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Master Simmer Chapter 4.1

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First, we check on our brand-new goals…

Set #41 - Dog Trainer (Cats & Dogs) - Claire Ireland - (Heir)
Complete the Friend of the Animals aspiration
Have a pet with 1500 Simstagram followers
Level 5 Pet Training skill
Train one of your dogs with all tricks possible
Have one of your dogs have puppies

Set #55 - Handisim - Cody Orlando - (spouse)
Complete the Renaissance Sim Aspiration
Master the Handiness Skill
Create All Woodworking Objects in Excellent Quality
Upgrade 20 Objects
Decorate with 10 Woodworking Objects

More about said spouse in a moment….

Second thing, we run Claire through CAS:

Third, we make her spouse (as per rules, if they’re going to work on a goal set, they have to be made by me!) I went with a lumberjack vibe for him because he’s going to be a Handisim.

Fourth, and perhaps most importantly – we move them to a bigger, nicer, brighter house for pictures. It’s not AS big as the one I tried last generation, and this house has a lawn. Which we need for dog training. It’s also in Brindleton Bay, which will be nice for the pets wandering around. This house is also not built by me, but I do quite a bit of remodeling. Shown here:

The house pre-makeover
The addition (basically, the kitchen rotated and moved over to the other side of the house.)
Expanded area for a greenhouse
Overhead view of the upstairs.
Basement for collections. Eventually.
The backyard view of the house. (The featured pic for this post is the front yard version)
The addition with some furniture.
Proof #1 that I brought our collections with us.
Proof #2 – this is also a view, if you look closely, at the new “office” walls, and you can see the new basement stairs.

And, FINALLY.. it’s time to get playing. Been waiting for this since last play rotation, and it’s been tough waiting! I’ve never completed either of these aspirations, so this will be all new for me. Plus, puppies… what’s not to love there!?

Cody and Claire getting acquainted. Gotta start somewhere!

… And we don’t manage to get them to boyfriend/girlfriend by the time it’s bedtime, unfortunately. But fortunately, there’s a lot of beds in this house. They’re friends, at least, but the flirts kept failing.

Cody getting to know his future mother-in-law over breakfast.

Cody getting through his “read three books” goal for his aspiration.

Time to make nice, guys. No more flirt fails. (Spoiler: there’s quite a few more flirt fails.)

Finally. A flirt worked. I had to get both of them flirty first. Weird.

First kiss!

… (Please work please work…)

Hooray!

And we got them hitched finally. That took forever, it felt like.

The wedding night…

The next day is Winterfest… and Cody surprises his new wife with a puppy. Meet Shiloh! (Loyal, Active, Jumpy) Also, the game calls him a “Silky Terrier”.

Claire meets Shiloh… and immediately decides we need more dogs.

Tasha would be the other tiny puppy. (Loyal, Active, Adventurous) and a Parson Russel Terrier. The big floofball is Queen Cupcake… who got adopted because of her name… and someone on boolprop Discord said I should definitely adopt her. She’s a Chow-Lab mix, and is Active, Loyal, and Troublemaker. What are the odds that I got three Active and Loyal dogs on the first pass through the adoption page?? I learn – very quickly – that the troublemaker trait is a GODSEND for training out bad traits for Claire’s aspiration.

Claire meets “Queenie” while the adoption agent looks snobby.

Meeting Tasha. Queenie doesn’t look particularly pleased with having two puppies underfoot.

But she loves her new owner!!

… And did I mention that 1, Shiloh is ADORABLE.. and 2, he’s going to be our “Simstagram” pet-target. Goal is ultimately to get that crazy high number of 1500 subscribers… and not to get sick of taking Shiloh pictures.

Decorating the tree. Cody was too busy reading a book, and Claire was.. chasing pets around. Obviously.

… And this is why Active is such a troublesome trait. The pets are running wild … like.. ALL the time.

At about midnight, I finally get some time for everyone to sit down for presents. Got a karaoke machine and some other small stuff…. none of which they need, since they have more than 700k in the bank.

Brent looks particularly pleased with himself.

… And he should. He just got that last point pretty much autonomously!

Another adorable Simstagram picture. Shows how tiny these puppies really are.

Jeez, buddy, take some medicine! You look horrifying!

Autonomously – while Claire and I chase pets around… again… (still?) – Cody and Brent decide to play Juice Pong… and Brent wins. Also – why is Brent in his undies or outerwear almost all the time in these pictures??

Time for some training. On a filthy dog. Priorities. Also, I decided Cupcake here will be our well-trained dog with all the tricks. Should be interesting getting a Troublemaker dog to be fully trained.

One of the best pet pics I’ve ever taken. Shiloh is just such a cutie. I can’t resist.

With that troublemaker trait, Queenie is ALWAYS dirty.

Shiloh is a little jealous of all the attention/training that Queenie gets.

Shiloh – all grown up… and able to take stairs all by himself. (Finally!!) Taking him (and Tasha) up and down the stairs to potty has been such a headache.

And Tasha’s all grown up, too! Going to wait for puppies until after Brent and Brynn are gone and the heir is born, though, I think… just to make sure we don’t overfill the household and make it so we can’t have an heir.

Learning to lay down. Not sure what Brent is doing, but he’s in his underwear.. again.

Shake!

Cody …. that’s NOT how you cook grilled cheese. No standing on the stove, buddy. Which reminds me. I never bought them a fire alarm. Oops.

He then complains that he’s filthy. I send him to take a shower, and he comes back to make himself a breakfast pastry on his own. I approve. Of course, he then gets a moodlet complaining that it was cold in the middle – but at least there was no more fires.

Claire meeting a couple of strays for her “5 pet friends” requirement for her aspiration.

Why do Sims 4 pets get filthy so often? I seem to be giving baths all the time!!

*points* There’s another dirty dog. And it’s New Years. Claire officially misses the countdown because she’s too busy bathing pets.

… But at least Cody gets there in time. (Also: both boys are in their outerwear. .. why??)

And.. that’s the end of the week. I managed to get to 250+ Simstagram followers for Shiloh, and have most of the second tier of Cody’s aspiration, and well into the third tier of Claire’s. Cody is currently waiting for his first day of work to start getting promotions… while Claire is WAY too busy with pets to ever think of getting a job. It’s not like they actually need the money! See you tomorrow for another post!

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Master Simmer Chapter 3.4

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First, we check on our goals…

Set #16 – Retail Mogul (Get to Work) - Brock Ireland (heir) 
Own a Retail Store worth at least 100,000 Simoleons 
Have 3 top level employees 
Have Spent 10,000* points on Retail Perks (6750)

Set #26 – Comedian - Brynn Myles (spouse) 
Get to Level 10 in the Entertainer Career (Comedian) 
Master the Charisma Skill (7/10)
Master the Comedy Skill  
Complete the Joke Star Aspiration 
Have 10 Excellent Comedy Routines  
Have 3 Excellent Long Comedy Routines 
Perform a Excellent Comedy Routine at a Gold Level Party 2 Times

*I changed the 15,000 to 10,000 in the rules. Fifteen thousand is just too many to be really possible in the scope of this challenge.

I will make a warning: this post is very short. I don’t take a lot of pictures, because I was really just pushing to be DONE with this generation. I was so over the Retail store thing, and wanted to move on. I still get all the goals (once dropping the points required in the rules to a reasonable level), and the heir (Claire) gets her “A”s to qualify for aging up. With that said, here’s the end of this generation:

Claire working on Whiz Kid. I don’t know what skill “family” dog training is in, but my guess is mental.. so whenever Brent is home sleeping off his latest binge of selling at the store, we spend time with Brynn on her Charisma, and the aspiration for Claire. She already has an “A”, so she could age up, but I have a feeling I’ll need time to get all the retail perk points, so I’m waiting for her birthday to age her up.

We get our comedy routines done for Brynn.

Proof that the party was, indeed, gold.

A busy store is points in the bank!

2200 perk points spent. Then a day later… 50 points spent…. only 1000 to go.

1000 points spent.. done!! Poor Brent is as “over” Retail as I am. I really don’t plan to do Retail again. Except for a bakery and a restaurant, whenever I roll for those goal sets. Not looking forward to them, though!

And.. after Brent gets home..

Claire gets that elusive 10 in Mental skill.

So we age her up.

Here’s traits I picked. Since we’re doing dogs next generation, being active seems like a good bet so she can keep up with them.

Too bad the lighting in this house stinks.. because she’s very pretty.

Brynn keeps working really hard on her Charisma…

And.. Finally. All the goals except for Claire’s high school “A” are done:

Set #16 – Retail Mogul (Get to Work) - Brock Ireland (heir) 
Own a Retail Store worth at least 100,000 Simoleons 
Have 3 top level employees 
Have Spent 10,000* points on Retail Perks  

Set #26 – Comedian - Brynn Myles (spouse) 
Get to Level 10 in the Entertainer Career (Comedian) 
Master the Charisma Skill  
Master the Comedy Skill 
Complete the Joke Star Aspiration 
Have 10 Excellent Comedy Routines 
Have 3 Excellent Long Comedy Routines 
Perform a Excellent Comedy Routine at a Gold Level Party 2 Times

It just happens to also be Brynn and Brent’s birthdays:

They don’t look happy about being an Elder.

Finally…. what seems like ages later…

Claire comes home with her “A”…

And we age her up.

So here’s her traits (both earned and given)… and that’s the end of the generation. Some stats on Brynn and Brent:

Brent used a TON of points on sleep replacers trying to get all those perk points, which is why he’s so low.

Somehow I didn’t “max” a single skill on him. But I got close with cooking!

This gave me the “most interesting sim in the world” achievement. Which is nice.

And here’s the family funds at the end of the generation.. er beginning of the next? (Ignore the extra family member, you’ll find out about him in the next master simmer post) Per the rules, we sold the store (THANK GOD!) .. and … as a little tease before the next generation… we’re moving to a new house!

Oh, also, I’ve mostly updated my “Cheat Sheet” with crossing off stuff I’ve done so far, so it should be pretty current. I’d been being very lazy on it, and hadn’t updated it since Gen 1.

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Master Simmer Chapter 3.3

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First, we check on our goals…

Set #16 – Retail Mogul (Get to Work) - Brock Ireland (heir) 
Own a Retail Store worth at least 100,000 Simoleons 
Have 3 top level employees (1)
Have Spent 15,000 points on Retail Perks (4150)

Set #26 – Comedian - Brynn Myles (spouse) 
Get to Level 10 in the Entertainer Career (Comedian) 
Master the Charisma Skill (2/10)
Master the Comedy Skill (9/10) 
Complete the Joke Star Aspiration 
Have 10 Excellent Comedy Routines (9/10) 
Have 3 Excellent Long Comedy Routines 
Perform a Excellent Comedy Routine at a Gold Level Party 2 Times

Then we get going. This is a short update, because I didn’t take a huge amount of pictures. Only so many pictures I could take of the same old store that we kept grinding away at getting perk points. Poor heir is so neglected in this generation!

The heir (Claire) is currently a Toddler with 3 Days left, and 2 skills maxed. She’s also adorable.

And by the end of the night, Brynn has her last comedy routine done… and is halfway through Comedy level 9.

See? Neglect. Or just a very sleepy toddler. She won’t get to Top Notch, unfortunately.

  1. That looks Safe.
  2. That’s NOT the kitchen. I could have sworn I put decor on the bathroom counters so they couldn’t be used for that exact reason.

Work work work on comedy. While Brent fiddles around the house. Hard to get any work done on the retail store while there’s a toddler in the house. The game doesn’t take care of them very well for “active” careers.

So we take care of the tyke for a few days, and put the store “on ice”.

Brynn finally finishes her comedy skill..

And with it..

Her aspiration. Lots of things to cross off for her. Now she needs two gold parties.. and Charisma. *shudder*

Time to slurp up a sleep replacer and head to work, Brent.

Yay! Skill-up for Samaria!

And it’s that time!

Claire ages up, and rolls a 41 on her goal set… so, yay, we get to train doggies next Generation!

This house is too dark. And there’s no room in the yard for doggos.. so we’ll probably move for next generation again.

Claire works hard on her homework. In the inbetween times when Brent is actually at home from the store.

Aww.. Brent. Not a good time to pass out!!

Another 1200 perk points spent. I’m beginning to doubt that 15000 is possible. Ok, I’m past beginning to doubt.

Yet another 1400 perk points spent.. Yeah, I may have to change that goal to a more reasonable 10k points spent. Meanwhile, Our Employee, Hollie, ages up to elder upon getting to work.

And that’s the end of the pictures.

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Master Simmer Chapter 3.2

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First, we check on our goals…

Set #16 – Retail Mogul (Get to Work) - Brock Ireland (heir)
Own a Retail Store worth at least 100,000 Simoleons
Have 3 top level employees
Have All Retail Perks

Set #26 – Comedian - Brynn Myles (spouse)
Get to Level 10 in the Entertainer Career (Comedian)
Master the Charisma Skill
Master the Comedy Skill
Complete the Joke Star Aspiration
Have 10 Perfect Comedy Routines
Have 3 Perfect Long Comedy Routines
Perform a Perfect Comedy Routine at a Gold Level Party 2 Times

And then I dive back into play. But before I start this post, I have to apologize. There’s not a lot of pictures for the amount of time played. Simmies were being boring, so I just kept playing until things got more interesting. Basically, there was a LOT of going to the retail store and working on getting perk points, when I was “home” I was working on getting Brent’s needs up and Brynn’s skilling for work. Not very interesting.

I load the game up.. and Aiden dies. Literally. Right away. Sigh. Well, I did say he was next.

Grim is unimpressed by the tears, and Aiden is whisked to the next life.

Hollie is our first employee…

And now she has two of three skills maxed, and is promoted to max.

Brynn working on her comedy routines. She’s level six in her career now.

And since they’re near aging up, I figure it’s about that time.

…That time to try raising a kid while working on retail and career.

Oh yeah, it’s harvest fest too.

The new “electronics room” .. it really ups the profit ratio, but perk points are still very slow in coming.

One of the rare moments they’re actually eating at the same time.

It’s time!

Meet Claire Ireland. Time will tell what genetics she got other than the dark skin.

Our second employee decides it’s time to die. At the store. During business hours. Sigh.

Poor girl. Some people look suitably shocked.. Everyone else just keeps shopping.

Wait. She was an alien?? .. Who knew?

Our new second employee maxes her first skill, maintenance, and gets a promotion.

Ooops. I forgot Brynn’s adult birthday.

… And Brent’s. Whoops.

Oh my gosh. She’s adorable! She ages up rolling the Wild trait.

Winterfest. Nobody gets anything particularly interesting.

Then Brynn gets this pop-up. Top of the career? Really? Sign me up!

And there’s our little wild one!

The next time I send Brent to “work”, I finish the store. Here’s the “final” value and some pictures.

As you can see, I added a “back room” and an upstairs place for food. Apparently I missed putting some columns on the outside of the building, but I’ll fix that next time I load the game.

Through playing, I’ve found the the challenge goals had to be changed for feasibility. They now read: (also crossed out what we’ve done)

Set #16 – Retail Mogul (Get to Work) - Brock Ireland (heir) 
Own a Retail Store worth at least 100,000 Simoleons 
Have 3 top level employees 
Have Spent 15,000 points on Retail Perks 

Set #26 – Comedian - Brynn Myles (spouse) 
Get to Level 10 in the Entertainer Career (Comedian)
Master the Charisma Skill 
Master the Comedy Skill (9/10)
Complete the Joke Star Aspiration 
Have 10 Excellent Comedy Routines (9/10)
Have 3 Excellent Long Comedy Routines 
Perform a Excellent Comedy Routine at a Gold Level Party 2 Times

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Master Simmer Chapter 3.1

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First, we check on our goals… Again, I rolled randomly for them.. and by what I got.. I’m wishing I hadn’t. LOL.

Set #16 – Retail Mogul (Get to Work) - Brent Ireland (heir)
Own a Retail Store worth at least 100,000 simoleons
Have 3 top level employees
Have All Retail Perks

Set #26 – Comedian - Brynn Myles (spouse-to-be)
Get to Level 10 in the Entertainer Career (Comedian)
Master the Charisma Skill
Master the Comedy Skill
Complete the Joke Star Aspiration
Have 10 Perfect Comedy Routines
Have 3 Perfect Long Comedy Routines
Perform a Perfect Comedy Routine at a Gold Level Party 2 Times

Our first task, after checking the goals.. is to make our second sim. In the hopes that said sim has time to do anything with us working on the retail career. So.. Meet Brynn.

Next task: give Brent a makeover. He’s going to be a business man, after all. Hoodie and ripped jeans just don’t cut it anymore.

Third: we load the house to one bed missing. As in, one sim doesn’t have a place to sleep. Namely Brynn. And Brock probably doesn’t want the kiddie bedroom. So things have got to be changed.

I changed the master bedroom upstairs to be used for Brent..

And built an entire downstairs with a guest suite for Brock and Aiden.

Then I started playing. Finally.

Brynn gets her job…

.. They all sit down to breakfast… I got to buy the retail lot… and then everything goes wrong.

Now, to make a long story short.. things didn’t work out as planned, and I noticed that most of our money had mysteriously disappeared. I *think* it bugged when I added a sim to the family, but I can’t be sure. So, I saved a backup of the save, saved the family to my library to make sure I didn’t “lose” Brynn.. and recovered the save to the last time before I started all this new stuff. Money still there. Okayyy… so I added the family from the bin to a lot, moved Brynn over to the one with the money.. and yep. money still there. Deleted the bin family, and .. then realized I still had to fix the house and re-do Brent’s makeover. (As I’m typing this, I kept having to change Brent’s name, because for some reason I was calling him Brock.. wtg Thrall.) So.. I got lazy on the house. And this is what I did.

Stuck Brynn’s bed in the hallway of collections..

.. And upgraded Brent’s kid room to a “master” bedroom for him. And eventually, Brynn.

Then.. Brent’s makeover. Luckily I hadn’t changed a huge amount, and I remembered most of the clothes I had picked out.. so it went pretty smoothly.. and I didn’t have to take a new picture.

So.. let’s try this again.

Family breakfast again.

Our first customer. I plopped an EA Get to Work room down, and eventually edited a bit to get the “store”.. it’ll grow as we get funds to do it.

Took Brynn out to dinner.. it looks a little awkward to start with.

But pretty soon they’re really getting along..

.. and I mean really. =)

The store gets a bathroom.. because.. well.. I forgot about one earlier.

Here’s what the outside of the store looks like.

Shelves get dirty. Who knew?

Here’s our first employee, Hollie.

… who is learning skills quickly!

Breanna got her “A” today.. so it’s time for her to see the world.

She moves in with her aunties.

I finally get around to getting Brynn and Brent Hitched.

Aiden: *side eye of disapproval* “You should have had a wedding party!!”

Yep. I should have.

But that was too much like work.

And there were skills that needed working on. That trophy on the coffee table, by the way, was the gold reward from Aiden’s Charity party. Pretty cool looking.

She’s just so pretty. I hope she makes cute babies!!

Oh, this is a Love Day date. It goes far smoother than my mermaids’ Love Day date.. lol although this is the second date in a row Brent let someone steal the food I paid for… This is the second meal he ordered.

Grimm?? (Nice shadow, by the way…)

.. Oh yeah. It is about that time, isn’t it…

We use our polite introduction, ask him to hang out, and a couple more socials…

Yay! Achievement!

Sigh.. well, while you’re here….

Don’t know why Victor Feng is so sad. We didn’t even know the guy. But oh well. Now I’m down to a family of three. And Aiden shouldn’t be too far behind these other two deaths. So this house is going to get a whole lot easier really fast. But that’s the end of the sim-week.. so time for me to move on to another save!

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Master Simmer Chapter 2.6

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First, we check on our goals…

Set #46 – Stylist - Aiden Ireland (heir) 
Get to level 10 of the Style Influencer career (Stylist)
Make over 15 sims 

Set #21 – Chef - Brock Savage (spouse) 
Get to Level 10 of the Culinary Career (Chef) 
(currently level 9)
Master the Cooking Skill
Master the Gourmet Cooking Skill 
Complete the Master Chef Aspiration 
Cook All Base Game Recipes in Excellent Quality

Set #4 – Master of the Real - Maren Brink (roommate) 
Get to Level 10 in the Painting Career (Master of the Real) 
(currently level 9)
Master the Painting Skill 
Master the Photography Skill 
Take and display 25 Perfect Quality Photos

And we seriously are almost done. … and I found playing this family with basically nothing to do incredibly boring, so you’ll have to bear with me as I race to finish this generation real fast in one post. I aged sims up when they had all their goals done, so there’s several early birthdays here, too.

First thing I do is invite Olivia over and finish that pesky Social aspiration. Of course, I forgot to get a picture.. but oh well.

Then, it’s time for Breanna to age up with her Top Notch Toddler trait.

.. What are you wearing? .. Oh, nevermind. Wear a bunny suit around the house in the daytime. Be weird. You do you!

Working on typing skills.

And this is what happens when Brock turns into an alcoholic. Ok. Not really. But he spends most his free time here.

… doing this. Um.. thanks, Brock.

Working on that creativity skill.

At least the bar is clean for once…

And.. success!

Aspiration number two.

We interrupt our regularly scheduled post for Harvestfest…

… Sorry, it was midnight when we finished this aspiration…

.. But yay for aspiration three.

Breanna’s working on getting her “A” so she can age up early, too. So she doesn’t get left behind.

Mental skill..

.. And that’s done!

Mm.. chocolate cake. (Except I don’t really like chocolate… lol)

Brent picks up the Fabulously Wealthy aspiration, because it’s the only one I can think of that’s appropriate while he’s working on a retail store.

And.. Maren is the first to come home with her level 10 career…

Well, technically second after Aiden.

Then, later, Brock finally maxes his.

.. I kept forgetting to have him “work hard”, so I wasn’t sure he was ever going to get there.

.. To be fair, she aged only a day and a half early. I’d already gotten the warning about her birthday.

Same with Brock.

Aiden making a derpy face.

… And that’s three elders.

Winterfest got in the way of them coming home with an “A” in school, but we paused to celebrate it anyway.

Not like anyone wanted to go outside in a blizzard, anyway.

A shot of them being a cute little family.

Both came home with an “A”.. and are eligible for aging up.

But, then I realize Brent is literally two badges away from maxing scouting, so I have him get to work on his fitness…

.. Then that outdoors badge.

.. And.. Llamacorn scout!

Happy Birthday Breanna!

.. Interesting random traits.. but okay.

Maren doesn’t look like she approves of the outfit.

And.. that’s the end of the generation.

Here’s Brent’s age-up screen. I chose his traits, hopefully they’ll help with retail, but I really don’t know.

And.. lastly.. Aiden’s final stats for his generation…

Lots of traits..

A successful career…

.. A ton of skills…

.. And so much money in the bank I’ll never be able to spend it. See you in Gen three!

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Master Simmer Chapter 2.5

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First, we check on our goals…

Set #46 – Stylist - Aiden Ireland (heir) 
Get to level 10 of the Style Influencer career (Stylist)
Make over 15 sims 

Set #21 – Chef - Brock Savage (spouse) 
Get to Level 10 of the Culinary Career (Chef) 
(currently level 7)
Master the Cooking Skill
Master the Gourmet Cooking Skill (level 7)
Complete the Master Chef Aspiration 
Cook All Base Game Recipes in Excellent Quality

Set #4 – Master of the Real - Maren Brink (roommate) 
Get to Level 10 in the Painting Career (Master of the Real) 
(currently level 8)
Master the Painting Skill 
Master the Photography Skill 
Take and display 25 Perfect Quality Photos

We’re not doing too bad. The major thing left is promotions.. which just takes time. .. And then we get back to playing. I will apologize, however, this update is pretty short.. and boring. It was one of those “filler” weeks for my sims, so not much happened.

The little family. All together. Brock has the right idea, though. Naptime!

Bathtime for Breanna

.. Maybe Brock should be up watching Brent while Aiden is otherwise occupied.

Brent is furiously skilling, I’m determined to get him Top Notch Toddler so his skills will be easier next generation. The retail goal is hard enough without making skilling tough, too.

.. So little Brent is making a disaster all over the house. For imagination’s sake.

And that last pesky movement skill…

Woohoo! And there’s still a whole day to go! Now I can work on little Breanna instead.

Another major milestone. (No.. not the freezer bunny hoarding a cupcake..)

.. Now all we need are more promotions!

.. Nothing interesting happened for a while…

So here’s Brent all grown up and working on his homework. I gave him the self-assured trait. Hopefully being confident will help him with sales? I really don’t know. But we’ll see.

Playing with Aiden. Imagination skills for the win.

More homework. Boy, my sims are being especially boring this week. Brent is working on the social aspiration first.. and he’s just running around meeting people.. which isn’t especially interesting. On a side note, however, I discovered that somehow I didn’t have aging on for unplayed sims in this save file. Weird. But that’s why I found all the starting kids still as kids. I switched it on, so I can see some new sims in a while.

Searching for his muse on the stylist board. He had to for work.

Thinking skill. And it’s Brock’s turn for parenting skills.

Working on the mental aspiration next, since the beginning of it is the hardest part of child aspirations. The social one is my least favorite, but it’s easy. It’s just annoying.

The annoying reading requirement.. it takes requeueing it so many times…

Breanna looks confused as to what her brother and dad are doing. It’s like she’s trying to understand the kid’s book.

Aiden goes on an upgrading spree for something to do. He’s got all his promotions and skills finished, so he’s just bored. Or maybe that’s me.

Breanna “sneaking” up on Brock, who’s browsing the forums in his spare time (on his own initiative.)

She’s adorable. I keep wondering if I ought to make her heir.. but the other part of me is stubborn to keep it Brent, since I had already decided.

I just can’t stop watching her. Love her so much! Plus, she’s more interesting than the rest of the family at the moment.

That moment when someone who doesn’t live there anymore shows up uninvited and takes out your trash.. then says she has to go. … I was so confused.

And this is to commemorate… nothing. It was supposed to be for Brent finishing his first aspiration – the social one – but Olivia left (literally, just disappeared) before I could get her all the way to friend status. Guess I have to wait for next week/update!

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Master Simmer Chapter 2.4

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First, we check on our goals…

Set #46 – Stylist - Aiden Ireland (heir) 
Get to level 10 of the Style Influencer career (Stylist)
(Currently level 9) 
Make over 15 sims (10/15)

Set #21 – Chef - Brock Savage (spouse) 
Get to Level 10 of the Culinary Career (Chef) 
(currently level 7)
Master the Cooking Skill
Master the Gourmet Cooking Skill (level 7)
Complete the Master Chef Aspiration 
Cook All Base Game Recipes in Excellent Quality
(Cooking done, just need gourmet finished now)

Set #4 – Master of the Real - Maren Brink (roommate) 
Get to Level 10 in the Painting Career (Master of the Real) 
(currently level 7)
Master the Painting Skill 
Master the Photography Skill (level 4)
Take and display 25 Perfect Quality Photos (14/25)

Time to play some more! We won’t get to Brent’s toddler birthday, but there are other birthdays this week. So Carry on…

Maren and Aiden having dinner.. at the bar instead of the table?

Brock’s working on his list of Gourmet recipes.

Happy adult birthday, Maren! Brock looks super unimpressed.

And… Brent is a toddler! Yay! He’s simply adorable. My son picked a cute one from the adoption list.. woohoo!

Getting some necessities out of the way. Like Potty Training.

Why did I take a picture of Aiden writing again?

Because he’s at level 10 now!

Brent! You’re supposed to read the books, not tear them up! Wild toddlers can be such a handful!

Dinner.. toddler-style. And that’s butternut squash soup, if you’re interested.

Lobster Thermador… we’re almost there, Brock! (And why does that look SO tasty. I haven’t had lobster in forever..)

Makeover 11/15. Four to go!

Angelina came home in one of those teenage mood swings.. so she’s off to the bathroom to talk it out to the mirror.

12/15.. getting there.

Brock finally did it!

And shortly after, he cooked his last listed food at Excellent quality.. so I can show the list this last post, and then forget about it. YAY!

Yup.. Maren is out taking pictures.. again. Incidentally, the featured photo for this post is also one of her photos. Some of them came out really nice.

And this .. is to commemorate Maxing photography.. but I forgot to get the UI shot. So you’ll just have to trust me on that one.

13/15… One townie at a time.

Maren’s wall of displayed photos. All outstanding, and she’s DONE with photography.

14/15… and even better..

Nice, Charisma 10.

And that’s the first time I’ve completed that aspiration.

Last time I have to do a makeover. YAY!

This is for two reasons.. one.. WHY are you showering in your clothes??

And two.. he’s made it to level 10. Although I immediately got confused because level 10 has more “promotion” requirements..?? I had to look it up to make sure there wasn’t a level 11 like the Secret Agent – Villain job. Spoiler: there isn’t. So I don’t know why there are more requirements..

Happy Birthday, Aiden! You’re ready for adulting..

Getting that last painting point for work. (He also had to get a fourth point in photography, but his pictures were awful so I’m not showing any of them..

Brent’s skills are coming right along. He’s already going to be a “Happy Toddler” but I kinda want to get to Top Notch again. We’ll have to see if it happens.

Welcome Breanna to the household! Another lucky adoptee. I say lucky, because this household has some 350k in reserve… so she’ll be well taken care of!

Another teenage mood swing. Heading for the mirror. Again.

“Hey bear, if you can hear me.. I didn’t really want a baby sister. But don’t tell her I said that!”

Aiden.. it looks like that bottle has gone “off.” .. Luckily it’s just a dirty diaper, but still.

Love Day! I send the two lovebirds out to the restaurant, and this is Aiden serenading Brock for all he’s worth.

Unfortunately, by the end of the meal, not only did Brock need to pee… he also got food poisoning.

Well, hello, cutie! Breanna grows up.

And then, just before the week ends..

.. Angelina rolls for her trait and career.. gets a job.. and moves in with her older sister.

We got lots done this time.. I think the only major things we have left is getting Maren and Brock to level 10 of their career (and Brock needs to finish his aspiration). I haven’t decided which one of the kids will be heir yet.. but I did roll for the goals for next generation, because I couldn’t stand the suspense anymore.. And I managed to get one I was dreading. #16 – the retail one. I rolled for the second – #26 – comedian.. but I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that on the spouse while working on that retail store. I haven’t done much with retail stores in Sims 4 – so that’ll be a huge adventure. Not sure I’m looking forward to it!

And finally!…. Here’s Brock’s list so far. All done with it!

Brock’s List: Gourmet Cooking Recipes:

Fridge/Oven Recipes:

  • Garlic Noodles
  • Black and White Cake
  • Pasta Primavera
  • Fruit and Yogurt Parfait – (Fridge Only)
  • Caprese Salad – (Fridge Only)
  • Butternut Gnocchi
  • Chicken Saltimbocca
  • Herb-Crusted Salmon
  • Spinach Fritatta
  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
  • Tiered Cake
  • SimCity Cheesecake
  • Rack of Lamb
  • Lobster Tortellini
  • Lobster Thermidor
  • Monte Cristo Sandwich
  • Trout Meuniere
  • Baked Alaska

See you next time!

Back to Chapter 2.3 | On to Chapter 2.5

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Master Simmer Chapter 2.3

Back to Chapter 2.2 | On to Chapter 2.4

First, we check on our goals…

Set #46 – Stylist - Aiden Ireland (heir) 
Get to level 10 of the Style Influencer career (Stylist)
(Currently level 7) 
Make over 15 sims (1/15)

Set #21 – Chef - Brock Savage (spouse to be) 
Get to Level 10 of the Culinary Career (Chef) 
(currently level 6)
Master the Cooking Skill
Master the Gourmet Cooking Skill (level 3)
Complete the Master Chef Aspiration 
Cook All Base Game Recipes in Excellent Quality

Set #4 – Master of the Real - Maren Brink (roommate) 
Get to Level 10 in the Painting Career (Master of the Real) 
(currently level 6)
Master the Painting Skill (level 9)
Master the Photography Skill 
Take and display 25 Perfect Quality Photos

Then.. back to playing!

This makes 2/15 makeovers…

..3/15

4/15

5/15

6/15

7/15 … and that crazy outfit behind him gets made over, too for 8/15.

“Aww Watcher… do I HAVE to???” Angelina looks to be complaining about skilling logic for school grades.

Maren gets a goal.. and her aspiration.. done.

Grats, Maren!

Meanwhile, Brock is furiously cooking on his list of things.. (when he’s not at work)… and I’m getting more and more tired of that house. I just don’t deal well with big houses, I’m afraid. Soooo…. I upend the entire family, pack up the collectibles, and move. Again. (Hence the featured image at the top of the screen.)

Maren socializing with Angelina…

Aiden .. upgrading his work tablet..

.. For a level 10 skill.. Nice, Aiden.

I throw a spectacularly unsuccessful bronze house party. That I apparently forgot to take pics of.

Winterfest!

Tree success! (I.e. no fires!)

A grand meal..

Presents…

… And these next two are Maren working on her photography. I spare you most of the photos, I did a lot of still life, and scenery photos outside.

.. And “artsy” stuff like this.

9/15 .. he had to check in at a bar. so we made someone over while we were there.

… and again. 10/15 .. checking in the next day at the same bar. LOL. And this is a picture of something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do.. making over Darling Walsh!

With Aiden’s new Pristine reputation, he can throw Charity Parties… so I did. for Brock’s 3 gourmet meals in one party.

Between having Brock cooking non stop and running Aiden around looking for charity donations, I managed to get a gold. On my first ever Charity Party… lol nice!

With everyone at least level 7 in their career, we decide it’s about that time.. and we adopt our heir. Meet Brent. This is the baby my son picked from the list of five of them possible. 😉

Work work work. Always working, Aiden.

Maren skilling for Master of the Real. Now she needs logic.

Hey! What are you doing, trying to set a fire??  I am NOT impressed. (Spoiler: it turns out okay, but I’m still miffed at him..)

Happy new year! Another successful week!

And this is Maren’s wall of Outstanding photos so far. 14/25 complete….

And lastly…. Here’s Brock’s list so far. Getting close to done with it!

Brock’s List: Cooking Recipes:

Fridge/Oven Recipes:

  • Garden Salad (Fridge Only)
  • Grilled Cheese
  • White Cake
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Eggs and Toast
  • Chips and Salsa
  • BLT
  • Fish Tacos
  • High Energy Protein Plate – (Requires “Energized” Emotion)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Pancakes
  • Pan Fried Tilapia
  • Silly Gummy Bear Pancakes – (Requires “Playful” Emotion)
  • Flirty Heart Cookies – (Requires “Flirty” Emotion)
  • Spaghetti
  • Strawberry Cake
  • Angry Flaming Spaghetti – (Requires “Angry” Emotion)
  • French Toast
  • Fish and Chips
  • (Sim’s Name) Signature Cake– (Requires Level 6 in the Culinary Career – Culinary Branch)
  • Chili
  • Blue Confetti Cake
  • Blackened Bass
  • Omelet
  • Apple Pie
  • Cioppino
  • Chicken Stir Fry
  • Tuna Casserole
  • Roast Chicken

Outdoor Grill Recipes:

  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Tofu Dogs
  • Veggie Burger
  • Chicken Sandwich
  • Steak

Gourmet Cooking Recipes:

Fridge/Oven Recipes:

  • Garlic Noodles
  • Black and White Cake
  • Pasta Primavera
  • Fruit and Yogurt Parfait – (Fridge Only)
  • Caprese Salad – (Fridge Only)
  • Butternut Gnocchi
  • Chicken Saltimbocca
  • Herb-Crusted Salmon
  • Spinach Fritatta
  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
  • Tiered Cake
  • SimCity Cheesecake
  • Rack of Lamb
  • Lobster Tortellini
  • Lobster Thermidor
  • Monte Cristo Sandwich
  • Trout Meuniere
  • Baked Alaska

Back to Chapter 2.2 | On to Chapter 2.4

New Posting Schedule

I’ve decided to start a new posting schedule. Since I have seven stories (currently), it’s perfect to focus on one of them per day. In a perfect world, I’ll be able to get more than one post out of a play session and get a couple of these stories moving along a little bit faster (Stories in question: townie rotation for SURE, the Master Simmer since it’s 26+ generations, and the Ramblers, again, because there’s so many generations to go still.)

On another note, I’ll be taking a “break” the first week of every month for building challenges, and to pull out my Settlers challenge I have on hiatus. (That will start next month) This month, the “break week” is more getting caught up on my Tails of Sulani story, because I’ve played way ahead of where I’ve posted and need the catch-up time. In other words, expect this full schedule to start next Monday. *grin*

Just for informative purposes, I will also be posting this schedule on my “home” page, so it’s easily accessible and you can see what’s coming.

Monday – Thrall’s Master Simmer Play & post 1
Tuesday – Tails of Sulani (Mermaid Legacy) Play & Post / Townie Rotation post 1
Wednesday – The Ramblers (Drifter Challenge) Play & Post 1
Thursday – Those Crazy Irish (ISBI) Play & Post / Townie Rotation post 2
Friday – Island Spirits (Sulani History Challenge) Play & Post / Master Simmer post 2
Saturday – Townie Rotation Play & Post 3 / Ramblers post 2
Sunday – Foreshadowed Sunset (Vampire Lineage) Play & Post