Sunday morning of week 4 kicks off with Serendipity having to clean up the mess from all of the previous parties of the weekend.
And then to add insult to injury, I make her throw another party. (Party #9). Sorry sweet cheeks. You wanted to be popular. Parties are the way, obvi.
Serendipity: “I AM popular. I have like two dozen friends. Even my exes love me!”
Well…maybe it’s because of your awesome parties?
*scores another Silver party*
Slightly-better-than-average parties, anyway?
And that evening, she heads off to her second shift as a babysitter. She nabs a promotion to Nanny even. You go, girl! Way to watch those kids! I guess you’ve been caring for yourself long enough that it’s probably easy.
After a late night baby-sitting, Serendipity’s dragging a little in the morning. She whips up some omelets (Recipe #12), but they turn out pretty poorly. Still, she chokes one down before school anyway. Her cooking skill is around 7 or 8 at this point, not sure how she’s messing up omelets, but whatevs.
After school, Serendipity whips out a painting, then calls a club meeting. They work on their homework together…and Aunt Patience shocks me by autonomously coming over and helping her with her work. I swear they’re getting less dysfunctional. I can’t control Patience, and while I can control Serendipity, if she chooses negative interactions then her character values take a hit and I’m working on building those. We’ll just assume Patience is playing the long game and realizes that when Serendipity hits adulthood, it’ll be up to her whether or not she wants to still monetarily support Patience.
Tuesday she gets a little bit of writing done. A very little bit. I’ve decided I’m gonna just buckle down and do all of those books once I knock out the rest of the goals.
And so we throw a party. (Party #10) To switch it up, we make it a dinner party. This proves to be easier, as we pretty much reach Silver right after calling everyone to a meal. Too bad I hadn’t tried these earlier. Ah well. Serendipity got to slack for most of the party, working on another painting while chatting with guests. We ended up with a hanging pot rack, which we sold because it was bigger than our micro kitchen. LOL
Wednesday comes and she manages to both eat and sell off some flowers before school. I also have her switch her job to retail worker so we can get a shift of that in tomorrow.
After school, during our collection run, she gave some attention to that lovely tree at the end of the street and then decided to explore.
We were off to Sylvan Glade! She hunted up frogs and spent a while fishing (Fish #5 – a tetra – joined us. He’ll get a punny name when I feel more creative.) But it was a school night, so we couldn’t stay long. Gotta keep those grades up!
Thursday she used some of the extra fish she had fished to make a Poke bowl (Recipe #13.) This is not the technique most would have used but hey, you do you, Serendipity.
That night was her retail shift. If you look closely behind her elbow you’ll see that what was once a full and lush snapdragon plant is now just a pile of dirt. This has been happening to me in both of my saves since the update at the beginning of the month. Does anyone else get disappearing plants? They sometimes turn into a dirt pile, or sometimes they’ll look to be just a leaf on the ground (like for the herbs). They still have the fertilize & water options, they even still require weeding, but while they’re disappeared they don’t grow anything. Which makes this doubly sucky since that particular snapdragon is spliced with strawberry and sometimes gives us a dragonfruit. Or at least it did, until it was disappeared. *sigh*
Enough of my whining though. Serendipity has a decent shift at her retail job, but switches to manual labor anyway, then starts on another painting.
Friday morning, she whips up some Pan de muerto (which turns out to be Recipe #14 and thus not needed to be different but oh well.) She settles in to fill her belly and watch some Food Network til the time comes to teleport to school.
After school.. another party! (Party #11) The photo is snapped from this angle because then you can see that our frogs are officially over the count needed for a collection. Yay!
She’s even not totally exhausted as the party wraps up (another Silver. At least we’re consistent.) so she whips out this Flirty painting cuz Billie had her feeling some kinda way. 😉
Saturday morning and she’s off to mow lawns.
She has now officially worked a shift at every teenage job I have access to. Hooray! And then I made her make a cake (technically Recipe #15), with the theory that she would be ready for the party that I’m about to make her throw.
Party #12 was another where it was SOCLOSE to gold. People ate the food, people drank the drinks, people danced, people talked, and then with 40 minutes to go the game pulls up the “have 4 people eat cake” goal. “Ha!” I thought. “I have planned for this moment!” I went to the fridge to pull out our cake – our cake that was baked immediately before the party started – to find only two slices are left. All these guests apparently just went and helped themselves to our fridge cake, nevermind the food left out on the counter for them. Did any of those SIX PEOPLE count on our goal? No they did not, since they finished their cake before the goal showed up. And with two slices left, no way could I finish that. So it was Silver. Again. On the bright side, I only have one more party to go. Still, I’m not having her do it today. She cleaned up, did her homework, and went to bed.
Here’s how she sits at the end of Week 4:
1. Max a part time job – Check.
2. Have a BFF – Check.
3. Have at least 4 boyfriends/girlfriends – Check.
4. Be friends with 13 people at the same time – Check.
5. Earn $13,000 – Check.
6. Collect 13 different collectibles – Check. (She has 16 different frogs. Also 11 of the MySims dolls, and 9 different fossils.)
7. Catch 13 different fish – 5 down, 8 to go.
8. Write 13 books – Well… she started book 1.
9. Paint 13 pictures – 10 finished and displayed. (One is a duplicate, which bugs me, but meh.)
10. Cook 13 different recipes – Check.
11. Gain 13 skill points – Check. (9 Cooking; 7 Gardening & Painting; 6 Charisma; 4 Video Gaming & Logic; 3 in Comedy, Dancing, Fishing, Handiness, Mixology, & Programming; 2 in Gourmet Cooking & Writing; 1 each in Fitness & Photography. So…61?)
12. Grow and maintain 13 plants – Check.
13. Throw 13 successful parties – Only 1 left!
Prestigious Callings: You want to go to a fancier, more expensive college. Collect $31,000 (+15 points). – Check. Am actually at $33,523.
Jack of All Trades: You want to dip your toes into EVERYTHING, so you shall. Attend at least one shift for every base-game part-time job available (+20 points). – Check. Maxed the barista, then did 1-2 shifts of all the other jobs. I wasn’t sure which were basegame, so I just did them all. LOL
Well Rounded: You know better than to learn from your caregiver/parent, so you’ve started teaching yourself the rules to life. By the end of the challenge qualify for at least 3 of the 5 positive parenthood traits (+15 points). – 2 of 3 are there (Manners and Responsibility), and another 2 are close (Emotional Control and, thanks mainly to chance cards, Conflict Resolution.)