Welcome to Arrendale Heights

Arrendale Heights began with Lawrence Arrendale, a young man from a privileged background who had to rebuild his life from the ground up after a series of family tragedies left him alone and penniless. After fighting his way to the top of his new career and winning the heart of the woman of his dreams, he founded an exclusive neighborhood in the town of Bay Pointe which was soon inhabited by close friends and family members. Follow the continuing saga of the changing lives, loves, and careers of the ever expanding cast of characters and a new generation of residents of Arrendale Heights.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Liebster Award

Hey, everyone. Believe it or not, I am still around.  The next episode was in the works quite awhile ago, but I haven't been able to get my head into working on it lately.

In the meantime, I've been nominated for the Liebster Award by the always fabulous Apple Valley.  Thanks Starr!

Accepting the nomination comes with these conditions:
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who presented the award and link back to their blog.
3. Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserve this award and have fewer than or equal to 3,000 followers.
4. Answer 11 questions posted by the nominator, and ask your nominees 11 questions.
 I only keep up with  a few blogs these days (Apple ValleyKulo Seeri, and Kingdom of Naroni ) and I think they've all been nominated already.  Life and Times in Christophe Harbour, is one of many that haven't been active in awhile, but deserve a shout out.
Here are the questions I was asked:
1. How long have you been playing The Sims (any of the franchises)?
I've been playing since the summer of 2000.  First with TS1 and then with TS2.  I've never been tempted to make the leap to TS3  or TS4.
2. What was your first time playing The Sims like?
It's so long ago now that I honestly couldn't remember.  I think I talked my brother into going half with me on TS1, so we both played together or in turns.  I do remember playing the Goth family.  One of them (I think Mortimer) died in a fire.  He and Bella had a son named Alfredo.  I can't say for sure that was my first time playing, but that was definitely early days.
3. What's your least favorite part about playing The Sims?
The lags. And when my sims don't cooperate and roll the wants I want them to have.  lol
4. What's your most favorite part about playing The Sims?
Seeing characters come to life.  Catching them do something funny or unexpected or endearing.
5. How often do you play The Sims?
It varies a lot.  I may go months without playing or I may go on a playing streak where I play several days in a week or a month.  It depends on what's going on with the rest of my life.  Lately I've been playing pretty regularly since I just got a new computer and I've gotten involved in a project/challenge at Sugah's Place.
6. Do you play any other games besides The Sims?
My son has gotten me into playing Minecraft a little bit and Plants vs. Zombies, but they haven't had the staying power for me that The Sims have.
7. What made you start blogging?
I (used to) write stories with and without the sims.  I wanted a place to record and share. I started on free website services first, probably before blogging was even really a thing.
8. Do you have any sims named after people you know?
Besides simselves online friends have shared with me, no, probably not.  I tend not to name sims after people I know.
9. Have you ever played a simself in the game?
Yes!  My simself is usually in the game as a test subject or a placeholder or as a model for avatar/profile pictures.  At a couple of forums I've frequented over the years some online friends and I have exchanged out simselves.  We each had them living together in a house and then we shared the tales of their adventures with each other.
10. What haven't you explored in the game yet?
I was actually late in the game in getting some of the EPs and got them at a time when I didn't have a lot of freetime to play.  I didn't have Apartment Life or any of the SPs until the Ultimate Collection came out, so I haven't tried out the holiday stuff yet.  I've only recently played with apartments and I've barely scratched the surface of vacations
11. Favorite drink to have while simming?
  I don't think I usually have a drink while simming.  At least not one I get intentionally for my simming time.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Episode 24 - Schemes

Alma set at the desk in her husband's den with a stack of half graded papers in front of her. She was finding herself too distracted to get much work done. Her mind kept going back to lunch last week with Mr. Clark, Mason. They had such a great conversation about books and plans for the school play. It wasn't hard to see why most of the women at the school found him attractive. He had a smile that kept finding its way back into her thoughts.

She felt so honored that he valued her opinion enough to ask her to help him choose a play for the drama club to perform this semester. Her mind was swimming with possible choices. She didn't want to let him down.

She tried to shake the distractions out of her mind and focus on the work in front of her, but before she could get back to work, she heard a crash in the next room, followed by the shouts of her children and the voice of her husband.

"The two of you are getting too rowdy in here. Your mother is trying to do her work. You both need to go outside and play or find something quiet to do so that you don't disturb her. She's done so much for all of us over the years, the least we can do is help her be able to do what she wants to do."

Alma heard the door shut and then the house was suddenly silent.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Episode 23 - Drawn Lines

"How are you doing, Vince?" Mr. Gregory asked as he looked over Vince's shoulder to take a look at the painting he was working on. "That looks really good, so far." He paused, examining the piece further. "I think this might be a good piece for the art show. Keep it up."

"Thanks," Vince muttered, but as Mr. Gregory walked away he beamed with pride.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Episode 22 - The New Reality

Cassie sat at one of the tables in the bar, papers spread before her. Inventories, schedules, bookings, promotions. As she tried to sort the information before her in her mind and prioritize the tasks at hand, she was finding that everything she needed to concentrate on was being pushed aside by thoughts of the events of recent days and mental preparations for the big dinner that night.

Preparation for the meal itself was nothing to concern herself over, but as for the company and the conversation that would accompany it . . . there was not enough preparation in the world.

She tried not to think too much about it. Aside from playing the part of a good hostess, the dinner party was beyond her control. These days it seemed like everything happening in her life was beyond her control.

Her thoughts were interrupted when she heard a door open and footsteps approaching. She smiled, grateful for a pleasant distraction, when she saw Chloe enter the room.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Episode 21 - A Little Nudge

"So how do you like living in the neighborhood so far?" Maura prodded Natalie as they gathered in the school hallway.

"So far so good," Natalie replied with a shrug. "It's only been a few days."