My Current Household
No, she’s not a premade Sim. Katharine is from a household I played years ago. Her parents, Bryant and Carla live at 888 Spire Apartments in Uptown, San Myshuno. They were random Sims generated by the game. Bryant was in the business career and Carla in the arts. They both worked long hours, and I played from Katharine’s point of view as soon as she became a toddler. Good thing the family had enough money to hire a nanny and a butler and Katharine had the “independent” trait because, to be honest, neither Carla nor Bryant were great parents.
Carla had an affair with the butler when Katharine was a child (I was shocked and didn’t realize that sort of thing happened with MCC Command Center). I don’t think Bryant ever found out. At the time, I was wanting Katharine to become a Super Sim, so I was completely focused on her. Somehow, though, Carla and Bryant rose to the tops of their careers. They also enjoyed a few too many quick meals and hitting the juice and even though there was a lovely swimming pool, they avoided it, packing on the pounds. Katharine saw the effects of rich food, too much juice, and no exercise and decided to pursue a healthier lifestyle.
When Katharine aged up to a young adult, she’d already maxxed so many skills and even a couple of aspirations. I chose the Curator aspiration and set about helping her collect all those things. So many things. She’d completed the City Native aspiration and already had a nice collection going. I was rotating among the Nature Aspirations, and she had a good start on Angling Ace, Freelance Botanist, and had completed the Outdoor Enthusiast (despite her protestations, I made her stay at the Hermit’s until she finished it and had made great progress on Angling/Botanist). Returning from Granite Falls with bulging pockets and parents who were ready to be empty-nesters, I moved Katharine into a nice apartment, set up a collection room and she went about achieving her goals. And then some glitch happened. I think it was that “apartment glitch” way back when. At any rate, all of her collected items were gone. Poof! I was frustrated, moved her back into her parents’ household and sent the Meehan family to Shelli’s Stasis.
Now, after spending the past few years working on curating the worlds to be my worlds, I’m temporarily finished. I like the pre-made households to be backdrops, but I don’t particularly enjoy playing them. I like having aging off or really long lifespans (think Sims 3 Epic level). I am enjoying the Sims in Bloom Legacy Challenge, but after redoing all the lots, I realized that it would be fun not to deal with rags to riches, etc., but instead take advantage of all the activities, festivals, vacation worlds. I dabbled with the PlantSim and Frog Lover challenges and realized I’d forgotten about so much when I’d had a narrow focus, was building, or taking hiatus and playing Sims 3. Honestly, I wanted some Sims 3 style gameplay in my Sims 4 game, and so I researched mods when I started the Sims in Bloom. I now had a collection of world-expanding mods but not really needed for a Legacy challenge. I had Shelli’s Worlds 2022 (sort of) ready and definitely waiting. But what household?
The Meehan family came to mind. I brought them out of stasis and rewarded them with riches beyond imagination. Katharine “attended” university; mom and dad received honorary degrees. I started her in her last term and tried out the Inner Peace aspiration. Perfect for her! She completed the new Spa Day aspiration, graduated from University, and is now working on Seasoned Traveler, from the SimNation Travel Mod. I’ve been having so much fun exploring the worlds through the Seasoned Traveler aspiration by ADeepIndigo. My game has so many mods in it that are enhancing my game play. One unexpected consequence was that Carla became pregnant. Bryant was not at all happy. I quickly cheated up little baby Amelia through baby-toddler-childhood because I’d already dealt with their (lack of) parenting. Surprisingly, though, Katharine has really good relationships with them. Must have happened at end of her teen years. Amelia and Bryant have a bit of a rocky relationship, but I think he’s really trying. I’m also playing with Basemental (recommended by ???) so their juice-imbibing has consequences. So far, they’re not hitting that juice (I removed the Globe Bar, too tempting). I’m really enjoying the richness that all the mods are lending my gameplay.
I’ve shared a bit of her adventures as she’s moved into her new place (on Twitter thread) and will be editing and uploading to YouTube in the next bit.
If you’ve read this far, thanks! I’d be interested in hearing if you ever bring back formerly-played households and if you have any favorite gameplay/game-enhancing mods.
The Meehan Family Tree is here. (It’s a WIP.)