Janie is a spitting image of her mother, not with the brush of freckles across the tops of her cheeks and nose. I do see Rose in her longer face and her frame, but she’s without a doubt a mix of both parents.
Moffy has the same jawline as Lo. Same sharpness. Almost identical features except his green eyes and his dark brown hair. But he’s not Lo.
Truth is, Sulli looks like both of us. Skin tanned from being out in the sun, constantly. Dark hair like mine. Harder jaw. But lips like her mom’s. A delicate nose. Green, soulful eyes.
A thing that works! GTW + GT to make business employees show up at their own shops!!!
I wanted Janie and all of her “employees” to keep their culinary career jobs, so I didn’t want to make them retail employees (because retail employees are useless bums anyway, lol!). But I really wanted to see them “working” at her catering market while I was there with other families. So I made them a club! Their duties are cooking, baking, cleaning, fixing stuff, and socializing. And they’re not allowed to eat, so they don’t eat all of the food they make.
If you look at Janie’s club icon, you can see that she’s playable in the first picture, but not the second because I was controlling another family. But even though I was with another family, all of them showed up on the lot and went to the kitchen to cook! (I had to force them into their cook outfits because they showed up in everyday clothes. But when I get enough points, I can set up a club outfit for them to wear as a uniform.)
Bonus tip: even though Janie and her cooks weren’t selectable, I was able to drag all of the food they made into her inventory so I could keep it and set it for sale when I went back to her. (The food they were making did appear to be deducted from her funds, so I might as well try to sell it and make some money back from it.)
I love how these two packs work together in such cool ways!
Another odd feature of the parallel universe is that although it is invisible from this side, once you are in it you can easily see the world you came from. Sometimes the world you came from looks huge and menacing, quivering like a vast pile of jelly; at other times it is miniaturized and alluring, a-spin and shining in its orbit. Either way, it can’t be discounted.
Every window on Alcatraz has a view of San Francisco.
Then you must tell ‘em dat love ain’t something like uh grindstone dats de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch. Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin thing but still and all it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and its different with every shore.
Zora Neale Hurston and "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
Since it’s Black History Month, I wanted to bring attention to one of my favorite authors, Zora Neale Hurston and one of her first novels, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”. This book means so much to me in so many respects. For one, it’s timeless. It’s message is still relevant. The promise of unconditional love and the active pursuit of a life that is based on your own terms. The act of seizing that moment where one has the opportunity to shape their own destiny. The struggles they face fighting their own heart’s calling. No matter how much time has passed, these are still active themes in our lives.
The story of a free-spirited, vivacious, eternally youthful Janie, beaten down by fates blows over and over again, judged by society left and right for things that were really beyond her control and how she held her head up as high as she could, with the most dignity I’ve witnessed any literary character exhibit. As Hurston so beautifully phrased in the book, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”, Janie lived her life, she struggled through judgements, comments, taunts-but she carried on. She waited for the truth to come out, even thought it held no power over her at all. The beauty with which Hurston displayed Janie’s authority over her own life was magnanimous. To have gone through so much and still not care what people thought of you, that’s living. These are lessons that Janie taught me.