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Sweet and Sour Sauce

Because I don’t spend enough time in front of the computer throughout the week, I decided to take my talents to the back porch and do some serious blogging. I am still undecided if I am grossed out by the term “blogging” or turned on. It’s still up for debate.

Today has been an oddly productive day and I honestly don’t remember the last time I have had a Saturday where all I did was hang out at the house and get things done. I have done all my laundry, cleaned the house and cleaned out my pond in the backyard. I also have had a few new additions to the fam.

I’d like to introduce you to Steve II (orange one), Mark II (black one on the far right), and Gary (orange and white one). They’ll be joining us for cocktails on the back porch this spring. I’m a little worried about Steve II. I’ve already had to rescue him from a rock because he beached himself. He’s the wild card of the bunch.

I have been blowing up the vacations as of late and I have one more this week before buckling down for a few months until June. At the end of February, a buddy invited me along to go to Colorado to ski at Wolf Creek. It was a blast!

It was about a 10 1/2 hour drive from OKC and we stayed for 4 days, skiing for 3 of them. This was only my second time to go skiing and the last time was 9 years ago when I was a junior in high school. I picked it up very quickly again and we did work on the slopes. I am looking forward to going back again next year. I took a ton of video and I am slowly making a short compilation of everything. I will post that when I get it done (in the fall).

Just last weekend, Cole and I took a short little vacay up to St. Louis for some Mardi Gras fun. Apparently, Mardi Gras is a big deal in St. Louis. Who would have known? It was a short 8 hour drive from OKC so we both took the Friday off and drove up. Cole lived there for a year a couple years back and so we met up with his friend Jeff for the weekend. It was a ridiculous time. Saturday was the big festival and parade in downtown St. Louis.

Sunday was a struggle. We didn’t leave STL until roughly 2pm making it a loooooong drive home. We stopped in Tulsa around 7:30 and had dinner with our friend Joel. I finally got to my house at 11:15 and immediately crashed. I didn’t fully recover until Thursday morning. It took a toll on me big time. That’s why I am so thankful for this weekend in town to recoup.

On Tuesday of this week. I am hitting the road again to drive to Dallas to meet my friend Greg. I plan to hang out in Dallas Tuesday night and then Wednesday morning, we’re going to drive to Houston where we will catch a plane and head across the big pond to London. We honestly haven’t planned one thing while were there and I really feel as if that will make it that much more fun. I’ve never been so I am really excited to visit for just under a week. I’ll have plenty to discuss on this topic in the near future.

I get back to OKC on Tuesday next week and we’re FINALLY getting into a basketball league. Last season, the Cosmic Penguins took home the regular season crown but got taken out in the semi-finals in the tournament. This year, we have pretty much the some game plan going into it, but we’re not sure how we’re going to handle this added pressure. Last year, we played on Sundays. This year, we’re playing on Tuesdays. The biggest question mark going into the season is “Are we going to get the same production out of team when we’re actually all sober and not recovering from the night before?” I’ll keep you posted on how the Cosmic Penguins do throughout the season.

Topic Change. I’ve written about this before but I wanted to kind of explain the whole situation. I have reverted back to my old ways…. my sweet and sour sauce days to be exact. I love it. There isn’t a whole lot that I get worked up about and I generally lead a care free lifestyle currently. I used to be this way back in college (sophomore and junior year to be exact). Then things happened and I was forced to plan everything in my life and I kind of got away from how I was usually. I must explain the situation in order for you to grasp the dramatic change in my attitude the past 7 years.

For some reason, I was pretty high strung freshman and sophomore year of school. I got worked up about the littlest things. I knew I did. My friends knew I did. It effected/affected (yep, still don’t know what to properly use those) me everyday. I’m writing this like I was a trainwreck… I really wasn’t, I just was pretty high strung. Then one summer, the summer after sophomore year, I flipped a switch. I told myself I wasn’t going to get angry over little things. I was living in Dallas at the time, interning for the company that I eventually went to work for. I was sleeping on my friend’s couch in Deep Ellum. I had just recently purchased a record player and was living the dream. Scott, Kurtis and Steffen came down to visit me one weekend and we went to a soccer match at the Cotton Bowl one Saturday evening. It got out late and we went through Ronnie Mac’s drive thru. Inside was closed so we parked the cars and ate on the curb. At this point, we’re all having a good time telling stories and laughing when Scott gets up and says, “Hey! Watch this.” By saying this, you are forfeiting the right for whatever it is your doing to end well….. Scott then serves up a closed sweet and sour sauce container and spikes it with full force. I want to think he meant to spike it into the ground, however, he spiked directly into my right eye. He delivered an unbelievable facial. Sweet and sour sauce went everywhere. At this point, we hadn’t all hung out at all during the summer, so they weren’t aware of my leaf turning so they fully expected to be walking back to the place where we were crashing. Instead of punching Scott directly in the throat, I took a fry and scooped that sauce out of my eye and ate that delicious treat. The crowd burst into applause and from that point on (until senior year) I enjoyed a pretty laid back life.

Aaaaaaaand that is the way things have been lately…. (super antic-climatic ending to a post. You’re welcome.) Until next time, fin.

Februany Any Any

Here we are on the last day of February and I didn’t take advantage of 5 dollar footlongs at Subway once. *Sad face.

For those that know me, I try to avoid adult talk as much as possible. There really is no reason for me to avoid it other than I’m way better at quoting “The Office” and “Joe Dirt” than I am at letting people know what is actually happening in my life. But today, I am going to run the risk of accumulating negative points from my “email group” and discussing the happenings in the life of Ryan Doonkeen (mostly my sister’s life). It will be in bullet points in an attempt to make it less formal.

  • My sister is having a kid, so I’m going to be an uncle (again).
  • Last weekend, they found out that she’s having a girl…. Kinsey Jane (Kinsey is my middle name, so that’s fun.)
  • My sister is due in July sometime (I need to ask more questions) and they will be moving to Iwakuni, Japan in September for three years.
  • I just got back from Wolf Creek in Colorado and that is just the beginning of my #vacay2011’s. If I have to take a day off work in order to go out of town, I consider it a vacation, just so you know.
    1. Wolf Creek Ski Trip (Feb 20-24)
    2. St. Louis (Mar 4-7)
    3. London (Mar 16-22)
    4. Turks and Caicos (June 22-26)
    5. California (TBD)
    6. Chicago (October 7-10)
    7. Iwakuni, Japan (TBD)
  • I’m not sure I know how to properly use bullet points but we’re gonna keep this theme going for a bit longer.
  • Operation LOBP is still in full effect and I’m seeing results. Because of Operation LOBP, things are a changing. For example, I recently purchased an all white G-Shock watch… it’s a Casio. No big. Then just today, I went to the gym at lunch in a sleeveless T. The DB level hasn’t peaked just yet, it was just a regular sleeveless t-shirt and not a sleeveless Affliction t-shirt so I still have room to improve.

Other than all that stuff, the only news I can report is that I need an intervention, I’m pretty sure. Fin adult talk. Also, I really need to figure out a blog format that is different than me rambling about things in no order. That’s on me.

WHYNOT

A little update for everyone (the same 6 people that I talk to on a regular basis so they’ve been forced to follow my progress anyhow)…

Nothing has happened in my “big plan” just yet. I hope things start to get going in the spring but I do still have my plans in motion, they just need to gain speed.

I rolled my ankle at the very beginning of the year getting my run on so I was out for about 3 weeks. Because of this, I got a slow start to my 1000 miles in 2011. I’ve been making progress lately, even with the snow on the ground. My pace has picked up tremendously, which I find to be crazy, but I am completely ok with it. I’m running 5 miles around 7:20 min/mile pace. I am wondering if it attributed to my Operation LOBP that I am currently rocking hardcore. Since December 26th, I have lost a total of 12 pounds and am now weighing less than I did in college which is pretty crazy. I had a health screening a couple of weeks ago so I know what I need to do in order to get where I want to be. I have 6 more lbs until I can say I reached my goal. I am enjoying this healthy eating and healthy living lifestyle. Those days that I give myself to cut loose end up being rough but I need those days so I don’t get bored with everything. Again, I just want to apologize to Britnee and Scott and the entire island of Turks and Caicos… not sure if I will do more damage to Turks or Caicos. TBD.

Short update… I’ll keep you posted.

Zaleski, Ohio

Twenty-Ten is wrapping up and there have been a few changes that have taken place within the past year. I’m getting back to my “Sweet and Sour Sauce” days of doing things. I’m flying by the seat of my pants and I love living the WHYNOT lifestyle. That’s how I will be bringing in the new year.

Looking back at my 2010 New Year’s Resolutions, I did pretty well in accomplishing the majority of them. Here is a look back:

  • train and run in a marathon – check… twice.
  • lose weight – check… I was looking very pleasantly plump just because I didn’t do anything. It needed to happen big time and did. Back to my playing weight.
  • stop drinking coke – kind of check… It happened for 6 months but I got back on that horse. I think I’ll add that to 2011.
  • purchase a house – check… regrettably (kind of).
  • purchase “other things” – didn’t happen….came close but things fell through.
  • get accepted in an MBA program – check… got accepted into the MBA program at UCO, but decided to hold off.

The biggest surprise to come out of 2010 was me becoming a runner. I always got comments from people saying, “You must put in a lot of work at the gym to get your body looking like a soft-shelled turtle.” So I figured I needed to drop a few El-Bees at the beginning of this past year and to do so, I took up running. I set out to run one marathon and finish. It didn’t matter my time or my place, but I just wanted to finish. I printed off a training program, spent quite a bit of cash to get everything I needed for winter running and got in the zone. I completed the Oklahoma City Marathon in April and by that point in time, I was already signed up to run the New York City Marathon. I’m really glad I was signed up for another race already because I had something to train for. I’m not sure I would have continued running as much as I was if I didn’t have another race on the horizon. So I kept up my training and finished the NYC Marathon in November. Because of that second marathon, I am now hooked. I don’t have another marathon in mind, but I have continued running. It let’s me get out on the road and not think about anything other than listening to myself breathe. That’s the beauty of running to me.

Looking forward, I have a few things that I will be doing in Twenty-Eleven/Two Thousand and Eleven/2011. I am going to make things happen for me in 2011, but there are a few that I can’t voice on this forum. Those who I have told, know it is a big deal and something I really really want. Things need to happen in order for me to follow through with it, but I think once the new year hits, it will pick up speed. I AM MAKING IT HAPPEN. Also in 2011, I plan to run to Zaleski, Ohio. Well…I’m not really going to run to Zaleski, Ohio, but I do plan to run 1000 miles by the end of the year. 1000 miles puts me right at Zaleski, Ohio.

I hope to keep this map updated and let you know where I am throughout the year. You can also follow my progress on Runkeeper. Alongside this whole 1000 miles quest, Operation: LOBP will be in full effect just in time for Wedding Season in Turks and Caicos!

2011 should be a really fun year on the Ryan Doonkeen front. I’m excited to see what it brings me. I have already kicked things off, except for the tracking of the miles, and I get more and more excited each day. I’ll be keeping up with these 2011 resolutions on 43things.com. Cheers!