Sunday, 31 January 2010

You say it's your birthday, Spring 2020

Just three more months until Finn and Victoria's little accident arrives! They're both trying to stay on top of their course work while they still can - it'll just be that much harder when the baby arrives!

Saturday, 30 January 2010

The bends

Round 24: Winter 2020

Kit Royce is 60 and Asha is 23.
(Zaria Royce is 32, Josh Royce-Nihill is 6 and Jessica is 4 months old. Luc Lane is 27 and Ione Romilly is 24)

Narrated by Asha Royce

There are only about two weeks to go until Ione's wedding and I think all of us bridesmaids are as excited as she is!

Friday, 29 January 2010


Round 24: Winter 2020
last update/next update

Lia Novak and Olivia Nihill are both 23.
(Jace is 63, Magdalena is 56, Evan is 31, Steve is 25 and Gordon is 24).

Narrated by Lia Novak

Right up until I graduated, I really had no idea what I wanted to do for a living. The only thing I really want to do is raise a family. But I needed a job until then, so I started working at the library in Exeter.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

The waiting

Round 24: Winter 2020
last update/next update
Joanna Gottlieb and Rose Draper are both 25.
(Adam is 65, Athena is 60, Amelia is 31, Wade is 30, Sophie is 7, Noah is 2 and Emma is 2 weeks old)

Narrated by Joanna Gottlieb

I couldn't really believe it myself but I actually won $60,000 in the lottery! It's meant that Rose and I have been able to start our lives together a lot more comfortably than we might have been able to otherwise - our own house, two cars and some money to put away for a rainy day too.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

You say it's your birthday, Winter 2020

Victoria Kirby has just entered her second trimester and now has a pretty adorable baby bump happening. She and her boyfriend Finn have just moved into one of the family housing units on campus, which will be home for them and their baby for the next two years.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

What's the world got in store?

Round 24: Autumn 2020
last update/next update

Charlton and Aphrodite Nihill are both 75, James Novak is 45, Madelyn is 40, Aaron is 17, Ethan is 14 and Connor is 7.
(Calvin is 17 and Sarah is 15)

Narrated by Aaron Novak

Grandma got in a car accident the other week and she's on doctor's orders to rest up. She's got a cast on her arm and has a lot of bruising, so she's supposed to be taking it easy but Grandpa keeps catching her trying to take the garbage out, or exercise. Anything she's not supposed to do.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Knocked up

Round 24: Autumn 2020

last update/next update

Araminta Romilly is 57, Henry is 55 and Elspeth is 6.
(Trent Kirby is 50, Megan is 48, Ione is 24 and Finn and Victoria are both 19)

Narrated by Araminta Romilly

Once Finn went off to college and it was just Henry, Elspeth and me in the house, I thought things would be much quieter around here but it really hasn't worked out that way at all.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Sullivan Primary School is finally finished!

The rest of the school can be seen here and here.

I really wanted to have the primary school finished in time for the next school update and I'm happy to say that it's done! Mostly, anyway. There are some final details I'll add once I have Tatiana buy it and go down there. Otherwise though, it's finished!

I had only three more classrooms to decorate and here they are.

First up, the art room. Can you tell it was late at night when I did this? The way I have the easels, none of the kids would be able to see the model in the middle of the room. I'm still trying to decide whether I care enough to change it.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Friday, 22 January 2010

How to live alone

Round 24: Autumn 2020
Last update: Maia/Josie/Patience
Next update
Maia Novak, Josie Benton and Patience Draper are all 18.
(Jacob, Finn and Claudia are all 19)

Maia is settling into Novak Hall and in contrast to how she spent her time in high school, she's already got cracking on her course work. Academics are still not her strong point but she doesn't want her parents to feel like they've wasted their money in paying for her tuition - to her family, the tuition is a lot of money.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

More of the new and improved primary school

First part of the tour is here.

I did a couple more rooms of the school yesterday and I feel like showing them off, so here they are.

Click to enlarge, as always!

I don't normally do floor plan shots but I had a special request for them at N99, so here they are.

You say it's your birthday, Autumn 2020

After 5 years of wedded bliss, Eliot and Cordy Lane's little family is finally expanding. Their first child is due this spring.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Take me out

Round 24: Summer 2020
last update/next update

Augustin and Hanna Novak are both 65, Naomi is 45, Owen is 43, Adrienne is 13 and Malcolm is 10.
(Eliot is 34, Cordy is 27, Matilda is 14 and Susannah is 10)

Narrated by Augustin Novak

I've finally reached retirement age and I've now got an awful lot of free time on my hands. I could sit around in my pyjamas all day but I'd like to stay active.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Happy anniversary

Round 24: Summer 2020
last update/next update

Eliot Lane is 34 and Cordy is 27.
(Debbie is 60)

Narrated by Eliot Lane

This year, Cordy and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary and we decided to mark the occasion with dinner at The Claudette.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Sullivan Primary School 2: Electric Boogaloo

Excuse my silly title, but I've always wanted an excuse to use that joke!

As you know, Sullivan Primary School is currently being rebuilt. I'm a very lazy builder, in that I procrastinate about doing it forever but once I get going, I can usually get things done pretty fast! So seeing I've actually started this, I'm 100% confident that I'll get it finished in time for the 2022 elections. If I get super-motivated, it may even be ready for the kids in the next school update!

I thought you might like to take a look at how it's shaping up so far. As always, click to enlarge any picture.

So here it is. It's not in its final position in the hood yet, so don't mind all the empty space! The part on the left is also now one storey higher, so as to make room for the indoor basketball court. There are also actually some windows there now. ;)

Friday, 15 January 2010

Said sadly

Round 24: Summer 2020

Tate Benton is 50, Zelda is 45 and Jack and Charlie are both 8.
(Araminta is 57, Josie is 18 and Audrey is 8)

Narrated by Zelda Benton

Josie has only been gone a couple of weeks and we're still getting used to her not being around. Tate keeps setting a place for her at the table, forgetting she's not here.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

You say it's your birthday, Summer 2020

Yay, it's birthday time! And it's Summer birthdays, which are always the best because they're the biggest! I've been so excited to get to these this year, so let's get started!

In about 6 months time, Amelia Gottlieb will have another one of these...

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Pennyroyal tea

Round 24: Spring 2019
last update/next update

Collette Sitko is 74, Julian is 69, David is 37, Kirstin is 35, Camilla and Lila are both 6 and Adelaide is 1.
(Amelia is 30 and Noah is 1)

Narrated by David Sitko

After Kirstin's maternity leave was up, I decided to go and speak to my boss about taking some time off to stay home with Adelaide.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Gouge away

Round 24: Spring 2019
Last update: Evan/Ione
Next update
Evan Moretti is 30 and Ione Romilly is 23.
(Maria is 76, Araminta is 56, Henry is 54, Olivia and Lia are both 22)

Narrated by Ione Romilly

Living with Evan has been mostly wonderful.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Tomorrow never knows

Round 24: Spring 2019
last update/next update

Adam Gottlieb is 64, Athena is 59, Amelia is 30, Wade is 29, Sophie is 6 and Noah is 1.
(Augustin is 64 and Tatiana is 36)

Narrated by Athena Gottlieb

Noah has only just turned 1 but Amelia just announced that she's pregnant again! Adam is beside himself - I don't know if he'll ever have enough grandchildren! I'm excited too but the news is making me feel a little old. I can't believe I'm old enough to have three grandchildren!

Saturday, 9 January 2010

You say it's your birthday, Spring 2019

No babies or birthdays this time - just an update on some soon-to-be-born Sullivan residents!

First up, Jairus and Vanessa Gentry, two of my playable NPCs, are expecting! Vanessa isn't due until Autumn 2020 but she's already looking quite large. Perhaps this is because she's expecting her second set of TWINS!

Friday, 8 January 2010

Girl sailor

Round 24: Winter 2019

Narrated by Zaria Royce

The night before Ben's funeral, I had to call in to work to let them know I wouldn't be in. I shouldn't but I felt really guilty. I still feel new there but when there's a death in the family, what else can you do?

Ben Nihill, 1955-2019

by Anna Collins, Winter 2019

Ben Nihill, 64, died in his Sullivan home this morning of natural causes.

He is survived by wife Caterina (64), son Max (32), daughter Olivia (22) and grandson Joshua (5).

Thursday, 7 January 2010

This protector

Round 24: Winter 2019
last update/Nick's last update/Caleb and Cara's next update/Nick's next update

Caleb Moretti is 37, Cara is 30, Nick is 16 and Anthony and Veronica are both 2.
(Josie is 17, Troy is 16 and David is 37)

Narrated by Cara Moretti

I still haven't found a job in medicine but we need money, so I'm working in science instead. It's not all bad. Caleb's days off coincide with mine, so we can spend those days together and with the kids.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Sparrows over Birmingham

Round 24: Winter 2019

Lake Draper is 62, Kendal is 43, Patience is 17, Christopher is 4 and Calvin and Troy Clarke are both 16.
(Aaron is 16 and Matilda is 13)

Narrated by Calvin Clarke

Once Grandpa died, I had a feeling Grandma wouldn't be too far behind him. I always knew her death would hit Troy and me pretty hard and even Christopher - she wasn't his grandmother, but she was the closest he had to one. I wasn't expecting Patience to be so upset though. I didn't realise Grandma meant that much to her too.

You say it's your birthday, Winter 2019

It's Noah Gottlieb's 1st birthday!

His eyes are just a little bit overwhelming right now!

Monday, 4 January 2010

Georgette Clarke, 1940-2019

by Steve Rider, Autumn 2019

One of Sullivan's leading attorneys, Georgette Clarke, passed away yesterday afternoon of natural causes, aged 79. Until now, she lived in Exeter with her grandsons, her former daughter-in-law and her family.

Phantom limb

Round 24: Autumn 2019
Narrated by Luc Lane

Since Joanna got back from her trip, she and Rose have been living here, with me and Gordon. They were only ever going to stay here until they could save enough to get a place on their own. That didn't end up taking them very long, because Joanna won $60,000 in the lottery! Can you believe that? I've got barely $7000 to my name and Joanna just gets a whole heap of cash handed to her! Anyway, it all happened pretty fast - they found a house, they bought it and they moved to Sullivan. Crazy.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Blacking out the friction

Round 24: Autumn 2019
last update/next update

Maria Moretti is 76, Filippo is 64, Emil Collins is 47, Anna is 41, Nathan is 9 and Hope is 8.
(Amelia is 30, Noah is 9 months, Corbin and Pamela are both 34 and Julia is 8)

Narrated by Emil Collins

Hope and Nathan are 8 and 9 now and they are nearly constantly at each other's throats.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

In a funny way

Round 24: Autumn 2019
(Maia Novak is 17)

This is a long one!

This year, Suffolk University is overrun with freshmen and none of them are wasting any time getting started on their course work.