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Last week was surprisingly good when it comes to simming progress, I really didn't expect much. During the week, I played a little bit of TS4, as that's generally better for relaxation for me than TS2 is. So that legacy is still alive and kicking, and actually I managed to complete my first aspiration too. Nice.

I was actually able to get some progress during the weekend too. There was some traveling to be had, and to distract myself from the sad purpose of it, I packed my chapters with me on the laptop. I did some catching up on documenting the TS4 legacy, I'm so behind there. On the way back I was exhausted and didn't do anything, but that was to be expected.

Yet yesterday evening I did sim a bit, playing the second-to-last Alphabetia household forward. I'm starting to realize that I'm really really close to the end of the rotation, and once I get there, I can start going by the new rotation system and developing it to my liking, and that's pretty exciting. Of course, playing one of the households that I'm going to leave behind in the new system is slightly sad, but on the other hand, the idea feels liberating too.

I also did some writing for the next Lakewood update yesterday, and that's about fifty pictures in now or so. I'd say it's roughly halfway there, so not bad.

This week shouldn't be hugely busy, so maybe I'll actually get some stuff done. We'll see how that goes.
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I suppose I could consider the life rebuild complete now. I've moved, unpacked, worked in my new job for almost a month and rented out my old apartment. Currently, I'm quite content with how that all turned out. I also got a new laptop in the weekend and I'm in the process of setting that up.

As for simming, I did get a bit of progress last week. If I'm not mistaken, I should now be up to date with the updates that were posted while I was away. There may be still older ones lurking at least at Boolprop, I'll need to check up on that. I also caught up on things by typing up that post about basically overhauling how I play Alphabetia. The system isn't complete yet I'm sure, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. I want to get to practicing and tuning that.

I didn't actually play, but I did dare to dust off my picture folders and type a little bit of the next Lakewood update. Only a little bit, but it's all the little bits that'll get an update there eventually. I'm itching to play, but maybe I should catch up on writing first. Little by little.

I'm not sure about this week. I'd like to get some progress in during the week, but we'll see about that. The weekend is going to be sad (funeral) and I don't expect to do anything really. I'll think about next week when we get there.

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Still here, although not much simming progress. I did update my chapter links on Boolprop just today, plus do a little bit of catching up on reading. Otherwise, I've been occupied by real life.

On Saturday, I finalized the deal of getting the old apartment rented and handed over the keys, so that's now taken care of. A lot of last week was still spent working on the details of that, getting the documents ready and such.

Real life has also taken one of its inevitable sad turns. There's been a death in the family, not unexpected but these things still somehow always tend to come as surprises. I'm alright; sad of course but altogether alright, and the rest of us are hanging on.

Not sure how things will go on from here. If real life doesn't taskmaster me around, I may be going into games and stories as distractions. Don't know if I have the concentration for actually simming, but we'll see.
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I may have been a bit optimistic about simming stuff in the end of last week. I did get to start catching up on stories a little bit, but otherwise real life has kept me busy.

I mentioned I was looking for someone to rent the old apartment, and that has kept me busy. Mind you, not because finding someone interested would have been difficult, quite the opposite really. Once I got the ad posted, I started getting a lot of contacts telling me they were interested, "a lot" to the extent that I spent most nights of the week emailing back and forth with the candidates, trying to settle a time to show the apartment. (I got over 20 interested people in total. With just one ad. I knew the apartment was nice of course, but didn't quite expect this.) Well, I did get some times settled and spent yesterday showing the apartment to people (and traveling back and forth of course).

Today, I managed to strike a deal with one of the people who were still interested after seeing the apartment. The papers will be signed next weekend, and so I'll become a landlady. Eek.

On top of this, just today or so it seems that my laptop is resigning: I'm unable to get it to charge the battery at the moment. The simming computer is fine, but it looks like the other one needs a replacement and sooner rather than later.

There's still paperwork and stuff to do to rent the apartment, and I may need to do some laptop-hunting. So we'll see if I have time for sims stuff this coming week. I do hope so, I miss simming!
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Well, in the end, it seems that I missed last week's weekly simming update, seeing that the life rebuild made me quite busy, even unexpectedly so. So, here's a weekly simming to cover both the end of last week and this week.

The end of last week wasn't really productive after all. I was just so preoccupied with the life rebuild, unpacking and stuff, that I didn't really have time for sims as I'd hoped. And towards the very end, the thing with LJ happened and I decided to make the move. So in the very end, I was actually waiting for the importer to finish and didn't want to mess things up.

As for this week, real life went on. I started in my new job (so far I'm really liking it) and continued unpacking. Just today, I think I can say I'm officially all unpacked, so that's all good. And I also dropped my change of address cards in the mailbox, so that's taken care of too. Now there's one more thing to arrange before I'm all set, and that's finding a tenant for my old apartment. Considering that it's a small apartment with a good location, that shouldn't hopefully be too hard, but fingers crossed!

Simming-wise, I've been mostly setting up this journal this week. It was slightly complicated, because as it happened, the username katrisims was already taken in Dreamwidth: taken by me, for my Bookacy chapter index, and that made me do a bit of headscratching. In the end, I decided that the easiest course of action would be to rename that journal, then quickly re-register this username (before someone else did) and then import the old LJ here. The other option would have been to set up a new, empty journal, then manually transfer each and every entry from the chapter archive to that journal and delete them from this username, then import the LJ, but that would have been way more work. Even this way, I had to do some manual work the fix the various links.

So in case anyone is confused: this journal is my main simming journal, the one that used to be on LJ. [personal profile] bookacy_legacy is the Bookacy legacy's chapter archive (also contains the download archive of sims and Villains or Heroes chapter archive, used to have this url) and [personal profile] lakewood_bacc  is the chapter archive for Lakewood, just as before. I've manually fixed the links on the various indexes on these blogs, plus old update posts here, but the older entries here may still point back to LJ.

Now that I'm pretty much settled in (both in the journal and in the apartment), my next step is to  catch up on story updates that were published while I was  busy, and then I'll have a look at where I was with my own stuff. Tomorrow's yet a day off, and maybe next week in general is already a bit less busy. We'll see how things go!

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Yet one more update consisting only of real life; no promises, but maybe, just maybe, I might get to play a bit in the weekend or so. We'll see.

Anyway, this update is exceptionally on a Wednesday, because yesterday was Moving Day. I had just enough time to get everything packed, and with professionals doing the actual moving, everything went smoothly. Thank goodness I didn't have to do any of the carrying or try to recruit any of my equally out of shape office worker friends to do it either.

So all my stuff is the new apartment, and I'm currently climbing over piles of stuff, trying to empty boxes and put things in their places. I've successfully located where the trash is taken out and where the closest supermarket is, plus figured out how to use the dishwasher. I have this week to get things sorted out and relax a bit, and on Monday I start in my new job.

So far, so good.
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I need to sit down and rest my back for a bit, so here goes my weekly update.

No simming progress, and I suppose that's no surprise to anyone. Lots of other progress though. I've kept going through my stuff, getting rid of unnecessary things. I've also washed some blankets and stuff, and in the weekend, Mom helped me get rid of a couple of old pieces of furniture plus wash a couple of mats that don't fit in my machine. I also managed to get rid of my old mini-fridge that was in the attic gathering dust. I found someone to give it to, so it found a new home.

Just today, the moving boxes were delivered to me, so tonight I've been putting stuff in boxes and putting destination tags on them. I usually always say that I love my books but while moving, I don't really like them that much. You know, I can only pack a box about half full with books if I still want to be able to lift and pile it, which always leads to there not being enough boxes in the world for the damn books. This time, though, I've got a moving company and I rent the boxes. So I don't have to run through all the local shops for cardboard boxes, and won't be constantly running out of them. So maybe even the books will be okay.

Anyway, enough babbling, back to work! A week and a day to go, including four work days!
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Well, no simming news this week. Unless you count the bit where everyone else seems to be on an update spree while I'm away. :P Well, lots of stuff for me to catch up on then.

As for real life, things are progressing. The move is in two weeks, and I have a moving company. I'm getting the boxes in a week. I've made the official change of address, picked up change-of-address cards from the mail, made an electricity contract, ended my web contract for this address, dusted and piled a lot of books and un-built most of my bookshelf, gone through some drawers and shredded a lot of old papers, rummaged through my storage space, brought some useful stuff to the apartment and tried to sell some of the stuff that I don't need anymore, thrown some away.

So yeah, a lot has been done, and a lot is still to be done in the coming two weeks. But at least on the paperwork side I'm already doing quite well, and I'm not panicking about the packing either, at least not yet. I can do this! *\o/*
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Well, as you can probably guess by the previous post, there hasn't really been any simming progress. I wasn't expecting any, either.

Otherwise, there has been nice progress, however. As of yesterday, I have an apartment based on oral agreement. As of today, I've officially got it: I've signed the lease, gotten an insurance for the new apartment (and terminated my old insurance) and paid the deposit. I've also sent a request for offers to moving companies via a handy web service. (The new place is 200 kilometres away, so there's no way I'm doing it with a rented van and a couple of friends.)

So, truly not bad for a couple of days' progress. At the moment my outlook on the move is quite positive. Let's see if the desperation sets in when I have to actually pack... Well, that's a worry for another day!
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I suppose I could sit down and type this since it's too late to actually do anything useful tonight.

So I've been mentioning that there's some real life stuff going on, some positive stuff. Well, it's now official and I've made the announcement IRL, so it should be increasingly unlikely that anyone would accidentally find out by reading my sims blog. So here goes.

This is the news: I'm changing jobs, and while I'm at it, moving to the capital. It's a change I've been contemplating for a longish while for several reasons, some of them professional, some personal. It sort of felt like my life's been glitching pretty heavily in the recent years, so in the end I ended up doing a rebuild. (You know, at some point the carpool refused to let me return home, so I needed to forcefully delete myself, later there's been a lack of walkbys, the like. Yeah, I kinda like the metaphor.)

Right now the situation is that I have a job, and as of today, it seems I also have an apartment. There's a billion things to be taken care of, but my biggest worry, finding a place, should be history now. I'm stressed, but at the same time content that things are finally moving on.

So probably there'll be very little time for simming activities in the immediate future I would predict. Still, I'll try to pop by at least once a week to check up on things. If I've nothing to report simming-wise, I could babble a bit about real life.

Anyway, that's what's going on, so if I'm quieter than usual, I'm not dead, just busy!
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This week, I've been taking a break. I haven't really felt like simming, so I haven't as much as opened my simming computer. Early in the week my new Harry Potter arrived in the mail, so I obviously had to read it (it was quite enjoyable). Afterwards, I didn't really feel like simming, so I sort of half-consiously decided I would take a break this week. Besides, I've been pretty busy too. Now in the weekend, my sister and my brother-in-law were visiting, and I went to watch them take part in a sports competition. That was fun, and made me think I should maybe try jogging again. We'll see how that goes.

So I do think I maybe overdid it a bit during the vacation. But that's okay, as is taking a break. I'm not sure how I will feel next week, but I'll be sure to return to simming sooner or later. I always do, so I'm positive.
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For the sake of completeness, have a non-progress report for the past week. There was no simming, because I spent the first week of my summer holiday in Rome. It was a very hot week (around 35 degrees centigrade and sunny), but being careful to take a siesta every day, a very enjoyable one. I just returned this evening, so unpacking and laundry are ongoing.

I've still got a few weeks of vacation time left for the summer, so I'd expect some progress in the coming weeks. :) I plan to start by catching up on replies, reading and commenting in the next few days.
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Ok, so confession time: zero simming this week. I sort of forgot last weekend when writing the last weekly simming that this week was already vappu week. Vappu, as in May Day, a celebration on par with New Year's and Midsummer's here in Finland. It was this weekend, and I got to meet some friends and enjoy the great weather, so all in all a great time.

Another excuse, with possible overdose of nostalgy )

So yeah, excuses, but good ones at least in my opinion. ;) Maybe I'll have more time for simming next week.
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After the flu, I got a... whatever that might be called in English... a stuck nerve, maybe? Anyway, I had a really stiff neck and a consequent headache, which took several days to go away. So again, during the week I didn't do much, just went to work and spent the evenings trying to get better. Finally, around Thursday or so, I was painless.

It's been a rough couple of weeks, so I took it really easy this weekend. I didn't do much anything, slept a lot. Well I did clean so I wouldn't drown in dust bunnies. But not much else. I have been writing some yesterday and today, so maybe I'll actually post a Lakewood update some time again. I really should keep up with the habit of writing as I play, seeing how lazy I am when it comes to just writing. Oh well.

Still a bit uninspired, too, but maybe it's getting better. At least I think I've written more this weekend than the last. I suppose these inactive seasons are something that happens with me, but I do wish this one was over already. But trotting along, still.
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Excuses, excuses... Guess what happened in the beginning of the week, just as I thought I'd get back into the swing of things? Well, I promptly got sick. Not the kind of sick that gives you fever and puts you into bedrest, just the kind of sick that makes you tired and annoyed and trying to do the normal things anyway. If I didn't go to work, I'd feel guilty because I'm not "sick enough", and when I do, I feel guilty because that may make someone else sick. *sigh* Anyway, that has left me pretty useless in the evenings this week, not having the energy to do anything simming-related. Or much anything, really.

Now in the weekend I've been better, even managing to go to the yearly book fair today, as I planned. (Yay!) Yesterday I managed to write a little bit for the next Lakewood update. I don't like how the gap between updates is growing here, too, but on the other hand, I've been feeling a bit uninspired and lazy, too.

Well, really only one thing to do: try again. I think I'll see if I can write a little bit more yet tonight. And then there's always next week.
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Well, this isn't much of a weekly simming really. This week was even busier than I expected, so I didn't really sim.

I theoretically had time to do sim stuff on one evening, and I did get maybe two pictures captioned before finding I was spacing out and staring at a wall more than I was writing. So I came to the conclusion that I was too tired and gave up. So that's all.

The reason why I was so busy is my sister's wedding was this weekend, and there were still a lot of last minute things to do, and of course the actual wedding. But in the end everything went beautifully, and it was a pretty awesome day. :)

Well, I suppose I'll wrap up here since there isn't much to report. With the wedding done with, maybe I'll actually find time for simming once I'm out of recovery mode. :P I hope so. :)
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So, as I said last time, this week was kind of busy when it comes to real life. I was on a business trip from Monday to Tuesday, and kind of recovering from that the rest of the week. When it comes to free time, I had my first French class on Thursday and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (I studied French in high school, but have since then just about forgotten everything, and want to brush up my skills.)

I've also been a bit distracted by other games (especially since I've been tired in the evenings), but I did manage some progress today. I allllmost finished the rotation for the Davidsons, and wrote a little bit too. I'll have some catching up to do with writing afterwards, but thankfully just a rotation worth. Once I get to it, it goes pretty quickly, at least has so far.

But goodness, I didn't even remember how hard the toddler training is without smart milk! I'm not sure if I regret choosing the no aspiration rewards handicap or not. On the one hand, it feels like so much work, on the other, it feels like an actual challenge, too. I think out of all the aspiration rewards, I really miss two the most: elixir and smart milk. Not that surprising I suppose. Anyway, by my usual playstyle, the Davidsons' oldest child should be a kid now, but there's still the nursery rhyme to go! Well, we'll see how that goes.

I'm not sure about next week, but hopefully it isn't as busy as this week. I've been a little distracted lately, but again, playing was fun when I did actually play. So maybe more progress next week? Maybe.
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I'll confess, I didn't actually sim much this week. I had a kind of a bad start of the week. Long story short, it was a peak in unhappiness about how I look, my weight etc. Kind of stupid really, but I was pretty upset in the beginning of the week. It's gotten better since, and I'm trying to do something about it, so it'll be ok.

Anyway. So during the week I didn't sim much, actually mostly played Civ V online with my sister. I guess I felt like taking a break. I did sim a bit during the weekend, started playing the second week for the Davidsons. And I wrote a little bit too, though not a substantial amount. Playing was fun and there was progress, so that's all good.

Also, Lakewood: Just a BaCC got selected as a featured story over at Boolprop, so I got to answer questions on a short interview one evening. (Features are picked randomly from stories updated after the last features.) It was nice, helped me get my mind off things for a bit. Just checking back now, it seems the features post is up, so if you want to read my interview, along with a couple of others, now you can. :)

That's all this week I think. We'll be back next week!
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As I suspected, not really much to report this week either. I didn't actually sim, but I did manage to write and publish the rest of the Lakewood update. So that's progress, and I'm content with that. :) Oh, and I did also start writing Dirk's first college update, maybe six or seven slides, too lazy/tired to turn on the other machine and check.

I did mean to sim today, but since it's the day after my sister's bachelorette party... Maybe I was a bit optimistic about my energy levels. :D Anyway, next week should be a little quieter, so hopefully that means some progress.
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This post is mostly because I'm a completist; there isn't really that much to report for last week. (And yes, as suspected, I missed my usual reporting day, as I was out of town.) I did manage to update on Tuesday before I left for vacation, but that's really all I had time for sims-wise. I'm still pretty content I got that out of the way.

I was away on vacation, spent a few days in Stockholm and then on the way back visited my sister. I had a really nice and relaxing time, mostly just walked around and looked what I came across that way. Everything went nicely, save for the fact that I managed to twist my ankle, so it was sore for a couple of days, especially with all the walking. But now its gotten a couple of days of rest at my sister's, so I think it's starting to be all better again.

I arrived back home today and have been mostly in recovery mode, unpacking, washing laundry etc. Now begins my staycation, we'll see see how much progress I can manage. :)

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