Quick Re-cap

The Wizards came out strong today in their fight for the sectional crown. Victory prevailed in our first game, and the team really looked great as they played together and earned their first W for the day. Unfortunately, despite their hard efforts the wizards did not win the second game. With a player consistently shooting an inevitable layup with each drive down the court, and our inability to rebound….Our boys just couldn’t quite make the cut. But as mentioned before, we plan on having a pizza party soon so that we can all get together for one final hoorah before we tackle the next sport!! Track and field, swimming, softball, or maybe even bocee ball:) Here we come!!

Getting prepared for victory

It’s game time! This is what all of our games come down to: the playoffs. This is where we separate the men from the boys, this is where the rest of the season is decided, this is the big time! Hopefully we play well and win, but if not – hopefully we’ll have a pizza party sometime soon to say goodbye. Hey, it’s a win-win. :)

Stephanie’s Thoughts: The time has come… After a season full of ups and downs, victories and losses, and a load of fun and inspirational times, the Special Olympics basketball tournament has begun. Today we will make the trek out to Shelbyville to take on our opponents in hopes of sweet victory. An encouraging practice last week will lead our team onto the court today with a great deal of excitement and confidence. It’s quite an exciting day, but let’s be honest, win or lose the only thing that truly matters is that the players have a great time playing and are encouraged and praised for their hard efforts. This being my first year of coaching Special Olympics, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I can honestly say that it has been one of the most uplifting experiences in my life. Every single one of our players holds a special place in my heart and I look forward to watching them accomplish their goals and aspirations both within athletics and their lives.

Decisions, Decisions

You know, I think of all of…

Wait, that’s not how I want to start. Redo.

Sometimes I sit back and really try to look at my life from the outside in as it relates to where I will end up in this world. I’ve been on TV, I’ve written a book, I’ve worked at some great places like MediaSauce, IndyMojo.com, Shiel Sexton, I have met some unbelievable people and have done/seen some amazing things.

But, I still seem to wonder constantly about what I should be doing each day to maximize my impact in the small amount of time that I have on this big, rotating rock. I feel sometimes that many of my greatest moments in my life have been due to the people that I have met, the ideas that I have had and what happens when those two intersect. I get inspired when I inspire others and I get bored with the standards that many people are okay with in their everyday lives. I want to do something different, I want to do something fun and energizing and that I get excited about – I’m just not sure what that is and I’m not sure if I ever will….and that’s kind of crazy, but I think that it’s the same thing that keeps my mind moving each day. Interesting.

Anyways, I am bringing all of this up because some things are going to be changing here soon, which I can definitely handle – I just want to make sure that I make the best decision as possible when the change happens. But hey, I have never been in a situation that I haven’t learned from and gained some great friends, great times and great memories from so I guess that I shouldn’t be too concerned, right?

So here’s to change and making decisions because of them, this round’s on me.

p.s. Stephanie isn’t dissing this blog, she has just been Internet-less for the past couple days. Crazy, I know.

Nothing says appreciation like a colored picture

As many of you may or may not know, Stephanie and I have become quite the fantastic coaching duo over over the past couple months that we’ve coached Special Olympics basketball together. We’ve had an absolute amazing experience with the players, their family/staff and the other volunteers that help out with the games as well.

However, with all of the competitive spirit that has been building up in me since I stopped playing basketball in college, I feel like it’s sometimes easy to get wrapped up in our team winning every single game(which we haven’t come close to doing). Although winning is the ultimate goal in any sporting event, I often find myself needing to step back a bit so that I can take in the big picture of what’s truly important when coaching my team of Special Olympians.

The team just isn’t playing basketball. In fact, that’s probably just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the players actually gain from playing the simple game that’s such an Indiana tradition. It is way more than just a game – it’s becoming more social, gaining better communication skills, getting to hang out with friends, getting in better shape and just a great break from their sometimes not-so-easy everyday lives.

I’m so glad that Stephanie and I have gotten involved and I’m even more glad that the players are getting something out of it. I’m looking forward to coaching for many, many more seasons to come and who knows, maybe we’ll even coach another sport. Swimming anyone?

If you would like to volunteer for something with Special Olympics click here for more volunteer info on their website.

A blizzard can’t keep us away from a birthday party

Today Stephanie and I are both down in the snow-filled state of Keeeeeentucky(insert your own hillbilly accent here) for the latest monumental event of the family, the first birthday of my twin nieces Reese and Riley. Up until about an hour ago, Kentucky was under an official blizzard warning(see my sister’s snow covered car here) but it didn’t come close to stopping me and the rest of the fam from making the trek down for the bash. We hopped into dad’s Yukon, slapped ‘er into 4-wheel drive and actually had no problems making our way down once we were on the road.

Well, according to my niece, Madison, it’s time for Uncle Hup to get off the computer and come play and it’s pretty hard to argue with that. I can’t wait to see the twins tear into their first birthdays cakes…get after it, kids and make this uncle proud.

Until I get the video done for today’s birthday goodness, check out my nephew Mason’s first birthday video below or over here on YouTube.

Guilty pleasure.

It’s true… I have a guilty pleasure…. reality television…

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I don’t know exactly how it happened. Especially considering the fact that I honestly don’t watch that much television, but I have become an addict. I wouldn’t necessarily rule out all of the other reality tv shows either such as “Flavor of Love”, “Mi Amore” or “The girls next door”, because if those are on I’ll gladly snuggle up on the couch and avidly watch each of those as well:)

I’ve even started to TiVo these shows when I’m not available to sit down and watch a full episode, because God forbid I miss a crucial moment in reality television history!!! What is my life coming to!??! I used to make fun of people like myself…. Oh well… I’m proud of my new obsession, because if you ask me about any juicy info from any current reality tv goodness explosion, I’ll gladly be able to fill you in on all of the delicious details in entirety:)

It’s the little things that mean so much

As I was getting lost in a complete computer nerd zone while typing away on my laptop last weekend, Stephanie surprised me with a homemade display of her love for yours truly(as shown above). It shows not only her love for me, but her love for the warm weather of Spring as well. It was actually over 60 degrees for the first time in months, but Indiana quickly reminded us that we’re not out of Winter yet with an awesomely bad ice storm today. Yay for living in the Midwest.

Chewing on balloons is ill-advised

The United Way’s Night at the Oscars that Stephanie and I rocked out about a week and a half ago was an amazing night filled with open bars, paparazzi and balloon chewing. See exactly what I mean in the video below or check it out over here on YouTube.

Radio Radio, WITT and smacking your friends in the face with culture

In just a few short weeks you can all probably begin to see that Stephanie and I are all about getting plugged into different types of things all over this great city of ours. As many of our friends continue to do the Tour de’ Broad Ripple every time they go out in search of cheap drink specials and Top 40 playing DJs, Stephanie and I have totally gone the other direction and have tried to experience things that aren’t so, ummm how do you say it, mainstream?

Since I can remember I have always done my best to bounce from one of these worlds to the other, which has not only given me a great & unique perspective of what all Indianapolis has to offer, but it has also allowed me to meet some amazing individuals along the way. Now I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with doing the same ‘ol same ‘ol sometimes, but I am just simply stating that it can be fun, exciting and enjoyably uncomfortable to sometime step out of the norm and to go check out something that’s fresh and exciting.

All of this thought has stemmed from Stephanie and I volunteering to emcee the fund raiser kick-off party for a soon-to-be-awesome public radio station here in Indy, WITT 91.9FM. As we were chatting with the organizers, bands and those who came out to support the cause that night we began to wonder why more of our other friends don’t get into events like the one we were having so much damn fun at. It blew our minds, really, but I must say that it doesn’t surprise me much. I mean, the cover was $7(all went to WITT), the drinks were more than $1.50 and the bar(Radio Radio in Fountain Square) isn’t on Meridian Street downtown or on the strip in Broad Ripple. I can’t be too disappointed though, it’s just how some people are I guess. But, from here on out I’m going to make even more of an effort to smack my friends in the face with some other great events like this one. There’s aways next time, right?

Also, here are a few pics from the WITT event on IndyMojo to check out when you have a few.

It’s been awhile…


That’s a pretty BIG “Yipee!” but I think it’s worth it. For several days our blog was just not working and there was fear that it might possibly be lost forever… but have no fear, the internet prevailed and we now have our wonderful little blog back and ready for action!

We’ve had several adventures this past week which kept us pretty busy. I wouldn’t have it any other way though, the experiences and opportunities that Ryan and I have had are sooooo awesome, I wouldn’t trade a wink of sleep or restful day for any of them! This past friday we emceed an event for a local radio station fundraiser and had an amazing time. I love doing stuff like that in the community and we hope to do many more together! Not too many couples do the whole emcee gig so we’re hoping to cover some ground doing this sort of thing in the upcoming months:) We knocked out a couple of great videos too.. like the one below from the polar plunge as well as another fabulous one from the night at the Oscars.

Changing gears here, but today was yet another installment of the crazy house saga that I work at. I absolutely LOVE going to this house to work with the little boy because I get at least a good hour of quality drama/sex/crazy/completely off-the-wall chat time with the mother every day:) Today’s topic…. male genitalia and the difference between white men(not pretty) and black men (“pretty”) Now, the mother used the word “pretty” to describe this masterpiece of the male body….?? Keep in mind that her side of the story is always very partial to the African American race due to the fact that she ONLY dates black men. :) So that was what our conversation centered around for the remainder of the afternoon… intriguing.. I know… I can no longer be surprised in my life. Every day is such a crazy adventure that I’ll welcome almost anything that comes my way… now all of you will have the joy of reading about it! :)

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