Saturday, August 1, 2015

Celebrations

I shared before how when I came home after being crowned a 3-time National ACS Champion last year, that I was depressed and very alone.  I had no one to share my accomplishments with and it was quite sobering.

Fast forward a year later and my friend Kimmy placed 2nd in that same ACS 9 Ball tourney I had won the previous year.  I was SO happy for her!

Although she was among friends, her boyfriend was not there with her.  After she came home, and started back at work, he sent her flowers to congratulate her!  It was one of the sweetest things I think I ever saw!  He lived out of state and was still "celebrating" with her and congratulating with her with flowers.  It really touched me and I thought it was super, super sweet.

Before I even got home from BCAPL Nationals this week, my friend Courtney said she wanted to have dinner to celebrate.  I admit, I cried when I read the text.  It meant SO much!

We met up last night at Pappadeaux:


I hardly ever see my friend Courtney anymore because I don't have my Sunday league and am slowing down on my Thursday league.  So, it was cool to have dinner and talk about my 5th place and to catch up about her family, and for her to even think of getting together to celebrate.

:)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Game Face

Back in Feb when I went to my Dad's memorial in Virginia, his wife and his wife's sister both suggested I do my eyebrows different, as they are world renowned make up artists.

So, they plucked away at my eyebrows and taught me how to reshape them to make my eyes look bigger, younger, and my face more open and happy.

I was coloring them thin and then down on the ends, and they said I need to thicken them and for sure not draw them down.  Drawing them down makes you look sad, instead you need to open up your eyes.

So, as I shaped my eyebrows the morning of the last day of the BCAPL Nationals Singles competition, I joked with myself that I should draw my eyebrows into an angry look.  You know, drawing them like this to make me look angry and mean for my opponents:

 (for all you Seinfeld fans)

I thought it was pretty funny!  It would definitely had distracted my opponents, lol!

I then just practiced my angry, game face:


But in reality, I play best calm and cool, not angry or mean.  :)





Thursday, July 30, 2015

Finally Finished Well at BCAPL Nationals!

After all the years I have been playing at BCAPL Nationals, I can finally say that I finally finished well!!

I placed 5th out of about 250 players!


I cannot begin to express how happy and accomplished and ecstatic I feel.  I can't even put it into words, really.

I have wanted to place well for so many years, had the talent to do it the last few years, but could never come with it during game time.  This year, I did!

WOW!

Still honestly, can't believe it.  I.am.so.happy!!

The girl that put me out of the tournament went on to win the entire event - the BCAPL Women's Open Singles!  VERY proud of her as she played GREAT!  Even though I had a few chances against her which may haunt me (lol) I am happy to have been beaten by the eventual winner.

And, her name was Toni and since that's my Mom's name, that was cool, too.

Further - I placed high enough to finally get moved up as an ADVANCED player.  YAY!!  So happy!   And, I was ONE match away from becoming a Master - dang it, so close...  :(

But still very extremely happy to finally place so high in this event that I have played in for about 15-20 years.  Feels awesome after all those years of thinking I can do well to finally actually play well enough to place high.

Go me!

And congrats to Toni Sakamoto for winning the entire shebang!

Everyone keeps saying how can I leave the competing after placing so high, but I have already made up my mind - no more leagues.  So, super glad I went out on a high note!  Wow - still can't believe this....  :)



No Showboat

I have written several times that I don't normally share my pool life with my coworkers.  I have about one million reasons why, and here lists just a few:  LINK ONE, LINK TWO

So, check out this crazy exchange that JUST happened today.  The timing is very ironic to me:

I walk to the elevator and three coworkers are standing there waiting for the down elevator, also.

One starts a convo with me:  "I haven't seen you in a while.  You been on vacation?"

"Yes" is all I reply.  I don't mention I just was in Vegas.

"Oh that's good.  Guess you don't want to tell us where, huh?"

"Nah" I say with uncomfortableness.

"Do you still play pool?"

"Yes" is again my one-word reply.  I don't share with them I was just in Vegas for pool.

"You used to play competitively.  Do you still?"

"Yes" is all I reply.

"Are you good?"

"Yes" is all I reply again, not even sharing I just placed 5th out of 250 women!

I could have shared that I was just in Vegas playing pool competitively, placed my highest finish in singles, and am ECSTATIC about it, but I just smiled shyly and replied, "yes" to most of his questions without adding anything extra.

I just don't talk about my personal pool life anymore with folks here.

Wish I could - I'm pretty freaking proud of myself!