Already in Progress, Chapter 39: Pregnant? Check. Barefoot? Check.
Welcome back to Already in Progress! I hope you’re recoveredfrom the birthday party – it was pretty epic, wasn’t it?I apologize for the spoileryness of the cover shot – it was such agreat picture, I just couldn’t resist. I hope you will forgive mesome day.And now, let’s rejoin our story: Already in Progress…
Stopping in at Sarah Jane’s we can see that Abbey has beenbusy helping out in the garden.
Sarah Jane has been busy making friends with the newlyToddlerfied twins.I’m pretty sure this is Rebecca.
Tim has just been busy in general.And speaking of making friends…
This is what PermaPlat looks like. LTW of 20 SimultaneousBest Friends? No problem!By my count, Sarah Jane only had 17 Best Friends, not 20. Butshhhhhh – don’t tell my game that!
And there are advantages to having a PermaPlat grandmother,as Rebecca can attest to.This is definitely Rebecca – the twins are color-coded now, butthey weren’t when I took the previous picture. Rebecca’s coloris pink.
Anastasia’s color is either blue or purple, depending on whatoptions are available.At certain angles, Anastasia does have an extremely impressivechin. Rather like Jay Leno, really. I couldn’t even begin toguess where that came from. At other angles, the girls look veryalike. I hope they differentiate more when they get older.And don’t tell me I shouldn’t dress them alike. That’s entirelytheir mother and grandmother. Not me. (guiltily) Why wouldyou think I picked out their clothes?
At the Littledragon-Miller household, Harkon has startedvolunteering at a community center in the afternoons. He helpskids with their homework, mostly, and helps set up and breakdown special events. It’s nice to get out of the housesometimes, and his daughters have proved themselves deficienton the “grandbabies” front.
Well, actually, Amy’s not deficient. She’s not supposed to behaving any babies yet, and sure enough, she isn’t. She hasstarted exploring Grandma’s old flower arranging bench –when she’s not playing with one or another of the kitties.
Speaking of whom, they’ve grown up. Latifah is the one withgreen eyes and a tail, while Mr. Fuzzypants has blue eyes andno tail.Oh yeah, and Nirel Grew Up Well too. He actually managed adecent outfit, and I’m going to let him keep it.
Dante has discovered the joys of the piano.(grumbles) I hate these things so much. I should really stopputting them in houses. All day long, somebody or other isdoing “Perform… Jazz” or “Perform… Rock.” And I am sosick of the music that goes with those two options!
Also frequently. And with enough concentration as to be a poorconversational partner.DANTE: So, Sam… Have you given any thought to maybehaving a baby?SAMANTHA: Hnnnnh.DANTE: I mean, I’d like to be a father. And you said earlierthat you’d like to be a mother. We could have one of our own,maybe, and adopt a second if you’d like.SAMANTHA: Mmmmm.DANTE (quickly): Or if you’d prefer to just adopt, that’s okaytoo. I wouldn’t love an adopted child any less. But I think weshould at least think about it, okay? I’d love to have a newfamily member.(Samantha stands up)
DANTE: Um, honey? When I said I’d love to have a newfamily member, I didn’t necessarily mean right this second.
As you can see, Buttercup and Albert have done someremodeling. The second bedroom there was formerly patio, andthe whole kitchen had to be rearranged to allow access to whatlittle patio is left. I think they actually ended up with morecounter space.
And there’s even room for the tools of Buttercup’s trade!Eventually, they will get nicer furniture. Just at the moment,though, there’s no money left after the remodel. Plus, withFortune Sims, it’s always better to wait until they roll the Wantfor something.
Cecil and Josephine finally became Toddlers. Even with cleandiapers and lots of cuddles, they refused to transition until wellafter 10 pm. I was just about ready to quit-without-saving andapply birthday cake.
The wait was worth it, though. Go on, tell me they aren’tadorable!
Albert certainly thinks so.ALBERT: You know what would make good economic sense,honey? A third deduction.BUTTERCUP: Ooookay, I think you’ve officially lost it.ALBERT: No, really. Jo and Cecil are perfect. A third babywould be even more perfect.BUTTERCUP: So you’re going to start stargazing?ALBERT: Don’t be ridiculous.BUTTERCUP: Well, I hope you don’t think that I’m going tohelp with a third “deduction.” The two we’ve got are alreadycutting into my profit margin, plus I’m giving up perfectly goodgrowing time to change diapers and fetch bottles. Don’t get mewrong – I wouldn’t swap them for anything. But two is plenty.
CECIL: DAAAAA-DEEEEEEE!JO: WAAAAAAA! Wannooooooooow!ALBERT: I think the kids are awake.BUTTERCUP: Great. (yawns) Have fun. (snuggles into thepillow)ALBERT (pokes Buttercup): I put them to bed. Your turn.BUTTERCUP: You want another “deduction,” you take care ofthe ones we’ve got already.Oddly enough, Albert’s Want for another baby didn’t comeback after that.
TRIXIE: Don’t be ridiculous. You’re too old for that.TIRTHA: If I’m old, what does that make you? And anyway,what about –TRIXIE: It makes me younger than you, that’s what.(reasonably) Look, nobody who’s going through The Changewants to admit she’s going through The Change, but there’sreally no shame in it. It happens to all of us.TIRTHA: I am not going through The Change! (stomps off)TRIXIE (calls after her): Bet you twenty bucks you are!
TIRTHA (sweetly): Oh, Trixie! You know that thing thatcouldn’t possibly happen? You owe me twenty bucks.
ABHIJEET: Wow.You heard?ABHIJEET: Yeah. That’s some news.So what are you going to do?ABHIJEET: The honorable thing, of course.(dubiously) We’re not talking about hara-kiri, are we?ABHIJEET: Don’t be ridiculous. We’re talking about dinnerreservations.
TIRTHA: You don’t have to do this. I can take care of the babyon my own. I just thought you had a right to know.ABHIJEET: It’s not just a matter of obligation. I would enjoybeing married to you. And a child needs both parents.TIRTHA: I know I’m not really in a position to make requests,but… would you get a different wig? Please?ABHIJEET: I’ll get a new wig if you’ll take my name insteadof me taking yours.TIRTHA: Deal.
And this little charmer is Ariadene Phillips.Before you tell me that isn’t the correct way to spell “Ariadne,”I just want to point out that it appears to be a perfectly validPortuguese name. Also, spell check doesn’t like either version.Of course, I actually was trying to spell the name of themythological Cretan princess and subsequent goddess and got itdead wrong. But there it is.
Not a whole lot happened at the Mifune Sanders residence.Certainly there were no surprise babies.
Louise and Charlie did decide that the middle of winter was theperfect time for a water balloon fight. Fortunately, nobody gothypothermia.
And the family has hired a maid, although Charlie seems to be alittle unclear on the concept.DON PLATZ, THE MAID: Ma’am, I’ll do that.CHARLOTTE: No, no, no. I have to clean up first.DON PLATZ, THE MAID: No, ma’am, really – it’s my job.CHARLOTTE: I don’t want you to think we’re slobs.Moving along…
Hi, Sally. Having fun?SALLY: Yup. I like making snow angels. Best thing to do afterschool. Five or six of these, and I’m ready to tackle myhomework.You’ve gotten taller.
SALLY: Yeah, I had a birthday. We had a party, just family.Well, just family and Oakapple came over with Oliver. But –Did you get any good presents?SALLY: Uh-huh. Oliver gave me a new book by Connie Willis.Uncle Cillian gave me a gift card – one of those ones that workslike a Visa? Auntie Anne gave me a one-year membership tothe cookie of the month club. Mom gave me an all-dayinclusive spa package.Nice!SALLY: Well, I think she thinks I don’t take good enough careof my skin or pay enough attention to my image.
SALLY (V.O.): But the best present was that Daddy gave me akitten. He said Tom was the runt of the litter and that he neededspecial care. I had to feed him by hand and everything.(reminiscently) He was the cutest kitten ever.(sympathetically) Oh, I’m so sorry.SALLY (V.O.) (puzzled): For what?Well, you used the past tense…
SALLY(V.O.): Yeah, Tom’s a full-grown cat now. He’s stillcute. But – (whispers) He’s kind of dumb. It took him until hewas full grown to figure out what the food bowl was for. (in anormal voice) He’s a real sweetheart, though. Everyone loveshim. (excited) Oh, and speaking of love –How’s Rudy?
SALLY (V.O.): He’s fine. I get to talk to him sometimes whenMom’s at work. (impatiently) But listen, talking about love –Do you have a boyfriend?SALLY (V.O.): No, no, just listen… (excitedly) I think I goteverything sorted out between Oliver and Oakapple!
SALLY: So, Oakapple – what kind of relationship do you havewith my brother?OAKAPPLE: We’re… friends. What kind… of a question… isthat?SALLY: Yes, friends, okay, but what kind of friends? Are therebenefits involved?OAKAPPLE: Do you even… know what you’re… askingabout?SALLY: Uh-huh. I’m asking about woo –OAKAPPLE: Mind your own… business.SALLY: Well, if you’ve got all that, and you’re such goodfriends, why don’t you just get married? I think Oliver wouldreally like that.OAKAPPLE: He turned… me down once… already. Notthat… it’s anything to… do with you.
SALLY: So, Oliver – why didn’t you accept Oakapple when heproposed?OLIVER: I had my reasons. Who told you about that anyway?SALLY: Does it matter? I think the two of you would make agreat couple.OLIVER: Your opinion has been duly noted. Thank you foryour input.SALLY: But aren’t you going to –OLIVER: Thank you for your input and concern. It will betaken into consideration.SALLY: But –OLIVER: The subject is closed, Sally.
A little background… Oakapple used to be quite the ladies’man in college. While it is true that he once proposed to Oliver,that was an act of desperation, especially since everyone elseOkapple proposed to was suddenly spoken for. It was quitesensible and self-respecting of Oliver to turn him down.*Following Oakpple’s death and subsequent incompleteresurrection,** he lost skill points and many of his personalitytraits changed or flat-out reversed, hence his new and somewhatambiguous relationship with Oliver.He also took up gardening, since he had never been any good atit and thus didn’t have to feel bad about being lousy.*See “Myrna, or, Oakapple’s Own,” part of Ruth’s (un)Officially WackyBoolprop Challenge.** See “Silvered Is The Raven Hair,” also part of Ruth’s.
OLIVER: Gardening in the rain is really stupid, you know that?You could catch pneumonia.OAKAPPLE: So? It won’t… kill me.OLIVER: I’m going to light the fire now. Get real close so youdry off. While you do that, I’m going to go make dinner.OAKAPPLE (hopefully): Grilled… cheese?OLIVER: (sighs) Sure, grilled cheese.OAKAPPLE (happily): I love… grilled cheese.*OLIVER: I know you do.So it looks like Sally’s little talks didn’t help at all.*Like all my zombies, Oakapple is Grilled Cheese aspiration.
It was a phone call from a random townie that tipped the scales.OLIVER: Who was that?OAKAPPLE: Jerry… Ryan.OLIVER: What did he want?OAKAPPLE: He asked me… on an outing.OLIVER (snidely): Some people really need to get a life of theirown.OAKAPPLE: What – are you… jealous?OLIVER: So what if I am?OAKAPPLE: Well, that’s just… stupid. I already… proposed once.I’ll… propose again if… you want. But… you should know… bynow that… you’re the second… most important thing… in my life.OLIVER: You know what? I do want you to ask again. Go ahead.
OAKAPPLE (rolls eyes): Fine. Ollie, will… you marry me?OLIVER: Yes! Yes, I will! So there! – Er, if I’m the secondmost important thing in your life, what’s first?OAKAPPLE: Grilled… cheese. Duh.
Now, as I’m sure you remember because you read therecommended special crossover feature Arbitration, Oakapplewas engaged to Celeste Kalson, but refused to marry her. Sherequested damages from an arbitrator, who turned out to benone other than our very own Edgar Miller. Eddie was instantlysmitten with the “heavenly” party of the second part, and solvedthe dispute by marrying her himself. Celeste was happy becauseEddie is actually quite rich. But marrying someone you’veknown for roughly ten minutes can lead to some initialawkwardness.CELESTE: So… What kind of movies do you like?
On the other hand, Eddie and Celeste have three bolts, and threebolts are three bolts. Three bolts go a long way towardssmoothing over the little difficulties.
They go a long way towards contributing to other things, too.EDGAR: Can I call you back? My wife just got her first bump.(puzzled) And for some reason, her hairdo changed with it.Anyway, I’ll talk to you later, okay?
I have to admit that I’m kind of worried about this pregnancy.From the back, Celeste is not very big. If it wasn’t for theclothes and the stance, you’d never know she was pregnant.From the front…
From the front it looks like twins. Maybe even triplets. (wails)And I don’t even have that hack! And they’ll all be girls!Join me next time, when we find out if I am being overlypessimistic.I bet you a quarter I’m not.Until next time, Happy Simming!