Before the world ends…here is my personal 2012 review

Hi,

2012… I can’t say it was an exceptional year with exceptional events. I try to make every year special and so when everything is special it all becomes common…I guess.

Anyway, here is my review of my own personal 2012.

First timers

Originally I once said I want to try to do something every single day of my life that I haven’t done before. This is obviously difficult…even with tiny things…but I got a few things on the list that were this year’s “firsts”:

  • Stood on stage alone with a guitar in front of an audience to perform music. I have stood on the stage before…but either speaking or performing music with a full band. This was the first time all alone338321_10150496982771455_529381454_8728928_1973809197_o
  • Went to a cocktail making class
  • Did Abseiling
  • played my first table tennis tournament (got eliminated in the first round, but hey…)
  • Used a PowerPlate for the first time
  • watched my first ever Super Bowl on TV
  • played my first poker cash game with a PokerStars Team Pro (Lex Veldhuis). I have played with Team Pros in tourneys already but never in a cash game
  • First proper Spa experience (at Tropicana Las Vegas with Steam Room, Chill-Out area with waterfalls, free juice, Swedish Massage)
  • First $2/$5 cash game session (aaaaand it was successful :D)
  • Used an Oxygen Bar for the first time (didn’t really do anything)
  • Went to a Star Trek Convention
  • Spent some time in a Caesar’s Total Rewards Diamond Lounge at Paris casino in Vegas
  • Had a Kangaroo burger (I think I had kangaroo before…but I am not sure though)
  • lifted weights on barbells

Achievements

The biggest achievement this year I would say is my live poker results. I final tabled in 3 major (side) events and finally found my way on several poker directories as an official poker player.540654_10150778508078659_528597456_n

  • Bowling – at a company bowling event I won the award for “Best Female” (and it was on my 33rd birthday)
  • Age – turned 33 (who knew I would get that far ;))
  • Poker – made the final table at the Irish Poker Open โ‚ฌ330 Side Event (finished 7th)
  • Poker – made the final table at the EPT Berlin Side โ‚ฌ330 Side Event (finished 3rd)
  • Poker – made the final table at one of the Binion’s Classics Events (finished 4th) — all in all I had my best live poker year ever!
  • Bejeweled Blitz – achieved a personal record of a 1,045,200 score ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • 2000 Facebook Friends224528_10151278634778659_2028104335_n
  • 100 Twitter Followers
  • won prize for best Halloween outfit at the company party

Adventures

Only one proper Adventure. Need to improve in this area next year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • went to Vegas for a month in the attempt to live the life of a poker pro for 28 days

Personal Development

  • Joined CrossFit
  • Runkeeper class “o to 5k” more or less successful – so I jogged 5km in one go after 7 weeks but when I was actually to do it in week 8 my calf injury prevented me from finishing it.
  • took a singing lesson
  • discovered that I am good at Beer Pong
  • changed my hair from blonde to red to brown over the year
  • lost almost 8 kilos, gained 6 back, lost 4 again
  • started learning Ukulele

Met/Saw

This section is about people of interest (at least for me) that I met and shows, concerts etc. that I saw.

  • met Team PokerStars Pro Lex Velduis in IOM
  • saw a show of comedian Dara O’Briain in IOM
  • met legend Boris Becker in IOM
  • met racer Guy Martin (who acted like an absolute prick) in IOM
  • met my little baby brother
  • met poker pro Shaun Deeb (who taught me Open-face Chinese Poker) in IOM
  • met racer Conor Cummins in IOM
  • saw a show of the magician Criss Angel in Vegas (it was shit)
  • saw another show of Steel Panther in Vegas562008_10151150628223659_1358046428_n
  • saw the start of the poker tournament with the biggest buy-in in history: the $1,000,000 One Drop in Vegas
  • saw another show of my favourite German band Die ร„rzte in Germany
  • met poker pro Gavin Smith at the tables in Vegas
  • saw a Thunder from Downunder show in Vegas156939_10151336312783659_329737132_n
  • met at that point still reigning World Champion of poker Pius Heinz in Berlin
  • saw a show of the cabaret group Fascinating AIDA in IOM
  • saw a concert of Frank Turner and met him afterwards in IOM

I registered this domain: niceandsunny.com – big things will happen here! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This year started and will finish in Germany.

The Isle of Man is now officially my home for the longest time in 8 years. I had spent 5 years in the German city Hildesheim and left it in February 2004. Every other place since then was only my home for 1 or 2 years. This little island is now home for almost 3 years.

I will continue to try and see and do a lot of things in life that I have never seen or done before. Because this is what life is about! And don’t worry. I ill make sure to tell you about everything I do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Add me on Facebook and Twitter if you want to know what I am up to. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

See you all in 2013 (if the world won’t end tomorrow)!

Christin