Tuesday, March 07, 2006

A Little Bit of This and That

It's funny, but now that I think about it, most of my houses I've been monitoring for these MonkeeSims posts haven't been burglarized since they were very first built. Why? Probably because the screwed up schedules of the residents result in very few times when everyone is actually asleep at the same time. Even in the very beginning at the Wilson house, Keri Wilson used to get up before everyone else, then go to bed hours before the rest of the family. I guess she was pulling the night watch or something...

Rather than try to milk the poor Wilson and Miller families for interesting post material, I decided it was time to add another family of my own creation to the neighborhood - the Jackson family. It will be a few posts before you see them, but let me just say that they are quite different from the other families that have been featured so far (well, maybe they're a little like the Rambos, but only in decorating tastes).

Getting back to the Wilsons, things are pretty much just as always - half of them are in the hot tubs, the other half are off doing things by themselves. It's a wonder they have decent relationships with one another, but I guess all that time spent together in the hot tubs really counts for something.

Image hosting by PhotobucketHey, where's Kevin? Hey, who cares?

Kitty and Julie are still the only ones working. I use the term working loosely, of course. Usually, when you think of someone going to work, you think of them off doing something that makes money. Here, we see Julie doing quite the opposite, feeding the one-armed bandits in Studio Town.

Image hosting by PhotobucketJulie: "Whew...pumping $100 worth of coins into these suckers is a lot of work!"

There are some advantages to having to leave the house on schedule to go mingle with the rich and famous. Here, Julie bumps into Stu, who she hasn't really seen at all since she moved out. I don't know what it is about that guy, but he never can be bothered to spend any time in any house but his own. Julie takes the opportunity to give a little sisterly fashion advice.

Image hosting by PhotobucketStu's glasses are just's the rest of that outfit that needs to go!

Despite the ability to leave the house and visit other exotic locations, much of the rest of the family looks quite bored these days, including Kitty. I guess the fact that she's used to being gone so much probably just makes it worse. Why, they've even resorted to digging through the garbage for amusement...I thought only El Bandito did that.

Image hosting by PhotobucketMarty: "Hey, look at this! Bat Boy escaped again!"

It could be worse, I guess. Thanks to the wonders of the expansion packs I added, the house developed a case of roaches. I found this quite odd, since Alfred the Butler and the unnecessary maid do a fine job of keeping the place trash free. Julie took it upon herself to spray bug poison all over the place to get rid of the little buggers. That must be some bug spray, since it causes the roaches to disintegrate on contact.

Image hosting by PhotobucketJulie: "As long as nobody licks the floor over here, they should be okay!"

Kitty started spending a lot less time in Studio Town than she used to, going just often enough to keep her fame from decreasing. Of course, this hasn't kept the obsessed fan from dropping by constantly to take pictures of the most mundane sort. Seriously, how many pictures of someone sitting around in a hot tub or taking out the garbage does anyone, even an obsessed whacko, need?

Image hosting by PhotobucketObsessed Fan: "Wow! Someone here actually changed clothes! I gotta' get a picture of that!"

Normally Kitty just allows Alfred the Butler to smack the fan silly and send him packing, but that sort of lacks the touch of personal revenge. As a backup plan, she ordered a voodoo doll from Sharper Image, and decided to take matters into her own hands...literally.

Image hosting by PhotobucketI'd love to know what she uses that pin for when she's not jabbing the doll with it...

The doll serves it purpose, and the fan doubles over as his comfort sinks to new levels (or so we assume, since we can't see his stats to prove it). Marty, being the ever compassionate sort, doesn't even bat an eye at the obvious distress of the fan. It probably has something to do with the fact that the guy stalks his wife for a living, and generally makes her life miserable whenever he can.

Image hosting by PhotobucketMarty: "Dude, if you're going to kick the bucket, could you at least stand out in the street?"

Well, Kitty's little trick gets rid of the fan for the moment (is it just me, or does the "tense" of this entry keep on changing back and forth? Oh, well...), but it's all for nothing. No sooner does he take a hike, than a whole bus load of fans pulls up to the curb and unloads on the sidewalk. Ah, the life of a star is such a never ending drama...

Image hosting by PhotobucketKitty: "I'm going to need a bigger voodoo doll!"

It turns out that she actually doesn't have anything to worry about at the moment. Despite the fact that she's standing right there in view of the bus, making no effort to get away, the fans don't seem all that interested in her. I guess she's not the big deal she once was (or once thought she was). No, they're here to photograph someone else entirely...

Image hosting by PhotobucketFans: "There he is! It's Alfred the Butler!"

Meanwhile, inside the house, a nefarious scheme is taking place. Kammy and Kevin share a rare intimate moment (without my approval), and bring up the little "baby request" box, hoping I won't notice. Luckily, I was on the ball this time, and it didn't get past me. Sorry, guys, but the married sims in the house get first dibs on that last family member slot!

Image hosting by PhotobucketKevin: "Let's try it again...maybe he won't notice next time!"

The make out session ended though when Corey the Courier rang the doorbell, and Kevin had to answer it (even though Julie was standing right out there...maybe I did have something to do with that). It was a package that nobody remembered ordering. Everybody stood around staring at it, not quite sure what to do.

Image hosting by PhotobucketKevin: "Should we call the bomb squad?"

Well, there was no cause for alarm - it was just some tomatoes Kitty had ordered online. Considering the only use for tomatoes I'm aware of is selling them at the market in Old Town, buying them on the internet makes absolutely no sense, but I guess life's not always going to make a whole lot of sense. Meanwhile, a stray dog named Fifi wandered onto the property, and Julie was quite taken with it. I believe this was probably the first animal the family had ever witnessed here or anywhere else, so I'm not surprised she finds it such a novelty.

Image hosting by PhotobucketJulie: "A goo goo ga ga goo ga..."

She was a little too taken with Fifi if you ask me. So much so, that she didn't notice when the school bus arrived to drop off Mia Kay, and came to a screeching halt mere inches away from her. The bus honked and honked, but again, Julie was totally oblivious. Man, the kids on the bus are going to be giving Mia Kay a hard time about her weird mom on the ride home tomorrow...

Image hosting by PhotobucketJulie teaches Fifi how to walk an all fours...

Digging through trash...spraying roaches...abusing obsessed fans...playing in the street with strange mutts. It became painfully obvious to the family that their life was not what it once was, and a solution of some sort was in order. The consensus was that the whole family needed to get out of the house again and have some fun. Heck, they had to have a meeting to figure that out? I could have told them that!

Image hosting by PhotobucketJD: "Then it's decided...we need to get out of the house. If there's no other business, I move to adjourn this meeting of the hot tubs."

I know I've said it before, but sometimes the least eventful and random days in the lives of the sims are the most fun. Of course, there are also many that are just plain boring, but you don't have to suffer through them. That's what I'm here for! That's all for now...see you next time!


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