The Sims Dine Out & Site Update

Long time, no blog posts….first it was Stardew Valley’s fault (highly recommend that little game) and then it was because I got a new job! Our weekend schedule has been very busy, and my new job means I have no time during the week. I’ve been hankering to play the Sims for awhile, so hopefully I get to do it today!

First, I wanted to get the site caught up!

  • A new Gameplay expansion is coming! I was hoping for an actual expansion pack, preferably one with family stuff, but this will do for now. The game pack expands the Sims to include restaurants. Not only can our Sims eat, have parties, and go on dates in restaurants, but they can also run their own restaurants. It promises to have lots of new recipes too. I love food-themed things, so I’m not too disappointed:TS4_695_GP03_OWNERSHIP_SCREEN_01_003
  • They are also promising a new kids-themed stuff pack. As I said, I want more family *game*play, but I don’t mind getting some new clothes and toys for the kiddos since I love playing families.
  • No more Blossom May! So my absence from the game made me once again miss the Spring challenge (:::insertagrumpyfacehere:::), so this makes Blossom May sort of useless. I’d rather spend my time finishing up the Bachelor challenge and working on Martin’s Legacy. I also have my mind on a Castaway challenge, if I can manage to find more playtime.03-31-16_9-25-04 AM
  • I’m going to be continuing to eliminate old content from this site in order to make space for the new content. I have too many followers (thank you!) to switch websites, but I don’t have enough spare cash to increase my storage space on this site. If you have any other suggestions, let me know!
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Bachelor 4.3: Episode 12- Let’s Go Swimming

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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.

The Adventure of Blossom May: Day 1

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Here I am in my new home. It’s still a little boring…no decorations yet, but it’s fully furnished. I moved here, Willow Creek, because they have this thing called the Spring Challenge.

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This is my home. I didn’t spend that much time in it today. As soon as I arrived, I went out in search of the community organizer who told me how to complete the growfruit challenge, and about the egg collecting challenge.

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The eggs can be found all around town, in community parks and other areas, hidden behind plants or in logs.

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A few of my neighbors stopped by to welcome me into the neighborhood, which was very kind of them.

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They left me a fruitcake. It was SO helpful, as I had no food in the house. Saved me from having to cook or order pizza!

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Here’s the view from my yard on the side of my house. There’s a river/canal sort of thing down there. There’s a spot where people can fish, and there’s a path that people use to get to other parts of the town. I also see a lot of runners.

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It’s only day one, and I’m already making progress on the growfruit challenge! I planted this sapling today. How exciting!

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I think that’s it for now. Am I totally crazy for being here? I don’t know anyone here. I don’t know how to garden. I don’t know anything about this town. I’m here on a whim. I really hope things work out for me.

 

Introducing the Adventures of Blossom May

Yay! I fixed Origin! Since there is a limited-time spring themed challenge, I’ve jumped right into that. The posts about Blossom will be short diary-style blurbs that track my challenge. I’ll work on updating the other stories shortly. 

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This is Blossom May. She just moved into Willow Creek to participate in the Spring Challenge.

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Blossom loves to collect things found in nature…that’s why she’s trying the Spring Challenge. She loves the outdoors and taking selfies. She is a cheerful person, but she’s a bit introverted and requires alone time.

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She’s going to be updating her progress on the challenge which consists of two parts: growing Growfruit trees, and collecting 12 different decorated eggs.

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Blossom moved into a tiny home in Willow Creek. She has no job, and is hoping to get buy on selling the items she collects or grows.

Good luck, Blossom!

Origin Problems

I upgraded to Windows 10, and now I can’t get Origin to work properly. I uninstalled & attempted to reinstall Origin, but it’s not working. I can’t play the Sims without Origin. We’ve been pretty busy, and when I sit down to take a break, I want to play a game, not fix Origin, so it may take a little while before things are running smooth again. I think I still have a bit of write-up to do, so I may be able to post those shortly.

Returning Soon

Thank you for your continued patience.

I did manage to free up some space in the media library of this blog. We’ll be okay for a little while, but we’ll encounter the problem again in the not too distant future. You can help me upgrade the blog by donating to my Patreon (it’s under the name of my main site, Crazy Cat Nerd).

I was delayed further by the passing of my very dear cat, Harree. 😥 I wasn’t in a Sim space last week. And I’m still coming out of it.And it doesn’t help that I’m addicted to Stardew Valley, which has a way of cheering me up and relaxing me in a way that the Sims doesn’t.

I am working on a blog post, and hope to have a post up by the end of the week. More next week.

An update was just released for the Sims, and if I can get Origin to work properly with Windows 10 (I just upgraded, possibly another reason for post delays), I’ll update the game. The update includes an Easter egg hunt. Despite my intentions, I failed to participate last year. Let’s see if I can manage this year.

Bachelor 4.3: Episode 11- And then there were four…

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And welcome back to The Bachelor! In this episode, we have our round three eliminations. We started out with 7 contestants…in Round 1 we said goodbye to Ansuya. In Round 2, we said farewell to Raven. Who will be next?

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Everyone has arrived in the garden, awaiting Dalton’s decision.

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I just want you all to know that it has been amazing getting to know all of you. You are all thoughtful, kind, attractive ladies and I’m a lucky guy.

And the first participant moving on to round 4 is….

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Dalton: Sabrina, I think we continue to connect on a very real level. Our relationship has a lot of potential, and I hope you’ll join me in this next round.

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Dalton: Karissa, it is very obvious that there is chemistry between us. I hope our relationship can continue to grow deeper as well.

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And the third participant…

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Dalton: Erica…

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Erica: Sorry about the plate. I was *really* hungry.

Dalton: :::laughs::: It’s fine. Erica…well, you make me laugh, and I feel like we could easily be best friends. I hope you join me for the next round so we can see if there is a spark between us.

And finally…

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Dalton: Penelope, I feel like we need more time. Our wavelengths don’t seem to be in sync, but I find that intriguing. Will you give us one more shot?

That means the person going home is…

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Sorry, Sabrina. You seemed shocked by this! Sadly, Dalton isn’t the prince you are looking for. Perhaps next season?

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Some of the potential partners decided to snag a few extra minutes with the Bachelor after the ceremony.

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Dalton practiced more of his guitar playing while Karissa and Erica made up lyrics about the pain of having to move furniture in order to properly vacuum.

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Dalton: Speaking of furniture…

Erica: I know! We need a basketball hoop.

Dalton: Not what I was going to say… 

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Erica and Dalton exchanged some flirtations.

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Sabrina and Dalton watched the Simolympics while eating burgers for dinner.