I hope you all are enjoying Eternally Yours as much as I am!  These past few posts have been a bit intense to write but I really am enjoying them.  In the meantime, here’s some bloopers to tide you over.

There’s a puppy in there somewhere…

Creepy dog gnome is creepin on you in your sleepz.

Cousin Jonah comes over to do homework.  He was invited inside but apparently he’s too good for that.

Creepy Freezer Bunny Gnome is just creepy.

Behind the scenes Penny worked in the Showbiz career.  This was her career outfit.  Because…why wouldn’t it be?

Penny went over to visit Hannah and this crazy ass old woman showed up.  Just walked right in the door and then proceeded to get angry that nobody would let her upstairs to sleep.

I missed documenting the birth of this one.  Hannah surprised me with both the pregnancy and the birth…and then the birthday.  Meet Azalea Kalliope Hanks (AKA Kallie).  She is literally an evil genius and will probably break many hearts.  Girl is gorgeous.

Oh…hello there Meri.  Just go back to the fiery pits of hell that you came from. kthxbai.

Meanwhile Pippin stares awkwardly as Penny tries to get her groove on.

I see what you’re after Peter…

And apparently Dylan is not amused by Aunt Penny’s antics.

Chapter 3.40

“What are you talking about, Honey?”  Hours later I was still upset from the fight with Katie and babbling incoherently to Peter over the phone. “Just hang tight, Penny. I’ll be right over.”

When Pete arrived I told him everything that had happened. I was completely broken in a way I hadn’t been in years. I had no idea how I let a teenager, let alone my niece, crush me in such a way.

“She said what! Oh, honey. That wasn’t what I said at all!”

“So it’s true?” I couldn’t even look at him. I didn’t want to see what his eyes might say.

“Only in her mind maybe. When I was here last week I told her she was a smart, beautiful young lady and that her behavior might give some men the wrong idea about her. I was speaking as a father. I didn’t mean anything else by it.”

I heard in his voice that he meant it. I was struck by another odd thought in that moment. “I meant it like a father…” I was still lost in my own little world when I realized that Pete was still talking to me.

“Come here, Penn.  You have no reason to feel sorry for yourself or the way you look.  Yes, you might weigh more than you did 10 years ago but it’s beautiful.  You know why?  Because you grew a life inside of you.  You’re gorgeous.”

I was so busy enjoying this moment that I wasn’t thinking about anyone but myself.

“Penny? Where is Katie now?”

“Shit. I really don’t know, Pete.”  I’d been so upset that I hadn’t even thought about the fact that she was still gone. I didn’t know how I managed to let a teenager, let alone my own niece, get under my skin like that. After months of watching her destroy herself my resolve was broken.

“Don’t worry, Penny.  We’ll find her.”

Katie finally returned in the wee hours of the morning.

“Hi, Penny.  I’m sorry for what I said and I’m sorry I ran away.”

“I’m sorry too.  Let’s just leave it at that.  We both screwed up and we both have things we need to work on.  You head up to bed.  We’ll start fresh in the morning.”

Katie grabbed on to me a sobbed.  I knew I would never replace her mother.  I just hoped we could weather these teen years together.

Chapter 3.39

**Adult content and language** Penny plans to get back in shape for her new man. Katie creates some massive issues.

With the holidays over Hannah and I made good on our plans to get in shape.

I wish that getting into shape was the most difficult part of my life…

Katie was proving to be more of a challenge than I’d anticipated.

“They aren’t mine…I swear!”

“Do NOT lie to me, young lady.  I found them in your room this morning.”

“You were in my room?”

“I was going to surprise you with new furniture.  I was the one surprised.  How’d you get all the  booze, Katherine.”

“None of your business!  You shouldn’t have been in my room without asking!”

“IT’S MY HOUSE!  I will go in your room whenever I want.  Especially now!”


We’d been doing this for months and I was getting run down. I had no idea where this attitude was coming from and I had no idea how to help her.  At least I still had my work outs with Hannah to look forward to.

Those weren’t going quite as planned either.

“You got this, Penny!  Sweat those pounds off!  I’m going to grab a cookie but you got this!”

Just after the school year started, Katie finally crossed the line.

She tried to steal exam answer keys from the high school and was arrested for trespassing.

“Don’t even speak to me.  I raised you better than this.  Your mother raised you better than this.  You are so much better than what you’ve become.  I’m so disappointed and I’m embarrassed for you.  Look at you!  You’re dressed like trash!”

“SHUT UP! You’re just jealous because Pete thinks I’m hotter than you! He told me!”

This was news to me. I was pretty sure she was trying to get a rise out of me but after months of this I broke.


“I’m sorry, Penny!  I didn’t mean it!  I’m sorry!”


“Go where, Penny?!”

“I don’t care.  Just get out.”

Chapter 3.38

Note from SweetPoyzin: Some language and adult situations.

I went downtown to meet Peter at the city square.  It was late but who cares.

We acted like little kids and built a huge snowman right there in the middle of the city.

“You know, Penny…I kinda like you.”

“Oh shut up.  Don’t ruin the moment by getting all mushy, Pete.”

I still wasn’t quite sure what our relationship was or if we even had one.  I had to admit that even if this was a fling I wasn’t going to complain.

“Do you want to come back to my place?”  The words were out of my mouth before I even thought about the repercussions.  One glimpse of me and he was going to turn tail and run.

Pete surprised me.  “Ok.  I’m a little out of practice.  It’s been…ah…a few months since…”

“You think I’ll be any better?”  I said trying to reassure him that my prowess was nothing to write home about.

“Probably not.”

This man could match my wit even with half his brain thinking correctly.  If this relationship did go anywhere I’d be in trouble.

We headed back to my place and got there in record time.

Linzy was still cleaning up despite the fact that it was now 3am.

“Have fun, ya’ll.  Don’t get knocked up!  I have enough to do around here as it is!”

Pete didn’t run that night but he didn’t call back either.  Several weeks passed without a word from Pete and I was back to the online search for Mr. Right.

It was nearly spring when we got word from Bug that she was returning from boarding school.  She would be home any day.  So while we waited for her we all enjoyed a quiet Sunday.  Well, as quiet as it can be when King Pickle is holding court.

“Peasant Penny!  Fetch me my cookies!”

“You wanna try that again?”

“Queen Penny, would you please grant the King permission to get his own cookies?”

“That’s better.  The answer is still no but nice try.”

Finally, after over a month of waiting Pete popped up on the radar again.  He sent flowers with a note of apology.  He didn’t say when he would call or visit but it was something.

“You like my brother don’t you?”

“Yes, yes I do actually.  Why?”

“I invited him over to chat today.  That’s all.”

“Oh.  Well…good for him.”

He’s cute but a little dumb.  It was 28 degrees and he comes running up in workout gear after spending the morning at the gym.  Go figure.  I mean I wasn’t going to complain because it was a nice sight but you know…

After changing Pete and I sat down in the living room.  He said we needed to “talk” and it didn’t sound good.

“There’s a lot you don’t know about me, Penny.  But I do like you so I feel that you have the right to know so you can back out now if you want.”

“Oh…ok.”  I had no idea where this was going.

“Penny, I’m a single dad.  Kylie is the same age as Harper.  My wife, well, she died in a horrific accident.”

OMG DON’T FREAK OUT DON’T FREAK OUT DON’T FREAK OUT.  I was freaking out inside.

“She was a police officer and even though I begged her to quit the force for Kylie’s sake Amy wouldn’t.  She was doing what she was meant to do.  Well, one night she got a call on a domestic violence issue and she and her partner went to investigate.  Some asshole was beating the shit out of his wife and kids.  When Amy got there…she jumped right in the middle of it to save the kids.  Didn’t even stand a chance.  She died a few days later.”

He paused and took a deep breath.

“I’m still very much in love with Amy.  She’s been dead since Kylie was just a few months old but I can’t shake her.  I just don’t want you to get the short end of the stick because I’m hung up on my dead wife.”

I wasn’t sure what to say.  Luckily Pete knew exactly what to say.

“I’d like to try this, Penny.  I really like you.  But you needed to know I come with exceptional amounts of baggage so feel free to tell me to pound sand.”

I sighed.  “We all have baggage, Pete.  I’d like you to stay.  Let’s not put a label on this yet.  Let’s just be comfortable for now.”

We sat in silence for a bit letting the words from earlier sink into the space between us.  After a while the silence was punctured by an unfamiliar sound.


It was Bug.

Or at least it sounded like her.  I’m not sure who Le Fromage sent back but it wasn’t my Bug.

The girl who stood in front of me was all spray tan, bellybutton, and attitude.  All I could do was stare.  Again Pete knew just what to say.

“Hello.  I’m Peter.  You must be Katie.  I’ve heard quite a few stories about you.  You sound like a lovely lady.  I’ve got to run now but I look forward to getting to know you better.  Bye, Penny!”

“Erm…bye Pete,” I managed to mumble while still staring at the doppelganger that was my niece.

“Jeez, Penny.  Are you dating him?  How’d you manage such a hottie in that ‘Mom Gear’ you call clothing?”

I have no idea where my sweet, loving, kind Katherine went.  These teen years…oh boy.

Chapter 3.37

The day of the party finally arrived.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole thing but I had too much to do to care.

I spent the morning baking.  Cookies, pies, cakes, everything.

I had a helper in the kitchen for once.

“Is that whole pie for you?”

“Why wouldn’t it be, Penny?”

“Go upstairs and change into your Christmas sweater.”

“I’d rather eat the pie…”

I ran upstairs to change and get Harper ready.  Then it was time to rearrange the furniture.  Again.

I ran upstairs to grab Harper and when I came back my living room was full.

Adam and Hannah stopped by briefly but of course his daughters were both sick and they had to leave after saying their hellos.

Everyone came.  Everyone.

Dylan was not pleased about his sweater and he pouted in the corner until it was time to open gifts.

Luckily everyone got what they wanted.  I still can’t figure out who is giving me the chess tables but I’ve gotten at least three a year since I was a child.

After dinner I sat at the table and watched my family.  I had missed them more than I thought.  It’s true I ran away from them when they were hurting too but they didn’t reach out to me either.  Perhaps it was time to let bygones be bygones.

“Harper is a doll, Penn.  Why didn’t you tell us about her?”

“I couldn’t, Mom.   Hell, even Xander doesn’t know about her.”

“Don’t you think you should tell him?”

“Of course not!  That ass is a liar and doesn’t need to be involved in Harper’s life.”

“Don’t rule it out so soon, dear.”

“Aw, come on!  You’re gonna kick your old man’s ass like that?”

“Hell yeah I am!”

I had to interrupt my dad’s ass whooping to grab the phone.

“Hello?  Oh.  Well, my family is here but I can always just pawn them off on my brother.  Ok.  Where?  I’ll be there in about an hour.”

I dropped my parents at Adam’s and left Linzy with the mess while I went out with Peter for a Christmas date.

Chapter 3.36

It was time for a proper Christmas in Storybrook County.

I went the whole nine yards.  Tree, stockings, candles, the works.  Adam and Hannah were coming over this year, too.  It was finally going to be a celebration like the ones from my childhood.

Unlike my childhood where snow dumped on us (relentlessly) for days, the snow in Storybrook County seemed to know when it was just enough.  It was lovely.

I also decided to go big or go home as far as Christmas gifts go.  With Bug coming home soon and Pickle and Harper getting bored inside I needed a plan for spring.  I took my issues to the only place in town where I knew I could get a good deal.

I hoped beyond home the consignment shop would have just what I needed to execute my plan.

“You wouldn’t happen to have any used playground furniture back there would you?”

Magic was on my side today and I ended up with an entire backyard full of goodies for under $300.

Since I still had $200 left over in my budget I decided to get myself a little something too.  I feel like I’ve been a good girl this year…

The week before Christmas Adam asked me to drop by his place.

Harper came with me because she loves her little cousins and Uncy Adam is even cooler than Mom.

“Did you want me to come over or did you just miss Harper?” I asked Adam after an hour of sitting around while he hogged my daughter.

“No, he’s got something to tell you, Penn.  He’s just avoiding the conversation.”  I had to laugh that Hannah was up to ears in whiny daughters while Adam relished all his attention on my own child much to the dismay of his oldest.

After helping his wife feed and bath his children Adam was finally ready to sit down and chat.  I could tell he was avoiding this conversation like the plague so it had to be bad.

“Ok.  So I should have asked you first but Mom called and wanted to visit over the holidays and I said yes.  The whole crew is going to show up at your place for Christmas.”

“How many is ‘the whole crew,’ Adam?”

“Well…mom, dad, Holly, Ericka, Grandma and Grandpa…maybe a few others.  But really, Penn, they’ve never met my girls or Harper and you know Dylan probably doesn’t remember them.  It could be ok.”

“Of course it’s ok!  They didn’t even know I was pregnant when I left!  That’s gonna be a good story.  I gotta get cooking!”

It had been three years since I saw my family.  I really wasn’t sure I was ready for it but I was caught up in the magic of the season.  It could be fun…


Where the Eff is SweetPoyzin?!

Instead of taking a hiatus I’ve decided to cue up a bunch of posts that will go live while I am away. Some of them were a bit rushed (what’s new) but I think you’ll figure it out. I’ll be in touch via email so feel free to comment (or scream because one or two might piss you off) because your notes always make me happy.

As I mentioned previously I am dealing with a family emergency.  I found out this past Tuesday that a family member is very ill and we are leaving on Wednesday to be with her.

As many of you know my life is usually a hot mess and now it is even more so.  I am 2 semesters away from graduation and dealing with those ducks.  I am trying to herd other ducks into lines by preparing grad school applications that are due in December.  Finally, I’m finishing my senior project and trying to get those ducks in a row too.  Fun.

Instead of taking a hiatus I’ve decided to cue up a bunch of posts that will go live while I am away.  Some of them were a bit rushed (what’s new) but I think you’ll figure it out.  I’ll be in touch via email so feel free to comment (or scream because one or two might piss you off) because your notes always make me happy.

If you really want to have a good time while I’m away I invite you to check out NolanSims YouTube Series Real World: Sims 3.  It stars yours truly and some other faces you might recognize from over yonder.

Part 1: Hotty with the Body
Part 2: Public Fainting
Part 3: Woohoo Room
Part 4: Day Drinking
Part 5: Manly Contest
Part 6: New Flames
Part 7: Going Steady
Part 8: Loads of Lemons
Part 9: Making the Cut

With The Sims 4 will drop on September 2nd I don’t know how many of you will stick around to continue reading this story.  I hope most, if not all, of you will continue to visit.  Just in case I do want to take this moment to thank all of you for stopping by to read this.  I love this blog and you’ve given a home to the characters and voices that keep me up all night.  I am forever grateful.

P.S. I’m not going anywhere.  Penny and crew will be back to their regularly scheduled shenanigans as soon as I return!


Due to a family emergency that will take me out of the state for an unforeseen amount of time, Eternally Yours is on an indefinite hiatus.  I need every minute I have to complete my senior project while traveling and spending time with family.

Your patience is appreciated during this difficult time.


Chapter 3.35

Content Warning: Some language and adult situations.

I’d like to say I’m storing up for winter but I’d be lying to myself.

I’d been steadily gaining weight since Harper came along.  Needless to say men aren’t looking my way that often.  So I took my search for a man to the internet.

I was checking my profile one morning while Linzy was making sure Harper didn’t bite the heads off her dolls.

“Hey lady!  How goes the search today?  Any good ones?”

When someone lives with you, watches your kids, and cleans your toilet you develop a kinship with them–even if they are working for you. AS such, Linzy had come to be one of my dearest friends over the past couple of months.

“We do have a couple today.  Slick Sly Sy says ‘Looking for a lady who knows how to treat a man.  You give me a beer and I give you praise.’  He sounds like a winner.  Even better is JoeBob LadyKiller who is looking for a lady to berate while wearing a diaper.  I’m unsure who wears the diaper but I am sure I don’t want to know.”

“Ooo what a lucky lady you are!  How can you turn down those offers!?”

I half sighed, half laughed.  “Shut up.”

“Look, I’ve got a better idea.”

“Uh…I give up on men and invest in batteries?”

“Christ!  What a lonely life!  No, I’ll set you up with my older brother.”

“Your brother?  You’ve got to be kidding.”

“Trust me.  You’ll love him.  First, we’ll update your look to beef up your confidence.”

“As long as my confidence is the only thing getting beefed up.  I have plenty of beef in other places.”

“No worries.  He’s just as out of practice as you are.”

We bundled Dylan off to school.  Dylan was more of a homebody that Katie and he had no interest in boarding school.  It was getting colder, nearly winter, and I knew the days of school were numbered.  It snowed like a bitch here in Storybrook County and it wasn’t uncommon for weeks to be cancelled due to snow days.

Then Linzy had me drive to the salon.  She had “ideas” whatever that meant.

“Ok, stay here.  I’m going to grab some clothes.  I already told the stylist what to do with your hair and makeup.”

“I don’t get a say?”  I was suddenly very nervous.

“Do I look like a woman who is going to give you a say?”


“OH MY GOD!  You took like 80 pounds off my ass!”

“Don’t ever question me again.  Please don’t fire me!”

“Fire you?!  I could marry you right now!”

“So, I’m going to call Pete and have him meet you later tonight at Shenanigan’s Sports Bar.  We cool?”

I was super nervous about it.  I knew if I didn’t say yes now I never would.

“Fuck it.  Yes, tell him I’ll be there at 6pm tonight.”

“Hiya, Pete.  Say are you doing anything tonight?  Good!  I’ve got a great woman for you to meet.  I don’t care that you are seeing that woman.  She’s a dumbass and a bimbo.  Yes, I do know so!  Seriously, bro, she’s cheating on your ass.”

Holy crap.  What have I just walked into.  I kept listening mostly because the conversation was hilarious.

“Pete, she dumped you months ago.  She just hasn’t told you yet.  Fine.  Yes, Penny will meet you Shenanigan’s tonight.  6pm.  Don’t fuck up.”

Oh the words we were teaching my daughter.

I got to the bar right at 6pm but I was the only one there.  Just when I was thinking I’d been stood up (again) the elevator dinged.

An adorable, awkward, dorky guy stepped out–or tried to at least.  He promptly got caught in the doors.

After he face planted I was wondering if this was really the guy Linzy hooked me up with.

When he came in and sat down alone I knew he was he for me.  I grabbed us some drinks and hoped for the best.  We didn’t do much drinking though.  From the phone call it was obvious he was dating another woman and so I didn’t put much into the date.  Instead we played some bar games.

“HA!  I knew you couldn’t beat me!  I am the dart champion.”

“Shush.  I still have two more darts here.”

I got the bullseye both times.

“What was that you were saying, Peter?”

“Alright.  Whatever.  I can whoop your butt at shuffleboard.”

“I’d like to see you try, sir.”

“Aww, don’t worry, Pete.  I don’t think you less of a man.  You just suck at life.”

We spent the rest of the night talking about nothing in particular.  I really did like him.  He was nerdy and laid back.  It really was a shame he was dating some other woman.

We left the bar about 11pm and despite the hour I knew I had one more stop before I went home.

“GIRL!  I knew you’d stop by.  Tell me all about it!”

“How’d you know?!  I didn’t even tell you I had a date!”

“Linzy called me right after you left.  Adam and the girls are in bed.  I already have wine and cookies ready.”

I enjoyed that two women who were not even my sisters quickly became the family I missed so desperately.

Hannah’s energy was infectious and soon I was too excited to sit like a normal person so I bounced around the living room.

“So…how was it?  Is he a keeper?”

“Oh…I don’t know…YES!  He’s dating another woman though.  Or at least I think he is from the phone call I overheard from Linzy.”

“Oooo girl!  You’ll win him over.”

I giggled like a school girl, “I totally want in his pants.”

We celebrated like teenage girls.  Hannah and I made a pact to hit the gym once the holidays were over (like we were going to lose any weight with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner).


“Will you girls shut up down there!” Adam called out from the stairs.  This only caused us to giggle more.

Yep.  Just like teenage girls.

Chapter 3.34

I thought about Hannah’s offer for a few weeks and then headed over to take Adam up on the offer.  I was still on the fence but the man…has grounded me since he was a teen so I figured we could at least talk it through.

It also allowed Hannah and I to take a break from the Harper and Vi.  They adore each other.  They’ll be trouble in a few years!

“Take the money, Penny.  You know you want a fresh start.  There’s no strings attached.  In fact, considered it repayment for the debt of raising me.  You gave a lot and I wouldn’t be where I am without it.”

“The kids though.  I can’t trust them to another babysitter.  Last time…I don’t even want to think about it.”

“I’ve got a friend.  He’s an author and his sister is looking for a full-time nanny gig.  She’s perfect.  I’ll call him up tonight and have her get in touch with you.  Do it, Penny.  You deserve it.”

He was right.  I raised him.  I’m raising Liv’s kids.  I’ve got Harper.  We’re never going to get anywhere until I go back to school.  I really wanted a business degree.  I didn’t know what I would do with it but something said it would be worth it.

“Alright.  I’ll do it.   It’ll take some time but I think I can make it work.”

It did take a few months but the house made its “debut.”  I didn’t change much.  Mostly just expanded but we needed the extra room.

With puppies, a toddler, and two children the living room needed some room to…well, live in.

And the kitchen had a growth spurt, too.  The dining room was tossed out in favor of a playroom and office.  It was too difficult for the poor toddler to hobble up and down the stairs to either her room or the basement to play.  Dining rooms are overrated anyway.

I planned to head off to university in the spring.  Granted, I’d be attending Storybrook County College but I’d be there for 10 hours and then there was homework.  My baby was going to grow up in the arms of a nanny.

Of course I was putting my horse in front of the cart.  I hadn’t even taken my entrance exams let alone applied to the school.

The aptitude exam was more difficult than I remembered.  Of course, it had been about 15 years since I took the last one.  Also I have relatively no business skills.  It’ll be a few more months before I know the results.  In the meantime there was still a lot to do.

One was meeting the nanny.  The doorbell rang early one fall morning.

She was quite unexpected.  When I think “nanny” I think old woman.  However, Linzy was lovely and highly qualified.

As we sat drinking coffee I interviewed her.  I already knew she would be perfect but I wanted to seem like I knew what I was doing.

“So, tell me about yourself.  Why do you want to be a nanny?”

“Hm.  Well, I love children.  I’m nurturing, neat, a natural cook.  I’m a master gardener and chef.  I have a degree in education and I used to be a teacher.”

Someone up there must love me.  If there is such thing as divine intervention this is it.

I showed Linzy to her room in the basement.  One more of the remodeling projects from the summer.  It wasn’t much but she loved it regardless.

Harper took right to Linzy as if they were old friends.

For the first time in a while I actually allowed myself to feel optimistic about the future.  Things could work out for us after all.