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!

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.

 

BACHELOR 4.3: EPISODE 8- The Garden Grows

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Welcome back to the start of the third round of the Bachelor! Dalton, the handsome do-good-er who only eats Grilled Cheese when it’s raining and prefers cupcakes over sports cars is searching for his soulmate!

In round 1, we said goodbye to Ansuya. In round 2, we said farewell to Raven. Who will leave this round?

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As we’ve mentioned before, Dalton loves the great outdoors. He likes camping, hiking, fishing and gardening. He’d prefer a partner who doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty once and awhile.

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As such, today’s challenge was a gardening activity! The participants planted seedlings in the yard of the farm house. The participant who enjoyed themselves the most would win some alone time with Dalton. Karissa was the first to dig in.

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Simone and Penelope each did their share, but Sabrina preferred to observe and drink a cocktail.

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As you might have guessed, Erica left everyone in the dust (or potting soil!) when it came to this activity. Not only did she enthusiastically work her own plot, she assisted others, and discussed gardening with anyone who was interested. By the evening, many contestants were exhausted, but she was invigorated.

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Dalton: I think this series of the Bachelor has been pretty drama-free so far. I was warned their could be some issues. Have you noticed anything?

Erica: Not really. I think everyone gets along pretty well. 

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Erica: So, I heard you are a huge fan of cupcakes?

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Dalton: Your eyes are like swirling cups of coffee and your skin is the vanilla foam on top of coffee.

Erica: Are you new at this whole flirting thing?

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Erica: Tell me something about yourself.

Dalton: I don’t like bugs.

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While Dalton was reminiscing about his days in highschool, Erica attempted to pull the same move Penelope tried last night.

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Dalton didn’t fall for it, but he didn’t get too upset either. He just politely extricated himself, and went to use the restroom.

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Who gets up at 8 am and craves Mac n’ Cheese for breakfast? That guy!

Who will get the 1 on 1 date this round? Find out in our next episode!

 

Martin Bowling: Episode 11

If you haven’t read about Martin Bowling before, go here. If you are looking for the most recent posts concerning Martin, go here.

As you may recall from our last episode, Martin’s family moved to Willow Creek into a more suitable home for their size family. Both Jade and Martin were struggling to get promotions at work. Martin and Jade were beginning to feel their age and the twins are a handful.

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The kids sometimes went to the park after school to play before heading home.

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Here is a typical weekday afternoon at the Bowling house before Martin and Jade get home from work. Benjamin is dancing to the music (just like his parents!), Isaac is focused on his homework (he is slightly more studious than the other two), and Raelyn is seeing how fast she can type on the computer.

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All too soon, we were throwing a birthday party for Benjamin. The few remaining Martineers (many have passed away) were in attendance along with Salvador (Isaac’s best friend) and Damien, of course (Benjamin’s best friend).

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It was time for Benjamin to transition into a teenager…what would his grown-up aspiration be?

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Benjamin’s aspiration is Party Animal…he wants to throw and attend awesome parties. Benjamin is gregarious, outgoing and childish (but in a good way).

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Morgan, Damien, Jade and Benjamin played cards during the party.

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Jade has been trying to play more games to improve her critical thinking skills, which she needs to get promoted.

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Eventually, Jade buys a chess table to focus on her skills even more. Still no promotion, though.

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The kids are tired and bored after coming home from school.

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Both the sink and the fridge are broken, and all of Martin’s next paycheck will be going towards their repair.

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Benjamin agrees to watch a kid movie with his younger siblings…he likes that sort of thing.

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Raelyn had an embarrassing day at school, and she tells Jade all about it that night.

Thanks for reading!

Bachelor 4.3: Episode #4- What a Workout

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Welcome to tonight’s episode of the Bachelor! We are looking to find a romantic match for Dalton Montgomery, a guitar-playing bro.

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Erica discovered a very large microscope in the attic.

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Somebody partied a little too hard last night…I discovered Karissa asleep in the hot tub…

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Today’s group activity is to go to one of Dalton’s favorite places- the gym!

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Penelope was feeling inspired at the gym.

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Sabrina seemed happy working out.

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Karissa preferred to eat a bowl of cereal and enjoy the view.

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At the end of this activity, whichever contestant is in the best mood will get some 1-on-1 time with Dalton.

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Raven headed straight for the punching bag.

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Erica found a hot trainer to show her how to improve her technique.

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Looking good Bob Pancakes.

At the end of the night, Sabrina was in the best mood out of everyone and earned some one-on-one time with the Bachelor.

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They met outside of the gym, by the fountains.

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Sabrina share some interesting things about herself.

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She explains how she’s perfected the art of the Grilled Cheese sandwich, and how she is an aspiring chef.

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Dalton prefers to eat his grilled cheese when it’s rainy outside.

Next Episode: It’s the Round 2 1-on-1…who will Dalton choose?

Martin Bowling: Episode 10

If you haven’t read about Martin Bowling before, go here. If you are looking for the most recent posts concerning Martin, go here.

When we last checked in with Martin Bowling, the Bowlings were under some financial pressure- broken appliances, lack of promotions, a child, and another on the way.

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Well, the stress continued to increase as Jade and Martin were blessed with not just one baby, but twins! One girl, Raelyn and one boy, Isaac.

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Jade and Martin were very happy with the new additions (for the record, Benjamin was NOT). But it did put them in a bit of a bind…for now the twins could sleep in their room, but where would they put them after they grew out of their bassinets? As you can see, there is no free space in the upstairs…

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And not really much downstairs either…

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So, Martin made the decision to move the family…away from their friends and beloved Windenburg, and to Willow Creek…where they purchased a spacious one-story.

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It seemed as though the twins would be the last of the offspring…Martin was getting too old for this.

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The twin babies now shared a room with Benjamin. Several times a night, Benjamin would be awoken by their crying. He took to playing with clay in the living room instead of drawing at his desk.

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Fortunately, the twins have now transitioned. Raelyn is active, loves playgrounds and sports, likes wearing adorable tees, and wants to form a close-knit friend group like her parents.

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Isaac has a bit more swagger than his siblings. Isaac wants to talk to everyone and have loads of friends. He’ll likely be quite popular in school…as long as his peers don’t figure out how easy it is to tease him. Isaac is very squeamish, just like Martin!