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Checking in again. I was right about Easter week, I was pretty busy so progress didn't happen. I had my pre-arranging work with me on the road, but in the end I didn't do anything about it. I've also needed some distraction lately (worrying about something irl that's not my business to share), and I suppose Zelda has been working best for that.

I dunno about this week, I see some distraction ahead and stuff I should do. We'll see if I might come around to simming on the side.
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To finally break that streak of non-simming, I had a bit of progress just today! To continue my set-building, I started making over a premade lot. I hope I'll be able to use that both for plot and for playing later on. Actually, I should do some more of the same kind for playing purposes, to have a nicer uni for my students in the upcoming new version of Alphabetia. I'm still ways off from finishing the lot, but the exterior is shaping up I think.

I'm still kind of distracted, on a Zelda kick that just won't end. I... may have started a new game almost immediately after completing the last, it's just so addictive. I may need an intervention. :P This time, I'm dreaming of doing *everything*. We'll see if that holds, and if I might get bored. But if so, I have the permission to get bored and do something else.

As for real life, it seems I have the therapy thing settled now, getting into a routine with it next. I just hope everything goes well with the paperwork side, I think this'll be good for me.

I don't expect big progress next week, as it's Easter week, but maybe I'll get a little bit in. We'll see.
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I know this is getting repetitive, but no progress this week. I've been busy and distracted, so I haven't done any simming. But, I did the paperwork, so next I'll be contacting my therapist to get started. I still need to make sure everything's good with the paperwork though. I'm also on the final stretch with Zelda again, so maybe once I've gotten this therapy thing into my routine and finished Zelda, I could look into simming matters again.
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Still late, still on my ex tempore break, or well, just being distracted. I suppose I prefer "taking a break". ;) Anyway, real life has been kind of busy, so that has come first. I should be able to complete the therapy paperwork this week, tomorrow hopefully, so that's nice. Then I can hopefully get started with that.

Anyway, I'm still hooked on Zelda and relaxing my head with that. But maybe, just maybe, I may get the spark to get back to my sims sometime soon.
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Whoops, late again, but checking in. Still on my ex tempore break, currently sims are taking the back seat as I handle real life stuff and relax my head with Zelda. I've got a therapist now, so now there's some starting paperwork to do and then we can get started. Things are looking positive there, so that's nice.

So yeah, nothing much to report in simming at the moment, but we'll see how stuff goes. I'll check back in about a week.
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It turns out there's nothing to report this week, either. I've been running errands in the evening, and in the weekend I was on the road by surprise. When I've had the time, I've been playing Zelda. Still enjoying that, so that's all good.

On the real life side of things, my doctor and I concluded that the meds are working, so I'll go on with those as before. I'm now also looking for a therapist, a little nervous about that, but I think overall this'll be good for me.

We'll see how busy next week ends up being. I might also still be hooked on Zelda, so no promises about progress. I'm sure I'll get back to things sooner or later.
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Whoops, I meant to do Weekly simming yesterday, but then forgot.

Well, there was some progress during my vacation. I've been pre-arranging my pictures for the next full Bookacy chapter, I've got most of the pictures I have so far arranged. Granted, that's the chapter after the next one, but it's nice to have that work done ahead of time.

Other than that, I also completed set number five, which is nice. I think I'll need yet one or two more, but I'm not sure what to do about those yet. I suppose soonish I could start setting things up in my photoshoot 'hood. It's been ages since I've shot any plot!

As for real life, it seems the meds suit me ok, I can apparently avoid the slight dizziness/drowsiness effect by taking care not to take them into an empty stomach. I do think I've been feeling better now, although at this point, it could still be mostly placebo effect. Whatever it is, I'll take it. Hopefully things keep developing in a positive way.

This week should be the usual, probably my best shot for simming is during the weekend. We'll see how stuff goes.
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Well, so, another week over. This week, there's been a real life development, I'll babble some under the cut.

Real life stuff )

On the simming side of things, I did manage a bit of progress today. I continued with the building, and managed to complete set number... four? I think. I moved onto number five(?), and I think I've got the structure down pretty much. This one's not a big one, either, so maybe a session or two to finish it, depending on concentration and so.

So a little bit of progress again, which is nice. This coming week I'm on vacation and have no particular plans, I'm hoping to take it easy and maybe sim a bit if concentration allows. We'll see how that goes.
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As I wrote last week, I was still sick at the beginning of the week. To my satisfaction though, they found an explanation other than just "flu", namely I (also) had sinuitis. Once I got treated for that, things started getting better pretty quickly, and I apparently didn't even need antibiotics. I was still on sick leave for most of the week, and boy was I happy to finally go to work!

So most of the week I was still in sick mode and didn't feel up to simming, but as I got healthier, I got some progress in towards the end of the week. I started with TS4, which takes less concentration, and played my legacy forward. My 2nd gen. heiress is closing in on her young adult birthday, so soon I'll have played it for a full generation. It's way slow of course, as I only play occasionally, but hey, that's perfectly alright. I think I'll install one of my expnasions once that birthday is done with, probably GTW, so I can do a bit more exploring. I've also been continuing with the documentation, and while I'm behind, I'm not terribly behind.

Just today, I felt like playing TS2, so I did. I played a couple of days in the Riley household. Their teen son, Douglas, will go to college after this rotation, joining Dorian and others. Which reminds me, after I play the shortened rotation, I should calculate ages and do birthdays and college sendings for those kids and teens that are supposed to age. After all, the new system only gets its explanation after the downgrade, so I'll play some pretend. And actually, growing sims up and doing makeovers is pretty fun.

Anyway, that's still ways off but a couple of sim days closer now. I'm pretty happy with the progress this week, and man it feels good to be simming again!
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No progress this week, so have a bit of real life instead.

As it happens, I'm once again sick. Started feeling slightly off on Monday, thought it was nothing and Tuesday evening I had fever. Headed straight to occupational healthcare on Wednesday (my workplace allows up to three days' sick leave just by letting one's boss know), as this is the fifth time within the year and I wanted to know what's up. The doctor said it was a flu virus, and it's apparently still normal to have five to six of those in a year. (A horrifying thought: if this is still normal, then there are probably folks who get this every year. That must suck so hard.) Things like changing jobs and moving to a new town tend to affect this stuff too: new town, new viruses.

This one's a weird bug. I might feel fine for hours at the time, and then bam, I'm suddenly all stuffy and slimy. I haven't really been feeling tired at least in the daytime, so all the more guilt for not being at work, as unreasonable as it is. I'm still getting stuffy as evening comes, and at least earlier today I had a bit of temperature, so back to occupational health it is tomorrow. Sigh. I was hoping I'd be healthy and get to go to work but it doesn't look great on that front.

So to sit still and not get any more of an overdose of Agatha Christie, I've been playing Don't Starve Together (by myself). I kind of feel like I'm overdosed on that too after five days, but I do have probably my best game ever going on, albeit with easier settings than default. Simming stuff takes the kind of concentration that I don't have right now, so a game I can just play is what I need here. I'll return to simming once I'm healthy again, though I may have to unhook myself from DST first.

Here's hoping I'd be back up and running sometime next week, with simming and otherwise. I'm pretty sick of being sick!
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Well, this week wasn't productive in any sense. As it happened, I fell sick on Monday evening, and only now I'm starting to feel healthy enough to go to work tomorrow. Man, usually I'm sick maybe twice a year but in the past year... I've lost count. It seems all the bugs in the new town want to meet me.

So yeah, no simming as that seems to require a working brain. I've been alternating between sneezing, coughing, sleeping, playing Hearthstone (hey, losing doesn't require a brain and sometimes you get lucky :P ) and reading detective novels whose plots I already know. And slightly going nuts about not being able to do anything for reals.

Now I'm glueing my nose back on with lotion and hoping this is it for being sick for some time. Monsieur Poirot kept me entertained, but after a week I so need a break from missing keys, bloody knives and handkerchieves with the wrong initials.

As for next week, if I'm healthy then it's already better than this week for sure. I don't know about simming, but I hope I'll have a bit of time at some point. At least I don't want to go running around too much so soon after being sick, so if I'm feeling well then maybe that's an excuse to sit down. We'll see.
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I'll confess that there's been no progress this week. Mostly I've just been adjusting to being back to work, and playing Zelda in the evening. A bit of real life under the cut.

Not sure what to call this )

So with those things, I haven't been simming. I kind of miss it again already, we'll see if I can get myself back in gear sometime soon.
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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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