January 05, 2008

Chapter 32: Time Flies...

Time Flies...

There's been a bit of an overlong delay in following up with these two (and the rest of the Holldums), mostly due to having Bon Voyage (having to figure out which mods needed updated versions, weeding through the vast plethora of CC to try to streamline my downloads folder, etc. etc. etc.) but also because I was distracted by another game or two.

So what has been going on with Holldums in the meanwhile? We know from last chapter that these two snuck off to Sim Vegas to get hitched at the First Spanglestolic Church of the Velvet Elvis, but everyone else...?

Cirrus and Salina have been adjusting to married life, not that they've made that many changes to their routine. As a rising star in the SimCity Soccer League, Salina decided it was time to go for a new look and a new 'do. One that was easier to take care when there's little time to get from the post-game locker room to the post-game press conference.

Despite her new found fame, Salina still loves her lil Cookie.

She still loves her Cirrus too, though he finds it hard to get a word (or anything else) in edgewise some days. It seems the phone is constantly ringing off the hook for Salina.

But things are about to change...

... as Salina discovers that post nuptual woohoo has its consequences.

Surprisingly, this hiccup is the only morning sickness she had. Texas was sick as a dog when she was pregnant. Come to think of it, Waylon was pretty urpy when he was carrying Orrin too. I guess Salina got lucky.

I swear, Salina chose this maternity outfit just to spite me. She matches the top perfectly *facepalm* I'll forgive her the stunned look. She's been skinny and fit her whole life; stepping out of the carpool and suddenly getting fat has to be a bit of a shock.

Cirrus still hasn't been able to find his dream job yet (medical) so he's taken some time to bond with Cookie and teach her some manners. If he keeps this up, by the time she becomes an adult dog, Cookie will have all her learned behaviors mastered.

Otherwise, this is how Cirrus spends his days... this and swimming. Truthfully, if Salina wasn't at work, she'd be joining him out here. I can't keep these two out of the puddles. I surprised one of them hasn't been hit by lightning yet (Cirrus keeps spinning up the want for it.)

And while we're outside the White residence... let me show you the White family lot. Yes, Cirrus didn't want to leave his relatives behind when he moved.

And they seem rather approving of the change. Usually ghosts love scaring pregnant sims; they've left Salina peacefully alone so far. That's Cirrus' father Dale floating happily by in the background there. I've been tempted to send Cirrus into Paranormal, so he can resurrect his parents (Dale and Aurora). They were a natural 3 bolt couple and a joy to play. The sort of couple that were always being all lovey-dovey to each other.

Kinda like these two. Like father like son, eh?

[Insert gratuitous family bonding moment here]

Salina's on maternity leave now, so I may have Cirrus hold off picking up that job until the little one arrives. They don't need the money and those early years will be easier with both parents to lend a hand. What sort of parents they'll be however... that I don't know. Cirrus and Salina are just big kids themselves.

So we'll push the pause button on the White household...

But before we move to the main Holldum estate, for the curious here's what Cookie grew up into. Remember, Mama Felicia is a Chihuahua and Daddy Biscuit is a Pomeranian. It may be hard to tell, but she does the same doofus 'tongue sticking out' thing that Felicia does.

And now, a quick glimpse of what's been going on at the main Holldum lot...

When Omaha realized there was no scholarship available for kissing proficiency, she asked her dad to give her a hand getting her skills up to par.

Perhaps asking Strangetown's current Criminal Mastermind for help wasn't the best choice.

Remember how I mentioned about updated hacks earlier? Yeah, when I reinstalled all my hacks I missed some... like the ones that prevent things like this from happening. Vampires can be so stupid otherwise. Somebody decided he was going to go play fetch with Felicia when he should've been in his coffin. After finally getting him shooed back inside, he decided a bath was in order (well, it was, but so was food and sleep) Thankfully I was able to get Waylon up there in time, and since both Cleveland and Waylon are knowledge sims, they were tickled pink with Grimmy's visit. *facepalm*

The Nutty Professor and Mad Scientist Brotherhood of Greater Strangetown (NPMSBGS) decided to take advantage of a break in the spring rainstorms and hold their regular meeting in the Holldum hot tub. It was funny how often Eugene brought up the baby topic with Vidcund; after the 4th or 5th time Waylon started to get a little annoyed by the topic.

Somebody did try to crash the NPMSBGS get-together, but he was a bit late for the party. When it started to storm, they all got out of the tub and headed inside. Someone, however, doesn't have the sense the gods gave the goose. Storms + Hot Tub = ZOTT!

"Do not mock the Evil Overlord's misfortune, woman!"

Please, you're the first sim I've had struck by lightning while sitting in a hot tub. I'm tempted to have someone paint this picture, to preserve it for posterity. And watch that Evil Overlord talk; who knows what it could bring about.


Treynor keeps spinning up the want to talk to and play with Vayne, so I had him invite her over one day. He has no nice points, remember? This is how he greeted her. These two are too cute already; if they keep this up I may have to marry them off in the future.

This doesn't mean that Treynor plays any nicer with her when Vayne's over visiting. He tries to bean her with the baseball more than he throws it nicely to her.


Turn about is fair play.

"What? Me? Treynor, I'd never try to hit you with the ball, you know that."

Or so she'd like him to believe. Yes, after a long round of encouragement with her folks, Vayne is a lot less nice than she was. She's still nicer than Treynor, but she can hold her own against him now.

And he makes the funniest faces when she does.

I'm telling ya, I should've named him Popeye.

As for the newlyweds... well... Kasson still hates his job. And that's not all that's got him worked up...

You see, Texas wasn't about to let him get away with eloping and getting married in Sim Vegas. She insisted on a small ceremony for just the family and a few friends (plus I couldn't send them off on a Bon Voyage honeymoon unless they got hitched again)

Texas still did not get her mariachi band.

Treynor had a few friends over after school, which is how little Pollyanna Subject ended up in attendance. Her half-brother Yager is running around somewhere, as is Vayne. Vayne's mother stopped by to pick her up (that's her behind Omaha) and stayed for the show.

"Ya done deleted mah hair with yer CC cleaning!"

Oh I did not Omaha. I just forgot to go in and set your formal hairstyle. You'll live.

It wouldn't be a Holldum gathering without inappropriate thoughts, swooning, floaty hearts, and roving eyes.

It also wouldn't be a Holldum gathering without Texas doing something that embarrasses or annoys her children. At least she and Waylon stayed clothed the whole time and didn't wander off to woohoo

"But we'll be off ta do that right shortly."

Texas is a slob; the boys get their neatness obsession from their father and grandfather (dear old Waylon).

Eventually the time came around for SK and Kasson to say their vows again... this time in a little more traditional atmosphere.

These two are disgustingly cute together sometimes.

After which the aspiration points were just a-flying. Of the 4 of them earning points, SK is the only one who's not perma-plat so she could really use the mood boost.

Although I'm not quite sure why she seems a little stunned at realizing she married a rich sim. The Holldums have always been well-off and Kasson is one of the major breadwinners in the house. It surprises me how much the little bubble blower addict has brought in. If he had been a wealth sim with the 100,000 LFW, he'd have made it ages ago.

Since SK and Kasson didn't have a wedding cake in Sim Vegas (or if they did, I didn't get shots of it) I figured it was only fair they have one now. Or two even. That's SK's cake on the left and the traditional Holldum WooHoo cake on the right.

Surprisingly I was not surprised to discover that Kasson is a cake shover . *chuckle* Both Cleveland and Salina daintily fed their spouses cake, but even though stat-wise Kasson and Cleveland are identical (├╝ber-neat) his personality is radically different.

Bibby was not amused.

SK, however, did have the last laugh.

Yep, she made Kasson do his best chipmunk impression. I'd hoped SK would be a cake shover too, so she could get back at Kasson. She's got the playful points, but I've found that stats aren't a good predictor anymore of who'll use a fork and who'll use their hand.

All good times must come to an end, however. Kasson got the cake cleaned out of his beard (and nose) just in time for he and SK to thank their guests for attending and catch the shuttle to Twikkii Island.

But that's another chapter.

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