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Monday, 27 July 2015

The Greenman Family: Lavender and Geoff, Week 3

If you are interested in week 2, click here.

This house became part of the Lots & Houses catalogue with Riverblossom Hills, I think. In my game, it is the home of...
Lavender Greenman...
...and her husband Geoff, formerly Rutherford. Geoff is 62 and on Permanent Platinum ever since he became a Rock God nine days from Elderhood. He still works at his job, as he has never showed the wish to retire (no Sim in my game ever has, strangely enough!). Lavender is a Romance Sim who actually wants to have 20 lovers, so it was not her natural inclination to marry Geoff. But her mother, Rose Greenman, dreams of marrying off six children, and so Lavender did the right thing and tied the knot with her 3-bolt-man.
Monday starts with Geoff cleaning the toilet on his own initiative. Most of the time, I do not control him, unless it is about greeting a New Maximilianian walking by and Lavender isn't free to do it.
Here, she greets Erik Swain.
In the afternoon, friends and family of Lavender's gather in front of hte house.
After everyone has said hello to everyone else, the party moves into the large dining room. Lavender takes her position in front of the birthday cake...
...and sits down with a piece of that cake as an elderly lady moments later. Next to her is Glenda Greenman, her niece. The two may be wearing similar styles, but they hardly know each other, something Lavender would like to change.
The day ends with the happy couple retreating to their bedroom.
On Tuesday morning, they are both in the bathroom at the same time.
While they get ready for the day, a magic lamp is left at their door step.
Geoff is making breakfast, his wife keeping him company and doing the crossword.
When Cornwall Capp walks by, I send Geoff out to greet him.
Later, Geoff goes to work and Lavender visits Amelia's closet. The outfit she has age-transitioned into is not only too warm for summer, but also does not fit her preferred colour scheme.
She heads straight for the clothes rack with the purple, lavender and lilac colours.
As soon as she arrives back home, she changes into one of her new dresses (it is still spring), thinking of Geoff and how he'll hopefully like it.
Lilo Landgraab stops for a chat.
It is the only time this week that anyone uses the fitness equipment in the spare room.
By Wednesday, I have decided to let Lavender ask the genie from the magic lamp for Peace of Mind, which equals Permanent Platinum. But as it is not really PP, I'll still control her.
Now they are both in matching outfits, as it is summer. I like dressing my couples like this - it is something my sweetheart and I do in real life, too, although not to the same extent as my Sims :-)
Edwin Sharpe is the Greenmans' guest for today.
The tap on the bathtub breaks on Thursday morning, much to Geoff's dismay.
Lavender has repaired it, and Geoff takes it upon himself to mop up the puddles.
A summery lunch today consists of chef salad, lovingly prepared by Geoff without me asking him to.
It is Friday, and Goeff is once again seen cleaning.
Lavender has not been idle, either; I asked her to do the gardening. Geoff even takes out the old newspaper for recycling. These two like their surroundings clean and tidy.
Saturday is similar; Geoff is the one to clean up after breakfast on his own initiative.
Lavender, who has a Gold Badge for fishing, has caught a Golden Trout. Normally, the fish caught from their own pond is used for meals, but this one now adorns the dining room.
Whenever she feels like it, Lavender asks family over. Here she is looking fondly at her mother, Rose, enjoying a spot of fishing next to her husband Jason (not Lavender's biological father, as she was originally one of Rose's plant babies).
Sunday begins with a little dance in the bathroom...
...and ends with another family day. Can you work out who everyone is?

It was not too boring playing this couple, as there were nearly always visitors on the lot, and I like to observe interactions. Also, it was interesting to see what Geoff got up to. He is one of those Sims who seem to be able to take care of themselves pretty well. Also, it was rather sweet to see the three-bolt-couple seeking each other's company all the time.

Next is Rose and Jason Greenman's household.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Greenman Family (Gary and Jessica): Week 7

Click here for the previous week with this family.

We are now starting with the first of several Greenman households. This is the home I originally gave Jessica and Matthew Picaso when I first started New Maximiliania in 2008. Maybe you remember that Matthew left Jessica for his three-bolt-love Alexandra O'Mackey. Jessica eventually married again, this time Gary Greenman, one of Rose Greenman's plantchildren.
Who lives here at the moment?
Gary is here, of course. His lifetime want is to marry off six children, and he was doing well: When he married Jessica, her children counted as his, even though their biological father was Matthew. The only child he and Jessica have together is Glenda, child number six.
...some years ago, two of Jessica's four sons died in a fire at their dorm at university. This tragic accident meant not only a lot of grief for the young mens' family and friends, it also means that Gary is two kids short of his LTW. He is now 7 days from Elderhood - not much time to get either pregnant with twins by Alien abduction or turn into a Plantsim again and plant two kids.
What to do?
I decide to use both strategies and use more than half of the household funds to buy a telescope, and also have a garden plot set up, hoping Gary will turn into a Plantsim again the first time he gets to spray the plants.
Jessica is here, too. She is now 65. Her original LTW was the same as Gary's - to marry off six children - but inexplicably changed to becoming Chief of Staff, which is of course too late in her life now.
Last but not least, there are Glenda and the family dog, Jack.
Glenda wants to have 20 best friends and already has 11 by the start of this week.
On Monday, Glenda makes her Best Friend # 12 in Titania Summerdream.
Tuesday early morning, Gary is still stargazing with no Aliens in sight.
Money is tight in this family with nobody ever having had a job, and so Jessica repairs the broken sink herself instead of calling the service.
On Wednesday morning, Jessica talks to her daughter before Glenda has to go to school. She is very close with all her children, and being the last one home Glenda maybe has a special place in her heart.
Later, she invites her son Prezioso over (he lives just next door). Mother and son share a love for music and dancing and make quite a good couple on the dance floor, don't they!
It is Thursday, and another Repair Day for Jessica: First the trash compactor breaks down...
...and then the computer.
Both Jessica and Glenda want to throw a party, and so friends and family are invited over. Here are Lavender (Gary's sister, also one of Rose Greenman's plantchildren turned human) and her husband Geoff (formerly Rutherford).
Glenda gets along very well with her Plantsim uncles.
Angela Pleasant, one of Jessica's oldest friends, is invited as well. Jessica wishes her friend would be a little less uptight and join the Hula, while Angela wonders whether it is really appropriate for an elderly lady to move her hips like that.
Something very, very rare in my game happens that night: The party is broken up by the police!! OK, the stereo WAS blasting away for hours, and there really WERE many Sims on the lot, but the next door neighbour (Prezioso Picaso) was part of the party anyway and certainly did not complain to the authorities!
Friday morning sees Gary playing with Jack. The dog has not been featuring much yet in this chapter, but rest assured that the family and whoever comes visiting are looking after him very well.
On Saturday, it snows for the first time this winter.
Glenda is very embarrassed when she witnesses her parents' frequent displays of affection.
No school and no homework today! Instead, Glenda is allowed to invite some of her friends. B'Elanna Beaker, Perseida Powers, Meike and Stephen Riley as well as Giselle Goth are there.
Giselle has very recently lost her entire family in a fire. Glenda feels very sorry for her and hopes that coming over and spending time with others her age - some of which are half-siblings by the same Alien father - will help.
That night, Nigel Newson becomes Glenda's 13th best friend.
Sunday is Family Day for many of my fellow Sims2 bloggers, and this Sunday is definitely a family day for the Greenmans.
A platter of Christmas cookies was in Gary's inventory at the beginning of the week, and now is the time to serve it.
The cookies won't be the only food on offer, though - there will also be Gary's birthday cake! Everyone gathers round...
...looking at Gary...
...and watches him transform into an Elder.

Will Glenda go to college? She does not need it for her lifetime want, but it would make it easier because of the friends she could make there.
How long is Jessica going to stay around? She's 72 now.
What is Gary going to do about his lifetime want - CAN he actually do anything?