The Quinn Legacy 1.2

We left off with Penelope Quinn, founder of the Quinn Legacy trying to get settled and struggling to get a roof over her head. She finally earned enough money for a tiny one room home with just enough space to fit everything she owned, which wasn’t much. She ended up quitting her part-time job at the bookstore and joined the Military Career field in hopes on earning  more money.


Penelope’s first day of her new job! She looks simply thrilled!

It’s a good thing she has short hair, the hat suits her better. Time to start making more money so she can have an actual house!

Penelope has a stove now! and a little section of the house for her tiny kitchen to be in. She needs to improve her cooking skills though because she burnt the waffles before heading to work 😦

Penelope is doing very well at her new job, she now has an actual bathroom! No more using the toilet right across from her bed and showering outside for her!

Penelope still dreams of becoming a professional author but since she can’t afford a computer at the moment she spends her free time in the library working on the computers there after working out at the gym.

It’s Halloween, time to carve some pumpkins!

Penelope was invited to a party hosted by one of her coworkers, she went hoping to run into a nice looking man who would make a suitable mate but she didn’t have any luck 😦

It’s Penelope’s birthday! No longer is she a young adult, she’s doing very well in her career and has been promoted multiple times! She has even made enough money to buy her own computer!

Since she was promoted she was also able to add a bedroom onto her house with a new bed and bench for working out! Things just keep getting better for Penelope, now if she could only find a mate…

Officially an adult, some sort of glitch made her eyebrows disappear during the transition but rest assured, I fixed it.

One night while Penelope was resting peacefully, a robber broke in and stole her shower!

Penelope woke up and called the police and they made it just in time to catch the thief!

He was arrested and all the stolen goods were returned safe and sound! Now that Penelope has gotten on her feet she can start writing and hopefully meet a nice man to help bring in the next generation!



My Never-ending Book Obsession

I’ve mentioned before how I can’t resist buying more books, even when I have multiple other books that accumulate waiting to be read. Even now I am itching to buy some more books, it’s an addiction. It’s not just reading the books though that gets me, because if it was I would be a library frequent, but no I must own the books. This is also why I don’t own a kindle, the technologically savvy side of me really wants to buy a kindle at times, but the obsessive book owner is strictly against it.

I don’t know what it is, there is just something about having your own copy of a book even if you only read it once and it remains on your shelf for the rest of it’s life. They are like little trophies I’ve collected over the years, some more valuable than others but all I would rather own than just borrow from the library.

And don’t get me started on used books.. I love finding great deals on used books. I was once on vacation and came across this little used bookstore and it was like I was heaven. Used books are more unique because they have already been ready by someone else, or maybe even multiple people. They have been places and you can tell some have been well read. I think that’s the best thing about used books, they have character from being used. Plus sometimes previous owners have written little notes in the back or somewhere throughout it and that’s like a little treasure in itself.

I got a little off topic, the point is, I can’t resist getting more books. Just recently my best friend was getting rid of some books she wasn’t as interested in anymore and asked if I wanted any. WELL OF COURSE! Free books are amazing! In the pile that she had were some of my favorite books though! Books by Ellen Hopkins. You may recall my one post from the 30 Day Book challenge, A Book You’ve Read More Than 3 Times that book is by the same author I am referring to now. The second book down, Fallout, is actually the 3rd book in that series.

I have read all but one of these books already, but when I did they were actually these exact copies borrowed from her and I never owned them. I was very excited to get these though because Ellen Hopkins books are definitely ones I will read again. The one on the bottom, Tilt, is a newer one that I haven’t gotten to read yet so I was even more excited about that one.

Aside from offering me these amazing books she also gave me her old phone cases. She recently got an iPhone 6 and can’t use them for it because they are for an iPhone 5, which I currently have.

These are some adorable cases, and even some good brands! I’m not sure of the brands of the 2 black ones, I think they are just random fashion cases but the others are Speck, Case-Mate and Kate Spade!


I really loved this one because of the rose details, I think it would look very nice on my phone also because my iPhone is white and that would show through in some spots on the back!

This was another favorite because purple is my favorite color and this case is very cute and sparkly 🙂

I’m quite excited about this little mini haul and the best part is I got it all for FREE!
Having friends with similar tastes is wonderful!



Day 8: Most Overrated Book


The first book that came to mind that I personally feel was overrated is
The Game of Thrones series.


A friend suggested these books to me, he watched the show and was currently reading the books and said how great both were. I did not have the channel that the show was on but as an avid book lover, I wouldn’t have watched it anyway before reading the books. I found the boxed set on Amazon and it was a little over $20 I believe, which I thought was a great price for the first 4 books. I was excited to get them and start the series but I found myself struggling to even get through the first book. This was nearly 3 years ago so I’m not quite sure how long it took me to read it, but I think I either just took  a very long time or got distracted by other books in the process and started reading them instead.


Regardless I still haven’t finished that first book. As you can see I almost got to the end! The boxed set has been sitting on my dresser in the same spot ever since I purchased it. I honestly just moved it the other day while I was rearranging things around a bit. The first book in the series also got really worn because I had it in my purse with a bottle of red pop that didn’t have the cap screwed on all the way and leaked all over the place 😦


I’m sure I will reread the first book and try to get into it again at some point, but I was very underwhelmed that I didn’t LOVE it right from the beginning. I mean I enjoyed it for the most part but it felt more like a chore to read and I didn’t go through it as fast as I usually do with books I’m hooked on.


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The Quinn Legacy 1.1

Last night I announced that I was going to be doing a Sims 3 Legacy Challenge and after that I got started on it right away. This is an introduction to our legacy founder and a look into the very beginning of our legacy.

FoundernameThis is the Quinn Legacy and here is the founder, Penelope Quinn standing outside of her massive luxurious home.

Of course I’m kidding, that’s her neighbor…
This is really her home, or lack thereof at the moment but it’s got potential, just look at that amazing view! As part of a Legacy Challenge you must start from humble beginnings and work your way to fame and fortune. Penelope Quinn definitely has a lot of work to do…

As founder of this legacy she sets the foundation for her the many generations to come, and with a role like that it’s important to have great traits

I mentioned in my first post that I wasn’t sure if I was going to incorporate the “Family Trait” rule,  (where you pick a trait from the founder and each generation has at least that trait) Well I have decided that I am in fact going to bring that into play.

FamilytraitThis means that every baby born to the Quinn line will gain the artistic trait, all other traits MUST be random, no matter how awful they might seem.

Like I mentioned above, in a Legacy Challenge you must start from very humble beginnings. Penelope started of on an empty lot with only $1,300 to get her what she needed.

She could only afford the essentials, a bed, a refrigerator for food, a table to eat at, the cheapest  toilet and shower there was which had to be attached to a wall, and a mirror in hopes of gaining some charisma skills.

Fortunately, she lives across the street from a cute little pond that she can fish at. From fishing she was able to make a small amount of money. There were also grapevines nearby that she harvested that brought in a minimal amount of money as well. Since she wasn’t making very much from those ventures Penelope went and got a part time job at the bookstore, it was better than nothing!

Since Penelope couldn’t afford an actual building to shelter her from the weather conditions, she spent a few nights in the pouring rain and became sunburnt from spending so much time outside in the dead of Summer.

I guess a sim can only take so much sun though because shortly after she spontaneously burst into flames! I thought for sure this would be the end of our Legacy already but she is still alive.

After the sunburn incident Penelope tried to spend as much time indoors mostly at the local gym that happens to always be open, where they had food, toilets, and showers at her disposal. She took a shower to wash away all the scorch marks and sat down for a bowl of cereal.


There was a death outside Penelope’s place of employment one night and everyone gathered to see what the commotion was all about.

Penelope ended up sleeping on the bench outside that night because she saw no point in going home. She didn’t have a roof over her head at either places so it didn’t matter where she slept.

The next morning she spotted a dumpster nearby and decided to check to see if there was anything salvageable inside. She surprising found a TV and was able to sell it for $500! This was a great find and helped Penelope out immensely. She also received a side job offer to unclog some pipes which also earned her $500.

With the money Penelope earned she was able to at least build a single room for shelter from the elements. She managed to fit everything she owned into her tiny one room home. It was much better than sleeping during a rainstorm and getting sunburn!

Penelope realized however that her dream of becoming a professional author would never be achieved if she didn’t rake up enough money for a desk and computer. She ended up quitting her part-time job at the bookstore and joined the Military Career field in hopes on earning  more money. She still has a long way to go but now that she has a decent job and a roof over her head she is off to a good start!


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Day 7: A Book That Makes You Laugh

bookchal When I think of a book that makes me laugh I can’t really picture any I’ve actually read. One particular book comes to mind though, or should I say all the books a single author has made do. Just recently I was hanging out with my best friend and we saw a post on tumblr about a book that was considered gay human/dinosaur erotica fan fiction… basically. Yes, this is a thing. After seeing this post, we had to look up actual reviews of this book and THEY. WERE. HILARIOUS. 

The Authors name is Chuck Tingle and apparently yes that is in fact his real name. He has a bio on Goodreads that says,

“Dr. Chuck Tingle is an erotic author and Tae Kwon Do grandmaster (almost black belt) from Billings, Montana. After receiving his PhD at DeVry University in holistic massage, Chuck found himself fascinated by all things sensual, leading to his creation of the “tingler”, a story so blissfully erotic that it cannot be experienced without eliciting a sharp tingle down the spine. Chuck’s hobbies include backpacking, checkers and sport.”

I don’t quite know how to describe the books themselves, Chuck Tingle just goes all out in descriptions. Here are a few examples from different books…

From:  Space Raptor Butt Invasion CT2It’s not gay if it’s a man and a dinosaur, is it? This erotic tale is 4,100 words of sizzling human on gay dinosaur action, including anal, blowjobs, rough sex, and space raptor love.”

From: Pounded By The Gay Unicorn Football Squad CT1“Now, there’s a meeting in the locker room, and Aaron’s about to teach these unicorns what it means to be human… In a gay interspecies gang bang!”  

From: I’m Gay For My Living Billionaire Jet plane CT3“When Alex boards a red-eye flight from New York to Los Angeles, he expects nothing more than another boring business trip. Little does Alex know that the plane itself will soon lead him on a life changing journey of erotic, gay passion.”

I never knew such combinations could be created. I definitely don’t think I could keep a straight face while reading ANY of these.. and there’s a bunch of different ones. lion king

I will leave you with one last thing, an article from buzzfeed from people who actually read them so you don’t have to… because really this is the most bizarre thing I have ever found and I’m still not quite sure what to make of it.



Sims 3 Legacy Challenge

I don’t play many games, but one of my guilty pleasures has always been The Sims. I started playing The Sims in middle school and actually started off with a sims game on a gameboy advance that was left at my sisters house. Since I was hooked, for Christmas that year I received the actual Sims 2 game, Holiday Edition. I’ve been playing ever since. I would play into long hours of the night and get yelled at to go to bed and I played even though our aging computer could barely take it anymore.


When I started college I bought a Macbook Pro and eventually I received The Sims yet again for Christmas and the excitement was regained. This is the version of The Sims I still play today about 4 years later, The Sims 3. I was never able to buy many of the Expansions when I played The Sims 2 on our older computer, since it couldn’t handle much, so I still don’t feel the need to have very many today. I only own the base game, Pets, Seasons and Supernatural.


Now for those of you who do not know what the sims is all about, the sims is a game where you create a person and basically help keep them alive. You give them shelter, make sure they eat and sleep, use the bathroom and maintain social contact with other sims. You are in control of everything they do. There is a lot more in-depth details with each version but that’s the gist of it.

The whole point of this is that I would like to try and complete a Sims 3 Legacy Challenge. I’ve started these before but haven’t  ever finished it. You can find the entire rules of the Sims 3 Legacy Challenge here but I’m am going to mention the basics.


“The Legacy Challenge is a long, 10-generation challenge where you start out with a single founder and very humble beginnings and try to lead the family to fame, fortune and success over the course of 10 generations.” 

Starting out:

~ Create new game file
~ Make your founder however you’d like (looks, clothes, traits and Lifetime Want) in Create-A-Sim. They may be male or female and must be of child bearing age (young adult or adult for females with the addition of elder for males)
~ You can’t make any other sim at this time
~ If you move into Riverview, you must move into “345 Riverblossom Hills Drive”
~ If you move into Sunset Valley, you will be moving into “15 Summer Hill Court”
(these are both large empty lots that cost around $14,700 leaving you with $1,300 to build a house and which is the point for humble beginnings) 

1. NO CHEATING (it’s tempting for me to use the “make all happy” cheat to max out the needs of all my people if I have a lot so they can accomplish more things… so no more of that)
2. Aging and story progression must be on and lifespans set to the normal level
3. The Legacy family must be the “Active Household” during the entire challenge. You may never switch the active household to another family.
4. NO AMBROSIA! (I actually don’t think I know what this is so it shouldn’t be a problem. I think it’s something you cook and it can resurrect ghosts?)
5. You may not ressurect dead sims via the Science lab.
6. Sims may not consume life fruit to gain extra days to their lifespan.
7. You may age sims up via the birthday cake only once the game prompts you with a reminder of their impending birthday, not earlier. You do not have to use the birthday cake to age sims up, you can wait for the game to force the age transition if you wish.
8. Death Flowers may not be kept in inventory. You may gather and sell them, but cannot be used to ward off death

The following Lifetime Rewards CANNOT be used:
– Inheritance
-Dusty Old Lamp
-Age Freeze
-Moodlet Manager (You can zap non-family Sims with it if you like, but you cannot use it on your Legacy family Sims unless they are spares and move out and are no longer in the main playable family.)
-Clone Voucher is allowed but cannot earn the family any points

Black Market Restriction:
The Black Market is no longer being monitored by police. Kleptos, rummagers and theives are now allowed to liquidate their ill gotten goods for cash.

Moving Sims in:
Any sim may be moved into the Legacy Family via marriage or move-in except for the following:
– Sims created by the player
– Sims/households downloaded and imported from the exchange
– Sims that had previously lived in the Legacy household but had since moved out
– Sims that are identified by your sim as “Rich” are now fair game for all sims except your founder.

All other sims are fair game

Supernaturals are allowed but most live a long time (multiple generations) so you’ll just have to deal with it or move them out when the next heir comes of age, kill them, or cure them.

Challenge Concepts

Generation: Order of birth in relation to the family at large. Your founder is generation 1, your founder’s son/daughter would be generation 2, the grandchildren of the founder would be generation 3 and so on. The challenge ends the moment generation 10 is born.
Founder: The sim you create in CAS who starts the family.
Heir: The sim belonging to the family bloodline who is slated to bring in the next generation once he/she is old enough and finds a mate.
Spare: A sibling of an heir, who can become an heir should anything happen to the current heir. Spares may be fed to the time stream or kept on the lot if you wish. They are eligible to earn legacy points for the family.
Fed to the time stream: Moving a controllable sim out of the legacy house. A sim fed to the time stream no longer can generate legacy points for the family, but still may be interacted with. Legacy points that have already been earned by this sim still count towards your total, even after you move the sim out.
Legacy Points: Your score for the challenge, earned in a variety of ways described below. The goal of the challenge is to get as many legacy points before the 10th generation.
Legacy House: The lot initially moved into by your founder. You may not move the family to another lot during the entire challenge. All heirs must be born in this house (or rather, born from sims living at this house, even if they use the hospital to give birth)
Bloodline: Any sim who can trace his or her family tree directly to the founder. (Adopted sims are now allowed to be part of the bloodline.) Sims that are moved in are only considered part of the bloodline when they contribute to the birth of the next generation.
Mate: A sim brought in from outside the family to reproduce with the current generation’s heir to produce the next generation. When the next generation is born, the mate becomes part of the family bloodline and eligible to earn points.

(You earn points for your family in the following ways.)

Generation: You get 1 legacy point for your founder, and 1 point for every generation born until the 10th. You earn each point at the birth of the first child in each generation. Further births in that generation do not generate more points. Thus you can only earn a maximum of 10 total Generation points by completing the challenge and birthing the 10th generation.

Lifetime wants: You gain 1 point for every unique lifetime want fulfilled by a family member. The sim in question must be living in the legacy house and be part of the family tree to earn this point. Once a specific liftime wish has been fulfilled by a sim, further sims fulifilling that wish will not earn you a legacy point for doing so. There are 32 unique liftime wishes in the game, meaning you could earn a maximum of 32 points in this category.

Portraits: 1 point for creating a portrait of a family member and keeping it on display after their death. Like above, the sim must be part of the family tree and living in the legacy house to qualify for this point. You earn this point after the portrait is created, you do not have to wait for the sim in the portrait to actually die. Portraits are still worth their points even if the family member pictured is moved out of the house later on. The skill of the artist doing the portrait does not matter, as long as it features the sim in question it counts. Portraits may be of any size or style. Keep in mind that a sim must have a painting skill of at least 5 to get the option of painting a still life (needed to capture a sim’s picture).
Sims must be of Young Adult or older and living on the Legacy Lot at the time of painting to count for a portrait point.

Legacy House: Earn 1 legacy point for every $100,000 in net worth the house is worth. To get the net worth combine the “Furnished Value” of the house with the family’s cash on hand. Round up. This category can have a maximum of 20 points earned, meaning a net-worth of 2,000,000

Aspiration Rewards: If a sim is able to earn 100,000 points worth of aspiration rewards, they earn your family 1 legacy point. You are free to spend aspiration points as you gain them, it is your lifetime total, not your current total, that matters for this point. Like the other sim-based points, this may only be earned by family members. You may earn an additional point in this category from a sim if they somehow earn 200,000 points in their lifetime.

Birth and Growing Up
Whenever a sim is born or ages up, they will often obtain new traits. Sometimes these traits are randomly assigned by the game. Other times the game lets you pick them. In the Legacy Challenge, all traits are random. If you are given the option to pick traits for any sim, you must hit the random button and accept the trait that is randomly assigned. The only exception is if you are playing with the “Family Trait” optional rule. If you are, and the family trait is one of the options, you may select that trait rather than hitting the random button.

Sims that die on the family lot may be kept around as ghosts, or may be moved to a cemetery. It is up to you. If a sim dies and you forgot to get their portrait, making a portrait of their ghost does not count. If the bloodline is cut short by death, the challenge ends immediately. It is always a good idea to have at least one spare in case the heir perishes. Even if ghosts become playable, they may not earn any further points for the family. Ghost babies are not considered part of any bloodline.

Those are the guidelines, I have yet to create a founder but once I do I will have an introduction post.

There are a few optional rules like the Family Trait, where every generation must have the same single trait that the founder (you pick one out of the five) and I may end up doing that as well but I haven’t decided yet.

I will be updating everyone as I play with different events and keeping track of the points. I may leave selecting the heir up to a vote made by you guys but that has yet to be determined as well.

I hope that I can finish this one and that it’s interesting along the way
Let the challenge begin!


Motivational Monday #1

Mondays have a reputation for being kind of universally hated. Typically because the fun of the weekend is over and it’s back to school, or work, or responsibilities in general. Mondays are just like any other day though! They are what you make them, so each Monday I am going to share something motivational and I encourage everyone to comment and share something positive as well. That way we can all brighten up the day of the week that is most notoriously gloomy!


Since I typically work most of the weekend, Mondays are usually a nice day for me 🙂



Day 6: A Book That Makes You Sad


There have been numerous books that have brought me to tears, but there is one that  I think takes the cake for making not only me, but pretty much everyone who has read it, sad.

The Fault in Our Stars


Before reading this book, Looking For Alaska (also by John Green) was probably my favorite. That book also made me cry, John Green has a knack for toying with your emotions. I had wanted to read this book since it came out but I didn’t end up buying it right away. I don’t exactly remember how long it was after it was released that I bought it but it was before the movie was announced.


Once I got it, I was immersed into this book immediately. I loved it. There is a quote in it that says,  “Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”  That is how I felt after reading The Fault in Our Stars, and I devoured this book.

I knew going into this book that something bad was going to happen… It was written by John Green and after reading Looking for Alaska I expected something tragic to occur. There is no way to prepare yourself for tragedy while being so involved in the storyline of a good book though. Whenever I read a book, or even as I am watching a TV series, I become so emotionally invested into the lives of the fictional characters within them. There’s no avoiding it. There was no avoiding the loss of Augustus Waters. It really got to me. From the moment where you think everything is all fine and good, until he confesses that he lit up like a christmas tree, to all the moments in between as he’s going downhill. Everything just adds up.

Mostly everything towards the end of this book is sad but the part the sticks out most for me was Augustus’s letter to Hazel…

That plus the “I do, Augustus. I do.” was the icing on the cake for me.

standing in the rain sad stitch sad zac efron glass case of emotion antagonizing sadness

That pretty much sums up my experience with The Fault in Our Stars…
(and I’m salty about Hazel not saying “I do, Augustus. I do.” in the movie)



Day 5: A Book That Makes You Happy


I guess this is a good time to admit that I’m not exactly the best at sticking to routines… I will complete this book challenge though even if it takes me longer than 30 days! This particular “day” was sort of difficult to come up with a book for. Usually the books I read have some sort of diabolical twist(s) that end up ripping your heart from your chest and throwing it on the floor. Or there are just books that don’t have very happy stories in general, so as I was browsing through my collection trying to find which one made me happy, I couldn’t really make up my mind. I mean yeah I loved reading most of them but I couldn’t think of one that actually made me feel happiness while reading it.

I had to look elsewhere, and where better to look than children’s books!? They always have happy story lines! I have two nephews and a niece so we still keep children’s books in the house for whenever they are over. We bought this  book at a bargain store a few years ago and I believe I made my mom buy it for my niece because it was adorable and I have just always loved this book.


This is a story of a pretty bad cat, his owner, a little girl named Emily absolutely adores him and wants to do everything with him and his is just not having it.


One day he decides he is going to run away so he can do whatever he wants


He has fun for a little while before realizing that he misses his home and Emily…


he see’s a flyer that says he is missing and calls the number. He waits and eventually his family comes to pick him up. He is no longer a bad cat, he now appreciates the life he had!

This book  always makes me happy whenever I read it, I love the bright colors and artwork in it and it’s just a cute story overall 🙂


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Endgame: The Calling – Review

Just the other day amidst my busy weekend of school work and actual work I finished a book I got for Christmas, Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars 


Whenever I go out anywhere that has a book isle or entire bookstore, no matter how many books I already have, I MUST look at more books. Now I know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but I’ve long come to terms with the fact that I am more drawn towards books that look aesthetically appealing. I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for good marketing, If it has a nice design I’m more apt to buy it. That is why this book first caught my attention, I was at Target one day and had to make my obligatory walk through the book isle and I spotted this beauty.

I knew after reading the back cover that this was definitely a book I wanted to read. I would have probably bought it that day (or later on amazon as that is where I like to purchase the majority of my books) but I also knew that Christmas was around the corner and I should wait and let someone else get it for me.

If I had to sum up Endgame: The Calling I would say it’s a combination of The Hunger Games, I Am Number Four and the reality show, The Amazing Race. In 480 pages you go back and forth from the perspective of each of the 12 players as meteors hit different places on earth and they are “called” to participate in the Endgame, what they have been training for their entire lives. At the top of each “Chapter” it states the players name and where they are located during the Endgame. I have read multiple perspective books before and I don’t have a problem with them but I know some people just can’t get into them when they are written like that, but the good part about Endgame is that at times it may not be just one player you are reading, it could be multiple ones that happen to be at the same place or are doing things related to what the others are doing. With it intertwined like that it doesn’t seem as strict from one person to another.

Overall I thought this book was pretty good, it kept me entertained and I enjoyed the story. I believe it is going to be part of a trilogy and this is book 1. Now I am not a hardcore critic of anything, I typically take things at face value. I do however like reading reviews of products before I buy them though, it helps me figure out if it’s worth it. So if you are still wondering at this point, after the lovely design and being able to read the back cover, if this book is worth reading I would say yes. If you like The Hunger Games, I Am Number Four, or dystopian novels in general and just read to enjoy the book without analyzing it too much then I think you would enjoy reading Engame: The Calling.


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