Sunday, July 6, 2014

Baker - The Young and the Old

Welcome back to the Baker household. Last time we were here Malcolm finished his LTW, retired, and married his long time fianceé Madison VanWatson. She joined the household then died the next day. His step-mother Bebe died a few days later. Topher worked on his LTW, completing Sculpting and Painting. He just has Inventing left to master. Becky retired from her job, Felix aged from baby to teen and Carly gave birth to Radana just before we left them. Moving forward I'll be working on completing Topher and Carly's LTWs.

It's perhaps worth noting that I do have Late Night installed now, though it probably won't have any immediate impact on my game play here. I'm still thinking about whether I want to create a new sim for Bridgeport or move an existing sim there. Until then, I'll carry on with my families as they are.

It was early on Friday morning when I rejoined the Bakers, and most everyone was asleep. Felix was the first up, but didn't do much except get ready for school before the bus came for him. I had Topher start working on Inventing once he was up and had eaten. He was doing ok until suddenly there was a large explosion and he caught himself on fire. Luckily for him there was a shower installed right next to the bench precisely so he could extinguish himself quickly in such an event.

Meanwhile Carly spent most of her afternoon outside in her garden. While she was out there, Donnell Andrews came by to reject her. I wasn't aware they were a thing before. She's been married to Topher for quite awhile now, so Donnell took his time about "breaking up" with her if they had been a thing in the past.

The only other thing of note was that there appears to be some kind of continued glitchiness going on with using a laptop at the dining room table. For some reason they'll put the laptop at the middle chair, then sit in the end chair and reach their arms over at a strange angle to use it. Bebe did it in the past, and now Felix was doing it both while playing games and then afterwards while trying to fix it after it broke.

On Saturday Becky got invited to a friend's party. It was a small affair with just his family and a few other friends. She went swimming in his pool and then played with his grandson, who unfortunately did not have a crib so he'd been left on the kitchen floor. Also unfortunate was the fact that his parents had named him Brain.

On Sunday it was Radana's birthday and Topher decided he wanted to throw a birthday party for her. He invited over a few of their friends, and once they had all arrived, Carly took Radana out to her cake. The guests were all too busy upstairs dancing by the stereo to come down, but the family gathered on the porch to watch Radana transition to Toddler.

On Monday Carly went down to the shore and spent the day fishing. Not only did she need the skill for her job, but she was going stir crazy after so many days cooped up in the house while she was pregnant and after Radana was born. Topher went to the consignment store to sell some of his inventing products then headed over to the junkyard to stock up on more scrap. After he came home, showered, and had dinner, he took Radana down to the library to read the toddler books to her just like he had with Felix.

Tuesday went by fairly uneventfully. The main thing of potential note was that I finally decided to take a more active role in having Becky and Malcolm become a couple. They've been doing romantic interactions on their own, but I decided to push it a bit more. Strangly, messages popped up about them getting cheater reputations as I did so. Becky must have had a romantic interest I'd forgotten about. I thought all her old flames had died...oops. Ah well, she always was a free spirit anyway.

Wednesday was Carly's birthday. She wasn't interested in having a big party, so once Felix was home from school, she simply blew out the candles on a cake with the family gathered around. She transitioned to Elder. Odd to think that she was still on her last day of maternity leave as well. At least there won't be any other kids here for awhile.

The clothes got changed right away
On Thursday Becky was feeling the need to get out of the house, so she took Malcolm downtown for a tour of the theatre. After they had finished, she decided to put on an impromptu performance for the citizens of Sunset Valley, so she set out her tip jar and got out her guitar and started to play there in front of the theatre. It was just like old times, only this time she was doing it just because she wanted to and not because they desperately needed the money.

On Thursday Felix went over to a friend's house after school. While there he got a phone call from Helen Marabel asking if he'd like to go out on a date. He accepted, and the two met outside the consignment store downtown. They talked for awhile, getting to know one another, and then he offered to help tutor her on their assignments. She accepted and they sat down there in the grass to work. I wouldn't mind making a match between them since she's the granddaughter of my sim Eileen Marabel that we saw pass away in the last Baker update. Would be nice to incorporate part of the Marabel line into the Bakers, but we'll have to see how things go between them I suppose.

Unfortunately for Felix, he got so caught up in the study session that he forgot to pay attention to what time it was and he ended up staying out after curfew. The cops were quick to notice the two teens and showed up to escort them to their homes.

Friday was a fairly normal day. Topher spent most of the day sculpting while listening to a tabcast about inventing. When the tabcast finished that evening he'd finally mastered the craft and thus had completed his LTW. His points will now count for the challenge. I'll most likely have him focus on sculpting to get to the top of that career as well as hopefully complete the skill challenges, or at least some of them.

On Saturday Felix spent much of the day searching the galaxy for new stars. He had already found a couple and was keen to find 5 if he could. That evening, he decided he wanted to be a scientist like his mother, though with a different twist. He wanted to become a Forensic Specialist in the Law Enforcement career.

Sunday was Radana's birthday. The family all slept in a bit late, but once everyone was up and had eaten, Carly took Radana to the cake so she could blow out her candles. She transitioned to Child and picked up the trait Star Quality.

That evening, to help him get started with the athletic skill he'd need in law enforcement, Becky trained Felix on the weight bench for awhile, helping him to get several skill points.

Monday started out as another normal day. Radana had her first day of school, Topher went to put some of his sculptures on consignment, and Carly went to work. When she finished the day she received a promotion to Creature-Robot Cross Breeder which completed her LTW. Her points will now count for the challenge (except then there was that awkward moment where I went to update the spreadsheet and realized she hasn't scored any points for the challenge yet).

Tuesday passed uneventfully, then on Wednesday it was Felix's birthday. Once everyone was home, they gathered out back and he blew out his candles and transitioned to Young Adult. He gained the Ambitious trait.

Wednesday was also Topher's birthday (actually I think I may have read the alert wrong and thought it was Felix's then aged him up a day early, but whatever). Since it caught me by surprise, he didn't have his own cake and aged up on his own in the kitchen after the mini-party they'd had for Felix. He transitioned to Elder.

Thursday passed rather ordinarily. Felix had his first day at work, Radana went to school, Carly spent the day fishing, and Becky spent the day collecting seeds. That evening Felix invited Helen Marabel over to see if they still had a spark going. They were fairly good friends now, but apparently she hadn't aged up yet. We decided to remedy that by getting out a cake and sending her to blow out the candles.

After she had aged up, Felix started flirting with her a bit, with mixed results. Since it looked like she would take a bit of wooing, he asked her to move in with them so there'd be plenty of time to win her over. She agreed.

Helen Marabel
Traits: No Sense of Humor, Great Kisser, Loves the Outdoors, Coward, Easily Impressed
Favorites, Kids music, Mac and Cheese, Black
LTW: World Renowned Surgeon

As it turned out, the Romantic interactions went much smoother when I had Helen do the initiating. Unfortunately she had a boyfriend I hadn't known about, but that was easily dealt with when she agreed to break up with him. A few more interactions and Felix had her agreeing to marry him.

She got a makeover after this - new outfit is shown in the picture above, though her hair also changed after that pic was taken
On Friday after a couple days of working really hard, Carly got to the top of her career. Upon returning home she promptly made the call to retire. She'll now collect her pension and devote herself to fishing in hopes that she'll be able to complete the Commercial Fisherman challenge and at least bring in one point before she dies.

That evening after they'd both rested up after work, Felix and Helen decided they didn't want to wait for a formal wedding (and I decided I didn't want to bother with one). They had their own private wedding and exchanged rings in the foyer while the rest of the family was busy with other things. Helen took Felix's name and became Helen Baker.

On Saturday Topher sold some more sculptures which earned him a promotion in the Sculptor career. He received notice that he was to come by City Hall to collect a service award as well. He headed down there right away, and found that there was a protest of some sort going on. Apparently people were protesting unicorns? (No clue on this one...I don't have Pets installed so far)

Sunday turned out to be a notable day. First of all Topher completed his 35th sculpture and his 25th ice sculpture and thus fulfilled two different skill challenges for Sculpturing. It was also Radana's birthday. They had a small party for her out back with just the family. She transitioned to teen and picked up the Unlucky trait.

Sadly, Sunday was also the end of the road for Becky. She passed away at the age of 93 (I think) while attending Noel Keaton's party. Malcolm came and crashed the party when he found out so he could pick up her tombstone to bring it home to rest beside her parents', his stepmother and his wife. Becky contributed 2 points to the challenge in her lifetime (yeah, I probably should have pushed more on at least one of the guitar skill challenges for her, but I was too busy with the others in the household most of the time to pay much attention to her).

The next day Felix saw a meteor crash down while he was searching for more new stars through the telescope. It landed in the neighbor's yard and he ran over to collect it before returning to his galaxy searching.

Not sure whose tombstone that is
Monday night Malcolm finally got around to doing an opportunity he'd had for awhile that wanted him to jog for an hour while carrying some monitoring device. I guess they wanted to see how well someone his age would do jogging. When he went to turn the device in and complete the opportunity, his contact was invisible.

She is there, and he was able to talk to her, but she never was visible
On Tuesday Radana brought an acquaintance home from school with her. She then took off to the science facility to complete an opportunity. Felix chatted with the girl and then offered to tutor her for awhile.

While Felix was still busy tutoring Radana's friend, Helen decided to get to know Malcolm better. As they stood chatting in the living room, Grim came for him. Malcolm died at age 103 days and contributed 3 points to the challenge. Truth be told, I'd been waiting for Malcolm to kick it for ages and had thought he would go before Becky since he was older.

And that seems like a decent place to end this visit with the Bakers. It was a reasonably productive round I think. Here is a look at the score at the end of this round:

Next up I'll probably be visiting the Britt family again unless I decide to start someone in Bridgeport instead. Until then, Cheers!


  1. It's hard to keep track of many sims at a time, it's easy someone gets neglected, but you did well! Congratulations on the newlyweds!

    1. Yes, in full households like this one, the elders and anyone else who's finished their LTW already tends to get ignored by me most of the time. Becky and Malcolm were mostly left to their own devices most of the time.