Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fashion Lesson

The space heater worked REALLY well today. It made my life so much more manageable today at work. I wasn't nearly as miserable as yesterday, so I'm glad I bought it!

My interview sadly is postponed. Actually, it's a good thing because the life of a poker player is that they stay up all night playing and they sleep all day. The life of Carmen, is that she works all day and goes to bed around 10 or 11 at the latest every night. So, it's a little difficult to pin down a pro, when I'm in my pajamas at 10 p.m. However, I will definitely harass him this weekend and show up at whatever casino he's at so that I can get the interview. He was dead asleep when I called him at 9 p.m. tonight, so I wasn't about to drag him out of bed when he still needed his beauty rest. In fact, I'm wondering if he'll even remember the conversation we had tonight. Oh well!

I'm so happy that tomorrow is Friday!!!! Yay!

I bought these boots last weekend at Macy's and I am so in love with them - here's a picture...



I love love love them. I've worn them like three times this week. So, I think I'm going back to Macy's this weekend and buying them in these other two colors...





Here's the trick to wearing these boots ladies...

Normally, I'm not a fan of skinny jeans. I think NOBODY should ever wear skinny jeans, I think they are unflattering on even the hottest Victoria Secret models, they are just not an attractive style of jeans. However, I was trying to figure out what I could wear these boots with, because most of my jeans are boot cut, which means they are a little wider at the bottom, so they would not fit well inside these boots. It finally occured to me, that skinny jeans would work because the bottom (the ugly skinny tapered part around the ankles) would be covered by the boots, and it wouldn't be all bulky. So, I finally caved in and bought two pairs of skinny jeans from Express (because they carry petite sizes), therefor I didn't have to have them taken up and they look FANTASTIC with the boots.

Ahhhhhh, the joys of shopping and creating new outfits. There's not much better, except maybe pocket aces that actually hold up!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Return of the dreaded...

Well, it was a glorious ten days here in Vegas without the dreaded roommate, but unfortunately he'll be back tomorrow. Too bad for me. He should have just stayed in Florida, Lucy and I were getting along just fine without him. She's a great bed warmer and fun to cuddle with!

Onto other news, um, I dunno, I really don't have anything new to talk about.

Work was FREEZING today, I don't know if the heat doesn't work or they just don't want to use it, but whatever the case, I'm not a happy camper when I'm cold. So, on my lunchbreak I headed over to Target and bought a space heater. It helped. It's on the floor and I anticipate possibly heading back to get another one to put on top of my desk. That way most of my body will be warm if I have the top and bottom covered. I'm also considering buying some thermal underwear. It's that ridiculous! I seem to be the only one that is THIS MISERABLE, so I know it's gotta be me. I mean, some other people commented that it was cold, but they weren't bitching, whining, moaning and complaining about it all morning like me. Part of the problem is that I don't eat well, I'm also anemic and I dunno what else, but drastic times call for drastic measures. So, thermal underwear it is.

I feel like this post is really boring, so wish me luck on the hottie interview tomorrow and hopefully I'll have an exciting article to share. Oh, and don't worry peaker, I didn't mention the cleavage because it was OBVIOUS! It goes without saying that there will be much cleavage revealed - in a tasteful way of course :)

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Holly Jolly Puke Puke Puke

So, this week I scored an interview with a pretty famous poker player. It's really my first interview of this kind. Sure, I talked to a lot of fans, dealers, railbirds, spouses of players, wait staff, management at Harrah's and no-name players during the WSOP, but this guy is pretty famous, pretty well-known, very good looking and totally intimidating. I made my list of questions, showed it to my editor, she helped me come up with more questions, I'm going over them beforehand, and the main thing is that I'm not putting too much pressure on myself. I'm just going to meet up with him, try to be charming self, relax and have fun with it. I bought a handy dandy tape recorder at Best Buy tonight for the low low price of $27.99, I have a kick ass camera and I think I'm all set.

I'll wait until we actually do the interview and I write the article so that you guys can be surprised.

Did I mention he's HOT? I'm hoping to score a great article and a date. haha

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to it and I hope I don't royaly fuck it up.

So, that's the biggest thing going on in my life at this point in time. OF course, the most exciting event of the year is about to take place in like a week. YES, the bloggers are storming Vegas and if you haven't booked your ticket yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????? You will sorely regret it if you miss this event. Quite honestly, it's the event of the year. I am POSITIVE that it'll be the biggest WPBT Event yet.

My girl Nadia from Bodog is trying to hook us up with some swag or at least a free bar tab for the evening. Very exciting stuff. I think our boy Buddy Dank is going to be doing a live broadcast from the Venetian, so all of you wusses at home can watch from your boring basement while we party it up in Sin City.

I can't wait!!!!!!

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I happened to see "the guy" again tonight. He flirted with me from across the room. It's just a matter of time before we are together, he just needs to cut the dead baggage loose and move on to bigger and better things and by things, I mean me.

Okay, tomorrow is hump day. That means we are about halfway through the week, so it's time to start planning the exciting weekend. Friday is payday, so anything goes.

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So, I've been noticing that Christmas is here. I was walking Lucy tonight and tons of houses were decorated for the holidays. Of course all the stores are brimming with shiny lights, fancy decorations, over the top gift sets that nobody needs, the radio stations are playing all of this crappy christmas music. I've over it already. Last year I was really fucked up, I had no money, no job and it wasn't a great Christmas. I swore that this year would be different. A part of me really wants to buy a tree, buy a bunch of decorations and try to get into the spirit, but SHIT - I'd have to start from scratch because I don't have anything, so it will cost a lot to get the tree, the lights, the ornaments, and all that other stuff you need to decorate the house. Is it really worth it? I need to make a decision and either commit to doing it, or just let it go and try to ignore all the holly jolly cheer being forced down my throat everywhere I turn.

Such decisions.

Well, I'll think about it for now, that's the best I can do tonight.


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Oh, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that tonight was the season finale of Dancing with the Stars and guess who won??????

Helio Castonevez and Juliane Hough

This means, that Juliane has now won two seasons in a row and I couldn't be more pleased. She's a great teacher, she comes up with the best choreography and Helio is absolutely adorable, very charming and he has a lot of presence. Out of the three that were left, I was totally rooting for Helio. Even though I think Sabrina actually blew them all away and she should have won.

At any rate - yay Helio!!!!!





Monday, November 26, 2007

The stars aligned

Tonight was one of those nights where all the stars aligned, all the cute guys paid attention to me, pretty girls talked to me, not very pretty girls tried to get my attention, and even older guys that I'm not attracted to hit on me. I love those nights!

I won't go into details because it has become painfully obvious that A LOT of people know about this blog, which is cool, but it ensures that I have to be careful about who I write about. This certain guy I've had my eye on for a while now has a girlfriend and she's a pretty cool chic, so I wouldn't want it to get back to her that I'm after her man. I am in fact totally after her man, but you see, it's okay because I've been crushing on him since BEFORE they got together, therefore, I'm not doing anything wrong. See how that works? But you see, him and I are so perfect for each other, we have much more in common than they do and, the sooner he realizes this, the better. Him and I had a nice little chat tonight and I'm fairly certain he'll be leaving her anyday now. Either that, or I'm just rationalizing and justifying the crazy thoughts in my head and he's nowhere near leaving her. Basically it could go either way at this point.

I took my car to have the heat fixed. This summer when my car didn't have air conditioning I took it to this hack mechanic and they rigged my car so that only air conditioning would blow out. That was just fine until November hit and now I realize I'm going to need some heat for the winter. So, now I have heat, however, they can't rig it to blow air conditioning when summer comes because they broke a knob or something, I dunno, either way I need to have it fixed, so I guess it's time to start saving. At least I know in advance what I'm up against and I can plan ahead.

Back to work was SO depressing today. I hate Mondays, but I especially hate Mondays after a 4 day weekend - it was touch and go there for a while but thankfully I made it through the day :)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Made it thru...

Okay, so for all of you readers out there waiting with baited breath to see if I made it through Thanksgiving without drinking or drugging - the answer is YES! I made it! I even had fun. How about that? Basically, I got up, took Lucy to the mountain and didn't stop moving the whole day.

Dinner at Suzanne's house was great and I couldn't have asked for better company. I've really made some great friends out here in Vegas. I'm lucky!

Group Photo...



Us addicts clean up well huh?

Me and Hilary...



Hilary, Me and Sari...



Steve, Sue and Owen...




Anyway, after dinner I went to this meeting and then I met my friend David over at the Red Rock Poker Room for some live NL action. It was a blast. I had a great table, I made some money and it was a good time. By the time I got home around 11 p.m. I was ready for bed (after I lost 2 sit and go's on FT or course).


This morning I got up and took Lucy to the mountain nice and early. Notice the bed, Lucy takes up 3 quarters of it and I get that sliver on the very right hand side. It's no wonder I wake up with a back and neck ache every morning...



Anyway, it was pretty cold because all of a sudden it's cold here now. Go figure. That's how Vegas is, hot one day and then all of a sudden it's freezing. There's like, no Fall. So, Lucy gets out of the van goes sprinting up the hill of course and I'm taking my good old time walking up there. I sit down on the rocks for a while, we both decide it's cold and we head back down to the van. This is when I realize the key isn't in my sweatshirt anymore. UH OH!!!! I went down to the van and it was nowhere to be found. So, for the next 30 minutes I had to scour the hillside looking for the DAMN KEY the fell out of my sweatshirt pocket. It was one of those GAP sweatshirts with the pocket in the middle, so I should have known not to put it in there in the first place. I finally found it thank god. Can you imagine if Don got home and his van was stuck at the mountain because I couldn't find the key? ha ha. He'd love that.

THEN, I got home and she wouldn't get out of the Van. She just kept sitting there and sitting there and sitting there. I practically had to drag her out, and then she goes sprinting into to the street instead of inside the house - ugh! This girl is cute and all, but she is SO spoiled. She NEVER listens. Especially if she senses another animal in the general vicinity. See, she hates the leash, so I try not to put it on her, but then she doesn't listen. So, what am I to do? Probably put her back on the leash!

Oh, and when I was at the casino last night I ran into Tom. I met Tom back when I was drinking. We played 1-2 together at the Red Rock and he remembered me. Somehow I remember him too even though I was wasted when we played together. It's probably because I have these pictures to commemorate that evening from more than a year ago...





Yes, this is what I do when I'm drinking, I sit in random stranger's laps in the poker room. Tom reads my blog though, so technically he's not a stranger - Hi Tom!

Who remembers the marines from last year's December WPBT??? If you don 't remember, that's a good thing for me :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

4 Day Weekend!!

Well, it's Wednesday, and technically Wednesday is better than Friday in this case because I have a 4 day weekend to look forward to.

Tonight, my friend David is celebrating 11 years clean, so I'm buying a cake and taking it to the meeting. Cake is always a good thing in my book.

Tomorrow I'm going to a girl in the program's house for Thanksgiving. Here's the funny thing, I used to think she was a bit snobby and I wasn't fond of her. This is where my insecurities come in. I didn't like her because she didn't go out of her way to be my friend. But, when I shared that I had never been clean for Thanksgiving and that I'd be alone for the holiday, she came right up to me, invited me over to her house and made me feel really welcome. I'm totally looking forward to it now and I'm even bringing a centerpiece for the table.

I always do this. I make these rash judgements against people, I decide I don't like them for any number of stupid reasons (they are prettier than me, they are too skinny, they are too fat, they don't smile enough, they smile too much, they drive a nicer car than me, they have a better job than me, they have a cute boyfriend and I am alone, they didn't use as many drugs as me so they aren't as much of an addict as me, they have more friends than me, they are wearing an outfit I don't like, they are carrying a purse that is too expensive etc.) - I think you get the point, and THEN, it turns out that they save my ass and we end up becoming friends.

This is why I have learned through the years to keep my negative comments to myself when it comes to my petty little resentments, because more often than not, I end up being wrong about people. The people I think are my friends usually fuck me over and the people I think are assholes, turn out to be the most loyal friends.

So, have a nice thanksgiving - I'll be blogging this weekend so check back - I'll be playing some freerolls, and hoping to get some money in the UB and Bodog accounts - head over to my Chasing Chris Ferguson blog to follow my progress and eat lots of turkey tomorrow - I will be!!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tagged Twice!

I've been tagged by Kaja and I've also been tagged by Terri for two separate meme's.

So, I will try to do them both in this post, but I can't promise anything because I'm kind of tired right now and I'm watching the Hills, and then after this episode, someone gets kicked off The Real World, so of course I have to stay up and watch that too. Come to think of it, I'll probably have plenty of time to finish both of these.

Kaja tagged me first, so here goes...

Straight from the Friends episode when Chandler and Rachael pick five celebrities they get to sleep with if they ever get the chance, so, here's my Top Five...

5. Mario Lopez - Best dancer, Best abs and Best dimples on the planet



4. Jesse Metcalfe - Everyone's favorite sexy gardner




3. George Clooney - still looking fine after all these years!




2. Ryan Philippe - I understand he's probably a big fat cheater and I love Reese and she deserves the best man possible, but DAMN she gave up a hottie...




and my number one pick...

1. Mark Wahlberg - he's been my most favorite guy for SO long. If he's in a movie, I immediately run out and see it. He's hot, he's extremely talented and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM - not to mention he has the sexiest voice in the WORLD...




OKAY - next meme...

This tag involves taking your middle name and coming up with something that is relevant to you for each letter.

My middle name is Marie - so here we go...

M - Manic - sometimes when I'm really happy or really excited or very energetic, I'll bounce off the walls. My highs are really high and my lows can be downright miserable. I try to stay in the positive place most of the time.

A - Argumentative - who doesn't like a good argument right????? Nobody wants to get along all the time!

R - Responsible - ha ha! NOT! No, I'm responsible in that I go to work everyday, I'm never late, I work hard and I take pride in my work. I'm NOT responsible with money. I'll work on that.

I - Immature - Yes, it's true - I've partied most of my life away, I figured things would all work themselves out and I never put much effort into anything except having fun. I watched most of my friends grow up, get married, leave the party scene, have kids and I thought "what's wrong with you people? You guys are so boring". So, as I got older, my friends got younger because I still wanted to be in the "cool crowd". As a result, I've matured at a much slower pace than most, but I think that my mindset is finally changing because the thought of going to a club now does not excite me whatsoever and I'm finally enjoying stable friends with normal lives. It's progress!

E - Expressive. At any time of the day, you will know how I feel. My facial expressions are priceless. I don't hide anything. If you piss me off, you'll know it. I smile a lot when I'm happy and I'll frown and pout when I'm not happy. I'm easy to read. Not a good asset for a poker player huh?


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I took Don to the airport an hour ago, he should be flying overhead in about another hour. Lucy is kind of depressed, she keeps staring at the door, but she'll get over it in about a day or two. I like having the house to myself, but I will admit that I get creeped out at night sometimes in the house when I'm alone. I especially get freaked when Lucy starts barking and I have no idea what's out there that she's barking at. It's freaky.

Okay, two more days til the long weekend - yippee!

I'm not tagging anyone, but feel free to tag yourselves.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Another Embarrasing Moment

Here's a funny little story for you...

There was a receptionist at my work and she was a former stripper. She was really into going to the clubs, hooking up with guys, drank heavily etc. Of course she took an instant liking to me because there's something about me that draws in the most fucked up people.

At any rate, she had a Sprint Razor Phone that she wasn't using because she had a different carrier and I happen to have Sprint, so she gave it to me. Cool. My phone was all beat up and it was totally old school. So, I went over to the Sprint Store and had it turned on and I deleted all of her numbers and had them transfer my numbers into her phone. Easy Peasy.

I haven't had a lot of time to go through the songs, games, pictures etc. I kind of figured she would have deleted all of that stuff anyway. I was wrong!!

Last night I go out to eat with a bunch of friends from the meeting and my friend Devan notices that I have a new phone. He's addicted to Tetris, so he goes straight for the phone, and heads to the games and he's all disappointed that there is no tetris. I'll have to download that one! I was in mid conversation, so I didn't notice that he went through everything else in the phone too.

Next thing I know, he comes over to me and says "You sure have some interesting pictures in your phone" and I'm like "what do you mean? I never took any pictures, I just got this phone". He starts cracking up! He opens the phone and shows me a gallery of porn, mostly naked guys, and very graphic, large, um, well, you know, - pick a word (Pee Pee, Cock, Dick, Penis) I about DIED!!!!!!!! Oh, and it wasn't just like one guy. Oh no, it was a gallery of guy after guy after guy.

So, If he hadn't mentioned these pictures to me, he would have thought that I was a total freaky, slutty, whore. He told me about it in front of the whole table, so of course we had to pass it around so everyone could see, and the best part is that the guy at Sprint took FOREVER to transfer my numbers in the phone. I was wondering what the deal was, I think maybe now I know. He was probably back there cracking up about the hooker that was in his store with all of the naked guys in her phone.

How embarassing!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

TGIF BITCHES!!!

So, I'm playing a little five dollar sit and go tonight on Full Tilt and this guy, I guess it's a guy, possibly a girl starts going off on me calling me a whore and a slut because I hit a two outer on him. His name was gen anthorpe. What a tool. I'm just like, get a life it's a $5 dollar game. I mean really, are all the names necessary?

I knocked him out shortly thereafter, he totally deserved it. I have to laugh at people who take themselves so seriously in these cheesy little sit and go's or even the bigger tournaments online. I mean, it's not the Aussie Millions, it's not the WSOP, hell, it's just a game. If you are taking this game THAT seriously, maybe you should try getting a life. The cussing, name calling, and freaking out is just tasteless, immature and foolish.

At any rate - it's FRIDAY! Yay! This particular Friday is a payday, that makes it an even better weekend and next week is VERY short week. I have a four day weekend and that is very exciting.

So, Thanksgiving is a very weird time for me because I have NEVER since I was a teenager been clean or sober for Thanksgiving. I even had 11 months clean at one point, but I relapsed right before Thanksgiving. The holidays are hard for any addict, but this one is especially hard for me because I'm away from my family, Don always leaves for like 10 days to go to Florida and I'm just here alone, with Lucy. I usually plan my relapses around this time because I know there will be nobody here to see what I am doing. When I spend too much time alone, it's a very bad thing.

So, this year, it's going to be different. Like I said before, I'm going to a meeting everyday, I'm planning functions for all of my days off and my attitude is just different this time. I have way too many things going for me to give it all up now. So, history will not repeating itself this year.

Well, have a good weekend everyone! TGIF!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

So funny!

Oh my god - this is great!!!! You must click here and watch me and my friends in a horror movie. You guys didn't know I was a movie star huh??


Also, check out my latest pool review for The Mirage.

I think this will probably be the last of my pool reviews because it's November, winter is quickly approaching and well, the weather just isn't very condusive to laying out anymore. Writing the pool reviews for Pauly and Prof has been one of my all time favorite gigs, so I wanna thank them for giving me this awesome opportunity and I hope we can all work together again sometime in the future!

Two more days til the weekend - woo hoo!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Another New Project

Okay, so I'm taking on another new project!!!

A lot of my readers probably know that Chris "Jesus Ferguson" started with a zero balance online and amazingly turned his account into $10,000. He played in freerolls, made a lot of money and increased his poker playing skills 100%. How did he do it exactly? I have no clue, but four of us poker chics are going to follow in his footsteps! We are starting with a zero balance and hoping to win some money and increase our skills in the process.

Since I already have accounts at Full Tilt and Pokerstars, I'll be downloading Bodog and Ultimate Bet and starting fresh!!

Okay, so let's discuss this Ellen Degeneres situation. Does she really deserve all this negative controversy??? I mean, on the one hand the writers feel hurt - I get that. But, on the other hand, she has to keep her job, so what's a lesbian to do? I dunno, but honestly, I think they need to just let it go. The latest thing I heard is that she cancelled her trip to New York because the Writers Guild warned her of their disatification. I hope the whole strike thing ends soon.\

So, who's side are you on??

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My New Job

The thing that I really liked about my new job was that I didn't have to sit up front, didn't have to deal with most of the typical administrative duties like answering phones and filing, and basically I was left alone and trusted to do my work. My duties were to write proposals and assist the president of the company. So, instead of sitting near the front of the office, I sat all the way in the back of the office, in front of the president's office. Perfect!!!!

So, the receptionist gets fired or quits, not really sure, they interviewed a couple of people and then they have a little meeting with us on Friday to let us know they aren't hiring a new girl, and I'm moving up front. I'm not the receptionist, but another girl is moving into her desk and I'm in turn moving into that girl's desk. Part of my responsibilities now will be to help answer the phones and all of that other bullshit that I didn't want to do. It sucks!

Not to mention, I have a smaller desk, I have to sit in the admin area which is kept about -10 degrees at all times because the office manager is probably going through menopause or something, and I'm going to freeze my ass off.

I'm not pleased. I've been pouting about it all weekend. I feel like I got demoted. I mean, I'm still making the same amount of money, but damn, this is not what I signed up for. I mean, whatever, I should be happy I have a job, and I am, but I had such a nice big desk and now I have a smaller one and I was really loving my role in the company and now I feel like a freaking secretary again. I have to help answer phones now - ugh - I have to sit next to the office manager and she watch my every key stroke all day long. It's not fair. If I thought it was hard to read blogs before, I was mistaken, there is now NO WAY IN HELL I can get away with being online. I'm surrounded by prying eyes now and I hate it.

Oh yeah, remember the camera I saw above my desk? After some further investigation I realized that they are all over the office and the office manager can pull up every single camera on her computer and she does all day long. She watches where everyone is walking and what they are doing and how long people are talking - it's ridiculous. Those cameras are not there "just in case" something happens, they are seriously there so that they can watch us at all times.

How come this company looked SO AWESOME on the outside and now I'm working there and I realize they are totally paranoid and creepy??

Oh, and here's the icing on the cake. When I first started there, I was friendly with the receptionist (the one that got fired) and the office manager sat me down and told me that she likes me a lot and I shouldn't hang out with the receptionist because they judge you by who you hang out with and she's not a very good worker and she wouldn't want people to assume the same thing about me. So, I stopped hanging out with her and I started having lunch with the girl in HR that hired me. I usually bring my lunch and we sit down at noon, have lunch in her office, chit chat and that's it. Do you know they counseled her on Friday afternoon about hanging out with me?! They said they didn't want us fraternizing at work, like, we could be friends outside of work, but we can't hang out at work - not even at lunch. UMMMM WHY? They are so fucked up. What's the big deal?

I had to go through a very stringent hiring process. I interviewed with like 5 different people and I beat out 50 other people for this job, so what is the problem with us hanging out? Do they not trust me? Do they not trust her? Do they think she's going to feed me personal HR information or something? This job gets weirder and weirder everyday.

Okay, on the upside, they changed my hours from 9 - 6 to 8 - 5. So, it won't be pitch black when I leave work and I will have more free time in the evenings to play poker online and go to meetings etc.

On the meeting front, as most of you know, I'm in recovery and I attend NA meetings a few times a week. So, lately, I've been feeling really disconnected, I haven't been hanging with my girls, I've been copping huge resentments against everyone and basically I've cut off everyone that is friends with "Drama Queen". During this process I realized that I'm not happy and I'm only hurting myself. So, I talked to my sponsor about it and I agreed to do a 30 in 30. That means that I'm going to 30 meetings in 30 days (one meeting everyday) so that I can get back into the groove, lose the attitude and be more involved. It's a good thing so I'm feeling really positive about it.

Don and I just watched Smokin Aces - crazy movie.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Tribute Friday

It's Tribute Friday....

What is tribute friday you ask? Well, I can't think of anything else to write about today, so I thought I'd pay tribute to one of the classiest, sexiest and hardest working females in Hollywood.

Don't hold the fact that she once dated Marily Manson against her. We all have lapses in judgement right?

Miss Dita Von Teese...

She is the new face for Fredericks of Hollywood, she's doesn't walk around flashing her va jay jay, you don't see her dancing on tables at Hyde Nightclub, she's elegant, and beautiful - all Hollywood starlets should aspire to be like her...










Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Out on the 2nd Hand

Yesterday was a really bad day...

- Worked sucked

- I had to work late and then RUSH to get to the Planet Hollywood to meet everyone

- I couldn't find a parking spot

- I was wearing really high heels and forgot to bring clothes to change into. If you've ever done the self park at Aladdin/Planet HO, you'll know how LONG the walk is from the garage to the casino because you have to go through the whole mall. My feet were throbbing.

- When I got there I realized that Mookie, Don, Mrs. Mookie and me were all at the same table. I don't like playing at the same table with my friends because we are essentially trying to knock each other out.

Don and Mrs. Mookie...



- I went up to the counter and switched sweat cards

- I finally thought I caught a break when The Grinder sat down directly across from me! They have a $300 bounty on his head, so if I knocked him out, I'd cash.

- 2nd hand of the game, I'm the small blind and I have 5 2 offsuit. I flop two pair. I end up all in with the guy next to me, he has pocket aces and gets his third ace on the river - knocking me out of the tournament on the 2nd hand! If there would have been a Gigli award, I would have won it. Did I mention he limped in with pocket aces? Fucking Tool.

- Ummmmmmm - I didn't even have a chance to flirt with Mike! DAMN! It's not fair!

- To drown my sorrows, a cocktail would have been nice, but I decided on P.F. Changs instead. I order a meal to go. I spend almost $20 on the inflated kung pao chicken, I walk ALL THE WAY back to the car, feet still throbbing, look in the bag and there is NO RICE. Are you kidding me? No rice? I paid $20 bucks for a goddamn meal and they didn't give me any fucking rice? Too tired to walk back to the casino, so I drove home and stopped at another chinese food place and spent another $2 on white rice.

Jim, Claire, Mookie and Don...




Today can only get better I guess.

I just heard on the radio that Dane Cook is going to be performing at Mandalay Bay on December 1st. I HAVE TO SEE HIM! I love him. I think he's really funny. My goad today is to find someone to go with me.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Star Trek?

Did anyone here know that the Hilton Hotel and Casino here in Las Vegas was Star Trek themed?



Well, it is. I had no idea. I'm walking through this place last night trying to find the cafe and I'm walking over floors that are blinking and lighting up, I keep hearing the captain talking over the loudspeaker, I'm expecting this spaceship to take off at any moment.

ha ha

Okay, the Hilton is LAME and I'm so glad I never wasted my time there before. So, my cousin, Debbie and her husband Vic were going to see Barry Mannilow last night. I had to suppress the urge to call her a "Fannilow" but all I kept thinking about is that episode of Will and Grace when Will is waiting in line for the Barry Mannilow tickets. So funny!

I look very tired here - well, I just got off work so whatever...



Here's the bad news, she's one month younger than me, does that mean I'm old enough to like Barry Mannilow too? Well, anyway, we had a quick dinner and they headed off to the show and now I can say that I've been to the Hilton.

So, tonight I'm going to play in the Grinder tournament at Planet Hollywood with Mookie and the gang!!!

I've been wanting to play in the new poker room over there and who DOESN'T want to play in a tournament with the Grinder? Ahhhhh - I love him. I am patiently waiting for him to get divorced. Tonight is step one in my plan - meet him. Step Two is make him fall in love with me and then step three is make him get divorced.



Piece of cake right?

Monday, November 05, 2007

Bold or Creepy?

So, I'm walking my favorite little girl (Lucy) yesterday and I'm listening to the Ipod, when a car drives by, turns around, and pulls up next to me. I took the headphones off and assumed I'd be giving out some directions, when the window rolls down and this guy asks me if I'm married. Whoa - I wasn't expecting that. Lucy wasn't either because she jumped up on the car and tried to force her way into the window - AGGRESSIVELY! She was NOT liking the look of this guy and neither was I. I told him I was married and continued along my merry way. He complimented me on how "HOT" I was and left. Ummmmm - what?

I'm walking the dog, I haven't showered yet, I have no make up on and this guy never even saw my face until he pulled up next to me. Have any of you guys ever pulled up next to a girl walking a dog and just asked her out? I think it's a pretty bold move. Here's the thing though, if he was good looking, I might have considered it. But, alas, he was ugly and a little scary, so bold move now equals creepy move.

I've said it time and time again. If a girl is interested in you, the over the top lines are funny and creative, but if a girl isn't interested, you are desperate and annoying. The Drama Queen showing up at my work the day after our first date, was sweet, because I liked him. It would have been stalkerish though if I didn't like him. See where I'm going with this?

There is definitely a different set of rules for those we are interested in as opposed to those we are repulsed by.

And how come I've never had a cute guy pull over and ask me out? It's always the gross ones. The good looking ones don't have to work that hard, they sit back and let the girls come to them.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Back to the Grind

So, I had a very low key weekend. I didn't go to the pool like I planned, it was really cloudy. I did go to the grocery store and spent way too much money. Whatever.

The MGM wasn't very exciting. In fact, I moved tables like twice and then I moved around at each table a few times. It sucked. There was nobody fun to talk to and I wasn't getting any good cards. And then, this British guy sat next to me, he looked like a real life Austin Powers with the jacked up teeth and he STUNK so bad. I'm not even going to say who it was, but he's been on ESPN a few times, he plays in teh main event and I see him around town all the time. That's why I'm not going to say his name, because I know I'll run into him again, but he's the reason I finally left, he stunk so bad and I couldn't stand sitting next to him. Guys - and girls too - if you are going to play poker be thoughtful of others and take a shower first, maybe even throw on a little deodorant - jesus! It's not rocket science people! I broke even - won a few pots, lost a few pots, got thai food for dinner and came home. I did see mookie though! I hope to have dinner with him and the gang sometime this week.

I might have to take a break from the MGM for a while. I know too many people there. That's not always a good thing. I have a very predictable way of playing and it seems that a lot of people there KNOW how I play for sure. Not to mention, I was offered ecstacy the past two times I played there. True story! I think next weekend I'll hit up Caesar's since they have a decent poker room, or maybe I'll head back to the Red Rock.

What's up with all of the poker violence lately? Another private club was robbed over the weekend on the East Coast and it ended in death. That's what happens when you keep gambling illegal, it becomes a hidden, secretive, dirty thing. And people get hurt!

Well, back to the daily grind - happy monday!

Battle of the Bloggers Essay

As I sat down at my desk, logged onto Full Tilt Aussie Millions and waited for the Tournament of Champions to begin, I had a chance to reflect on my life. Who would have guessed that more than 15 years ago when I got that job as a high school work study at the Department of Defense back in Fort Meade, Maryland, I would eventually lose that job and wind up playing poker in Las Vegas? Back in those days, poker was something that my dad played at the house, once a month when he hosted a home game for men only. My mom made food, and then the ladies left the room. The home game and the Gambler song by Kenny Rogers were my only knowledge of poker.

After losing my job in Maryland, losing my house, losing my car, losing my friends and losing all semblance of dignity, I wound up in Delray Beach, Florida, living in a less than ideal situation. I won’t lie to you, it was a struggle just to get through the day, but this is where I found my new love, online poker. I can remember when my boyfriend and I would both race home and fight for the computer because we wanted to play! We had to take turns and waiting for him to bust out of his sit and go was pure torture! Then, we found out that certain race tracks in Florida have live poker. What a joy! We could play poker at the same time – amazing! But, really, who wants to leave the house and play in a stuffy, smoky, crowded poker room when you have the option of playing from your bedroom instead? Playing online and specifically at Full Tilt has kept me out of a lot of trouble! I finally found a way to battle my addictions in a healthy way and turned the negative obsessions into something positive.

Today, I live in Las Vegas, play poker all the time, write articles for an online poker website, have cash in my Full Tilt poker account, and I even worked at the World Series of Poker over the summer. I’m very involved in the poker community and the future is looking brighter than ever before.

I didn’t win the Tournament of Champions, but my good friend Waffles did! So, we met up in Australia for the Aussie Millions and we battled it out at the final table with Ted Forrest, Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer, Mike Matusow, Annie Duke, and 2 other internet players. Competition was stiff, brutal even. My shining moment was when I looked down at pocket rockets and Ted woke up with kings. I raised, he re-raised and I put him all-in the aces held up! I knocked out Ted Forrest, but there were no hard feelings, he even took a picture with me.





As for who won the event, I’ll let you watch it on ESPN for yourself. I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Friday!

Oh, here's a funny little treat - remember that guy I went out with on Sunday that was really lame? We had nothing to talk about AND he kept touching me.

Well, I just found out that he has a girlfriend - of course! Why would I even be the littlest bit surprised? I didn't find out from him, but I consider the person that told me to be a very reliable source. I knew something was off with that guy, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I even know who the girl is, she plays in the poker room at the MGM sometimes.

OH - and THEN - I'm sitting at work yesterday and I look up at the ceiling, I dunno why, but I did, and I realize there is a camera watching me. HOLY SHTI! How am I supposed to work when i know there is a camera up there watching my every key stroke? This is so annoying. I'm going to hope that the camera is there purely for purposes of catching crimes, thievery, acts of violence etc. I'm going to HOPE that there isn't actually a feed going to someone who sits around all day and watches us to make sure we are working.

So, what's on tap for this weekened?

- American Gangster comes out today! I WILL be seeing this movie ASAP.

- Poker at the MGM for sure. Probably tomorrow.

- I got a new room key, so I'll be heading over to the Flamingo to do a pool review. ha ha Don't laugh - you never know, the Flamingo might have a nice pool.

Who knows, if I continue on my winning streak, I might just play poker all weekend.

My cousin Debbie and her husband Vic are coming to town this week! I haven't seen them since last year when they came to town - FUN!

This is us at Sam's Town last year - If I remember correctly, Sam's Town is the home of the very first WPBT ever!



Deb and Vic...



Anyway, those are from last year. I love recycling old pictures. Have a good weekend ya'll it's Friday bitches!!