Thursday, January 22, 2009

Settling in...

Joe and Allyn settled nicely into a quiet life together. They both went to work every day, working their way up their prospective career ladders. They still didn't have walls around most of their house, and winter arrived. Allyn loved the snow, and stopped to make a snowman as soon as she got home from work.

She must have really enjoyed making that snowman, because the very next night she made another. She didn't even bother to go up onto their bare foundation and see who Joe was chatting with. Joe had the day off and was just talking with a girl that had walked by earlier that day. She was just a teenager but she was pretty nice and they became friends quickly.

It turned out that Allyn wasn't the only one who loves snowmen. This cute little penguin came by and started trying to chat with one of them.

Allyn thought he was so cute, she had to go out and try to pet the little guy.

Their careers were going well, each of them having earned a couple of promotions, and they finally had enough money to hire a contractor to build some walls around the rest of their foundation. Joe was thrilled to come home one day and see a roof over the living room.

One of Joe's coworkers came home with home that afternoon, and offered him a new job in the military. Joe knew though that he was already in his dream career track and it wouldn't take long to work his way to the top, and declined the very generous offer.

Through the winter, Allyn had missed springtime, and flowers, even though she loved the snow, and as soon as she had enough money saved up, she bought herself a flower bench to learn how to arrange the new buds of spring. She really enjoyed working with those flowers, and was happy to be able to sell some of her creations for a little bit of profit. (Allyn's OTH: Nature)

They continued getting to know each other, and enjoyed spending time together, doing just the every day things that couples do. They hadn't made any commitments to each other yet though.

Both of them enjoyed searching for stars and constellations, and each of them earned simoleans for finding previously undiscovered stars and planets.

With spring came another past-time for Allyn. Butterflies! She loved trying to catch them in a jar to look at, but never had much success. Just being out in nature like that made her so happy. She was determined to take up hiking before long.

One day after work, Joe and Allyn were home doing their usual day-to-day stuff when suddenly, Joe called Allyn over and dropped to one knee.

Joe and Allyn started making plans, but other than that, things continued on as usual. They haven't set a date yet, but they seem happy together. Time will tell if things continue to go so easily for the pair.

(Allyn is family, and they are in love 100/100, but for some reason, she rarely spins up wants for Joe. She spins up wants to Ask on a date..., Kiss... Flirt... but it's always a faceless sim, not Joe. Is that weird?)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Meet Joe Schmoe

This is a Legacy Land Founders Challenge. Joe Schmoe is the founder of this Legacy. He lives in Founders Lake, in a nice little place right on the shore. He doesn't have much, just enough to put down a foundation for the house he'll be building a little at a time, and a few sticks of furniture. The only walls he could afford enclose nothing but a shower and toilet. He's sleeping and eating under the stars.

Joe has a lifelong dream of becoming a Game Designer, but wasn't able to find a job in the field at first. He took whatever job he could do for a day or two until he was able to get in on the ground floor as a Noob.

Joe met a lot of people on a trip or two downtown to some local hangouts, including one lovely lady by the name of Beryl. They weren't really into each other, but they were soon friends.

(An aside here... Joe met a lot of ladies on his trips downtown. Here's a breakdown: Negative bolts - Beryl, Allie, and Tavia of my custom townies, Jill Fleig, Shelby Barrett and Camryn Lee of Maxis sims. Neutral (no negative or positive bolt action) - Ava Sorenson, Marylena Hamilton, and Andrea Hogan. 1 Bolt - Brandi LeTourneau, Christy Stratton. 2 bolts - Amanda Carlson and Allyn Thomason.)

Joe continued to work well at his job and was really excited to find out that Beryl was able to put in a good word for him.

One afternoon Joe met two girls when he was downtown, and he was really interested in them both. When he got home, he gave them both a call, just to chat. After talking with them both, he decided that he was going to ask one of them out. (Chatting with Allyn, gained 18 points toward the daily relationship. Chatting with Amanda, though he had 2 bolts, only gained 4 points toward the relationship.)

Allyn and Joe went out the next afternoon, on Joe's day off. They hit it off almost instantly.

By the end of the evening, things were moving along so well that Joe took a chance and asked Allyn back to his place. They didn't even make it out of the street before they were in each other's arms.

Allyn moved in that very night, got a job and started contributing to the home right away. (She only brought in §1, even though when he asked her how much money she had, her thought bubble was §§§. Rats!) It wasn't long before they two were in love and made the next step in their relationship.

Allyn's stats: Family - LTW Reach Golden Anniversary - OTH Nature
Joe's stats: Knowledge - Pisces - LTW Game Designer - OTH Tinkering