So, I'm back from my trip... and as you can see, no story update! Part of the reason was because I got heavily into family history research while I was away... which was great because that was part of the purpose of the trip.
The other reason was not so great. Having written the update, I needed some pictures in my Victorian Town Square at Bluewater Village. When we got there I discovered that, in my over-enthusiastic cc clean-out, I'd deleted the walls for half the buildings there. I've still got everything I removed, but I didn't want to just throw it back in blind if I could avoid it. And mobile internet is expensive, so I didn't want to search for and re-download the lot, until I was home.
The good news is, I'm back now, I've found the lot and put the walls back in (properly labelled in my cc folder now!), and everything looks as it should. I didn't get the update finished this weekend, though, but it should be up in the next day or two.
Centowski/Newson family next, then back to see how Melissa's getting on at Cory's place (having already played it, I'm really looking forward to writing this one!)... with possibly a quick gameplay-based update on someone else in between.