Welcome to the New Eden Community Blog

Recently branched off from the older community of Eden, many younger residents have chosen to move away from their ancestoral land to a different location, called New Eden. Although most residents still hold closely to their family ties and history they are eager to start a new life in a place they can make their own.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Spring 2001 - Crabtree

Spring 2001 - Simdays 107-109 - Winston Crabtree (31), Fawn Thayer (33)

Winston Crabtree is a busy man.  When he's not working at the foreign embassy, he's working from home, managing the careers of several different actors and singers or giving financial advice online to earn extra simoleons.  He enjoys what he does and could not imagine not working as hard as he does.

His clients know his phone line is always open if they need to give him a call.  For Winston there is no such thing as non-office hours.  He often takes calls at home from his clients and sometimes the stage mothers of his younger clients and he's always happy to give his professional opinion when anyone needs his advice.

"I think you should pass on the soda commercial, Sofia.  It might be below your talents. I think you should focus on more highbrow offers and start promoting yourself as a serious artist."

"I do have something else for you to look into.  I think you should audition for this new scifi movie that's coming up.  I think one of the parts could be perfect for you. I think it could be a really good opportunity."

Sometimes, even for Winston, the daily grind can start to get to you and after coming home from a rough day at the embassy, Winston knows when he needs to take some time in the evening to relax . . .

enjoy a nice warm, bubble bath . . .

 work out a little of his frustrations on his home exercise machine . . . 

and invite a very good friend over for a fun, relaxing evening at home.

Neither Winston nor Fawn were interested in defining their relationship.  The got along well and were good friends and were very attracted to each other, for sure, but Winston wasn't sure he was really in love with her and he knew she wasn't the type to commit.  She was too much of a free spirit to be tied down to one man and he was too focused on his career ambitions to really devote himself enough to any woman the way she would deserve.

Yet, he found himself thinking of her often.  He could hardly meet with his client, Gareth, without thinking about his sister.  He hoped that wasn't obvious to Gareth.  He didn't want things to get awkward with one of his most successful current clients.

It wasn't just about the sex between them though.  One day, as Winston was calling in late to the embassy, Fawn just happened to drop in and he decided to just call in sick and make a day of it.

Fawn made herself at home and played around on Winston's piano while he answered a few calls from clients.  He was impressed with how well she played.

"Musical talent must run in the family or are you just good at all things that require creativity?"

"No, Gareth is the musician in the family.  I'd much rather paint or sculpt any day.  You should drop by the studio and let me paint your portrait sometime."

"Only if you give me some piano lessons sometime.  I think some of my clients are embarrassed of how badly I play."

Cooking is also not one of Winston's areas of expertise, but he can manage to put together a couple of  sandwiches, so he and Fawn can share a late lunch together.

"How do you like living in New Eden so far?  Do you like your new house?"

"I do like it.  It's not as nice or as big as yours, but it suits me well, and it's just the right size for me."

"I think it does.  You've decorated it really well.  This house is a little big for one person.  I'll admit I don't need all this space, but it does look good for the clients."

"That is something to think about.  When you're looking to become a big star, you don't want an agent who looks like he's not doing well himself."

"Right.  It's already a challenge to do the kind of work I do from a small town.  Do you ever wish you lived in a bigger city to get more exposure for your art?"

"Sometimes, I think I would.  I do like the culture you find in the city, but I'm not sure I'd like the fast pace of it.  It's kind of nice not to have to work so hard all the time, to just take a slower flow and let the muse come to you."

"I'll have to take your word on that.  I don't know much when it comes to muses."

"Well, what about you then?  I think you seem like the big city type and it seems like you'd do well with your career being where all the action is.  How do like small town life?"

"I always thought I was a city guy, but I do like living in a small town and being in a small community.  It's kind of nice being able to get to know all of your neighbors," Winston paused as he heard his office phone ring.  "Sometimes."

Friday, July 23, 2010

2001 Calendar

Year 2001 represents New Eden's first official rotation, even though most sims have already lived here a few simdays while getting settled in.  2001 corresponds to simday 107-109 (picking up where timekeeping in Eden left off) and should begin on simThursday and end sometime early simSunday.

Household Rotations are as follows:

Spring 2001
-Spring Semester - Jr./Sr. High, Subject: Physical Science
-Spring Semester University

Summer 2001
-Summer Semester - Jr/ Sr High Summer Camp Subject: Nature Study
-Summer Festival

Fall 2001
-Fall Semester - Jr/Sr High, Subject: Art
-Fall Semester - University

Winter 2001
-Winter Festival
-2001-2002 Hood Meeting

ROS Events
- Make a major purchase - new furniture, spend at least $6,000
- Contemplate having an affair with ____________
- Get a makeover, buy 3 new outfits
- Attempt to make friends with ______________

2000: Hood Meeting

Neighborhood residents gathered at the school auditorium for the neighborhood's first community meeting.  As sims chatted before the meeting started it was clear that there were a lot of different topics on the residents minds.  The room quieted down as teacher, Rich Cormier took the podium.

"Hello, everyone, and thanks for coming out tonight.  I think most of you know me already, but in case you don't, my name is Rich Cormier and I'm one of the educators here at New Eden Jr./ Sr. High School.  I started out inviting everyone here tonight to discuss our future plans for the education system, but as I started talking to other sims in the neighborhood, the need for a general hood meeting became apparent.

"On tonight's agenda, I'm going to talk about the future plans for the school system, Shawn D'Sim wanted to tell us about some recent findings he's made about from his studies of New Eden's astronomy and seasons and aging, and we'd like to set up a plan for regular hood meetings and government.

"First we'll start with government.  As I was talking to other residents, many of us agreed that we are in need to a hood president to handle general administration, serve as a spokessim for the hood, and preside over future hood meetings.  We had two names nominated as potential, qualified candidates, Robin Harris and Winston Crabtree.  Robin, Winston, could you please come up here for a minute?

"Robin was suggested because she's employed in the law field and is obviously knowledgable in laws and government.  Winston was nominated because he works as an ambassador and already has good relations with other hoods around Sim Nation.  We don't have any residents, currently, that are employed directly in politics.  Would either nominee like to say something before we vote?"

"I would," Winston spoke up.  "I'd like to decline the nomination.  I'm already very busy with my work at the embassy as well as running my talent agency.  I don't have the time or the interest in becoming hood president as well, not if there's another qualified candidate who is willing to do the job."

"Robin, do you accept the nomination?" Rich asked.

"Yes," Robin answered.  "I would be honored to be able to serve the community in this way."

"Ok.  All in favor of Robin Harris as hood president, say aye."


"All opposed?"  When no one spoke up, Rich continued, "Then it's unanimous.  Robin will be our first official hood president and next time we get together I can sit down and she'll take the podium to run the show.  Next on the agenda, I'll turn the floor over to Shawn."

"Hi, everyone.  Since moving to New Eden, I've been spending a lot of time studying the night sky, taking notes of the patterns of movement of the stars and planets, determining how that will effect our time, seasons, and calendar.  I've noted some changes from how things were in old Eden.  The biggest thing that you all will notice is that seasons are shorter here.  We still have the 4 seasons, but each season will last about 3 days as opposed to 5.

"So far we haven't had a regular system of rotation for households, like we had in Eden, which is necessary to maintain order and assure equal aging.  I propose that each rotation last 3 days or 1 season per household.  It seems to be a reasonable about of time, easy to measure by the seasons, and long enough to give each household time to advance better than the 1 day rotation we had in Eden.  It is yet to be determined if blog posts will follow exactly the same rotation.  I think it's a matter of experimentation and finding what works best for us.

"Seasons will be staggered by household.  Each household will be featured in one season per rotation and sims will age 3 years per rotation, except for teens who will age at half that rate.  In Eden, as you know, teens left for university during their teen years and spent half of the time they might have spent as teens as young adults.  With the new rotational system, being three days long as opposed to one, the teen years seem too abbreviated for all the things sims experience at this age, so we've decided to allow teens their full teenage years.  This also works well with the education plans Richie will explain in a few minutes.

"We are asking all sims to age as soon as possible after receiving the one day to birthday notice, for all age transitions except for the transition to elderhood, to provide consistent aging throughout the hood.  Ages should be as follows, infants birth to second birthday, toddlers age 2 to fifth birthday, children ages 5-12, teens 12-18, young adults 18-22, adults 22-50.  Because 50 is a young age to be considered and elder, all sims will be allowed up to one vial of the elixir of life at the end of adulthood.  We may put it to a vote at a later date as to whether this extention will be automatically granted or if it must be earned.

"I will post a calendar for the household rotation and have it send to each household.  School days are included in the calendar for both the Jr./Sr. High and University levels, also winter and summer community events.  I would like to propose that hood meetings occur at the end of each rotation, at the end of each winter, just before a new rotational year starts.  Some years seasons may seem uneven because of the number of households featured is not divided perfectly even, but this is bound to change as the number of households in the hood changes.  Thanks."

Shawn sits down and Rich takes the podium again.

"My collegues and I have been working on developing a more organized curriculum for our Jr./Sr. High students.  At this time we're only focusing on grades 7-12.  Children kindergarten through 6th grade will have to be bused to Sim City.  This may change in the future, but for right now we only have enough teachers to handle the upper grades and there's only one student in the neighborhood who is in the elementary age group.  If we had the available teachers and facillities and higher demand we would be interested in adding local elementary education in the future as well, but at this time, it's not feasible.

"The Jr/Sr High will be on rotation 3 times a year with regular spring and fall semesters held on the main campus, and a additional summer session to be held at a summer camp.  Winter season will be off, so the boarding school students from other hoods can go home to visit their families. 

"Each semester will focus on one subject.  Students will experience hands on learning with various skill building tools, they will also spend time writing papers or giving oral reports based on research.  The subjects to be studied are: Physical Science, Health and Physical Education, Art, Home Economics, Natural Science, Foreign Language and Cultures, Writing and Literature, Astronomy, Mechanics or Shop Class, History, and Music.  Every student should have at least one semester of each of these subjects during their 6 years at the Jr/Sr. High.
"University will be on the rotation twice a year, spring and fall.  This will equal two semesters or one school year per rotation.  This is subject to change if one semester per season proves to seem too long compared to time passing in the rest of the hood.  The curriculum is still in development right now.  At the present  the students are following the traditional university procedure for now, but we are looking into making the college experience more interesting, rewarding, and challenging for students.  We have spoken with officials at the local university and have convinced them, starting in 2002, to require all students to have declared a major by the end of the first semester of their sophomore year to better taylor the curriculum to their interests.

"We've also been experimenting with on campus vs. off campus housing.  Hopefully our current students will be able to provide us with input that will help us determine which type of housing works best.  We're also hoping to design a new building for the Jr/Sr High, since the designs we've experimented with haven't worked very well for our needs so far.  Two designs we're looked at, were either difficult to navigate because the main classroom areas were located in the basement or on upper floors and much of the school day was wasted just getting all of the students to where they needed to be.  We're hiring James McMillian to evaluate the buildings' designs to either remodel this building or design a new building for us.


"In other news, Jessica Ebadi, one of our Jr/Sr. high teachers who has also been serving as the housemother for our boarding students has decided to step down from the housemother position due to the birth of her brand new twins.  We've posted a job notice on the SUN boards and are expecting a new applicant from Third Time Lucky to take on the job for a trial period starting in the fall.  In the meantime, Lara Hartman, the mother of one of our students has volunteered to take on the job on a temporary basis.

"Well, that's all I have on the agenda.  Are there any other issues anyone would like to discuss before we call it a night?  I know it's getting late and it looks like some of you are ready to go."

"I have one," Robin spoke up.  "About the summer and winter events . . . we'll need someone to organize them and come up with ideas or a theme.  If anyone is interested in volunteering for a committee, get in touch with me.  If not, I might be calling you soon."

"Ok, I guess that wraps it up.  Our next meeting will be at the end of the winter of 2001 and will be headed by Robin.  Be thinking of any topics you'd like to discuss then.  Meeting adjourned."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Year 2000 - New Additions: Straight and Harris

"We've all really grown up since our days at Eden State, haven't we?" Gregory Harris commented over lunch with his wife Robin and good friends Chris and Sophie Straight.  Since graduating and moving to New Eden they had started their careers, moved into their own homes, and both couples were about to become parents for the first time.

Even though she was pregnant, Robin was determined to get a jump start on her career at the law firm and worked through the beginning of her pregnancy, for as long as she was allowed to.  Gregory was an appreciative husband and never neglected to give his wife a much needed backkrub after a long day at the office or when the strains of pregnancy gave her a back ache.

When Robin had a craving for fresh fish, Gregory had a  fishing pond built at the side of the house and got out the fishing poles.

"Are you sure fresh fish is really what you want?" Gregory asked when he wasn't having much luck catching anything edible.  "Can't we just order some takeout instead?"

"Let's try a little bit longer," Robin insisted.  "The baby is really craving fish right now.  Besides I read an article today that said fish is a really good food to eat while pregnant.  It helps promote brain development."

"Oh, alright," Gregory in.  "We can try a little longer, but if we don't catch something besides boots soon, I'm calling the pizza guy."


"Good job, honey.  I knew you could do it if you just stayed with it long enough.  Thank you."

"Anything for you and our little one."

Robin was anxious to get back to work as soon as possible after the baby was born.  She wished official labor laws didn't require her to stay home during the second and third trimesters of her pregnancy, but she made the best of it and was glad when Gregory offered to stay home with the baby, if necessary, so she could go back to work.  He could take a few months away from dancing and focus on running his home dance studio, where he would be close at hand if the baby needed him.

Christopher and Sophie decided to spend their time before the baby was born, with their friends.  They knew there wouldn't be much time for socializing after the baby came.

Chris set up a poker table in the basement and had a game night with the guys.

While Sophie and a few of the neighborhood women hung out upstairs in the dining room, taking advantage of the chance for some much needed girl talk.

Sophie reached her due date first.  Late in the night on Wednesday night, simday 106, she gave birth to a little girl.  Welcome to the world, Elsa Straight.

Robin's pregnancy was soon coming to an end as well.  The next day on Thursday, simday 107, Robin went into labor just as she was about to take a shower before bedtime.  Gregory, the anxious new father, was right at her side.

Welcome to the world, another baby girl, Melody Harris.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Moving In: University, Jr./Sr. High School, Ebadi

New Eden currently has two lots in the hood to supply housing for students, one for college students studying at New Eden University and one for teenage students (grades 7-12) enrolled at the Jr. / Sr. High School whose families live outside of New Eden (namely those who have chosen not to move from Eden to New Eden, but want their children to experience the opportunities available in the new hood.)

Enrolled at New Eden University for the 2001 Spring Semester are Chase Platz and twin sisters Felicity and Joy London.

Lodging in the boarding house for the Jr./Sr. High are (from left) Bryan Carson, Sofia Hartman, Sierra Thaytowski, Charlotte Platz, Augustus Thaytowsi and Maia Hayes (seated).  Rich Cormier (not shown) and Jessica Ebadi are teachers at the school.  Violet Cormier, Owen Rossi, and Geneva Rossi (not pictured) are also enrolled at the school for the spring 2001 semester, but live in the hood with their families and not in school housing.  

In addition to her teaching responsibilites Jessica also volunteered to take on the duty of living full time at the boarding school to serve as a housemother for the students lodging there.  Unfortunately, soon after moving to the hood, Jessica discovers that she is pregnant and unable to continue her job as housemother beyond the orientation period.

As soon as a temporary replacement was found to take her place, Jessica moved out of the boarding house and bought a house of her own and just in time.  The evening after she moved in Jessica gave birth, not to one baby, as expected, but two, a boy, Bryce, and a girl, Bridget.

Jessica knew being a single mother would be difficult, but a single mother to twins is definitely a challenge.  She hopes that she's up to it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Moving In: The First Family

Seth and Ivy First are late-comers when it comes to making the move from Eden to New Eden.  At first they declined the opportunity to make the move, Seth hesitant to leave the native hood his grandparents were the original founders of.  But when members of the hood called them again, looking for sims qualified to work in the science and medical field and when they considered the opportunities they would be giving their daughter, Seth and Ivy had a change of heart and decided to make the move after all.

Seth First and Ivy Copur met while in University.  They were both math majors (Seth 3 semesters ahead of Ivy) and lived in the same dormitory,  but they really didn't pay much attention to each other, during those years.

Both were highly focused on their studies and were already dating other sims.  Seth had been seeing Suzanna Carr, while Ivy had started dating Suzanna's younger brother, Jesse, when they were still teens.

After graduation, things changed.  Both couples had started to grow distant as they focused on the demands of university and Seth and Suzanna focused on their starting out in their respective, demanding careers of science and medicine.  During this time Eden had signed the nightlife deal and the advances made in the field of romantic chemistry put a twist in the plans for these couple's futures.

Before either relationship could move to the next level after university, Seth and Ivy met again in the science lab where they both started working after graduation. They couldn't believe they hadn't taken notice of each other sooner, they had so much in common and the chemistry was great. 

It was hard for both of them to let go of the relationships that had been part of their lives since they were kids, but the relationships of high school / college sweethearts had run their course and if they were really honest, they had to admit that they had started to lose interest in maintaining those old relationships long before Seth and Ivy happened to meet again.

When a relationship is right, you just know it.  Even though they felt bad for breaking up with Suzanna and Jesse, they had to follow their hearts.  Seth proposed to Ivy and she accepted.

They were married at Seth's historical family home and lived there with Seth's older sister and their aging mother.

And, a few years later, had a baby girl, Kendra.  Although their previous breakups were amicable, they tried to avoid seeing their exes as much as possible after the wedding, in the interest of avoiding stirring up old jealousies.  It all worked out well as Jesse and Suzanna were free to find their true loves and build wonderful, fulfilling lives for themselves in the hood of Apple Valley.

Seth was glad that he was able to move into an exact replica of his old family home to New Eden.  He looked forward to possibly handing it down to his daughter, Kendra one day. 

They also brought their family cat, Jake, with them, as well as a group of other pets that were sent to the pet adoption agency for other New Eden residents to adopt.

Even though it seemed like they were living in the same house, with many of the same sims as neighbors, there were adjustments to be made to living in a new hood.  Since Seth's sister Enid and her husband chose not to move with them, they lost their live in babysitters and had to hire a nanny. 

They were pleased that the nanny took such good care of Kendra (and Jake) while they were gone, but when her jobs were done, Seth was home from work, and she had time to start playing online poker, Seth decided it was time to send her home for the day.

An active toddler, Kendra didn't seem to require much sleep at a time and her parents found themselves sleeping in shifts so that one of them would be awake in the evening and night hours when she would wake up.

Then when Kendra was fast asleep, the odd sleeping hours would mean that Ivy was wide awake with no one to spend time with.

She missed the days when she could spend time with her husband when they were both awake.  These lonely, sleepless nights made Ivy question whether moving to New Eden was the best thing to do.  She tried to remind herself that it would get better.  Before long Kendra would be old enough to more things for herself and life would seem less demanding.  Besides, she knew that the move would be the best thing for their daughter and give her the best opportunities and education and she and Seth both wanted the best for their daughter.  It was hard now, but it would soon get better.

Kendra seemed to be happy, despite the changes and the new situation.

She and Jake were fond playmates and were soon becoming the best of friends.

Jake the cat seemed to be adjusting to his new home well too.

The first few days in New Eden passed quickly.  Some of it a blur as the family got settled into their new routines, but they didn't let themselves forget that it was time for their baby girl's birthday.  There was no way they wouldn't make time to celebrate this milestone in her life.

The proud papa, Seth congratulated his daughter on taking the next step towards becoming a young lady.  Ivy found herself in shock.  She couldn't believe that her baby was a baby no more.

Also, the supportive husband, Seth gives his wife a comforting hug and tells her that he's proud of her as well.  They've raised a happy, healthy little girl.  Life should be a little easier for them now.

After cake, comes bedtime and as Kendra gets settled in for the night, Ivy and Seth sneak in a little, much needed, alone time.  Now that Kendra is a little older, they hope they'll be able to spend more time together than they have in recent days, unless they're thinking it might be time to start considering having baby number two...