Sunday, 28 February 2010

You say it's your birthday, Summer 2022

It's birthday time again: possibly the only thing I love as much as a Sim wedding!

Declan Romilly has just celebrated his first birthday!

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Caring is creepy

Round 25: Spring 2021
Lake Draper is 64, Kendal is 45 and Chris is 6.
Rose Draper is 26, Patience is 19, Calvin and Troy Clarke are both 18)

Narrated by Lake Draper

Since Patience, Calvin and Troy are all away at college, it's now just the three of us. It's almost eerily quiet and the house feels so empty.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Download: Inge's Age Group Tweak, modified by me

Someone left a comment yesterday, asking if I would be willing to upload my age tweak. So for those of you who are a little nervous about SimPE, you can use my edit of Inge's file instead.

With this file, the age stages last as follows:

Baby - 3 days
Toddler - 4 days
Child - 8 days
Teen - 5 days
Adult - 39 days
Elder - 3-33 days

Please note that I have removed the aspiration bonus, which gives Sims extra long lifespans for aging up to elder in green, gold or platinum aspiration. Post-AL, I find that most Sims are perma-plat by the time they reach elderhood, whether they've reached their LTW or not, so having a bonus for that seemed pointless to me. With this tweak, the number of days your elder Sims will live is purely random.

Since I edited this file, I've made some changes to how my Sims age but seeing I do all my aging manually and keep very detailed notes about my Sims' aging, I didn't bother updating the file. If I ever do, I'll upload the new version.

Download it here! Please let me know if you have any problems with downloading it.

The toro and the toreador

Round 25: Spring 2021

Caterina Nihill is 66, Max is 34, Zaria Royce is 33, Josh Royce-Nihill is 7 and Jessica is 1.
(Asha is 24)

Narrated by Zaria Royce

So far, Jessica has been so much easier to raise than Josh was. She's so easy-going and gentle, whereas Josh was more of the pull-Mummy's-hair-and-then-laugh-because-it's-so-funny model of toddler.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Monster hospital

Round 25: Spring 2021
Filippo Moretti is 66, Emil Collins is 49, Anna is 43, Nathan is 11 and Hope is 10.
(Arianna Weaver is 66, Nick Moretti is 18)

Anna is never quite sure what to do when people are blubbering. She could comfort them but it feels so insincere when she does it. Even when her own sister was going through her separation, she was always at a loss for what to say.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

You say it's your birthday, Spring 2021

It's spring and it's time for us to wish a happy 1st birthday to Timothy Lane!

Let's take a look at his parents when they were toddlers, for comparison purposes!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Another pearl

Round 25: Winter 2021

Evan Moretti is 32, Ione is 25 and Justin and Xavier are 3 months old.
(Filippo is 66, Emil is 49, Lia is 24, Araminta is 58, Henry is 56, and Elspeth is 7).
Narrated by Evan Moretti

It's unbelievable how much things have changed for us in less than a year. This time last year, Ione and I were in the middle of wedding preparations and now, we're married with twin sons.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Something good

Round 25: Winter 2021
Principal Betsy Carmody is 50, Kendal Draper is 45, Sarah Carmody is 16, Ethan Novak and Matilda Jacobson are both 15, Adrienne Novak is 14 and Rebecca Kirby and Tessa Novak are both 12.

With such a small enrolment this year, Betsy has been able take on a non-teaching role. Kendal's been teaching long enough now to handle all the students on her own and now Betsy's admin work won't have to take a back seat this year. Maybe she can finally get on top of everything!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Came around

Round 25: Winter 2021
Betsy and Kimberly Carmody are both 50, Sarah is 16 and Susannah is 11.
(Ethan is 15)

Narrated by Kimberly Carmody

I'd still like to look at adopting a third child and Betsy's completely against it. I know she's right and that a third would be a bad idea but there's still that little niggling feeling that I can't seem to ignore.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

I am sound

Round 25: Winter 2021
last update/next update

Collette Sitko is 76, Julian is 71, David is 39, Kirstin is 37, Camilla and Lila are both 8 and Adelaide is 3.
(Evan is 32, Ione is 25 and Justin and Xavier are newborns)

Narrated by Kirstin Sitko

Since Dad promoted Magdalena to manager, they tend to bother her with their complaints instead of him. They'll actually call her away from the stove just to bitch about Dad's waitress.

Friday, 19 February 2010

You say it's your birthday, Winter 2021

The twins aren't even here yet but from looking at Ione, it's pretty clear that there's not long to go. Evan is already feeling nervous.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Pot kettle black

Round 25: Autumn 2021
last update/next update

Finn Romilly and Victoria Kirby are both 20, Declan is 5 months old.
(Claudia Kirby is 20, Araminta Romilly is 58, Henry is 56, Elspeth is 7, Ione Moretti is 25, Trent Kirby is 51 and Megan is 49)

Narrated by Victoria Kirby

Declan is 5 months old now and I feel like Finn and I aren't ever going to get to sleep in again. When we were in the dorms, I used to love cuddling up in bed if we didn't have anywhere to go in the morning.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

First day of my life

Round 25: Autumn 2021
Warning: Kind of long, as can be expected with 7 students to follow!

With the arrival of the new freshmen at Novak Hall, there are reunions going on all over the place. Aaron is thrilled to see his best friend Maia again and after being stuck in the dorm with two girls who aren't very fond of her at all, Maia's not sure if she's ever been happier to see anyone else in her life!

Monday, 15 February 2010


Round 25: Autumn 2021

Amar Hamilton, Jacob Weaver and Claudia Kirby are all 20.
Trent is 51, Megan is 49, Finn and Victoria are both 20, Declan is 3 months old and Patience and Maia are both 19)

Narrated by Claudia Kirby

Jacob and I have been dating for almost a year now and I think we're getting serious.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Sullivan's Top 20 - a Valentine's Day interlude

I'd been thinking of doing something like this for Valentine's Day for a couple of months now and Laura's post with Lakeside Heights' hottest couples made me actually get my butt in gear and do it, rather than forgetting about it until February 15th.

I have not kept truly consistent records of my chemistry scores in the past, so all of these couples, bar one, are currently together. I'm much more meticulous about noting chemistry scores now but my former slackitude means I don't have the scores for a lot of my former couples. All these couples are three-bolters - I didn't realise I had so many!

With no further ado, the Top 20 couples in Sullivan!

Saturday, 13 February 2010

You say it's your birthday, Autumn 2021

Twin watch, 2021! The time is drawing near for Evan and Ione Moretti - just a few months to go now! Thank goodness they've been able to find a house with enough bedrooms with what little money they have - no one will be sleeping in a hallway, at the very least! They're living right across the road from Evan's older brother Caleb and his family. Caleb and Cara have plenty of experience with twins themselves, so maybe they can offer Evan and Ione some pointers!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Steam engenius

Round 25: Summer 2021
last update/next update

Trent Kirby is 51, Megan is 49 and Rebecca is 12.
(Tate is 51, Tessa is 12,
Finn and Victoria are both 20 and Declan is 8 weeks old)

Narrated by Trent Kirby

Not long before Mum died, we made plans to drive up to the university and meet our new grandson. Victoria called Megan and specifically requested that she come. Megan really didn't take Victoria and Finn's news very well and they didn't speak much during her pregnancy.

Leontine Kirby, 1942-2021

by Rose Draper, Summer 2021

Retired musician Leontine Kirby died yesterday morning after collapsing at her Sullivan home. She was 79 years old.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Thrash unreal

Round 24: Summer 2021
last update/next update

Caleb Moretti is 39, Cara is 32 and Anthony and Veronica are both 4.

Narrated by Caleb Moretti

Nick didn't manage to sell his car before he went off to college - I guess the neon green was a bit off-putting to people - but we finally managed to offload it and send the money to Nick. The buyer was also a student, so Nick might see his car driving around campus one day.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Happy frappy

Round 25: Summer 2021
last update/next update

Adam Gottlieb is 66, Athena is 61, Amelia is 32, Wade is 31, Sophie is 8, Noah is 3 and Emma is 6 months.
(Evan is 32, Lia is 24)

Narrated by Amelia Gottlieb.

We've been in our new house for a few months now and it's wonderful being back in Sullivan where I grew up. The house is amazing - Adam's started quite the wine collection now that we have a place to store it all!

Saturday, 6 February 2010

You say it's your birthday, Summer 2021

Evan and Ione have only been married for three months and already they're facing a move and the impending birth of twins! Yes, that's right - come winter, Evan and Ione will be the proud parents of two new babies!

They had hoped to be able to squeeze a crib in somewhere in their tiny house, at least for a little while but a new house has now become a necessity. One crib might have fit in their current house but two definitely won't!

Round 25 ROS

Yay, I don't have to kill anyone! Two rounds in a row! I'll probably have to kill like 8 people next round now. :(
  1. Change of heart: change your turn-ons to match the Sim you are most attracted to, whether that's your spouse or not... Hopefully, this works out in favour of this Sim's partner!
  2. PMS - annoy the next walk by 3 times Depending on who the walk-by is, this could end up being very appropriate!
  3. Weekly night in - poker, movie, sports, pool, chess, LAN party - Not sure what I've got planned here but I think it will be fun, at least for the Sim!
  4. Travel for 1-2 years - You can always tell which ones are my ROSs, because of how boringly they're written! I only just added this one the other day though, so give me a break! I'm going to have this Sim do a trip similar to what Joanna did, where he/she is away for an extended period of time. I'm still thinking over exactly what I'll do but I won't go for the mementos this time, seeing I've done that. A working holiday, maybe? I'll think up something!
  5. Fire! Place two intense fires on the lot. - Fingers crossed this isn't a deadly fire because apart from an elder, I actually don't have to kill anyone this round! And I really love this Sim and have plans for them!
  6. Cheapskate (take someone out on date and skip out on bill) - I'll probably do this as an outing instead but it'll be a fun, easy diversion!

Round 24 Outtakes

Is it just me, or is Finn kind of rocking the kilt? Or, at least, rocking it better than Brandon Lillard does?

Friday, 5 February 2010

Round 24 Summary

Well, will you look at that? My population actually dropped this round! Only by one, but still - I can't remember the last time that happened or if it ever has!

Births: 4 (Mitchell Carmody, Jessica Royce-Nihill, Emma Gottlieb, Timothy Lane)

4 (Vivienne Carmody, Georgette Clarke, Ben Nihill, Maria Moretti)

Engagements: 1 (Evan and Ione Moretti)

Marriages: 1 (Evan and Ione Moretti)

Break-ups: 2 (Amar Hamilton and Claudia Kirby, Jacob Weaver and Maia Novak)

Graduations: 0

New residents: 1 (Amar Hamilton)

Total population: 96 (45 male, 51 female)
Babies: 3
Toddlers: 5
Children: 18
Teens: 7
Adults: 46
Elders: 17

Custom concern

Round 24: Spring 2020
Narrated by Mina Lachance

When I heard about Maria's death, I decided to invite my brother Emil around, together with some other family members. Maria and I never really recovered our relationship after Abigail's graduation party and my relationship with Emil suffered as a result.

Maria Moretti, 1943-2020

by Gordon Nott, Spring 2020

Maria Moretti, Sullivan resident, suffered a heart attack at her home yesterday afternoon and later passed away in hospital. She was 77.

She leaves behind her husband Filippo (65), children Emil (48), Caleb and David (38) and Amelia and Evan (31), as well as 11 grandchildren.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Cavalier eternal

Round 24: Spring 2020
last update/next update

Jace Novak is 63, Magdalena is 56 and Tessa is 11.
(Gordon is 24, Lia is 23, Maia is 18 and Rebecca is 11)

Narrated by Jace Novak

Magdalena and I are both missing having Lia and Maia living at home with us but I have to admit, it's been kind of nice as well.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


Round 24: Spring 2020
last update/next update

Arianna Weaver is 65, Liam is 57, Jonas Lachance is 42, Tatiana is 37, Dominic is 10, Audrey is 8 and Edward is 5.
(Jacob and Claudia are both 19)

Narrated by Jonas Lachance

Tatiana is now the principal of Sullivan Primary School, which the whole family is really proud of, no one more than Tatiana herself. Her grandmother was the principal of the high school, back when Tatiana and I were there, and I think it's always been a goal of hers to get to that level one day.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Mirror kissers

Round 24: Spring 2020

Principal Tatiana Lachance is 37, Pamela Gray is 35 and Joanna Gottlieb is 25.
Students: Tessa Novak and Rebecca Kirby are both 11, Dominic Lachance, Susannah Carmody, Nathan Collins and Malcolm Novak are all 10, Hope Collins and Julia Gray are both 9, Jack and Charlie Benton and Audrey Lachance are all 8, Sophie Gottlieb, Connor Novak and Camilla and Lila Sitko are all 7, Josh Royce-Nihill and Elspeth Romilly are both 6, Christopher Draper, Lucy Gray and Edward Lachance are all 5 and Oliver and Sebastian Gentry are both 4.

Oliver and Sebastian are the first kids into the school. They had a few months at pre-school in the old building but they're keen to check out the new school, where the pre-schoolers now have an entire room to themselves. Seeing Oliver and Sebastian are the only 4 year-olds at SPS this year, they have their pick of the toys.

Monday, 1 February 2010

The Moretti-Romilly wedding

Round 24: Spring 2020

Evan Moretti is 31 and Ione Romilly is 24.

This is long, but there's a lot of pic spam!
Ione and Evan's big day has finally arrived and the guests are slowly trickling in and taking their seats, including the groomsmen (and the groom's brothers!) Caleb, David and Emil.