Silver Lining

I’m back! I had a rather… emotional… week away, but I won’t get into that too much here. But I tend to go on a Sims marathon when I’m feeling emotionally worn out, so that means I have a LOT of pictures ready to be put into posts. I would have more, actually, but… well, you’ll see. 😉

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First, I would like to present to you the winner of our heir poll! I spent the whole time I was gone thinking that Indium was going to be our heir, since he was in the lead the last time I’d checked. But Silver beat him out by one vote.

Silver: Proving that women in the Mendeleev household are superior to men.

One of these days I’m going to have to force a generation of only sons so we’ll have a life preserver in the sea of estrogen.

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Silver pleases me when I open the game by going to sleep when she’s tired. She’s napping, true, but it’s a lot better than standing around until she passes out. : /

So what’s the rest of the family up to?

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Ruthenium: RAWR!

I see. Ruthenium is a zombie now.

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And Palladium wants an expensive car.

Palladium: I need to make these sorts of wishes while you’re still looking at my panel.

Silver will be turning YA within a day or so, so this is sort of Palli’s last hurrah.

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Yttrium: Doo doo doo, ignoring the fact that my kid is rotting so I can play with my kite.

ONE DAY I WILL CATCH YOU.

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Palladium: Awesome! My brother is dead. I could use him to start my undead army!

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Indium: I’m tired, so I’m going to BED! That thing Silver forgot existed for like a week? Why does she get to be the heir?

… but he is ignored by the rest of the family.

Palladium: It’s funny that you think I’d be scared by that, Ruthie!

Yttrium: … they sold my booze. : (

… I kind of emptied out most of the wine cellar, except for a selection of perfect nectars that can be used for future weddings and the like.

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Yttrium: Look, I got shocked while the Watcher was making sure your kids got to bed.

Palladium: Good job, Mom! That’ll frustrate the hell out of her!

They’re doing this on purpose.

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I caked Silver on her birthday because:

1) There’s nothing I can really do with Palladium other than send her to work and wait, and

2) I wanted Palli to be home for the passing of the torch, and she works at night when the age-ups usually occur.

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Now look at Palli…

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And look at Silver. The eyes look different, but I think that’s mainly because they have different eye makeup on. Although Silver’s miiiight be smaller a little. I think.

And Silver has less wrinkles.

Palladium: Hey!

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I don’t think I even looked at what Silver’s fifth trait was, so… one moment, please. But, um… Ellie would be proud that she’s got that shirt as one of her outfits. And we’re a legacy based on the periodic table, so I needed to use it at SOME point.

Oh, right. Silver is a schmoozer now.

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Silver: Hey, now that I’m an adult, I can drink coffee.

Indium: Um… teens can drink coffee. And also, like, alcoholic stuff.

Believe me, Indy, you don’t have to tell ANYONE in the Mendeleev family that they’re able to drink alcohol as a teen. I’m pretty sure the Mendeleevs would be lining up at the bar as children if game mechanics allowed it.

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Silver’s new LTW is to max her painting and writing skills… Illustrious Author, I think it’s called. So she’ll be skilling a LOT, as neither of those skills are ones I can be sure she’ll work on once she’s out of my control.

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… I don’t think so. In addition to the fact that I’m ready to start working with Silver as my TH and don’t want to wait two days watching the boys screw around, the family has enough money that they could ALL go on a vacation I could watch them on for longer than that, and not really make a difference for them financially at all.

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Yttrium and Palladium play catch in the backyard, and YTTRIUM IS STILL SINGED. : P

I swear they do this on purposeee!

I know that, logically, they’re just little pixel things that look like people, but they do it ON PURPOSE!!!

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… I don’t think that’s happening, Palli.

Palladium: Please? Can’t you just nudge her a little? I could hand my title over to her when I retire.

I don’t think I’m technically supposed to see that wish, let alone act on it. And I don’t think nepotism is built into the Sims 3.

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Silver starts out on her painting skills. She’s got three skill points already, so I want to get her portrait done first. Then I’ll probably focus on writing, since painting is at least a skill Silver might conceivably use autonomously.

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I have no idea why the boys are in trouble. I thought they went to school on time, and their grades seem alright, but Yttrium yelled at them both.

Yttrium: If we could trust you not to throw wild parties, we could’ve gone on that free vacation! I could be in Aruba right now!

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And Cadmium’s been working on chemistry, if you’ve been wondering where he’s been. And if you’re wondering why this picture is on such an odd angle… IS THAT KELSEY?

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I wake up Silver and send her across the street. Kelsey’s dating someone, I think, but now we can steal him back! … why are you looking at his mother so fondly? o_O

Silver: I think it would be nice to be pregnant…

So you’re not in love with Kelsey’s mother, which is good… but you’re not family-oriented!

Silver: I know. But this dress is just so… motherly…

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Silver: … so… nice house. … you’re still a teen?

Kelsey: Yup.

… I could have sworn he was a YA… ABORT MISSION. ABORT! ABORT!

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Silver: And then Grandma steals my bed?

… that’s not your bed, and she’s just reading. You can still sleep there.

Silver: But… but… she’s OLD…

Yttrium: I’m right here.

Silver: … well-aged. Like wine.

Yes, compare her to her favorite thing to soothe her.

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Palladium: *clears throat* Guess who topped her career and got her LTW without your help?

… I got you up to level 9 and halfway to promotion. You just had to go to work. : /

Palladium: Sh. I topped my career by myself. Bow down to the Empress of Evil.

Whatever you say. Anyway, I’d been contemplating when to move to a new town, because honestly, while Midnight Hollow is cool and all, it’s extremely dark most of the time, and I’d been planning on building a new house when the next torch holder took over, anyway. I decided to let Palli top her career, and then we moved to…

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Roaring Heights. AND A HOUSE WITH A LUDICROUS AMOUNT OF STILTS. I was trying to make this houseplan, and I think it’d be pretty good if not for the LUDICROUS STILTS.

But I almost never touch the constrainfloorelevations cheat, and I used it like five or six times to get this working, so I decided to leave it as it is. The interior, however, is still pretty

ch ch.

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This is the entryway… place. I think the style of decorating the house would fall under ‘eclectic’. Don’t even ask  me how I came to, like, half of my design choices. I was following the will of the universe.

Or just putting whatever into the house and saying ‘yeah, that looks right’.

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Here’s part of the living room. If you look at the house plans, it’s a very open space. My floor plan isn’t quite as open after I edited things a bit, but the central area is still essentially one big room.

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Here we have more living area and dining area. I went with the ‘two tables of four,’ like I had in one of the houses the Mendeleevs lived in previously, back when the heir was… Nitrogen, I believe. Why are the living chairs beanbags? It felt right at the time. : P

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Here we have Silver’s room. She gets the master bedroom as the new TH. It has yet another easel (there are three in the house) and a computer for her writing.

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And her bathroom… I need to CAS that sink; I didn’t realize the blue legs kind of clash. It has a Chinese theme because the panda thing looked nice there, and then I needed the fans to frame it so it wasn’t just WHAM in the midle of the wall.

The bathroom is prophetic.

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Laundry room. Moving on. This gains a fox balloon once the family moves in and unpacks some things.

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And this was made to be Yttrium’s room, and the room for former TH’s in the future, I suppose, but I somehow forgot that Palli would need a room as well, so there are two beds squished in here until Yttrium dies.

Palladium: Thanks for remembering me. THE EMPRESS OF EVIL.

Yttrium: At least no one’s waiting for you to die!

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The kitchen. The fans hide a smoke detector. You can kind of see it in the one on the right. Hopefully it will work if we ever need it. … I don’t think the move objects decoration covering it should affect how it works…

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Through a little hallway just to the left of the great room, we come to what is quite possibly one of the most epic bathrooms I’ve ever seen. I would LOVE to pee in here. Seriously.

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The boys’ bedroom isn’t decorated much, as they’ll move out pretty soon, anyway, and I was getting bored of decorating. I’ll give it real decoration and things when it comes time for one of the next generation to use it. There’s also a spare bedroom that I didn’t decorate at all, so I don’t have a picture.

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And here’s the porch, just a place to put things that didn’t fit elsewhere. Not too fancy or anything. This took me a good chunk of time (the house, not just the half-assed back porch) which is why I would probably have a ton more pictures lined up for future posts if I hadn’t been building the house.

Stilts: WE ARE LEGION.

GO AWAYYYYY DX

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As an unforeseen effect of Palladium’s new status, Cadmium now can’t stand to see his mother. So it’s probably a good thing he gets to move out.

Cadmium: Darnit, Mom! Why do you have to be EVIL?

 

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Palladium: Now to read something… MANIACALLY.

I’m not sure what that means, exactly.

Palladium: Basically it’s like reading normally, but you root for Voldemort.

Ah.

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Yttrium goes… well, where else?

Rocking chairs are more addictive to sims than actual drugs.

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Indium: I see… good fortune… and great hair…

Cadmium: I could have given a better fortune than that…

You wanted to give a ‘bogus’ fortune, though…

Cadmium: I would’ve told him that there were sports cars and hot women in his future.

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Yttrium: Well, those are indeed workout equipment. Now back to the rocking chair.

She gets up from time to time, so it’s all good, and her age bar is full so I feel bad about getting mad at her anyway.

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We have a Mysterious Gnome, which I found in the family inventory. He doesn’t have a name yet. I’m not sure what to call him. : /

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Indium: I was GOING to do laundry, but Mom wants to play catch so I’ll just drop this in Silver’s room.

The sibling rivalry is strong with this one.

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Didn’t know that could happen. Cool.

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I’d been reading about Lammas right before I opened my game, and I figured I might not be able to play again (or at least, have a post out) before August 1st, so why not have Silver bake some bread for Lammastide or something?

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Like the beanbag chairs.

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Uh… Lammas bread? It’s actually supposed to be in the shape of a man or something. I’m getting this from the Internet, I’m not an expert on holidays from different religions or anything.

Silver: … I don’t think I’m Pagan, though?

What do you consider yourself, then?

Silver: Um… well, many-greats-granny Sodium worshiped the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Well then. Sauce be with you.

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I just seriously love good-quality bread, though, so any excuse to have some. Not that I often bake bread or anything… or bake bread well. I call my bread the ‘Close Enough’ bread because it was really freaking hard to measure some of that stuff right. Flour getting everywhere.

Where was I?

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Palladium enjoys a leg of fried turkey, I think.

Leg of something, anyway.

Palladium: You jealous?

… I do kinda miss turkey legs. ;_;

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And the family’s just using the fryer a lot. I already have a mod so they won’t use the ice cream machine CONSTANTLY, but until I get the appropriate mod for the fryer (I know where to find it, just lazy xD) I think I’ll take the fryer out for now… >_> <_<

SCORE:

Self Wetting : 11 -55
Fires: 4 -20
Electrocutions: 3  -15
Passing Out : 16 -80
Failing School : 0
Accidental Deaths : (0)
Social Worker Visit : (0)
Game breakiness that’s my own fault : 1

Every Birth : (5) +25
Twins : (4) +40
Triplets : (0)
Fulfilling LTWs :  3 +120
NTH Spouse Reaching Top of Career : (0)
Every Honor Roll : 6 +30
Every 100,000 simoleons earned : (0)
Painting of Torch Holder (3) + 15

TOTAL = 60

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TH Poll

I went into my Mendeleev save file, thinking I could sit back and relax with a little ISBI playing. First I did a sim check!

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Yttrium is SLEEPING. Check.

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Silver’s in front of the school building. For some reason. I don’t ask why they do what they do, only what they’re doing at the precise moment of sim check. So… check!

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This girl behind her is some collaboration of genes from the Flynn and Doe families. I think I pointed her out before in the legacy. I don’t know. Life is a blur right now, but… GORGEOUS.

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Cadmium is also in front of the school, right next to… this creature. Her name, coincidentally, is Precious. Or something equally unfitting, I don’t really take notes. I’m pretty sure it was Precious, though.

Isn’t she just, though? : /

Indium was in a building for field trip or something? I didn’t take a picture because you couldn’t see him. : /

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You also can’t see Palladium.

Palladium: I’m a ninja.

Sure. And then I sim checked on Silver again and saw she was only a day away from growing up. Oops! I feel like I noted this before, decided to do an heir poll, and then completely forgot about it. But anyway! We’re doing it NOW!

Since I’ll be going down to West Virginia about a week from now, the poll will be open until I get back.

So, without further ado…

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Silver Mendeleev.

The first of Palli’s children. She’s a genius, though you wouldn’t think it with the way she seems to completely stop functioning as soon as she gets a little tired. She’ll have no problem with the ghosts running amok in the house, being brave. She would prefer to spend her time between reading and painting.

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Indium started out as my favorite, having some pretty awesome traits and loving pink and all. He then lost favor because he was ALWAYS clinging to his IF. Indie is friendly, and is helped in making lots of friends with his charisma. He can, however, be a bit eccentric, and is such a vehicle enthusiast that he might just get around to befriending and naming a car. He also looked like he was a pretty good diver?

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Cadmium is… Cadmium. I’ve been so focused on getting Palli to achieve her LTW that I think I kind of neglected the kidlets. Despite being good, Cadmium kind of sucks up to his mom, skilling his martial arts and painting, using his artistic skill, to follow in her footsteps. But he probably won’t be a criminal. He’s also grumpy, but can forget what made him upset in the first place because he’s absent-minded. He was also my favorite at one time, but I think that was mostly because Indium became disappointing and I feel like I let males fall by the wayside which makes me feel guilty.

Poll is here because I’m laaaaazy right now. : P