Tuesday, 29 May 2018


Round 37: September 2045 (Spring)

Emma Gottlieb and Jessica Royce-Nihill are 25 and Lauren Carmody is 24.
(Athena is 85, Amelia is 56, Wade is 55, Sophie is 32, Eddie is 25 and Declan is 24)

Narrated by Emma Gottlieb

I was a bit skeptical when Lauren and Eddie got back together, after she dumped him so suddenly all those years ago. But I guess they knew better than me, seeing they’re still together. 

They don’t get as much time together as they’d like. Eddie is a firefighter and often works nights, while Lauren is a copy tech and starts work insanely early.

Somehow, they’re coping. Eddie only works four days a week to make up for his long hours, so they just try to see each other whenever they can.

Assuming they stay together, this will be their life for the foreseeable future, so I guess they may as well get used to it. 

Declan and Jessica are getting a bit more quality time this year, seeing Declan is no longer studying.

They’ve both had a pay bump: Declan, because of his new job at an architecture firm and Jessica because she was finally promoted.

Declan can’t take any time off work yet, because he’s still pretty new but they did have a weekend away at Jessica’s parents’ holiday house recently.

Jessica and her brother have free rein to use the house whenever they like. They just have to pay for flights and any expenses they need while they’re there.

I’m jealous as hell of this arrangement. Not only do my parents not own a holiday house, I’ve never even been anywhere further than Suffolk. 

I guess if I want to travel, I’ll have to save up for it like everyone else. 

Despite my lack of funds for a holidays, I’m still pretty happy at the moment. After spending my entire adult life unhappily single, it’s nice to finally have met someone. I was very cautious early on with Cleo. It all seemed to good to be true. But it’s been a few months now and things are still going smoothly, so I’m letting myself relax a little and just enjoy it.

I was on the verge of giving up on all those dating apps and websites until I got Cleo’s message. We clicked right away, met up pretty soon after and have basically been inseparable ever since. 

We’re both creative types. Cleo is an interior decorator and I have my art.

We’re similar enough that we don’t argue too much but different enough that it’s not boring, like I’m dating myself.

It’s still very early days but I can see the potential for something long term with Cleo and it’s exciting.

Cleo and I have been hanging out a lot here at home, so naturally, she’s got to know Jessica and Lauren as well.

I wanted her to get along with all my friends but especially Jessica. Thankfully, everything has gone smoothly on that front. 

I hadn’t meant to introduce her to my family so early but seeing Sophie took that into her own hands when she spotted us out together, I decided to just go with it. 

My parents have been pretty chill about my eternally single status but they were obviously happy I’d found someone and they really love Cleo.

Grandma has been decidedly unchill and she was thrilled to say the least. 

I’d say she might get off my back now but I’m expecting her to ask when we’re getting married any day now.

We’re definitely not ready to even start talking about that yet!

My sister Sophie is having a baby and I’m hoping Grandma’s focus might stay on her for a bit longer.

Her pregnancy was unexpected but she and Oliver have done really well to get everything sorted out before the baby comes.

I’m not so sure I would cope as well, so I’m glad unexpected pregnancy is fairly unlikely to ever be an issue for me.

I’m so excited for Sophie and Oliver though. Baby Gentry will be my first niece or nephew and I can't wait to play Cool Aunt!

  • Title is from Windowsill by Arcade Fire.
  • I genuinely can't believe I'm actually getting an update out but am very happy I did! It's been almost two months now. Sorry for the delay - it's a very long story (some of which you'd know if you follow me on Twitter) but basically, it was just one thing after another for most of that time. 
  • I'm hoping to get October birthdays out pretty quickly after this - within the week. Edward and Lucy's twins are growing up and I'm excited to see what they look like, finally!


  1. Aww, I missed your Sims ! I love Emma, I'm glad she's found someone at last ;)

    1. I missed my sims too. I was sorry to be away for them for so long and then away from my comments for so long. That was Blogger's fault though. ;)

      I'm glad Emma found someone as well, even if I did have to make her myself!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. I'm so happy to see you posting again! Sadly, I haven't kept up on twitter, I hope that you are doing well, and I am glad to see you! N99 has been pretty quiet with everyone taking time away.

    I'm happy that Emma has found someone to be happy with! I wonder if she will be the one, and how you'll do their family. I love the Gottlieb features! I totally laughed at her comment about unexpected pregnancy, that would actually be a nice relief when you are young! I am most excited for Sophie's baby!

    Lauren and Eddie are adorable together, it's nice that they seem to be doing well at this second-go, though their hours stink! Declan and Jessica are just ridiculously adorable together, and I can see why Emma would be jealous of them jetting off for the weekend, I'd love that freedom myself!

    1. I was so happy to get this update up again! I'd missed blogging about all these silly sims of mine. :) Happy to see you too!

      Cleo better be the one, seeing I went to such considerable effort getting her into the hood! I have wondered about their family planning, if they get that far. Obviously, unexpected pregnancy won't be an issue, as Emma noted but I kind of want to get both their genes into the hood. Maybe one pregnancy each, with a sperm donor? Not sure who I'd use for Emma though. I think they could potentially ask Noah for Cleo but that wouldn't work if Emma's carrying. We'll see, I guess!

      Changing Lauren's aspiration worked out well for Eddie. She was never a very good Romance sim anyway. She's too serious for all the flitting around to really suit her and I think she's realised that herself now.

      Ha, Emma's parents are pretty well-off too but much to her dismay, they don't own a holiday house, so no free vacations for her and Cleo!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Count me as one of those that miss you as well. It's nice seeing a peek at what your simmies are up to. I couldn't help but laugh at Emma's reasoning that she wouldn't have to worry about an unexpected pregnancy.

    1. Thank you, it's nice to be missed! I missed all of you too.

      I couldn't help but think of that when I had Emma visit Sophie. Her family will take much more effort to plan but on the plus side, she'll have much more control over when it happens as well.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Lucky Jessica with her parents' holiday house! (Lucky Declan for being her boyfriend!)

    Aw, sometimes you just gotta make new hotties for the townie pool! Cleo is lovely, and Emma looks totally enamored with her!

    It's both easier and less satisfying to find matches in TS4, without any chemistry system or even any real static gender preferences. Basically anyone is up for grabs if the conversation goes right. And you can totally change a sim's gender preference in the space of about 10-20 positive romantic interactions, which is dumb, to be honest. Easier is not always better. I miss the challenge of finding a good match like in TS2.

    1. LOL, yeah, Declan's not getting any perks like a holiday house out of his parents. Finn is far too frugal to splash out like that!

      It is soooo tempting to make new sims for my townie pool, like all the time! If I had to Sullivan 3.0 (please no!), I think I'd do all custom townies. I wish I'd thought of it with 2.0. It was so fun to make Cleo. And Emma approves!

      Having just dipped my toe into TS4 in the last month or so, I'm finding the same. It's kind of boring finding a match, actually! There's no chemistry, obviously, but I also find my sims have so much less personality than in TS2, or even TS3. The sims are a little bit hollow, I guess. I think they had chemistry totally right in TS2 and it's a shame they didn't continue it in subsequent versions.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!