Boreal Springs

December 21, 2009

O`Hanlon 2 – Round 27: ‘Big Time’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 8:49 pm

Patrick and Viola O`Hanlon have had a rocky marriage, but after Viola’s breakdown, things seem to be returning to normal.  Deidre, despite being raised amidst dysfunction, is an outgoing and bright girl, her unique appearance gaining her quite a bit of popularity with her peers.

Deidre is pretty sure her parents are crazy.  One minute, they’re fighting and arguing, the next they’re acting as if it never happened at all.  She’s given up on trying to figure them out; like the other great mysteries of the world, such things are better left to those with scientific minds and the ability to withstand watching their parents make out.

Luckily, her parents’ dysfunction ends with them.  Deidre is a popular and happy girl.  The only setback she currently faces is growing impatience as she waits for her birthday.  To her, it’s the biggest thing in the entire world.  She’ll be off to high school, where her popularity will soar and her great marks will eventually get her into an even better college.

Until then, she talks on the phone to her friends about it, her anticipation growing with every day.

Things at the house are quiet for once.  The bickering has died down considerably, with Patrick and Viola finally getting along again.  Of course, Viola’s therapy is to thank for that.  Her therapist has her reading books daily on anger management and how to properly express her frustration and unmet expectations.  She’s even learned to set aside the past and move forward… provided Patrick keeps his hands to himself.

Patrick is pretty sure his days as a secret Lothario are over.  He’s moved on from his leading man days and is now a pretty lauded director.  He’s sure he’ll be even more famous once his next film drops, inspired by his own experiences with life, marriage, and fidelity.  Until then, he’s still adjusting to the gray hair and newly found wrinkles.

Deidre grows some of her own, into a lovely young lady.  Even if she wasn’t the daughter of a famous actor and now director, Deidre would still be ridiculously popular.  It wasn’t because she was an ‘it’ girl, but because she had charisma.  It oozed from her pores and when she walked into a room, everyone noticed.  She was the girl surrounded by men and women alike, charming them with a tale, engaging them with her unearthly eyes.  Both her brother, Francis, and herself had inherited their father’s killer charisma.

Deidre was pretty sure she wanted to be rich and famous, but the how/why weren’t important yet.  She’d figure that out eventually.

Until that day came, she’d enjoy hanging out with her friends.  She had a ton of friends, but her favorite had always been Dominic Knight.  He was a boy, yes, and he didn’t care much for shopping or talking about other boys, but they got along well.  They were both rich kids, but with their feet planted firmly on the ground.  Dominic was a little brooding at times and quiet, but it balanced out Deidre’s naturally talkative and engaging nature.  He was her wall against the world; wherever Deidre went, so did Dominic.  No one messed with Deidre and Dominic enjoyed the comfort of being at the top of the high school social circle without any real effort on his part.

It was more than just a mutual agreement based on need.  They genuinely got along and enjoyed each others company.  They spent cold snow days off school in Deidre’s hot tub, discussing their future goals and plans.  Both were very goal-oriented teens.  Coming from money, they were pretty certain they wanted their own someday, too.

Patrick, being a father and a former hormonal teenage himself, always checks in on them.  Deidre always scolds him after Dominic leaves, telling her father that they’re “just friends”, but Patrick knows that when you’re a teenager, that doesn’t mean bunk.  His little girl isn’t ending up with anyone remotely like himself, ever.  He’ll make certain of it.  Dominic is a nice kid, but Patrick wants someone worthy of Deidre’s radiance.

Deidre O`Hanlon is no angel, however.  Unlike her brother Francis, she’s got a bit of a feisty streak.  Perhaps she inherited it from her grandmother, Sara.  Either way, poor Dominic is always the victim to Deidre’s little pranks and games.  You’d think he’d know better than to turn around when they’re surrounded by snow and the fact that Deidre’s known for her ability to pack a snowball perfectly in mere seconds.

Unfortunately, while graced with intelligence, he’s still Claude’s son and prone to moments of vapid stupidity.  He turns around, every single time, and is greeted by a snowball to the back, cold snow running down his neck and into his shirt.  He’s taken to wearing a scarf tucked down into his coat, but it doesn’t always help.

Being a boy, he naturally gets his revenge.  Deidre may be popular and she may have the prettiest smile in all of Boreal Springs High, but she isn’t afraid to get down and dirty.  That’s probably what endears her most to Dominic–the whole package, beautiful and strong.  It’s a shame she’s completely unattainable.

Deidre doesn’t have any desire to date, much to her father’s relief.  She’s happy being alone, a strong, single female facing the big, bad world.  She’ll find someone, someday, but for now?  She’s in it to win it the only way she knows how–with her charming smile, her sweet voice, and her killer body.


Note from Mao: Deidre rolled Fortune, so she’s Fortune/Popularity.  From day one, she’s always been insanely friendly and outgoing.  She always wants to make friends and she always wants to call people.  Normally, I’d find this annoying, but it suits her so well.  Despite it all, she’s a very kind and friendly sim.  Dominic has less nice points than she does, LOL!  She’s always wanting to prank him, though.  Which I find hilarious.

They have two bolts, but all Deidre is interested in is friends.  I haven’t seen any romantic wants from Dominic, so I think these two are safe as friends… for now.

Also, I had Viola learn Anger Management because she is the sim everyone spies on in the telescope, LOL.  Hoping it mellows her out a little…

Things may slow down during Christmas, but don’t be surprised if you see some updates.  We’re with the husband’s family this year and they all live within an hour or so, so no big traveling.  Plus, they don’t really do anything “big” for the holidays.  So, plenty of time to sim.


  1. Deirdre is fierce. I like her a lot! Patrick lives in a house, right? They moved out of the apartment? I love the decorations, they’re obviously loaded!

    Comment by Josh — December 21, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

  2. Haha, it’s been awhile, but they moved into the house back in Round 25′s entry. :) I’m glad the house looks that way. I usually don’t spend much time decorating, but sometimes I get the urge.

    Comment by Mao — December 21, 2009 @ 11:48 pm

  3. LOL! I love Dierdre, I hope she doesn’t end up like those trust fund babies we read about in the tabloids-famous for all the wrong reasons.

    Comment by starrsim — December 22, 2009 @ 12:09 am

  4. Deidre has turned out so beautiful! Haha, Viola knowing Anger Management must make the whole situation in that house a bit easier.

    Comment by Zoë — December 22, 2009 @ 2:01 am

  5. LOL! I don’t think Deidre will have that problem.

    Comment by Mao — December 22, 2009 @ 10:59 am

  6. Oh, definitely. I’m hoping the whole telescope thing will be less bothersome, too.

    Comment by Mao — December 22, 2009 @ 10:59 am

  7. At least Patrick and Viola are getting along now. And as we all knew would happen, Deidre is a knockout. Good, we finally have some uncomplicated friendship.

    Comment by Fini — December 22, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

  8. Haha, yup, for now everything is simple. We’ll have to wait and see if anything develops.

    Comment by Mao — December 22, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

  9. Oh, Pat. Don’t think of it as gray hair. Think of it as silver! :3 Deidre is so pretty! She really hit the genetic jackpot.

    Oh, and I finally installed ACR :3 Yay. Nothing exciting has happened just yet, though. But I am hoping something AWESOME will soon. Greta and Jihoon keep doin’ it on the couch, ’tis all.

    Btw. Awesome new layout! :3 pretty sim in pretty dress. I always want to use that dress but never find a good reason to.

    Comment by Elecy — December 22, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

  10. Haha, yay! ACR causes plenty of chaos. xD

    Oh, the portal? Thanks! That’s Evangeline from Angel of Lies. I love that dress on her.

    Comment by Mao — December 22, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

  11. I LOVE their house! I was looking at some of the furnishings, thinking “I have that! How come it never looks that good in my game?!”

    Deirdre is just the cutest little Sim and she looks just as cute as a teen. It sounds like she’s going to be a lot of fun to play too. Fortune/Popularity usually makes for a good combination.

    I’m glad Patrick’s watching out for her and that Dominic Knight though!

    Oh, it just hit me why Dominic’s name was always so familiar. There’s an Australian satirist/comedy writer named Dominic Knight. I love him and it should really have come to me right away but it took me until now to realise!

    Comment by Carla — December 22, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  12. Wow Deidre is stunning! I agree on the statement of “genetic jackpot!”

    Glad she has her head in the right place, and is taking things slow with boys. Boys make everything so much more complicated.

    Happy Holidays! We are staying home too, and I imagine I’ll be simming while the kids build Lego’s with their Dad.

    Comment by maisie — December 22, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

  13. LOL! Really? I’m so terrible at decorating–I just don’t have the patience! I always look at other people’s apartments/houses and am filled with envy.

    Hahaha, I had no idea. I’m not sure if this sim is much into comedy, though. xD

    Comment by Mao — December 23, 2009 @ 8:28 am

  14. I know! I was so happy when she aged up. :D

    Thanks! I hope you guys have a great Christmas.

    Comment by Mao — December 23, 2009 @ 8:29 am

  15. I echo what everyone else has already said– Deidre is stunning! Those alien eyes combined with the all human look is really captivating. :) She seems like she’s got a good head on her shoulders though, so maybe she won’t go through any of the problems her parents have!

    Comment by Shana — December 23, 2009 @ 9:57 am

  16. Here’s hoping! Francis took enough from his father for the both of them, LOL.

    Comment by Mao — December 23, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

  17. “…he’s still Claude’s son and prone to moments of vapid stupidity” BEST LINE EVER! Seriously!

    Now that I’m more chill I can say that nothing ever featured in Boreal Springs or in any of your other blogs made me laugh as much as that did. It was pefect!

    Whoa! Deidre came out prettier than I expected. A lot of pretty people this high school years. I love Deidre has a real rich sounding name to match with her background and aspiration.

    Viola’s therapist deserves to be blessed. Imagine Viola and the family without that person. Hopefully Viola will retain her full noramliness soon.

    Comment by Victoria — December 23, 2009 @ 5:52 pm

  18. Haha, I didn’t even think that line was that funny–but I’m glad you liked it!

    Deidre is quite exotic looking. :D

    Comment by Mao — December 23, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

  19. Awww, Deidre grew up so pretty! (I guess that’s been widely discussed by now, lol!) Those eyes are just amazing on her. Does Francis have those eyes too?

    Fortune/Popularity does make for a very independent, picky, and stubborn woman – my Mariah is fortune/popularity, lol! As is Amelia, I think. So Deidre should have you pulling your hair out for different reasons when she’s older :)

    Glad to see Viola and Patrick are getting along, this month :)

    Comment by laura — December 24, 2009 @ 9:11 am

  20. I guess it’s not implausible to think Deidre could be ridiculously popular because of her looks now, LOL!

    I don’t know, I think if Deidre goes for anyone, it’ll likely be Dominic since they are the most compatible. The teen male/female ratio is very skewed and a lot of them are related, sigh!

    Comment by Mao — December 24, 2009 @ 10:01 am

  21. WOW! Deidre is absolutely stunning — watch out Sade there’s another gorgeous lady in the hood now! I love the line about Dominic inheriting Claude’s daft-ness — too damn funny — Dominic and Deidre would make really beautiful babies ;) I guess we’ll see how the wants roll. I’m glad Viola and Patrick are getting along now, the anger management must be helping. Though Patrick might just be settling down in his old age (so weird to see him without that fiery red hair).

    Comment by Liz — December 28, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

  22. Haha! I know, Patrick looks so different without his red hair. :(

    Comment by Mao — December 28, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

  23. Deidre is beautiful. I actually though she was an adult, silly me. LOL I can’t wait to see her as an YA. I’m glad she’s using her head and not her body to get what she wants. Lots of pretty girls fall into that trap.

    Comment by GoldenBuffy — December 29, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

  24. Haha! She looks it. Deidre is more than just her looks, thankfully.

    Comment by Mao — December 29, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

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