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My anti-spam plug-in wasn’t working (HUGE thank you to Sandy for letting me know!), so I’ve switched over to a new one. If you tried to leave comments in the last few days, I apologize! They should be working now. :-)

I’m still here…really!

And Simming more than ever, actually…I just haven’t been blogging. I’m bad. I keep meaning to post an uber-mega-update, but it’s been easier just posting a few pics at a time over at The Sims Daily forum. So I don’t know if anyone is even reading this blog anymore, but if you are, then…hi! And come on over to The Sims Daily — everyone is super friendly there, and there are all kinds of things to do — challenges of every flavor, sharing pics and stories, and mostly just yapping about anything Sims-related (that includes Sims 1 and 2 as well as 3).

I hope to post something here soon…I was working on a re-do of Hidden Springs (now called Mt. Geneva in my game!), and I have a ton of pics to share (there are some here on TSD if you want to take a peek). That project is on hold for the moment while I explore Appaloosa Plains and the Pets EP (which I am LOVING, by the way…here’s my thread for that).

By the way, if any of you remember my Franchesca Diaries stories from TS2 — I’ve re-created the rest of Fran’s family and put them in Appaloosa Plains. They’re a hoot…I’ll have to post a story of them here. (Sorry to tease and not share any pics…but the ones I’ve taken and uploaded are all too wide for this blog, and I really felt the need to finally post something here…so it’s just words for now until I make some pics that are the right size!)

Hope you’re all having fun Simming or whatever you’re doing! Let me know what you’ve been up to! :)

Contest Results and Other Stuff

Hey all, just wanted to let you know that I made runner-up in the Triple Trouble contest! Lhonna was the winner, and no surprise, too, as her pics were gorgeous. It was a fun contest — I learned so much, and am now armed with some cheats and decorating knowledge that I didn’t have before, so I’m richer for the experience. I have to say, though, I’m glad it’s all over — I was obsessing over it for almost a month! Now I can get back to Mt. Geneva and all my other projects. ;)

Speaking of Mt. Geneva, I got all giddy and grumbly when I saw that new downloadable world from EA — Hidden Springs. Grumbly because it’s going to be another pay world like Barnacle Bay, but giddy because I absolutely love the geography of it! It reminds me of those lake towns in Switzerland with mountains all around — I have always wanted to build one of those in Sims 3, but I lack the CAW ability to do so. I always pictured Mt. Geneva to be like those towns — heck, it’s even named after Geneva, Switzerland. So the wheels are turning in my head, and I’m pondering redoing Mt. Geneva on the Hidden Springs map…but we’ll see. Yeah, I know…there’s always something! I never quite get around to just playing.

Also, my new computer is here! So just to see what it could do, I moved Christopher Steel into Macthekat’s Zamel House, and decided to decorate it for him. I’ve been experimenting with modern style, which is a refreshing change of pace after doing those complicated and clutter-filled contest entries. So far I’ve had no crashing problems, and it runs just fine with all of the graphics settings on high, so…*fingers crossed*! I haven’t tried actual playing yet, so we’ll see what happens there. Here are a couple of pics from the bathroom and bedroom:

Christopher's House

(Hah, I just realized I forgot to put blinds on one of the bathroom windows…oh well, it was for a 60 Minutes challenge, so I’ll just have to go back and finish it up! :-D)

Christopher's House

The Winter of Our Discontent

Hey, all! I’m still alive and Simming — I’m just in a tangle of frustration at the moment. For one, I haven’t had as much time to play over the last few weeks, so development on Ely Corners has ground to a proverbial halt. Not to mention it crashed on me the last few times I played, which I suspect was caused by graphics issues/too much CC/probable lag from running Twallan’s Story Progression and other mods. But I don’t want to have to cull a bunch of the custom content that I use in Ely Corners or get rid of Twallan’s mods, so I’m pondering upgrading my system or getting a new one. Of course, either one of those will require a hefty bag of Simoleons. Where’s a money tree when you need one?
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Fast Lane Stuff Walkthrough

Hey all, some Simming friends of mine were curious about the items included in the Fast Lane Stuff Pack, so I took some pics. (Yes, I bought Fast Lane Stuff, because I am a drooling EA zombie robot and must purchase any SP or EP they release.)

To help show off these objects, we have Lexi and her boyfriend Steve, both Handy Vehicle Enthusiasts with a need for speed. They like cars so much that the whole first level of their home is a 5-stall garage.

Fast Lane Stuff
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Upgrade to Self-Cleaning

Hey all, I’ve upgraded to the new WordPress 3.0 and switched to the Twenty Ten default theme, which is completely awesome because I no longer need plug-ins for my “Recent Comments” and “Recent Posts” sections (which is meaningless to non-Wordpress users, but trust me when I say it’s pretty cool!). And check out the shiny new drop-down menu for my Archives! Woot. Also, since this theme has the sidebar on the right, those of you with smaller monitors should be able to see my pictures without them getting chopped off. As always, let me know if anything looks weird/wonky/wacky.

I hope to do a Shanley update soon, if I can tear myself away from playing long enough. ;) Until then, here’s a preview pic:

Wishful Living Challenge

Happy Simming!

Hackers Suck

Hi all, a few days ago my website was hacked. Hundreds of files were tampered with across all of my blogs and subdirectories. At first I thought just Greetings from Mt. Geneva had been affected, and I thought it had been a server hiccup, but some of my Simming friends notified me that they were receiving warning messages from other areas of my site, so I looked into it further and found the problem was much more extensive.

I have since replaced or deleted all of the bad files that I could find and have submitted my site to Google Diagnostic for review. If they find it to be clean, they will remove the warning message from my site. If not, I will might have to wipe everything and start from scratch (and back-ups). I apologize for the error messages and hope to get everything back to normal ASAP.

Thanks for your patience and help!