Wednesday, August 16, 2006


And this time, I got a good look at it. It's still huge!

I spotted it on the bottom of my front door when I was taking the dog out. I stared it down for a few minutes, and came to realize that I wasn't going to be able to get back in the front door without removing it. I was barefoot and had no weapons. The only thing I could find on the front porch was an empty 1 L water bottle. It was bigger then the bottom of the bottle!!!

I finally went across the street and recruited the old neighbor guy. He sprayed it down with some stuff that he promised would kill it. It didn't. He sprayed it some more. It bared its fangs at us and tried to attack. After using half the can, it finally was paralyzed enough that we could nail it with the broom. Well, he could nail it with the broom. I was standing back 20 feet or so. Ah, mission accomplished. One more dead spider!

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Other Half of the Weekend

Was spent taking adorable pictures of the posing Emily

What I would do with $5,000

Jeremy and I played in the "Regional Finals" on Saturday for our texas hold 'em poker league. There were 70 players, and it was the biggest live tournement that I've ever played in. When I saw my table, I was disappointed to realize that 6 of the players I play with on a regular basis - dashing my chances of portraying the role of "dumb girl". But, I did have my favorite dealer of all time, $ Dave, so that made up for it!

After the first hour, things looked good for me, my stack was up about 25%. At a different table, Jeremy was not faring so well. He was just below even, but he ended up with our bad luck dealer, so we knew it was going to be a struggle for him.

At the second hour, I was surprised to realize that 1.) We had been playing for 2 hours! 2.) Most of my fellow Vero players were already out 3.) My stack had taken a major hit and I was down to half of what I started with. Oops.

Shortly after the break, Jeremy fell victim, and it was on me to bring home the money. Here are the two hands that put me out: I was in the big blind for $800 and was dealt Ace Jack of Hearts. Beautiful big blind hand. Now, if only I could limp in, hit my ace or even better a sraight or a flush and I could pick up some major chips. Not going to happen. A WPB kid raised to $2000, so I put in the extra $1200 so I could see the flop. It came out crap, crap, more crap. WPB raised again. I knew that he was sitting on high pockets, and with all the crap on the board, he had me beat. I folded. There went almost 40% of my stack. Now, I was definitely the small stack. Time for another break, Wow! I've been playing for 3 hours and I made it to the almost half way point, we are down to 37-40 players.

We come back from break with a lot of encouragement, both from friends and Kamikaze shots, and I adjust my game plan. It's time to sit back and wait for the hand. I just got out of the blinds, my table is full again since we merged before the break, I've got 8 hands to just watch and wait. Two hands later, I'm dead. I get dealt JJ. No one raises ahead of me, so I push in my remaining $3500 in chips. This should be enough to scare off any of the mediocre hands since the blinds are at $500 and a $1000, should be enough to make the blinds think twice before calling. The small blind (WPB kid AGAIN), calls my all in, along with the chip leader. The flop comes out 9 4 4. WPB raises and I realize that I'm screwed, I'm out of the tournament. Chip leader folds, and we flip. WPB kid has flopped a full house with his pocket 9's. Dammit.

But I did end up having fun. I played in a single table tournament later that day, and took 3rd (still not sure how because some guy at the table was buying me a LOT of drinks). Our buddy Steve came in 10th overall, and I was in bed before 11! Yay!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

More Fun With Numbers

On Saturday, Jeremy and I will be driving to Gypsy's Irish Pub for the Regional Finals for our Texas Hold Em Poker league. The directions on the league website indicate we should take 95, however, MapQuest is telling me to take the Turnpike. What do I choose?

From Our House to Gypsy's via the Turnpike:
74.72 miles times gas mileage = 3.25 gallons of gas
3.25 gallons of gas times Average = $9.78
Turnpike Tolls = $4.20
ROUNDTRIP = $23.76

From Our House to Gypsy's via 95:
85.96 miles times gas mileage = 3.74 gallons of gas
3.74 gallons of gas times Average = $11.26
ROUNDTRIP = $22.52

We're taking 95! It's going to save us $1.24! Which everyone knows by now equals .41 gallons of gas and 9.48 miles farther we can drive!!!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Another Poker Weekend

Last week the "location" finals were held for our Poker League. Every night, Jeremy was at the Vero Bowl either dealing or playing and I got the chance to play on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Monday I sucked. Wednesday I sucked not as bad. Saturday I didn't even want to play, so I sucked. Yesterday, I did well, but not good enough, so needless to say, I came away empty handed. Jeremy ended up with 2 wins (Wednesday and Sunday), we are in the Regional Finals this weekend!!! 66 players and the winner gets $5000 to use towards any poker tournament, satellite tournament or poker school. I like our odds...

Now I just have to work out the logistics. We have to be in Wellington around 11 a.m., which means we need to leave our house by about 930 or 1000 and we won't be home until 8ish. That is a lot of babysitting money! Plus, lunch and dinner, etc. Argh.

Friday, August 04, 2006

That's Horrendous

Thanks to Jeff, aka Hollywood for the above quote...

What I'm referring to is the price of gas! I filled up today and it was $43.50! It was $3.09 per gallon!!! If my tank would have been on E, it would have cost me $55.62!!!

I'm doing what I can. I don't drive a gas guzzler. I drive a Grand Prix. I don't speed, I don't drive if I can walk or at the least take Jer's purple Thunder.

Let's do some math:

Home to Daycare = 6.05 miles
Daycare to Work = 10.22 miles
ROUNDTRIP = 32.54 miles
Current gas mileage x 32.54 = $4.37

Car Payment per day = $8.27

Daycare per day = $25.00

Not including clothes and food, it is costing me $37.64 every day to come to work. That is 43% of my income, just to get here.

Tune in tomorrow when I figure taxes into the occasion and soon learn that its costing me money to come to work!