Anyway, I had a huge post in mind where I went over the festivities, but I just don't feel like composing all of it now. So I'll write a synopsis.
12/21 - Did all my Christmas shopping, met up with some old restauraunt buddies and got hammered.
12/22 - Recovery and Festivus Party, got plowed again.
12/23 - Recovery, Church, Present Wrapping, and Football.
12/24 - Food Prep, Mass, Christmas at the in-laws.
12/25 - Santa came, kids got lots of stuff, we had food at Rach's aunts house.
12/26 - My crew comes to dinner, I make the best Turkey EVAR, kids trash the house.
12/27 - I make turkey soup. We clean. I reschedule my 1/2 trip to NY, cause no one will actually be in my office.
12/28 - Family Poker night. We have lots of family over, I run a poker tournament, I'm gigli in the first one and Rach wins. I win the second one, then donk most of our winnings playing cash once I can't see straight.
12/29 - Recovery, Cleaning.
12/30 - Church, New Years Prep and my sister's girls spend the night. We are having people over AGAIN tomorrow!!?!
12/31 - Happy New Year!! I fall asleep on the couch while my wife subs for me in beer pong. Talk about degenerates...
1/1 - Recovery, Football. GA wins!!! So do I!!!!!
1/2 - I manage to make it to work, but don't actually do anything.
So there ya go..you think I might have a drinking problem!?!?!?! Nah.
I did get lots of quality time in with the kids, my wife, my friends, and my extended family. I truly enjoy the amount of time we spent entertaining.
My 2007 goals fell a bit short, here they were:
- Don't go broke. - This will be my biggest challenge since I tend to win, then donk and reload on a fairly regular basis. FAIL
- Win the Mookie and at least one WPBT event. - These are the only regular blogger tournaments I have not won. I won't count the DON's Big Game. FAIL, although I did take 2nd in a WPBT HORSE event and 3rd in a live blogger event.
- Attend a sanctioned blogger event. I'd really like to put some faces to names at some point. I need to win enough money to get to Vegas this summer, another big challenge tied to #1 goal. PASS! I went to Okie-Vegas which in my humble opinion is far cooler than regular Vegas.
So looking forward, I'm going to try a few things.
The past year of playing online has humbled me immensely. I finally have decided that I just can't beat it. It is simply not in me. The patience, the dedication, the study, the grind. I can't do it. I'm not wired right.
I do want to take my live play to a new level though. I want to make it less of a social escape and more of a study of psychology. I feel like I do have an edge over the typical player live. I can still tend to be wild, but I'm more connected to the game live and feel like I can more effectively operate that way.
As of right now I can't say whether I'll play online anymore, and I can't say I feel that bad about it. I currently have an agreement with the wife. She has always had problems with the amount of time I spend on the computer.
In the past I have ignored her needs and did what I wanted. I realize its not fair, and will begin to temper my desires and pay more attention to our relationship. Any good marriage takes time and commitment and I realize I have failed in my part in the past.
In that vein, we have started a "Biggest Loser" contest with some friends and family. We will have a contest to see who can improve their BMI by the most for the next 8 weeks.
I will finally have some motivation to eat better and shed 10 - 20 lbs. I'm getting older and my body isn't metabolizing food the way it used to. I simply can't keep eating like a pig, unless I want to be one. I'm too vain to let that happen, sorry.
So, Poker related Goals for 2008:
Increased successful live play and concrete bankroll tracking.
Personal Goals for 2008:
Pay attention to diet and exercise - lose 20LBs and keep it off.
Give more time and effort to family.
Simple goals again, once I can get 2 -3 goals per year maybe I can expand.
I'll REALLY be in New York next Monday through Wednesday, so hopefully I can hook up with some of the New York crew while I'm there.
You all have a great New Year, see ya!