems like things had gone south recently.

Which was probably William’s fault. He seemed to have a thing for old witches.

Plus, he had a huge blowout with his son recently and kicked him out of the house.

Wow. It sounds like you’d have to be crazy to be into this guy.
Fortunately, I am certifiably Insane. For real. I took a test at school and everything.
And, hey, he was a Creature of the Night, which meant that he’d keep that young, hard, touchable… ahem, body for a good long time still. That made up for a lot of ills.
I’m pretty good at making people like me. I even made prom queen in school. I felt like destiny was pulling me toward William. Just how hard was I willing to work for some guy who was an asshole by all accounts?

I looked at the greeting card pictures we had up in the hall. My folks have always been crazy about each other. If I was meant for William, I was going to have to burn the fear of witchcraft into him. If he didn’t like the sun, wait till he saw me when he pissed me off.

While I was thinking these deep thoughts, the rest of the family was ignoring me with a rousing game of dominoes.

Deanne things that Hetal needs to beg for a promotion. Hetal says she’d rather blackmail her boss instead.

Peanut tried to figure out where the water was coming from.

I told Bungle what was I feeling while I made breakfast for everyone. Bungle is my best friend of all. He’s the only one I can really talk to. I don’t really care that nobody else thinks he exists.

Bungle kind of thought I was crazy too. There are other fish in the sea, he said. A lot of them are less inclined to cheat on you. I told him that was a mixed metaphor anyway.

He gave up and decided to watch some television. He couldn’t actually turn on the TV, but he said his imagination is enough.

It was a relaxed holiday weekend, and we decided to have some fun in the snow.

Deanne swears she can catch things in that pond, even when it’s frozen over. She may not be a witch, but I think she has some kind of fish magic.

Mum wanted to play tag.

I had nothing better to do, and it got William off my mind for a while.

Then Mama decided she wanted a rousing game of ping pong.

That’s when things started to get nuts.

Mum always had an affinity for the cats, and I think she sensed that they were in distress, even from the other side of the house.

But she couldn’t do anything about it because Mama was having her birthday.

So while Deanne and I said goodbye to dear old Cheshire,

Mama got old.

I think they both felt really guilty about the timing.

The comfort in each other, though.

Deanne took her feelings out on the trash compactor.

The two of them have never gotten along all that well anyway.

I think it was hardest for Dinah, though.

Then when we were just settling down into the depths of despair, Singularity started yowling and making a huge racket!

We ran to her to make sure she was all right, and she popped out a kitten!

So much for my perceptiveness. I didn’t even realize she was pregnant.

This is little Nova. Isn’t she cute?


All that happened in one sim evening. It’s enough to make your head swim!

RIP, Cheshire. He lived a good bit past his lifespan, and he got a good run.

This is the first kitten of the cat legacy Generation 3. I was not happy with her when she was a kitten, but I liked her more as she grew into an adult cat. I’ll see what you think.

Christof was the man of the house these days. Well, the only man in the house anyway. I think sometimes it made him a little lonely.

The kitties tried to make sure he felt appreciated. They’re so empathic sometimes.

He was also working harder in school.

Hetal was trying out new recipes. She called this one “Stu Surprise.” We knew better than to ask what the surprise was.

Our kitties continued to be sweet together.

Deanne was really into playing in the snow. She came up with some…. interesting…. snow sculptures.

Sometimes she really didn’t seem to like her work, though.

Hetal decided to run for City Council. She started spending time campaigning around town, including giving speeches at the school.

And guess what? She was elected!! There was plenty of nectar passed around the house that night!

Erin decided to make friends with an honors student in hopes of improving her grades. She decided to take the easy way and used a potion someone sent us in the mail.

This girl, Meredith immediately really liked her.

But it turned out that they didn’t have a lot to talk about.

Oh, and here’s William Pierce’s son Larry, who is kind of a creeper.

I came home from work to take a much needed shower.

And it had an unexpected effect.

Huh. Too bad it washes out. I could get used to this.

I figured out what to do with all those stones I collected that turned to not be rainbow gems. This could be come quite a side business.

And then it was time for another party! Erin was growing up, plus we had Hetal’s election to celebrate.

My littlest girl turned out lovely, don’t you think?

Hetal was so happy to see Erin grow up. I’ve never seen her so content.

Right after we finished our cake, a limousine pulled up in front of the house. It turns out Christof had rented it. It was time for prom!

Hetal and I were left with no kids for an entire evening. You can guess what we were doing.
LTW: 0 + 1 = 1
Woot! Finally some points! And a lot of them, as I recall. Though I’m sure we’re still in the negative after all those fails. I’ll try doing a tally when Erin takes over.
I used Erin’s childhood action to use a friendship potion to get an opportunity for school, and I aged her up just a little bit early so that they could all go to prom together :).
Caitlin returned from prom with a female love interest named Mona, but nothing became of it after she moved out. I guess it was just a single golden moment. 🙂

Peanut and Singularity were getting along just swell these days. You’d think they were brother and sister! Or, well, something.

Christof started his day cleaning up after the bathtub that had been broken for three days. He’s such a responsible boy.

Maybe I should fix the bathtub.

Hetal made breakfast.

But then her carpool showed up, so left everything out on the counter and dashed out to work complaining about how hungry she was. We had a fridge full of leftovers she could have eaten instead.

The kids all caught the school bus.

And then everyone was gone, leaving their breakfast mess behind them.

I swear. The things I won’t do for this family.

Just as I’d finished loading the dishwasher, Erin showed up back at home.

“Why aren’t you at school, you lady??” I demanded.

Erin grinned. “There’s no school!” she said. “It’s a snow day!”

“Wait, didn’t you leave on the bus?” I asked.
“Yeah, and the school was closed when we got there. And I had to come home on my broom. Pretty lame.”
“Then where are your brother and sisters?”
Erin shrugged. “Still there I guess.”
And they were.

Apparently, they played in the school yard all day, then took the bus back home.

It was like hooky in reverse — going to school when you’re not supposed to instead of ditching it when you are.

Peanut had a nice snooze under the snow.

Just as the teens got home from “school,” my home fire alarm went off.

I dashed off to do my duty as a hero.

And what do you know? It was Jules MacDuff. Haven’t heard from him in a while.

I think he’s MacDuff-Slymer or something now. He married that ghost who has been stalking Chauncey for her whole unlife.

This fire was a big spectacle. Everyone on the block came over to freak out.

Saving Jules’s life was very satisfying.

Though when I asked him to leave, he decided to just stay and play foosball while I saved the rest of the house. He has a lot of confidence in me, considering what an ass he was to my wife. I’m sure that’s all water under the bridge at this point in our lives. SURE.

The bedroom was really cramped. It was hard to find a place where I could really swing my ax. It’s a good thing I didn’t care what I did to his furniture.

With the fire extinguished and everyone saved yet again, I headed outside to address my adoring fans.

They all started to hoot and wave noisemakers at me. It was so nice to be loved.

And then a strange feeling overcame me….

And I got old.

I could have picked a better place to do that than the front steps of my wife’s ex-boyfriend’s house.

Ah well. What’s done is done. I headed home to show the new me to the most important person in my life.

Hetal didn’t seem to mind at all.

She let me know I was just as sexy to her as ever.

In the best way possible.

It really is nice to be loved.


I have got to start posting again because Erin has already taken over in gameplay and is about to have her first kid!!

It appears that kids always leave on the bus on a snow day. Way to defeat the purpose of a snow day. I think I will consider it legal in the future to cancel that action.

I was kind of misty-eyed about this one because it signals the beginning of the end for Allison. She’s been a lot of fun.

I rather liked the blue flower hair she aged into. It seemed kind of appropriate. But I finally decide she had to have her old hair back and changed in when I gave her a makeover.

The holiday season was in the air. It hadn’t snowed yet, but we wanted to get our lights up early.

Hetal began the day by going out to interrupt Deanne’s fishing to brag about her mad cooking skilz.

Deanne made all the right appreciative noises, but I knew she’d rather be fishing. Deanne’s not a bad cook herself, judging from the three-day-old waffles we’re still eating.

Then she walked in inside, saw Caitlyn in the kitchen, and lit into her!

I didn’t catch the whole tirade, but it had something to do with a prank Caitlyn pulled on her. Sometime. I’m really not sure.

This is not a side of Hetal I see very often.

Caitlyn said something under her breath as she walked away. I thought it was “witch,” but I’m not sure. I mean, what’s insulting about calling Hetal a witch?

Whatever it was, Hetal chased her down and let her have it!

Christof really appreciated the whole scene. I think he should have shown more solidarity with his twin, but he seemed to be pretty entertained.

I just don’t know about that boy sometimes.

Caitlyn begged Hetal to forgive her.

Hetal said she would let it go just this once.

To make peace, she conjured Caitlyn and apple.

Well, it was a poisoned apple.

Hetal tried to change the subject.

But it was really better that everyone went their separate ways.

Later on, Hetal seemed to get into a better mood. She told Erin some naughty jokes.

But then she started following Erin and around and talking…. and talking….

It was so boring, it just sucked all the energy out of Erin!

So Hetal consoled herself by scaring the crap out of poor Caitlyn. Bygones be bygones by butt. I just don’t know what got into her. My strategy was to avoid attention as much as possible until she got off her tirade.

Sensing that she wasn’t welcome in the house, my wife decided to go outside and interrupt Deanne’s fishing AGAIN, this time to brag about her amazing broom stunt skillz.

Deanne didn’t dare tell her mom to buzz off, but she *really* would rather have been fishing.

OK, enough of that. Did I mention that our kitties are cute?

Really really cute?


No fails AGAIN! She shoots! She scores!

Erin passing out from being Bored to Death by Hetal does not count :-p.

Dude. Hetal lets out all the Evil in one day! She just went from one sim to the other and harassed them. It was amazing.

I think I have more than one post per game-day right now. The Wonderlands were just so active and entertaining! I’ll make up for it when all the spares move out and I’m trying to get Allison’s LTW finished before aging up Erin. That’s where I am now, and wow is the game more boring without all those idiots. Erin needs to age up, get married, and start popping out babies soon!

The kitties were so sweet.

But there were only three of them! We were so used to a house full of cats that just our three old friends felt lonely.
Caitlyn seemed to feel it the worst.

To make her feel better, Hetal promised to get a new cat. I may have an issue with the babies my lovely wife wants, but I can never complain about more cats.

So we went out to look for a new feline friend and came back with Singularity.

She’s a beauty, isn’t she?

And she’s quite the huntress.

We spent all morning watching her. Peanut seemed particularly taken.

Meanwhile, Christof went out before dawn to look at the stars.

Deanne got up early to fish and caught a few minnows. They don’t bring in as much as frogs, but they also take up less space.

I cleaned up a mess Hetal had left on the floor.

Apparently, they were some sort of important papers that she wanted destroyed, so it seems I did her a favor. I don’t ask about Hetal’s job because there are things about my wife I’m better off not knowing.

Erin did her homework. She’s such a studious girl. Sometimes I worry that she doesn’t get out enough.

Christof came back home and worked on his soccer moves some more. I think he’s going to be a professional. I’m so proud.
Peanut and Singularity continued to get acquainted.

She’s such a dainty creature, our Singu.

And ambitious!

Now that I’m working from home, it’s impossible to leave work at work. So I upgraded my fire extinguisher.

And souped up my WooWoo5000. I love my WooWoo5000. It’s like my own personal mechanical kitty cat. Very big, loud kitty cat.

It was getting cold, so Caitlyn warmed her tushie by the fire. If I were her, I’d put on more clothes, but who am I to judge?

Hetal and Erin broke out the dominoes.

Did I mention Singularity was cute? We just couldn’t stop watching her.

Then Deanne exercised while Erin watched TV. I think they were watching the news. Maybe it has a really good beat to work out to.

And Caitlyn and I worked on our backhand.

While Christof worked on his upper body strength.

Then it started to get dark, and I hung up some new lanterns on the back porch.
Deanne was devastated. If I’d known how she felt about lanterns, I’d never have hung them.

Hetal pointed out that it was just a light, and there was no reason to get so upset.

While Hetal was helping Deanna calm down, Erin saw the light and freaked out.

Caitlyn hurried out to comfort her.

Caitlyn at least likes my taste in illumination. It’s nice to have a little support around here.

But even Hetal decided they were really kind of monstrous.



Welcome Singularity Tart! This is Black Hole Tart from the Tart ISBI with a sex-change because I needed a female mate for Peanut. Thus the cat legacy prepares to pop out Gen 3.

All the idiots followed her around and watched her play all day, but the animations never make it clear that’s what they’re doing, so I don’t have a picture. She does in fact have the Hunter trait, and that means she spends most of her time autonomously hunting. This is great for picking up critters to sell at the Consignment Store. (I decided it was OK to use Twallan’s Consigner because it’s dumb that you can buy things at the Consignment Store that you can’t *sell* there.)

It wasn’t clear because I missed capturing a popup someplace, but Hetal got a work opportunity to destroy some papers. You had to drag the papers out of her inventory onto the floor and then throw them away. (I had to look it up online because it was very non-obvious.) It turned out that anyone could throw them away, so Hetal got a nice performance boost and a promotion Woot.

Watching everyone “React to New Object” and freak out was even more funny in game.

Jin called to check up on us after the party. I’m not sure, but I think she wanted to make sure that nobody was going to burn the house down. I mean, really? With me in the house? 
I did get to find out what had Hetal so mad that she missed her youngest kids’ birthdays.
I appreciate her wanting to stand up for her mother’s husband, even if the timing was a little bad.
Also, in the name of shameless gossip, Chauncey’s ex-fiancee has taken up with a college boy just out of high school. 
And I guess our pack of kitties really rubbed off on Jin because she has one of her own now!

Erin was spending more and more time hanging out with her “best friend” Bungle. When she talked about him, I just smiled and nodded. I mean, it’s not like it was unusual for people in this family to talk to things that weren’t there. I just hope she doesn’t forget to spend time with real people too.

Branden, on the other hand, seemed to know what she was talking about. He asked Erin a lot about Bungle. He seemed to want to know if Bungle knew where Glenda was. Glenda who? Wait, wasn’t that the name of his favorite doll when he was a kid?

Erin seemed to understand, though. She said she’d try to find out for him.

In less confusing news, Caitlyn was being very scholarly these days. Deanne was jealous, but not jealous enough to do her own homework.

She didn’t take it very well when Branden tried to be helpful and offered to help her with her math. Sometimes big brothers just aren’t appreciated.

Then, while Branden was cleaning up after breakfast, he saw something that made his face light up.

I don’t completely understand, but I think he found his old doll? I didn’t realize it meant so much to him.

There wasn’t much time to talk after that because the school bus arrived. For the first time *all* my children were headed off to learn.

With Hetal also gone to work, I got to have a peaceful breakfast at home. Alone.

The silence was golden.

Then I had to head downtown so that the mayor could give me a medal.

Pretty nifty, huh?

And while the medal wasn’t worth any money, it also came with a promotion!

Now that’s more like it.

I wonder what I should do with my new-found fame and fortune?

Not long after I got home and finished fixing the shower that Hetal broke, I got my first home call.

It was at the grocery store.

It was a very weird call, let me tell you. Much stranger that swearing gnomes. But we did get the clanker pinned down and shipped off for repairs.
When I returned, everyone was already home.

Caitlyn arrived home with her phone stuck to her ear. She can’t stop talking to some admirer.

Deanne has a new crush. She can’t stop talking about some Weaver fellow. I’m pretty sure he’s Ayden van Gould’s love child with that psycho chick Echo he was dating for a while.

I think Esteban may be a bit difficult for Deanne to catch, though.

Erin took an interest in our new stereo, which was a sort of housewarming gift from some people I’m pretty sure we don’t know. Hodginses, I think?

But she didn’t like the song that was playing.

Kitty break!

I got the kitties a new present. I don’t think they know what to make of it yet.

Everyone is back to being very responsible.

Branden in particular has been working hard on some kind of after school project. He’s hoping it will help him in his future career.

He hasn’t even been taking breaks to get something to eat.

I hear the project went very well, though! I wouldn’t expect anything else. Branden is such a hard worker.

Erin came and asked Caitlyn to read her a bedtime story.

Caitlyn is such a good big sister.

Erin went right to sleep. I swear that never happens when I do it!

Meanwhile, Deanne was hard at work at some kind of secret baking project. What could she be making?

It looks like we have another birthday coming up….


No fails!

Note: I missed a fail in the last chapter and went back and edited it. If you don’t feel like going to check to see if you missed it, Branden peed himself at the party.

This is the last post before the heir poll. I’ll put that up shortly.

The big event in this post is that I discovered that the MasterController Reset Sim command is much stronger than the resetsim cheat, which is what I usually use. Branden’s IF doll wanted to “come out to play” when he was a child, and I pulled her out onto the ground while he was napping on a park bench at school. I didn’t know you had to pull out an IF *at home*. So Glenda disappeared, and I hadn’t been able to find any way to get her back. MasterController Reset Sim did it. I’m sure Branden wishes I’d figured that out a LONG time ago….

Oh, and well, Allison reached the top of her career, which would be far more exciting if that were her LTW. She only has rescued 10 people, and she needs 30. I missed several emergencies early on because I didn’t realize what a short amount of time you have to respond to them, and then she just hasn’t gotten a lot of rescue opportunities. It seems unlikely that she’ll be able to finish it, but I guess we’ll see.