The Scatterday Matriarchy 5.3: Just Drinking and Ruining Everything

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“….I have no idea what I’m doing.”

Welcome back to the Scatterday Matriarchy! I’m very sorry it’s taken me forever to get this post out – life has been very busy. I would not recommend adulthood. Avoid it if you can.

Last time, Natalie discovered she was pregnant, she married Puzzle in a quick bedroom ceremony, and they welcomed their first child, a son named Hector. I’m sure Callie and Heimrich did stuff too, but obviously the baby is the most important thing. 😉 Let’s see what the family is up to now.

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As you can see, Hector is totally loved by all of his family members, and nobody is completely ignoring his existence. Nat can totally handle parenthood. Totally.

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Puzzle had to go back to work, and she’s already having issues adjusting to being a working mother.

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Mere hours after Hector’s birth, Natalie is already hitting the (poorly-rendered) town!

“Hey, I’m a Celebrity! I need to keep up appearances!”

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“Barkeep, two of your finest cocktails, please!”

“….Nat? What are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be with Hector?”

“Uh….better give me a third cocktail for my wife.”

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“You weren’t out to party, were you, Nat?”

“Well, I am a Celebrity! I need to be with it! But…uh….I also thought we could have a date night, just the two of us?”

“Well….as long as your parents don’t mind taking care of Hector too much….”

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“Hey, why are we the only people in this club, Nat?”

“They kind of failed their last health inspection and they need a Celebrity to help promote it. By the way, you didn’t look in your drink, did you?”

“What? Why?”

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Ever the professional, Natalie also picked up another opportunity, though this one won’t give her those Celebrity points she so desperately needs for her LTW.

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Back at the old homestead, Hector was, naturally, completely ignored.

“Ah. This hot tub is so soothing on these old bones…”

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Callie, shouldn’t you make sure your grandson is still alive?

“Grandson? I don’t have one of those. Now, if you’ll excuse, I need to burger up this tofu.”

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“Oh Hector! Don’t you worry, your Mama is here now! We’ll never leave you alone again!”

…I wouldn’t make promises you can’t keep, Puzzle. You do have to go to work someday.

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WHAT

Girl, you need to chill. You just had one! And nobody seems to care about him, either!

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Uh, thanks for the belated wedding present, Callie. At least it’s more unique than a toaster.

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As Natalie promised her wife that she would keep her nights out to a minimum, it was high time for a good old-fashioned house party! Some of Bridgeport’s biggest celebrity names made appearances, like family friends Emmy Starr, Caroline Custard, and Sugar Bijou.

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Though most of the guests were elderly, and most likely not with it, Natalie still used the opportunity to schmooze with some fellow celebrities.

“So, Emmy, any tips on being the biggest star on the planet?”

“Well, invest in some security to keep out those awful paparazzi. You’re going to get a lot of odd things in the mail, but you can sell them. And try to keep it together in public, dear. People enjoy watching a, what do you young folks call it…a hot mess, but they rarely have longevity.”

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“WOOOO! LET’S PARTY TO THAT!”

“Oh, uh, dear, maybe you should think about bringing it down a notch. Didn’t you just give birth?”

“My uterus has recovered and is also capable of partying!”

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Oh, Party Animals never get old. By freaking out a very elderly lady, Nat gained another Celebrity star!

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While Nat and Emmy get down, Callie’s attempts at getting to know Caroline Custard are not successful.

“How can you not think Coleman Francis is the best director of all time?! The Skydivers is a work of art, Caroline! And what of Red Zone Cuba and The Beast of Yucca Flats, hmm?”

“…who is Coleman Francis? I just wanted to know where your bathroom is, Callie.”

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Some other folks – like Devin Ashton and Rafael Striker here – showed up to the party, but they went off to do their own things.

“Uh, guys…we’re going to dig into those hot dogs Emmy brought. Do you want any?”

“No, you silly girl! I tried to climb your jungle gym and now my back hurts! Get a better jungle gym!”

“Guys, any requests? My guitar teacher says I can try playing stuff other than ‘Smoke on the Water’ now!”

“…that’s a no, then?”

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At least Devin and Rafael were close to the heart of the party. Someone else decided to hide in the basement for the duration.

“Hey, sometimes I need some, uh, me time.”

…you could at least play synth for the guests, but okay. 😐

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“Why am I always the one stuck dealing with the babies?”

This is what you get for not doing anything useful.

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A good night was had by everyone else – and I’m including Hector in that group, as he was thrilled that someone made sure he didn’t starve to death.

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“Oh mah gawd, Puzz, can you believe that they all liked my party they did?!”

“You’re drunk!”

“Duh! Wanna woohoo?”

“….you know I do.”

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The capper to a perfect night. 😉

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Oh good! Hector will be much harder to ignore when he can actually move around.

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Puzzle seems to be the only one who noticed, as usual.

“You’re going to be such a big boy! Mama is so proud of you! Yes she is!”

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“You’re going to be so….oops…well we won’t tell anyone about this, will we?”

Oh good, now he’s concussed. I swear this happens to every frickin’ Scatterday baby. I should really move that light.

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Poor Puzzle can’t take the guilt. That’s gotta be what those ‘unknown causes’ are, hm?

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Meanwhile, Heimrich decided to retire. He’s thrilled.

“Woo.”

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The family’s cute maid is also thrilled.

“Ahhh congratulations, Mr. Scatterday! Think of all the time you can spend with your grandson!”

“Oh, great. Why did I do this?”

Well….Heimrich’s job performance kept tanking. One of his Power Broker job requirements was holding meetings downtown, but after holding about five meetings in a row, his performance meter didn’t budge. He’s already got his LTW, and I wanted to spare him the humiliation of being fired for his incompetence, so Heimrich is now retired. And he can change diapers. All. Day. Long. 😀

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Natalie is out partying, again. I hear these parties are a good opportunity for Celebrity points, so Natalie’s gotta go.

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…that is, if she can fit it into her busy guitar-playing schedule.

“Baby, I’m preying on you tonight,
Hunt you down eat you alive,
Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals!”

Definitely time to leave the park, before you’re banned for noise pollution.

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Puzzle and Callie’s careers seem to be going well, probably because they are actual careers that (likely) don’t involve Maroon 5.

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Kai Wise-Leiko’s house is very cute, but the party doesn’t seem to be bumping.

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At least another party guest showed up. I believe this chap’s name is Mario, and he’s probably Kai’s son.

“Dude, have you ever had tofu burgers? Aren’t they great?!”

“I mean, yeah, they’re pretty good, but I’m actually really into mac and cheese.”

“Oh dang! Come inside – have I got something for you!”

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“Holy crap! This mac and cheese is incredible! Thanks for having me over, Kai.”

“You’re very welcome, Nat. It’s always good to connect with the younger generation.”

I would say that this party was a fail, but Nat got a free helping of her favourite meal, and a new friend out of it, as she and Mario quickly became bros.

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I mean, she did miss her son’s birthday, but clearly I also forgot about it because Hector doesn’t get a cake.

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Hector is pretty cute! He’s got Nat’s hair and skin tone, as well as what looks to be her nose. He also has Puzzle’s pitch-black eyes, which seem creepier than they actually are.

I forgot to take a picture of him after a makeover. I swear he does have hair, and it is actually blonde!

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The rest of the evening was uneventful, as the birthday boy went to sleep right after aging up. Everyone insisted on sitting at separate tables while enjoying a late dinner.

“I’m not sitting with you until you agree to review my latest film, Virgin Sharks from Outer Space, on your blog Puzzle! And it had better be a positive review!”

“Callie, I write for a parenting blog. The content isn’t applicable…say, does this Goopy Carbonara taste off to you?”

“Oh, so now you think I’m poisoning you?!”

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Poor Puzzle ended up having a bit of a rough night. 😦

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A quick bath fixed her right up.

“….what if Callie really did poison the carbonara?!”

Well, mostly.

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Though it turns out that Puzzle had a much better reason for puking than a potential poisoning.

Puzzle’s uterus has to get in on the fun! It’s only fair, after all.

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Nat is oblivious, swept up in some artistic inspiration after tasting Kai’s mac and cheese.

“I swear that dish changed the way I’ll think of the combination of macaroni and cheese forever!”

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She did notice, rolling the one wish I loathe more than any other (well, in terms of playing a matriarchy, at least).

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Remember when I said that Hector wouldn’t be ignored as a toddler? I was incredibly wrong.

“FOOOOOOOOOOOD!”

…we’re going to meet the Social Worker soon, aren’t we?

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I’m so glad I decided to have Heimrich retire. He’s pretty much single-handedly keeping Hector alive.

“Okay, you eat your breakfast, while Grandpa, uh, goes to the uh, facilities.”

“Nooooo I need potty too!”

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“…what do I do, Grandpa?”

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“Uh, move aside if you want to see a demonstration. I hope this old bladder can wait…”

Please don’t pee on your grandson, Heimrich.

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Natalie does help out around the house. She’s not just a drunken party girl! For example, she’s cleaning up some dead plants that someone – probably Puzzle, who loves getting all domestic – planted and neglected.

She still hasn’t done much with her son, though. Did she inherit Heimrich’s ambivalence-bordering-on-total-dislike of children?

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Well, she does care about kids to keep up appearances. Maybe she’ll be more into her later kids?

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At least Puzzle is spending time with her son.

“Who is a silly boy?”

“Hee it’s Mama!”

“What? No, I’m not a silly boy! I’m not even a boy!”

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On Hector’s afternoon agenda: perfecting his talking, after Puzzle had a quick shower.

“Death will come for us all, Hector. Can you say ‘death’?”

Oh good, another family tradition. (That’s inappropriate subject matter when teaching toddlers to talk, for those keeping score.)

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Callie had a Celebrity opportunity which involved drinking at one of Bridgeport’s fanciest bars, though she ran into some trouble with the bouncer.

“But you have to let me in! I need to get drunk!”

“No can do, Ms. Scatterday. Our bartender didn’t enjoy being peed on.”

“This is an outrage! I’ve never peed on anyone…well, not in public!”

“Aren’t you Frankie Scatterday?”

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After convincing the bouncer that she was a different Scatterday, Callie made her way over to the bar to drink and apologize for her sister’s actions. No wonder Callie’s been falsely accused of plumbbob-knows-what over the years.

“I’m so sorry about my sister doing that…thing to you!”

“Hmph, you Scatterdays are all the same, just drinking and ruining everything you touch!”

“Does that mean you’re cutting me off?”

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Puzzle seems to be very into Scatterday pregnancy traditions. She ticks another one off the checklist – getting a massage.

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Nat, meanwhile, enjoys a concert and being in the limelight.

“Ooooh! Natalie! Hold that pose for a second!”

“Aww yeah! Anything to get me to five stars, baby!”

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Nat was also inspired to learn some new music.

“Huh, turns out it’s really easy to play Bach on the guitar.”

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She does manage to squeeze in some quality time with her wife and new baby, though.

“Hello baby! You take it easy on your Mama! You’ve got the rest of your life to disappoint her!”

“Very funny, Nat.”

“I kid, I kid! How are you feeling, Puzz?”

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“I’ve been better. You know that at this stage everything feels like knives in your back, right?”

“Yeah, which is why I was trying to tell the baby to stop being so hard on you. You hear that, baby? Pop out easily and I’ll buy you hundreds of teddy bears! You hear me? Hundreds!”

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Hector actually got some attention from Callie!

“Huh, so you’re my grandson then? Wow! You are cute. I guess we won’t leave you to be raised by wolves then.”

No Callie, Hector’s here to stay. -_-

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Thankfully, Hector is pretty good at entertaining himself. He’s very fond of his peg set. The smug smile is because he just figured out that the round peg goes in the round hole.

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Hector’s love of his blocks is very convenient for his moms, who have important business to attend to, like earning celebrity points for gossiping on the phone.

“What do you mean a bouncer thought my mom was my aunt?! And what is all this nonsense about pee, Emmy?”

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Or important blog posts about to write.

“Hmm…’Diaper Cream and You: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby’s Sensitive Butt’…will my boss like it?”

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Apparently not. You banned her from the newsroom the second she popped, and now you’re complaining about missed deadlines?! COME ON!

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At least Puzzle can forget her stupid mommy blog for now and catch up on some good old-fashioned TV.

“So…uh…still having that baby, huh?”

“Of course! What’s with the very fake smile?”

“Oh…no reason…how many diapers am I going to have to change this time?”

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As much as Hector enjoys playing pegs solo, it’s always better to play with someone else.

“Alright, good job little dude! Now, put the triangle in this hole. See, this one right here?”

“Dat one!”

“No…no buddy, that’s a square…”

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Nat doesn’t seem to have the patience for spending all of her time with her kids. She managed to get away for a few hours to perform a gig at Heimrich’s old business factory, but she needed a bit more of a distraction than that.

“Oh sweet, the bar’s still open! Give me all the cocktails you have!”

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She’s a bit happier about her kids after she’s got some booze in her.

“I LOVE MY WIFE! I LOVE MY SON! I LOVE MY OTHER KID!”

Most of the household is still awake at 4 am, so her loud bass playing didn’t seem out of place. I also love this picture of Natalie – she’s so goofily pretty!

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While Nat sleeps it off, poor Puzzle is stuck with all of the dirty work, but she seems to be way too happy about it.

“Yay! Hector peed in the potty! Let’s do a happy potty dance!”

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After a largely uneventful day, Puzzle does the traditional Scatterday drive to the hospital while in labour, the last family pregnancy tradition she needed to do.

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Natalie soon followed, and Puzzle gave birth to a baby girl and potential heiress named Elaine!

Elaine’s traits are Loves the Outdoors and Virtuoso. She likes the colour Lilac, Grilled Salmon, and some music I can’t recall right now – I want to say Classical? I also can’t remember her Zodiac sign either (Virgo?). I really suck at this remembering-my-Sims-stats thing. I DO know that she is only the third girl in the family born without watermelon help – Nat was number two, and the first was Great-Great Aunt Hortense.

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Anyway, Puzzle and Natalie take little Elaine, and quickly get her settled.

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….and Elaine gets a little welcome home gift, which doesn’t make sense? Can the spawn of an Imaginary Friend have their own Imaginary Friend? What?

Anyway, before we go here are a few updates from around Bridgeport:

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Josie continues to be a pleasant human being who isn’t trapped in a toxic relationship. /sarcasm

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Mitchell seems to be doing well for himself. Another grandson for Callie and Heimrich! I love that his name is Jacob, and Mitchell is partnered with someone associated with vampires, if she’s not a vampire herself. (And she’s gotta be related to Josie’s guy – I thought Bridgeport was too big for incest!)

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Manfred seems to be in a relationship with Jett Atkins now. Jett seems to be permanently stuck in his emo phase.

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Deangelo seems to be growing up too! He shacked up and is engaged! I think this is the girl who photobombed Angelo’s death, which means I was wrong about her being Odine Perry’s spawn – she is Lilly-Bo Chique and Lenny Shutter’s spawn!

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YOU ARE STILL DEAD TO US

As a side note, I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Meg and velikosmijanje! Thank you both so much! 🙂 I’ll put together that post tomorrow night.

That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and happy Simming! 🙂

 

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4 thoughts on “The Scatterday Matriarchy 5.3: Just Drinking and Ruining Everything

  1. Woot, we have a potential heir! And a very cute name, I like Elaine already. I wonder if either of the kids inherited Puzzle’s IF status? I think you can check when they become children.

    Poor Heimy, having to take care of the grandchildren with the Hates Children trait. The Business career is really difficult in that last promotion, because they need the meetings to advance, but the performance bar doesn’t actually go up until the do the normal shift…which is only like twice a week. Good if you’re just after money, hard to top the career.

    • …did I seriously miss this comment? I AM SO SORRY, I’M A HUGE JERK. D:

      I just posted a new chapter, but I do mention the kids’ IF status at the end. I’m pretty sure Hector is an IF, but I’m not sure about Elaine. I don’t think she is, but I’ll have to double-check whenever I open my game.

      The Business career is much harder than I thought, mostly because of the job performance issue. Luckily Heimrich had already topped the career, but I kept him employed because he didn’t roll a wish to retire. I think he was down to going into the office only once a week, so it’s not a huge change. And don’t feel sorry for him when he takes care of the kids – I think he secretly likes it. 😉

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