Grrr, Argh!

December 8th, 2004

This past weekend, my harddrive gave up the fight. Luckily, I was able to backup almost everything of importance before it died. Although I hate having to reconfigure my machine after getting a new harddrive or reformatting the drive, I thought no big deal, it'll take some time but I'll just reinstall everything and eventually my computer will be back in working order. Good plan, but of course something had to go wrong, and, suffice it to say, I more than a little pissed off. I spent all *%$#ing day yesterday (I'm not exaggerating at all) trying to install the Sims 2 on my computer. When my husband got home last night, he even tried. But we kept getting transfer errors. We tried everything that the technical page at the official Sims site recommended. Nothing worked. We think there is something wrong with the disks and that I was just got lucky when I got it installed on my machine the first time a couple of months ago. :mad:

So, I'm going to have to buy another copy of the game (I think I'll get the DVD edition this time). Who knows when that will be though.

511 Kincaid Street

December 4th, 2004

I haven't been playing the Sims lately, thus the dearth of updates. Instead, I've been playing World of Warcraft like a madwoman. But, I did manage to design my first house for Sims 2 (disregarding my Legacy house, which doesn't really count as it's just an amalgam of additions right now). I was so pleased with the way it turned out that I decided to offer it for download at the Sims 2 Exchange.

The front of the house.

The layout of this house is based on an actual house that I lived in when I was a little girl in Kansas. This house looks a bit fancier than that house of my youth however. For expediency's sake, I excluded the garage, laundry room, attic and various storage/closet spaces.

This is a 2 to 3 BR, 2 BA house and is the perfect size for a family of four. I haven't played the house yet, but I already know which Sims are going to move into it…but I won't tell you…it'll be a surprise. ;)

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Jezebell is Born

November 25th, 2004

A new baby for the Feratus.

The Feratus have been blessed with their first baby! Meet little Jezebell. Isn't she cute? Yeah, so it's hard to tell since you can't see her face. Believe me, she's cute.

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The First Baby

November 24th, 2004

Joe feeds Atticus his first meal.

After a couple "try for baby" woo-hoo sessions, I heard the tell-tale lullaby music, which means the Sim has gotten pregnant. Katrina had a relatively easy pregnancy. She vomited a few times the first day, and was hungry and sleepy the remaining two days. But she was never cranky. Since she was on maternity leave, I had her study a lot.

On the third day, in the afternoon, she went into labor. Joe stopped his exercises and came into the bedroom to watch her give birth. It was a boy! I named him "Atticus."

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Girl Meets Boy

November 22nd, 2004

After seeing how much fun Jen was having with the Legacy Challenge, I just had to try my hand at it. For those of you who don't know, very quickly, the object of the game is to "make a family the 'strongest' it can be over ten generations." In this sense, "strongest" means having wealthy and happy Sims (i.e. have as many platinum-level aspirations as possible fulfilled throughout the generations).

I created a female knowledge Sim named "Katrina Keene." I can't remember her stats off the top of my head (and I'm too lazy to boot up my game, but if you want to know her exact stats let me know and I'll post them later). I do know she's a Virgo, and she's extremely neat and very serious as well. Knowledge Sims are my favorite because they are the easiest to keep happy. Just have them earn a skill point and one of their aspirations is fulfilled.

The Legacy Shack

In accordance with the rules, I started Katrina out on an empty 5 x 5 lot (the largest lot available). That ate up a lot of Katrina's starting §20,000. As I remember, she had around §5,000 left to build a house and get some furniture. As you see in the above picture, I couldn't afford to panel the outside walls, nor could I carpet or paint the inside walls.

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