School has begun, and I've simultaneously resumed two of my most time-consuming hobbies: cross-stitch and Sims 2. Whoops.
Microbiology is going to be fun. It's super-interesting so far, and I feel like I understand the nut-and-bolt concepts waaaay better than I did in undergrad. Plus, it's one of the most upper-level bio classes at Durham Tech, so most of the class is bringing their A-game. I counted no fewer than five sets of scrubs (including my own), and would estimate the median age of the class at 26-27.
Chemistry, I'm just going to have to duck my head down and power through. It's the equivalent of a freshman-level university chemistry class, so the median age is somewhat younger, and the gender ratio skews more heavily male than my micro class. The professor has this edgelord persona which I think is meant to appeal to the 18-20 year old boys in the class, and I would not have been the least bit surprised to find out that his thermos contained straight whiskey.
The day after Christmas, I finally finished the samurai and peacock I've been working on for bitterslumber for something like five years now. It had been finished except for the detail work for...probably three years. So I finally sat down and powered through the detail work to finish it. Huzzah! I also finished a small kitchen tableau piece around New Years - I'm intending to give that one to my parents. So at the moment I have three projects in progress: one of wolves in the snow, which is complete except for the detail work (again), one of a lighthouse above waves crashing on rocks which is about 75% done, and a garden scene which is maybe 10% done.
I had to put my Sims 2 game to the side for a while because many of my storylines were getting stale. But I've been accumulating ideas for how to shake things up, and I started playing again this weekend and have already put one of my shake-ups in place:
Daystar and Elena were the perfect couple. Started dating in high school, got engaged as soon as they were old enough, and started their family a bit earlier than planned with an unexpected pregnancy in college (the stuff you can do with the Tombstone of Life and Death is pretty cool). But they made it through the tough times, and by their late thirties they had five children and waaaay too nice of a house for a pseudo-celebrity web developer and a stay-at-home mom. Turns out Daystar had been smuggling and dealing drugs for the mafia. Some kind of deal goes bad, and Daystar turns up dead. Elena is inconsolable and almost catatonically depressed. She drowns in their swimming pool a few months later. So! What to do about the kids? The two oldest are in college so they're fine, but there are still two teen boys and a girlchild who need looking after. The teenagers are far too irresponsible to look after themselves and their little sister, so they've been farmed out to various aunts and uncles (Tombstone of L&D at work again). Shake-up number 1 complete!
I've got at least two more big overhauls planned: First, I'm going to create a new Town Lothario, because I haven't had one in a while. I've got at least two discontented housewives lined up for him to woo, one of whom is married into a very prominent family, so that should be fun. Second, I'm going to break up one of my couples who I never thought really "fit" together to begin with, and make her into the Town Whore. Her first conquest is going to be a guy she had a fling with in college, who also happens to be the husband of one of the discontented housewives I have lined up for the Lothario. Town Whore's husband is going to move in with a recently-widowed female cousin he's always been fond of. He'll either take their daughter with him or send her to live with her grandparents, I haven't decided yet. So, exciting stuff!
Writing all this up has made me realize that I really do need to put some of my Sims 2 narratives into written form, as a writing exercise and for my own entertainment if nothing else.