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Saturday, April 29, 2006

It is Saturday morning and I wake up to an empty coffee container. EMPTY. I`m not usually the one to make the coffee in the morning as I`m lazy and sleep later than anyone else. But today, I was up first and thought I`d be nice and let the coffee depleter sleep in. The worst part is, the empty can was left in the cupboard, so I get the pot all ready and reach up for the can, open it and BAM no coffee. (like de ja vu)


So I grab Anna, I don`t even let her put her shoes on, I throw 0n a sweater, as I have no bra on, and head to McDonalds. God Bless McDonalds. (this isnt LA we dont have starbucks that close) The 45 second drive was unbearable, but the 15 car line was hell on earth. After all my pain and suffering I decided to get myself a Large coffee AND a large french vanilla Cappucino, I like to mix them half n half.


ok Ill save my "If I dont do it myself it doesnt get done" rant for another post and add shopping to my list of things to do today. I also wont mention that the coffee depleter played hookie from work yesterday and STILL didnt get coffee.

Things to do today:

Fold the 5 baskets of clean laundry sitting in living room.

Put away the laundry

Clean bedroom (more laundry, its spring so the wardrobe switch has cause a mess)

Mop and clean kitchen

Spray off Vinyl Siding on back of house

Clean office (I think Im gonna sit this one out)

Go shopping - get coffee
posted by t at 7:38 AM | Permalink | 1 comments
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
3rd place finish in LIMIT HE...
You know what that means.... Hand Histories!!

I know they are your favorite!

I hate Limit HE. Well hate is a strong word, but it is NOT one of my favorite games. I get drawn out on enough as it is, I dont need to invite it in. However, I LOVE limit Tournament situations. It brings a whole new element to the ball game.

I realized last night, no matter how good/bad of a player you are, you still need cards to fall your way to win. Early on in the tournament I was getting premo hands AA, KK, QQ, JJ, TT and AK I saw over and over. I wasnt just getting them I was hitting my flops too. I thought for sure when the blinds went up my luck would run out and Id be toast. But they didnt, my hands were holding up, people were chasing and not hitting, my draws were hitting and so on and so forth. I was in the top 3 for most of the tournament, but made it to the FT and was soon the SS. Im mostly including HH from the final table or else this would be neverending, cause I did experience some awesome hands all night long. Here is an example of what had been going on...

Full Tilt Poker Game #593812317: FTF.com Tunry IV Event #5 (3251734), Table 4 - 200/400 - Limit Hold'em - 22:36:13 ET - 2006/04/25
Seat 1: onthejuice (1,725)
Seat 2: khanwoman (4,250)
Seat 3: azphipsi (4,535)
Seat 4: CLOVIS8 (3,175)
Seat 5: Firsttimer (1,865)
Seat 6: maki (4,465)
Seat 8: am (910)
Seat 9: AmSlim22 (7,405)
onthejuice posts the small blind of 100
khanwoman posts the big blind of 200
The button is in seat #9
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [Js Ks]
azphipsi raises to 400
CLOVIS8 folds
Firsttimer folds
maki folds
am folds
AmSlim22 folds
onthejuice folds
khanwoman calls 200
*** FLOP *** [4s Qh Jd]
khanwoman bets 200 <-- ok I have 2nd pair here and Im in the hand w AZ, so Im pry good
azphipsi raises to 400 <-- this was so automatic I didnt even hesitate to call.
khanwoman calls 200
*** TURN *** [4s Qh Jd] [As]
khanwoman checks <-- I knew Id get raised again and I have too good of a draw now to lay it down, after all I am still in the hand w AZ :)
azphipsi bets 400
khanwoman calls 400
*** RIVER *** [4s Qh Jd As] [8s] <--- boom
khanwoman bets 400
azphipsi calls 400
*** SHOW DOWN ***
khanwoman shows [Js Ks] (a flush, Ace high)
azphipsi shows [Ah Jc] (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
khanwoman wins the pot (3,300) with a flush, Ace high

The cards fell my way as they had been most of the night. OK one more ...

Seat 1: onthejuice (2,000)
Seat 2: khanwoman (5,825)
Seat 3: azphipsi (3,435)
Seat 4: CLOVIS8 (3,175)
Seat 5: Firsttimer (1,615)
Seat 6: maki (3,965)
Seat 8: am (910)
Seat 9: AmSlim22 (7,405)
Firsttimer posts the small blind of 125
maki posts the big blind of 250
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [Ks Kc]
am folds
AmSlim22 raises to 500
onthejuice folds
khanwoman raises to 750
azphipsi folds
CLOVIS8 folds
Firsttimer folds
maki folds
AmSlim22 calls 250 <-- no one EVER believes me. no offense to AmSlim, I like Am alot, but this is one of the good things about being a woman at a table, situations like this can pay off more than you would think. I took slippo out earlier when he didnt believe me (or think I could beat him :) )
*** FLOP *** [8d Qs Jh]
AmSlim22 checks
khanwoman bets 250
AmSlim22 calls 250
*** TURN *** [8d Qs Jh] [7s]
AmSlim22 checks
khanwoman bets 500
AmSlim22 calls 500
*** RIVER *** [8d Qs Jh 7s] [5h]
AmSlim22 checks
khanwoman bets 500
AmSlim22 calls 500
*** SHOW DOWN ***
khanwoman shows [Ks Kc] (a pair of Kings)
AmSlim22 mucks
khanwoman wins the pot (4,375) with a pair of Kings

He had KQ.

Azphipsi was on my left. He and I have chatted a bit about limit hold em. I KNOW he is better than me and I know what kinds of hands he plays, so I had to try and use some of that info to my advantage, cause having him on my left, I would just get pummeled, and I did for alot of hands, but this one went my way. I only raised this hand A) cause I was on the button B) cause AZ was to my left.

Seat 1: onthejuice (1,540)
Seat 2: khanwoman (5,275)
Seat 3: azphipsi (5,405)
Seat 5: Firsttimer (1,960)
Seat 6: maki (4,350)
Seat 8: am (2,040)
Seat 9: AmSlim22 (3,870)
azphipsi posts the small blind of 150
Firsttimer posts the big blind of 300
The button is in seat #2
AmSlim22: yikes
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [8c Ad]
maki folds
onthejuice: whatta pro
am folds
AmSlim22 folds
onthejuice folds
khanwoman raises to 600
azphipsi calls 450
Firsttimer folds
*** FLOP *** [3h 9c 8s]
azphipsi checks
khanwoman bets 300
azphipsi calls 300
*** TURN *** [3h 9c 8s] [Qc]
azphipsi checks <-- second time, I KNOW Im good here
Firsttimer is feeling happy
Squib (Observer): best place to play online poker, in a bar
khanwoman bets 600
azphipsi calls 600
*** RIVER *** [3h 9c 8s Qc] [9h]
azphipsi checks
khanwoman bets 600
azphipsi calls 600
*** SHOW DOWN ***
khanwoman shows [8c Ad] (two pair, Nines and Eights)
azphipsi mucks
khanwoman wins the pot (4,500) with two pair, Nines and Eights

Well as we all know, the higher the climb the further they fall.... In two hands, OTJ had 1/2 my chips. The first, well, nothing I could do about it. But the second was my own damn fault.

Seat 1: onthejuice (940)
Seat 2: khanwoman (7,675)
Seat 3: azphipsi (5,265)
Seat 6: maki (4,950)
Seat 8: am (1,740)
Seat 9: AmSlim22 (3,870)
am posts the small blind of 150
AmSlim22 posts the big blind of 300
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [Ad As]
maki: i didnt really wanna see a flop
onthejuice: i knew my 3 outs, but ty
onthejuice raises to 600
onthejuice: gl folks
khanwoman raises to 900
azphipsi folds
maki folds
am folds
AmSlim22 folds
onthejuice raises to 940, and is all in
maki: gl
khanwoman calls 40
onthejuice shows [Qd Td]
khanwoman shows [Ad As]
*** FLOP *** [4c 6c Tc]
*** TURN *** [4c 6c Tc] [Th]
AmSlim22: get there
*** RIVER *** [4c 6c Tc Th] [Ks]
onthejuice shows three of a kind, Tens
AmSlim22: yessssssssssssssssss
am: Khan, are you allergic to weeds
azphipsi: hahaha
khanwoman shows two pair, Aces and Tens
onthejuice wins the pot (2,330) with three of a kind, Tens
maki: yahtzeeeeeeee
azphipsi: got there

Seat 1: onthejuice (2,330)
Seat 2: khanwoman (6,735)
Seat 3: azphipsi (5,265)
Seat 6: maki (4,950)
Seat 8: am (1,590)
Seat 9: AmSlim22 (3,570)
AmSlim22 posts the small blind of 150
onthejuice posts the big blind of 300
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [Td Th]
khanwoman raises to 600
azphipsi: aces are the shiit in limit.
azphipsi folds
maki folds
am folds
AmSlim22 folds
onthejuice raises to 900 <-- I knew here... sigh
khanwoman calls 300
*** FLOP *** [5s 5h 5d]
onthejuice bets 300
azphipsi: rawl got his cracked by KQ
khanwoman calls 300
jlzinck (Observer): why u play thatun sooted crap khan?
*** TURN *** [5s 5h 5d] [6h]
onthejuice bets 600
khanwoman calls 600
*** RIVER *** [5s 5h 5d 6h] [2h]
onthejuice bets 530, and is all in
khanwoman: yw <--- yup called him down and I know Im beat....
onthejuice: ty
khanwoman calls 530
*** SHOW DOWN ***
onthejuice shows [Qh Qc] (a full house, Fives full of Queens)
khanwoman: i do
khanwoman shows [Td Th] (a full house, Fives full of Tens)
onthejuice wins the pot (4,810) with a full house, Fives full of Queens

After this, it wasnt the beats so much that had me tilting, it was my reaction to the beats. Here I was one of the chip leaders the entire tournament and I go and piss it away in TWO hands. So what do I do? I fold, fold, fold, fold, fold, go pee, fold fold, make a drink, fold fold fold and find myself starting to blind down. When I do decide to make a move, this shit makes it all worse.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [8c Ad]
CLOVIS8 folds
maki folds
jlzinck folds
am folds
onthejuice folds
khanwoman raises to 800
azphipsi folds
REV777 calls 400
*** FLOP *** [4h 6h 2s]
IlliniFan (Observer): sax musta went to bed
REV777 bets 400
khanwoman has 15 seconds left to act
khanwoman folds
Uncalled bet of 400 returned to REV777
khanwoman: vv/e
REV777 mucks
REV777 wins the pot (1,800)

Seat 1: onthejuice (5,630)
Seat 2: khanwoman (2,805)
Seat 3: azphipsi (3,475)
Seat 4: REV777 (11,195)
Seat 5: CLOVIS8 (15,490)
Seat 6: maki (6,750)
Seat 7: jlzinck (5,775)
Seat 8: am (1,380)
maki posts the small blind of 200
jlzinck posts the big blind of 400
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [Td Th]
IlliniFan (Observer): nice
am folds
onthejuice folds
khanwoman raises to 800
azphipsi raises to 1,200
maki: ty
REV777 folds
CLOVIS8 folds
CLOVIS8: i had AJ
maki: man
REV777: me 2
maki has 15 seconds left to act
REV777 is feeling happy
REV777 is feeling confused
maki folds
jlzinck folds
khanwoman calls 400 <--- this is when I told Illini in an AIM chat "Lets see who has the bigger pair"
*** FLOP *** [Ad 5c 5d]
onthejuice: brb
khanwoman checks
azphipsi bets 400
khanwoman has 15 seconds left to act <-- I was so focused on how bad I was doing and how he had a bigger pair than I did I didnt even think about how that ACE must of scared him and I needed to check raise... POMMELED!
khanwoman is sitting out
khanwoman has timed out
khanwoman folds
Uncalled bet of 400 returned to azphipsi
khanwoman: u dont have an A
azphipsi shows [Jd Js] (two pair, Jacks and Fives)

Started folding again. This is the tough part of a tournament that you have to learn to pull thru. I am still having a hard time with it and I wish I was more like Barry Greenstein when Im in these situations. Have you ever seen this guy lose half his stack to a bluff? If you werent paying attention you wouldnt even know. He doesnt flinch, and neither does his game.

After a bit I started to get my chin back up. I was so short at this point it was time to play some cards or I was blinding out. When I realized that, I finally over came my hump, so to speak. I even made a funny!

Jlzinck had just went out, which left 6 people in and 4 places paid...

khanwoman: am i itm yet?????????
IlliniFan (Observer): hey scoot :)
am (Observer): bad break
khanwoman: gg z
azphipsi has 15 seconds left to act
onthejuice: yes khan, allin
Scoot2 (Observer): WEEDS LOOKING GOOD
CLOVIS8: only 4 pay for some reason?
khanwoman: hahaha

Im not sure if anyone but bill and I actually laughed, but I liked it :)

Then I made my comeback...

Seat 1: onthejuice (7,640)
Seat 2: khanwoman (855)
Seat 3: azphipsi (5,525)
Seat 4: REV777 (9,315)
Seat 5: CLOVIS8 (17,240)
Seat 6: maki (11,925)
azphipsi posts the small blind of 250
REV777 posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [Th Qs]
khanwoman: cheers..... heres to blinding out
CLOVIS8 folds
maki folds
onthejuice folds
khanwoman raises to 855, and is all in
azphipsi folds
REV777 calls 355
khanwoman shows [Th Qs]
REV777 shows [Td 6d]
*** FLOP *** [Ah Jc 8d]
*** TURN *** [Ah Jc 8d] [9s]
*** RIVER *** [Ah Jc 8d 9s] [7h]
khanwoman shows a straight, Queen high
REV777 shows a straight, Jack high

Did you think I was beat??? I did!! WHEW!

Seat 1: onthejuice (7,640)
Seat 2: khanwoman (1,960)
Seat 3: azphipsi (5,275)
Seat 4: REV777 (8,210)
Seat 5: CLOVIS8 (17,490)
Seat 6: maki (11,925)
CLOVIS8 posts the small blind of 250
maki posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [Js Kd]
onthejuice: allin kw...you got this
onthejuice folds
khanwoman raises to 1,000
azphipsi folds
REV777 folds
CLOVIS8 folds
maki: 3 2 off
maki folds
Uncalled bet of 500 returned to khanwoman
khanwoman mucks
khanwoman wins the pot (1,250)

Watch out boys.. Im on a roll...

Seat 1: onthejuice (7,140)
Seat 2: khanwoman (2,710)
Seat 3: azphipsi (5,275)
Seat 4: REV777 (8,960)
Seat 5: CLOVIS8 (17,240)
Seat 6: maki (11,175)
onthejuice posts the small blind of 250
khanwoman posts the big blind of 500
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [Ad Js]
azphipsi raises to 1,000
REV777 folds
CLOVIS8 folds
maki folds
acre (Observer): now this is a nice looking final table... no donkeys and lots of seeds!
onthejuice folds
khanwoman raises to 1,500
azphipsi calls 500
*** FLOP *** [2c Qs Jh]
khanwoman bets 500
AmSlim22 (Observer): keep it up seeds
maki: Im half seed half donk
azphipsi has 15 seconds left to act
maki: lol
IlliniFan (Observer): hey scoot..you still in here?
azphipsi folds
Uncalled bet of 500 returned to khanwoman
onthejuice: im half ass.
gadzooks64 (Observer): and bouyant bimbos
khanwoman mucks
khanwoman wins the pot (3,250)

I lost a couple one bet hands... then...

Full Tilt Poker Game #593944740: FTF.com Tunry IV Event #5 (3251734), Table 4 - 600/1200 - Limit Hold'em - 23:23:56 ET - 2006/04/25
Seat 1: onthejuice (8,490)
Seat 2: khanwoman (2,410)
Seat 4: REV777 (13,510)
Seat 5: CLOVIS8 (21,065)
Seat 6: maki (7,025)
maki posts the small blind of 300
onthejuice posts the big blind of 600
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [Td Jd]
khanwoman raises to 1,200
REV777 folds
CLOVIS8 folds
maki folds
onthejuice: gl khan
onthejuice raises to 1,800
khanwoman calls 600
*** FLOP *** [7d 2d 9c]
onthejuice bets 600
khanwoman raises to 610, and is all in
onthejuice calls 10
khanwoman shows [Td Jd]
onthejuice shows [4h 4c]
*** TURN *** [7d 2d 9c] [8s]
Dekker11 (Observer): gl khan
*** RIVER *** [7d 2d 9c 8s] [2c]
khanwoman shows a straight, Jack high BOOYA!
onthejuice shows two pair, Fours and Twos
khanwoman wins the pot (5,120) with a straight, Jack high
maki: sheesh

OK, so I have some chips now, but Im still short. I lost a few blinds and stole a few blinds so I was keeping around 4-5k. Now, this AT play is a bit questionable IMO, but you have to understand, I was at the table with two seeds and two bimbos, all aggressive players, and I couldnt let myself be pushed around the ENTIRE time, so I had to pick some spots.

Seat 1: onthejuice (6,460)
Seat 2: khanwoman (5,120)
Seat 4: REV777 (12,610)
Seat 5: CLOVIS8 (21,585)
Seat 6: maki (6,725)
maki posts the small blind of 300
onthejuice posts the big blind of 600
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [Ad Tc]
khanwoman raises to 1,200
REV777 folds
CLOVIS8 folds
maki raises to 1,800
acre (Observer): well good luck seeds, I gotta go crash
onthejuice folds
khanwoman calls 600 <-- this is my questionable call, but like I said...
*** FLOP *** [Ts 9c 8h]
maki bets 600
khanwoman raises to 1,200 <--- I was ready to put it all in here
maki raises to 1,800
CLOVIS8: the bubble is the most annoying thing ever invented
khanwoman calls 600
onthejuice: dun drink and drive
*** TURN *** [Ts 9c 8h] [Ac]
maki bets 1,200
khanwoman raises to 1,520, and is all in
maki calls 320
khanwoman shows [Ad Tc]
maki shows [As 9s]
maki: sick
*** RIVER *** [Ts 9c 8h Ac] [5h]
khanwoman shows two pair, Aces and Tens
maki shows two pair, Aces and Nines
khanwoman wins the pot (10,840) with two pair, Aces and Tens
CLOVIS8: yikes

A little lesson to ya, A9 is pry no good against me. I dont even play it to a raise.

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [9h Ac]
onthejuice raises to 1,600
khanwoman folds<-- see

Now i have around 10k w 5 ppl left, so we are on the bubble I have some chips and decide to try to take advantage of it. I win a few small pots here and there. REV was on my ASS hard all night. He had been pushing me around w his big ass stack (as he should) and I was starting to get tired of it.

This was my best play all night, I had been wanting to do it the entire final table, but I didnt have the chips to pull it off... till now.

Seat 1: onthejuice (4,360)
Seat 2: khanwoman (8,140)
Seat 4: REV777 (14,305)
Seat 5: CLOVIS8 (20,885)
Seat 6: maki (4,810)
REV777 posts the small blind of 400
CLOVIS8 posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [5c 5s]
maki folds
onthejuice folds
khanwoman raises to 1,600
REV777 raises to 2,400 <--- this was the usual, as u can see from some previous HH, If I was gonna raise a pot Id have to call a re raise and I knew this.
CLOVIS8 folds
khanwoman calls 800
*** FLOP *** [2d Qd 3s]
REV777 bets 800<--- this was the usual too, like I said, he was playing great big stack play all night, and I couldnt take it anymore.
khanwoman raises to 1,600
REV777 calls 800
*** TURN *** [2d Qd 3s] [Jc]
REV777 checks <-- well done, license to steal
khanwoman bets 1,600
REV777 folds
Uncalled bet of 1,600 returned to khanwoman
khanwoman mucks
khanwoman wins the pot (8,800)

After this i was pretty confident I could make the money. I was sitting with about 12k. 2nd in chips. Juicey went out a couple of hand later and maki was the ss. he doubled once or twice and made me nervous. I was actually staying away from him No WAY I wanted in final 3 with two bimbos. Id rather have it even. But he was next out.

So we were down to 3, me clovis and rev. What a effing nightmare. For a bit i thought one would take the other out, but they just kept passin chips back n forth, it was sick.

I was the ss w 12k and I was raised or re raised every hand.

It kinda went a lil something like this....

*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [6d Ac]
khanwoman raises to 1,600
REV777 raises to 2,400
CLOVIS8 folds
khanwoman calls 800
*** FLOP *** [8h 2h 8c]
REV777 bets 800
khanwoman folds
Uncalled bet of 800 returned to REV777
REV777 mucks
REV777 wins the pot (5,600)

Dealt to khanwoman [Ah 4d]
REV777 folds
CLOVIS8 raises to 1,600
khanwoman calls 800
*** FLOP *** [2c 5d 7s]
CLOVIS8 bets 800
khanwoman raises to 1,600
CLOVIS8 raises to 2,400
khanwoman has 15 seconds left to act
khanwoman folds
Uncalled bet of 800 returned to CLOVIS8
CLOVIS8 shows [6h 9s] (Nine Seven high)
CLOVIS8 wins the pot (6,400)

Finally I started making stands with my pocket pairs cause they were draining my stack and I really had no choice.

Seat 2: khanwoman (2,140)
Seat 4: REV777 (34,675)
Seat 5: CLOVIS8 (15,685)
CLOVIS8 posts the small blind of 400
khanwoman posts the big blind of 800
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [4h 4s]
REV777 folds
CLOVIS8 raises to 1,600
khanwoman raises to 2,140, and is all in
CLOVIS8 calls 540
khanwoman shows [4h 4s]
CLOVIS8 shows [Jh 7d]
*** FLOP *** [Qs Ah 9h]
*** TURN *** [Qs Ah 9h] [7s]
*** RIVER *** [Qs Ah 9h 7s] [4c]
khanwoman shows three of a kind, Fours
CLOVIS8 shows a pair of Sevens
khanwoman wins the pot (4,280) with three of a kind, Fours
REV777: nh

Jack EFFING 7 they are pushing me around with nothing. It was a really tough thing to play thru.

khanwoman: not up for the gang bang but thx

Seat 2: khanwoman (3,880)
Seat 4: REV777 (31,030)
Seat 5: CLOVIS8 (17,590)
CLOVIS8 posts the small blind of 500
khanwoman posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #4
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [5c 5d]
CLOVIS8: cant steal EVERY hand rev
REV777 raises to 2,000
CLOVIS8 folds
khanwoman raises to 3,000
REV777 calls 1,000
*** FLOP *** [9h 6d 9s]
khanwoman bets 880, and is all in
REV777 calls 880
khanwoman shows [5c 5d]
REV777 shows [Ks 8c] <-- seeeeeeeeeeee
*** TURN *** [9h 6d 9s] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [9h 6d 9s 4h] [Qh]
khanwoman shows two pair, Nines and Fives
REV777 shows a pair of Nines
khanwoman wins the pot (8,260) with two pair, Nines and Fives

Then I was taken out by the unfortunate pair over pair... was the 5th time at the final table I had this happen, so it was appropriate

Seat 2: khanwoman (6,260)
Seat 4: REV777 (9,650)
Seat 5: CLOVIS8 (36,590)
REV777 posts the small blind of 500
CLOVIS8 posts the big blind of 1,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [9c 9s]
khanwoman raises to 2,000
REV777: clovis has called to the river most all game
REV777 folds
CLOVIS8: but he raised every hadn I cant always believe him :D
CLOVIS8 raises to 3,000
khanwoman calls 1,000
*** FLOP *** [8s 3d Kd]
CLOVIS8 bets 1,000
khanwoman raises to 2,000
CLOVIS8 raises to 3,000
khanwoman raises to 3,260, and is all in
CLOVIS8 calls 260
khanwoman shows [9c 9s]
CLOVIS8 shows [Qh Qs]
*** TURN *** [8s 3d Kd] [4h]
*** RIVER *** [8s 3d Kd 4h] [4s]
khanwoman shows two pair, Nines and Fours
CLOVIS8 shows two pair, Queens and Fours
CLOVIS8 wins the pot (13,020) with two pair, Queens and Fours
REV777: gg khan
khanwoman stands up

It was a fun game and a great FT for all. Lots of great poker being played and I had a great time.

posted by t at 11:26 AM | Permalink | 3 comments
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Somebody tell somebody* I have a schedule to keep with my weed n feed and hurry the F up.

posted by t at 8:53 AM | Permalink | 0 comments
Ode to Toppy...
Topanga had this on her blog. I was catching up today and couldnt resist!

It`s lots of fun, so put your Ipod on shuffle and ask yourself the following questions outloud:

How does the world see you?

“Freeway” Santana

I always knew I had a special bond with Santana.

Will I have a happy life?

“I Still Haven’t Found What I`m Looking For” U2

Wow, that almost looks RIGGED but I swear it wasn`t.

What do my friends really think of me?

“Die, Die my Darling” Metallica

You little fuckers!

Do people secretly lust after me?

“Searching” Lynyrd Skynyrd

Uhh, it coulda just said “Hell NO”

How can I make myself happy?

“Pleasant Valley Sunday” Monkeys

How the hell did this shit get on my IPOD, I gotta call someone.

What should I do with my life?

“Five to One” The Doors

Clearly this means I shoulda married someone with 5to1 the amount of money I make.

Will I ever have children?

“Inevitable” Shakira

Again, WTF is Shakira doing on my IPOD?? SPOOOOOOKY.

What is some good advice for me?

“FTP podcast about bankroll management” Jesus Ferguson

Sigh, I really didn’t wanna go back to nickel dime tables…

How will I be remembered?

“Until the day I die” Story of the year

Well, duh.

What do I think my current theme song is?

“Burning Bridges” Pink Floyd

Watch your back, biotch.

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?

“Nazi Driver” Soundgarden

Steeler, stay off my ipod.

What song will play at my funeral?

“Painted on my heart” The Cult

Suhweeeet, I cant think of anything better to play at a funeral than the cult… wooot.

What type of men/women do you like?

“Useless” Imogen Heap

Ding Ding Ding Ding… what do I win?

What is my day going to be like?

“Sunday Morning" Maroon 5

Sigh, just say I`m a boring lush and be done with it.

posted by t at 8:36 AM | Permalink | 2 comments
Monday, April 24, 2006
Weekend synopsis...

We had a beautiful weekend here! I love when spring finally rolls around. It isn’t too hot, the sun is out, outdoors things can be done, and it’s so refreshing. But it is also a lot of damn work!

So Thursday, Maya and I were able to ditch Anna over at Papa’s for her nap and head on a lil shopping trip to Wal-Mart. Her granny had bought her an outfit that was too big and we had to return it. Of course, while we were there I had to go snatch up any deals in the garden section, get some weed n feed and pick up a bday present for a friend of theirs party we had on Saturday. We had a good time though, hangin out just the two of us.

Friday I wanted to get a head start on planting some of the new plants I had gotten, but it was so muddy and gloomy. The girls played in the yard for a couple of hours, but I didn’t get to any gardening. I caught a nap with Anna before Dave got there cause we were going out to dinner and to poker that night.

We arrived at the Legion about 8:30 pm, we didn’t start playing till almost 10pm! And it wasn’t for lack of people, the place was PACKED out, most people I had ever seen playing, but all the tables in the poker room were full. Usually when this happens we move out into the other room and just use regular tables, but they were having plumbing/electric problems of some sort and we couldn’t set up out there. By the time we had a table, they had 3 full tables on the list and no where to put em. Poker went well, I took 2nd in the first SNG and 4th in the second. Joe and Dave went along as well. I won $40 for the 2nd place finish which broke us even after two sngs for both Joe and I. I had played TWO hands in the first sng (AQo and AKc) 4 people were out and I was chip leader after playing TWO hands. My AQ won with A high and I flopped top pair Ks w my AK. Both were big pots because no one can fold when I raise pre-flop. Sometimes I win a big pot, and sometimes they suck out, tonight was a good night I suppose.

One guy at the table gave me a hard time when I raised after 4 ppl limped with my AKc. “You have AQ again do ya??” he says as if AQ isn’t a good hand. I replied “It would be better than that K4 off suite, but you’re welcome to call me to the river with it again.” This is when a new guy, Carlos, struck up a conversation with me. I hadn’t met him before and he said it was his first time playing at the Legion. He looked REALLY young, but said he was 33. He was crackin me up, askin Joe if he got his “Golden Buckeye” card yet, since he had just turned 40 (I don’t know if they have these in other states, but it’s a card you get when you are a senior citizen that gets you discounts at restaurants). We were talking bout poker and how much we played, I said Joe was now my “mistress” and poker my first love, Carlos says “Ahh, he will be ok; he’s busy with his half off meals”. Hahaha what can I say, I’m easily amused. Then his buddy at the other end of the table says “Shut up you Mexican” and this old guy, Bruce, whom is sitting next to me, says “You’re not Mexican!” Bruce is a tall, thin guy in his late 60s early 70s. I have played with him many times at the legion and he is a little slow. Carlos says, “Sure I am” Bruce says, “Well ya don’t look Mexican” … Carlos and I started cracking up.

Ok, ok, ok… back to poker. I was chip leader but by the time we were down to 3 people I was the short stack. The sngs only pay top two spots, $70 to 1st and $30 to 2nd and when we were down to three I offered the other two “gentlemen” a split (LOL I was the ss), I thought 50/30/20 was a good deal, and Id be taking the 20, we could get on to another game. But noooooooo. Ok, middle stack goes out, now we are HU. I offer a split again 60/40. I was HU with a guy named Walt who played on Party Poker. Walt had been over valuing his Aces and Kings the whole game and I knew I’d run him over HU, so I offered him a split again, he had a HUGE chip lead and said “Lets play a couple hands out and then we will see”… ok vv/e… his girlfriend was flabbergasted. First hand I double up “Did you still wanna split?” he says. I should have said NO and made him suffer. But I hate shuffling and dealing HU, it takes so damn long and I wanted to play another.

The second game got started after midnight and they shut us down at 1am. So, we played a turbo. Started the blinds higher and they doubled every 10 mins instead of 15. I went out 4th when the bartender had just came in and said “You have 3 minutes guys” and I looked down and saw QJs and pushed in. The only other hand I had played was AA, but both people to act after me called. Tim, the guy on my left had 67o, and Barbie, the chip leader had A6o. I flopped my queen and Tim rivered a 4 card straight, SIGH! Barbie had been calling peoples all ins with out looking at her cards, so the second table was a pretty crazy game, and don’t forget she was chip leader.

So, Saturday I finally got to get started on the yard work. The girls and I had a good time and things turned out pretty nice, well in the front yard at least. We live on about ¾ an acre and it is a lot of work, A LOT! Our front yard alone has 9 full grown mature trees in it, our back has over 20 (Ill have to count) but it is so hard to maintain. I mean just to mow you have to go pick up sticks for an hour. My back is KILLING me. I planted a ton of hosta and day lilly roots, but I probably won’t see them till next year.

When we moved into this house (3.5 yrs ago) there was no landscaping except for ugly bushes and huge clumps of irises. I enjoy gardening quite a bit, but the past two summers have mainly been getting the beds laid out and mulched and ready to plant. There was so much to just clean up, I’m finally getting around to planting this year. Next year things should really start to turn around and look like they should.

Saturday evening was a birthday party for Yanci, my friend Heathers daughter. She was turning 5 and both of my girls adore her. It is so funny to see our kids together cause they are so much like each of us. I just hope they aren’t as much trouble together as we were when we were teenagers!

She had the party at Young`s Dairy which is a place we frequent in the summer.
They had face painting and hair color spray a piñata and time to spend with the farm animals. The girls had a great time, but at about 7:30 (we arrived at 4pm) my back started giving out on me, I couldn’t figure out why it hurt so bad, then I remembered all the yard work I had done and it was catching up with me. Pics are Maya (left) hitting Pinata, and Anna (right) doing what she does best, hoarding candy.

Sunday we were at it again in the yard and I’m pleased to say it paid off. It is really starting to come around, well the front yard anyhow. The back yard is a whole other obstacle. The back

of our property, although we live in the city, is lined by a 20-30 foot deep tree line, its nice for privacy, but again, hard to maintain. I didn’t pay much attn to it last year, so the lawn is in dire need of some help. Not to mention, I couldn’t tend to the leaves last year (the knee) and Joe wasn’t exactly prompt (I think some of the leaves were raked in January, the rest I got up Saturday) and if you didn’t know, leaves kill your lawn.

At least it’s something I enjoy doing. I didn’t realize how bad I’d gotten my back till I went to sweep out the garage (more leaves) this morning and bent over. OUCH!!!

I am supposed to be catching up on work today since I was off all week last week, but my dad (the usual Monday babysitter) had to take the day off because his work schedule was changed.

I did get to play poker for a bit this weekend on FTP. I played a little limit which was horribly unprofitable at the limit I could afford. I wasn’t losing horribly, it is just at .25/.50 LIMIT, it is a true grind.

So, that was my weekend in a nutshell. Hopefully I find something more interesting to talk about this week!!

posted by t at 12:13 PM | Permalink | 3 comments
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
What a lush...
Mommy is that coffee or beer? - Anna

It`s Coffee. -Me

Well, it smells like beer. - Anna
One day, my children will sleep in. One day, my house will be clean without me cleaning it. One day, my clients will call me without an idiotic problem. One day, I`ll be thin and beautiful..

Ok, I`ll stop now.


Maya has lost FOUR teeth this week! FOUR! The two on either side of her "two front teeth" top and bottom.


Did you see the look on Rod Stewarts face when Kellie said "Yoooou just tuk a HUGGGE load off my chest!" Rod Stewart sucks so bad.


Phil Hellmuth is about as funny as I thought he was.


My tunry team PWNS. I`m really proud of them. Four at the Final Table of last nights Stud8 tunry. But they have been consistent each game. Pretty impressive if ya ask me. Bimbos are still in the lead, but slowly falling apart. I think we are gonna win this thing.


I suck at poker. I dunno what happened but I just can`t play anymore. I withdrew a big chunk of my bankroll back in February. Took a month off after the FTF suckout, I needed it, the beats were taking their toll. But ever since I just can`t win on FTP. My bankroll is at an all time low, I`ve even padded it with free money I worked up from other sites and I`m still losing. It is to a point now where tournament play is off the agenda and I have to grind it out at cash tables, which I just don`t have the time or will for at the moment.

I was talking to a poker friend and he was saying how he can`t play poker JUST for money, there is an enjoyment factor as well. I completely got that statement.

Confidence levels and enjoyment levels at an all time low... gotta work on that.

I really wanna go play at the legion this weekend... gotta work on that.



Brokeback Mountain

Decent movie. After all the "hype" I wasn`t that impressed. I had heard the story was better than you would think. But it was just as I had thought. The story was pretty slow.

A History of Violence

Great story line, kept me guessing the entire time. But the ending was a letdown. Needed more naked Viggo, I mean Joey.


Loved it. This is what can happen when ya cheat on your wives fellas... you`ve been warned.


Still to come, I fell asleep.

Secret Life of a Geisha

Not to be confused with Memoirs of a Geisha, as I did. This is a documentary about Geisha`s and their place in Japanese culture. Pretty amazing, I had no idea what they did. But the wife saying "I would consider it an honor if my husband cheated on me with a Geisha" was going a bit far.


So today, dentist appt for Maya. I couldnt take her when Anna went because it was Anna`s first visit and Maya had a cavity filled last time she was there, so she`s being a big baby and I didn`t want that to rub off on Anna. So today is her appt then lunch with my friend Heather. Heather and I grew up together, we were best friends for many years including all thru high school. We drifted apart after high school, but try to stay in touch now. We have kids the same age so It`s easy find things to do. She runs our dental office so we will take off for lunch after Maya is done.

After that back to the house and Maya is going golfing (putt putt style) with Uncle Dave. I would take Anna too but she will be a hellion by that time.

I guess I`ll get dressed and brush my teeth now.. sigh.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Catch up...

Whoever created these needs to be shot. I think I`ve eaten this many today too. Easter/Valentines/Halloween I can`t take anymore.

Even tho we weren`t here for Easter the girls had a ball. I dropped them at Bette& Scotts Friday when we headed down to Tennessee. I took all the easter-egg-dying fixins with them so they dyed eggs Friday night. Saturday they took the girls on an easter egg hunt in their neighborhood. From the looks of the pictures they had a great time.

Saturday night they went to an Easter service at their church then headed off to GRANNYS for two full days of spoilin.

We had a good drive down. I drove the full way and we hit ALOT of traffic so it took about 6 hours straight thru. I swear we hit FOUR traffic jams so we actually made pretty good time. We arrived at our cabin bout 9pm and hopped in the hot tub and got DRUNK! Was pretty funny since I hadn`t been "drunk" in awhile. Didn`t take long before I was passed out. It`s things like this that make me feel old. There was a day I would have stayed awake till the sun came up and then considered going to bed, but I just can`t do it anymore. I`m not quite sure if that`s good or bad.

Since it was dark when we arrived at the cabin, we hadn`t seen the view yet. About 6am I awoke to Joe saying "Babe you gotta look at this". We had a great view right from the loft (where the bedroom was) overlooking the smokies, but ya know, at 6am after drinking all night, I really couldn`t appreciate it. A few hours later I finally rolled outta bed and whipped up some breakfast. We spent most of the morning out on the deck enjoying the weather and the view. Rocked in the rocking chairs and watched a movie on the laptop, good thing we brought it cause the TV only had a VCR and altho we brought our DVD player, the TV had only a cable out connector. These people need to get into some technology! Headed to the corner market to pick up a few things, including some wine coolers for myself so I didn`t get so sloshed again! We hung out more that night on the deck, grilled steaks and lobster for dinner and a lil more drunk hot tubbin. The next morning we had to check out and head back so it was short but relaxing and we had a good time. I called the girls Sunday morning and Anna gave me the run down of what the Easter Bunny brought .... CANDY CANDY CANDY. Anna was in heaven. Mom said they hid and re hid easter eggs for 3 hours.

We got home Sunday night just in time for the Sopranos and for me to be guilted into a charity tournament. I wasnt up for playing, but knew I should, so I did. At least most of it went to a good cause is all I can say. The only thing I had any brain power for was AIOF.

Had a busy day again yesterday, I still havent unpacked cause today I had to get some business done and by the time I finished the girls were running around the house like mad women, so I knew I had to take them somewhere. We headed down to Wegerzyn Horticultural center. It`s a beautiful park/garden real close to our house. They used to have a great childrens garden which they tore down to make room for a brand new childrens garden. I thought it would be open, but it doesn`t open till May 21st. I can`t wait, it is one of our favorite places to go.

I took alot of pics, but I cant find my card reader.... will get em up when I can. That lil sucker disappears every time I need it.

I know I havent posted much about poker lately, but thats because I havent been playing much. I need to start working on my bankroll and building it back up, but now it`s spring and so much to do. Any extended time I would have to play I`ll pry be trying to play live. The tunry is keeping me up to date for now, but more about that later.

I think Im gonna buy an elliptical machine. I`ve been trying to get out on the knee since the weather broke, and its not going as well as Id hoped. But I cant stop cause I need to get it strong. Its a bit of a catch 22. The elliptical would take the strain off the knee and allow me to build it up. The fuckers are expensive tho....

I think its time for a new camera too. Had mine out today and found it hard to get the shots I wanted, and its just so darn slow anymore. I bought it back when most digi cams were slow, but now a days its so different and Ive used other cameras and know what Im missing out on.

F money. My mom was right, I shoulda married the rich one...
posted by t at 11:51 AM | Permalink | 4 comments
Monday, April 17, 2006
So I decided to check out YOUTUBE since you all seem to put them on your blogs. OMG! Its freaking addicting...

I found this one, its one of my favorite Sheryl Crow songs and I have this live Dixie Chicks albulm but Ive never seen it...

Then.. my fav Sheryl Crow song.. LIVE

They have Sheryl w Stevie Nicks, Sheryl and Sarah Mclachlan... un freaking real

Stevie singing my fav of hers

Im never logging out!
posted by t at 3:15 PM | Permalink | 2 comments
I know you miss me...
We had a good weekend in the Smokies but no time to write. Maya`s spring break started Friday and I have to go get them and the dog from my parents then dentist appts and so on and so forth. Ill write as soon as I can!
posted by t at 7:34 AM | Permalink | 2 comments
Thursday, April 13, 2006
TV is of the devil...or is it?
So I was watching the "news" tonight, CNN. I try to watch as little TV news as possible. Ever since the election I`ve chosen to get my news from more credible sources. Lately when Joe has the news on, Maya is always giving her commentary, asking us to rewind it cause she missed something. During dinner they has a story on about Bush`s approval rating and how if the election happened now Kerry would win.

Maya`s commentary was as follows...

Are they gonna kick that Bush out and let Kerry in? Man, papa is the only one I know that voted for him, I dont know why they let him in there. I think its about time they kick him out, its just not workin for him. I mean look at that, he doesnt do anything right!
posted by t at 5:14 PM | Permalink | 0 comments
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Huh? What? What did you say?
no one even boo`d

did ya notice?

cya bucky

posted by t at 8:32 PM | Permalink | 3 comments
Its about time...

I have to admit, I grew up pretty sheltered from the real world. Pastors daughter, private school, sheltered from the truth and reality of the world. When I turned 16 and started my first job at Friendly`s Restaurants, my eyes began to open to a lot of things. It wasn’t until I had children and owned a home in the city that I started to care about politics. And this issue is one of the reasons I started to care.

I have been screaming about this for years, and as much as some people don’t like Oprah, this woman has brought a lot of great issues to people who wouldn’t normally notice. Issues like poverty, human rights, crimes against children and now our failing school system. She did a show about this issue yesterday and I think it will open the eyes of alot of people who didnt know what was happening.

I couldn’t figure out when I had to enroll Maya into the local public school district, why the school was so awful. I couldn’t figure out why 8 miles south on Rt. 48 was Oakwood Schools where the teachers and students have the best available to them, yet the kids in Dayton have nothing. And when I say nothing I don’t just mean crappy sports teams and debilitated buildings, I am talking about fundamental education.

I was so fed up with it I had to find alternative education. We couldn’t afford private schools like the one I grew up in, so we went the Charter school route and it has turned out well.

No child in this country, regardless of race or class status deserves to have a sub standard education. Every child deserves to have the same opportunity afforded to them, no matter what their parent’s tax bracket. We live in the richest country in the world and our education system is ranked 22nd. It is truly a disgrace.

In 20 years our economy will be in ruins if we have no work force to support it. This is the concern of Bill and Malinda Gates who are also trying to bring this issue to the fore front.

"Today, however, two-thirds of ninth graders will leave high school without the English and math skills to handle college or land a job that can support a family. This statistic has devastating consequences for our young people and for our country."

No matter how great your child’s school may be, EVERY child deserves to have the same education, and if they don’t have it, we will all paying the consequences for not caring or taking action soon.

The Shame of the Nation is that we are now operating a school system in America that is more segregated that at any time since the death of Martin Luther King.”
This is what Jonathan Kozol Author of The Shame Of A Nation who appeared on Oprah had to say.
"Racial segregation has come back to public education with a vengeance. The average Black and Latino 12th grader in America, right now, reads at the same level as the average white 7th grader. I think it’s the NUMBER ONE moral shame that this nation faces today. I use the terms Apartheid and segregation because I feel there is a certain moment in history where we have the obligation to call things by their right names. And I know the word Apartheid upsets people, but I don’t care if it upsets them, this nation needs to be upset, badly. I believe we need a national amendment which will guarantee every child in America the promise, of not just an equal education, but a high quality education. And that’s something we ought to fight for”.

The most frustrating thing to me is when I talk to my friends that send their kids to private or suburb schools, they just have NO IDEA the crisis this is causing. (and I dont mean ALL people that live in the burbs, Im talking about a certain few that I know... and you know who you are!!) They feel its all exaggerated and brought on by the people who are living it, meaning they are the ones who are poor and they should do something about it. As if your class should have anything to do with the quality of your childs education. I have even been told that its some sort of left wing conspriacy because our dear president would never do the children of this county an injustice. I, however, live not only in the real world but amongst these injustices every day. I also know what our dear president did to the Texas educational system, WAKE UP PEOPLE! I mean come on, do you think the average Black and Latino 12th grader reads at a average white 7th grade level because they choose to? If you do, you need to wake the hell up. If someone is never given the opportunity, how are they supposed to seize it?

There are things we can do. Start to give a damn and stand up for our children. Stand up for their futures, elect officials who will do the same and demand better. You can STAND UP too.

posted by t at 11:36 AM | Permalink | 4 comments
Thank me later...

Trust me, you will be thanking me.

Mine`s in the crock pot.. wheres yours??? My peppers and hard rolls are in the fridge just waiting to be smothered in this stuff.

And after you try it, you`ll be thanking Beth.. this is her recipie, Im just a copy cat.

Chicago Shredded Italian Beef

For about 3 lbs of Beef Chuck Roast (if you make more just add more seasoning)

Cut off some of the extra fat on the meat and cut into large cubes.

Put the meat in a crock pot with at least one packet of dry Italian dressing mix (I use Good Seasons). I usually add another packet later on in the process. I also put in a little olive oil, Worcestershire, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Add enough water to the crock pot, so it covers about 1/2 to 2/3 of the meat.

If you cook it 10-12 hours, cook on low.

If you cook 7 to 8 hours, cook on high.

I stir the meat around every 2 hours or so, you just don't want to open the crock pot too often. I have let it go all day with out stirring and it still turned out ok, but I put a little more water in when I did that.

After it have cooked for at least 7 hours, if the meat is falling apart with a fork, I take it out of the crock pot and shred it with a fork, then I season it more with the Italian dressing mix and salt and pepper to taste. Then I return it to the crock pot for about 30 minutes just to make sure the seasoning is incorporated.

Traditionally, you would eat it with hot or mild peppers and the lady that told me how to make it would put some of the pepper juice in with the meat as it cooks. I don't do that because Bill and I are not huge fans of eating the peppers with it, but it is an option. If you have some extra regular Italian dressing you want to finish up you can always through a little of that in too, but I would still put the dry Italian dressing mix in at the beginning.
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Monday, April 10, 2006
Random Insomniatic thoughts...
Yeah I`m thinking about it too.....

Last night I didn`t finally fall asleep till 5am, I considered just staying up.

It`s nothing new, just not usually till 5am. I can sometimes tune my brain out with Television sooner than that.

I guess my brain is getting louder.

Nothing a little drugs and alcohol cant fix?
But if I resort to that, I`d miss out on all my profound thinking!!

I`ve always thought I should be running the universe. Americal Idol just confirms my beliefs.

Here`s my take:

Chris- Boy has talent, final 2

Taylor- Love this guy, hes fun and original, keep him on for entertainment

Kellie Pickler (said in best southern accent)- Cute gal, not very talented, why does America always fall for these types.

Katharine - My other pick for final 2. Love this gal, shes beautiful, smart and talented.

Kevin- Only contestant voted out that should have been so far. But ya gotta have your token geeky guy.

Mandisa- Why ya gotta keep the big gals down? Its so sad. No way she deserved to be voted off last week. It was the outfit, Im convinced.

Bucky- OMGWTF how does this dillhole survive every effing week!?!?! How did he get to hollywood?!?! how did he get to final 12?!?! I just dont get it. Melissa, Lisa, Mandisa all gone, but Mr. I cant sing worth a shit and have no idea why Im here... he lives. DISGRACE! I mean just look at this guy...

He looks like a girl...

Melissa- I was sad to see her go, not extremely shocked, but IMO she only had one bad week, America you are so cruel.

Lisa - Full of talent. Again, there were other people that should have gone first, but she had declined in her performances. Pre final 12 and the first final 12 performances were out of this world, then she lost her WOW factor as Simon would say. She should still be singing, but I can see why she went.

Paris - This little gal has alot of soul. Very talented, but I dont think she will win. Shes been performing alot like Lisa. Remember her back in the tryouts??? When you said "WOW she is GOOD", you just dont say that anymore after her performances.

ACE- Nice name, but you should be gone. The token pretty boy routine is getting so old.

Elliott - Love this guy. He has a great voice and awesome attitude.

IF IT WERE UP TO ME.... Bucky, Ace, Kevin and Kellie would be gone. I guess 1 out of 4 ain`t bad.

Joe (the other half) is turning 40 this week. Ya, 40. Damn. Anyhow, I supposed I had to do something out of the ordinary to mark this important occasion and to rub it in. Last year I had toyed with the idea of getting him back together with his old friends. Renting a cabin in the smokies (his favorite place) and inviting everyone. But I ran into technical issues not being able to contact everyone, had to try for Joes help, hes such a fuddy duddy he didnt like the idea.. blahblahblah. So, I decided to try and find a cheap last minute deal on travelocity. They had some great weekend trips for < $200, flight + hotel for two, I was pretty impressed. Boston, Baltimore, Washington DC all sounded good to me, but its not my birthday. So, I broke down and started searching for a deal in the Smokies. It is definitely not my favorite place to go. Dont get me wrong, I dont mind it, its relaxing, but its not in my top 10. And I found a great deal on a cabin, so I rented it. When I called down to place the reservation, I spoke with a man who didnt usually work in the office (Greaaaaat). I asked him not to send anything to my house in the mail as it was a surprise (dont worry Joe doesnt read the blog). And wouldnt you figure, Joe had gone thru the mail (something he never does) and when I went to see what was there.... an envelope from AMERICAN MOUNTAIN RENTALS. GREAAAAAAT ... AND when I opened it, they had over charged my credit card by double. I effing swear, no one wants me to sleep ... EVER.

What is over the hill anyways? I always thought it was 40. Joe says its 30? I dunno bout that.

So now Im worried that he saw the letter. My only hope is that he didnt pay attention to it, which as it turns out, he says he didnt. I was thinking of the sarcastic comments I would make when I called the cabin place, all the things I had to do to get ready... groceries, cleaning, laundry, work, babysitter, him not finding out....

Speaking of cleaning and laundry, I think we have a 30 minute rule in our house. After mom works all day to clean up, it cant last for more than 30 minutes.

Did you know laundry is never done? No matter what, there is always a basket hiding somewhere.

Anyhow, I wish we could go somewhere else instead of the smokies, but he will love it. HAHA I just remembered the time he kissed the blarney stone in Ireland. I think this was one of the funniest moments of my life. And the part about the "gift of gab" is a load of BS. I was laughing so hard I cant believe I got this photo. The guy working there, he burned Joe so bad... "now ya know laddie, this is to give ya gab, not more hair". He went on and on and on... good stuff.

OMG work... I have two open enrollments this month and I havent even scheduled them. Maya is on spring break next week, I think Ill take the week off.

Why the hell isnt my High Stakes Poker recording. For some reason the DVR has GSN blocked from recording now. What is the world coming to?

At least Bill finally gave me that Chicago Beef recipie... and its gonna be good (making it Wednesday for Joes bday). I got the chuck roast at sams club yesterday. I love their meat. Altho, their prices on other things keep going up!! $17 for toilet paper! My gawd. And they dont carry my paper plates anymore, which is really annoying. I got 1000 paper plates for $5.14, now I have to buy the 50-100 at the grocery for $2, what a rip off.

Can you believe I spent 2 hours slaving over a stove making home made fried chicken on Friday night (for the family bday bash for my mom and Joe) only to have Joe forget to put the leftovers in the fridge?? I didnt even get a piece, and had to throw my hard work in the trash. I was so pissed.

I need to clean my fish tank. Poor Sonny must be suffocating. Can fish suffocate in water? Hmmmm.

Maya has girl scouts Monday .. Maya has girl scouts Monday ... Maya has girls scouts Monday... dont forget.

Joes mom is coming Memorial day weekend.....sigh. That means more cleaning. We had better get those bunkbeds before then so they can sleep on the bottom double, at least then I wont have to give the toy room a scrub.

At least Anna let me sleep till 8am. Is it nap time yet?
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Girls Rule...
Even from the womb. Girls rule. Including my neice shown left! We found out Tuesday last week that ITS A GIRL!!

Congrats Bette and Scott!

I am pretty excited, I love babies and Ive been waiting for my sister to finally have one for 6 years. I`ve already started packing up all my old baby things and now I can even get rid of the clothes!!

They aren`t for sure of a name yet, but the preliminary is Harper Lea (pronounced Lee).
posted by t at 7:38 AM | Permalink | 1 comments
Friday, April 07, 2006
Seeing my kids do something for the first time is always interesting. I have always avoided taking them to a funeral. But last night was their first. It was a tough decision, but a very good friend of our family passed at age 56 from a massive stroke, Mike Egbert. He was also the grandfather of Maya and Annas playmates who would of course be there. The people attending would also be mostly adults and kids they know, so we decided it would be a good time to take them with us.

Maya impressed me. She was stuck to Victoria (his granddaughter) like glue the entire time. The viewing was at a huge old funeral home, so the kids there had plenty to explore/terrorize. On the way home she told me what Victoria told her about how her grandpa died. She had alot of questions of course, and I just told her that if she doesnt understand death she shouldnt feel bad, cause most grown ups dont understand it all either. We talked about our souls, and how they never die, whether or not we turn into ghosts or go to heaven and why people dont come back to life like in cartoons/movies.

Before hand I had asked Maya to say dead/die/died as little as possible in front of Anna. She is just too young and wouldnt understand what was going on. And most likely say something really embarassing once we got there. But of course, Adam and Victoria filled her in after we arrived. After that all Anna could say was "Theres a dead papa up there, but hes gonna wake up". The bad thing was she said it to anyone who would listen! Once Joe got there he took all the kids outside to run around, at least that way Anna wasnt so informative.

Overall I think it was a good experience for them. We, in my family, have been fortunate enough not to have to deal with such things yet. Maybe this was she will be a little more prepared for the inevitable.

Today Im off to Mayas school to volunteer at the book fair all day. Anna is going to Uncle Scotts while Im there. Afterwards Maya and I have to hit the grocery to pick up the last few items for my mom and Joes birthday dinner we are having tonight. Im gonna make Joes favorite, Fried Chicken. One of the two times a year I make it (birthday and fathers day) what can I say, Im lazy and fried chicken is alot of work.
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006
I almost forgot!!
Yesterday, April 4th was a very special day! Two of my favorite people were born on this day.

My mother...

Patty Lea born in 1950, shown in this picture top left. Happy Birthday mom!! I love you.

My mother is my best friend and just a little crazy, which makes her perfect. She is the most self motovated determined woman I know. I dont know what I would do without her.

On her left is my father, Terry. Bottom row from left Anna, me, my grandmother Wanda, Maya and my sister Bethany.

Maya Angelou born 1928. What a woman and what a life she has led. She is most definitely my favorite modern poet, and who I named my first child after. Although, I have many Maya favorites, here is one that you may know and is one at the top of my list...

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the win
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and is tune is heard
on the distant hillfor the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Maya Angelou

posted by t at 2:49 PM | Permalink | 0 comments
Cracking Butt`s...
Yesterday, about 4:30 I get a phone call. My brother, Dave, is on the phone "I need a favor" he says. Turns out when he went to get in his car, his tire didnt have enough air to drive on. He wanted me to come over in the Super Mom-mobile, that has an air compressor built in the back, so he could re-inflate the tire. No problem.

I load up the girls and head over. When I pull up I see his tire is completely flat! The treads are even coming off. I explain that even if it does fill up the tire it would pry take FOREVERRR, but he wants to give it a shot. 30 mins later, no progress. "Dont you have a spare?" he opens his trunk, pulls out a TV set, moves over all the other junk and we get out the spare. Once we get the lug nuts off the tire wont come off! This is when I realize -'hey didnt dad get us all AAA for christmas?' and I ask why he didnt just call AAA. Well that would be too easy.

With a hammer we eventually get the tire off. All the while the girls sitting in the mini van with the doors open commentating on our work. Once we get the spare on and all thats left to do is tighten up the nuts, I get back in the van waiting to follow him to the mechanic.

This is when Maya leans up to me and says "I can see Uncle Daves butt crack". Dave was pretty frustrated, hes not used to the constant bantering of children when you are trying to work, so naturally, I egg her on. "Why dont you tell him Maya?" so she yells out of the van "I CAN SEE YOUR BUTT CRACK UNCLE DAVE! You need to get some new pants!" Dave replies in the mean frustrated voice I know all to well "I dont need anything Maya, be quiet!" hehehehe Then my Anna cant refuse the fun and says "UNCLE DAVE, YOUR BUTT IS CRACKING!!".

I love my girls.
posted by t at 10:28 AM | Permalink | 2 comments
Sunday, April 02, 2006
The Three Outer...
I know I bitch and moan about this, but my god, is there any justice in this world?!? Of course not, I mean we have a President and his administration screwing the whole world up the ass (sorry the "news" is on) and Im whining about poker, but that doesnt stop me.

These are some painful exerpts from All in or Fold last evening...

The poker gods tried to beat me down when after the third hand I looked like this:

Dealt to khanwoman [Ac Qh]
khanwoman calls 15, and is all in

The hand earlier I had AQ at the other table and met up with IFs QQ... I can handle that.

Before you know it, this incident put me in shock.

Seat 2: xproximox (7,795)
Seat 4: khanwoman (2,380)<-- ya thats right, i had 15 chips earlier...
Seat 8: gadzooks64 (2,840)
Seat 9: IlliniFan (6,485)
IlliniFan posts the small blind of 40
xproximox posts the big blind of 80
The button is in seat #8
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to khanwoman [8s Ac]
khanwoman raises to 2,380, and is all in
gadzooks64 folds
IlliniFan raises to 6,485, and is all in
xproximox folds
IlliniFan shows [Jh Jc]
IlliniFan: gl
khanwoman shows [8s Ac]
Uncalled bet of 4,105 returned to IlliniFan
*** FLOP *** [5s 5c 6s]
*** TURN *** [5s 5c 6s] [As] <--- OMG did I just hit a THREE OUTER?!?! This hasnt happened to me in sooooooooooooo long!
gadzooks64: goooooooo somebody
*** RIVER *** [5s 5c 6s As] [3h]
IlliniFan shows two pair, Jacks and Fives
khanwoman shows two pair, Aces and Fives
khanwoman wins the pot (4,840) with two pair, Aces and Fives
IlliniFan: 3 outer...sigh

But alas, my elation cant last long, and I even served retribution for the 3 outer I hit when I was beat, not by ONE of the 3 outer hitting, but TWO.

Dealt to khanwoman [Js Ac]
gadzooks64 folds
IlliniFan folds
xproximox raises to 7,715, and is all in
khanwoman calls 4,760, and is all in
xproximox shows [Qs Jd]
khanwoman shows [Js Ac]
Uncalled bet of 2,875 returned to xproximox
*** FLOP *** [Ah 6c Qd]
*** TURN *** [Ah 6c Qd] [4s]
*** RIVER *** [Ah 6c Qd 4s] [Qc] <-- just to show me whos boss
xproximox shows three of a kind, Queens
khanwoman shows two pair, Aces and Queens
xproximox wins the pot (9,680) with three of a kind, Queens
khanwoman stands up

So for those of you who are doubters, it really does happen to me every time.

I really need to get the poker odds god, kent hrbek, to re calcualte the odds for me.
posted by t at 8:04 AM | Permalink | 3 comments
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Everybody Loves Steeler...
The hotdogs are boiling (I know Im a great cook) and I had a few spare minutes so as usual I start my blog browsal (if thats a word).

Why does each post on Steelers blog have more comments than my entire blog? Am I missing something? Is it the feeling of the cusp? His way of dealing with women named Rachel? Thomas` potty humor? The brothers and Wild Bill? Or waiting for more unemployed burns from over bearing mothers??

I think he should take it to the next level and start selling advertising space. Or maybe post videos of him bitch slapping smart ass moms. Either would be entertaining.

Or do I have to admit, its just a damned good blog and well... everybody loves steeler.

gg steeler
posted by t at 5:47 PM | Permalink | 6 comments