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08 January 2011 @ 12:54 pm
crescendo 1.8  

PREVIOUSLY, Jude died in a fire because of general incompetence on Archer's part - and she wonders why nobody will be her friend. Liam broke my heart even more than it was already breaking, and I brought Jude back to life and babied him a little bit. Luca decided to book a trip to China, not only to get him away from the toddlers and to give Jude a nice vacation, but to take Logan, Daisy, Glory, Noro, Tautou, and Archer with them to (hopefully!) help to narrow down the heir choices. Plotting and freak outs were to be had (Daisy and Archer respectively, as if there was any question), quiet invisible chilling was done (Jude, again with the obvious), and martial arts were learned (everyone else).

The next day starts with Luca making breakfast in his underwear. As he does.

See, Jude is actually with them too!
JUDE: You're focusing on me now. Does this mean I have to interact with people? Because I've been doing just fine on my own!
This, ladies and gentlemen, is my party animal sim. Keep in mind that HE is not the loner of this bunch. (Cheers, Logan.)

JUDE: OMFG she's chasing me! Help!
DAISY: Jude! Hey, Jude! I want to talk to you about something!

DAISY: Listen, I need a favor - a distraction, of sorts. You just have to distract Glory and Luca, like this maybe. Just keep their attention away from me for, oh, five, ten minutes. Think you can do that?

JUDE: . . .

JUDE: Or, or, how about THIS idea? I DON'T do anything, and we forget this conversation ever happened.
DAISY: No, I -
JUDE: Oh snap!

I'm going to guess that conversation went well, being that you clearly RAN to the highest point away from Daisy.
JUDE: She's afraid of heights. It'll be her downfall, I'm sure - like this book says, you should use your enemies' greatest fears against them.

. . . I feel the need to prove that some of my kids do, in fact, get along.

So hot right now.

LUCA: Hey, I saw you hanging out with Glory, which must mean you're all right, so I was wondering, wanna hang out with me today?
TAUTOU: I . . . guess . . .

A solitary bike ride followed by reading a book? Are you sure Tautou consented to spend time with you?
LUCA: Yeah, about that . . .

Ah, I see. Tautou is possessed by and obsessed with the martial arts post. I have created a monster.
TAUTOU: Must. Attack. Post.
Meh, I'm not too bothered.

TAUTOU: Stone. My face is a stone, my body is a lotus.
You're a freak, but when you give me shots like this, I'll overlook it.

Your turn, Luca!

LUCA: B-b-but it hurts my feeeeeeettttt.
Do you really want Tautou to be more badass than you? Is that really something you'd be okay with?

This is how the blondes spent their day, all nice and peaceful. ~blonde bond

NORO: Oooooh, shiny.

What's up, Logan?
LOGAN: I can figure this out. Logic tells me that there's got to be a secret switch somewhere . . .

LOGAN: Oooooooohhhhh.

LOGAN: I, I'm going in.

LOGAN: Okay, put your back into it. You can do this. Grrrrr!

OMFG, your stats are really low. You can come back tomorrow.

Um, Jude?
JUDE: Yeah, party animal, right hurr!

JUDE: You should know, nothing says "I'm a woman" like . . . doing it with me.
TOO OLD TOURIST: Ooh, Jude, you're making me blush!

Take that as penance for being a suave savvy perverted child.
JUDE: B-b-but I don't like this!
That's kinda the point. PENANCE.

Luca, on the other hand, has moved past his time of whining like Jude.
LUCA: I am hardcore.
Yes. Yes, you are.

It's the last day, they can pretty much do whatever they want.
NORO: Come here, little fishy fish!

Logan brought reinforcements to help him continue to explore the tomb.
GLORY: I got this, guys. It's all under control.

GLORY: Still got this.
LOGAN: More treasure! Woot woot!
TAUTOU: If he's happy, then that means he's happy to be around ME, right? Right? I'm happy for YOU, Logan!
Aw, Tautou ♥

Scratch that, LOGAN ♥ Gah, that nose! That cute! IT'S KILLING ME.

Tautou is really into this treasure hunt thing, probably because it's the first time she's really felt included by her siblings. To be fair, it's probably the first time Logan's been social since childhood, so I'm really proud of both of them.


Look at them all hard at work - Logan, going to town with his pick-axe! Tautou, carefully opening the tomb door! Glory, . . . pretending to pull a boulder. Can you tell which one has the highest athletic skill? Hint: It's the one not doing any work.

Careful, Tautou, careful . . .

Sadly, that is as far as they got because not only was the trip coming to a close, but their motives were also dangerously low.

I wasn't kidding about the low motives.
TAUTOU: HOSHIT. Quick, avert your eyes!


And the hot-headed trait finally comes out after the most well-adjusted day Tautou has ever had. The irony.

Incidentally, that is also the last moment of vacation. Hell of a high note to end on.

And they arrive home in an absolute glob.
LUCA: Amateurs.

Logan's socialization with Glory and Tautou made him long to reconnect with his older brother. ♥

JUDE: Wow, Noro, you really are the blonde, female version of me. Right down to the skinny arms.
NORO: I think that's better suited to a girl, really.
ARIA: So, Daisy, tell me about your trip!
DAISY: I have a better idea . . .

What, you thought she was going to do something evil? I think China really mellowed Daisy out.
DAISY: Move those fucking feet, Mom! C'mon, get a fucking move on!
Or not.

Jude decided to shy dance in his parents' room, and into my heart.

ARCHER: Excuse me, I need this room.


Dearest Logan, WTF? Why, oh why, would you work all the way to the back of the house, AWAY from the garbage can, just to dump it on the back porch? You suck. Love, kittenmittons

And thus the rest of the evening goes as follows:

JUDE: Check me ow-ut!

Degausser rolled clumsy. I'm not sure about if he resembles anyone yet - maybe Jude/Noro, what with the mouth:chin placement. Time will tell.

Adding bookworm to her traits, Guernica still looks similar to Degausser, except she has the down-turned Luca/Glory/Tautou lips whereas Degausser has a little smirk.

Carolina got the neat trait, and confirmed my suspicions - she is another Glory clone, albeit with red hair and different eyes.

Jude! Adding the flirty trait - I quite like his traits altogether, they work well - and showing off his LTW - and his newfound sexiness. Definitely a good mix of his parents, he got to keep the hair he's been sporting since toddlerhood, though he also got some new facial hair. Very cute!

Daisy, with commitment issues becoming her final trait. Well, that makes her LTW all sorts of fun when you take into consideration her unflirty trait as well. She grew into her features quite nicely, if I do say so myself. However, this shouldn't be surprising as she is almost a clone of Aria, save for a slightly pointier chin. And, of course, Liam's hair/eye combo.

And Glory! Her final trait is perfectionist, which perfectly suits (SEE WUT I DID THAR?) her LTW of Perfect Mind, Perfect Body. She is also a decent mix of her parents - she's very similar to Aria facially, but has Liam's eye shape and color along with a nose that definitely came from Liam. Her lips are pretty interesting too, as they're Aria's shape, but downturned like Liam's. So yes, I'm very happy with Glory. ♥

NEXT TIME, a heir is chosen! Well, to be honest, I kind of have an idea who I want to continue with, but I want to see who you would choose - so vote, won't you, in my hypothetical heir poll. Where I could be convinced to double-heir (WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?!) depending on how it all shakes out. And then to prolong my tears at sending the grown spares away, I send the five YAs on another vacation as one last opportunity to take entirely too many pictures of them and thus prolong an actual update in favor of spam. Aww.

Also, Jude, Daisy, and Glory will be ARE up in the download a Crescendo post today. So keep a look out for them!

>> (hypothetical?) HEIR POLL <<
Current Music: white tooth man: iron & wine
flowne_lytehartflowne_lytehart on January 8th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
God, you have too many kids!!!
It was mainly between Noro and Jude and Glory... But I picked Noro in the end. XD
Do a trip--
*cough* I mean DOUBLE heirship!
You've had, what? 11 kids and two parents in one house? Having a pair of heirs shouldn't be much more difficult. Not to mention: two heirs equals many more hands to help out if there's more multiple babies at once again!
*Jude would be my second pic, cause he's awesome looking as an adult.*
Took everyone but Daisy in downloads. Daisy scares me. xD
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 9th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I know, way way too many.

Noro and Glory are definitely two of my clear favorites, and I have a huge soft spot for Jude (clearly!) so I commend those choices! :D Triple heirship, oh man, I can say that THAT is not happening.

The only problem with double heirs is that I'll still have the last set of triplets in the house, so those three + Aria and Liam + two heirs + two spouses gives me nine Sims already without any offspring. However, I could work it - if I use two girls, I don't necessarily have to move in the spouses sperm donors, or I could age the last triplets up early, or, if it's at least one of the younger girls who are still teens, the timing might work itself out closely enough. I have options. So while the house would continue to be pretty full, I could work it, and I love the kids enough that I may just do that - I want to keep as many as possible, and two is my breaking point!

Jude turned out pretty foxy; I was impressed! And Daisy scares me - she is a terror!
flowne_lytehartflowne_lytehart on January 9th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
Well, I don't think there's anything wrong with aging up the younger set. After all, they were pretty much there to achieve that one wish, lol. It's not like your aging them up and making one of them heir. I've done it to one of my girls.
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 9th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
I'll probably age them up a bit quicker than the game, though it's more going to be based on if I double-heir and who with. Because that will determine how quickly I need space in the house, I suppose. Watch, I'll age them up, and be all, "Oh, I wish that one could've been heir." *headdesk*
Jazmyn ❤novas on January 9th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Lmao an unflirty gold-digger. Never heard that one before. =P
Oh this poll is going to be tough!
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 9th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
Don't forget about her commitment issues! Or the evil trait! Easiest LTW ever with that one, amirite? *headdesk*

Oh, I know. I think I finally have an actual favorite, who I'll probably keep no matter the results, but to be honest, I was kind of glad to pass the real decision off to others. It's so much easier to give in to peer pressure, lol.
Jazmyn ❤novas on January 9th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
Lol!! I'm actually very interested to see the results.
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 9th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
As am I! It's still pretty tight as of now - Logan in particular is coming out a lot stronger than I expected! He's definitely one of my top picks, so I'm cool with that, it was just a surprise, is all.
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 10th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
Luca, ilu bb!

That is all I have to say. ;)
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 10th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
You would! I mean, not without good reason and not that I blame you, of course . . . XD
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 10th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm curious to see the lady you'll hook him up with.

Even though I'll always be Team Jackie. *cough*
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 10th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
I don't know if I'm going to bother marrying off all the kids - there's so many of them + Story Progression can be hilarious + Daisy is not going to be easy to marry off - but Luca is definitely one I'd put the effort into if he ends up a spare.

Now, if he does end up a spare and you happen to upload Jackie at some point, well . . . ;)
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 10th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
It'd be a hassle to marry all 11 of them off. Plus, the TS3 community isn't as big as the TS2 community, so there aren't many options. Unless you take a million spouse submissions.

I agree with the Story Progression comment. I refuse to have any vampires in the McGuire bloodline, but SP disagrees. I'm about to start a vampire genocide if they don't leave my bbs alone.

Of course she would be easy to marry off. Just find her an evil man. ;)

Jackie is up for download. I thought I mentioned it, but I guess not.
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 10th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
Or let them go all incest-y and marry siblings and all that fun stuff. But I use Twallan's SP and I think it'll take care of the kids I don't marry off, so I don't feel too guilty.

I don't think the Crescendos are vampire material either, so I feel you on that. I haven't installed Late Night yet (well, for a bit to check it out) for reasons that are tl;dr. But I've recently moved them to Redcliffs, a custom world, which is updated for LN but I don't think has vampires so we'll see what SP does with that when I finally get around to adding LN.

I think Daisy would prefer someone she could easily boss around and intimidate. But with the unflirty and commitment issues traits, I don't even want to think about it!

I'm sure I knew somewhere in my mind that she was available for download; I update/comment and play on two separate computers so there's a bit of a disconnect. WHICH I WILL RECTIFY PRETTY MUCH IMMEDIATELY. <3
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 10th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
I haven't had that problem with SP yet. 0.o

I actually love vampires, and I think it's cool that vampirism can be passed down to the children, but not in my legacy family. Besides, most of them are creepers.
I've heard Redcliffs is gorgeous, but I'm too far gone to move them anywhere.

Hmmm...that could be a problem. But I doubt SP would let her stay single.

Lol! Hell, I wish I had two computers. If I did I'd play TS3 on one and TS2 on the other.
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 10th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, I should phrase that better - I haven't had SP go full-incest on me, but it can definitely blur the familial lines more than I would like (say, a second cousin or something like that). And it could, in theory, have a group of siblings marry another group of siblings with no regard to how weird that actually is. So, like, all the Crescendos marry all McGuires, or something.

I haven't played a vampire yet, but with the bright-happy-beachy feel I have going on right now, I don't think this is the family to change that. And I heartily recommend Redcliffs, though it's always a pain to move worlds when you have more than one household to move. Ugh.

Hee, my computers are a bit more simple than that - I use my laptop for, um, pretty much everything, and then my iMac for really just The Sims at this point. I partitioned the hard drive so I can play on Windows because then I can use Delphy's mods, like Custard, and Multi-Installer, and Dashboard. I am going to reformat it soon, and give that partition some more room to cover all my simming needs, and then, maybe, I'll tackle the gigantic task of getting my Sims 2 CC in order. So that computer will basically be all Sims, all the time.
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 11th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
I see your point. I haven't had that happen yet. However, I've gotten rid of some uggo townies in the hopes that Bridgeport spawns some good-looking ones, so hopefully there won't be any incest.

I have Barnacle Bay, and I planned to move them all there, but I didn't want to mess with the family tree. If I get a gen. that doesn't have a gazillion kids I'll consider it.

A computer just for simming? The things we go through to play a game. Lol.
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 11th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
I think Twallan might have a mod for moving multiple households - maybe? idk, I clearly haven't looked into it.

Oh, I know. I am an Apple girl through and through, so basically all I can do on the Windows side is, um, sim, really. I wanted a desktop computer, but my office is laminate floor and one of my dogs refuses to walk on slippery floors, so I mainly use my laptop out of sympathy for the poor, pathetic puppy. lol
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 11th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
I'll look into it. If not, I can always start a new legacy. ;)

Awww. That's sweet. :)
I wanted a desktop, but it would be hell to get it up to my dorm-room.
Not only that, there have been a series of thefts on campus, and I wouldn't put it past anyone to steal it. Odd for a Catholic university, but you can never be too careful.
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 11th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
I think the only way I will move worlds again is if when EA releases a new EP and there comes a choice between moving worlds or using my own creativity to update a current world. Standards, I have them.

Laptops are way more convenient. I <3 my laptop. And especially if there's thefts going around - yikes! tbh, my laptop is actually better than my desktop, graphics card wise, so the iMac was more of a "omgWANT" purchase over anything else. Just as with standards, I clearly have priorities.

P.S. I see your photos are back! Spring for a paid photobucket? I resigned myself to that purchase about a month ago as well!
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 11th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Well, I know some legacy writers have moved back to Sunset Valley and added Late Night clubs and bars, so it's possible.

I want your laptop! XD
To be honest, I've never had an Apple product.

Oh, no. I wish I could. I'm so broke that I actually got the full amount of financial aid any student can get. If I could afford a paid photobucket I would definitely go for it.
I actually have 3 photobucket accounts. I alternate between them. But I also have a flickr and tinypic account for backup. The only reason I haven't used tinypic or imageshack is that it takes them forever to load. I had a mejuba account but I get an error message when I try to log in...so I'm pretty screwed for now. I think I will wait a couple of weeks before I put another update out...just to be on the safe side.
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 11th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's completely possible but also entirely too much effort for me. XD

Hee, I was pretty much raised on Apple products - my dad's a photographer so we've only ever had Apple computers, and that was pretty much since I was born. I'm basically WIndows-illiterate.

Well, if you ever want me to host any pictures on my Photobucket, just let me know. I mean, I have unlimited bandwidth and space, so might as well take advantage of that, right? :D Or if you just want me to re-upload the posted updates or something, idk, we can figure something out if you want.
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 11th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Lazy. xD

Really? My cousin is a photographer. (Random fact of the day)
Although she doesn't use Apple products. What makes them better? I'm intrigued.

You'd let me do that? It's official...I'm in love with you.
Just don't tell my boyfriend.
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 12th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
As far as I know, Apple computers had better and more extensive imaging editing software in the past. I think it's evened out a lot since then, but there's probably always going to be that stigma that Macs are better for image editing and sound editing and all that fun stuff.

Oh, and it's no problem. Like I said, might as well put the account to use. If you want, I can re-upload your pictures that are already posted - you'd have to edit the entries to the new image locations, but then the bandwidth issue would be solved. I guess it might be easiest, for you updating-wise, if you upload everything to one of your accounts like normal, then I can just re-upload it after? Then you'd have to go back and edit the entires, so idk how you want to play this, but I'm open to ideas!

lol! It can be our secret love affair. ;)
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 12th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Hmmm. If I ever get lucky enough to grow a money tree, maybe I'll check them out.

I wouldn't want to put a lot of work on you. Besides, if I take the pictures from some of the old entries I'd want to re-edit them, and I won't have time to do that until this summer because of school. But as far as the newer ones go, I'd be behind that. :)

Via lj. ;)
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 12th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
Okay. Just let me know when/what you want me to do, and we'll go from there. <3
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 13th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
I have half of the next update done, so I will most likely upload those and maybe the pictures from the previous update.
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 13th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Sounds good! Not only do I have my evenings off this week, but I'm fighting a cold, so I'll be home, ready to upload whenever you are. :)
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 13th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Poor dear. I just finished fighting a cold, so I know how you feel. I hope you feel better soon.

Well, if you want something to do, you can upload 2.1. Send me the info and I'll upload 2.2 sometime this weekend.
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 13th, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)

Done! The album link is here - I figured it made the most sense to do a general album named McGuire with each individual update in a subfolder, but let me know if there's something else you'd prefer All the files kept the exact same names, so all you'd have to do is a find and replace with the new url (http://s697.photobucket.com/albums/vv333/StarCounter/McGuire/21/PICTURENAME). I uploaded 78 pictures; let me know if I missed any.

And sorry, I'm not really comfortable sharing my login info, as there is some personal info stored in the account settings. Which means we kinda have to do this the roundabout way, in that you either upload the photos to your server first and I reupload them, or you zip them up and e-mail them to me or something like that. I know it's far from ideal and I apologize for any inconvenience, but hope that's okay/we can work something out. :\
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 13th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Actually, that's the way I do it in my own album too, so no problem.

Oh, no problem. I was just trying to make it easier for you. :)
set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 14th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, that's nice of you! It only took about fifteen minutes to download then re-upload 2.1, so it shouldn't be too much trouble whatsoever. If you have the pictures uploaded to an album already, just let me know and I can start re-uploading them whenever, or just grab them when you post an update. Your call!
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 14th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
I have the pictures uploaded to this album.

There aren't many, so it won't be too much for you. :)

set phasers to "LOVE ME": captain finekittenmittons on January 14th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
And done! Can't wait to see the actual update! :DDD
siouxpergirlsiouxpergirl on January 14th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
Thank you, mon ami.

Well, now that I know it won't be affected by bandwidth, I'll get to work on it this weekend.
Nicoletiptoehappiness on April 20th, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
how can one chooooseeeee!!!?????

*falls over from all the kids*

Can't wait to see who you went with though!!!
set phasers to "LOVE ME"kittenmittons on April 21st, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
It was quite the choice, wasn't it? I'm glad I didn't have to make it all on my own, and hope you're happy with who I ended up going with!
pullingtricks on August 5th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
I regret missing the hypothetical heir poll x_x just pretend there was an extra vote for Tautou, she's my favorite. So cute, and one of the normal family members. Minus pissing herself. But we're going to pretend that didn't happen.
set phasers to "LOVE ME"kittenmittons on August 8th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Okay, counting your pretend vote now! ;D Yes, the whole wetting herself incident didn't exactly speak well for her sanity, but all things considered, she gets a pass for it in this family!