Wednesday, September 30, 2009

LPGA Q-school - Day 1 & 2

Well, day 1 on the Panther course didn't turn out as well as I wanted it to. I had a pretty slow start and was already 6 over after 9 holes! I did finish out even on the back, but 6-over was not the number I was looking at for Day 1. I knew I had to have a good day today. But unfortunately, I fell short by 1 shot by shooting 75 on the Bobcat course. This is probably the 5th time now this year where I have missed the cut by just 1 shot. :-(
So looks like my golf season is done for the year. It's bittersweet - would have been nice to go to Final Stage of LPGA Q-school but then again, it will be nice to just be home for a while.
Oh well... going to leave Venice, FL for home early, but thinking about perhaps taking a detour to Disney World or Sea World. I can't decide!! :-)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Snakes and gators!

All that's typical of FL of course! I forgot to post this pic of a sign that I saw on Tuesday, at a rest area during one of my stops in Florida. I wonder if anyone actually turned around and went back straight into their car when they saw this warning!

And then, yesterday, on the 17th holes, there was a gator just lazing under some palm trees. I was thinking about getting closer to get a better picture but figured, nah... maybe not :-)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Welcome to Venice, FL!

And oh, what's that...? Low on Coolant??? NO! Is that possible??!! I don't drive the station-wagon very much but since it is suppose to be the "better" car, I decided to take it on my trip to FL this time. And the first thing I saw when I turned on the car this morning was this bright red warning sign on the dashboard! Well, thankfully everything can be solved by going to Wal-mart!
I drove through 3 big rain cells yesterday. There were times when I couldn't even see the car in front of me! And why is it that people don't turn on their lights when it's raining so hard?!? There were also moments of lightning flashes and then a roar of thunder where I actually jumped in my seat! In any case, I'm glad the car didn't overheat yesterday and Bobby can't tell me that my little Honda is not reliable because knock on wood, it has been all these years!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Gravity taking over?

3 months and 4 days later... I think my hair is starting to actually flop over! It's so weird because I just wrote that other blog a few days ago about how my hair is still sticking straight up! But I woke up on Sunday and Bobby made the comment that it looks good flat. And I thought that maybe it's because I had the pillow over my head while I was sleeping. But then, today, when I woke up, it WAS actually FLAT! YAY!
On a side note, I'm on my way to Florida now for LPGA Q-school. Drove 12+ hours today, with about 20 minutes or so listening to Lola (my GPS) telling me to drive in circles, back into the bad traffic on I-24 E!! Grrr...!
Anyhow, 10 more hours to go and all of it on I-75 South!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hair update - 3 months later...

I figured I'd post a pic of me with my bed head. Yes, this is what my hair would look like almost every morning now. You just never know what it's going to do! And I'm still waiting for the day when gravity takes over. All my hair does is stand straight up! So it's either throw a cap on (which I really dislike doing, except when I'm playing golf) or stick my head in the shower. So obviously I've chosen option #2 a lot lately.
Quick home update - I finally have my first cast iron pot! I've been wanting one for a long time now and last night, while roaming around Marshalls, we found this bright red one for a really good price! I finally convinced Bob that we needed one after watching the movie Julie & Julia. In short, it's about a girl - Julie Powell, who decides to cook 524 recipes from Julia Child's cookbook in 365 days. I thought it was a great movie! So anyhow, my task now (before I leave for q-school next week) is to make Boeuf Bourguignon a la Julia Child - Recipe #148007. Wish me luck!!! Just don't make me spell it again... :-)

Monday, September 14, 2009

New kitchen sink!

Bob and I bought a new kitchen sink over the weekend. I'm so excited! The new sink is a little bit deeper than the current one that we have, and so I'm not exactly how the install would work. It looks so easy on those internet videos! Anyhow, figured we'd call Home Depot to get an install estimate and it came back as $230!! Maybe I will have to visit Paul the Plumber at Lowe's instead to get some new tools and advice!
To be continued...

Friday, September 11, 2009

AHHH moments!

There were 3 AHHH moments today. The first one was when I opened the front door, looked up and "Ahhh!" there was a frog on the light fixture! Then, I turned to look at the other light fixture by the door, and "Ahhh!!!" it's a praying mantis! There are so many bugs around the lights these days so I guess the frog and praying mantis figured out that this was a good spot to hang!
And then, when I was looking at our garden out front, the final "AHHHH!" moment was when I saw all the mushrooms that have sprouted out! It was like a double AHHH!!! We've been getting so much rain lately, I guess it is now just ideal for mushrooms. Too bad we can't cook and eat them! I was going to the store today to get mushrooms and walked out with everything else except for mushrooms!
I suppose if there was another AHHH moment today was when I finally figured out what was wrong with my phone. I went out to lunch with Bobby and that was when he confessed that he had spilled salsa on my phone last night. No wonder I was having problems listening out of it! Aaahhhh.....

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Home sweet home!

Ahh... it's so good to be home! It took me about 22 hours to get home from NJ. On the first day, the trip was going really well until I came to a 5-mile back-up. It took me almost 45 minutes just to get through it! It was a bad wreck that involved a cop car, where the entire trunk and backseat was completely crushed in! Scary!!
On day 2, there was fog, rain, sun, and everything in between! At one point, I thought I saw a dragon in the clouds. Now as I look at the picture closer, it almost looks like the dragon is blowing out smoke! Haha... no I'm not/wasn't smoking anything ;-)
Another 10 more days or so and I'll have to get myself out to Florida for the LPGA Q-school. I was planning on driving there but after the long drive coming home, I'm really thinking twice about that now! I still have a few more days to decide. In the meantime, it's really nice to just have some downtime in my own home!

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Ok... I just had to. It looked too cool not to take a picture of!
211,111 miles at 3:07pm today. And yes... guilty! Driving and taking pictures at the same time! The speedometer is a little off. I'm really only going at 67 mph, plus or minus :-)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

No way!!!

Ok... I guess unfortunately "way". I missed the last event of the Futures tour by 1 shot today! And it's just so easy (and frustrating!) to think back on the two 3-putts that I had in a row, or the lip out on my 17th hole... or... possibly the tee shot yesterday that went into the smallest creek EVER that you can find on that golf course! Well, what's done is done. It's just unfortunate to end the season like this. I was also hoping to get within the Top 90 on the money list on the tour so I will be exempt for next season. I'll probably be bumped just a few more spots down after Sunday (currently at 93).
I did hit this AWESOME shot on #15 yesterday with my 5-wood from 182 yards, ball just slightly higher than my feet, wind into my face, and knocked it to about 4 feet and made the putt for my 3rd birdie of the day! It actually almost went it!
Anyhow, time to start looking ahead. The LPGA qualifying school is coming up at the end of September. Definitely more big things to work on before I leave for that. As my good friend Chris Dorris puts it: Don't wait for good play to feel like you're playing great. Create the great feelings first of expertise and success, then let the results follow that!
On a happier note, I had a really good dinner with a couple of great friends at my housing's restaurant - Franklin's Tower. Nothing like good food and great company after a tough day. I had the clam chowder, a salad, and the chicken marsala. It was YUMMY!
The restaurant was right across the street from an old train station, now an administration building for a university (I can't remember which one - must have been the Guinness). The guy taking the picture was suppose to include the tower, but as you can see that didn't work out so well. Haha!

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Yesterday, there was a 7am shot-gun practice and talk about cold! Brrr... there were girls in beanies and I even pulled out my golf mittens! We could all see our breath when we talked! Thankfully it warmed up pretty quickly. This morning, I was suppose to get up for the 7am practice again but decided to sleep in a little. I was at the course at about 8am and there was still fog! The weather has been really beautiful though. Can't complain!
A random stranger (possibly a player's caddy) walked up to me today and praised me about my hair donation. It made me feel very good :-)
By the way, saw this hawk today by the practice green. Pretty neat! He was just chillin'... watching the players come in.