“Alright, Manfred, it’s time for lunch! Sit in the high chair, now.”
“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.
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?”
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?”
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?!”
Thankfully, a quick dip in the hot tub fixed him right up.
“How did we ever live without one of these?”
Heimrich wasn’t the only Scatterday having some health issues.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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…”
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.
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.
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.
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.
“BAHAHAHAHA YOU’RE GOING TO GET SLIGHTLY WRINKLY!”
“Oh Mom, it wouldn’t be a birthday without you insulting someone!”
Callie ages up first…
…and dang, does she look disappointed. The Nancy Reagan hair just won’t quit!
“I need a mirror.”
OF FUCKING COURSE SHE IS.
Methinks someone is going to be publicly disgraced a lot during the next week.
Heimrich quickly follows.
“Love the hair, Sweetheart!”
“Uh oh…this doesn’t feel a nice as that other, uh, potion thing I had.”
“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.
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.)
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!
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.
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!”
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…
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.
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.
Heimrich’s promotion is very helpful, because it inches him even closer to finishing his LTW, and it means more money for the family!
Anyway, Hestia aged up very uneventfully. (Yes, I forgot about her.)
She’s got pointy ears though! Sadly, other than that she seems to be a clone of Callie, but with Heimrich’s red hair.
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.
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.”
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.”
“I promise we’ll watch some TV when I get home from school, okay?”
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!
“Hmph! I’ll show them! I’ve been successfully potty-trained for years now!”
You show ’em, girl!
…that did not go as planned.
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.
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.”
He didn’t make it. 😦
Technophobe. It could have been worse, but it’s still not great.
I’m sorry, little buddy. 😦
Mitchell understood the severity of Manfred’s situation, and immediately took to ensuring the same thing didn’t happen with Hestia.
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?”
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!”
I still feel bad about failing Manfred – looks like I also forgot to feed him – but the bad Technophobia moodlet is still amusing.
Yeah, I’d have liked that too, Heimrich. 😦
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…”
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?”
“…or should Grandpa tickle you instead?”
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….”
He might not be the greatest at video games, but Heimrich is doing something right, because he keeps gaining Celebrity levels.
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!”
“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?”
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!”
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…”
Maybe we shouldn’t flirt with the homeless and hungry soon-to-be divorced man, Callie.
“Well…I better be off…oh, before I go, I’m totally potty trained, Johnny!”
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’?”
Meanwhile, Hestia seems a little bit unsure about her potty training progress.
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….”
“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!”
(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!