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Household Skills Project
« on: May 22, 2012, 02:56:07 PM »
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House 1
House 2
House 3

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Chapter 1 - Not the best start in life



This is my founder, Lea Tinker.   Her traits are a bit of an odd mix:  technophobe, clumsy, handy, ambitious and kleptomaniac.  Her supermaxed skill will be handiness.  I’m hoping the clumsiness and technophobia will help her to break lots of things so that she can fix them again.  Since there’s no lifetime wish that only involves handiness, she’s going into the business career with the CEO wish.  Her ambitious trait should be useful there.

This is her not-so-desirable new residence, Watershed, at 574 Bayou Gulch Drive (in the swampy part of Twinbrook).



As well as being badly maintained,  damp and under the dam, it’s currently infested with insects.



I’m not sure whether she’s thinking of bashing those moths with a rolling pin or turning them into a tasty pie.

“So, what’s the deal here?  A horrible house, no money and bugs!”
You’re a founder, Lea.  You’re supposed to have a tough start in life.
“And then I get to marry Christopher Steel?”
Um, no.  Sorry.   Wrong town.  And he’d be off limits anyway.  Let’s talk about it later.  You’re going to be far too busy to marry anyone for a while yet.
“What’s in it for me then?”
You’re making it possible for your descendants to live rich and fulfilled lives.
“That’s supposed to make me feel better?”



“Help!”

Chapter 2

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2012, 03:00:56 PM »
Very nice, Hazelnut.  Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2012, 03:05:51 PM »
The best of luck to you and your founder. Poor girl not getting to marry Christopher Steel.

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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2012, 05:15:39 PM »
Thanks, Pam and Rachel.

I'm sure she'll get over her disappointment about Chris.  Eventually.

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2012, 07:13:02 PM »
Great start!  Good luck with the challenge. :)


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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2012, 04:26:32 PM »
Chapter 2: Down to business

When we left Lea, our less-than-plucky heroine, she was panicking over the bugs infesting her new house.
Help duly arrived in the shape of Dai Sekt, who seemed to think these particular moths and cockroaches were fascinating.  Lea wasn’t impressed.



 “Which planet are you from?”

Not the best thing to say to a science geek.  He started lecturing her about space and the conversation went downhill from there.





At least she got his phone number (after all, he is a male NPC) before telling him to get back in his spaceship and swatting her own moths.





Then it was time get a job before visiting the library to start learning handiness.



And at the end of a long day, Lea settled down in the fire station for a cosy night on the kitchen floor.





For the next few days, she lived at the fire station, popping home at intervals to check for bugs.  The commuting got easier after she visited the Simoleon Savers household…



Unfortunately, she wasn’t the only one out stealing stuff.  The house got burgled before she could afford an alarm and one of her two lights was taken.  It wasn’t much of a loss in terms of money but she had to live with the bad moodlet – the last thing she needed, since her mood wasn’t that great to start with.

It took her three days to get her first promotion at work.  Gradually, though, life has started to improve.  At the beginning of week 2, she’s made enough money from her job, opportunities and collecting to move into the house properly.



She had a wish to buy a water slide, which seemed a good idea now that all the foosball tables are at the other side of town.  Good, clean, non-technological fun.  Of course, this is where her clumsy trait really shows up.  She spends a lot of time flat on her face…



...which hasn’t stopped her getting addicted to sliding.

Chapter 3



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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2012, 04:47:38 PM »
Great update I am glad she finally managed to afford enough of the basics to live in her (cough) lovely home.

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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 01:23:53 PM »
It'a a very nice home.   :D I have to admit to enhancing it a bit - it was fairly tatty to start with but I made it worse.  The insects were a surprise.  I think it's only the second time one of my Sims has moved into a house with problems.  Very appropriate, though.

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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2012, 03:45:23 PM »
Great start! The house looks extremely cozy  :-X !

I remember starting a game with a house full of moths. It wasn't really bad, because some of them could be caught and sold, and the science geek would take care of the rest. :D

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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2012, 05:31:15 PM »
I was surprised that there wasn't an option to catch most of them, just 'stomp on' for the cockroaches and 'swat' for the moths.  On the plus side, she did end up with a purple butterfly and a couple of green ones, plus two or three fairly ordinary beetles.

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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2012, 02:58:35 PM »
Chapter 3: Onwards and upwards

With a decent bed and a source of fun, the happiness points started piling up and after multitasker and office hero she bought her first unique reward, discount diner. It’s one I’ve never been impressed with before but it’s great value for a Sim who isn’t allowed to cook.

The day before her adult birthday, this happened:



By a strange coincidence, immediately afterwards she heard that a distant relative had died and left her over §30000.  She hadn’t even known she had any relatives.

She celebrated her birthday all by herself, outside the military base, where she’d been teaching the recruits.



She has plenty of money now for moving but the skill requirement is still a long way from finished.



At least her grotty little house is looking better since she redecorated and filled it with things to upgrade.   Improving the TV reception got her to level 10 handiness and completed the tinkerer challenge but she’s barely halfway through her repairs.

Her work metrics are looking pretty good, so she’s going to spend a thrilling weekend at the library and gym, sabotaging technology and flushing toilets.


Chapter 4

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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2012, 10:04:55 AM »
Congrats on completing the lifetime wish and lots of good luck with the toilets  ;D

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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2012, 01:44:46 PM »
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Congrats on completing the lifetime wish and lots of good luck with the toilets ;D

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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2012, 02:16:52 PM »
Chapter 4: Sometimes, everything just works out perfectly

The weekend went to plan.  Lea loved the sabotaging part, although she wasn’t too keen on mending things again.





By Monday, she’d finished her ten plumbing repairs and just needed one more electrical repair for the supermax.   She had to hold a couple of meetings after work but rushed home afterwards to try to break something.  After a frustrating evening of failed sabotage, she was on her way to bed when her phone rang.  Could she fix a broken laptop for Julienne Knack?

Tuesday was another working day and her run of good luck continued.  She came out of the office a Power Broker.



After mending and returning Julienne's laptop, it seemed like a good time to go and invest in a business.



It’s probably not the done thing for the new owner of the diner to celebrate finishing her moving requirements with a meal at the bistro but that’s just what she did.



And so, on the Wednesday of week 4, Lea walked down the steps of Watershed for the last time



and drove off to her new home.




Chapter 5



House 1 summary

Skill: handiness

Lea (founder)

Maxed career – business
LTW – CEO of a Mega-Corporation
Skill supermaxed
Building/property – Brunton’s Boxcar Diner
Unique rewards – discount diner, inheritance

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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2012, 02:36:27 PM »
Oh I am so jealous and happy for Lea of course. Congratulations on your first,of many,moves.

I am off to go poke Beatrice with a stick and make her paint faster.

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« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2012, 02:36:47 PM »
Congrats on your first move!  I just started playing this challenge this morning and so far I'm having a blast.


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« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2012, 04:00:29 AM »
Chapter 5: A fresh start

(A short chapter that's really just an excuse to show off the new house.)


Lea’s new place is the empty lot at 344 Rue de Sterling, handy for the library and office and close to her best friend, Wei Keane.



This time, she wanted a house to suit herself, not someone else’s cast-off (and she does have that building discount).  While she was busy at the library and City Hall, the builders got to work.





The house features plenty of blue (her favourite colour) and was designed to fit in with its neighbours on the street.  Not all the rooms are furnished yet but there’s enough to live comfortably and plenty of space to practise her new skill.

All she needs now is a husband.  That might be tricky – Dai aged up to elder a long time ago and he’s the only NPC she’s met.  I think she’d better spend the afternoon in the park.


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« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2012, 12:46:51 PM »
Congrats on moving her out. The house look awesome ;D

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« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2012, 12:50:58 PM »
I want that house...  :P

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« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2012, 09:11:59 PM »
That is a really pretty house. I am not confident in my ability to build something so nice.
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« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2012, 02:23:47 PM »
Chapter 6: Wait a minute, Mr Postman!

Lea’s visit to City Hall in the last chapter was to change her surname to suit her new skill.  She is now Lea Cook.

She didn’t meet a single NPC at the park.  She threw a housewarming party but only townies came.  She ordered pizza but the delivery guy had horrible traits.  She even called the repairman when her toilet clogged up.  Except it was a repairwoman.   Lea was getting desperate and so was I.  She was now over halfway through adulthood and her Simological clock was ticking.

Then a male NPC turned up spontaneously – but he wasn’t husband material.  An elderly stray cat had taken to sleeping on her front porch and one night, it died.  It was obviously the end of Grim’s shift, because he changed into swimwear and had a go on the slide.



I always wondered what he wore when he was off-duty.  But really, the Grim has curls under that hood?



The next day, Lea was on her way out to the library to read another cookery book when the post arrived.  I know this doesn’t sound exciting but look who delivered it.



 “Hello, attractive new postman.  Is your name Chris? And are you single?”
(Puzzled.) “No, it’s Sri. And, yes, I'm single.”



Ooh.  At least three good traits.  What about him, Lea?  You know you’re never going to meet Chris really.
“Sri’s a bit like Chris, isn’t it?”
?!
“Well, it just needs a C and an H.  And some rearranging.”
Er, OK.  Whatever makes you happy.



 “So, Sri, do you want to hang out?”



One thing led to another.



And another.



Over a meal of the baked angel food cake she was given on her last visit to the bistro, she asked him to move in.



And he promptly crashed out on the kitchen floor, ignoring two perfectly good bedrooms.



Oh well.  I suppose tomorrow’s soon enough to move their relationship on.



Sri had the old sleeping bag because Lea had given it to him as a thoughtful engagement gift (it was the only thing in her inventory).

He isn’t quite a toyboy but he’s a lot younger than Lea.  I was expecting him to be an adult but he still has a week of young adulthood left.  His traits are an even odder mixture than hers:  he’s a good, grumpy, kleptomaniac, which seems a bit contradictory.  He’s also a virtuoso and schmoozer, which would be very useful if I’d let him join the music career as he wants.  Unfortunately, he’s going to be stuck working part-time at the supermarket.  His lifetime wish is Master of the Arts, so he’s in for another disappointment there.


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« Reply #23 on: May 30, 2012, 03:40:18 PM »
Sorry, I forgot to say thankyou for the comments on the house.  If people are interested, I'll upload it to the swap shop when it's fully decorated and furnished.