6.1 – She Shall Rise Again

Hello, dear readers, I was gone for a month I know, let’s not talk about that. Like, at all.

Let’s talk about the title instead, more precisely about the number SIX POINT ONE, which means – GASP!! – that it’s Faun’s first chapter as heir.

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To make that happen, I had to make this chapter longer than usual. But you don’t mind, do you. Of course not, you’re thrilled. THRILLED! Good, good.

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Faun, on the other hand, is not thrilled at all. Not that I care.

And then THIS happened:

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What the devil??

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Life is full of mysteries. +5

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I’m more and more convinced Basil will fit right in. I only fear this is ALL he’ll do.

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“I HATE SCHOOL!”

There, there.

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“I HATE LIFE.”

Now you’re just being emo.

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“NO, I REALLY DO.”

OK, I believe you.

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He doesn’t hate school enough to not do his homework in a snow drift, though.

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“What do seniors do all day anyway? Hoard chameleons?”

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No, I don’t think that’s it.

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“Bambiii! You’re such a good dog!”

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“Almost as good as Agaton!”

Let’s not compare babies.

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Emanuel is on a date, because as usual he really needs to talk to someone.

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Plasma juice – not his favourite topic, but beggars can’t be choosers.

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Oh Basil.

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That’s not how you play with a toy yeti. I think.

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“What do YOU know!?”

Not much, admittedly.

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In his defence, I imagine that could easily happen in a wetsuit.

-5 (buh-bye, honour roll points)

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Emanuel, your beloved wife is behind you.

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Woop woop!

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Welcome, Leandra!

 

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What are you doing, Faun?

“I forgot to eat breakfast so I brought a snack.”

I would have gone with a sandwich myself, but OK.

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It might hurt Basil’s feelings when you refuse to take the bus with him.

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*HURT*

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“Nah!”

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Cuckoo Living

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Glendalough ❤

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So are you going to school or not?

“NOT!”

Goodbye honour roll.

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Despite Bambi’s undeniable cuteness, Etta really misses Agaton.

“He was such a beautiful dog!”

😦

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WHAT? NO!! She’s only 90!

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“What’s all this, then? I feel like I just crash dieted!”

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“See through isn’t my colour! Kindly return my pink garments!”

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I really feel she could have been given a few extra days, especially since Eudora is already in her hundreds!

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Oh sod off.

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“MAKING FUN OF ME WILL NOT PERSUADE ME TO LEAVE.”

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“I can’t leave a medium sized headstone behind! It’s an embarrassment!”

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“Blast.” Screenshot-20-(2)

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Seriously? I’ve only ever heard of this happening.

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Well, where is she then??

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Oh! THERE you are!

“I’m exhausted and I feel like crap.”

I can imagine, but look on the bright side – you’re alive!

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Emanuel: *enter honeymoon mode*

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“Hmm.. well I’m unemployed and my husband is now my fiancé, but I guess I should thank Bambi for her timely help.”

I’d say!

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“Thanks, pup! Mummy wuvs you!”

OK, that’s enough of that. Go to bed, you need your rest.

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“I don’t like that ghost.”

Nobody likes Sophia. Never did, never will.

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Next day is Snowflake Day, but since no one has the energy for gift wrapping and unwrapping and they already have a ton of stuff, they head to the festival instead.

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Bambi: “I should fire someone. I think I’d enjoy that.”

In her dreams, she’s CEO Dog.

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Are you seriously letting the dog that rescued you go hungry? For shame.

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Can do pirouettes, can’t hold on to another person on the ice.

Sense.

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Randell or Randall or whatever your name is, I completely forgot you’re still with us.

Ren-dull: *psychotic stare*

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Where’s the paps when I need them? Seriously, haven’t seen a pap in ages.

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“Look at my alien snowman!”

Very nice, although I could think of more useful things you could do.

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“Whatever do you mean.”

Well, for starters, plan Faun’s birthday party!

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“Bubbles – CHECK!”

That’s your party plan? The bubble machine?

“Calm down, I ordered a 30 simoleon cake as well.”

Lush.

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Well, she looks pleased.

Etta: “Told you so!”

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“I wish for a decent lifetime goal and a million pretty babies.”

I think the second wish negates the first, somehow.

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“Make my wish come truuuuuue!”

Make it not!

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Bored now. At least I didn’t cheat, so +20

As for her profession, I picked the first job offer in the paper the next day, which was business. So off to the office tower she will go. I remembered too late that she’s rebellious. *giggle*

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Loser and banker, yeah that’ll work.

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“WE ARE THE 99 %!”

You are so not. Haven’t counted your riches lately, but you own the science centre, the stadium, the hospital, the diner and the grocery shop.

“GRUMBLE.”

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Cake eaters on parade.

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Isn’t Basil supposed to have his birthday about now?

Basil: “Not attending, I’ll be in the sarcophagus.”

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Etta: “Jack, old friend! Please tell me you’re at least a 4 star celeb! Not to sound desperate.”

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Completely forgot about Ashir, he’s an eligible bachelor as well. Easy to forget about the young men who have been young men for the last 100 years…

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“Never mind the blood sucker, here’s your man child!”

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How tempting.

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Wait for it..

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So how do we feel about Basil the young adult? Not too shabby, right?

He already had the LTW to collect 20 small animals in the wild, which he never will accomplish, and I don’t remember his last trait because I don’t care.

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Question is, do we really need a household full of vampire babies?

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Ashir: “YAHSS!!”

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“Wait, what was the question again?”

*loser trait*

Since Basil is the most attractive person in the room to Faun, including Ran-dull, the decision has been made.

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Faun’s new vehicle, which she will use to commute to the bank each morning.

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Faun: “SHUT UP OR I’ll MAKE YOU!”

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Rundull, what are you still doing here?

“I honestly have no idea. Can I move out?”

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To city hall!

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People and village idiots, get your shit together for a couple of hours, please.

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Why Basil didn’t graduate with Faun is anyone’s guess.

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HAHAHA, most likely to motive fail, that’s a good one.

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and since I have no intention to guide you through ANOTHER graduation tomorrow, here’s what Basil got:

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He’s cute and he likes toys, who doesn’t?

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And that’s Basil’s brother to the right.

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And Randell’s romantic interest, I’ll leave them to each other from now on.

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D’aaw.

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“OK, roomie, accept this garish purple flower bunch and be my beau!”

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Will Basil accept the flower bunch and give Faun a million pretty babies? Find out next time! Or the next.. or the next.. *falls down a hole in time*


Les points! 

-5 for self-wetting and +5 for honour roll = 0

+20 for randomizing every LTW and trait for a generation of children

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You are my sunshine (blogger award)

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Goodness me, I got an award, x 3! And I totally stole the picture from umbramuse.

You all three people are too kind. I haven’t even really been here much lately, so even nicer to be nominated,

by the radiant, sparkly:

Meg, author of The Paradis Legacy

cynanyx, author of A Royal Prettacy

umbramuse, author of Bedlam ISBI

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AMIRITE?

Uh, rules.

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers and add their links.
  4. Notify the bloggers you included.
  5. Keep the rules in your post.

 

OK then! First up, Meg’s questions! 

  1. Generate some random items and write a short paragraph story including them!

An orange, a wrench, a bottle of soda, a pail, and a bottle of perfume.

So I had this orange tree, right, and a big pile of oranges. So I reached for my trusty wrench, hammered the oranges to slush and poured all of that lovely orange goop in a pail. Then I made soda. I spilled most of it, so I only got one bottle of soda out of an entire pail. Bummer. Anyway, turned out it smelled pretty good so I’m using it as my perfume now. Bit sticky behind the ears, but I don’t mind.

How did I do? 😛

2. What is the strangest dream you can remember?

A field of leathery, giant red sperms. The rest you don’t want to know. No, really, you don’t.

3. If you could live inside a video game as an NPC, which would you choose?

I don’t play video games. Haven’t played a single one, ever. I get motion sickness. But I watch when my boyfriend plays and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and story line in Life Is Strange, so I’d choose that one.

4.What is your biggest pet peeve?

I hate it when people are loud for no good reason. Like, if they’re just talking, why are they so loud? People who are loud in forests and the like are the worst. Hate it.

5. If you had to choose anyone (alive or deceased) to be your roommate, who would you choose?

Probably Anaïs Nin, she seems like someone who was both nice, neat, interesting and a good listener, liked to sit alone and read but also liked to go out on the town. Lots of interesting friends, so we’d go to the best parties and have the best conversations. I’d always be jealous of her though. Or Björk. But I’d be jealous of her as well. And her clothes. Both of their clothes, which I couldn’t borrow, because they are/were both tiny.

6. What is the last book that you read?

Waste – a Lady Novel by Sigrid Combüchen, I don’t think it’s been translated into English, but that’s what the Swedish title translates to anyway. It’s a feminist novel of a woman/several women whose lives were “wasted” on fashion, jewelry, dreams of love, home making etc in the 1930’s. The question being, were they wasted or were they not? Maybe both yes and no. Good book.

7. If the main character from the last TV show you watched tried to kill you, would they succeed?

Most definitely! We’re currently watching The Blacklist.

8. What is something (book, movie, game, etc.) that you will never get bored of?

Never say never! Sims 3? 😛 Movies – Hairspray (1988). Book – I don’t re-read books much, but The Waves by Virginia Woolf is perfect. I haven’t re-read it, but I read it veeeeery slowly so it would never end. I’ll re-read it soon, I think.

9. If you could have a home built in any style, which would you choose?

Some 19th century British style I don’t necessarily know the name of, it’s quaint but not exactly cottage with straw roof, a bit more eclectic than that. The “revival” styles – more practical and sanitary but still pretty. Gothic and Tudor are both nice. Or I’d just move into the palm house in Kew Gardens, that could work too. Ho-hum, “practical”.

10. If you could only listen to one musician for the rest of your life, who would you choose?

The Magnetic Fields. Or I don’t know, Schubert maybe? The rest of my life is a long time, it would have to be someone who has been very productive so I never wear the music out.

11. What do you enjoy most about this community?

People give me nice stuff and they are nice!

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MOAR QUESTIONS! By cynanyx this time.

1. If you could live in the universe your stories take place in/ that your sims live in, would you?

Where the pets, fresh vegetables, funfair, clubs, swimming pool and gym are free, diamonds and emeralds and rubies are just lying on the ground everywhere, there are fairies and witches and I get promoted every week? HELL TO THE YES!

More specifically, would I live in Glendalough by Neuroticrobotic? Absolutely! I’d like a bit more people in my town than 150 though, but apart from that, I’d move in tomorrow.

2. What’s your dream job (one that actually exists in the real world)?

Traveling around the world, writing about it and taking gorgeous pictures.

3. What’s your favorite song, or your favorite band/singer?

Song.. ugh, there are too many. I couldn’t pick that ONE PERFECT song, but Black but Sweet by Wilmoth Houdini is a runner up for Coolest Song Ever Written.

Sabres of Paradise version is also sick.

4. What’s your writing process?  Do you do anything unusual or funny while writing or to come up with ideas?

Sorry, but no. I’ve been writing pretty much every day since I was able to, so I just do it. All the time. I couldn’t NOT write. I never form an opinion on anything before writing down my thoughts about it first.

5. Any funny or weird facts about yourself or someone you know?  If you can’t think of anything, put a quote or a picture of a cute animal here.

Uh.. as a kid I used to have (almost) photographic memory, especially of text. I could memorize about ten pages full of text, word for word. It’s nothing like that today. I was also epileptic, but I outgrew it. Maybe the photographic memory went away with the epilepsy. 😛 Win some, lose some?

6.  If you could live anywhere for the rest of your life, whether it’s real or not, where would you go?

Anne of Green Gables seemed to live in a really nice place, the fictional Avonlea in Canada? I guess it’s similar to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island – which looks just like Scandinavia and UK to be honest, only more perfect and picturesque. I guess I like it where I am, I only want it to be more like a story book! 🙂

Above all, it can’t be too hot. I really don’t like heat, humid heat especially.

7. Favorite quote?  If you don’t have one or can’t think of anything, put whatever you want in this space.

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I have that magnet on our fridge. 😉

8. Is there a movie or book character you’d like to become (it’d be permanent)?  If so, who?

Orlando maybe. Admit that it would be awesome to live through several centuries, AND change your sex while doing it!

9. Do you have any pet peeves?  Is there something in particular that annoys you?

To avoid saying “being loud for no reason” again (although it cannot be said enough) I really don’t like it when people bail on me just because they’re too lazy to show up. If I say I’m coming, I’ll be there, unless I actually fall ill. The whole “attending/not attending” facebook culture is making people seriously lazy and non-committal.

10. How did you get into writing your blog, or writing in general?

I had a double knee injury, was confined to my bed for two weeks and then to the flat and then the block, and I was depressed and very bored. I started out with a “Do it as you go” challenge, which is similar to an ISBI in many ways (it’s delightfully stupid) and posted it on MTS, and then at last I was out of the house but still enjoyed posting about idiots. It was November and the weather was dreadful, so I started Absolutely Cuckoo.

11. If you could be the best in the world at one thing (such as playing a specific instrument, playing a specific sport, or painting), what would you pick?

Sculpture, I think. There is just something so awe-inspiring about a life size or even larger than life size sculpture.

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And noooooow… umbramuse’s questions! 

1. Hi, how are you?:)

I have pelvic pain like a mOFO. Thanks, fetus! Other than that, not too shabby.

2. I’ve had the misfortune of having Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty” stuck in my head for the last three days. Has a certain catchy tune been on your mind lately?

It’s about murdering your girlfriend’s boss because he’s a sexist asshole. “Kill them”. I sing it pretty much every day and have for the last month or so.

3. If you could only eat one meal, three times a day, for the rest of your life (cost and calories not an issue) what would it be?

Either bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill and chopped red onion. Or shredded hash browns (Rösti) with the same toppings, plus bleak roe.

4. Is there one thing you wish you could go back and change in your Sim challenge/story/legacy?

I should have planned the last two generations a bit better so they didn’t last for so long.

5. What tv show have you recently binge-watched or what book have you recently blazed through?

Orphan Black and Penny Dreadful. *heart eyes*

6. Go anywhere fun over the summer? (Staying home can count as fun.)

We went to Fårö (Sheep Island) last week, where Ingmar Bergman lived (and shot a few movies as well). It was Emmanuel and I and three other people who shared a very small cabin: outhouse, solar camping shower and all. Fårö is atmospheric, a beautiful but VERY windy island. We went there to run a barn cinema for a week, the whole experience was very quaint but had its ups and downs (blew a fuse 15 minutes before the film was about to start, bumped the car on the way home, ran out of battery when boarding the ferry etc). I saw BFG (good) and The secret life of pets (excellent) and missed the other movies unfortunately, because the 1950’s theatre seats were pretty but uncomfortable. 🙂

7. Is there a new game/show/movie/book you’re really looking forward to this year or the next? If so, what is it?

I’m not REALLY looking forward to Lights Out but KIND of looking forward to it. Away seems good as well. Much better, in fact.

8. If you had a chance to instantly learn any language in the world and speak/understand it fluently, what would it be?

Japanese and Mandarin would be awesome, don’t really have a preference. Japanese is much easier to pronounce, but I heard the grammar is much harder too.

9. Right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous? (Where my lefties at?)

Right-handed in writing, ambidextrous when eating. I had a hard time learning which was “right” when laying the table. To me, both is right!

10. Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near? (Read: Umbra got lazy and is quoting lyrics from a Carpenters song…she’s also referring to herself in the third person. What a moron.)

Probably because I’m with my dad and he actively seeks their company. He’s a die hard bird watcher, travels the world to see them all. On my own, I don’t think they appear, unless they are gulls or jackdaws, because they are everywhere.

11. And finally, for you crazy kids and your Pokemans: Mystic, Valor, Instinct, or ‘forget that, the real question is Sun or Moon’?

Pokemon Go would make the process short with my poor geriatric phone . So I’ll go with Sun, because Sol Invictus after all.


 

Gosh golly, did you read all that?

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Anyway, here are my questions for you:

  1. What did you have for dinner – or, if it’s not dinner time yet, what did you have yesterday? Was it good? Did you cook it yourself?
  2. It’s late at night in a small town and you’re heading home. You can either take a well lit detour – 30 minutes – or the shorter walk through the cemetery – 15 minutes. It’s pitch dark in there. Which route do you choose?
  3. Pet birds, you’re getting them – 10 zebra finches or one parrot?
  4. Tell me something about one of your grandparents. Or all of them, if you like.
  5. Your favourite teacher in school and why you liked her or him.
  6. Build a tree house or a dollhouse? Get a tree house or a dollhouse?
  7. Ever had a romance with someone who was taken? If yes, how did it end? If no, define what cheating is to you. Where would you draw the line?
  8. You’re describing the colour pink to someone who was born blind, what would you describe it as?
  9. Do you want kids? Why/why not? If you already have them, did you always want to? If not, what changed your mind?
  10. If you’re young, what’s your IDEAL vision of yourself as an adult, say 45 years, where will you live and what will you do. If you’re already an adult, not necessarily 45 but still, what was your ideal vision of yourself as an adult when you were ca 18? Are you close to that vision now? Is it still something you aspire to?
  11. Your MIL is planning to knit you a jumper. She’s taking your measurements and shows you the pattern and yarn she wants to use – the jumper is REALLY ugly. She’s very excited, but knitting the sweater will take her more than a month. Honestly now, will you smile and thank her and then never wear it, or do you tell her you don’t want the jumper before she begins knitting?

My nominees are:

  1. Secrets of the Sixkillers
  2. A Clover and a Bee
  3. Summerdream
  4.  Hottie and Bagger – a dual uglacy/prettacy
  5. Surrounded by color
  6. The Maitland Round-Robin Legacy
  7. Young Forever, a backwards ISBI
  8. Sample a Brave legacy

Obviously not 11 but I tried to pick some that haven’t been given awards yet, at least to my knowledge. I haven’t been around that much in the community this summer so I’m a bit out of the loop. Oh well. Check them out if you haven’t already!

And if you read all of that, you deserve a croquembouche.

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NO CAKE IF YOU SKIPPED TO THE END!

(ok you can nibble)

 

5.20 – Lodgers

Hi! Remember me? I hardly remember myself to be quite frank. Sorry for the hiatus and lack of comments on my part, and a warm welcome to my new readers!

The reason why I’ve been absent lately is because I’m pregnant, which has its ups and downs (and naps.. lots of naps) and if you have followed me since the beginning of the Cuckoos, you remember that I was pregnant last summer and that we lost that baby quite late in the pregnancy because it had a trisomy – we’re still not sure which one. So Emmanuel and I have been pretty worried this time around, and I haven’t really been able to focus on anything else – not work, friends, family and least of all Sims.

But, I had my blood tested to check for trisomies, and the fetus is just fine this time – it took a whole month to find out because there wasn’t much DNA to test from, but we finally got a good result, and we also know it will be a boy. 🙂

The baby is due January 15th, or thereabout. We’ve seen it kick on a sonogram in week 12 and heard the heartbeat. I’m almost 16 weeks , and next scan will be in about 3 weeks!

If you just recently caught up with the legacy and never noticed any posts about last year’s pregnancy, it’s because I deleted them a while ago. At the time I felt a need to tell our story but as the months went by it felt less relevant to keep it here. If you’re on Tumblr (I’m toxontail) you can follow my pregnancy there, if you’re interested. The pregnancy posts are tagged “toxipreg”, so you can hide them with Tumblr savior if you’re not interested! 😉

I also made a simself, because why not.

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I pull that face all the time, raised eyebrows and all, so I feel real connection to this pixel persona! My boyfriend: “Eyes, nose and mouth looks like you, not sure about the rest”. Yeah yeah, everyone’s a critic. For one, my neck isn’t that long, but it’s a pixel doll, so deal! I may upload her at some point if anyone needs her/me for something.

But enough about me. What about the Cuckoos?

First of all, a really random meeting between mother and eldest daughter.

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“GIVE ME GRANDCHILDREN DANG FLABBIT!”

Jesus, Etta, ease up on the pressure??

“I’m OLD! I want them NOW!”

Also, I moved in two new potential mates lodgers, meet Randell March:

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Well, they got off to a good start.. subtle, Randell.

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“UGH, TEENS!”

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Randell has a romantic interest, I don’t remember who exactly, but it’s some girl. We’ll dispose of her.. um I mean, she’ll move out of town, if need be. Heh.

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Randell is the son of a premade from the Ice Station world by Rflong7 (which was primarily made for the Apocalypse challenge), and a sim I made. He has a pretty face but it’s more doll like than I usually prefer.

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And this is Basil Coughlin. The Coughlins have a family tree as long as the Cuckoos, and Alvine had a brief fling with a Coughlin way, way back in chapter 1.7. They look much better nowadays. Basil is one of the “Coughlin boys” mentioned when Faun started school. He has been altered a bit with Play with genetics since becoming a teen.

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I like his face more than Randell’s. But we’ll see what Faun thinks!

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The boys get to share a room, how fun for them!

Basil: “To be honest, I was expecting a room of my own..”

Well, lower your expectations, buddy.

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I sent Emanuel to some pretty place with instruments downtown. At first he stood around for a few hours..

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And then he mastered the piano!!!

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What a  good lad.

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+40!!!

I told you, he’s a skilling robot.

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Lulz, childish trait.

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Why the face, Etta?

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“Not sure I want a boy who thinks he’s two ducks living in our house.”

You habitually pretend to be a horse, or a goblin.

“ONE horse, yes. ONE goblin. Not TWO.”

Yes, I see the difference now. How silly of me.

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“My good, skilled musician man!”

*gazes into eyes all afternoon*

Enough of that, now head to the club, I need some dance shots!

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“Much obliged!”

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Cutie!

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I left the teens at home since they have school. *responsible*

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This will soon be over.

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OK, I’m done.

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“So Basil, do you have someone special in your life?”

“Um.. no? Unless you count this cake.”

Faun isn’t beating around the bush!

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NOOOOOOOOO NOT AUTOFOCUS!

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I DON’T WANT TO!

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Agaton isn’t old AT ALL! Look how perky and alert he looks!

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Three BOOS for the reaper. This is unacceptable!!

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Emanuel got in a random fight at the retirement home (Only visiting! Only visiting!).

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Apparently his cousin is the angry sort.

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But he wins the fight! He put his drummer arms to good use there.

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Humph!

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They chit-chat politely for about five minutes..

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And then she’s rude and angry again!

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I’m going to assume she had a heart attack.

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Bye, angry cousin.

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Emanuel laments his largely unknown relative.

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It’s morning, and these two gentlemen are starving.

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So we’ll leave them in the house for a bit to take care of that, and send the others to the fall festival.

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Etta dances with a distant cousin, Kuno Ceebell, and he has no idea they’re related.

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So he keeps on flirting all night, and she doesn’t mind.

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I’m pretty sure this is someone’s kid, like maybe Eudora’s, but I fail to recall.

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He waits in vain for someone to buy his goods.

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Randell: “So, how’s life with a crazy parent?”

“My mum isn’t crazy, she’s a famous actor! She’s TALENTED!”

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“Well, I heard that in Madhouse she was just playing herself.”

“Well, I heard that you eat dirty socks!”

Is that wedding bells I hear? No?

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Etta buys a round.

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And the bar is packed with freeloaders.

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Sneaky, Faun!

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Emanuel got an electric guitar, which I already regret.

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Fiona: “What are you on about, this is fantastic!”

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Someone was so hungry he didn’t have a chance to try the free booze. I mean juice.

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“I’m a teen, I’m not allowed to drink!”

That’s the spirit.

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And someone has a bun in the oven. Like me!


 

+40 makes -130!

I’m sorry this was kind of a pointless update, but at least we’re snailing closer to Faun’s generation, right? And btw there are no other potential mates for her, so it’s either Basil or Randell. If you have a preference, you’re welcome to tell me. Thanks for reading!

5.19 – Time enough for rocking when we’re old

Hello, sorry I’m behind again, but I had to take a nap.

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First of all, Etta’s birthday party to senior! Are you sad? I’m not. I feel like this generation has lasted a life time.

Last time, Fiona graduated and she’s now out of the house and living her adult life, paying bills, buying groceries, cleaning her own bathroom and exciting stuff like that.

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I prompt for last names because at least I’m allowed to control THAT.

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And here’s Eudora as well. Aw. No sign of Eloise though.

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Fiona be like DUCK FACE!

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“Yes, son in law, you may have my name scribbled all over your organiser, although your wife might find it a tad on the creepy side. Just a heads up.”

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GREAT, cooking while birthday. This will never end in a fire.

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DOGGIES! ❤

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Seriously Eloise, where are you? You’re the worst sister.

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Get on with it, you have a pot to save!

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and sparkles!

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Very good, excellent, well done.

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NOW SAVE THE CARBONARA!

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“Jeez, can I have my moment for a moment?”

NO!

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“See? Nema problema!”

I’m flabbergasted.

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Apparently Jack thinks Florence sucks. Nobody knows why.

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Eudora and Etta just because.

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And true to her habit, Faun hits the sack at 6 am. VERY annoyed with the police badge, I might add. She’s rebellious, you see. Lulz.

“ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS!”

Fine, fine, I’ll put it in the family inventory. Have a great hour of sleep.

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Good morning. How are you feeling?

“Like garbage.”

I see.

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Well, you COULD try going to bed a little earlier.

-EARLY NIGHTS ARE FOR NERDS!

OK.

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Darn you, postwoman, you throw our post on the ground and then you step on the carrots!

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“I CAN STAND HERE IF I WANT TO, IT’S A FREE COUNTRY!”

It’s a vegetable patch.

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Yes, rain. Yes, the twilight of life.

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The chameleon Karma.

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Emanuel: “Why am I here again?”

Beats me. You probably had cabin fever and I sent you to the nectary.

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And here’s your wife and daughter too.

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Play it again, Em! Until you master the piano.

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Tired? Really?

“Shut your gob!”

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Girl: “OMG THE ITCH!”

Emanuel: “What’s the matter, can I help… OH!”

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“I DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING, NOTHING WAS SEEN, EYES AVERTED.”

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5 minutes later: *remembers nothing*

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Apparently on the floor in the consignment shop, in a mermaid costume, is the best place and outfit to do homework in.

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Etta is invited to a costume party for Halloween and pretend-faints.

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No one notices.

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Good job there, Faun. Our first detention.

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And Emanuel is DESOLATE. Well, stop playing an instrument every waking hour then!

I don’t think I’ve ever had a desolate adult in my household.

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What are you up to now?

“I’m sure there’s something good at the bottom!”

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Poor butterflies, trapped in the bottom of a dumpster.

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“TrEAsUReS!”

Stop talking like that, it’s annoying.

“yOu CaN’T mAkE Me!”

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I don’t know where she’s going in that suit, but it’s for work, not halloween.

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I let Emanuel reply yes to a date proposal, because he was so lonely.

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Didn’t plan he’d fall head over heels for Ms hot-headed teacher.

“Aren’t you a hot dish!”

“Oh you!”

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“Music, right?”

“I KNOW RIGHT!? My wife doesn’t understand my passion for music!!”

Remove yourself from the scene, Emanuel.

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If you two could like talk and make friends with each other, that would be great.

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NOpE.

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Thanks, Faun. -5 for getting a teeth chattering moodlet.

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“We need new lodgers.”

We do?

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“Or more to the point, Faun needs to meet a nice young man.”

Oh! Right.

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“Mum is like so cool, beautiful, famous and amazing, isn’t she?”

Emanuel: *mope* *emo* *no one really cares about me*

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I guess not, because he had his last birthday alone in the woods.

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And never had a birthday cake in his entire life. Bummer.


 

Detention, huh? Well I guess there’s a first for everything.

Etta is still heir because duh, Faun is still a teen! I forgot.

-170

 

5.18 – The Mechanical Centipede

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16 real life days ago, Faun and Fiona went to prom. Fiona snagged herself a cute boyfriend, Drest Cole. Faun was voted prom queen; suitable since she’s the future heir. Other than that, she was denied for a dance, which seemed unlikely. Etta is very near her elder years but Emanuel still wants to have another baby. We’ll see about that.

And let’s begin with Fiona’s birthday!

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Prom has ended, and at least one person had a blast. And it wasn’t our prom queen.

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Here, let me give you a cake.

“A CAKE!? FOR ME!? Best prom night ever!”

It was more because it’s your 18th birthday today.

“I’m 18?? AWESOME!!”

Waking up every morning must be a great adventure for you.

Emanuel: “A CAKE!? But I just had dinner!”

Sorry, champ. Eat up.

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Etta, seriously?

Etta: “If you still got it, flaunt it!”

I’m all for that, but there’s a time and a place.

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“My middle child is growing up! I hope I raised her right.”

You raised her to be amusing, and that counts for a lot.

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Bye, teen years. Hello taxes, unemployment and inexplicable human behaviour.

“LALALALALALA not listening! Adult life is brilliant!”

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sparrrrkllllllesss

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Uh.. mud isn’t your colour, dear.

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Look at that half-assed makeover. You may keep the brows. And I can’t do anything about the trait “heavy sleeper”, so you can keep that as well. I don’t even remember her LTW because I’m a bad, bad watcher.

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Fiona and Drest. Faun looked the same except no partner. The end.

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She’ll stay until she graduates. I want Driona babies.

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Now, why on earth are you sleeping in Siana’s and Dart’s old bedroom?

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I like this bathroom.

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Holy over-sized toilet! Never noticed that before.

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Hmm.. plants..

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“Yeah I guess they’re alright..”

Who judges their house plants??

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By all means, don’t do any washing while you’re in the laundry room for two hours.

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Emanuel’s drum diploma. ❤

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I’m never quite sure what do to with my heir during their last days of controlled living, so there’s usually some cooking (for great leftovers), some socializing, picking up awards and indulgences.

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Where are you going!?

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Dear lord, she’ll run all the way to the town centre.

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Nope, turning left now.

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Oh. I don’t think that’s going to work, sweetie.

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I stand corrected.

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I say. This is a novelty.

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“Hah! Laws of physics! I fart in your general direction!”

Please don’t, the tip smells bad enough.

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Oh look, it’s a descendant of Stephanie Simself! (umbramuse of Bedlam ISBI). I think his name is Olaf Simself.

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Etta: *impersonates a celebrity*

Olaf: “OH, YOU!”

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*both explode with laughter*

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“See this rabbit? See where it’s going?”

“Uh…”

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“TO JOIN FORCES WITH ALL RABBITS EVERYWHERE! Stand up to the lawn mower oppression! Free dandelions for everyone! Death to pesticides!”

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“Murder all hunters in their sleep!”

“Enough, this rabbit ears joke has been drawn out long enough.”

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I can haz graduation?

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Yep, that hot dog is old. Perceptive.

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“GROSS!”

Stop eating, then.

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“DISGUSTING!”

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Fiona: “And still you ate it all. Dummy.”

Faun: “Well I felt sorry for it!”

That doesn’t even make sense.

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Gee thanks, Faun. -5

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Olaf has overcome his doubts about Etta.

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Pleased?

“Should have taken it earlier before it got dark.”

And thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought.

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Florence calls Fiona, because she doesn’t know any better.

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“DISHES! So dirty! And unclean!”

Seriously, update your repertoire of subjects or your sister will never call again.

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Random acts of town shots. There’s Felix, Eudora’s eldest son. I care because you do.

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Can someone please explain this behaviour?

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I’ve been wondering for years. Half the town gather outside of city hall..

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.. to simultaneously whisper on the phone..

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..then leave in a centipede of taxis.

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Anyway! Our four star celeb is always on the lookout for more fame.

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“Look at me posing with a peach!”

pap: “OMG SCOOP!”

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“Look at me hungrily devouring the peach!”

pap: “SO CLICK WORTHY!”

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“Sexy, right?”

pap: “#BREAKTHEINTERNET”!

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How? Why? Fruit isn’t funny.

And then the rest of the screenshot batch shrunk by 40 pixels. Shit happens.

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This is Agaton’s mate Lola. They have never met. Pet internet dating has really picked up these last couple of years.

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And it’s all thanks to Twallan.

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Etta, desperately trying to keep her family from eating (2) week-old leftovers.

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“Today I graduate!”

“Aren’t you still in middle school?”

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“I’m moving out soon, you big ol’ hairball!”

“Wouf!”

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Fiona: “I match the chewy toy! Let’s make the most out of this session.”

She actually matches it perfectly. Didn’t plan that.

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Etta’s latest award.

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Fiona heartily approves of a painting, as a last act before it’s time to graduate.

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“Can she get that thing over her head already??”

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Here she is, all robed and silly hat clad.

“Family photo time!”

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Faun: “CAN WE NOT!??”

This is beginning to look more and more like a real graduation.

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Photobombing time! Hi Florence.

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Fiona: “What if I trip on my way to the podium..”

Worrying about it won’t hinder you from tripping. Take it from a chronic tripper.

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Florence: “What am I doing here again.. didn’t I graduate last year or some such?”

You’re here as family. Now go inside, cry and take bad pictures.

“Thanks for the pep talk! I needed that.”

Anytime.

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Eloise: “Good golly, my kid is ginormous!”

ELOISESSON

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Jesper: “I’m actually small for my age.”

Eloise: “Hmmm.. well, I guess I haven’t looked at you in a while.”

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“Let’s see if you’re water proof.”

“Mum! Don’t! This is my best t-shirt!”

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“ATTACK!”

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“Are you serious!?”

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“OK, kind of funny actually.”

Love his white hair. Is that from Siana, you think? I think so.

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“All eyes on me for a moment, please!”

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Hah, well, seeing is believing.

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That’s Drest’s mum to the left. He looks just like her.And that’s some dress on a middle-aged woman going to her son’s graduation. Oh well, it suits her.

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THE PRETTY

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Time and place jump to somewhere. Very TARDIS like.

“Well, of COURSE you can have my autograph, buff pudding tattoo artist!”

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“And here’s one for you as well. Now don’t go selling it on E-bay, youngsters!”

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After graduation pub crawl. Keeping it classy.

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“COME AT ME, SON IN LAW! I’ll slaughter you! This will teach you not to kick out in laws from parties!”

Willem: “Your threats don’t impress me, I have a personal butler and 7 cars.”

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Emanuel, why are you in your underwear again?

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A chameleon! The Cuckoos need one. We’ll call it Karma. For reasons which should be apparent to everyone.


I’m nothing if not predictable.

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Why are you in the gym?

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Huh?

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Never mind.

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Still not tired of the limo car pool.

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..or the running to the other side of the building.


 

Initially, I was about to squeeze in Etta’s birthday to elder as well, but that will have to wait until the next chapter. I’ll never finish this legacy before 2017 anyway. Who knew legacies were so damn LONG?

Anyhoodles, I lost 5 points thanks/ no thanks to Faun.

-165

 

 

5.17 – Little Drummer Boy

Um, hi. Lovely weather.

Sooo… last time, Emanuel maxed the string bass skill, and Faun became a rebellious teen. Bambi changed her shape from face one dog to Shiba Inu/Agaton mutt and grew into an adult, and Agaton became an elder. And Etta is now the lead actress! Fun times.

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Hi Dart!

We start at some random party, because Etta attends a lot of those.

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Etta: “You mean you moved here from Starlight Shores? Can I just ask, WHY?”

“We wanted a quieter life.”

Etta: “I’m trying here, man, I’m really trying.”

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Quiet life or not, the new neighbours are still pretty impressed by this 4 star celeb.

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And many proofs of her attendance were had.

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Also of her husband, famous musician.

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He seems pleased with that shot.

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Meanwhile, at home.

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Fiona’s new trick is to never sleep properly. I’m not amused by it.

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And the party reaches new heights.

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“He found a black suit in the closet of the house he had just bought.”

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“But the suit was haunted..”

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“and started following him around at night..”

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“at first, it was just in the corner of his eye, something rising from the chair where he had hung it..”

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“..but soon it followed him around the house everywhere he went..”

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..”and from the suit materialized a thin man with gleaming charcoal eyes..”

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Emanuel: “This is very interesting, but suddenly I really have to use the bathroom.”

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Party princess Fiona.

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“With my grades, I’ll never get into uni!”

True, since I don’t have UL.

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“You are the single most boring watcher on the face of Simnations!”

Thanks, love you too, hun.

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Etta: “Wanna play catch?”

Faun: “UGH, what are you, a jock? Or five? Either way, you’re cramping my style!”

“It’s either catch or French homework, so what’s it gonna be?”

“UUUUUUGHHH!”

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I see little Miss Rebel decided against French homework.

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Catch, seriously? I’m with Faun on this one.

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That’s the body language of someone who hasn’t played a lot of catch in her time.

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Emanuel, let this poor man sleep. He’s been a gracious host for 12 hours.

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Like really, it’s 3 am.

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Crazy 4 am bike face.

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X2

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So, you’re all home safely, now go to bed.

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“BED? No, monsters lurk under the bed!”

Who’s five now?

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“I’ve heard terrible things about beds. Terrible.”

And I’ve heard terrible things about sleep deprivation. LAY OFF THE BANANA SWIRL!

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“A cocoa sprinkled banana swirl hammerhead sounds really good right now.”

NO IT DOESN’T! DON’T LISTEN TO THE COFFEE MACHINE! SAVE YOURSELF!

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THIS is when she decides to go to bed.

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She got 5 whole minutes of sleep, but damn those 5 minutes were SWEET.

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SO TIRED.

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SO CRANKY.

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SO TIRED.

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Faun didn’t get a whole lot more.

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So she opts for more sleep.

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Goodbye grades.

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But then I realized it was Saturday. Phew.

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It’s OK, you can nap.

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Bambi & Agaton.

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Emanuel: “****”

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Sophia: “You know, this veggie burger is alright, but I would really like some chicken.”

Emanuel: “****”

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Sophia: “CHICKEN! We should buy some. Even raise some, wouldn’t that be great? I need protein for my workouts!”

Emanuel: “You need a big bowl of soy STFU.”

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AAAW AGATON!

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AAAAAAAAAAAW AGATON

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I love having sim dogs. They’re the best.

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OUT OF MY HOUSE!

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Stay in my house!

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Random acts of showing off Glendalough again.

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Just look at that garden!

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This town is just too damn pretty.

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GUESS WHO’S LEVEL 9 IN GARDENING! Just you wait.

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Faun: “I’m contemplating a shower.”

You should more than contemplate it. I think I saw a centipede nest behind your ear.

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“So fresh and newly showered, school today will be a breeze!”

We’ll see.

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Someone forgot to eat before school.

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Sent Emanuel to a small park we’ve never been to.

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Poor pigeons, I don’t think they’ve ever seen or heard a drum.

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Eloise: “These sculptures are fantastic, I want to go to China!”

Grandfather in law: “Is there a correlation?”

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I’d be a bit distracted by the drumming, so kudos to this man.

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A random guy got the same idea.

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Eloise: “I have granddaddy issues.”

Grandfather in law: “Personally, I have an allergy problem.”

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“Stop sticking these allergens in my face!”

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Eloise: “But we both love art!”

Grandfather-in-law: “I still don’t see the correlation to you aggravating my allergy.”

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Eloise: “Would you just LOOK at them! They are so pretty! Surely you must appreciate their pure beauty, fellow lover of all fine and delicate things.”

Grandfather-in-law: “Honestly, girly, you need to take those away or I’ll be forced to go to the hospital. Now would you leave me to my book?”

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Defeated, Eloise throws the flower bunch at a passing group of girls.

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And follows her grandfather-in-law’s example, because books are never mean to you.

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AND THEN!! Another +40 for team Cuckoo.

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“Drest! How awesome to hear from you, even though I just came home from school and you were there, but still, really awesome! Do I want to go with you to prom? OF COURSE!”

I’d say she was his last minute backup plan, because he called just hours before prom, but the mentally ill can’t be choosers.

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Question; why the hell did you bring a creepy clown? It’s not very romantic.

Drest: “He didn’t come with me!”

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OMG remove yourself! And stop ruining my prom shots!

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So far, everyone has managed to change into formal.

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Aw, Drest. I think he’s adorable.

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Festive mood in this backseat.

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CLONK

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Drest makes everything even more relaxed by sitting beside his not date.

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“I realized my mistake too late, OK? Can’t make a big deal about switching seats now.”

I can appreciate that, make a choice and never look back.

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WHAT IN THE NINE HELLS.

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You’re NOT wearing that to prom, Creepy McClownface!

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At least you’re not one of mine, so go to prom in a wetsuit, see if I care.

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Finally, a normal teenager.

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Errrh… my mistake.

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Meanwhile, at the adult table. Willem, also known as Florence’s boyfriend.

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Etta gets to stay in the house to talk to her eldest for a whole 30 minutes.

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Then:

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Son, that’s your MOTHER IN LAW. Are you on crack?

Crack or not, Etta is promptly kicked out and consoles herself with a hefty discount at the grocery shop:

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But prom! Let’s not forget about prom.

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Fuck yes.

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Aaaaaaaaaw.

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And since Faun had a shitty time and no date, she was voted prom queen. I wish it worked like that IRL. Seems only fair.

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Aaaw my doggies.

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Remember how Emanuel wanted another baby with Etta? Well, she’s only days from elder but I indulged him in turning try for baby on free will on, so if they manage on their own, have at it.

Except after much flirting, Etta usually whips out her flashlight.. in a completely non-sexy, non-kinky way, I might add.

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Etta, sweetie..

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NO ONE IS LISTENING!

“Don’t care! I don’t want another baby!”

There’s always “no”. That’s an option.

So will Etta have a fourth baby against her will or will time run out before Nraas works its sexy magic? Find out in the next chapter!

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Someone’s pleased with their prom, after all.


 

ANOTHER PLUS FORTY FOR EMANUEL!

which puts us at -160, and it’s the first time we’re out of the 200s since.. November. Before Dart died. Let’s keep it that way, please!

 

 

 

Animal award!

Can you believe it, I got the Spirit Animal blog award by the lovely RosemaryMarie, author of the both sweet, dramatic and beautifully shot story Noble Doubt! You should all add her to your Reader!

AND THEN I got it from Stephanie AKA umbramuse who writes one of my absolute favourite sim blogs, the Bedlam ISBI! *fans eyes with hands*

I am very, very honoured, truly!

That being said, it has come to my attention that there are some petitions and a resolution from the student government at the university of Montana floating around the interwebs not to use the term “spirit animal” in questionnaires and the like, since it’s a Native American spiritual practice, and people who have no deep, personal connection to that culture are kindly but firmly asked not to use that term.

Not that I normally jump on every “that’s offensive” train that chugs by, but if this is a big deal to some people, I’m going to respect that.

Instead of “Spirit Animal”, there were some suggestions on terms to use instead:

  • patronus
  • familiar (spirit)

Because witches and wizards are A OK with that! (More importantly, there is no consensus on whether witches and wizards actually exist, whereas First Nations and Native Americans decidedly do.)

I couldn’t pick a canon so I fashioned this non-committal honorary badge:

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Beautiful, isn’t it? And it could be yours!!!

Here we go! I tried to pick blogs that hadn’t been given awards yet, but since I’m a little late to the party, I probably failed:

The Paradis legacy – Meg’s legacy is just so adorable, can’t think of a better way to describe it. We all need something adorable in our lives. Impa may just be the cutest sim I’ve seen, but it’s not just the look of the sims, it’s such a sweet family over all.

Alien trust fund kids – This tumblr is just so far out, man. Seriously, the trippiest world & sims in the history of simblrs. A+++ for originality. I’m not completely clear on what’s happening in her story though, because usually the pictures make my head spin for hours.

The Talented – I just recently found this blog, but it looks very promising. Louise “notjustabook” writes about a group of people who possess magical talents they must keep hidden from other people. Interesting story, beautifully shot! And she makes her own poses too, and I know how you would all love to get your hands on those.

The extraordinary lives of us – I have to admit, I’m especially fond of sims stories set in the sticks. The country life – without manure and flies and milking cows at 4 in the morning – seems so appealing. But not even country sims get a moment’s peace, do they? Simsered writes a DITFT that really draws you in from the first chapter, in a kind of bittersweet way. And founder Jamie is such a cute sim, too!

The Outbreak series – When my favourite doom & gloom saga Zombies and Yu went on a seemingly neverending hiatus, it left a painful hole in my.. brain. So I was delighted to find another tale of woe, violent death and unlikable characters! I just found Daijah’s story (not sure if it’s rule based) but it’s already my favourite apocalypse! Very NSFW at times and definitely not kid friendly.

Eight Cicadas – I should have nominated Trip’s immortal dynasty in the last round of awards, but I was a bit embarrassed about not being caught up properly, so I never commented (I think?) and I’m still not caught up, but Annette is such an interesting, well-written character! I really enjoy reading about her. Some violence and mature content.

The Sleitinn legacy – The Sleitinns was among my honorable mentions last time when Urunwa was on a long hiatus, but now she’s back in full force, and so are her sims! There is just something about Urunwa’s sims, they are very human. And she has a wonderfully twisted, dry sense of humor. I’m perpetually behind on her randomcy (it’s that blogspot/wordpress “if it’s not in my reader it doesn’t exist” thing), but it doesn’t mean I appreciate it any less. Some violence and mature content.

Young forever – a backwards ISBI – I honestly thought I nominated Sam’s bISBI eons ago, but apparently that was her EPIC legacy. EPIC legacies are great but idiots are better, in my not so humble opinion. And besides, she managed to give her founder the name “Crazy” in Swedish without even knowing, so plus points for that.

Berries of insanity – You know all those hair retextures you have from Chazybazzy? Well, she runs an ISBI too! I felt almost like I was stalking a celebrity when I found out. I’m a little partial to ISBIs so naturally I love hers too. And I never knew ghost werewolf toddlers could be so impossibly cute!

Strange & Schloud – Nici’s epic detective story is finished, but she has promised another story soon, so that’s what I’m hoping for. I thought I nominated her a long time ago, but evidently not. Best looking sim blog I’ve seen, with writing to match. I was bad at commenting because I was perpetually behind, but GASP!  If there’s a sim story Nobel prize (spoiler: there isn’t) it should go to the Simeater. Until there is, she will have to make do with my Animal Award.

What were the award rules again..


 

Spirit Animal Blog Award Acceptance Rules:

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to their page.

2.) Post the award picture on your blog.

3.) Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.

4.) If you could be any animal, what would it be?

5.) Pick and notify ten nominees.

Number 1 is done and I opted out of number 2 because I have a note from my mum and everything. Have an Animal instead!

Number 3 then: I’m a translator born and bred in Sweden, and I noticed how the Nordic sim bloggers all tend to describe the weather where they live when they are asked to describe themselves, I think that’s very sweet and speaks volumes – we care about the weather a lot up here. It’s really not just pleasant talk, we LOVE our weather! So I’ll do the same – the climate where I live is very similar to England’s, but it rains less. We don’t get a lot of snow either. There are lots of old castles (medieval to 1700s) and old churches in this region. I like to go on day trips and take pictures of it all. I have a passion for everything old and useless – dusty little village museums and the like. Once I found an abandoned accordion museum – YES AN ABANDONED ACCORDION MUSEUM! Out by an old quarry. Rows and rows of accordions covered in cobwebs. It was locked, so I could only look in through the windows, but it was obvious no one had been there in an age.

Anyway, I think that’s more than a short paragraph about me, and accordions.

If I were an animal, I .. seriously, after the film The Lobster it’s very hard to have any romantic notions about being an animal. You should watch it, it’s super weird (and not about lobsters). Anyway, I would prefer not to be an animal because it seems terribly uncomfortable to sleep outside in the rain and wind, unless I could be a sea animal of course. Maybe an orca then, but not in captivity! They don’t really have any natural enemies besides humans and parasites. They’re smart and look super stylish too.

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An animal I’m actually similar to, that would be a whole other question. I’d probably be an armadillo, because they like to dig. I can’t leave any subject alone until I get to the bottom of it. They are also weird and solitary, nocturnal animals who don’t like to change their style much (over the past few millions of years). I actually had a dream once where I was a hero armadillo who saved a whole town from a catastrophe – much important scurrying through pipelines under the town was had!

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If you read all that, you deserve a drink. Now I’m off to tell everyone they have a wall of text waiting for them, I’m sure they’ll be chuffed.