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The Boyfriend’s Been Tweeting!

So, The Boyfriend joined Twitter about 3 years ago now.

I’m not sure what spurred him joining Twitter. Pretty sure it was the release of some game, probably something to do with beta-testing, and it sent him on a journey of recording gameclips and considering starting his own gaming site – which is something we both consider doing from time to time, especially being that the whole family desperately wants to be YouTube gamers (except for the girls, who still want to be on YouTube, just not for games…).


2015 was a busy year for him on Twitter and in the gaming world in general. Lots of really great new games including Star Wars Battlefront, Halo 5 Guardians, Fallout 4, plus the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.


2016, he barely tweeted at all. Probably because we lost the cellphone that had the app that he used and he’s not a computer guy and only recently re-added the app on his tablet…


So now, it’s 2017, and he’s slowly making his comeback.

My favorite part so far has been all the old pictures he’s been posting as he’s been spending the last two days staying up late just so he can walk down memory lane. More than once every day for the last two, we’ve both stated, “Can’t believe it’s been 9 years…!“. And while we still technically have a few months to go until we’re officially at 9 years, we’re over the halfway mark, so we just call it 9 ūüėČ


So now, I totally invite you to go follow @Bukshot7, because he totally needs more than just cam girls following him! Personally, my favorite tweet is the “There are many reasons why @ValerieRayne13 (that’s me!) is the love of my life…” one, but I’m biased. What’s yours?

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Down Three Kids

Well, we dropped the three older kids off yesterday. The drive out to Leduc was nice and the highways were clear. The kids were all pretty tired, so they mostly dozed or sat quietly in the back. Even though we got lost in Leduc (mainly because The Boyfriend and I never trust my navigating instincts – mainly because I’ve proven I suck at it), it was a good time and the kids were all super excited to get to go to their Dad’s, or in Carter’s case, get rid of the kids.

The Boyfriend went to sleep once we got home because he had to work that night and my plan was to stay up with Carter. About an hour later, I was dozing off on the couch while Carter played games. He must’ve realized how tired I was because he sat down quietly next to me and let me nap for the next two hours and it was beautiful. Then we had my brother over and Carter had a great night hanging out with Uncle.

Today, The Boyfriend and I ended up sleeping basically the entire day away. Just couldn’t wake ourselves up for anything. Luckily, my brother stuck around and played with Carter and it was a generally great sleep. I feel a lot more rested now than I have in a while.

Honestly, I’ve been feeling all sorts of exhausted, all the time. It doesn’t help that I’m not eating properly, not getting out of the house enough, basically not taking very good care of myself AND that my sleep schedule has shifted from normal to graveyard. I’ve been finding it very hard to fall asleep any earlier than six in the morning, even when I head up to bed hours earlier. And while this is the most routine sleep schedule that I’ve been on in years, I can just feel it kicking my ass.

Once I’m awake, I just don’t want to do anything, at all. Motivating myself to do any of the things that I’m supposed to be doing is incredibly difficult right now. All I want to do is wrap myself up in warmth and veg. And I spend all of that time that I’m vegging, beating myself up for not doing all the things that I’m supposed to be doing. Of course, instead of just getting up off my ass and doing those things, I just sit there down-talking myself and my actions. It’s unproductive and adds to the exhausted feeling.

In other, less depressing news, we’ve got big plans to get the house cleaned while we’re down three kids. I’ve already decided that we’re taking a portion of our gift cards to get ourselves a device that will make our floors easier to clean. We’ve been using mops but we haven’t been able to find one that works good enough. So, I want to look for other options for getting these floors clean. I’m also hoping that we’ll finally take all the broken or unused pieces of furniture to the dump, because it’s been on my to-do list all year and¬†it’s absolutely time. We can’t start replacing all the crap stuff until we get rid of it!

I’m not sure how long the kids are going to be gone at this point. I like to play it by ear instead of setting a specific date. Sometimes, I end up missing the kids a lot and want them back sooner. Sometimes, plans get made and it’s easier to have them stay longer. Sometimes, their Dad needs to send them home earlier or wants to keep them an extra couple days. Sometimes, the weather is bad. So, we play it by ear. I know it’s going to be at least a week and The Boyfriend has a couple of those days off, so we should be able to go all of my cleaning to-do list done and I’m quite excited about it.

But for today, he has one night off and for him, that means it’s a gaming night. I’m glad to have him distracted right now because for the last couple of nights, all he’s wanted to do is talk about is Star Wars. While I have great respect for Star Wars and would consider myself a fan, I’m nowhere near obsessed as he is and it is incredibly exhausting to “fake” interest. And I put “fake” in quotations because it’s not that I’m faking, it’s that I’m not nearly as interested as he is.

For example, I don’t care enough to watch every trailer before the release of the movie. I figure, I’ll see the movie when it comes out. I don’t care to pick apart those trailers to try to figure out the movie before it’s released. I figure, I’ll see the movie when it comes out and figure it out at that point (and all the times that I watch it after that first time…). However, that stuff is exciting for him and important to his experience. So, I pay attention to what he’s telling me so that I can ask him questions about those interests, “faking” this extreme interest, because it’s important for him to be able to share that experience with me. It’s one of my favorite parts of being me in a relationship, but I sure do love getting a break!

Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to do while he’s gaming it up ūüėČ

#FridayFavorites - For Everyone

#FridayFavorites: For the Week of December 11 – 18

Ever wanted to be able to see what I’m up to all over the web without actually having to go all over the web? Well, now you can with #FridayFavorites. Join me every Friday to see my favorite finds and posts over the last week.


Favorite Tumblr Find

Everything you find on my Tumblr will be absolutely NSFW and totally intended for adults only! But here’s my favorite PG-13 find from this week and be sure to check out my¬†#TumblrFavorites posts.

http://valerieraynetumbles.tumblr.com/post/135483746051/bestof-society6-art-prints-by-fariedesign

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Favorite Tweet

In the same week that I got my expansion, The Boyfriend got Fallout 4. I’ve been enjoying playing on and off, but I’ve come to this realization:

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Favorite Instagram Update

There’s a store at Kaeidyn’s school and she¬†decided to get everyone, including the parents, Christmas presents. This year, I got an awesome ugly Christmas sweater!

I have the best 11-year-old daughter ever! Got me an #UglyChristmasSweater ūüėČ

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Favorite YouTube Video

It’s been a constant stream of conversations about Star Wars in the last few weeks in our house as everyone gears up for seeing the seventh movie. We also get a kick out of Jimmy Fallon, so it only makes sense to share:

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Favorite Posts Over the Last Week

In case you might’ve missed them over the last little while, here’s my favorite posts from around here over the last week…

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Well, that’s my #FridayFavorites.

I encourage you to follow me wherever you are and if you have favorites that are different from mine, let me know what you loved in the comments below! And be sure to join me next Friday for another installment of #FridayFavorites – what will I find?

Mid-Nowhere: The Rayne's

#TheSims4: Builds in #Windenburg – Mid-Nowhere: The Rayne’s

Mid-Nowhere: The Rayne’s

A smart one-level with near perfect symmetry¬†and plenty of skill-building¬†activities for your Sims. This house was built for “The Rayne’s”. Find them in the Gallery!

Lot:

Mid-Nowhere in Windenburg

Lot Type:

Residential

Lot Size:

20 x 20

Value:

$192, 253

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

Full House: Top Down View
Full House: Top Down View

The Rayne’s currently reside in this house as teenagers. There are two bedrooms with meditation stools and two bathrooms that are divided by a large closet (part of the Get Together expansion pack!). Each bathroom features a jet tub.

The main living area features a variety of skillbuilding and fun-having activities. A bar and espresso station allow your Sims to make beverages for themselves and their visitors. A foosball, game and chess table make up one side of the room and a comfortable seating area makes up the other.

Packs Used

Spa Day Get Together Spooky Stuff Cool Kitchen Stuff

You can find Mid-Nowhere: The Rayne’s¬†on The Sims 4 Gallery. I invite you to download it and place it in your own worlds. If you end up changing things up, I‚Äôd love to see what you come up, so please post links to your changes in the comments below. And while you‚Äôre at it, be sure to follow me by searching for the Origin ID: ValerieRayne13.

The Picture Place - Exterior

#TheSims4 – Builds in #MagnoliaPromenade: The Picture Place

The Picture Place - Front
The Picture Place – Front

The Picture Place

Quaint and beautiful black photography studio with small outdoor painting decks. Includes two bathrooms (in the basement) and a great deal of seating for your Sims.

Lot:

JF&S Clothiers in Magnolia Promenade

Lot Type:

Retail

Lot Size:

20 x 20

Value:

$66, 942

The Picture Place is a small photo studio. Surrounding one end of the building is an intricate fountain consisting of domes and streams. The other end of the studio is surrounded by a porch with lots of seating for customers.

Inside, on the main level, is a tiny reception area where your Sims are able to purchase a wide assortment of cameras. The rug consists of 13 different pieces to give it quite a fun shape and guests can enjoy the fireplace while they listen to some sweet tunes.

The Picture Place - Photo Studio
The Picture Place – Photo Studio

Of course, it isn’t a photo studio with some equipment. Separated from the reception area by some awesome room dividers, your Sims can get their pictures taken (or take some of their own) in this area overlooking the fountains outside.

From the porch outside, Sims can access the two bathrooms downstairs. They come with a shower, seating, toilet and sink and a locker for changing outfits. Again, throughout the whole design of this space, you’ll see my obsession with symmetry shining through, so both bathrooms are designed the same.

Packs Used

You can find The Picture Place on The Sims 4 Gallery. I invite you to download it and place it in your own worlds. If you end up changing things up, I’d love to see what you come up, so please post links to your changes in the comments below. And while you’re at it, be sure to follow me by searching for the Origin ID: ValerieRayne13.

#TheSims4: Excited for Clubs

It’s been a super long while since I’ve played The Sims 4, but this expansion has me itching for release and then playtime. Clubs is something that has me incredibly excited. I’ve wanted this experience for a long time in a game that I like and now it’s happening to the one I love the most!

I’m looking forward to see all of the Simmers club creations and I’m sure I’ll experiment with joining a handful of clubs, but mostly, I’m looking forward to creating a Club all my own! And boy, do I ever have ideas!! Especially after reading through TheSims.com’s post about 11¬†options available to me – including creating my club’s outfit – I almost jumped out of my seat!

So, who’s planning on creating a club of their own? What are your club plans? How are you preparing for this release? What’s your thoughts on clubs and this upcoming expansion for #TheSims4?

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#TheSims4 – Builds in #Newcrest: Sandy Run Spa

Sandy Run Spa - Front
Sandy Run Spa – Front

Sandy Run Spa

Modern spa with all the amenities including yoga rooms, meditation locations, massage and steam lounge, beverage centers and a great pool.

Lot:

Sandy Run in Newcrest

Lot Type:

Spa

Lot Size:

40 x 20

Value:

$419, 821

The Sandy Run Spa is a three-story modern spa which features a variety of amenities and skill-building activities for your sims. The exterior of the building is trimmed with shrubbery and flowers, as well as beautiful fountains that will draw visitors in.

Once inside, there are endless activities to ensure your sims stay stress-free. From a variety of meditation locations, two yoga studios with room for four instructors at a time, multiple drink stations, a small gym, chess and a massage room with steam lounges. Your sims will find lots to do and tons of ways to relax and recuperate.

Packs Used

In total, the Sandy Run Spa has 4 women’s and 4 men’s washrooms. On the main floor, there are toilets and baths separated by a shower room. On the top floor, there are smaller washrooms with just toilets and lockers (every toilet is accompanied by a sink).

Probably the best feature of the Sandy Run Spa is the rooftop patio and pool. The pool is huge and beautifully decorated, you can get a hand and/or foot massage or meditate next to it and get your drink on while overlooking Newcrest.

Rooftop Patio with Drink Station 2
Rooftop Patio with Drink Station 2

One thing you’ll notice about a great many of my builds on The Sims 4, and especially in Newcrest, is that I have a serious obsession with symmetry. The Sandy Run Spa is a perfect example of this symmetry. It’s something I keep trying to move away from and keep ending back up at.

You can find the Sandy Run Spa on The Sims 4 Gallery. I invite you to download it and place it in your own worlds. If you end up changing things up, I’d love to see what you come up, so please post links to your changes in the comments below. And while you’re at it, be sure to follow me by searching for the Origin ID: ValerieRayne13.

Finally, look forward to more posts on my builds in Newcrest including the Cookout Lookout Lounge, the Cypress Hill Library and the Fern Park MoMA.