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Monday, 12 February 2018

Castanea Landgraab: Week 7

Click here if you want to (re-)read Week 6 at this house.


The Landgraab mansion is still the original Maxis-made building, but with some alterations by me: There is the annex to the far right of the picture, with a swimming pool and jaccuzzi, and the garage to the left (or was that already there?). Also, the facade has been plastered an elegant yet cheerful yellow some years ago.

The view from the back shows how the roof of the annex serves as an addtional terrace/balcony, overlooking the nearby shore.

This used to be, as I am sure you know, the home of Malcolm Landgraab and his half-Alien twins Lilo and Lance. Shortly before the twins left for college, Malcolm got together with Castanea Capp, one of Tybalt Capp's plantchildren.
Malcolm sadly died some time ago, and Lilo and Lance did not return to their old home after college (at least not yet - I don't know if they will at some stage).

Castanea, the young widow, is left on her own, with mostly only the butler for company. The two of them have become friends, last but not least because of Castanea's generousness towards her employee, like on this Monday morning.
She is working at becoming Hall of Famer and currently holds the position of All Star.

The butler has, as usual, provided breakfast, but also as usual, Castanea has eaten it alone.

In the evening, she works at her body skill on the rooftop terrace.

On Tuesday morning, she wakes up early, hours before the Butler is due to arrive, and decides to make her own breakfast.

That gives the Butler more time to work alongside the gardener, who is always here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

After work, Castanea asks her sister Cherry over. Cherry has married Justin Kim, as you probably remember. Nigel Newson has walked past and is asked to join the ladies for some grilled cheese.

Later, Cherry shows off her impressive skill at diving into the swimming pool.

It is Wednesday when Castanea meets and greets Fenya Hart.

It is also the day I send her to a community lot. The fridge needs stocking up, and I am not sure whether the Butler will do that, so I have Castanea drive to the grocery store.

She meets several other New Maximilianias there, among them Nathan Gavigan, Ophelia Nigmos, Jared Starchild, Tessa Ramirez and Björn Summerdream.

A townie named Peter Sims takes it upon himself to grill hotdogs for everyone. I am not sure I have observed this happening autonomously in my game before.

On Thursday, a drop in temperature means Castanea is happy to light the fire in the morning.

She returns home from work that day with a promotion to MVP.

She is happy about the promotion but knows it also adds to her responsibilities - she needs one more friend and some skills to advance further.

On Friday morning, Castanea wakes up with the symptoms of a bad cold. Thankfully, it does not stay with her for the rest of the week, but comes and goes.

She still goes to work but has a welcome rest afterwards in her cosy living room, the fire crackling away merrily in the grate, watching sports on telly.

She spots Matthew Cho outside, a townie recently moved to New Maximiliania for good, and invites him in. He heads to the jaccuzzi straight away, and it seems like Castanea is impressed with his nonchalance at entering the hot bubbly water in nothing but his birthday suit.

Early on Saturday morning, Matthew is seen leaving Castanea's bedroom.
But... it isn't what it looks like. In fact. Castanea was very tired and went to bed, when Matthew decided it was time to say good-bye to his hostess.
Still, the two of them hit it off from the start, friendship-wise, and she needs another friend for her career.

Having a new friend has made her earn her promotion to Superstar the same day!

That certainly calls for a celebration with friends and family, and soon all her siblings and their respective partners plus Matthew are invited over.

Castanea serves Christmas cookies (yes, it is that time of year) while some of her guests help themselves to drinks at the bar.

The kitchen is the meeting point for Ginger and Nigel Newson as well as Castanea's brother Clover.

Cherry is about to dive into the pool again, just like last time she was here, while others have gathered in the jaccuzzi.
It is a lively afternoon and evening, with everybody having a lot of fun.

Sunday is not off to the best start when an unkown townie kicks over the trash can for I don't know what reason. Good job the Butler is there to clean up the mess, as Castanea has to go to work again.

She ends the week talking to some of her friends on the phone.

Will she find someone to capture her heart again at some stage? Is she going to get in touch with her late husband's children, Lance and Lilo? How long before she will reach Permanent Platinum?

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Kim Family: Week 3

(For Justin, this is his 3rd week back in New Max since graduation. For the couple, it is their 2nd week.)

The Kims' house is our stop for the week. Who lives here at the moment?
Justin Kim and his wife Cherry, nee Capp. She is one of Tybalt Capp's plantchildren but turned fully human some time ago. You can tell Tybalt is her Dad - they have very similar facial features.

Justin is on Permanent Platinum, as he became Hall of Famer last round, 9 days from Elderhood. Cherry's lifetime want is to become Professional Party Guest; right now, she Projectionist.
The career rewards object on the back porch is hers, and she looks after her plants daily.
On this Monday night, she comes home with a promotion to Home Video Editor. Strictly speaking, it is already Tuesday.
A few hours later, Justin - not controlled by me - gets up and decides to clean the bath.
When he is away at work, Cherry calls over her siblings and their spouses or partners. She does not need to learn any new skills for her next promotion and has the day off, so it is a good occasion to get together.
On Wednesday morning, the Kims have omelettes for breakfast, lovingly prepared by Cherry. Justin knows his wife is hardly ever as grumpy as she looks - it is just the way her face is.
He does more cleaning on his own initiative on Thursday morning. Most of the time, Justin appears to be one of those Sims who are quite capable of looking after themselves and their homes without much intervening from my side.
He is a Family Sim, after all, and I often catch him thinking about adopting. But I'm afraid it is not on the cards- neither of the two needs children for their LTW, and Justin has fulfilled his anyway.
It looks as if today is "Visitor Day" - first, Shane Cho walks by...
...then Ginger Newson (she is Cherry's sister-in-law)...
...followed by Christian Love.
On Friday morning, Cherry wakes up to the pattering of rain against the bedroom window.

Water seems to be the day's theme, as the sink breaks... and she rolls the want to go swimming.

That day, Cherry comes from work with a promotion to Freelance Photographer and a townie colleague who is quickly sent on his way. There are still two more hours left to the work day, and Cherry makes sure to take advantage of that, walking straight back to work.

Her diligence is rewarded with yet another promotion: She is now a Freelance Web Designer. Again, a townie colleague accompanies her home but is politely asked to leave.

It must have been all those promotions that inspire Justin to make stuffed turkey on Saturday morning - not what I'd personally prefer for breakfast!

Both husband and wife have the day off, and so I send them to a community lot together.

Cherry still wants to go swimming, and so I decide on "Dreamy Fields", a Hobby Lot I have rarely visited in my game. To my disappointment, although there are all sorts of sporty areas, there is no swimming pool here. And so, after a quick hot dog (Cherry is really hungry), the couple leave again.

Just as they get into their car, I notice a fight breaking out between two unkown townies.

Their next stop is the BV Inn, a hotel that has a swimming pool. Justin and Cherry do not check into the hotel, but Cherry finally has that swim of hers.

Back home, the two of them invite over several of their friends, and everybody has a great time. Some, like Garret Newson, play darts, while others eat (it's Angela Pleasant, Björn and Bottom Summerdream at the table).

Others, like Marcus Baldwin, dance to the music from the stereo.

Later, part of the group retreats to the small living room.

And like at all good parties, some gather in the kitchen for a chat until it is time to say good-bye.

On Sunday, Justin wakes up with the wish to invite Marcus Baldwin over again. He knows what it is like to feel lonely - after all, Justin himself has lost his parents while he was at college, then just when he was happy to have found a long-lost uncle (Alec Kim, ex-townie) who moved in with him, that uncle died, too. Only with his wife Cherry he seems to have found permanent happiness.
And she is also the reason why he changed his hair colour this week, by the way: So far, the Kims had only 1 chemistry bolt between them. Cherry's turn-on is blond hair, and so I had Justin change from his natural black. Still "only" two bolts, but they love each other very much.

And this is how we leave the Kims on Sunday evening. It has snowed outside, and they enjoy the warmth of their cosy house.

How much longer until Cherry will have reached her LTW? Are there ever going to appear more of Justin's relatives?