For this post, we focus on recently divorced sim Matthew Picaso.

Here’s Matthew, enjoying a breakfast of grilled cheese.

After paying his taxes of $4400, Matthew made out a check for $4000 and mailed it to Jessica. He might not have wanted four kids, but now that he had them, he knew he needed to help them out.

Matthew had the day off of work, so he headed down to the store, Hobby Horse. He could only get one employee to come in, so he mostly had to restock rather than do sales. As a result, he didn’t gain many customer stars – but the store did earn quite a bit of money.

Back home, Matthew spent the afternoon and evening making friends. It was so much easier without a wife or kids to worry about.

The night was spent working on skills for work.

The next day was another day off, so it was back to the store. Matthew couldn’t believe that Jessica had the nerve to show up, and even more, pretend she needed help.

Turned out he was mistaken.

“I just wanted to say, thank you for the money,” Jessica said. “It really helps. Listen, the kids want to see you. Do you maybe want to take them on Saturdays?”

Matthew readily agreed. He did kind of miss the little ones.

Back home, it was back to making friends.

Maybe more than friends, if Toby Bruenig would stop walking in on them.

The next day, Matthew went to work and returned home with a promotion!

The evening was spent gaining skill points.

Off to work again in the morning.

It was Saturday, so as soon as Matthew got home he invited the kids over.

The landlord had had some kind of get together while Matthew was at work, and the pizza seemed like it was still ok, so Matthew let the kids chow down on that while he was playing with them one at a time.

Meanwhile, Carme enjoyed the bar. She wished there was one of these at home, but it was all kid stuff there.

All too soon, it was 6 pm, and the kids had to head home. “I’ll see you next week, buddy,” Matthew said as he gave Lluis a goodbye hug.

Back to the skilling grind.

Another promotion! Matthew was a coach, only one level away from achieving his LTW.

Matthew headed back to Hobby Horse, where he was finally able to get both of his employees to come in. With one on the register and one on restocking, Matthew was able to dazzle customers and get the business up to level 9.

Then he headed into the store’s bathroom to gain his last couple of charisma points before heading home.

Unfortunately, while the apartment lot was loading, the game crashed. I restarted and tried again, and it crashed again. Matthew was about 16 hours from the end of the season, when he would have moved out anyway, so I went ahead and moved him into a house. Only major loss in the apartment was Matthew’s portrait, so he’ll have to repaint that.

Next up is Matthew’s ex-wife, Jessica, and the kids.

Stats:

Sims 59
Households 15
Owned lots 16
Unowned lots 2
Military lot? YES
Business districts 3
Universities 0
Downtown? 0
Sim multiplier 20
Population 1180
Uni funds 343400

Careers:

Adventure 1 of 1
Architecture 3 of 6
Athletic 2 (unlocked)
Business 6 (unlocked)
Criminal 1 of 2
Culinary 4 (unlocked)
Dance 1 of 1
Education 1 of 4
Entertainment 1 of 1
Intelligence 2 of 3
Journalism 0 of 2
Law Enforcement 3 of 3
Medicine 0 of 1
Military 1 (unlocked)
Music 0 (unlocked)
Oceanography 0 (1 special)
Politics 0 (unlocked)
Science 0 of 1 (2 special)
Slacker 1 of 1

Businesses:

Larisa’s Fish Market Pavlov Rank 10
Five & Dime Pavlov Rank 9
Club C Cooke Rank 10
Cooked To Perfection Cooke Rank 8
Wired Bruce Rank 9
Games Ahoy Hamilton Rank 8
Sofa City Hamilton Rank 5
Hobby Horse M. Picaso Rank 9
Galleria Pederson Rank 6
Cakewich Thayer Rank 6
A Whole New You Carr Rank 10
Miss Nadezda’s Dance Studio Carr Rank 7
Paws Cooke-Pavlov Rank 4
Sunshine Floral St. Pavlov Rank 3
Sleep Soft Fairchild Rank 4
Tots Best Toys Bendett Rank 1
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