10 October 2015 @ 06:18 pm

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"Gray Is The New Black"

Warnings: sharp nails, failed make-overs, aspiration failure, vandalism, bad poetry, job slackery, and off-key singing.

Previously on The Oceanside Project [Sp01] [MSu01] [TSu01] [Fa01]
 

Sunday, Day 14
"Nine Inch Nails"

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After putting her three girls to bed make-over maven Brodie Mason finds herself bored and restless. She's ready to make a change -- a drastic one.

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The budding cosmetologist walks into her salon knowing just what she needs...

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another make-over! Is this the cool, edgy, tough girl look you were going for, Brodie?

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Brodie: *laughs hysterically* Oh My Watcher! I look like Stinky the Skunk! HAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

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After laughing at herself for a good hour or so Brodie embraces her new rocker chic look. Brodie wants to be on the cutting edge of hair and make-up in Oceanside. One day, hopefully soon, she will earn her gold badge in Cosmetology and open her own salon.

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What better way to advertise her skills then to be her own walking billboard?

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Even though she's the last one to bed, Brodie is the first to rise. Fried bananas, another native Oceanside treat, is on the menu for breakfast today.

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Aria Mason-Troubadour, Brodie's eldest child, hangs out by her dad's bed looking for attention.

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Kendrick Troubadour, Oceanside's musician, coffee shop owner, and Brodie's baby daddy, finally gets out of bed. It's about time, too...

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because Brodie needs to head down to the Oceanside Post Office, where she's the Post Master, and open for the day.

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Brodie used to love being a postal carrier. Walking around the town, getting fresh air, and talking to all of the residents was a lot of fun. She even liked wearing the dorky uniform. Now that she's stuck in the Post Office facilitating the mail instead of delivering it she's lost all of her passion for the job. Brodie gets bored easily and she's so over working a government job. She wants to work her herself - or become a rock star - whichever comes first.

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First to arrive to the Post Office are Garden Clubbers Marilla Robbins and Heaven Gallo. The Post Office is the only place where the NPCs can collect their mail since politician Landgraab banned Postal Carriers from visiting the caves on the other side of the island. The threat of being eaten by wild hyenas has everyone on high alert.

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Brodie spends most of her time at the Post Office day dreaming and writing lyrics for what she hopes will become an album with her honey, Kendrick.

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Garden Club Underboss Bruce Jelleff stops by looking for his mail and his minions.

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Brodie hasn't had enough time to figure out the cash register yet...

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much to the annoyance of Marilla.

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This is what her life has become - sorting mail and selling postcards. Being Post Master is a joke, thinks Brodie.

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She closes shop for the day...

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and tries to quickly ring up the remaining customers.

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Heaven: You see that, girly? You're getting a STAR MINUS! Hurry up, I'm going to miss the season finale of Pleasantview!! How will I know if Lilith defeats Angela!?
Hold your horses, Heaven. Brodie's going as fast as she can.

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Heaven *pouts and grumbles*: I hate that Angela.

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As Brodie leaves the Post Office she vows to never return. Lars can take over as Post Master. She doesn't want to do it anymore. She's had enough...

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Back at the house, Kendrick prepares for the day.

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He eats leftover omelets...

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and studies up on the mechanics of piano tuning before work.

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Aria gives Jack Skellingbear a big hug...

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then crawls upstairs for her breakfast.

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Poem(?) wakes up screamy and stinky...

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while identical twin Piper(?) is calm and clean.
*question mark because I'm not quite sure which is which. It doesn't really matter anyways*

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Eep! I hope Brodie comes home soon!

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Even though Kendrick isn't fond of children he's turning out to be a great dad. His three girls mean the world to him. It's those other kids he can't stand.

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Fearful that Brodie will not return in time, Kendrick calls his sister to babysit while he goes to work.

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Matisse Troubadour arrives with her SO Kent Healey just in the nick of time.

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Luckily Brodie returns home before Kendrick leaves. Now Matisse and Kent do not have to watch the little ones, but at least Brodie will have some help around the house.

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Boy, does she need the help.

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Brodie complains to her sister-in-law how much she hates her job -- it just isn't fun anymore. Matisse can totally sympathize. Her job in law wasn't what she thought it would be either. Being fired was a blessing in disguise.

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After a few hours of listening to Brodie devise ways of becoming a super rich super star...

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Kent and Matisse head for the hot tub...

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while Brodie takes a much needed nap.

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Matisse and Kent handle their aunt and uncle duties like pros. Kent loves being around the twins. He can't believe that his baby girl, Skye, will transition to toddler this Winter. Where has the time gone?

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Social Worker Felicity Wayward stops by to read the Mason-Troubadour clan's paper -- and maybe spy on them a little. She has to make sure the kids in Oceanside are treated well even if that means peeking into windows.

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Matisse sets Poem down in the strangle dangle...

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and changes Aria's diaper.

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After setting Piper down on the not-so-comfy floor, Kent heads to the upper deck for a drink.

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Next door lives Kent's rival and former bestie, Rocky Kotsomiti. Rocky threatened Kent's daughter's life and Kent is not having any of it. War is coming, and Rocky Kotsomiti better be prepared.

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While the twins are enjoying their baby gyms...

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their mom is jolted awake by a scary dream.

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Done with battling demons in her sleep, Brodie wakes up in time for Kendrick's return.

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Kendrick gives Brodie a break and takes care of the twins' dirty diapers. Because, you know, Brodie has to watch the season finale of Pleasantview.

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Now that the babies are in bed it's jam time!

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As Brodie starts dinner...

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Matisse and Kent join the jam. Kendrick thinks the four of them, with Brodie on vocals, would make a killer band!

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They could be 20% cooler.

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Brodie finally wrestles the guests away for a yummy pork chop dinner.

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Aria finds her own.

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Kent, like every other guy in Oceanside, can't deny the hotness that is Brodie Mason.

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As the night winds down Kent and Matisse hop back in the hot tub...

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and Brodie joins Kendrick on the deck.

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They know they have at least one fan! Little Aria sways and dances to Mommy and Daddy's music.

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Then she helps out by playing on her toy xylophone!

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The Troubadour-Healeys leave for the night...

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while Kendrick, Brodie, and Aria rock until the dawn.

Monday, Day 15
"The Flu"

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If you really want to make money Kendrick you should probably perform in front of a larger crowd.

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Both Brodie and Kendrick call their jam session to an end.

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Brodie tends to the babies...

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and Kendrick angrily reminisces about the fight he lost to ex Minka (which he still hasn't told Brodie about...).

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Kendrick sneaks in a few winks of sleep before he has to leave for work.

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Noelee shows up with the carpool, but Brodie ignores it. It costs more to have babysitter Angie watch the kids than what she makes as Post Master. Besides, she has plenty of vacation time.

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A tired Aria moseys on to her nap pad.

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Outside sworn enemy Minka Yomoshoto saunters down the street. Luckily she didn't steal a newspaper or kick a trash can like some people!

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Mailman Lars Shadow had to do double duty today since his boss didn't show up. He doesn't really mind, though. Being friends with Brodie, Lars gets that "Post Master" is not her dream profession. He'd happily take that over for her if it meant a nice cushy home with a weather-proof roof -- a far cry from what he currently has.

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Better hustle, Mister!

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Brodie sends the Monday morning taxes to treasurer Vivian Landgraab...

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and takes a nap.

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Cindy Lou Killeen, nanny and teacher at the Killeen Kinder Care stops by the lot...

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and invites her ass in to watch Fairies!, Castles!, Dragons! What the hell, CL? This is the second time you just waltzed into somesims house uninvited!

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After visiting the Orphanage, Cindy Lou is more determined than ever before to adopt a child. Maybe breaking and entering is her way of observing a family and learning what to do -- and not to do -- when raising a happy, healthy child?

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As the sun sets into the ocean...

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WHAT THE HELL, PARAGON BARRETT!!!???? Why are you kicking their trash? Paragon: Maybe I'm still pissed that Brodie never went out with me! She got knocked up by Kendrick! Was she supposed to woohoo you while carrying someone else's child? She's not Minka Yomoshoto!

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She's sleeping! She'll eat as soon as she wakes up, sheesh!

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Oh, no! Kendrick Troubadour is Patient Zero of the first flu epidemic in Oceanside! Is it a coincidence that Dr. Minka stops by the house and Kendrick spontaneously catches the flu? I think not!

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Since he's already sick, Kendrick cleans up the knocked-over trash can. Thanks Cindy Lou for not stopping Paragon or picking up the can! Just keep standing there doing nothing...

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Cindy Lou: It all happened so fast. I didn't know what he was doing until it was over!
Kendrick doesn't buy anything you're selling, lady.

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Brodie doesn't know how to make comfort soup, but she hopes risotto will help Kendrick feel better.

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Kendrick opts out, however, deciding to go straight to bed and rest.

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Brodie has a good time hanging out with Cindy Lou -- even if she is a bit of a prep. Brodie would love to give her a make-over...

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After some convincing, Brodie manages to get Cindy Lou into her chair.

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CL is not a fan of the punky two-toned hair but she thinks Brodie has a lot of style. Maybe a nice blowout will update her look!

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First, Brodie has to get rid of those pesky dead ends...

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Brodie: *gasp* Oh shit!

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Cindy Lou: What do you mean, 'Oh shit'???

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Cindy Lou breaks down crying at the sight of her botched haircut.
Cindy Lou: But my wife likes my long, flowing locks! What will I do now? She's going to divorce me!!

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Brodie promises to fix it for her. CL won't have her long, flowing locks but she will look stylish.

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Brodie did it! Even though she didn't mean to cut all of Cindy Lou's hair off, the new, shorter cut suits her much better than the fresh off the farm long braid she's been sporting.

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Cindy Lou is extremely pleased with how her do turned out. She will definitely return when it's time for a trim!

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Tuesday, Day 16
"Breakdown"

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Kendrick wakes up coughing uncontrollably. Poor baby, you need to rest until that nasty flu is gone.

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Noelee arrives to take Brodie to work again, and again, Brodie ignores her incessant honking. Kendrick is too sick to watch the kids alone. She has to stay home and look after them! *wink*

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*Best Friends with Poem*

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Bored of his book Kendrick begins fantasizing about paper girl Frankie Cloak!

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Today is the twins' transition and he really wants to help out with the party, but every time he stands up he starts coughing up a lung. Being sick blows!

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*She's just way too cute!*

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Brodie sets up a table with the twin cheesecakes -- you know what that means...

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It's Party Time! Brodie invites the usual friends and family and all of the town's toddlers -- including the orphans.

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On the menu for the birthday guests? Birthday pancakes!

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The toddler population is out of control. I think this might be the last party where we invite all of them.

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Good, 'cause he wasn't going anyway!

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~Romantic~

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The toddlers begin making their way inside to dance to the hard rock playing on the stereo. Heath Biltmore and Jude Corduroy are the first to secure their spots on the dance floor.

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Elise Welchington is doing that levitating-shy-dancing thing again.

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It's the invasion of the ankle bitters!

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Kendrick makes his way to the counter for breakfast but all of his hacking is discouraging anyone else from joining him!

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So it's back to his bed. He's so upset he doesn't get to be a part of the party.

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Because of the traffic jam the toddlers were causing, I decided to teleport out most of them. The ones left are the children of the adult guests only (which is still a lot of kids -- I'm looking at you Biltmores!).

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Now they can get to the food!

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Henry Lambswool drags Jack Skellingbear out to play while Cyan Troubadour-Bossanova rocks out behind him.

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It's a mad house!

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Brodie: Kendrick, go back to bed! I can handle aging up the girls.
Kendrick: I'm starting to feel better. I want to do it.
Stubborn sims!

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Sure enough, as soon as he grabs Poem to take her to the cake...

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Yay!!! You did it!!

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Brodie grabs Piper and they make their way to the cakes.

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Now it's Piper's turn.

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Poem, your cute baldness makes me smile.

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Sweet little Eve Goodacre, why do you even try.

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They bring the twins into the salon and Brodie gives them both matching, cutting edge hairstyles...

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and matching outfits that co-ordinate with big sis Aria.
*I have got to find more rocker toddler outfits*

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WHO THE FUCK KNOCKED OVER THE TRASH CAN THIS TIME????!@!!

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Henry and Ezra Biltmore become friendly.

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Pffft. Who cares.

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Oh, wait...

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Oh, no...

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Brodie's been feeling low this whole season and this just takes the cake. She really wanted to give her girls a fun party, but she failed.

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In flies The Imaginary Therapist™ to save the day.

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*I don't think she really cares right now but thanks*

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Aria: Somebody broke Mommy.

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After a *ahem* thorough examination the Therapist uses his hypno thingy on Brodie...
*I wish someone would extract that thing. It's so cool*

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and she's back to normal.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming...

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Twin #1, Piper Mason-Troubadour, is a 10-9-6-6-3 irresistible (Brodie), night owl (Kendrick) of an Aries. Her main interests are sports and school but science is her jam. Her naturally curly hair has been cut in an asymmetrical style by her talented mother.

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Twin #2, Poem Mason-Troubadour is a flirty (Kendrick), meat-loving (Brodie), 7-3-8-3-10 Pisces. She loves travel and tinkering. Her naturally curly hair is also cut in the same asymmetrical style as her sister -- but Poem was lucky enough to get her mom's freckles.

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A cured Kendrick cleans up the trash...

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and the spoiled pancakes.

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Unaware of the melt-down she just had, Kendrick leaves Brodie and the girls to visit his business...

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The Troubadour Cafe!

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As the customers start to arrive, Kendrick tries to get in some studying before having to help anyone.

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But then architect Fitz Biltmore shows up looking confused. Probably because what he wants is INSIDE THE STORE!!!

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Kendrick: What flavor of coffee are you looking for, Fitz?
Fitz: I think we should switch to decaf. The wife is too wired already! *snickers*

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Felicity joins the shoppers. I knew living with eight toddlers would call for something stronger than hot chocolate.

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Seamstress Dawn Lambswool is looking for a dark roast that will keep her up all night sewing so she can earn that elusive gold badge.

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Dawn thinks Kendrick is so cute. She would buy anything he recommends.

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Kendrick helps Cindy Lou...

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and Felicity find something especially for them.

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The ladies are still not buying so Kendrick assess their desires.

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I think Felicity might be here just to see your pretty face, Kendrick.

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Before he could get to Cindy Lou, Kendrick has to ring up his other customers.

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I don't think she likes to be kept waiting.

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After completing her purchase Dawn makes her way to the stage to belt out a song.
Dawn: *off key* Ex's and the oh, oh, oh's they haunt me. Like gho-oh-oh-sts they want me to make them ah-ah-ah-ll. They won't. Let. Go!
Oh dear.

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It's just coffee lady. Why the stink face?

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Politician Malcolm Landgraab, X can't seem to find the organic green tea.

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Felicity: *gasp* There he is. The one that saved us from the evils of SimCity. *squee*
Felicity seems to have a slight crush on Malcolm.

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When the crowd starts to turn on Dawn...
Felicity: Booo! You suck!!!

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Kendrick accompanies her on the guitar.

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Cindy Lou: It was good until Kendrick ran up there!
I get the feeling that Cindy Lou doesn't like Kendrick very much...

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As Kendrick closes shop...

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CL hops on stage to recite her "poetry".
Cindy Lou: I would like to give a child a home. One that they could call their very own.

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Cindy Lou: All of my life I live for the day. That a baby's smiling face will take my sadness away.

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Cindy Lou: *bows*

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After everyone leaves Kendrick restocks. His mind wanders to how furious he still is at Minka. He doesn't understand why he ever went out with that girl.

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Back at the house...

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Passed out twin in aisle one. Clean-up.

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With Poem sleep...

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Piper down for the count...

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and Aria testing out the twins' birthday present...

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Brodie returns to the deck to practice some of the new songs she wrote.

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Drained, Brodie calls it a night.

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50 points to Poem for escaping jail.

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I think Poem is trying to take away Aria's crown for cutest toddler of the house...

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Poem finds her true passion while playing with the Sego Blocks.

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Piper busts a move while Jacke Skellingbear scowls.

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Kendrick finally returns home exhausted and smelly. What a long day!

Wednesday, Day 17
"The Make-Over That Changed Everything"

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Good morning, Sunshine!

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Piper completes her first drawing and does a happy dance.

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Clean freak Brodie disinfects the condo after Kendrick's flu episode.

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Brodie, it's time for work, sweetheart.
Brodie: Oh, this place is such a mess, I have to clean it up. It's a nightmare!
You're not fooling anyone, Missy.

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Kent stops by to talk to Brodie. He's been seriously considering getting a tattoo for a while now. Maybe this time he won't chicken out.

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Brodie assures Kent that it will only hurt a little bit. Stop being a baby!

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The tattoos came out fine but Brodie got a little carried away when she tried to put rocker glam make-up on Kent. He didn't appreciate it one bit.

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Lars calls to make sure Brodie's OK since she's missed so many days of work.
Brodie: Dude, I'm so done with the Post Office. I'm meant for so much more. After I use up my vacation days I'm audi. You should apply. You've done a great job. I'll give you a glowing recommendation.

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*Best Friends*

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Hey now, Kent. Don't get comfortable. You're not the lead singer.

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Even though she technically hasn't quit yet, Brodie feels a weight lifted off of her shoulder. She's free! Now to just concentrate on her cosmetology badges and her music.

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Paragon stops by again. He's hoping Brodie could clean-up his flesh-colored beard/peach fuzz thing he has going on there.
*Any excuse to be alone in a room with her.*

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Troubadour Twin Cuteness Powers -- Activate!

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Brodie can barely see his facial hair but hey, the customer is always right. Paragon's kind of cute anyways...

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He doesn't look any different but he's happy and that's all that matters.

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Brodie prepares lunch for her customers/friends. Chile con carne!

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Cindy Lou: Looks like I arrived just in time!
GO HOME, CINDY LOU KILLEEN!

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Paragon: *singing off-key* IIIIII'm gonna swing from the chandelieeer, from the chandelieeeeeeer! IIIII'm gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exiiiiist, like it doesn't exiiiiiist!
Why lord, why?

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Cindy Lou: Hello little foxy-woxy. Do you want to be my baby?
Please confer to your wife first before you bring home wild foxes!

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Soon Cindy Lou is distracted by another fox, Vivian Landgraab.
Note: Cindy Lou autonomously greeted her and then Viv was a guest -- as if a real resident greeted her! What is Cindy Lou's deal??!!

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Cindy Lou: I really admire everything you've done to help Oceanside become the great community that it is. We would be nothing without you.
Vivian: *gasp* You really think so. That's so nice of you!
Sucking up to Queen Landgraab. Probably the best idea you have ever had.

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Brodie and Kent enjoy a meaty lunch as the sun sets.

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Brodie's dead tired but needs to stay awake for a little longer. Vivian Landgraab dropping by gave Brodie a great idea. If she can do a good make-over on Viv she might fast track Brodie getting her own salon!

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While the boys get cozy in the hot tub...

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Brodie tricks Viv into her salon chair.
Vivian: *skeptical* I like my hair long. I want to keep it. LONG!
Brodie: But your a politician's wife and a mother of three. You should look polished and elegant. Don't worry, you will still have length. Just not all of it... *sighs* Just trust me...

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Vivian reluctantly gives in and lets Brodie work her pink cloud of magic on her.

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Vivian gasps when she sees her reflection. It's everything Brodie promised and more. It's elegant, polished and very First Lady. All she needs is a pantsuit and a baby to kiss. Who is she kidding. Vivian Landgraab would never wear a pantsuit.

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Vivian tells Brodie that she will definitely be back for shampoos and blowouts. Brodie explains that she will have to find a place to move her salon equipment out of the condo. With the girls getting older they need this space for an extra bedroom. Vivian tells Brodie that the land next to police station is vacant and she will gladly give her the money to build her own salon there!

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Brodie is so happy she's almost in tears.
Brodie: This is it, baby girl. Things are finally coming together!

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^.^

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Notes: Sorry for the wait in between updates. I made a post here explaining that it was just too hot to do an update. It's still hot but not as bad.

Cindy Lou is a little glitch monster. Not only does she just walk into people's homes uninvited but she makes stuff not work properly! The whole time she was there Brodie could not use her make-over chair. I had to exit and re-enter the lot, let No Sim Loaded do it's thing, and then I could give make-overs. I apparently had the older version of the mod but I downloaded the newer one that fixes stuff every hour but that was after I played through Winter.

Credits: Brodie's new hairstyle is a recolor I did of Remi's gradient recolor of a Peggy hair. I only did the one black/gray color but you can have it if you want ^.^

Dawn's song is Ex's and Oh's by Elle King. Paragon's song is Chandelier by Sia.

Thank you for reading!! ^.^


 
 
 
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