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Take Me to the Moon 5.1

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Starting over at the bottom of the science career, in late middle age, ended up requiring more courage than that first rocket flight, or that first step on an alien planet, although not nearly as much courage as leaving her newborn son for that first journey to Sixam.

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Delaney had near-celebrity status at the Space Administration.  In contrast, when she walked into the lab, the receptionist didn’t even look up when Delaney said, “good morning.”

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Delaney’s supervisor told her the first thing she needed to do was get the coffee maker working.  Delaney was annoyed that someone of her skill and experience would be asked to do a job that any high school graduate could manage.   Her supervisor added that once she completed the repair on the highly scientific coffee apparatus, she needed to go collect a list of items from the wilderness surrounding the lab.

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 “Does she have any idea that I’ve brought crystals and flora from an alien planet, for crying out loud?!  Does she know that I’ve built three rockets from scratch in my backyard and overseen the flight of dozens over the years?!” Delaney seethed.

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As she settled into the mindless task, Delaney gave herself a pep talk.  She couldn’t expect everyone to accept her knowledge, experience, and expertise, until they knew her work ethic and her attitude.  She would have to prove herself, and needed to remember that she had chosen to apply for this new job, in order to learn new things.  Just because she was an expert in being an astronaut, and rocket science, and had her own underground state-of-the-art lab, didn’t mean she didn’t have to prove herself as a scientist here.  Collaborating with other scientists was essential to the scientific method, and she needed to participate in the community here.  By the time she left to go collect specimens, she had made a considerable adjustment, although she still felt stressed.  After all, she didn’t have years and years to get the access she needed to areas of the lab, to conduct her research.

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Surprisingly, the lab grounds had some other worldly specimens of their own.  Interesting.

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Once she had checked off the list her supervisor had requested, Delaney returned inside, where she was given a choice between analyzing crystals or flora.  She took the opportunity to analyze the Orb Fruit she had brought back from Sixam on machinery far beyond what she had available in her own lab at home.

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She needed to make a crystal slide, and use the electron microscope, for her next task, and she needed to collaborate with a fellow scientist to do it.  With a little bit of trepidation, she approached the scientist who seemed to be in charge of the electron microscope.  At first, she ignored Delaney.

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When Delaney asked how her day was going, she gave her a icy look.

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Delaney tried to brighten her day, and then made a joke about engineers.  Perhaps engineers were a sensitive subject with Ms. Hilton?

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She enthused about the opportunity to run experiments on the items she’d brought back from Sixam.

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Ms. Hilton finally looked enthusiastic and offered to help.

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Delaney first analyzed a couple slides her supervisor had given her, and then checked the molecular structure of crystals and flora she’d collected on Sixam.

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She and Ariella were just getting started really having fun when it was time for the facilities to be locked, and they were hurriedly chased from the building.

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At home, Delaney took a few moments to relax and catch her breath while listening to Eric practice piano.

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She looked around at her children, and started to feel calm.

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Delaney began preparing Alexander’s cake, mixing in lots of love and lots of hope for many good years to come.

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It was time for Alexander to come home from work.  The family gathered and waited.

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Running a few minutes late, he knew they’d be waiting for him.  In spite of the deep down tired feeling in his bones, he jogged to the door.

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To be surrounded by family made all the aches and stress of the work day fade away.

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No one wanted cake; it was so late at night.  After they all retired, Alexander turned and brushed Delaney’s cheek.  “I love you,” he said.

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The next morning, Delaney returned to the lab with a renewed sense of purpose.

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Delaney said, “good morning,” and commented on her new hairstyle, but the receptionist just looked at her.

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Delaney was assigned to a new project to design a rappelling gun for zero gravity.

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The robotic assistant waited while she brought up the designs she had researched and loaded.

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In spite of herself, she found herself tersely giving orders to the robot.  After a while, she realized she was extremely tense and it had been a few days since she’d gone for a jog.

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Tearing herself away from the pressing project, she changed clothes, tied up her running shoes, and headed out the side door of the lab.

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When she returned, she felt much better and began to banter with the robot, just for fun.

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Then they got down to business.

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Still, when Delaney came and went, she cheerfully greeted Ms. Vera, but the receptionist didn’t look up.

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Once the rappelling gun was complete and tested, Delaney was assigned to the chemistry lab to test serums extracted from the Fang Flower she brought back from Sixam.

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Chemistry was a new field for Delaney.

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But at last she created a usable serum.  Eventually, she created a synthetic food, a rose serum, and an energy serum.

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And Ms. Vera smiled at her.

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Gameplay Notes:

The receptionist, Maren Vera, was not the same person after the first day, in fact, the scientist she worked with the first day (Ariella Hilton) was the receptionist the rest of the time.  I took license to just overlook that for the purpose of the story.

Alexander’s an elder!  I haven’t decided, if I’ll use youth potion for Delaney and Alexander once they are both elders a while… I have decided to keep Elise and Ewan at home as long as possible before having to chose an heir, and if Bella doesn’t die, which it appears she may never, space is going to become an issue when it’s time for babies.  But I would love to play them as long as possible, they have so many skills and relationships, and they are rolling in aspiration points, so getting the potion would be easy.  I remember someone posted a thread back in the fall on N99 about one of their sims that would not die, lived to see great grandchildren, I believe.   Maybe Bella has that glitch/feature 🙂 And maybe I’ll just need to give up on having her tombstone and move her and Desmond back out to Goth Manor.  I’d also like to move Cacey in so we have a marker for her.

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Alexander looks so much older than his mother now

Delaney got to Level 4 of the Scientist career after about 4 workdays.  After getting to level four in science, she still needed one more career to level 3, so I had her join the business career.   Hopefully she’ll be able to be promoted quickly so she can return to being a space ranger, because this is not her style.

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20 Comments so far:

  1. Echo Weaver says:

    I didn’t realize that Delaney needed to get to Level 3 of 3 different careers! Well, she’s not an Elder yet. I bet she’ll make it. I agree that business doesn’t seem to suit her.

    It’s fun to see the bits of the Science career. I’ve always really enjoyed the interactive careers in Sims 3 (Ambitions). It looks like Get to Work really kicked it up a notch. Awesome.

    You didn’t give us a face shot of Alexander after he became an Elder!

    • Oops- sorry about that lack of a face shot of Alexander. I’ll add one at the end.

      I picked business as her third career because I didn’t want to have to leave everyone else again for her to do this, like with Science being an active career– but she got her promotion the first day in business, so in my game she’s already returned to Space Ranger, albeit at a lower level than before.

      I think Get to Work is spectacular. There are some little details I’d like different, but nothing big. Like if all the playable sims, not just pregnant ones, could go to the hospital or detective lot as visitors, that would be nice.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. cathytea says:

    What an inspiring chapter! I love the way that you told it–so much admiration and empathy for Delaney. She is really awesome! I love the way she looks and her attitude and her accomplishments. The scenes in science lab really reminded me of Silduun’s experiences! I guess it’s not only aliens who receive the cold shoulder! I’ve noticed that most of the other lab employees will take shifts as receptionist.

    Good work achieving promotions so quickly!

    • I kept thinking of Good Grips and Silduun’s friendship as I played the science lab! Most of the science employees seem a little stand-off-ish. I didn’t think about that the different employees may be taking shifts as receptionist, how realistic! Thanks for the comment!

      Delaney is very accomplished, but even so it took her a few days to get that promotion. I was hoping it wouldn’t be too long because it’s Elise and Ewan’s turn to have the lion’s share of the focus on achieving their goals, after all, this is Delaney’s second adult aspiration.

      • cathytea says:

        I’ve discovered that when high school students have A’s, they will start out at level 3 with their career! When I-dub was going for that one, he never went to work a day. He’d just get the job, quit. Three times! He loved it! Congrats on the second aspiration for Delaney! That’s a huge accomplishment! (I am so impressed by Delaney–I see her as a role model. Sally Ride!)

        (You know what? To reply to your reply, I have to come back here to your site–I can’t do it from within my usual WordPress pop-up thing. I think it’s because you have your own domain. It’s worth popping back to reply! <3 )

        • I really appreciate you taking the trouble to reply. Were you able to make the first comment from your WordPress reader?

          • cathytea says:

            I always read directly from the post through my web browser (Chrome) first, so my first comments are made directly on the site, not through the reader. Then when I get notifications of replies to my replies, I tend to try to reply through that, but with your site, I need to return to the site directly to leave the reply.

  3. Carla says:

    Looks like there is a decent amount for sims to do in the Get to Work careers? That’s good to hear. I’ll be interested to hear what the replayability value is for them. With the TS3 Ambitions careers…well, they got kind of old after a while! But I’m glad Delaney is doing so well in her career hopping. I didn’t realise that was her LTW (or whatever they’re calling them in TS4).

    Happy birthday, Alexander! I don’t think he looks too bad for an elder, though his Fountain of Youth mother could make anyone look old!

    • Carla, I didn’t care for the Ambitions careers at all the little bit that I played them, and I’m really enjoying these–they are a lot less repetitive to me. I played the medical career a little in a non-blogged game, and am playing it again with Dennis; I played the detective career some with Bella, but haven’t begun to get bored with any of them. The lots can also be altered or replaced, which would also make them more interesting to me, eventually, when I do more building (I am limiting myself to keep the legacy moving along). The science career is the most open-ended; you can choose to focus more on inventing, chemistry, gardening, rocket-building, collecting, the microscope, or the analyzer. I’m really looking forward to Elise’s career in Science. These careers feel a lot like using the career lots we make for Sims 2, except there are goals to meet to get promoted and other sims are there in career roles.

      Alexander still looks good. His gaming job is affecting his waistline, but he’s still Alexander. Thanks for commenting!

  4. maisie says:

    Ack, these didn’t show up on my feed! I was thinking you must really be very busy with grad stuff and open houses.

    I really loathe the idea of picking an heir! Glad that’s not my task. That is wild on Bella, I wondered if it might be a glitch that stops death, just seems like something that EA would do. Poor Alexander! He’s really puffed up!

    And Delaney looks great still, super fit. I imagine she’ll still look good as an elder, the other women in her family all have. And wow is she a fast promoter! I wouldn’t expect anything less from her. How will you end up deciding heir?

    • Argghh, I am sorry about the feed being finicky. I need to get some help with getting them to show up correctly. Cathy said she can usually access comments from her WordPress reader, but not with my blog. School is out June 8th and then I’ll troubleshoot. I also want to find the place/or plugin so that people can like other comments as well.

      I got to play a lot on Memorial Day weekend, and have been posting more to try to keep the story moving along. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

      I’m putting the heir choice off as long as possible with this generation! But I’ve rolled for it up till now. Just a simple roll with a die, after assigning even/odd or I guess, in this case, numbers, if Eric is in the running. When Cassandra rolled it instead of Cacey, I was disappointed, but Delaney has been awesome. I would be really happy with any of these kids, I just don’t want to have to move the other kids out eventually!

      Delaney has stayed so fit, with all her astronaut fitness routine, but Alexander has become quite sedentary with his job and doing so much to keep the family running while she’s pursued knowledge and careers. I wish elders could go for walks for fitness, because jogging makes him pretty tired now.

      • Echo Weaver says:

        I’m so sympathetic to the WordPress configuration issues, but also darkly amused. When it comes to tech, great power means great troubleshooting. I come from a long line of techies. I wrote most of my school papers on a word processing program that my parents wrote for our Commodore 64 (yes I am old). By the time we got a paper to print properly, I might as well have written the paper longhand like everyone else.

        Dad used to say, “If you want something to take twice as long, use a computer.”

        I wish I could help, but I know jack about WordPress.

        • Wow, your parents wrote a Commodore 64 program?? I used WordStar in my Junior and Senior year of high school. We got our first pc my junior year. Sophomore year I had to type a ten page paper with footnotes on a word processor that you could view one line at a time before it printed– do you remember those? I remember printing on the Dot Matrix printers.

          My dad is a computer programmer– he started a business from the software he wrote, Embtrak. It is a management software that started out for embroidery but has expanded.

          Thanks for the offer of help if you could; it’s just something I’m going to have to spend some time on. It wouldn’t bother me at all, but I don’t want my readers to have to deal with issues to read/comment on my blog. I appreciate you guys!

          • Echo Weaver says:

            Haha. Returning to this old thread.

            I didn’t fall far from the tree (and neither did my brother). My parents were both computer programmers and met while they both worked for IBM. The bones of the word processing program were from one of those books of code that you typed in, but they enhanced it into something pretty impressive for its day. It even had a spellchecker. I believe it had to be trained from the ground up, and it only highlighted words it didn’t know, which you then had to look up, but hey!

            Oh yeah, I remember dot matrix printers. It was either those or daisy wheel to get that fresh-from-typewriter look :). I never had a dedicated word processing machine, but I remember them.

            Your dad wrote and marketed an embroidery management program? What is embroidery management? That’s really awesome.

            • I should have gone into computer programming!! It pays better than public education, I expect. But that is so cool that you and your brother followed in your parents’ footsteps with your careers. My dad’s program is specifically designed for companies that embroider logos on golf and chef apparel, stuff like that. It tracks the order, thread colors, design, all the way through shipping, because before that all the different departments in manufacturing kept track of their own stuff individually and sometimes there was very little record of an order beyond an employee’s knowledge of it. Whenever they sell it to a company he goes and installs it and sets it up to communicate with whatever accounting and other programs they already use, basically custom installations and maintenance.

  5. Seems like she’s having a hard time adjusting to this new career. But it seems like she’s working it out. I like how you ended with the receptionist smiling at her lol. It’s like giving the story hope before ending it. Love it.

    • I don’t know if it has been the same way in your game, but starting out in the science career has been difficult, no matter the skill levels of the sims (Delaney was maxxed out on so many skills, but it was still hard for her). Thanks for reading, and commenting!

  6. Ariadne2001 says:

    Haha, that suit is so ugly. Poor Delaney haha

  7. That just did not fit her style either. She wasn’t a fashionista, but that was really a hideous suit! Thanks for commenting!

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