Saturday, August 9, 2014

hard to say goodbye

November 2014
this is the first update / next update
Nolan Family Introduction

Amber Nolan (18 years old)
[Mason Nolan is 64 years old]

Narrated by Amber Nolan

I've lived with my grandparents my whole life. After Grandma passed, it was just me and Grandpa. I never really got to know my mother - not that I could even consider her that. She's never been in my life so how could I? Anyway, when the time came for me to go to university, I could tell that Grandpa was sad. He tried to put on a brave face but I could tell this was going to be hard for him. Before leaving, I promised to come back every few weekends to check up on him.

Back in high school, I was easily a straight-A student. I didn't even have to study and I still aced almost every test. College is so much more difficult than I imagined. This term paper is killing me. I still haven't totally found a topic I want to write about yet. Hopefully, I'll be able to figure something out before the semester is over!

When I'm not busy doing schoolwork, I try to spend time with Emmett. Since I've been here I can count the amount of times he's visited me on one hand. I have to admit, things haven't been the same since I moved here. He just seems - I don't know, colder, uninterested? Like, we don't have as much in common anymore. Our relationship just isn't what it used to be last year.

Whenever he does manage to come by, I like to get out of the dorm. Usually, we take walks around Oakhurst Pointe. One of the local restaurants serves ribs, which is his favorite. He always gets such a giddy smile on his face as we waits to order them.

Unfortunately, by the time our dinner is served the conversation has already turned boring. We have nothing significant to talk about and usually end up just staring at each other as we eat our meal. 

I've also been trying to keep fit. I do NOT want to gain the dreaded "freshman 15." Before bed, I like to do 50 crunches and a few jumping jacks. The school has a state of the art fitness center which is amazing! I go there after class most days. 

Since I've been here, I've met so many people. Who knew there would be so many people who like some of the same things as me? Vincent, Nettie and Victoria all share my love of over easy eggs and sausage. Sometimes as a treat, I serve up a whole tray of it before we have to go to class. Other than me, no one else seems to do any cooking or cleaning for that manner.

I've never lived with this many people before. It was always just me and Grandpa so I almost always had control of the remote control. That is, unless Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune were on TV. Since there's only one TV in the entire dorm, we constantly fight over who gets to control the remote. For some reason, it seems like Victoria wins a lot. Either that or she's into anything that comes on the TV.

As much as I do like hanging out and meeting new people, sometimes my new friends are just too loud. It seems like they never sleep! I swear, the spend all night chatting away - usually right in front of my door.

I probably wouldn't mind but when I'm trying to get my term paper finished, the frustration I feel is killing me! I seriously doubt any of them took any real time to complete their term papers. I overheard Nettie saying she "bought it" from someone - you can do that?!

Surprisingly, I was able to finish my term paper earlier than I expected. I am really glad that I didn't have to stress the last few days of the semester. I finally headed into bed a little after 2 A.M.

When I got back from class the next day, I went upstairs to find Nessie extremely mad. It turns out, her boyfriend of three years cheated on her with one of her best friends. I started seeing red just thinking about that happening to me!

In order to get her mind off of things, I decided that we should go out for a girl day. I figured we could go walk around town and grab a nice lunch while she vented to me. Growing up, I didn't have too many friends that were girls so this was kind of new to me, not to mention that I've never really had my heart broken so I can't even begin to imagine what that must feel like. 

Before we had lunch, we did some window shopping at some of the boutiques in town. We stopped at a cute antique shop. Personally, I think the items were a bit overpriced but it was still a really nice shop anyway. I like the idea of mixing both old and new home decor items.
We had lunch at Tidewaters. Nessie was still feeling pretty down when we sat down but once our appetizers came out, she finally started to smile a little. I'm not sure how successful our little outing was, but I was glad to be able to at least keep her company.

Tyler is another friend I met at the dorm. He's really funny and I enjoy spending time with him. He's not bad to look at either. Emmett and I haven't been as close as we used to be and Tyler makes me forget all about the issues with Emmett. He doesn't even do it on purpose - there's just something about him that makes me feel at ease.

I called Emmett the next day to check in and see how he was doing. We ran out of things to talk about even quicker than we normally do. I thought distance was supposed to make the heart grow fonder? In our case it made the heart grow a pair of legs and walk away! I feel really conflicted on what to do. I don't want to break his heart but there's just nothing there anymore.

Gameplay Notes
Okay, so let me start off by saying I am (for the first time) using the mod where Uni is shorter. Right now I have 48 hour semesters installed. It goes by so quickly!! I am really not digging it so I will probably be uninstalling it for now. I hard such a hard time fitting in time for her to hang out with people and do her school work!

Amber literally had no wants for Emmett - not even the one where she wants him to go to University. I think this flame has dwindled down a lot since she's been away. She does have bolts with two of the guys in her dorm so maybe something will happen there? Right now, I am thinking of pairing her off with Tyler. He's constantly heart-farting for her so I figured why not give it a chance?


  1. So funny, I thought Emmett's goofy smile was for Amber, but it was for ribs?! Maybe they are just not going to be able to maintain the long distance relationship, but you did a good job showing how hard it can be when you go off to college and its not working, but its not just simple to break it off. The dorm looks really great. 48 hours is pretty short to fit in all the class work AND develop a social life too. Uni in the Sims 2 is such a weird time scale compared to everybody else, I find it difficul
    lt to find the balance.

    1. Lol! I wish I took a shot of her face - she was frowning as he smiled. I imagine her not wanting to break his heart so she will probably take her time breaking up with him. I guess we'll see have to see what happens. You're right! 48 hours is way to quick. I felt like I was in such a rush to get everything done. I ended up playing an extra day in the Spring too so that she had more time for this update!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. It's kind of a crap shoot with sims when one goes off to uni and the boyfriend/girlfriend is still in town. I've had some pine away for each other and others just lose all interest. Sometimes they're still interested but they start looking around at others on campus anyway. :\ I figure if Emmett and Amber are meant to be, they'll find their way back to each other eventually. If not, well, hopefully they had fun while they lasted!

    I love the look of Amber's dorm room, by the way. So nice and bright! She seems like a really sweet girl too, making sure she makes time to check in on her grandpa. :)

    1. Usually, when I've played in the past the other sim would roll wants to: bf/gf goes to university, call bf/gf, etc. But Amber literally had nothing! At the end of the play session he randomly called her on the phone. I'm not sure where this will go but Emmett should be entering University in the fall - let's see if their relationship can hold on that long.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Man, it stinks that she is losing interest in Emmett, it happens though, especially when you are living separate lives and can't really share the day together. The dorm looks great, I really like all the girls together, making friends, and the breakfast looked good too. I wouldn't like the shorter college ether I don't think, I can see how it'd be extra difficult to juggle it all. Your BBQ place and the boutique look great, window shopping with some friends is a good way to pass time.

    1. I know, I was pretty upset that she had literally no wants for him! Thank you for the compliments on the dorm. I usually end up leaving them pretty bare but I was in a decorating mood when I moved her in, lol.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!