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July 24, 2009

Anderson 3 – Round 26: ‘Heart and Soul’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 5:45 pm

Cole and Shelly Anderson are an unlikely match-up, but so far, it works.  They’ve got twins to contend with now, though.  Can they manage their respective careers while also juggling the duties of parenthood?

Renee and Catelyn were walking and trying to talk before Cole or Shelly could fathom it.  Of course, having two is a lot more hectic than just one and being new parents without the help of their own parents, well, that didn’t help.  Shelly’s political career took up a lot of her time, so Cole shouldered most of the burden.  It wasn’t that his career wasn’t important, it was just that Shelly’s was a bit bigger and had time restraints.  So Cole tried to juggle his own job with caring for the girls almost exclusively on his own.

Of course, a situation like that is guaranteed not to work out.  Cole’s boss wasn’t very happy about his sudden slacking and canned him.  When Cole tried to get his job back, his boss laughed and told him that maybe, when he grew a spine, he could come back.  Until then, he was blacklisted.  Cole, of course, was upset.

Shelly’s career, meanwhile, was taking off.  She had her campaign manager attached to her hip at almost every second of the day, whether he was physically there or on the cellphone, Shelly didn’t go an hour without speaking to him.  She was getting close, so close, to becoming Mayor she could almost taste it.  It fueled her narrow-minded ambition and she found it hard to really focus on anything else.  So when Cole expressed his sorrow over losing his job, she was a little shocked.  What was she supposed to do about it?  It wasn’t her fault he was inept at his career.

Instead of being supportive, Shelly found herself being rather cruel.  It was the stress talking, she was sitting on pins and needles, watching the polls with trepidation.  Every morning, she woke up, convinced it was hers only to find out that the competitor had somehow managed to one-up her.

“It isn’t my fault you lost your job, what do you want me to do about?”

Cole was a little shocked by her callous reply, “I was just letting you know.”

“Well, thanks, but you better figure something else.  The fact that you look alien is hurting my campaign.  Thank goodness the girls look normal.”

“You’re kidding, right?  That had better have been a very cruel joke, Shelly.”

She rolled her eyes, turning on her heels.  She left the room, but not before offering one last jab, “unlike you, I’m dead serious about my work.  Figure it out.”

Cole decided that it was kind of moot to go searching through jobs he didn’t really want.  The only other option was to become a stay-at-home dad.  It wasn’t like they needed the income, Cole’s parents had left him a hefty inheritance.  How else was Shelly able to funnel so much money into her overblown campaign?  He fired the hired help and took on the care of the girls full-time.  He knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but he didn’t expect it to be as hard as it turned out to be…

For the most part, the girls were good.  Catelyn enjoy being tickled and Renee loved being tossed in the air.  Unfortunately, the girls were fussy toddlers and demanded attention at all times.  Whenever they were awake, they were glued to Cole and he was unable to do anything but give in to their every whim.  He wasn’t quite sure when this cycle of women stomping all over him had started, but it was getting a bit ridiculous now.

Shelly spent the majority of her days on the campaign trail and at her office.  She had no idea what went on while she was away.  She saw the girls, but only for short periods of time, and never long enough for them to throw a tantrum or start screaming and wailing for no reason.  Needless to say, but the end of the day, Cole was exhausted.  Shelly complained that he had no reason to be grumpy and tired, he was home all day while she was out working.  It wasn’t like the girls were up all hours of the day.

Cole usually ignored her, waiting until she left him alone to finally go to sleep.  Sometimes, he was tempted to just go in his parents’ old room and have his peace and quiet.

When Shelly was home, she was glued to her cellphone, usually talking to her flashy campaign manager or someone equally as winded.  She never seemed to get off the phone, she would even eat and talk at the same time.  It was a little bit ridiculous.  Cole eventually gave up on trying to talk to her.  What was the point?  She was usually mean and scathing anyway.

Renee and Catelyn were soon old enough for school and quite excited about it, too.  Cole was thankful for the break, being alone from seven am to three pm would be a blessing.  Maybe then he could actually get something done or unwind from all the stress.  Things between him and Shelly were becoming increasingly tense and he was hoping to alleviate some of it by not arguing with her.  If he could just get some time to himself, he’d be more pliable in conversation, instead of just leaving the room or ignoring her.

The girls weren’t about to make it easy on him, though.  They were just as rambunctious and demanding as ever, maybe even more so now.  They were constantly teasing and tormenting each other.  One particular fight had them running around the house.  Catelyn gave Renee a shove, knocking her into an expensive vase that was on display.  Cole entered the room only to find the vase in pieces on the floor, Renee in the middle of it, Catelyn looking dumbfounded.

They were suitably punished, of course, but it didn’t seem to do a thing.  They would just fight again.

When they weren’t fighting, they were joining forces to terrorize something–or someone–else.  They’d been tasked to rake leaves only to start throwing the piles all over the yard, kicking and screaming.  Sure, it looked like good natured fun to passerbys, but to them, they knew exactly what they were doing.  It was almost as if their goal in life was to cause chaos.  Cole sighed, he was close to just throwing in the towel and letting them begin their descent into the realm of spoiled brats.

Shelly didn’t help matters at all.  She fueled their demanding nature by buying them expensive things while she was gone.  The election was coming to a close and she was winning by a longshot.  She was just waiting for the day her victory was announced.  Until then, she showered her girls with gifts and bought a few nice things for herself.  Cole was unphased.  He had given up on trying to mediate the income a long time ago.  It was techncially his inheritance, but when you’re married, well, what’s yours becomes theirs.


Note from Mao: I feel so bad for poor Cole!  He is surrounded by evil women, I swear.  The girls have three nice points between them (and maxed active) and Shelly, well, she was never very nice to begin with.  Cole lost his job the first day due to a stupid chance card and when he tried to plead for it back, his boss laughed in his face!  Since the girls were such a handful, I had him stay home.  His aspiration bar has dipped low red since and his motives are always yellow.  I just can’t seem to make him happy.  Poor Cole!


  1. Poor Cole indeed! Not all guys can have the good househusband lifestyle like Timothy.

    I feel bit out of the loop only discovering this blog yesterday. But I spent today and yesterday reading every post until I got to this one. Very intreasing story, though I’ve lost track of how is person A related to person B. too many thrid cousins and fourth half aunts to count!

    Comment by Victoria — July 24, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

  2. Shelly is still as ruthless as ever, if not more so. But she really needs to woke up and see what’s going on around her. :( And poor Cole; all the women in his life are walking all over him.

    Comment by Helen — July 24, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

  3. Aww, poor Cole. I didn’t know that sims could plead for thier jobs back. That’s so sad that his boss laughed at him. Maybe Cole should take the girls on a vacation-without Shelly, but I have suspicions about the campaign manager, so maybe Cole could go on a vacation without anyone-arrange the nanny/butler/garderner, everything that needs to be arranged and leave, maybe Shelly will experience some time with the girls and Cole will rest up. He has plenty of money, right?

    Comment by starrsim — July 24, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

  4. Oh, Poor COle. I didn’t know Shelley was such a… well, you know. She reminds me of Mary-Sue and of Gregory’s mother whose name I cannot recall. Ugh.

    And those twins look like they live to start trouble. The poor guy!

    All caught up now! :D

    Comment by Josh — July 24, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

  5. Yeah, Cole does NOT have the nice, cushy life that Timothy does. As for relations, it’s so far in the challenge, don’t worry about distant relations. If you’re ever curious about how two sims are related or if they are, there’s an option on the family tree to see that. I use it all the time, LOL!

    And I forgot to mention, you caught up in TWO days? WHOA!

    Comment by Mao — July 24, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  6. Oh, definitely. The political career has brought out the beast within. She’s too focused on her own stuff to see what’s going on around her.

    Comment by Mao — July 24, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  7. It’s a Lifetime perk, but I’ve never seen it fail before… poor Cole! Cole needs a vacation all right. I’m not too sure about the campaign manager myself, he comes home with Shelly ALL the time!

    Comment by Mao — July 24, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  8. Shelly’s always been a bit… overbearing, LOL! It was just never as obvious. Poor Cole. Gregory’s mother’s name is Cara, but she’s not that bad. ;) Hooray for Josh!

    Comment by Mao — July 24, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

  9. I feel so bad for Cole. He’s got a witchy wife and two divas in training. Poor guy!

    Comment by Temesha — July 25, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

  10. Poor Cole. The women in his life don’t have any respect for him and run all over him. Like his boos said he needs to get a back bone.

    Comment by Monique — July 25, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

  11. Well, Shelly was always somewhat demanding. It’s just that Cole has never had to deal with three of her! What a nightmare. I hope that eventually Cole will grow something of a spine, at least enough to get his job back. Being home all day with toddlers can drive you up a wall.

    Comment by Fini — July 25, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  12. LOL, two divas in training. Yes, definitely!

    Comment by Mao — July 25, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

  13. Cole definitely needs to figure something out. It’s not uncommon to find men who haven’t really located their spine. But he follows in Nathaniel’s foot steps, lol.

    Comment by Mao — July 25, 2009 @ 9:41 pm

  14. Yes, she definitely was! Haha, three of her, indeed. The twins are just allowed to run loose and it’s nuts. Cole will have to do something before he snaps. ;)

    Comment by Mao — July 25, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

  15. The combination of that hairstyle and those eyebrows on toddler-Renee makes her look like a little baby Vulcan, it’s adorable XD Oh Cole, I know you like strong women but this is getting ridiculous. I don’t trust that campaign manager at all, the flash git. Watch him, Cole, watch him like a hawk!

    Comment by Zoë — July 26, 2009 @ 2:07 am

  16. So I have to say, I never really liked Shelly that much, now I really don’t like her. These two are kinda giving off a Jon and Kate + eight vibe, except they only have twins. Poor Cole, I hope he can figure out what he wants out of the situation so he can be happy. Sara and Nate would be disappointed that he’s letting Shelly call the shots especially on their dime!

    Comment by Liz — July 26, 2009 @ 11:31 am

  17. LOL! A vulcan, I know. I try to sort of… downplay the trait, but it doesn’t always work. Cole really needs to do something…

    Comment by Mao — July 26, 2009 @ 12:44 pm

  18. Shelly has always been a ball-buster, since the day she was born! LOL at the Jon & Kate +8 thing… that is just too much. It’s especially bad because when my husband and I watched the series over a year ago, we joked about a show called, “Jon -9″… seems it happened, heh. Oh yeah, Sara would be LIVID. Cole needs to channel his mother in this case… or at least call Sade and make her come over and yell at Shelly. :P

    Comment by Mao — July 26, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

  19. Awww, Shelly’s turning into a real bear, isn’t she? She was always edgy, but now I feel so bad for Cole. They used to be happy :(

    I worry about that campaign manager!

    BTW, if you remember, where does Cole’s hair come from? I like it – scraggly, wispy, and not too emo, lol! It’s hard to find good masculine hairs sometimes.

    Comment by laura — July 27, 2009 @ 12:33 am

  20. Aw. Poor Cole. He’s definitely neck deep in estrogen. I get a squirrely vibe from that campaign manageer too.

    Comment by Lisa — July 27, 2009 @ 8:46 am

  21. Shelly is really, well… Shelly. It’s coming out here, really bad, and it’s getting worse because Cole won’t nut up and just sort of put her in her place. We’ll see what happens! Cole’s hair is a recolor, I forget where I got it, but the mesh is from Raonjena sims! It’s one of my favorites.

    Comment by Mao — July 27, 2009 @ 10:32 am

  22. LOL, neck deep in estrogen, indeed. :( The campaign manager follows Shelly around, and calls constantly…

    Comment by Mao — July 27, 2009 @ 10:34 am

  23. Gosh, poor Cole! If I was him, I think I’d be running back to work! His girls (all three of them!) sound like a bit of a nightmare.

    Comment by Carla — August 5, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

  24. You’d think, right? Cole needs to rediscover his spine and quick!

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 6:04 pm

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