I have enjoyed a nice few days away from the tables. The last session I played was on Tuesday, and since then have not touched a poker site. Stepping away from the game and balancing it out with other areas of life is so important to my mental well being. I didn't use to make enough time for myself away from the felt and I would continue to play burnt out poker...not good.
So what did I do this week?
*I went to see the Quentin Tarantino movie, "Inglorious Basterds," which I thought was excellent. The cinematography was amazing and I espcially loved the actor who played the German SS officer....his acting was brilliant!
*I also went out and got my younger sister a few gifts for her new studio. She will be starting graduate school at UPenn next week and will only be 20 min away now, which will be great, because we have been living 60miles away or more ever since I left for college at the age of 18. So I'm very much looking forward to driving into the city to meet up for dinner regularly and hear about classes, grad life, and her campus crushes. My sister is prettier than words, and I have always been protective of her, but she is 22 now and I have to remind myself she is growing into a mature young woman. Even though if it were up to me, I'd have her tie her hair in pigtails and wear turtle necks everyday =x.
This morning, I drove into philly and met up with her, my brother, sister-in-law and the parents to check out her new studio and have lunch. We ate at an Indian restaurant on campus, which was suprisingly good.
*I rearranged my room this evening...hung up some new pictures, and paintings. Moved my desktop around, because I decided it was in a distracting part of the apartment, and I wanted to test it out in a quieter area. So if I end up shipping a sunday major tomorrow, I guess we will know why it took so long ;)
*I still have piles and piles of clothes to sort through, which I am not looking forward to, but it has to be done. There is just so much stuff I don't wear anymore and I want to get it organized and donate it. The Salvation Army donation drop spot is literally 1 minute from where I live, so there is no excuse for me to not get it done. I am sure many people can make use of the clothes, shoes, and handbags that I don't even touch anymore.
*I spent some time watching poker videos. Ok correction, I indulged in watching poker videos at BlueFire Poker, because I am absolutely enamoured with Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, and his poker mind. His poker videos are on PLO and NL cash games, neither of which I play, LOL, but it doesn't stop me from sitting there and listening to his genius stream of poker consciousness, in the hopes of soaking some in. In fact, he recently posted an insightful blog, "Midnight Ramblings," which is a Must Read!!
*Speaking of great poker minds, if you haven't checked out Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald's interview, then don't waste another minute. I have known Alex for a little over 3 years now and he was one of the first online mtt friends I made. I knew he was a special, unique person then, and it has been great watching him progress, mature, and emerge ahead of a very competitive pack. I think the best things for Alex are yet to come, and with the conviction, passion and determination he has, who knows what he can/will achieve. He is a great player, a great writer, a great friend, and a great person. Thanks for the candid and inspiring interview Alex <3
*Well it is 3am and I suppose I should try to get some sleep. Tomorrow is a big day of poker and I will be approaching the tables refreshed and ready for battle. WCOOP and MiniFtops both start this week as well, and I am planning on making a couple of deep runs in those. So while my time away has been rejuvenating, it is back to the grind ladies and gents.
Step #1: Silence/block out all distractions
Step #2: Focus
Step #3: Isolate each hand, not allowing unwanted results to interfere with future decisions.
Step #4: Be Confident
Step #5: Crush.
Best of luck to all. xoxox