Monday, 30 November 2009


Round 23: Autumn 2017

Ben and Caterina Nihill are both 62, Max is 30, Zaria Royce is 29, Josh Royce-Nihill is 3.
(Kit is 57, Steve is 22, Olivia is 20)
Narrated by Caterina Nihill

I'm going to miss Josh when he starts pre-school next year. I know it'll only be for half a day but when I'm not working, I really cherish spending time with him.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Happiness is a warm gun

Round 23: Autumn 2017
last update/next update

Vivienne Carmody is 77, Betsy and Kimberly are both 46, Sarah is 12 and Susannah is 7.
(Linnea is 57)

Narrated by Sarah Carmody

Note: for clarity's sake, I've decided that the girls call Kimberly "Mama" and Betsy "Mum".
It's usually just me, Susannah and Mama for dinner these days. Grandma is the one who cooks, so she's there too, of course. Mum isn't even home by dinner time most nights.


Round 23: Autumn 2017

Principal Betsy Carmody is 46, teacher Kendal Draper is 41, Claudia and Victoria Kirby, Finn Romilly and Jacob Weaver are all 16, Patience Draper, Josie Benton and Maia Novak are all 15, Calvin and Troy Clarke, Aaron Novak and Nick Moretti are all 14 and Sarah Carmody is 12.

Kendal has been teaching at SDHS for just over a year and Troy is still unimpressed. This school is supposed to be his turf. Why couldn't his mother have got a job at some other school?

Friday, 27 November 2009

Random rules

Round 23: Autumn 2017
Next updates: Lia and Olivia/Gordon/Ione

Warning: partial nudity - Steve and Olivia are just horny little devils!

Gordon Nott and Ione Romilly are both 21 and Olivia Nihill and Lia Novak are both 20.
(Lucia is 25, Steve is 22 and Evan is 28)

Since Lia walked in on Gordon and Jamie last year, Jamie has been calling. A lot. Even though he and Lia are no longer an item, he really doesn't want to see Jamie.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

You say it's your birthday, Autumn 2017

Happy 1st birthday to the Gentry twins, Oliver and Sebastian! The Gentry family are one of my playable NPC households. There's a new family portrait for these guys here, if you'd like to see it. I won't do family portraits for these families every round - just when there's a birthday.

Anyway, close-ups!

Sullivan is one year old today!

Today is Sullivan's first birthday! There are posts from before then but all of those are backdated. 25th November is the real date that I started this whole crazy thing!

While re-uploading all my pictures to my new host, I had to go through all of my old posts and I have to say, I cringed a little - I like to think I've improved a lot since then! I'm really flattered that when I check my stats, I see people persisting in going through all my old entries before they finally get to the entries that (I think) are much better!

I am not a writer but I'm really glad I decided to try something new. At school, I used to dread having to show anything I'd written to anyone and it's still an anxiety of mine but I think doing Sullivan has alleviated some of that. It wasn't a goal to begin with - I just wanted to share my hood with people - but it was a nice little side effect, I guess!

I've had so much fun with this over the past year and I'm enjoying my game more than I ever have. At least part of that is because of all of you readers. I want to take the opportunity to thank all of you, especially those of you who take the time to leave a comment. It really means a lot to me when I open up my e-mail and see that someone has read what I've written and enjoyed it enough to comment. Honestly, the fact that people I've never met are reading this still blows me away! It's so crazy!

So thank you all again!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

In bloom

Round 23: Summer 2017

Joanna Gottlieb is 22

Dear Rose,

I'm in Three Lakes now! I know it's the end of summer in Sullivan but it's the end of winter here and we're going into spring. Of course, their spring is more like our autumn, so it's still a little cool. I've brought all the rain with me too. Lucky I got used to that on Cape Elizabeth. It rained a lot while I was there too! I bet it rains the whole time I'm in Takemizu as well!

Monday, 23 November 2009

Barrier reef

Round 23: Summer 2017

Evan Moretti is 28, Luc Lane is 24 and Rose Draper is 22.
(Lucia is 25, Steve is 22, Ione is 21, Asha and Olivia are both 20)

Narrated by Rose Draper

Joanna doesn't get back until next summer so until then, it's only phone calls for us, plus a letter here and there. When she finally gets back, I'm going to tell her that she's never leaving again!

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Fly trapped in a jar

Round 23: Summer 2017
Georgette Clarke is 77, Lake Draper is 60, Kendal is 41, Patience is 15, Calvin and Troy are both 14 and Christopher is 2.
(Rose is 22, Jacob Weaver is 16, Maia Novak is 15, Aaron Novak is 14)
Of everyone in the Clarke-Draper household, Galen's death hit Georgette the hardest. It wasn't surprising, considering she and Galen had been together since she was 14. Losing your partner of 63 years isn't something you can easily recover from.

Galen Clarke, 1938-2017

by Abigail Carmody, Summer 2017

Galen Clarke, lifetime resident of Exeter, died last night in his sleep of natural causes. He was 79.

He leaves behind his wife Georgette, 77, and 14 year-old grandsons Calvin and Troy. Galen and Georgette's son Samson died in 2005 after a long illness at the age of 32. Galen also had a son and a daughter from previous relationships and had an additional 5 grandchildren from them.

Galen Clarke was born in 1938 to Nelson, a city planner and Gina Clarke, a legal secretary. He grew up in Exeter with his two older sisters, Drusilla and Xanthia. He had a lifelong passion for fitness and developed a love of music after picking up the guitar in high school.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

All you can eat

Round 23: Summer 2017
Narrated by Cara Nanale

I really would have liked to have been more involved in planning our wedding but in the end, I told Caleb that if we wanted to get married sometime in the next three years, he was going to have to take on the bulk of it. I'm so grateful that he was willing to!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Round 23 ROS

New round, new random occurrence scenarios! I've added a whole bunch of extra scenarios, mostly from Laura's ROS which she links to in her sidebar. I've also finally figured out how to use the Randomiser for maximum effectiveness, so it took me a lot less time to roll my ROSs this time!
I'm planning on coming back to this post and linking to the posts where the ROSs come into effect, when they finally do. That'll happen for each of these, except for the flu. That one's going to be too hard to link to, seeing it will happen in several different households.

You say it's your birthday, Summer 2017

It's a new round, which means it's birthday time! We have no babies to be born this summer but we do have 7 Sims aging up!

Lake Draper has turned into a rather handsome 60 year-old! And hey, he has kind of a beard going on! He supposedly had it as an adult too but I must have added it when he was much younger and forgotten about it - it's hard to see blonde stubble on Lake's skin tone.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Round 22 Summary

What? Could this really be Sullivan? Only two babies born this round? Don't worry, I'm sure it won't happen again! ;)

Just FYI, my playable NPCs (who you saw in my post yesterday) do not count in the round summary, even though you will soon see them in the birthday posts. I always take pictures of them when I go in to age them up anyway, so I might as well post them. You know, considering birthday posts take me about 5 minutes to write!

2 (Christopher Draper, Edward Lachance)

Deaths: 1 (Leo Royce)

Engagements: 1 (Caleb Moretti and Cara Nanale)

Marriages: 2 (Eliot and Cordy Lane, Jesse and Abigail Carmody)

Break-ups: 2 (Gordon Nott and Lia Novak, Jacob Weaver and Patience Draper)

Graduations: 3 (Joanna Gottlieb, Kendal Draper, Rose Draper)

New residents: 1 (Connor Novak)

Total population: 95 (43 male, 52 female)
Babies: 0
Toddlers: 8
Children: 13
Teens: 11
Adults: 45
Elders: 18

Round 22 Outtakes

All the cute and funny stuff from Round 22 that didn't make it into the regular updates!

Warning: nudity

Liam knows where babies come from and seems not particularly pleased about it.

This year

Round 22: Spring 2016
Arianna Weaver is 61, Liam is 53, Jacob is 15, Jonas Lachance is 38, Tatiana is 33, Dominic is 6, Audrey is 4 and Edward is 18 months old.
(Patience and Maia are both 14)

Spring time in Sullivan has always meant love and Liam and Arianna have definitely been overtaken by the spirit of romance this season. They haven't been very effective babysitters for Jonas and Tatiana lately because they've been out on date after date after date.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Come back home

Round 22: Spring 2016
Tate Benton is 46, Zelda is 41, Josie is 14 and Jack and Charlie are both 4.
(Patience is 14 and Nick is 13)

Narrated by Josie Benton

Now that Charlie and Jack are 4, they've started pre-school. It's pretty much all they talk about. They love it.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Une année sans lumière

Eliot Lane is 30, Cordy is 23
(Debbie and Linnea are both 56, Luc is 23 and Asha is 19)

Narrated by Cordy Lane

Eliot and I got married just over a year ago and I love it! I love seeing Eliot every day and I love having our own place that's just ours.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Passenger side

Round 22: Winter 2016
Jace Novak is 59, Magdalena is 52, Maia is 14 and Tessa is 7.
(Lia is 19, Aaron is 13)
Narrated by Magdalena Novak

You can probably blame it on my friend Araminta but I've been thinking about babies lately. Both Jace and I have. It'd be nice to have another little one but we're definitely done. We realised the other day that it's only since Tessa has been at school that we've been able to lie in in the mornings and we really don't want to give that up! It's a good way to start the weekend!

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Packing blankets

Round 22: Winter 2016
Last update/next update

Charlton and Aphrodite Nihill are both 71, James Novak is 41, Madelyn is 36, Aaron is 13, Ethan is 10 and Connor is 3.
(Maia is 14 and Jacob is 15)

Narrated by Aaron Novak

Dad running Lost Generation didn't last long - he's already sold it. I'm pretty excited about that because it means I can actually hang out there now. Who wants to hang out at a club their dad owns?

You say it's your birthday, Winter 2016

Rose Draper has graduated university and is back at home in Exeter. While her girlfriend Joanna is off travelling the world, Rose will be sharing a house with her ex-boyfriend Luc and his new room-mate Evan and is working as a clerk in a convenience store. She's hoping to move into a position in journalism sooner rather than later.

Shortest birthday post ever? I'm really sticking to my promise to take it easy on the babies this round! I've got no more due and I won't even have any birthday post for Spring 2016!

Friday, 13 November 2009

To be young

Round 22: Autumn 2016
Araminta Romilly is 53, Henry is 51, Finn is 15 and Elspeth is 2.
(Ione is 20, Evan Moretti is 27 and Victoria Kirby is 15)

Elspeth is 2 years old now and Araminta has baby fever again. She's 53 and deep down, she knows it's not a realistic dream but she just can't seem to shake it.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Love letter

Round 22: Autumn 2016
Joanna Gottlieb is 21.

Dear Rose,
I know we've both been spending plenty of money on phone calls over the past few months but I promised photos and I won't have access to a computer until I get back. So snail mail it is!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Climbing up the walls

Rose Draper is 21, Gordon Nott and Ione Romilly are both 20 and Lia Novak and Olivia Nihill are both 19.
(Evan is 27)

Five or six months after they started dating, Lia and Gordon finally had the talk she'd been dreading. He'd been asking and asking and Lia finally had to tell him she wouldn't be having sex until after she was married.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Wishful thinking

Round 22: Autumn 2016

Narrated by Asha Royce

Since Dad died, Mum and I have been surviving on my paycheck alone. My job doesn't pay that well but Mum hasn't been able to face going into work.

You say it's your birthday, Autumn 2016

Just one birthday this time!

It's Edward Lachance's first birthday and he's already demanding his mother's attention constantly!

Monday, 9 November 2009

Selective memory

Round 22: Summer 2016
Principal Augustin Novak is 61, teacher Tatiana Lachance is 33, Sarah Carmody is 11, Ethan Novak and Matilda Jacobson are both 10, Adrienne Novak is 9, Rebecca Kirby and Tessa Novak are both 7, Malcolm Novak, Nathan Collins, Dominic Lachance and Susannah Carmody are all 6 and Julia Gray and Hope Collins are both 5.

It's the first day back at Sullivan Primary School and unfortunately, it's raining. Let's hope the rain holds out or the teachers will be cooped up inside the school at lunch time with some very insane children.

NY Excuse

Round 22: Summer 2016
Augustin and Hanna Novak are both 61, Naomi is 41, Owen is 39, Adrienne is 9 and Malcolm is 6.
(Eliot is 30)

Owen and Naomi have been married for 6 years, both their kids are at school and they both feel pretty certain their family is complete. At this point, they both feel like another baby would be more than they could handle.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Don't you know

Round 22: Summer 2016
Pascal Lachance is 74, Mina is 66, Abigail Carmody is 33, Jesse is 31 and Nick Moretti is 13.

Narrated by Nick Moretti

You'd think my grandparents were the newlyweds around here! I can't believe I witnessed my grandfather grabbing my grandmother's butt.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Lucky Denver Mint

Round 22: Summer 2016
Evan Moretti is 27.
(Amelia is 27, Luc is 23, Ione is 20)

Narrated by Evan Moretti

Not that we've ever eaten well here but the food situation has been particularly dire since Eliot and Jesse moved out.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

You say it's your birthday, Summer 2016

Yay birthdays!
Christopher Draper is 1! No toddler pics of Mum or Dad because they joined Sullivan as adults but I can tell you that he has Kendal's nose (as I was hoping for) and I'm pretty certain he has Lake's eyes and mouth. So like his Dad, I'm expecting him to look vaguely like a woman from certain angles when he gets older. ;) Gosh, I already love him though - such a sweet face!

Onto the 4 year-olds!

Consolation prizes

Round 22: Spring 2015

Galen Clarke is 77, Georgette is 73, Lake Draper is 58, Kendal is 39, Patience is 13, Calvin and Troy are both 12 and Christopher is 9 months old.

Narrated by Kendal Draper

Things in our house have been pretty hectic, as usual but Lake and I have been enjoying raising our new baby son, Christopher.