Thursday, October 26, 2006

Back Again?

Well hopefully I will be back again soon. I've missed blogging. I've missed reading other folks blogs. I've missed the simming community. 2006 hasn't been kind to me but I will continue to strive forward. What are my other options?

Well there was the good new. Now time for the bad. I've had some computer problems lately. I managed to get them sorted out rather easily. Then my TS2 problems started. I don't see how the problems could be related but maybe they are. All I know is that things started not working right. Eden Falls got really REALLY slow. Loading was taking forever. I just decided that it must be because I have an army of sims living there. When I finally couldn't take the hassle of Eden Falls any more I headed over to some other neighborhoods (like I had 14) and started playing in them. Unfortunately things kept working wrong. It's the kind of thing that would make you think you had picked up a bad hack or download. Only one problem. I haven't downloaded anything into my game since....maybe February. So why would everything suddenly start running amuck? End result I backed everything up and uninstalled and reinstalled the game. Unlike some of you who have bought expansion packs lately (I still only have Uni and Nightlife) this is the first time I have done this in a while. So I've tested things out and even with my download folder back in place things are working wonderful. That said I haven't put back in any of my old neighborhoods. No, not even Eden Falls. I'm just not in the mood to deal with them right now. Though I love my Averys, Eden Falls is in serious need of a mass murder to cull the excess idiot sims. But I digress. Anywho, there will be no Avery updates right now. I don't want to say that they are gone forever but.... they are gone for now. Until I'm feeling up to the challenge of getting that neighborhood in order I'm not even going to install the neighborhood. Part of me is scared the neighborhood will still be having problems even with the clean install. Part of me hopes it will so I have an excuse to abandon the poor souls. Part of me feels really guilty about even thinking of abandoning the Averys. Why is it we feel guilty about pixel people?

So I haven't been surfing the web much this year. To say I've wasted money paying my DSL bill the last six months would be a gross understatement. Hell, I barely even looked at my email account for months. (BTW if Amy happens across this, you sent me an invite to a new legacy yahoo group and I've lost it somewhere. If you wouldn't mind could you send it again? Thanks. So I haven't been visiting the yahoo groups until the last week or so. I haven't been reading blogs. I am in the process of catching up though. I can't believe that old man Baxter got sent to prison. I was shocked. And some of you have started new legacies while I was gone. Very interesting. Evil mailboxes forcing a family to breed for it's own sick pleasure. Hilarious. Anyway....where was I....oh yeah, nope lost my train of thought. Anyway, I have been clearing out my favorites. Updating links. I am suppose to be working right now but don't tell ok.

Oh, now I remember. I stumbled across the new legacy rules that were put out in September. I have to say I kind of like um. Yep, it's like a vanilla legacy. Just choose your own toppings and have fun eating it up. What intrigued me the most was the apocalypse part. Lots of restrictions that your little family has to unlock as the legacy grows. So...I did create a neighborhood. I call it Hope. It's a desert neighborhood with a downtown called Metro and a university called E.U. (really La Fiesta Tech). I started a new legacy there. This will be what I hope to start blogging soon. Maybe even tonight. My family is the Wilder family. Taz Wilder is the founder. I have the first chapter written. Those would be the college years. Then I have enough for a second chapter but it's not written yet or not completely written yet. I want to get this done tonight if possible. I won't be around this weekend. My baby sister turns 30. I'm heading over for moral support. We are doing her traditional birthday celebration. Scary movie and chinese. She was born two days before Halloween so the scary move is required apparently. Whatever she wants is fine with me. I personally hate scary moves but I watch at least one a year cause I love my sis. (Hey Tracy. Love ya.) Man I can get off a topic quick can't I? It's the being out of action for so long I reckon. Oh, my Wilder legacy....well I have hit a few snags. Unexpected things have come up and I'm trying to work around them without violating the rule. Think I have it all figured out. My only problem now is that reading other peoples blogs always makes me want to do to many things at once. I long to restart my vampire legacy. I'm thinking I might do that in Hope after a few generations have passed. Seems to me that all the families in Hope should be forced to live under whatever restrictions the legacy family still has. So maybe in a generation or two I'll pull Zarina Zamora out and dust her off. Unfortunately my old Strangetown with Zarina in it got destroyed. My backup turned out to be no good. Should have checked them all BEFORE I uninstalled the game not after. Oh well. Also considering restarting the ugly maid legacy. No multiple lines. No zillion of kids. But I miss Cleveland and want to play him again. *sigh* Now that I'm feeling better I want to do it all and see it all and I just don't have the time. Anyone know a good vamp who might be willing to bring me over to the dark side?

So, like I should really get back to actually working huh? That is what they are paying me for after all. Check back soon and hopefully I will have the Wilder Legacy up and running. Until then....happy simming. *HUGS*

Aquatami (aka just Tammy)

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Avery Legacy - Chapter 138 - Welcome Generation Four

Connor eventually gave birth to his alien son. Welcome to the family little Deimos Avery.

The moment Connor was back on his feet, Vicki rushed him to the alter.

It was a lovely Avery wedding with lots of family and friends (and a few really creepy chairs).

The wedding party was a huge success. Unfortunately that didn't stop Connor from heading to work later that night. Poor Vicki spent her wedding night all alone.

Soon Aric started showing his age. He has officially turned the family reins over to Connor. Now he's just going to sit back and enjoy what's left of his life.

His daughter Callisto became a teen. She longs to be filthy rich and earn at least 100k before all is said and done.

Deimos Avery grew quickly into a toddler. He is a pisces with 6 neat, 0 outgoing, 10 active, 0 playful & 9 nice.

Samuel began making the rounds. Even death won't keep this bad boy out of trouble.

At long last, generation four has officially arrived. Welcome to the family Duke Avery.

Vicki handled Duke's birth like a champion. The ghost, however, were more than she could take. After three consecutive ghost attacks, Vicki completely lost it. (Becoming our first simmy to need the help of a shrink)

Nope. No. Definitely not. You just don't have what it takes to be an Avery. No. I don't see you lasting that long in this family. I'm sure you'll make a lovely ghost though.

After a lot of hard work, Callisto Avery heads off to college with 9500 in scholarships. This clears the way for Cosmic to move back home (should he ever actually graduate).

Last but not least, Duke becomes a toddler. He's going to look like his daddy but he isn't an elf. Such a shame. Duke is a pisces with 4 neat, 2 outgoing, 6 active, 4 playful & 9 nice. Connor has been a busy man of late. He is teaching his boys their skills and nursing his wife back to health. All that nursing will soon lead to the pitter patter of more little Avery feet.

Highlights at the birth of generation 4: Networth of $1,880,178, 10 impossible wants, 7 different colored ghosts, 5 alien births (can you name them all?) and a whole lot of fun.

Next up.... Cosmic graduates? Chris & his burglar start a family? Chesna chooses a mate? Well you'll just have to wait and see won't ya.

Avery Legacy - Chapter 137 - Connor Returns

FINALLY - Back at the Legacy Lot: Aric Avery (popularity), his twin sons Jaric (fortune) & Daric (romance), his alien daughter Callisto and the thorn in Aric's side Samual LeTourneau (romance) are joined by our generation three heir (from line one) Connor Avery who has just graduated from college.

Aric is left with the task of showing Connor the ropes since his father Ben's unfortunate death. Although Aric knows they must stargaze nightly, he really isn't looking forward to it. What if the aliens come back for me. I've already given birth once and I maintain my friendships with 30 people. What more can you ask of me?

Well nothing on this night. Tonight the aliens want more hot elf and Connor is the only hot elf around.

Connor returns basically unharmed. He's been home from college two days. He has a wedding (to a woman he probably shouldn't be marrying) just around the corner. He can't believe this has happened to him now.

I mean he promised his dad he would produce a generation four heir. He never meant that he would actually have the baby himself.

Connor calls up Vicki and tries to explain that the wedding must be put on hold for a while. Vicki, fearing that a little while could become forever, volunteers to move in and help take care of Connor and his alien offspring while planning the wedding herself. Needing all the support he can get, Connor agrees.

Aaron and Ben stop by from time to time to check on their legacy.

They also take the time to get to know their descendants. Aaron scares poor Daric.

And still finds time to greet his grandson Connor.

Who is later scared by his own mother. It's hard being pregnant on the legacy lot. The ghosts won't let you sleep or make it to the bathroom on time.

Vicki is finalizing the wedding plans. She has to. She finds herself pregnant with Connor's baby and she is damn sure going to make sure her child is born with the Avery name. Connor spends his last trimester painting a portrait of his wife-to-be.

Aric is noticeably absent lately. He's been working on a little project of his own. Everyone else has been to busy to notice. Aric is glad about that. You see it's finally time to get rid of that cheating Samuel LeTourneau. Every time he turns around, Aric learns of another of the man's ex-lovers. He has to go. Before Aric officially turns over the family reins to Connor, he must first rid the family of this no good parasite.

It's not good to be a lover of many when someone finally catches on. Samuel has known Aric was going to be a problem. He had hoped to win over Connor thus securing his place in the Avery household. He's got it good living at Avery Manor and he knows it. Unfortunately Connor is slightly preoccupied lately. Samuel would tried to sway the future Mrs. Connor Avery but Aric has been keeping to close an eye on him. Maybe he should have seen this coming but he didn't. He knew Aric hated him - they are enemies after all - but he never thought the man would shove him in a room and then lock the door. Oh and not just any room. A room full of trash. The smell was overwhelming. Samuel could hardly breathe.

But piles of trash and a near fatal aroma weren't Aric's plan at all. No his plan involved a rare species of fly known to eat flesh. Aric had gotten the environment just right before he placed the larva into the room. He waited exactly the right amount of time for the flies to reach maturity. They were good and hungry when Samuel was locked in with them. Since Samuel couldn't get back out the way he was pushed in, he tried to go through the maze of trash and see if there might be some other way out.

Unfortunately he could not find another exit. He searched the walls for most of the day with little hope of actually escaping. He assumed Aric meant to come back an finish him later....until the flies attacked. Samuel couldn't believe it when they began eating his flesh.

With his last breath Samuel LeTourneau cried out for help and forgiveness. He received neither.

The flies did exactly what Aric knew they would. They left little trace of the man who once was the lover of so many men and women in Eden Falls.

Knowing the life expectancy of the killer flies, Aric waited the appropriate amount of time before entering the hall of death. He gathered up Samuel's ashes and cleaned up the mess. He tore down the room that was Samuel's final resting place. He used his money and connections to cover up the truth of Samuel's death. As far as the world is concerned, Samuel died in a military training exercise. It was a terrible tragedy. Aric had few regrets about what he did. He did regret that Amelia Avery would grow up without knowing her father. Then again Samuel wouldn't have been much of a father so she was probably better off. Samuel now rests in the family crypt where Aric assumes he won't cause any further trouble.

By this point, both of the twins have moved off to college with 9500 in scholarships each. Jaric (left) plans on getting a good education and then hopefully moving back into Avery Manor. Daric (right) will probably get counseling and some point to help cure himself of his romantic ways. He may or may not return as well if alien bait is needed.

Avery Legacy - Chapter 136 - Aiden's Family

Aiden Avery's House: Aiden (popularity), wife Meredith (popularity), son Nathan (from his first marriage - Fortune), daughter Michele (popularity), daughter Myra & alien daughter Maia.

Across town at Aiden Avery's house his alien daughter Maia is becoming a toddler.

Maia Avery - G3 from alien abduction - green skin, brown hair, black eyes, Libra, 4 neat, 10 outgoing, 2 active, 9 playful & 10 nice.

That same night his wife Meredith helps their daughter Myra become a toddler.

Myra Avery - G3, S4, brown hair, brown eyes, Aries, 7 neat, 9 outgoing, 6 active, 7 playful & 3 nice.

Meredith is elected Mayor of Eden Falls. Yes she's gotten older lately but she refuses to sit around and knit like some old grandmother (even though she is).

Aiden & Meredith's youngest daughter Myra soon becomes a child.

So does Aiden's alien daughter Maia.

Oh for crying out loud dad. Start acting your age.

That's better. Aiden is now an elder. Yes generation two are almost all old folks now.

As for Nathan & Michele, they could have both headed to college but have thus far elected not to. They may just stick around and help the old folks take care of the younger kids.

Avery Legacy - Chapter 135 - Blake's Growing Family

From the Blake Avery's House: Blake Avery (family), wife Stacy (knowledge), son Clay (Popularity), daughter-in-law Ayla (popularity), son Cole (romance), son Colin & son Camden.

Blake spends his golden years taking care of his youngest son Camden.
With five grandkids, Blake find himself just one grandchild away from fulfilling his lifetime dream. Clay and his wife Ayla are obviously in love. Why won't they get on with it already?

Well Blake doesn't manage to talk Clay and Ayla into having his sixth grandchild. Instead he accidentally gets his second wife Stacy pregnant with his ninth child. Whoops.

Camden Avery is now a toddler.

Camden Avery - G3 - S2, red hair, grey eyes, Sagittarius, 6 neat, 3 outgoing, 10 active, 7 playful & 1 nice.

Stacy and Colin wave farewell to Cole as he heads off to college. Everyone was pretty shocked that Colin had filed for early admittance without telling a soul. Of course the truth is Colin was just trying to get a little space from is dad. Blake has learned of his sons romantic ways and has tried his hardest to talk some sense into the boy. Now he can only hope he grows up before he gets himself into a load of trouble.

Have you ever seen carpooling quite like this?

Clay and Ayla finally decide that maybe they are ready to have a baby of their own. They get right to work and before you know it there is another little Avery on the way.

Stacy gives birth to Blake's ninth child. This time the couple has a little blond girl. They name their daughter Caera.

In the excitement of Caera's birth, no one notices that Camden has grown into a handsome child.

Or that Colin has become a teen. Blake has no worries with this one because Colin is a family man just like his dad. All he wants is to find a good woman, marry her and someday celebrate their golden anniversary.

Not long after the Ayla gives Clay a son, little Caera becomes a toddler.

Caera Avery - generation 3 - S2, blond, grey eyes - Virgo - 10 neat, 3 outgoing, 10 active, 2 playful & 9 nice.

Proud dad Clay is soon taking care of a toddler of his own. This is his son Darius whom you can see looks a lot like his mother Ayla.

Darius Avery - generation 4 - S3, red hair, green eyes - Virgo - 10 neat, 7 outgoing, 5 active, 0 playful & 5 nice.

Although Blake wants a tenth child, Stacy is just to old to give birth and refuses to discuss adoption. Although he hasn't given up on the idea of more kids, he is now trying to get his children to give him another 14 grandkids. Although he may have that many grandkids someday, I doubt the old man will be around to see it.

Avery Legacy - Chapter 134 - The Day Family

At the Day house: Colin Day (romance), Brooke Avery Day (fortune), Zara Day (popularity - 20 best friends), twins Rainy & Sunny, and twins Windy & Stormy.

When last we left Colin, he had just returned from being abducted by aliens. It was a very traumatic experience. Then of course Brooke found out he'd had an affair with her aunt. Then she had an affair with Samuel to get back at him. Traumatic times in the Day household. But the adults put it all behind them as best they can. They have to. There are two many children in the house to do otherwise.

Luckily the first set of twins has just become children. This is Sunny Day.

Here is her twin sister Rainy Day.

It's a good thing the older twins are more self sufficient because the younger set of twins needs lots of attention right now.

Windy Day - G3 - S2, black hair, brown eyes, elf ears, Libra, 1 neat, 9 outgoing, 3 active, 6 playful & 7 nice

Stormy Day - G3 - S2, black hair, brown eyes, elf ears, Libra, 1 neat, 8 outgoing, 3 active, 6 playful & 7 nice

Having a little one growing inside of him has set Colin's maternal instincts in high gear. He's turned into one heck of a dad. No skirt chasing for this former Romeo.

Of course eventually that baby had to come out. OUCH!

Welcome to the world little Dara Day. Yes she is an alien. She's an alien in disguise. (Actually it was MONTHS between the time she was conceived and she was born. I think the alien dna got lost somewhere. She looks just like her dad.)

See. Little Dara is now a toddler.

Dara Day - G3 by alien abduction - S2, black hair, grey eyes, Libra, 1 neat, 8 outgoing, 3 active, 4 playful & 9 nice.

Time for fast and furious birthdays. Hold on tight.

Stormy is a child.

His twin sister Windy is a child.

Pause to study. Ok. More birthdays.

Brooke becomes an elder.

So does Colin.

Rainy becomes a teen. She longs for knowledge BUT wants to be a professional party guest like her dad. (I don't know why. Ask her.)

Sunny longs to be popular. Yes, a very popular celebrity chef.

And Dara is just glad to be out of diapers.

With all the younger kids in school now, big sister Zara heads to college. Time to get a life and stop being a baby sitter. Maybe she'll call up Anita and see what she's up to these days.