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Is that it on the floor with the cat in the picture where Wasabi and Dirona are fighting?


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Is that it on the floor with the cat in the picture where Wasabi and Dirona are fighting?
Well, ya say it like THAT and it sounds horribly gauche!

That is basically the DANCE floor, I'll have you know. It is right under the speaker.


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Thursday, 5th of Spring, year 1 - Household 4

Household 4 - Jwhouk Tinwhistler CeltZ Snuffleupagus Dei DarkAudit Gasbandit and Daisy.jpg

Alright, you guys said you wanted single-day-single-household updates with more minutiae, that's what I'll do.

We rejoin Household 4...

Gas grills (no pun intended) up some fruit for breakfast. What's the deal with this place and grilled fruit? Snuffles is at the chessboard.
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Tinwhistler, DarkAudit, and Jwhouk are surfin' the web.
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Celt Z is going for an early morning lap or ten.
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And Dei is watching TV.
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Breakfast is had. I make sure they all eat their fill, because I plan to work them hard toward their aspirations today.
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For GasBandit and DarkAudit, that means getting those last few hours of vidya in.
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Dei hasn't worked on her acting at all since last week! Time to get back on that horse.
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Jwhouk and Tinwhistler hone their logic skills.
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I set Snuffles to mixing up drinks. Uh... got some on the floor, there, Snuff.
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Celt Z can't actually "work toward" her aspiration just now, and she wanders off and hits the waterslide. Hey, it counts as fitness, I didn't know that.

When she wears herself out, she goes for a nap.

A little over an hour later, Snuffleupagus has dramatically improved at drink mixing.

Dei finally gets her acting good enough to where she needs to start getting gigs to progress. She joins a talent agency, and gets an audition tomorrow to be in a commercial. Now she needs to practice her charisma - the commercial wants it to be level 2.
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Finished with chess, I have Tin and Jwhouk grab books. They each independently decide to sit on this bench outside instead of in the armchairs around the bookshelf. That must be one comfy bench.
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Gas has finished up his aspirational work for the day, so Celt Z takes him to karaoke - which because it's not the one in the basement but rather in public at a karaoke bar, counts as a date, so she can check that off her list. The next step down her path of becoming a heartbreaker is to have three "first kisses," including the one she's already had.

When they return, I find Dei has flaked out on speech practice with ONE PIXEL to go to level 2. I crack the whip and get her back on track.
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The weather's warming up, so this gives me a chance to fix Jwhouk's tank top "wife beater" situation.
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When DarkAudit finished his programming, he was exhausted. Nap time.
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Snuffles, however, decides on liquid sleep. It isn't enough. He still goes to take a nap right after drinking his coffee, he's so worn out from shaking his jiggers all day.
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Dinner Time for those still conscious. I swear, I don't make Dei sit in the pool, she just seems to prefer it. Celt Z also has a nap.
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When the sun goes down, it suddenly turns cold and starts snowing again. Make up your mind, spring. Celt Z finds that Dei left a pastry in the microwave, and now it's pretty much gone bad.
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So, in a well-intentioned mistake, she feeds it to Daisy.
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Aww, that's ok, Daisy, Daddy wuvs you anyway.
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Jwhouk breaks the bathroom sink and straight up walks away.
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The sisters are so close-knit, they think nothing of sharing a bed.
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It may be kinda cold, but that won't stop Jwhouk from hurting himself on the waterslide!

He unwinds with a book afterwards. Looks like he doesn't plan to sleep tonight.
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Around 4:30 am, the sisters wake up, barely getting 5 or 6 hours of sleep. It seems Celt Z has been struck with the sudden urge to clean.
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Dei has other impulses. Pew pew pew!
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Friday, 6th of Spring, Year 1, Household 5

Household 5 fixed - Klew Sara Null Bhamv3 Zappit Sparhawk TigerTsang and Silk.jpg

Apropos of nothing, anybody remember El Juski's comic, Love in the Time of Sausage?

It's early at House 5, and Zappit's already hard at work painting when I get here.
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You give people computers these days, they just tune out the rest of the world. And why is Tiger watching that TV in front of the treadmills...
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When there's a perfectly good couch with a BIGGER TV over here, by Klew?
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Guess what Sara is making for breakfast? That's right, more grilled fruit. You know, I am not entirely sure those things in the middle are fruit... are they bananas? Or pickles?
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Dei suggested I move the stereo up to the dance floor, since people seem to prefer the stereo to dance instead of the DJ booth, regardless of the location of the actual dance floor.
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It kind of says something when the chef decides to go grab a bowl of leftover beanie weenies instead of partaking of her own cooking.
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By the way, today is Valentine Love Day. Bhamv makes a pass at the refrigerator.
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Breakfast time for Silk, too.
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Tiger and Spar are both animal lovers. Who's a good doggie? WHOOZAGOODOGGY?!
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Bhamv has a more nuanced stance on the issue.
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Euuugh, stinky stinky, sweat it out.
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Sara's way ahead of Klew on logic, so he's trying to make up for lost time by reading books specifically about logic.
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Speaking of books, Null is inspired to write his second children's book.
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Sara's super focused today, and decides to take the backyard observatory for a spin. Kind-of literally.

Tiger Tsang tries out the roller rink.

Zappit and Klew form a tight bond over a shared appreciation of latin pop.

Having finished his book and graduated to the next stage of his aspiration as a writer, Null celebrates with a nap.
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I just happen to spot Mind Detective jogging past. Run, Forrest, run!
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Klew is, for some reason, irritated that the sprinkler is making puddles. Then he decides to play in it.

Sara gets a call from Squidley. Boy, there sure are a lot of these talent showcase things. At least this one is at a venue we haven't seen yet.
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Sara decides the whole household needs to get out and about, and brings them with.
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Hey, there's a pool here! Sparhawk heads straight for it.
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Zappit and Tiger head to the bar and grab some snacks.
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Null spots Judith Ward, world-famous celebrity, and spends some time fanboying-out.
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Klew and Bhamv linger in the parking lot.
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Lesser celebrity Bryttani Cho tries to hype up the room. Nobody likes you, Bryttani.
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Sara kinda gets bored and starts surfing the web on her phone.
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Well, even if there's not a lot of talent on display, it turns out to be a good chance to get some socializing in, even if a lot of it is with townies.
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Upon returning home, everybody but Zappit heads straight to bed. He, on the other hand, stays up until the wee hours of the morning, continuing to paint.
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Nothing particularly romantic happened for Household 5 on Love Day, and they're all kinda disappointed about that. Well, there's always next year.
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"Never Eat Your Pet Turtle And Other Advice For Kindergarten"
"Mommy and Daddy are Lying About Everything"

What next?

"Your Teacher Is Too Overworked To Be To Invested In You: A primer for elementary school students"?
"The Classroom Hamster Doesn't Want To Go Swimming In The Toilet And Other Things You Shouldn't Find Out For Yourself"?
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"Never Eat Your Pet Turtle And Other Advice For Kindergarten"
"Mommy and Daddy are Lying About Everything"

What next?

"Your Teacher Is Too Overworked To Be To Invested In You: A primer for elementary school students"?
"The Classroom Hamster Doesn't Want To Go Swimming In The Toilet And Other Things You Shouldn't Find Out For Yourself"?
I was thinking maybe "The Classroom Hamster Is Just Sleeping and Other Lies Adults Will Tell You"
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Bhamv makes a pass at the refrigerator.
"Cold and unresponsive" is what Bhamv's used to, after all.

Null celebrates with a nap.
He's got the right idea.

Sara kinda gets bored and starts surfing the web on her phone.
With a "global superstar" nearby? I bet she's updating her Instagrim and SimBook and SnapChim right now.


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Saturday, 7th of Spring, Year 1 - Household 1

Household 1 - Cheesy Wasabi Gryfter Jun Charon Terrik Genspec Luca.jpg

Young girl, you'll be a woman soon.

Terrik watches some TV before he has to head off to work.
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Gryfter does some laps.
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Cheesy gets down with his bad self.
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Most everybody else is tippity tappin on them damn geekboxes, as Grammy Bandit used to say.
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Except Charon, who has decided to change his aspiration to be a great chef. He's cooking up a storm. Also, it's talk like a pirate day, apparently. All this really does is change a lot of my commands to confusing pirate lingo. Bunk down? Catch 40 winks? Which means sleep and which means nap? I have no idea.
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The music speaker in the kitchen dance floor breaks. Cheesy does his best to fix it.
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Wasabi just isn't herself, or even dressed, until she's had her coffee.
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Cheesy grabs the mic and serenades the breakfast-eaters.

Wasabi's a party animal, and that means she wants to throw parties. Her birthday is coming up within the next day, so that gives her the perfect excuse. She invites everyone she knows (well, it'll only let her invite 15 people, even if they already live here), hires entertainment and a bartender, and Charon, given his new aspiration, volunteers to cater. It's set for 9pm... that should give everybody enough time to rest up and be ready for fun!
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Luca wants to go for a walk, but Li Jun is so engrossed in her music, and she's getting really good... Wasabi takes him instead.
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Uh, this is like... the world's most magical leash or something.

They barely get a block down and across the street before Luca is pooped. He's getting old... a little greyer in the muzzle, and long in the tooth...
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To further his nerdy aspirations, Gryfter tries his hand at woodworking.
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Terrik returns from work, and grabs a bite with Charon, who can't get over the smell of his own cooking.
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Cheesy tries to have a nap, but Li Jun's violin practice keeps waking him up.
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General Specific arrives home just as a huge thunderstorm hits. As far as his performance goes, though, he's doing great.
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The storm forces me to move the tiki bar I got for the party that night indoors. I have to rearrange the kitchen a bit to make everything fit.
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9pm rolls around. I had everybody take a nap around 8, so they should be good to go. They change into their party duds, and guests begin arriving.
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Uh oh. Charon is still asleep. He hasn't even baked the cake yet for this party he's supposed to be catering. And no matter what I do, I can't compel him to wake up. Must be that lazy trait.
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Still, people seem to be finding ways to entertain themselves.
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Wasabi hired an entertainer for the occasion... but she.. uh... isn't very good at the guitar.

Gryfter goes for a soak and passes right the heck out.
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The mixologist Wasabi hired doesn't even arrive until almost 11pm!
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Vidya saves the day?
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Charon FINALLY wakes up and gets to work on that cake.
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Turns out the entertainer is MUCH better at the piano than she was at the guitar.
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Wasabi blows out the candles...
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... and with a twirl, is no longer a spring chicken.
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At some point, General Specific joined Gryfter in bubbly dreamland.
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Alright, well, there were some hiccups and false starts, but everybody seems to have enjoyed themselves.
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Around 3am, everybody staggers home.
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My usual time to move on to the next household is 5am, but it's delayed a little bit because I have to make sure Terrik finishes taking care of Luca before he goes to work. Poor guy got sick, and now he must wear the cone of shame.
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I'll have you know there are radioleashes available, where your pet receives a "gentle" shock if they stray too far from you. So it's technically possible without magic.
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The hot tub probably has the highest comfort trait of any place available to take a nap. And if you have the lazy trait you want to nap a lot.


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Sunday, 1st of Summer, Year 1 - Household 2

Household 2 fixed - Dirona Patrthom Squidley MikeRC Emrys Adam and Pudding.jpg

You and me baby, are aquatic mammals.

Household 2 is a chaotic mess of everybody just doin' what they want, this morning. Only Squidley's doing anything having to do with her aspiration. Well, we'll soon see to that.
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Adam grabs some leftovers for breakfast. Note that HCGLNS has been moved to his bar.
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Patrthom takes up chisel to make something handy. How about a nice knifeblock?
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I discover that if Adam sells Squidley's paintings for her, the money counts toward his aspiration, even though the cash ends up in the same household fund.
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Emrys plays with her ferret.
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And hugs the kitty.
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Patrthom has a hard time concentrating on chess when MikeRC and Dirona are standing on either side of him, flirting it up.

Holy heck, Squidley... WHAT'D YOU EAT?!
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Summer has arrived with a vengeance. It's hot as heck today, and MikeRC takes the opportunity to have a refreshing dip.
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Dirona wants to be good at many different things. She's already quite the comedian, and now she has gotten really good at dancing, too. Next up will be logic.

Oh hey, there goes MD again.
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The microwave he stole music speaker in the kitchen shorts out. Patrthom gets to work fixing it. Playing chess has put him in a focused state of mind, so he's in the zone.

He then sifts through the leftover detritus for parts he can use.
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... and then uses those parts to upgrade the sink so it doesn't break as often.
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MikeRC trolls the forums, another step down the path of mischief for him.
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Emrys has herself a catnap.
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When Dirona makes fish tacos, they've got lots of extra iron in them.

After dinner, there's chess for Dirona... and more flirting. She's incorrigible.
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MikeRC breaks the dishwasher, but at least he helps with the mess.
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Patrthom fixes the dishwasher, and uses the leftover parts to upgrade the flush power in the most-often-used toilet, so that it doesn't clog as much.
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Emrys' nap gets her fired up for some physical activity, so she straps on some roller skates.

Oh hey, things are really progressing for Dirona and MikeRC....
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Matter of fact, as most everybody else heads up to bed... they sneak outside to the hot tub.

Afterwards, the sleeping arrangements are a little cozier. Everybody's asleep by 12:30 for once.
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Dirona's fish taco leftovers start to smell, but Pudding gives them two claws up, would munch again.
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Except for the lovebirds sleeping in, everybody gets a bright and early start the next morning. But it's time to move on...
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Now that SimMe has fixed the music speaker (by what appears to be scraping all the lime Jell-O out of its hard drive?), maybe it won't catch the nearby ferret on fire as often.

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Thanks goodness speaker parts are so compatible with kitchen sinks.

Funniest part of the "Holy heck Squidley, what did you eat?" bit with the poisonous fog emerging from the toilet, is that her mood is "INSPIRED" - guess taking that toxic dump really motivated her.
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Also this entire experience is reaffirming my belief that hot tubs are just riddled with human filth.
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Also this entire experience is reaffirming my belief that hot tubs are just riddled with human filth.
hot tubs are warm, and constantly losing water through steam and slushing water. Why do you think you never have to refill your hot tub? Because it's all replaced with human bodily fluids.

*(Please do refill your hot tub on occasion, you're supposed to, it helps keep the filters working and the water fairly clean if well maintained)