True to my promise to myself, I got up early Wednesday and went to catch Deathfish.
By 5:00 a.m.--the time when Deathfish always disappear--I had caught 3, and went straight to the grocery to sell them for $2,773!
I finally had enough money to buy the Ambrosia recipe. I rushed to the library and, before 2:00 p.m., had learned that recipe and completed the Menu Maven subchallenge. Another Goal completed, and I even received 5,000 Lifetime Happiness points for learning every recipe!
(I briefly considered purchasing the Fast Learner reward, which cost 15,000 points,
but decided against it because I was already so far ahead in my study that I didn't think it would be a worthwhile purchase at this point.)
Cheered by my accomplishment of one of the last few Goals in the GAC Challenge, I stayed at the library to study Gardening.
I reached Level 9 before 4:00 p.m.,
and got about halfway to Level 10 before I had to go home to rest mid-evening.
I had a wish to make my bed, so did so, just to get the promised 150 points,
which brought me very close to 20,000 points. When I get to 20,000 I might buy another reward, though I haven't yet decided which one.
I figured I would get to 20,000 while I slept.
I got out of bed Thursday before 4:00 a.m., and found I'd reached exactly 20,000 points.
I looked at the available rewards, but decided that none of the 20,000-point rewards was worth getting. I resolved to hold out for the 40,000-point Collection Helper.
My rationale for this was that I needed lots of money from finding gems and other things to create a nice home, so that I wouldn't be embarrassed to have my fiance, Jon, visit me. Though I don't know where we're going to live after we're married, since he already seems to have a house. It's huge, and up the street from me--
I've walked by, but never rang the doorbell (because Jon says he's so rarely there).
I satisfied a wish to make my bed,
and another to unclog my toilet. (Had to do that, anyway.)
I tended my garden (no new Perfect plants--boo, hiss!),
and headed to the library to try to finish off Gardening. Jon was there,
and as usual a couple of kisses from him put me in a terrific mood.
That's why it's worth dating a Great Kisser!
Buoyed by John's loving encouragement, I reached Gardening Level 10.
That was really enough for one day, so I went home to sleep at about 7:30,
but got up a bit after 11:00,
just to get 250 points for cleaning my toilet.
Then I went right back to bed.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Join us next time, when Grace makes loads of money and starts building her house.