The Scatterday Matriarchy 4.8: Flopping Around

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“Alright, Manfred, it’s time for lunch! Sit in the high chair, now.”

“Uhh…”

“It’s safe, I promise!”

Welcome back to the Scatterday Matriarchy! It’s been a few weeks TWO MONTHS HOLY CRAP, and I have to catch up with some many things in the Sims community, but I’m still here, damn it! Turns out that when you stare at a computer screen all day for money, staring at a computer screen is the last thing you want to do for leisure. Before we get started, I thought you should know that the Scatterdays were nominated for two Golden Plumbobs over at Boolprop: Best Sims 3 Legacy and Funniest Sims 3 Story! Thank you so, so much to whoever nominated me! The Scatterdays didn’t win, but one of the winners was The Dysfunkshinul Legacy, and frankly I just can’t compete with that. 😛 (Go read it, it is seriously fantastic.) If you’re interested checking out other Golden Plumbob winners or joining the forum, you can do that over yonder.

Anyway, let’s get back to some legacy silliness, shall we? Last time everyone had a birthday, Griselda was publicly disgraced, and Callie and Heimrich had their fourth and final child, a daughter named Hestia.

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While Mitchell took on extra responsibilities after becoming a teenager, Natalie was doing her best to avoid any sort of responsibility.

“Natalie! Are you doing your homework?”

“Haha….no Mommy, Puzzle and I are pillow fighting!”

“…how can you even pillow fight with a doll?”

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Eventually the fun had to end, much to Puzzle’s chagrin.

“No Puzzle, I told you, I can’t play now! Mommy said that if I do my homework now, we can play until it’s bed time, okay?”

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Heimrich had a bit of a health scare when he became invisible! He also had to fend off the affections of one Sugar Bijou, again.

“Sugar, I keep telling you, I won’t date you! You’re my wife’s best friend, and I am, uh, kind of invisible now…what do you mean that’s not an excuse?!”

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Thankfully, a quick dip in the hot tub fixed him right up.

“How did we ever live without one of these?”

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Heimrich wasn’t the only Scatterday having some health issues.

“WAAHHHH!”

“Oh! Oh Hestia! Stop crying! Grandma didn’t mean to give you a concussion.”

Griselda claims it’s an accident, but I know the truth.

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Callie is also set to become a full-fledged adult! Heimrich will age up too, since I decided to age him up with Callie after giving him the Young Again potion, just to make things a bit more even.

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Someone in the family wanted a water slide, so I went against my better judgement and bought one. This means that Angelo now spends hours at a time sliding around instead of doing anything useful, like helping with the grandchildren or working on his Athletic skill that he rolled three wishes for.

“This is more fun that lifting weights!”

Fine, don’t come complaining to me when you’re all unfulfilled.

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Yet another Imaginary Friend joins the family. *sigh* This one will probably be ignored. Puzzle is the only Imaginary Friend to come out of their tiny doll form, and I’d like to keep it that way.

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Manfred is a little behind on his toddler skills, which apparently terrifies Callie.

“AH MY BABY ISN’T GOING TO BE ABLE TO WALK AND HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO FLOP AROUND FROM PLACE TO PLACE AND…”

Dang Coward Sims.

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At least Manfred’s getting the hang of potty training, if the fumes coming off that potty are to be believed.

(Also so many Imaginary Friends, holy cats)

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Mitchell may be not…conventionally attractive, and he may be named after a Joe Don Baker character, but he is an incredibly sweet big brother. When he’s not on the couch watching hours upon hours of SimNetflix, he’s usually up in the nursery, helping out however he can.

“Look Manfred, can you hit the purple note? There’s a big surprise if you do!”

“Om nom nargh nom…”

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Mitchell helping out is partially because all the adults are otherwise occupied. Unlike her husband, Griselda is actually productive, adding another novel to her long, long list of completed works. She rolled a wish to write 25 novels, so she’s been quite busy.

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Heimrich has been busy becoming a Celebrity, apparently. Since Celebrity status is partially determined by relationships, with the largest bonuses coming from sleeping with or marrying celebrities, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for anyone to notice Heimrich.

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Natalie’s sleeping schedule is still a bit wonky from her toddler days, so after doing her homework she has a nap. I also blame…well, everyone in the house. Nobody has a set bedtime. I don’t think Callie’s gone to bed before 4 am in ages.

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Anyway, since this is a legacy, it’s time for MOAR BIRTHDAYS.

“Now? But I was just about to head to bed!”

At 6 pm, no less, proving my earlier point about no set bedtimes.

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“BAHAHAHAHA YOU’RE GOING TO GET SLIGHTLY WRINKLY!”

“Oh Mom, it wouldn’t be a birthday without you insulting someone!”

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Callie ages up first…

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…and dang, does she look disappointed. The Nancy Reagan hair just won’t quit!

“I need a mirror.”

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OF FUCKING COURSE SHE IS.

Methinks someone is going to be publicly disgraced a lot during the next week.

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Heimrich quickly follows.

“Love the hair, Sweetheart!”

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“Uh oh…this doesn’t feel a nice as that other, uh, potion thing I had.”

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…oh dear.

“Heh, I think I did a little worse in the hair department than you, Sweetheart.”

“Hmph. That’s what you get for making fun of my hair!”

Amazingly enough, Heimrich did not have a midlife crisis, making me like him even more.

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Mitchell also rolled his Lifetime Wish! I think it’s perfect for him! He’s at least as talented as Joe Don, so this can’t end badly, can it?

(Even if it does end badly, I’ll be greatly amused, so win-win-win.)

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I was tempted to leave Heimrich in pigtails forever, but I was nice and gave him his original hair back. He showed his gratitude by potty training Manfred with no complaints!

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OH GOD, two toddlers. It’s only for one day, as Manfred will age into a child the next day, but there’s going to be a lot of toddler chaos in the meantime.

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Naturally these two aren’t doing anything to help.

“Psh, I already trained three toddlers at once. I’m done.”

“Hey, I’m trying to help the family! I’m trying to improve my cooking skill so I can make everyone’s favourite meals!”

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Well, at least they’re being slightly more helpful than Callie, who’s out of the house eating things in a desperate attempt to gain Celebrity points.

“Bravest Customer Ever”?! I don’t think this chef knows anything about Callie at all…

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Even Mitchell isn’t around to help, choosing instead to do his homework outside of the local theatre, for reasons I don’t fully understand.

“The cinema inspires me!”

Sure it does, kid.

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Natalie is kind of being helpful? She’s spending a lot of money for a kid, but she also got a discount, so she’s saving some money? Oh, Sims, never change.

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Heimrich’s promotion is very helpful, because it inches him even closer to finishing his LTW, and it means more money for the family!

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Anyway, Hestia aged up very uneventfully. (Yes, I forgot about her.)

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She’s got pointy ears though! Sadly, other than that she seems to be a clone of Callie, but with Heimrich’s red hair.

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When she’s all made over, she is very cute. Plus, two toddlers means twice the toddler cuteness, though I’m sure everything will fall apart very quickly.

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Heimrich, ever the child-disliker, was less than pleased about two toddlers being around.

“This is awful. Even this perfectly positioned levitating pancake can’t cheer me up.”

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Mitchell continued to be the best big brother the legacy has ever seen, and he took care of the toddlers while his father was wallowing.

“There you go, Hestia. Now, go have a nap so everyone can get some work done.”

“Ababababa?”

“I promise we’ll watch some TV when I get home from school, okay?”

“Abababababa!”

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AHA! I was right about the public disgrace! I love how this is one of the rumours that Sims spread around town – it’s one of the most likely things to ever happen to a Sim!

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“Hmph! I’ll show them! I’ve been successfully potty-trained for years now!”

You show ’em, girl!

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…that did not go as planned.

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Frankie heard about the nasty pee rumours and graciously offered to help the family recoup their losses. Griselda was thrilled, mostly because she got to write about people getting hit on the head with hammers and being unceremoniously yanked off stage with a giant hook.

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Well, Griselda will eventually write about all of those things. Right now she’s kind of busy because it’s Manfred’s birthday tonight, and he still hasn’t finished learning how to walk!

“Come on, little guy! Be mobile! I can’t take much more of your mom yelling about you flopping around like a fish.”

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He didn’t make it. 😦

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Technophobe. It could have been worse, but it’s still not great.

I’m sorry, little buddy. 😦

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Mitchell understood the severity of Manfred’s situation, and immediately took to ensuring the same thing didn’t happen with Hestia.

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He also made sure to show Hestia that television is a friend, not the enemy.

“See Hestia? Look at the happy purple dinosaur! TV is the best, isn’t it?”

“Tee….teeeeee…..”

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At least Mitchell will be able to bond over TV with one sibling.

“Bah! I’m too cultured for that boring flashing box! I’m above it! I taught myself to walk, after all!”

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I still feel bad about failing Manfred – looks like I also forgot to feed him – but the bad Technophobia moodlet is still amusing.

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Yeah, I’d have liked that too, Heimrich. 😦

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Callie really took Manfred’s poor age transition to heart. She continued Mitchell’s work and insisted on dropping everything to teach Hestia to walk.

“Come on, up and at them, sweetie. I’m a good Mommy….my kids all know how to walk….I’m a good Mommy…”

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Little Hestia truly became the apple of everyone’s eye. Just look at her! She’s such a dear! She may be a clone of Callie, but she’s awfully cute.

“Come on Hestia, shall Grandpa get you some food?”

“Heehehe yeah…”

“…or should Grandpa tickle you instead?”

“Eeeeee!”

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The weekend came to Bridgeport, and naturally everyone had time for relaxing, provided everyone switched off caring for Hestia. Mitchell took the opportunity to teach his old man about the magic of video games, now that he was a teenager and Heimrich was no longer disgusted by his presence.

“Okay Dad, now jump over that cliff and….you died.”

“Uh, crap. I, uh, don’t think I’m very good at this. Why don’t you play with Natalie or Manfred instead?”

“Natalie’s always with her weird doll, and Manfred would just complain about the radiation from the TV exploding his brain or something. Seriously Dad, you’ll get the hang of it eventually! Let’s go back to level 1-1….”

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He might not be the greatest at video games, but Heimrich is doing something right, because he keeps gaining Celebrity levels.

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Mitchell was right about Natalie always being with Puzzle. In Natalie’s defense, it’s the weekend, and that’s prime playing time.

“Ahem! Excuse me! The Royal Court of Bridgeport is now in session! Queen Natalie demands your attention and that you obey!”

“My Queen! I’ll follow you to the ends of the Earth!”

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“Today we will be beating up the mean trolls of the bay! The best way to defeat them is by elbowing them in the nose!”

“Yes, my Queen! I salute you!”

“…is it me, or are kids weirder now than they were back in my day?”

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Saturday night means that a big Celebrity like Callie has to make appearances! Tonight she’s been summoned to Johnny Jones’ condo for a pool party.

“This is going to be great! I’ve been meaning to see how my Simmy Awards dress holds up in chlorine!”

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Sadly, the pool party was underwhelming, even though Callie was nice enough to wear her actual swimsuit.

“Johnny, where’s the pool? Where’s your condo? I thought you lived in a penthouse!”

“Oh…yeah…you know my wife, Diana? Well, she was not pleased about the pool party and people being in her condo, so now I’m down here. I don’t know when I’ll be allowed back up. Do you have any food? I haven’t eaten since yesterday morning…”

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*sigh*

NO

Maybe we shouldn’t flirt with the homeless and hungry soon-to-be divorced man, Callie.

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“Well…I better be off…oh, before I go, I’m totally potty trained, Johnny!”

“Cool.”

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While Manfred’s Technophobe trait is pretty funny at times, keeping his mood up is quite annoying. He pretty much has to be banished to the basement, because someone is always watching TV or using the computer upstairs. I feel bad leaving him down here, but he seems pretty content with a book.

“Whoa! I didn’t realize how easy it was for companies to use your personal data they mine off of you when you use the internet! Also, what’s ‘data’?”

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Meanwhile, Hestia seems a little bit unsure about her potty training progress.

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Later that evening, Angelo caught Natalie in the yard, hoping to have a special moment.

“Natalie, I’ve seen the way you play with Puzzle. When I was working on my Logic skill, I discovered a number of special potions, and this one might help the two of you play together forever….”

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“Ew no Grandpa! I’m not making Puzzle drink something weird! She’ll get sick and die!”

“No, Natalie, I promise you she won’t get sick.”

“Whatever, she’s not drinking it!”

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(This is really why Natalie rejected Angelo’s gift. They live together, yet they don’t know each other at all. WTF, game?!)

Anyway…on that awkward note, we’re going to end this update here. There are no updates from around Bridgeport this time, so I’ll just say thanks for reading, have a Happy Valentine’s Day if you celebrate it, and see you next time!

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9 thoughts on “The Scatterday Matriarchy 4.8: Flopping Around

  1. Aw, Hestia’s hair is so cute, love the high pony!

    Ugh, hate it when the kids don’t know their grandparents. Or parents sometimes. Stupid game, you don’t need to spend hours talking for them to have a relationship.

    Looking forward to seeing the girls grow up, it should be an interesting heir poll.

    • I’m glad you like Hestia’s hair! She really is adorable. The kids not knowing anybody in the house really annoys me – you live together, of course you’re going to have a relationship! Silly Sims. Sadly, there will not be an heir poll for this generation, for reasons to be revealed in update 4.10…whenever I get around to writing it…but there will be a poll for the Gen. 6 kids…who are in game now…because I can only binge-play the Sims. Bah.

  2. Happy Valentines Day! And an awesome chapter! ^_^

    Hestia is utterly adorable, even if she is a Callie clone! Poor Manfred though! 😦 It’s not always a bad trait though, if the age up without mastering their skills. I have a sim who I missed potty-training (or somehing) and she was given Eco Friendly. Which is actually a handy trait. ^_^ I’ve never had a sim with Technophobe, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing how Manfred deals.

    That picture where Heimrich is frowning with the wish that Manfred aged up well is soooo adorable and sad! He looks so down-hearted that his kid didn’t grow up well, even though he dislikes children! T_T

    • Happy (late) Valentine’s Day to you too! I’m glad you liked the chapter! 😀

      Hestia really is cute, so I’m not as annoyed about her being a clone. I felt so guilty when Manfred grew up without learning how to walk. I should have paid him more attention! Technophobe isn’t the worst trait he could have gotten, but I still feel bad. It also causes friction with Mitchell, because Technophobe and Couch Potato clash. Heimrich really is a good father – I think he dislikes kids because he doesn’t know how to interact with them, but he really does love his family. 🙂 ❤

  3. I REALLY love Heimrich’s hair color. Hestia really is cute. and that hair is a big plus. Though I do think the hair she’s wearing (adjust shine?) downplays the red highlights. And she’s a friggin’ adorable toddler. Is she really a clone? She might have Heimy’s eyes? I can’t get a good look behind Callie’s glasses.

    Heimy getting the ribboned ponytails on age-up made me snerk. How did that happen? Do you have female hairs turned on female hair for males?

    • I love Heimrich’s hair too. Hestia’s hair is a very old EA recolour – I think it was posted in 2011 or 2012, and I stumbled upon it when I was searching for CC for the very first time. I hate adjust shine hair with a passion. It looks greasy and weird and it feels like it’s trying way too hard to be realistic. I like my Sims to be cartoony weirdos, so I prefer EA textures. 🙂 Hestia’s got Callie (and Angelo’s) purple eyes, not Heimie’s grey eyes. Mitchell and Manfred have Heimie’s eyes, and Natalie has Callie’s eyes too.

      I don’t know why the pigtails happened to Heimrich, but I think it has something to do with MasterController. A lot of men in Bridgeport have aged up into pigtails. I don’t have female hair enabled for men in CAS/the mirror, so I think it’s just a weird glitch when a Sim ages up. It made for some great pictures, though! 🙂

      • Oh, I meant eye shape, not eye color. It looked like she might have Heimie’s sad-looking eyes, but I can’t see clearly what Callie’s eye shape is like behind her glasses.

        I find it strange, but I get a better idea of what a sim will look like from the toddler stage than the child stage. I’ll just have to wait until she’s a teen. And Natalie ages up next post, I hope!

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