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Sunday, 31 March 2013

The Nigmos-Pitts-Household: Week 5

(Klick here for Week 4, if you have not read it yet or can't remember.)

This week at the Nigmos-Pitts house is the continuation of my cowplant experiment. There is hardly anything else for me to do here, since all three inhabitants are on Permanent Platinum, and as is my habit, I leave them to their own devices except for greeting all New Maximilianians who walk by, pay the bills and make sure the fridge is well stocked.

Ophelia has now spun up the wish to get married - not to any particular Sim, but since Police Officer Dorian Kauker is her 3-bolt-man, I think I'll skip my own rule of not playing NPCs in this neighbourhood and let the two become Mr. and Mrs. Nigmos :-)

Ashley Pitts can stand in front of a smelly toilet and NOT see the dirt, he is too fascinated with his toy!

Stella Pitts, née Terrano, is the most sensible of the three housemates. She takes care of breakfast on this Monday morning.

Here's the photo Ophelia and Dorian had taken on that memorable date at the Crypt-O-Night club.

The cowplant, looking as innocuous as ever.

Today, Mary Gavigan is greeted by Ashley.

Inside, Ophelia has just rang up the Exterminator. All this rubbish in the kitchen! How did it happen? I think Ashley was about to empty the trash when his car pool arrived, and he dropped it all on the floor instead of taking it out to the trash can, where he was headed anyway to get into the car to work! Of course, leaving rubbish rotting on the floor attracts bugs, and that is why Ophelia has to call the Exterminator.

Mary Gavigan makes the cowplant's acquaintance... but nothing happens.

Ophelia turns into an Elder. That outfit will have to go, of course.

In the end, it is Padma Patel who clears up the rubbish; she happened to walk by and was invited in by Ashley. I find that awfully nice of her, what a well-bred girl!

On Tuesday morning, Ophelia invites Dorian over - with a clear mission in mind :-) He brings along his friend Cassandra Roseland (née Goth).

But then... the unthinkable happens: After ALL those Sims who were left unharmed by the cowplant, Dorian gets swallowed the moment he approaches!!! I really can't believe it - and just when I was about to have him get engaged to Ophelia :-(

Poor Ophelia! There goes the dream of her old age.

I wonder why she and Stella sit as far apart as possible on Wednesday morning. They aren't upset with each other or anything like that.

Cassandra walks by again, and Ophelia is quick to greet her.

She and Puck Summerdream keep "trying" the cowplant - but it does not eat anyone today.

Stella does some gardening. I told you, she is the most sensible of the three!

Victor Aspir is hiding behind the door in Stella and Ashley's bedroom :-D

Thursday goes by totally uneventful. There are several neighbours on the lot, each of them trying to grab the cowplant's "cake", but nobody gets eaten. On Friday morning, I find Stella cleaning the kitchen. If it wasn't for her, this place would be a dump!

Sally Riley is greeted by Ashley - who discovers he has 3 bolts for the attractive lady! He does not stop talking to her until their relationship is at 100, in spite of him being desperate for the toilet and something to eat.

On Saturday moning before daybreak, Ophelia makes her Bronze Gardening Badge.
Stella cleans up more rubbish that kept attracting bugs.

I am suspicious of this cowplant; does it maybe only eat townies who do not live in New Max? Dorian was a townie, and now I make a test by having Ophelia greet the first townie who happens to walk by. It is Aaron Mazza... or should I say, WAS Aaron Mazza, because indeed the cowplant swallows him in one go!! This confirms my suspicion of the cowplant only wanting to eat townies. Can anyone else tell me if that is normal?

On Sunday, Isiaiah Gavigan is next to test the cowplant - and is unharmed, in spite of trying at least 20 times!

Poor Ophelia... I do feel sorry for her, you know.

It is such a beautiful day that she can't mooch around the house forever, but decides to fly one of the kites instead.

And Ashley? Well, it wouldn't be a complete week if Ashley wasn't preparing his beloved holiday roast!

This was a week completely played on fast forward, which is why I realized too late what happened with Dorian. I wonder whether a Sim can intervene?

Casteroff Dorms: The Sophomore Year

We're back at the Casteroff Dormitory, where the number of students has - contrary to my original plan - not changed: there are still four from New Maximiliania and four NPCs. Who are the four from New Max?
Two sets of twins, loosely related: Placido and Pierre Picaso (their mother is Jessica Greenman, née Picaso, and their father was Matthew Picaso, recently deceased) and Gerlinde and Greta Greenman, children of Rose and Jason Greenman. Their older brother is Gary Greenman, Jessica's 2nd husband. The four grew up like cousins, but they are not blood-related. Now they study together, and are about to start their Sophomore Year.
Placido and Pierre's youngest sister (half-sister, strictly speaking, they do not have the same father) Glenda rings to hear how her big brothers are doing.
Pierre has a tendendy to neglect his personal hygiene... and then, in spite of there being two showers and a bathtub in the boys' bathroom, merely has a sponge bath at the sink. [As usual, I do not interefere with the playable students as soon as they all have their necessary skills to further advance in their studies and everybody has written their term papers.
Oh! He has found the bathtub, after all :-)
Gerlinde and Placido have become an item already during their Freshman Year, even though they have not a single bolt of chemistry between them. 
Placido seems to be the only one who takes it upon himself to do some chores, such as emptying the trash in the kitchen.
Will the eternal rivalry between campus mascots ever stop? 
Pierre and Greta have got something going between them, too :-)
And as soon as Pierre puts a hat on (in line with the Christmas season that has begun at the start of the term), they are a 3-bolt-couple! If these two stay together (which is very likely), their family will be the busiest household ever: Greta wants to raise 20 puppies or kittens, while Pierre dreams of marrying off six children - the same LTW as his mother's.
The sisters get along very well and often play "punch you, punch me" on their own accord. 
Also, the loving couples are often seen at romantic interactions. 
The semester ends with everyone having managed to get their name on the Dean's list - and yes, Pierre is as smelly as the others make it appear!
Greta has been "persuaded" by the campus coach to work out in her room.
Almost everyone needs one or two skill points to complete their Sophomore year.
Pierre needs a creativity point, and although it is not autumn, he acquires that point amazingly fast.
Placido was the last to finish his term paper this semester. He has gone for a custom hair style because it is one of Gerlinde's turn-ons - but it doesn't do anything to raise the chemistry between the two of them.
The settee close to the fire place in the upstairs common room is a favourite place for students this winter.
Again, it is Placido who does some badly needed cleaning on his own accord.
Pierre (short-haired now when he takes his hat off) decides burnt omelettes are not for him and prepares grilled cheese instead. The dorm cook does not look too happy about it!
Towards the end of the semester, spring arrives, and our four students all head to the campus boutiques to spruce up their wardrobes. Strangely enough, none of the other students from New Max appear on the community lot while they are there, only several NPC students.
The Sophomore Year ends for our small group with a cafeteria fire caused by the clumsy dorm cook. Good job there are sprinklers everywhere! So far, neither Placido nor Pierre had shown any wish towards declaring a specific major, unlike the girls, who settled on their majors early on in their first year. Therefore, they are now both assigned to the Philosophy Major. 

How are the four of them going to fare during their Junior Year? Will they finally merge with the other group of students currently on campus from New Max, or will newcomers fill the other four rooms at the dorm?