Entry No. 9 How to Get Quality Time with Family
It’s been about two months since I started my babysitting gigs. I have a bit of a routine now. I watch Tabatha on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I watch Teresa and John on Saturday nights so their parents can have a night out. I watch Rob Buckley’s daughter, Carrie on Friday nights when he works at the bar.
Unlike my other clients, he dropped Carrie off at my house. My sisters love the little cutie, and my mom is simply smitten. I think she wants one of us to settle down and have kids of our own soon. Rob sees his daughter on the weekends, and on weekdays she’s with her mom. I still don’t know much about his ex, but then again, I probably shouldn’t be so nosy.
I have Mondays and Sundays off for writing, catching up on sleep, or hanging with friends. Last week, I went to Pizza Planet and played Blicblock with Cathy Tea, and just yesterday, I went to see Sugar in a spontaneous street performance in Newcrest.
I managed to self-publish a book through Atlantis just a few days ago. I’m nervous because I’ve never published anything before. It was a children’s book called Lady Teresa and the Bubble Monster, based on my pirate-ship adventures with Teresa. So far, I’ve only had nine views and zero purchases. It’s only been two days. Dad says to relax and not worry about it. It doesn’t stop me from obsessively checking the site and the mailbox for a check.
Football is back in season and low and behold the Bridgeport Rogues, my favorite team, are off to a terrible start. Dad says I should root for the Newcrest Knights, but I just can’t get into them like I can with the Rogues. I have watched the Rogues since my Opa introduced me to them way back in middle school. It’s a nostalgia thing.
Because football is so frustrating, Nora and I have been watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. Another nostalgia thing. I love how my little sister is still a kid at heart. We’ve been watching…
…The Princess and the Shark…
…the All Sim National Hot Dog Show…
…and Bea in Wonderland.
Sometimes Dad joins us with a plateful of scrambled eggs for us all. He has less comedian shows now that fall is approaching and so he has more time to chill with us on the weekend. Lee sometimes joins us too but usually it’s to complain about her government job. She’s been having a rough time lately, and her boss hasn’t been taking her seriously.
We try to be supportive. Dad lends a listening ear. I awkwardly smile. Only Nora says, “blah, blah, blah! can we get back to the program please?”
Dad, in his great fatherly wisdom, urges Lee to hang in there, and then adds that he’s “so proud” of all “his girls.”
Nora changes the subject, back to herself, naturally. She excitedly tells us that a new guy has moved to town near the library. She thinks she overheard him say his name was Joseph when he ordered from a food cart. She’s sighted him around the Springs a few times, jogging shirtless. Lee and I roll our eyes. Of course, Nora would be into any guy whose shirtless! Nora even snapped a out-of-focus picture of the guy… like a stalker… haha!
“Doesn’t he have the most dreamy eyes?” she swooned.
When Nora left the room, Lee cleared her throat and smiled.
“Well, that wasn’t awkward at all!”
Author Notes: Thanks for reading. FYI, Atlantis is my Simworld version of the site, Amazon. Joseph Simself by LegacySims2017 has been jogging around the house, but our family has yet to meet him. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to snap a picture yet. 😛