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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Aspir Family: Week 5

Round 5 has begun - if you are interested in some stats about New Maximiliania and how it has developed since I started it in 2008, you can read that here

Once again, I'll play each household for one Sim-week, in the alphabetical order of their surnames. When a household has more than one surname, that household will be played every time one of its surnames appears on the list.

Sims on Permanent Platinum will generally not be controlled by me, unless it is to make sure they have enough food in the fridge to survive (if they are intelligent enough to get something to eat), and to greet other New Maximilianians passing by.

But now, without further ado, let's get started with the Aspirs.

For the Aspir family's previous week, click here. Under the label "Aspir" you will also find Pauline's college years.

The Aspir family home is still the same, as you can see.
Very early on Monday morning, a burglar appears on the lot. The car alarm does go off, but the police does not arrive until much later.
By that time, the burglar has picked his choice in the shape of the decorative fan on the dining room wall and escaped.
At the moment, only two Sims live here: Elizabeth Aspir, 61 years old, CEO of a profitable company and dreaming of earning 100.000 Simoleons...
...and her husband Victor, who became Education Minister at 57 and has been on Perma Plat ever since. He is now 60.
To help her reaching her LTW, I allow Elizabeth to summon the genie from the magic lamp and wish for wealth, which is duly granted. She now wants to earn 75.000 Simoleons.
As soon as it is feasible on that Monday morning, Elizabeth calls her daughter Pauline, who has just graduated Cum Laude in Drama, and asks her to come back home.
Pauline wants to become Hall of Famer, but does not find a job in the Athletic career that day.
She decides to use her first day back home to settle in and get into the Christmas spirit, and prepares a delicious dinner of pork chops for the family.
She helps her parents to decorate the house in theme with the season, and spends a cosy evening with them in front of the fireplace.
Her first night back in her old bed!
On Tuesday morning, Elizabeth starts to study fire safety, with Victor joining her on the settee.
Pauline finds a job as All Star, but won't start work until Thursday. She wants to win a cooking contest, and so I have her take the car to Sue's Secret Kitchen, where she meets a food judge with a rather silly hairdo.
Never mind the silly hairdo - Pauline's pork chops are great, but the head chef's holiday roast makes sure nobody else stands a chance.
Not at all happy with that result, Pauline decides to take another shot at winning a food contest, and travels to Copur's Cook Off (or something like that, I always forget the proper name of that community lot) where she hopes for a better chance. The Pleasant Robot is there, as well as John Burb, Sharla Ottomas, a townie and Aldric Davis.
Once again, Pauline goes for pork chops. She realizes that, once again, she won't win when she sees that Sharla has prepared stuffed rainbow trout. John Burb can't believe he has entered the same baked alaska as Aldric Davis!
A rather sour-faced Mrs. Crumplebottom should have stayed for the tasting; that would have put her in a better mood, I am sure!
For now, Pauline gives up on the idea of winning a cooking contest, and rather throws a homecoming party, inviting eight of her friends.
One of them is, of course, Marcus Baldwin, whom she fell in love with at college.
Wednesday morning, while it is still dark, Elizabeth once again wishes for wealth, and the genie grants her wish. She has now crossed the 75.000-Simoleons-threshold.
Later that same day, after she comes home from work, a message appears, informing me that clever investing has added 6.825 Simoleons to the household - sending Elizabeth on Permanent Platinum at the age of 63! If I am not very much mistaken, she is the first Sim ever in my game to reach that LTW.
On Thursday, Pauline goes to work for the first time.
Returning home with her is Benjamin Baldwin,who turns out to be one of her new colleagues. This is the first time Pauline meets him.
Marcus is invited over once again, too, and is glad to see his sweetheart and his Dad get along well.
Things really are looking good for those two, even though they are "only" on two bolts.
On Friday, Pauline maximizes her body skill. She was promoted to MVP yesterday, by the way.
Now that winter is over, Victor changes his everyday wear to one of the custom outfits his wife made for him.
Speaking of said wife, Elizabeth takes the wrong decision with a chance card on that day, and is demoted to President of the company (this sounds better than CEO, but for some reason, it is not).
Pauline, who always uses the car her Dad and her late Granddad lovingly restored all those years ago, comes home with a promotion to Superstar.
That same night - or, rather, early on Saturday morning - the Aspirs get their second visit of the week from the burglar.
This time, though, the police is quicker to arrive, and Elizabeth (who, funnily enough, is greeted by the burglar as if he was happy to see her!) applauds the officer for doing his duty.
She now wears one of her custom-made outfits, too.
And Pauline is promoted to Assistant Coach! To celebrate, she changes into the pretty dress her Mum made for her, and puts on matching lipstick and eyeshadow.
She invites her sweetheart, Marcus Baldwin, over.
On Sunday, not much happens at the Aspirs'. In the evening, Pauline throws yet another party (her third of the week - she has Pleasure as secondary aspiration...), and Elizabeth surprises me by serving Grandma's Comfort Soup for the guests on her own accord (remember: I do not control her anymore, since she is now on Perma Plat like her husband).
Something I have observed time and time again: Sims who I do not control usually go and empty the trash compactor without me telling them to, even though there are usually more pressing jobs to do. Victor is no exception :-)
A last glance into the Aspirs' living room that Sunday evening shows Pauline diligently studying for her next promotion and Elizabeth giving financial consulting. Victor has gone to bed.

Next to be played are the Baldwins - this could mean we'll get to see Pauline again :-)
Elizabeth and Victor are not yet 70, and I think they still have some time ahead. For Pauline, the next (and last) promotion is certainly within reach.


  1. What an action packed week. The burglar coming twice! He had that place scoped out I think.
    Nice to see Pauline home with her parents. Shame about the cooking contest but the Head Chef does often win (too much!). lol. Good idea to use the Genie for funds, it's an effective way to get that particular LTW- good on Elizabeth. I really like the custom outfits- Victor looks very smart.
    I never played Marcus after he graduated college in my game so I shall look forward to seeing how he does in yours!

    1. The family are very rich now, so it is maybe no surprise that the burglar appeared twice in one week :-)
      I started on the Baldwins (and Marcus) yesterday but have not gone very far yet.

  2. Liebe Meks,

    auf dem Schreibtisch steht ein Bild von Luis. Wie bekomme ich diese Bilder? Ist es über 'Ein Foto von mir machen'? Da ich ja noch ganz frisch in meiner Megahood bin, würde ich das natürlich auch gern nutzen.

    Danke schonmal für deine Antwort.

    Liebe Grüße, Bee :)

    1. Genau, und dann muss ein Sim die Bilder am Computer bestellen. Sie werden geliefert und können dann im Haus aufgestellt oder an die Wand gehängt werden. Ich mache das gerne, finde es nur schade, dass es keine verschiedenen Größen, Formen und Rahmen zur Auswahl gibt.

    2. Danke, die Bestellung ist also der Trick! Ich habe sofort im Inventar geschaut, da war natürlich nichts.

      Natürlich wäre es schön, noch andere Größen usw. zu haben, jedoch empfinde ich es schon als Vorteil, wenn ich nicht jeden sofort wegen der Bilder an die Staffelei treiben muss. Und nur die Fotokabine muss es auch nicht sein...

      Hab lieben Dank, viele Grüße :)

    3. Bitte, gerne! Der Lieferwagen, der sonst die Lebensmittelbestellungen oder vom Sim selbst gesdhriebene Bücher bringt, kommt dann mit dem Päckchen.

    4. Liebe Meks,

      es hat geklappt!!! Erst habe ich ein Album bestellt, silly me :D, dann habe ich das erst mit den Abzügen gesehen. Ich freue mich sehr und werde das auf jeden Fall in jedem Haushalt, wenn möglich nutzen.

      Nochmal vielen dank, du hast mir sehr geholfen.

      Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht dir

      Bee :)

    5. Bitte, gerne - wenn's weiter nichts ist... :-)
      Das mit den Alben finde ich schade. Als ich einen Sim zum ersten Mal eins bestellen ließ, habe ich echt ein blätterbares Album mit den Bildern aus dem Spiel erwartet.
      Dir auch ein schönes Wochenende!
      Gruß Meks.

  3. I must have dreamt that, but I thought Pauline died in a fire in Uni! Congratulations on her for not doing that though! :)

    1. She definitely did not die in a fire at uni, jungfrun - but several other students did in my game, so it is easy to get confused :-)


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