Finally back with an update!
Welcome back to Mesa Vista (finally) and the main hood, where we get to meet the Zarusoba household!
A long time ago (too long), in a BaCC far far away, Lydia Zarusoba (simlili's simself) moved to Mesa Vista shortly after the four-episode Mesa Vista Marathon back in March of last year...
(Re-tooled Palm Cottage by Pippenhouse at MTS: http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=506423)
Yes, I'm afraid I try even her patience. But as the saying goes, the BaCC must go on!
Lydia is Knowledge and her LTW is to be a World Class Ballet Dancer. That worked out rather well, as it took the pressure off me finding a challenge for her, because opening the Dance career was its own little challenge with the dance studio requirement. Plus, it would give me time to further ponder an ISBI if I wanted to go that route with her. Or maybe some other challenge. If any.
"Oh good, I love the smell of an uncertain future first thing in the morning..."
But for now, Lydia was rolling with the flow with
"Baron? Does Tucker have a brother?"
"Excuse me, Baron, but...
Oh, that little Baron is a cutie though!
"One little advice, my dear, avoid putting this routine on your resume..."
"Very funny, doc. Next pic, please!"
Nothing like some good ol' studyin' to perk a Knowledge girl back up.
"I don't get this place. It's got a cute European cottage vibe going on the outside, but inside..."
"Simple, Linda. We're taking a page from simlili's book and building as we go along. It's fun, you should try it."
Lydia was right, it is fun!
It was still raining the following morning, but Lydia was determined to get the ball rolling, rain or shine.
It wasn't a treasure chest or anything, but it was a start.
By the morning of Day 3,
"I don't think I can stand the excitement of this place."
the rain had finally cleared out.
"In the desert. Go figure."
"Where were we before that fire so rudely interrupted us?"
I like seeing pets in other players' stories, and I like the idea of my single Sims having pets for companionship, so Lydia took Baron in.
Lydia couldn't get a job in Dance yet, but with Mesa Vista's population exceeding 500,
I added an extra requirement for opening the Dance career: the owner of the Dance Studio had to be able to instruct (reach enthusiasm level 9) as well, so off to the ballet barre went Lydia.
A byproduct of all the dance practice was Lydia became a whistler, which I think is one of the cuter FT hobby quirks.
This is Sarabande Dance Studio that Lydia just bought.
"Where? All I see is a cardinal."
It's the only way she could afford it.
Nah, not quite that bad. Lydia actually had a little extra left over to add a pretty window and a basic barre in addition to the one she brought from home.
The first customer honor went to Herbert Goodie!
Nemo wasn't far behind, and soon the dancing commenced.
"It's a dance studio, focusing on the classics: piano, ballet..."
Brittany Wendland, Ringo's wife: "Ew, you expect me to like that?"
"Okay, maybe I do like it."
Hunter Green: "I don't know if this is my style. You got a vending machine here?"
"No. I'm just starting out."
"Do the Smustle!"
"How could you ask such a thing?"
"You're in my dance studio?"
"Now smustling... that's more like it. Come on, Ethan!"
"No, I'll look stupid."
"That's the fun of it! Come on, fellas, gimme some stars!"
"But Neuna, you Servos love the art gallery."
"Mee-beep, entirely different."
"I am not enthused, but will try it anyway."
"Aw, Neuna! You're a natural :)"
Faith Goodie, Knowledge Sim, preacher's wife, soon-to-be orphanage director: "If you read my week, you would know I am nothing if non-contradictory. It's what I do."
"Therefore, I will dance!"
Lydia: "I've got nothing. I don't understand these people. What am I even doing here?"
"Yeah, somehow I offended your sensibilities. Now get inside and dance."
"I need a break, these contrary Mesa Vistans are exhausting."
"I don't get them, Baron, I don't get them at all."
Lydia's week was already half-finished, and I wanted the Dance career opened before it ended.
Time for a new plan of action.
"Off to My Muse!"
These hobby lots are notoriously underwhelming, I hope I can learn a thing or two...
Not only could Lydia build her Body skill and enough enthusiasm to be able to teach dance at her studio, it also occurred to her that she could earn some extra money too.
Do the Smustle! Part II
"Move over, young whippersnapper, there ain't room for the both of us!"
"Er... don't you mean isn't, professor?"
Still, the competitions were all in good fun.
"Watch a professional in action, ladies!"
Goody. Her again.
The Prof won that one, but the look on Nicole Dennis's face was so worth it.
Lydia then returned to Sarabande, and with bouncing between the two lots, time essentially came to a standstill.
Lydia continued to put off more Mesa Vistans by bringing up that most controversial of topics, first with Allyn.
Then with the town grump/bully Jenna Ebadi. Okay, maybe that one was understandable.
But Katherine Wing from MV's rural farming district? Surely she could appreciate some good fiddling?
And Kerie Ng? Really, Kerie?
Despite all the naysaying, most were willing to give the place a shot, and Sarabande started making real money (those mirrors aren't cheap!).
Nora Gainsborough, owner of the Local Yokels music venue, and aspiring Rock God: "Good god, what gave you that idea?"
*throws in the towel*
The tents on the other community lots around Lydia's had not gone unnoticed, and she pitched one right in her studio.
Feeling refreshed again, Lydia headed back to My Muse.
Where she discovered it even had fine dining. The only thing missing was dinner music, which Lydia thoughtfully provided. I'm gonna start calling her Dixie.
Who doesn't end their upscale dinner with a game of catch (in this case with Stephan Shin)?
The dance contests were starting to attract a sizeable crowd.
One of said crowd was none too pleased to see Andi Jayapalan (Nicole Outside's college sweetheart) with someone *gasp!* her own age. The nerve!
"Cool it, Prof. You and I, we're nothing but a vague entry in my memory panel."
"That's right, you crazy old stalker, leave the young lady alone!" Armando Cox pitched in helpfully.
"Stick to operating the booth, all you dancing deejays look like idiots out there!"
With all the commotion on the dance floor, Lydia managed to sneak in a victory and pocketed a cool §500.
She could even sleep at My Muse, though napping wasn't a very efficient way to get rest. Not that it really mattered, since she had been off the clock for days by now...
While a (temporarily) subdued Nicole Dennis quietly went back to the basics, Lydia was feeling her oats.
"Behave, you errant strand of hair."
So, lots of practicing and dance contests later...
Lydia could officially "teach" dancing at her studio now!
"Now to test my new teaching skills."
(The time Lydia spent at My Muse during her week was the most fun I've had there, or at any other hobby lot for that matter.)
Thanks to her dance contest winnings, Sarabande was looking like a nice little dance studio!
Old biddies from the Garden Club couldn't possibly, nosiree.
Yeah, Rodney, we get it.
*Angel choir* *Hallelujah Chorus*
Congrats to Jihoon Vijayakar on being the first non-heathen Mesa Vistan that Lydia encountered!
"Go ahead, dash my expectations. Just as I had some hope for this town."
"Nice place. Did ya know yer walls're down?"
"'Course I like music, ya think I'm some sorta heathen'r somethin'?"
Lydia could have kissed Yvette Tan, but instead did what most Sims like even better.
"Come on, not even an electric violin?"
"I'm glad someone's enjoying this disaster of a conversation."
"Hey! I remember you at My Muse. I'm the other Nicole."
"I plan to open my own studio. Of course, it will be more avant garde, you know, with breakdancing instead of your more classical approach."
"Do you ever just break out whistling sometimes?"
Sure, Mesa Vistans might have to be dragged kicking and screaming, but they were actually quite taken with Lydia's dance studio.
To the point where a second level was added to accommodate Sarabande's now considerable clientele.
I was pleased that Mesa Vista's founder had some sense of culture, if not a lot of class.
So, after all that extra work getting Lydia to the point that she could "teach" dance, this *YAWN* was the result. Oh well, Sim and learn.
This was the uniform Lydia would have worn if teaching had been more hands-on. Though while writing this, I think next time she can Classic Dance with her clients for some cute teaching shots.
Anyway, Sarabande Dance Studio reached level 5, meaning Lydia had opened the Dance career!
"Yippee, I feel like I can fly!"
Back home for some R and R.
And what was more relaxing than enjoying your pet?
Yikes, I wouldn't want to mess with Baron looking like that.
Snarling and stinky - what wasn't to like?
Lydia used the big cash perk from Sarabande to fix up her house.
"I feel a tune coming on."
While I worked on fixing up the house to finish out the week, Jade Green from the hookah/inspiration household stopped by.
"Way to go, nice digs!"
"Thanks, you're a lifesaver. I have such a case of the munchies."
"So, have you found anyone worth woohooing yet?"
"I've been a little too busy to even think about a love life, let alone woohoo."
"Sure, I get it. When Hunter and I finally got around to it in our week, it was almost as if it were an afterthought..."
"Can we change the subject?"
"Sure. You choose."
"How do you feel about..?"
Can you guess what she asked? :p
Lydia still had some time to kill, and after her conversation with Jade, she decided to test the romantic waters with Jason Menon.
They liked each other well enough, though no bolts flew between them.
At this point, Lydia had bigger fish to fry anyway, and as luck would have it, she found her opening in Dance, but would have to wait until the following week before she could go to work.
In the meantime, that little rascal Baron topped the Pet Service career!
And since Lydia was too new to Mesa Vista to have done any shopping, let's see who she has chemistry with instead.
Gee, it's with every attached male in Mesa Vista, with the exception of Phil Jitmakusol.
Stephan Shin (Diane), Brandon London (Rebecka Rossi), Ryan Mazza (Madeleine), Gordon Wolosenko (Yvette Tan)
Ringo Wendland (Brittany), Zach Adams (Nikki?), Nemo Outside (Ciel)
Good going, Lydia!
Btw, here is the fixed-up Palm Cottage. Not bad for a week's work without a job.
Whoops, except for Baron. Good doggie!
And this is where we'll leave Lydia aka simlili's simself, getting some well-deserved shut-eye.
Right, Baron too :)
Until next time, thanks for reading and Happy Simming!
BaCC quick stats:
Playable Sims: 90 (89 + 1 grave) - added Lydia Zarusoba (CAS)
Sim Multiplier: 34