I have been in another world

The Sims 3 is a total time vampire. Ever since one of my blog commenters told me the solution to Error Code 12, I’ve been utterly unable to stop playing it.

My Sim family are now millionaires and just bought their first vacation home in China. Mom has married twice; the first time was specifically so I could add “ghostly family” to her photography photo collection. I had her marry an elderly man who died hours into the marriage, immediately after the first Woo-Hoo. (I guess it was too much for him.) But alas, it turns out a ghostly spouse does not qualify as “ghostly family” and you need a shot of the ghost of a blood or adoptive relative. Then Mom’s adopted son went into -50 points mourning for two days for the stepfather he never met. Oh, well. Since Mom drank the Fountain of Youth potion to become a young adult again and then got enough lifetime happiness points to purchase the Age Freeze award, she will definitely outlive her family and be able to get the photograph and finish the “Family and Friends” photo collection.

So Mom married a second elderly man; I had a notion to make my own private graveyard in the back yard. But he’s stubbornly refusing to expire and they are now the parents of a toddler-aged son. Oh, and they’ve adopted a dog, whom I named Pavlov (get it? I can hear you groaning now), but it turned out Pavlov was a girl so I’ve renamed her Pavlova. She’s become a good hunter and more than earns her keep.

So…yeah. I’m pathetic.

Must. Stop. Playing. Must return to my shamefully neglected responsibilities, like answering emails. I feel like a turd for letting them sit like this for so long.

I’m telling myself it doesn’t really matter all that much. That I will never, ever catch up on the number of missing persons cases I’ve got to post, that I’ve got a right to take a break now and then. Which is perfectly true. I just wish the break had been to do something slightly more productive than getting sucked into a video game.

Oh, and another Executed Today entry guest-written by me was posted on the twelfth: Buck Ruxton, who murdered his wife in a jealous rage and then had to bump off the maid too because she saw.

6 thoughts on “I have been in another world

  1. Justin May 15, 2013 / 5:41 am

    Your life must not by all about your site. I love it, I visit it every day, but you need to follow your other interests as well. It’s not like you are like that guy in one of the newer Twilight Zone TV episodes played by Harry Morgan who had to keep finding various objects to keep his Rube Goldberg device going in his apartment or the world would end. Your webpages on missing persons are the most well written and informative on the web and that’s why your fans love them. Quality, not quantity.

  2. Jer May 15, 2013 / 8:43 am

    I played the Sims once. I didn’t get it and quit playing after a few hours.

    • Meaghan May 15, 2013 / 8:55 am

      Which version? They keep getting better each time.

      • Jer May 15, 2013 / 6:06 pm

        I think it was the first version. It was around 2002.

      • Meaghan May 15, 2013 / 6:37 pm

        Oh, well, the first version was NOTHING compared to versions two and three. Try them again if you get a chance.

      • Jer May 16, 2013 / 10:49 pm

        I might, if I get a chance this winter. I don’t play video games between April and November.

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