University Round 4 - Part 1 - Landgrabb House


Dorotea Villalobos, Young Adult Family Sim, LTW Become Education Minister

Diego Villalobos, Young Adult Fortune Sim, LTW Become World Class Ballet Dancer

Catalina Villalobos, Young Adult Fortune Sim, LTW Become Hall of Famer

Inari Tanaka, Young Adult Family Sim, LTW Become Education Minister


Last time we saw the Villalobos teens and Inari Tanaka, they were packing their bags and leaving home for their first few years at Sim State. Inari is separated from her twin brother Aki for the first time, and the Villalobos children are away from their abuelo Santiago for the first time since they lost their parents. How will the four of them fare their first two years at university?

The first thing on the agenda once the teens got to Sim State was a makeover for the lot of them. They all felt that this was a new era and that, therefore, they needed a new look. After a trip to the shops, they came back new and improved.

Nerissa Chan and Amber McArthur also came along with the Rosebud teens to Sim State, but they decided to house themselves in another dorm since this was was pretty crowded. It wasn't like Cat and Nerissa or Diego and Amber couldn't simply walk a few hundred feet and see one another anyway.

The YA's soon settled into an easy routine together, studying close to one another, working on their skills, hanging out in the living area of the dorms, writing their term papers and doing their assignments. The Villalobos children took this in stride, as they did most things, and Inari, who was used to being unsupervised, continued pretty much as she did at home, only now her studies actually challenged and interested her.

They all spent a lot of time trying to escape the Freshman Fifteen, but none more than Diego, who still held onto his dream of someday becoming a famous ballet dancer.

He got fit in no time, and it inspired his sister Catalina to do the same.

Plus, she loved any excuse to put on her retro workout outfit.

Of course, that wasn't all Catalina did on campus. Though she had sort of had a crush on Nerissa as a teen, she'd never really gotten the chance to talk to her about her feelings until they were both away at university.

When Catalina hesitantly asked her if they could maybe go out together...on a date...Cat was thrilled to hear the word yes escape from Nerissa's lips. They were both nervous on that first date, for although they'd been friends since they were children, this was all new territory.

Their first kiss was something magical. Neither could believe that their friendship as kids could have turned into something like this.

By the end of that first night, their affection for one another and their passions had been enflamed. However, it wouldn't be for a while yet until they went any further than the gentle kisses they partook of that evening.

Of course, Inari wasn't missing out when it came to romance either. Salvatore visited the campus often to see his "older woman" as he teasingly called her. Even now that she was away from Rosebud, they continued to be just as in love as they always had been back home.

Despite all the distracting hormones flying around in the air, all four of them managed to maintain 4.0 GPAs, keeping them in their good scholarship money.

Diego, too, was knee-deep in love, with his high-school girlfriend Amber McArthur. If he'd thought she was pretty as a child and teen, the way she looked now made his stomach turn inside out and knot itself together.

This couple wasted no time in getting very close very fast. After all, they'd shared their first kiss freshman year of high school, and here it was freshman year of university. They'd waited long enough to be more physical than parental supervision would allow.

The only one in the house who wasn't getting any good lovin' was Dorotea. She was the shiest one of the bunch, and she certainly didn't think she was as pretty as Inari or as flamboyant as Catalina. She was the more homely, more homey sister, and though she knew her siblings and housemates loved her, she sometimes felt excluded from the bunch.

She headed to local hang-out spots a lot, having a drink or three or four and scoping the room for potential men she could marry and have a hundred babies with. Okay, maybe not a hundred, but at least five or six. She wanted a family so badly it made her hurt.

She tried finding other ways to entertain herself -

- earning her silver flower arranging badge after hours spent in her dorm room practiciting - but none of it really filled the hole inside her she sought to fill once and for all with a husband and kids.

Desperate, she decided to call the gypsy matchmaker. With all of her scholarship funds in a wad in the gypsy's pocket, Dot felt herself grow tremendously excited at the prospect of seeing her potential future husband.

A moment later, with a thud, her new date unceremoniously dropped from the sky. He wasn't bad looking, Dot thought excitedly, though when she got him inside, she realized his outfit left something to be desired.

It was alright, though, the gypsy had matched them well. They shared a lot of the same interests, had a lot of the same personality traits, and hit it off quite well.

Dot even got her first kiss from him that night, but sadly, as she went to bed, she knew he wasn't the one for her. There were no sparks there, and there ought to be sparks, Dot thought.

Life trudged on as the YA's worked through their second year, and Inari and Catalina in particular tended to spend time together, whether it be hanging out or studying.

Dorotea, not to be deterred by her earlier miss, called up the gypsy again, and this time, she set Dot up with a teenager!!! I mean, sure, Inari had a teenage boyfriend, and sure she'd just been a teenager herself, but a teenager!? She could solve that problem easily enough, though, and with a suggestion to a higher power [me], her new date was enrolled in Sim State University and a YA like herself. Dot felt that as the final two years of university began, she might have found someone she could be with.

In the meantime, things clicked along nicely in the dorm, with Inari and Salvatore having regular dates as usual.

One night, however, the awful cow mascot came by and decided to cause trouble. Inari had kicked the cow out of the dorm several days earlier after a prank with the sprinklers, and now it seemed the cow would have her revenge. Pulling back her mascot hat and leaning up close to Salvatore, she whispered something lascivious, and Sal hardly knew how to respond, ending up choosing the wrong words when he could finally speak. Inari flew off the handle at what she perceived to be so blatant a snubbing of their relationship.

She didn't know what had happened, but something in her snapped, and though she apologized over and over again when he threatened to leave, she wasn't truly remorseful. How could he flirt with that stupid, stuffed, ridiculous creature in a COW SUIT for god's sake!?

Sal could tell her apologies weren't genuine, and he left angry, one half of his face red from her slap and one side red from anger. Inari could hardly believe what happened. She just stared at the door after he exited.

Later that night, true to his teen form, he left a flaming bag of poo on her doorstep, a little "souvenir" from their terrible night.

When Inari read it, she couldn't do anything but cry. She thought they'd be together forever, but how had this happened?

Depressed, she put on her pajamas and sadly sat outside, in the rain, in the dark, and did her college assignment. It may have been melodramatic, but she felt cold, wet, and alone inside, so she may as well have felt that way outside.

Next up, the rest of the Rosebud teens take over the Urele Cham house! Stay tuned.



No new points, I don't think.

[[Wow, so I have NO idea what happened with Inari and Sal. I was somewhere else on the lot watching another sim and I heard the BWOOONNNGGGG noise. I paused and flashed outside to find Inari slapping Sal and the cow walking away looking all self-satisfied. Stupid cow. -.- So anyway, I'm guessing Sal responded to a flirt and Inari got pissed. Regardless, no amount of sweet talk could get them back in the green before Sal went home. They'll get fixed, I'm sure, but about a big first fight.

As for the rest...I really like the way Dot's second blind date looks as a YA. I forgot to take any pictures of him, but he turned out very handsome all grown up and with new hair and clothes. They are a super-cute couple. Ditto Diego and Amber, whom you will see a lot more of in the second half of uni. A LOT more. I've already played them through the end because I couldn't stand to stop playing at sophomore year, but that'll have to wait until next round! Along with the end of the story of Catalina and Nerissa, who are officially the hottest lesbian couple EVAR. I love all these kids so much! Can hardly wait to get back.

This Entry's MP3:

Diego is either very angry at having to hug his girlfriend, or about to burst into tears. You be the judge. // Streaker of generations past back to visit? // Great job, cook. // I agree, chess IS fascinating to watch!!! Only just the opposite! // Twins! // Hey Inari, how about you don't go all heart-farty over your brother's girlfriend? // And finally, I don't know if this is a glitch or just something programmed in, but every time one of my kids would invite a date over, they would wander away mid-date to stand around in one of the rooms. I would have to go into buy mode to find them. When I made one of the guests selectable with boolprop, this is what I found. Weird, and also annoying!]]

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The Vincis (C) - Round 4


Paolo Vinci, Adult Family Sim, LTW Have 6 Grandchildren

Caitlin Cleary, Adult Family Sim, LTW Graduate 3 Children from College


Last time we saw Paolo and Caitlin, they were at university, living with Fiona and Enzo and Imelda in a house on campus. They've graduated now and are ready to start their family. Will life go as smoothly as they hope?

The first thing on Paolo and Caitlin's agenda when they moved in next door to their brother and sister was to start planning their wedding. They wanted to get married right away. After all, they'd been together since before they even went away to college, and now a marriage just seemed to them the logical culmination of all those years spent together.

They decided on a non-traditional, quiet ceremony in their back yard, with just their families. After all, it wasn't the wedding that either of them cared about but the fact that they would be married when it was over. Caitlin wore an old prom dress that brought out the green in her eyes, and Paolo rented a tux for the day.

The ceremony was quiet and beautiful, and Paolo and Caitlin were happy just to have Fiona, Enzo, Imelda, Colm, and Roisin there in a true family affair. They were finally married! They both felt that they could hardly ask for a better thing out of life.

Part of the reason they decided on a small wedding was so that they could use some of their money to take a small honeymoon to the mountains. As soon as the wedding party cleared out, they packed their bags and climbed into the airport shuttle to head to their destination.

As soon as they got to their lodgings, they couldn't believe how lovely and rustic it was. Everything was a log cabin, and there were huge fir trees everywhere. The air was clear and crisp and everything made them feel utterly alive. The romance and love between them practically crackled in the air around them.

They quickly settled into a routine. During the day, they ran around the mountains exploring, sight-seeing, and getting involved in the local traditions. At nights they had quiet dates together. One of their favorite activities was log rolling. Paolo threw Caitlin off half a dozen times before she got the hang of it.

Then he was really in for some payback.

They did everything. Even the "boring" stuff that they would have hated their parents dragging them to when they were children.

Caitlin was the designated picture-taker, and she obsessively documented everything, especially Paolo humorously trying to get a bulls-eye by hurling an axe at a target. "It takes more skill than you think!" Paolo protested, whereupon Caitlin picked up an axe and hurled it dead on into the center of the target. Paolo laughed and grabbed her into a tight hug. "Show off," he accused, kissing her nose.

All the physical exertion made them sore, so they took the opportunity to check out the hot springs they'd heard about from one of the numerous tour guides wandering around waiting for a chance to show them "the best the mountain had to offer."

Before they headed back to the hotel, they stopped for a genuine mountain meal: a big stack of flapjacks with maple syrup on them. They were both starved, but by the time they reached the end of that enormous stack of flapjacks, they could barely walk, they were so full.

Back at the lodge, they relaxed in their room, waiting for their food to digest and talking about the things they'd seen that day. Of course, it didn't take long for relaxing to turn into something else. But that's what honeymoons were for, right?

The next day, they went back to the hot springs to see what else they had to offer. Caitlin got permission from Paolo to splurge on a deep-tissue massage, and then, a lesson on how to give a deep-tissue massage.

While his wife was under the elbows of the master, Paolo sat in the steam room and dozed under the heat of the steam.

Refreshed after their morning being pampered, they went out behind the lodge to look for some hidden treasure. A local had told Paolo when he ventured out of his room that morning that rumors claimed there were threads of gold in the mountain that you could find bits of if you dug in the right spot. Paolo and Caitlin weren't gold-crazy, but they thought it would be fun to find a souvenir piece of it to take home. They started digging.

Paolo found a few old bones, the origin of which he couldn't determine. Caitlin found the water line.

Later that night, after they'd showered off the mud of digging, they slipped into the lodge's hot tub, which was nestled prettily at the base of the mountainside. Of course, in bathing suits, in the bubbling water, they couldn't resist snuggling a bit close.

And since the pool and hot tub area were so completely abandoned at that time of night...they indulged in a little naughty behavior. Everything got the excuse in their head, "Hey, we're honeymooners!"

The next day, they finally gave into the tour guide's fliers and decided to go on a mountain hike. After all, it would be nice to get up close and personal with nature, to be able to reach out and touch it the way they couldn't in a more populated area like Rosebud.

Unfortunately, they got a little TOO up close and personal with nature, running into a bear on the way. The tour guide assured them that the way to deal with bears was to be confident and not back down. It saved them from being eaten, but not their food. By the time they got back home, they were nearly starved.

After another huge dinner of flapjacks that they scarfed gratefully, Caitlin and Fiona decided to light a fire and think over their trip so far. They'd seen so much, and the time away from friends and family to just be alone was wonderful. "I kind of hate to go back," Caitlin admitted. "But there are good things waiting. Like the new family we're going to start," Paolo answered, and Caitlin smiled and kissed him. "Let's go back to the lodge."

She smacked him gently, playfully. "You're terrible. We can do that all we want when we get home. Can we stay a bit longer?" He gave in, happy to do anything that made her happy. They roasted marshmallows until their bellies were sick from the sweet, toasted fluff.

Before they went back to the lodge, they took a little while to simply lie and watch the stars. This was, they both felt, the most romantic thing they would ever do. The whole vacation had been amazing. Regretfully, they got up and headed back to their room to spend their last night in the heavy oak bed with its rustic quilt.

When they got back, Paolo immediately got a job in the culinary field because that's where most of his skill lay, and he figured he could make the most money that way. Eventually, he hoped to open his own restaurant, the way his parents had. With nothing much to do until his new job started, he enjoyed being home alone with his wife and their things in their new home.

Caitlin wasn't feeling quite as exuberant to be home. She thought she might have picked up a bug from vacation, but that would pass soon enough, and then, they were perched on the starting line of their new life.

Stick around to see how the newest generation of Rosebud teens do at uni!



No new points.

[[Author's Notes: Okay, Paolo and Caitlin are so disgustingly adorable together. When I first moved them into the duplex and gave them new outfits, I just picked what I thought fit them and didn't pay attention to how the outfits would look together... When I realized they now match, I was like...okay, so that's actually so perfect for these two. Neither have career-related wants, only HAVE BABY wants. If I can make it happen, they'll have three children, each of whom have at least two children each before Caitlin and Paolo keel over. It's a tall order, but I'm going to go for it!

In other news, this was my first time sending sims on vacation. It was actually a lot of fun, though I don't think I could handle it with a big huge family, unless I just let them run around autonomous the whole time and documented their antics. Which, in itself, could be interesting! Nothing much else to say about these two. It was a peaceful round.

This Entry's MP3:
Marry Me by St. Vincent (from the album Marry Me)

Good thing Caitlin isn't a vampire. // Have I mentioned that Paolo is very neat?]]

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