Bachelor 4.3: Episode 12- Let’s Go Swimming


If you need a refresher, or if this is your first visit, head back to episode 1..

Only four participants remain. Will Dalton fall in love with one of them?

Erica makes Dalton feel at ease. He can easily see her in his friend circle….gardening, hiking, or hanging out by the campfire. But is there the potential for romance?

With Karissa, Dalton felt an immediate spark. Karissa received both the first impression save in round one, and the first kiss. But are they connecting on a deeper level?

Sabrina seems to have the full package. Dalton finds her attractive and they get along. But do they have enough common interests?

And then there is Penelope. After her many failed romantic attempts, why is she still around? Dalton appreciates her effort and values someone who is willing to work hard at a relationship.

Which of them is right for Dalton? Are any of them?

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In this episode, Round 4 starts off with a trip to the bluffs for a day of swimming.

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Erica was quick to turn the conversation flirty.

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And was the first to have some alone time with Dalton.

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Penelope joined the conversation as they discussed how they get ready for a date.

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And what sort of restaurants they like to eat at when going out.

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Obviously, Dalton would prefer to go somewhere that has grilled cheese available, in case of rain.

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Penelope’s restaurant priorities involve desserts.

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Karissa was feeling pretty bummed for much of the day.

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Karissa: It’s hard. I hate having to share you with a bunch of other people. I’m not really interested in talking to them.

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Sabrina: Hey, want to hear a joke about dinosaurs? One dinosaur asks another dinosaur ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’

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Sabrina got snuggled up to Dalton, while a depressed Karissa took a nap on the rocks.

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Karissa was a bit upset she had to share Dalton on this date, and she wasn’t happy with the other girls.

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Penelope also found some alone time with Dalton.

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Dalton joined Karissa on the bench to try to cheer her up. It didn’t seem to help much.

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That evening, Erica went out to water the flowers.

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While Penelope played the piano.

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Sabrina did a bit of cooking.

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And Karissa ate some more food.


Which do you prefer?


Back in the days of Sims 3, my story photos had conversation bubbles. They lacked the user interface, but they had the conversation bubbles, thought bubbles and relationship indicators, as in the above screenshot.

That changed in the Sims 4, when the standard in-game format is like this:

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As you can see, the Sims 4 screenshots lack conversational bubbles. Conversation and thought bubbles can add something extra to the stories…it helps me remember how the conversation went allowing me to be more descriptive.

Taking actually screenshots of the game and editing out the unnecessary stuff is too time-consuming to make the blog posts fun for me. So, I’ve always ruled that out. I only edit occasional images to explain or point out something (such as locations in neighborhoods).

While playing around with my Sims 4 settings, I discovered a new option…to turn leave the UI (user interface) on during screen captures. The problem is that it adds ALL of the UI, not just the fun conversation and thought bubbles….

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See? lots of clutter on the screen. Some of that information is probably fun for you to know….the relationship bar, the mood, etc….but it’s also quite distracting.

It’s really fun to see in this shot that Dalton is talking to Erica about woohoo in a rocketship. Sims say some hilarious stuff and I think the bubbles add a lot. I WISH it was like the Sims 3 where only certain items appeared in screenshots.

I can flip between both easily…in fact, if we choose to have more UI photos, we’ll likely get a mix of both. The special screenshot mode that lets you move the camera easily does NOT show the UI even when the option is turned on. I will likely still use that mode often in order to get better angles.

Anyway, I can’t decide….what do YOU think? Would you like to see the conversation bubbles? Or would the clutter distract from the story?

Let me know what you think in this poll, or below in the comments, thanks!

Bachelor Challenge 4.1: Round 5 Part C

Host: It is the final garden ceremony on this season of the Bachelor! Last episode our Bachelor went on 24-hour dates with Steven and Tanya. Will he propose to one today?

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Tanner: Steven, I have had a great time hanging out with. We have a lot in common, and we’ve become really good friends. You are smart, funny and kind. You root for the llamas.

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Steven: Of course. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you. And I think you are absolutely wonderful and like we could have had something. But I don’t want to be someone’s second choice, so I totally respect your decision.

Tanner: I wish you mountains of happiness. I know you will find someone perfect for you.

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Tanner: So…Tanya…I know this process has been strange. And I know it’s been an uncomfortable journey for you.

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We may not have a bunch in common, but I think we have enough to make it work. I think we complement each other well. You can sometimes be a bit gloomy, and I can be there to cheer you up. You can get me to step away from the sports games on TV and read a good book. 

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So, will you be my wife?

Tanya: Of course! Yes, yes, yes!

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Tanner: Maybe I should put you down…

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Host: And now scenes from their wedding…

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Author’s Note: And that’s the end of my first Bachelor challenge in the Sims 4! Thank you all for following along, and special thanks to those of you who participated! I’m certain I will do another Bachelor challenge in the future, but likely not until this summer or fall after I am settled in from my big move to another state! Want to continue to follow Tanner & Tanya’s story? I’ll be posting regular updates of them, as well as continuing to post episodes from Amanda & Martha; Community Sim Marina; and CS #3.

Bachelor Challenge 4.1: Round 5 Part B

Host: After a substantial grieving period for the loss of a contestant, the Bachelor challenge is back on track with our two final contestants participating in one-on-one overnight cabin dates!

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After a bit of conversation and some flirting, Steven wandered off to take a nap while Tanner took a shower.

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Fire: crackle crackle snap pop crackle

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Steven: It’s really beautiful out here.

Tanner: Yeah. I had a great time playing horseshoes earlier today.

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Tanner: This show is insane. She’s never seen him outside the bear costume. How are they dating?

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Host: Before starting his next date. Tanner went back to the mansion.

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Where they ghost of Stephanie made an appearance. We’ve never had a haunted Bachelor Mansion before!

The final date was with Tanya…

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Tanner: That one is totally a schoolbus.

Tanya: No, no, no…that’s an elephant.

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Tanner: Let’s see if we can get the cabin in the background.

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Host: Tanner made fish tacos for dinner.

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Tanner and Tanya got some practice being domestic together.

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Romance in the kitchen.

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Well, he’s certainly smitten.

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Tanner was a little confused about where this joke was headed…

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But it all worked out.

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And Tanya showed off her back massage skills.

Who will Tanner choose? Steven or Tanya? Will he propose? Find out on the next episode!

Bachelor Challenge 4.1: Round 5 Part A

Author’s Note: Honestly, I have NO idea what happened here, and I am not responsible for it. I let the contestants do their own thing, and just worry about the Bachelor’s needs and wants. I wasn’t even near that section of the house…it was seriously a “wait, why is the grim reaper on the lot?” moment. Sigh. BUT I love a good story, love random events, and hate “exiting without saving” in order to avoid something inconvenient…so…

Host: Last time on the Bachelor, Tanner said “goodbye” to his best friend Anna because the chemistry just wasn’t there. Then…a body was discovered in the pool?!

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The ominous music indicated to us that the Grim Reaper had arrived on the lot. We found him next to the pool.

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Tanner was the first to arrive on the scene. He cried and pleaded for the deceased. He did really try, but the Grim Reaper did not see fit to release the body back to our world.

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Rest in peace Stephanie. We don’t know why you were swimming alone at midnight, or why you drowned in pool that had stairs, but we hope there is a life jacket for you in the afterlife.

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Tanner spent a large part of the following day underneath the blankets refusing to come out. We canceled dates until everyone recovered from their sadness.

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There was a lot of mourning in the house. Her epitaph, by the way, includes “Told great monkey jokes.”

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Tanner gave himself pep talks, played sad music on the violin (it sounded awful because he doesn’t actually know how to play the violin), and played hopeful music on the guitar.

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Eventually, he began to come around, and the Bachelor was back on.

With only two contestants remaining, we had to jump to the final round of one-on-one cabin dates. We’ll see how those go next time!

Bachelor Challenge 4.1: Round 4 Part C

Host: We’re in the final episode of Round 4 of the Bachelor. Four contestants left- Anna, Stephanie, Steven and Tanya. Anna received the one-on-one last episode. Tonight we have a brunch party and then someone will get sent home!

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Tanner made everyone pancakes for brunch and they all  ate around the table together.

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Tanner entertained everyone by telling jokes. Stephanie joined in.

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And then there was some dancing. Tanya actually IS dancing in this picture. She’s just doing some sort of angry dance, maybe?

With a simple brunch and just a small group, there really wasn’t much excitement in this party.

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Tanner: The decisions are extremely difficult now. I feel a connection with each and every one of you. I have become such good friends with all of you.

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Tanner: This is awful. Out of everyone, I have grown the closest to you. I feel like you are my best friend. And I really, really wish there was something there, but….

Anna: I know.

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Host: Later that evening….

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Tune in next time to see who died in the pool!