We’re Back!

Okay so having a new job AND working on my thesis AND having to go and get the super-special CD drive before I can play my game = very delayed in posting. But we’re back!

Also my computer updated and now I can actually uninstall stuff if things go wonky. Probably. Yay!

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Mercury: I feel different?

Maybe because you are now officially our heir? Maybe because you are on a new computer and cats suddenly exist now? Maybe because the skin CC I had is no longer available so I had to switch to a base game skin?

Probably the last one.

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Mercury wanted to visit a cafe to celebrate. So she ran all the way there. No taxi? Nothing?

Then she got run over so it’s a good thing we have a spare.

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That $60 French Toast had better be good.

APPRECIATE IT.

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Couldn’t find anything else to do in France for the last few hours (no easels or sculpting stations) so thought maybe she could read.

But someone stole ALL THE BOOKS IN FRANCE.

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THALLIUM.

Whatever, time to head home.

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Thallium: If we merge together we can ALL be the heir!

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Unfortunately a lot of my CC didn’t make the switch. But fortunately, we were going to remake the house anyway since we’re starting a new generation.

Let’s just find somewhere to send the family while I fix up a house…

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… oh. I completely forgot that all my extra worlds are gone right now. Probably the only reason I could open the Mendeleev file on this computer was because the save file was in France or something. So all the buildings and stuff that came with the world are gone too.

So I guess we’re switching towns.

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Maid: I can’t believe I get to work for the Mendeleevs!

Not for long.

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So the idea behind this generation’s house is that I didn’t feel like building.

*EXCEPTION RAISED*

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So the idea behind this generation’s house is that I really didn’t feel like building.

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Thallium and Lead got sent out to make their own way in the world. We’ll see them later maybe.

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GUY ON A HORSE.

Dont’ fuck this up for me, horse.

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I neglected to assign beds and came to regret it.

Gold please go find a bed that’s not occupied by your adult daughter. The ghosts think it’s kind of weird.

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Jack I swear we haven’t even had this house for 24 hours.

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He puts it out handily while the firefighter watches.

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Firefighter: I’m kind of attracted to dead people so I was kind of hoping you’d all die.

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Since we know no one in town, I send Mercury to the festival to scope out potential partners.

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Then I saw there was an eating contest so I sent Mercury over there. Not for reasons just for fun.

Lead’s here too!

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And Lead wins!

Mercury: At least I won the contest that actually mattered.

Lead: I will jam a hot dog in your windpipe.

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Mercury finally met someone she was interested in when I sent her back the next morning, but unfortunately that someone was extremely old.

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And extremely taken.

Both of those things can be changed, though, so we’ll keep him in mind if nothing else turns up.

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Mercury, he’s kind of cute.

Mercury: And kind of a teen, maybe? He looks short.

Romantic options were available so apparently not. Mercury’s not into him but I’ll mark him down as having potential.

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Mercury: What if we somehow turned one of these horses into a sim…

Horse: Fuck off lady.

Oh wait! I have seasons installed so maybe we can do the internet dating thing!

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Lead has a profile up too.

What happens if we send a message????

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We got a message from this guy Barrington. There wasn’t a little ‘ooh you’re attractive’ message popping up but Mercury did roll a wish to know his sign.

Right before he had to head to work.

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Mercury: I like him. He’s got a nice ass.

I will… keep that in mind.

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Nice new computer! I decided to see what this baby can handle so I loaded up everything but Showtime and Island Life. Because the copy of Showtime I bought doesn’t work on this operating system and I didn’t feel like fiddling with Origin to download Island Life.

In hindsight, installing everything rather than going expansion-by-expansion was probably not the greatest idea. But we’ll manage.

The first thing is that I have to use an external CD drive now so I need a noCD mod just because the launcher will register there’s a CD but then the game itself is like “CD?? What CD?? There is no CD!”

And I can see it. My computer knows it is there. The game does not. Also if I exit full-screen I can’t go back without making the entire screen black.

So this is promising.

I figure that out (finally), make the game a little prettier, and then load it up again. Interactive loading screen. So far, so good.

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UM.

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Okay, so… can’t see anything in CAS? But the loading screen and CAS won’t matter too much while I do the legacy. So that should be fine.

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But this is unplayable.

Time to uninstall some expansions, then?

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… Except I can’t. Great.

I finally fixed it by setting all the graphics down and turning off advanced rendering. Although maybe that wasn’t the problem to begin with because turning the graphics back up a little bit didn’t break the thing. Who knows.

I’ve just kind of come to accept that this game is held together by bubblegum and wishes.

The game is now working and I’m going to play a bit in a non-Mendeleev file to make sure it’s not going to heck up on me.

Because if I have to uninstall an expansion I’m kind of screwed. I tried following instructions to manually uninstall the thing and I just got an error.

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Don’t you dare screw this up for me, you adorable little fuck.

Update

So the computer I got six years ago hit the point where, financially, it made more sense to get a new computer than it did to pay for repairs. Capitalism and planned obsolescence and all that.

I have moved my save files and mods and things to the new computer but I’m going to need to install the games again, which for a lot of them means digging around my room to find the physical disks.

So if I don’t post for a while that’s what I’m doing. 😛

Second Chances

‘Recently Published’

That’s a damn lie.

I can’t even remember if I set up an heir poll. Hm. The end of the last chapter says that we’d have an heir poll this chapter, so I guess that’s what we’re going to do! How much time do we have until the triplets age up?

… past me did not think this through.

Let’s check out our current generation to kind of recap.

Here’s Lead. she got her TV privileges revoked. She also got her ‘actual photo’ privileges revoked because she was sleeping at the time and then I got distracted by other things.

Lead needs to learn painting and photography, and wants to take pictures of cryptids. She already has some ghost photos and a blurry picture of a zombie.

Thallium needs to learn painting and writing. She’s ahead of the other girls in terms of painting but that’s only because her dad spends a ton of time on the computer trying to max writing because he has the Jack of All Trades LTW. So she hasn’t gotten started on her second skill yet.

I dress her up in old clothes because I was on an Austen kick when I was trying to figure out what ‘author’ looked like. These are not Regency Era clothes by a long shot, though.

And here we have Mercury, who is learning painting and sculpture. She’s due for a personality upgrade because her grades were bad at some point and I never ended up giving her either of the personality traits that will make skilling easier for her.

She likes making things for herself in order to save the environment and sculpting is probably the most visually-interesting skill to build compared to photography and writing.

This was about when I was going to take Lead’s *official* picture when–

We got the Oh My Ghost!

The game probably intended this for Ernest since he’s the one that died last but fuck that noise.

Ehehehehehehe!

Let’s reach those generation objectives, baby!!

… what job did Tantalum even have? Reporter? Reporter.

Unfortunately he has to start from the beginning. But hopefully we can rocket through at least the early levels.

Happily, we at least started out bumped up to level 4. Does Tantalum have a degree?? Maybe???

Then this happened.

I. Don’t know what this is. It kept flashing in and out of existence.

It does not rotate with the camera, but remained fixed in place. Except for the flashing in and out thing. I attempted to find where it ended but, like a rainbow, it was ephemeral. Transient. Striped.

I half expected to find her digging through the trash because that’s What Sims Do but she was just on her way home from school.

This is slander.

Gold has like a million best friends after our blogging trick so it’s pretty easy to invite people over for Tantalum to interview.

This guy wants his autograph first.

And then we had to impress him.

He wanted our autograph I think he’s already impressed.

Erin: We should get… the little photo one to come take a picture. She likes ghosts.

Lead: … that’s me, Grandma. :/

Lead had to go out on a date, though. I had to check that it was the right girlfriend. Which it was, thankfully.

They picked the worst place to stand for their date so I didn’t take any pictures. :/

I have no idea what this is referring to.

Time to get cracking on those articles. Gotta hit the top of that career ladder.

Sorry Sharpo but you’re an extra and just a stepping stone in our path to greatness.

I didn’t know stoves could do this? Or I did and I forgot.

Ugly hair & bland face. Next.

I feel like I might have seen this and talked about how horrifying this opportunity is??

If I haven’t… it’s horrifying.

Why are they looking at my sims’ melons?

Then we had three birthdays. : P

So Thallium’s last trait is ‘dramatic’ because we like to have fun here. This leaves her final traits as ambitious, athletic, artistic, bookworm, and dramatic.

She is our authoress.

Lead got Savvy Sculptor. Her other traits are friendly, perceptive, eco-friendly, and neurotic.

Probably going to switch friendly for artistic when I get the chance. Friendly’s kind of a boring trait.

She is our sculptor.

Lead got Photographer’s Eye. Her other traits are artistic, excitable, perceptive, and supernatural fan.

I tried to go for an Agent Mulder type of thing but I’ve also never seen the X-Files.

She is our photographer.

That is NOT a pre-approved outfit!!

Anyway we’re going to France to try and get the LTH needed to fix Mercury’s last trait. And because why not.

I have a soft spot in my heart for Jeannine because she was the first sim I ever married into my main household.

I hope this guy is the owner or something because he just comped us §100 of wine nectar.

Well it’s a good thing we didn’t pay for all that. :/

And Lead is pregnant drank some bad nectar.

Anyway Mercury ticked over to the requisite number of LTH points so her friendly trait is now artistic.

Stranger Things

I’ve been gone for two months but in my defense I’ve been doing grad school.

Last time we… uh… uh… all the girls got into serious relationships! With even more girls!

Mercury: But my one true love will always be my cozy bed.

Understandable.

Still, Merc gets a little more flirting in before heading to sleep.

Erin got a promotion, which took me by surprise a little because I’ve kind of completely forgotten how far along anyone is with anything.

Except I know that Gold completed his blogging thing because I spent like two game days befriending the whole town.

For some reason everyone wants to eat in the game room this morning.

For some reason Thallium decided to get up as soon as Mercury sat down.

Is there a rivalry brewing? Or did she the food she was eating suddenly go bad? Probably the second one because Mercury’s plate is about to go off too.

In other news, Erin apparently has pink hair when she’s in werewolf form. But grey hair as a human sim. Weird.

Then I got a notification that there was a fire on the lot.

It seems like a priceless vase is burning. Ah.

I’ll accept that this is my fault.

The game let me replace the burnt vase when I clicked on it but this is clearly not the one we started with.

I was called inside a second time for Ernest’s death.

Fucking finally.

Gold: ‘Sup mom. Am I late?

Erin: I know we basically never acknowledge his existence but you can at least try to be considerate while your step-grandfather (I think) is dying.

Death: Eʀɴᴇsᴛ Mᴇɴᴅᴇʟᴇᴇᴠ, ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ɪs ʜᴇʀᴇ, ʏᴀᴅᴀ-ʏᴀᴅᴀ… I ᴋɪɴᴅ ᴏғ ғᴏʀɢᴏᴛ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ʜᴏɴᴇsᴛ…

Jack: You’re kind of hot when you’re watching a man die.

Erin: SERIOUSLY?

Thallium: I heard great-grampa died while we were at school.

Mercury: Yup.

Thallium: Pretty sad.

Mercury: Yup.

Thallium: … he never even had an actual bed to sleep in.

Mercury: Wait, are you saying that old guy who hung around here all the time was related to us???

Thallium: Today I picked a sensible place for breakfast. But I’m still not eating next to you.

Mercury: :I

Lead: I picked a good place to do homework, right guys? … right?

Thallium: This painting is a look into my psyche and how that fire has been tormenting my subconscious.

Gold: … Thallium, I love you, but you weren’t here for the fire, it lasted for all of five seconds, and I know for a fact that you’ve been working on that painting long before that fire even happened.

Thallium: Dad please. No one will respect me as an artist unless my paintings come from a place of suffering.

Who the hell is Sarah???

One of the girls brought a boy home from school. So it’s not that there weren’t any teenage boys in town when they went to prom.

It’s just that everyone in this family is super gay.

Thallium why would you want to snub your sister.

Thallium: Are we not already doing that? She’s barely shown up this chapter.

Whoops.

Jack: Baby I wanna kiss you all over… and I mean allllll over.

Erin: Do you have to say these things in front of his mother. :I

Lead’s been doing things, they’re just things that don’t lend themselves to taking pictures. Stuff like taking pictures and painting.

Somehow no one had realized that there was a werewolf living right in the house so now Lead has a picture of a ghost and a werewolf. As well as the shitty zombie picture.

Weirdly, while Lead is into chasing down supernatural beings, Mercury is the one who’s into conspiracy theories.

Mercury: I’m telling you, aliens definitely exist, but we don’t have the technology to contact them. If we could, they’d definitely abduct us and impregnate sim men.

Gold: Honey, that’s ridiculous. Next you’ll be saying that rain exists.

Mercury: We don’t have the technology to experience that either!

Mercury: Dad thinks I’m crazy because I believe in aliens. At least I don’t believe the stuff that Lead does. She thinks that there are people covered in fur who devour everything and have horrible table manners!

Thallium: You’re right, something like that definitely couldn’t exist!

I found that this is a thing you can do and now I definitely need to have someone eat cinnamon.

Oh, hey! It’s Lead! She exists after all!

Lead: … I’m not sure what’s scarier, grandma or whatever the fuck Thallium’s been painting.

We’ll have a triple birthday and an heir vote next chapter. Probably. Time’s a little weird because one of the triplets is somehow a full two days younger than the one the game thinks is oldest.

Twenty-Gay-Teen

Hecky-heck I haven’t played in a while grad school is kicking my BUTT.

Speaking of we learned that language is fake. Did you know language is fake? Yeah. What’s the difference between ‘sad’ and ‘sat’? I used to think it’s the ‘t’ and the ‘d’ sound but actually those are just the SAME HECKING SOUND and the real difference is just in how long we hold out the vowel. Nothing means anything anymore.

… I need to take a break from linguistics.

Oh god I don’t know the vampire ghost’s name so she can’t talk. Shit. Hold on.

Erin’s Mom Who Died On Her Wedding Night: Too bad the kid who’s into ghosts isn’t out here.

Nailed it.

I’m not sure what to do with Gold now that he’s finished generation stuff? He has another blog ‘type’ now that I wanted to play around with, but I don’t see a review blog being that much different than a personal blog, gameplay wise.

And I, personally, have kind of got the ‘blogged out’ moodlet after forcing Gold to marathon blog for like  a day straight.

… I think I’m gonna give him a haircut though. Did I pick that hair out? Maybe? February-me and Almost-April-me do not have the same hair opinions, if so.

I know this is how Ernest got into the household to begin with, but that was with one of our heirs. Move along, Miss Maid.

Look now you can see his elf ears!

For now I’m going to be working at getting two of Gold’s other skills up to level 10 since that’s like… his actual in-game goal. Starting with writing because it’s the highest one he has other than social networking.

The adults had gone away last chapter, and when the kids came back from school they learned that they’d apparently done a bad job of keeping house.

In fairness, though, a maid comes and cleans after they leave for school. : P

But the game doesn’t think of that so we had to wait for all of the girls to get scolded (grounded, even??) and then had to let them all off the hook.

Because prom is tonight.

Gold: Okay, I drove you all over so you should all have full needs… have fun, and remember: no boys.

Thallium: I’m pretty sure the only boys in town are elementary schoolers.

Gold: … okay good.

I remembered to put them in formalwear before they went into the school because I’m the best simmer.

Even better idea. Have Gold stay on the lot so none of the kids get picked up after curfew! I’m brilliant! Gold can even skill with something portable like the sketchpad thing.

So. Prom news:

Mercury won Prom Queen, and luckily only has sisters so she doesn’t have to have a weird ‘the prom king is my brother like a Targaryen’ dance.

She instead has a awkward chicken dance with Elizabeth, who I think is officially Her Girl.

Poor Lead is less lucky in love.

Then Thallium gets wooed by a girl named Cathleen.

And Lead hooks up with a girl named Colleen.

See! No boys!

Lead: I just realized we’ve never used this fancy fireplace in our lives.

Now just pray it doesn’t set fire to our fancy irreplaceable vases.

Thallium you were supposed to go home with your dad.

Thallium: Yeah but I had to stop and figure out what made Cathleen so attracted to me. I think it’s my muscles!

You’ve never worked out a day in your life.

And, yes, she did get picked up by the police.

Gold: I can’t believe you would be out after curfew!

Dude you’re the one who DROVE AWAY.

It was his fault so I let her off the hook. And also groundings are annoying.

Gold: … you do know I’m a ‘he’ right?

Oh look it’s Erin! I didn’t think you showed up this chapter.

Guy: And so that’s why all of this empty lawn you have here could be better used as a vegetable garden.

Erin: Why are you telling me this at 3 AM.

Lead says she actually got photographic evidence of a ghost.

I don’t know, though. It looks photoshopped to me? I can tell by the pixels.

Ernest: Either of you care to help out or are you just going to kiss while I’m trying to fix this thing?

Jack: Kiss.

Ernest: … okay but I’m afraid to actually touch this newfangled computer so I’m just gonna wave the screwdriver in front of it and hope it gets better.

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After school, all the girls invite all their girls so we can actually get a look at them. And secure them before they run off with someone else and/or get old.

This one’s Colleen. I gave her better hair.

This one’s Cathleen. I gave her better clothes.

And we’ve met Elizabeth already. Neither her hair or clothes were The Worst so I let her be, although now that I’m looking again I think I’ll dye her hair to something less green.

Commence the triple date.

Lead: You’re so cute, I just wanna kiss you.

Thallium: *sees that her sister is outdoing her* Um, uh… MARRY ME?

Aw, young love.

Mercury follows suit with Elizabeth soon after.

Thallium: Shit, I’m losing. Um, uh…

Thallium: You look like a clown!

Cathleen: … we have to work on your flirting.

Thallium finally gets her first kiss.

Mercury: Be my girlfriend?

Thallium: DAMMIT.

Thallium: Quick, be my girlfriend too.

Cathleen: Sure. Just don’t call me a clown anymore?

Thallium: Deal.

Lead pulled Colleen into another room, probably to avoid her sisters.

Lead: Want some flowers I stole from my great-grandpa’s inventory?

Colleen: Do I ever!

Lead: Now do you wanna be my girlf–

Jack: Yes! I get to celebrate my birthday with my daughter and her gal pal!

Lead: … kind of wanna just ignore him right now…

Colleen: Aw, it’s his birthday though…

Lead: YAY DAD

Colleen: Happy birthday, Mr. Mendeleev!

Jack: I’m glad you’ve made such a good friend, sweetheart. 🙂

Lead: Quick, while he’s fixing his hair. Wanna be my girlfriend?

Colleen: Absolutely.

I could not agree more, game. Everything went pretty smoothly. And we had very little talk about art this chapter! Truly twenty-gay-teen is blessing our family.

Like a Lead Balloon

*insert chapter opening here*

Let’s go!

Lead: Oh jeez I can’t believe I’m meeting a supernatural thing already. Hold oh, lemme get my…

Lead: Well, shoot.

Looks like we won’t be snapping a pic of a ghost just yet.

Although given her current skill level it would most likely be a picture of her thumb.

And then she went all the way around the house to eat the mummy snack from off of the ground in front of her grandfather’s grave.

YOU WERE TEN FEET FROM THE KITCHEN.

Mercury: Dad? Why are you standing around outside of school? And why do I feel like I suddenly like you more?

Gold has had a busy day blogging, doing celebrity stuff, and putting in the literal bare minimum effort to befriend his daughters. With an app.

And level ten has been reached!

Now we can bump up those family relations to BEST friends. Now I don’t have to feel bad about all my sims being indifferent towards one another. : P

Mercury picks the best place to do homework.

Thallium: I’ve barely been in this chapter what the heck. You got to talk to a creepy ghost or whatever and I’ve been pushed to the sidelines.

Lead: I HATE SCHOOL.

Thallium: Are you even listening to me?

Lead: No.

I guess I forgot to have Gold make the girls be friends with each other as well. Oops.

You can tell that time passed because Lead’s in her pj’s, but that’s about it. 😛

Lead: … you know we have leftovers in the fridge, right? You don’t have to stick your bare hands in the oven to make waffles.

Thallium: hot hot hot! 8I

Thallium: … wanna talk about art?

Lead: Please just talk about something else anything else but art.

It’s about the only thing Thallium mentions ever.

Goddamn Carole Lewis.

We’ll just put that into the enormous pile with all the rest of our money.

Elizabeth Capp was hitting on two of the triplets when they all went on a field trip to the theater. I guess we see who gets her first?

She’s kind of cute. Face clearly not generic.

Lead wanted to call her, so she is in the lead… heh, lead, Lead… for this race!

Lead: Hey, Lizzie! Wanna go and punch zombies?

Elizabeth: For the last time, the Elizabeth in that movie wasn’t me!

Mercury’s just doing her homework like a loser.

Gold’s blog has reached five stars!

He wanted to sell a blog so we’ve sold it and started a review blog. Because everyone needs to know Gold’s opinions on things.

Let’s see how long we can go before the blog changes names for some reason.

Gold waits until I’ve got everyone set up and working on their skills before he interrupts it with his birthday. : P

I changed his hair up but don’t have a picture because they went off on an adults-only vacation almost immediately afterward. Gold just completed all his generation goals, he deserves it.

YOU HAVE NOT BEEN ETERNALLY FAITHFUL JACK

Lead: The adults are gone, I’m learning photography, and Lizzie’s sure to agree to be my date to the prom. Nothing could spoil this.

Unless Lizzie were to invite Mercury out on a date! DUN DUN DUN!

I don’t consider ‘in front of the hospital at 1 AM’ to be a romantic destination but I guess I’m just not good at romance.

I completely forgot that the curfew police would come, as I’m assuming Elizabeth likewise forgot, so the date didn’t go that long.

Mercury: HA! My parents aren’t home! SUCK IT COPPER!

Mercury’s improved enough in sculpting to use wood now.

Mercury: I’ll sculpt something to commemorate my date with Lizzie~

Or a wooden toilet.

Mercury: So… wanna talk about art?

Lead: Please can we talk about anything else in this household?

Mercury: I went on a date with Lizzie.

Lead: … let’s talk about art.

… deep.

Lead may not be getting Lizzie for prom… or will she?… but she did get a picture of a zombie! But in the spirit of cryptophotography, it was really a shitty quality picture and you can’t tell what the heck it’s supposed to be.

Next time… the adults come back? Prom? Conversations about things that aren’t painting? Probably not the last one!