So it's been a while since I last updated. I've been working for 3 months now in rates trading, but have managed to keep up the poker with weekend grind sessions. It's actually been a lot more enjoyable this year in some ways. I don't feel as much pressure and as a result I pretty much never tilt. If I lose big I just "switch off" and return to being a normal person with my normal salary. I couldn't do that last year; if I lost a chunk the only thing I would be thinking about was how long it would take to win that back. Or worse... earn it back.
But yeah, the poker's been going well. I'm not up that many buy-ins to be honest but when 5 of them are at 100/200 it definitely helps. Really hoping to be able to build up the life-roll and buy a place by the end of this year or start of next year.
One thing I'm really looking forward to is the 7-week internship I get to do in NYC as part of my grad program in July-August. I've always wanted to live in NYC and though 2 months isn't that long I feel like it's long enough for me to settle in and really feel like I'm living like a local. I've also got three friends who have moved there now so hopefully they can show me some of their local non-Manhattan haunts. Can't wait!
Afterwards I'll have two weeks of holidays. Not sure what I'll do with it, but at the moment I'm thinking either Chicago/Austin or Quebec City/Montreal/Toronto. Both have their pluses, but at this point I'm definitely leaning towards the former. It'll ultimately depend on what friends I can rally up and where they want to go though.
Finally, I'm starting to get pretty excited about FTP. It took me a while to accept last year but in about September I finally wrote off my FTP balance. The thought now of getting it back and, even better, being able to play on FTP again is just mind-blowing. FTP was always my best site by a mile and I look forward to winning every run-it-twice once again.
Edit: I wrote that last paragraph about FTP yesterday. Just saw the Stars buying FTP news. That's pretty much the dream situation if true, so let's hope it all works out!