Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr


One of my favorite people in the world married the one woman in the world who would take him this weekend. 🙂 I was fortunate enough to be able to spend the weekend in the city I love with people I love all for the sake of Jared and Katie’s love.

Friday was all around awesome. The morning started with Fresh Fruit Friday, a new thing my company is apparently trying to encourage us all to be healthier. Leave it to my team to ruin that by having our monthly admin lunch at Macaroni Grill. Penne Rustica is AMAZING. Then we came back to the office and had ice cream floats to celebrate Ice Cream Soda Day. It was my week for early out, so I left at 3 and headed to pick up Angela. She hopped in the car and we headed to Lubbock. Friday was the longest day of the year and since we were heading west, it was even longer. The sun didn’t go down until about 8:45, 30 minutes before we rolled into town. We got to Trish’s house and then went to the mecca, Rosa’s, with Christine and Mike. Then we headed to CTK for some prayer and ended the night watching The Office (well, angela and i fell asleep. we’re so old).

Saturday I visited my grandmother and then started getting ready. Joseph came over and we headed to the wedding. The wedding was beautiful, Jared and Katie were so happy – and it was good to know that Jared is still Jared, even on his wedding day. The music was great too. And no, I am not biased in the least. 🙂

The reception was a lot of fun and the food was awesome. Afterwards, my J boys and I went to Fox and Hound and were joined throughout the night by various friends. In an homage to a favorite tv show and a favorite friend, I convinced the boys to drink appletinis with me. Apparently all it takes is offering to buy the drinks for them. Who knew?

Sunday started early. Real early. Joe and I loaded the car and headed to the metroplex. He remains one of my favorite road trip people and not just because he drives everytime I don’t want to. We got home in just enough time to get ready for mass.

It was a whirlwind weekend full of food, fun, laughter, friends, and the joy of seeing two friends join their lives together. I can’t wait for the newlyweds to move to the metroplex.

I didn’t take many pictures, but here’s what I got. I’m wearing my stupid glasses because my contacts decided they hate me.

aw fiddlesticks

The get-away

My eyes are closed. 😦

Me with J-boys

Joe at F&H

Boys with their appletinis

for Br. Anthony

Sunday night at El Guapo

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It Takes A Village…Or Just a Church

A friend of mine is going through some hard times with her church – specifically her church’s nursery. While writing her a note of encouragement, I realized why it doesn’t bother me that my church got rid of the nursery.

The nursery has been gone for about a year now at church for predominantly monetary reasons. We didn’t want to pay a nursery attendant (nor could we find one) and the space the nursery was in was needed for offices. There was some grumbling, to be sure. There’s still some grumbling. I feel bad for the parents who are probably embarrassed when their little one causes a scene. But at the same time, some good things have happened. Sure mass is noisier, but it’s not that bad. Here’s one of my favorite things though. It causes the parishioners to help each other raise the children. Examples number one: our music minister is married and has 4 children – all under the age of 6, the youngest is only 6 months old. Since he is leading the musicians, his wife has all of the children in the seats. Children A and B are pretty well behaved and the baby is quiet, but Child C can be unruly and loud and obnoxious. When Child C starts to act up, Mom passes the baby to a family nearby (who happens to be a family with 6 children, but older), and tends to Child C. I love watching the smile on big family mom’s face when she gets to hold the baby. Body of Christ baby. Body of Christ.

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Notes From The Week

I don’t have a specific topic today, so I’m just going to list some news and notes:

* Zach is exactly like Buzz Lightyear. He can fly. He’s good-looking. He’s awesome. He’s from outerspace.

* Don’t tell your best friend to call you when they are in Arizona. They will disregard the time change and call you when they’re about to go to sleep. Which just happens to be 2am your time.

* Today was problem-child day at work. Expense reports, billing, background info – you name it. Whatever I touched was guaranteed to be difficult.

* The Bible has better storylines than primetime. Go read Tobit.

* Sleep is good.

* Monday I got to see some fantastic DFW folks plus some almost-DFW folks. All the cool kids are here and you know it.

* My surrogate baby brother is going to be a dad. Whoa.

* Deception is a hard game to play. But it’s all for a good cause.

* I like books. I like it even more when Amazon doesn’t know what they are talking about and overestimates the time it will take to deliver something. 🙂

The best quote of the week? During a game of questions at bible study, our youngest teen was asked “What three words would God use to describe you?” Her answer: “Mine, mine and mine.” Saints in the making.

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A Seven Feels So Good, I Buy A Size Eight

Everyone is talking about the new Sex and the City. Everyone. It’s praised for the four strong women who love shopping and shoes and men and talking and blah blah.

Whatever. It doesn’t hold a candle to the original strong women who talk and shop and have a close blond – Steel Magnolias. The movie is a classic in my family and my sister and I have watched it countless times. We watched it again this weekend. It is such a funny, touching story of women and their friendships. It has many memorable quotes, and so many of them describe women perfectly:

You know I love you more than my luggage. Saying this to a man would mean nothing. Of course you would love him more than something like luggage. But women know the value of lovely luggage, made out of a beautiful material, with plenty of storage and compartments, but with out being so big and bulky you can’t carry it. Of course, that’s when the men step in.

I have a strict policy that no one cries alone in my presence. I don’t even have to know you, but if you start crying, there’s a good chance I will at least tear up. If you happen to be a friend of mine, you can bet on it.

There’s more, but I have other things to do. 🙂

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We Don’t Need No Educaiton

Oh the joys of typos. Those little things that never seem that important, until they make you look like an idiot. And nothing looks more dumb that a school making a typo. On a pretty important document. That spellcheck could have caught.

Typo on diplomas embarrasses Ohio principal

Associated Press

A Cleveland-area principal says he’s embarrassed his students got proof of their “educaiton” on their high school diplomas.

click on the link to read more

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The Daily Roll

I, like so many Americans, am a Google Reader. I like oh so many blogs, keeping up with them would be a nightmare were it not for the handy Reader. So what fills my browser each day? A small sampling:

Aggie Catholics. Yes, I know. I am a Red Raider til I die. I can’t help the fact that the main author of this blog happens to be my old campus minister and a great friend. Plus it’s awesome. Jesus love all – even the Aggies. (Before I get hate comments, just keep in mind that I am from a large, proud Aggie extended family. My mother was born at St. Joe’s. My grandfather has a degree from A&M. My mom’s cousin played football there. My aunt worked there. 7 of my cousins graduated from there and one of them is still there. Back off.)

Save the Assistants. I’ve already mentioned this lovely little blog. I love it mainly because it somewhat relates to my work, without being my work.

The Urban Muse. A great blog by a freelance writer/blogger. Susan give some really good tips.

Wise Bread. A good financial blog. Tips, news, advice, articles. Lots of stuff about saving money. THis is one of my newer finds, but it’s a good one – I can feel it.

The Wrtiter’s Perspective. A blog from Writer’s Digest. I love that magazine and the blog is pretty good too,

Freelance Writing Jobs. I haven’t tried any of these just quite yet, but I hope to soon. A little extra money never hurt.

Post Secret. I think everyone knows about this site.

The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotations. Ah, punctuation humor. It never gets old.

Passive-Aggressive Notes. Warning. It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

Various friends blogs. I won’t list them all. A lot of them are in my blogroll to the side. Check them out.

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Oh, How I’ve Learned

Sarah at Aggie Catholics posted this yesterday, and I thought it was worth sharing:


Yesterday I was babysitting for some friends. I was sitting on the couch coloring with the youngest girl. For the first few minutes she asked me to spell different words. Then she paused for a moment and said, “Now you say a word and I will spell it. Pick easy ones.”

At first I complied with her request to “pick easy ones”. But after a little momentum of successful spell after successful spell, I’d throw in a hard one or two. When she’d stumble I’d help her sound out the words and correct her when necessary. After several hard words in a row she turned to me with slightly deflated enthusiasm and said, “You keep picking hard ones.”

“I know” I responded, “but this is how you learn.”

I threw in a few easy words and then pressed on once again to the hard ones. After a few more hard words she protested again, “You keep picking hard ones that I can’t spell.”

“I know” I responded, “but I am helping you.” And we continued on.

As those words left my lips a smile spread across my face. And it hit me. This was the conversation I’d been having with God for a while now.

These past few months God seems to have been stretching me, challenging me to grow, to leave my comfort zone. “The Lord is asking a lot of you right now,” a dear friend said to me. Indeed. Or at least it feels like “a lot” to me.

I’d say to God with deflated enthusiasm, “You keep picking hard ones.” He has been picking the hard lessons, asking me to tackle the tough issues, asking to heal the deep wounds. And sometimes, like a little child I beg, “Pick easy ones!”

And the Lord responds with a gentle challenge, “I know, but this is how you learn. This is how you learn to trust me, to hear my voice, to rely on me, to surrender, to hope in me alone.”

After a little while longer I say again, “You keep picking hard ones. I can’t do this.” Like a little kid who can’t spell and doesn’t know what letter comes next, sometimes I don’t know what comes next or how to go about the moving forward. I sincerely feel I can’t do it. And I can’t. None of us can. But then there are his words of comfort.

He says, “I know, but I am helping you.”

Indeed he is.

Whatever your struggle today – whatever the task, lesson, hurt, hurdle, valley, mountain, need, or pain you are faced with today – remember God’s words of both challenge and comfort: “This is how you learn. I am helping you.”

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How do you know you’re getting older and may actually be an *gasp* adult?

When your daily to-do list includes the following items:

  • re-work credit card
  • enroll in 401(k)

How do you know your not quite old yet?

When you have to call your mother to help you on both issues.

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Speak Loud

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” MATTHEW 7:24-27

The gospel reading on Sunday came from Matthew, chapter 7. Fr. Tim gave a great homily. He described his favorite part of an ordination: when the bishop gives instructions to the priest, including the words “believe what you read, teach what you believe, and put into practice what you teach.” He then talked about how this applies to all of us – we all teach and preach in our own ways, even if it isn’t from the ambo. His ending line was “My homily isn’t the words I say but the actions I do. And it is true for you as well.”

Saint Francis of Assisi is known for a similar phrase: “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” Our actions truly do speak much louder than our words. Especially since not everyone uses their words to express themselves. While it’s nice to be told things, the actions have to match up. And this doesn’t just apply to our beliefs, but to our friendships and relationships as well. If the actions aren’t there, the words are meaningless.
Let the doctrine you teach be true nourishment for the people of God. Let the example of your life attract the follower of Christ, so that by word and action you may build up the house which is God’s Church.” -ORDINATION RITE, CATHOLIC CHURCH

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Crank That

Yes, I know. I am the whitest girl alive. (though right now I’m various shades of white and red and tannish, thanks to the zoo, field day and other random outdoor activities).

But the title of this post doesn’t refer to Soulja Boy. It refers to my car. My lovely, lovely Nissan Altima died on me this weekend. Thankfully it had the decency to not inconvience me too much. Friday night I got home from work and 30 minutes later Joe stopped by to ride with me to the baseball game. But my car wouldn’t start, so we jumped in the Exploder and headed to the ballpark. When we came back, we got ready to jump it, but it started just fine, so I went to bed and decided I would just take it in on Monday to see what was going on.  Saturday I went to a friend’s graduation party and as I tried to leave, it wouldn’t start. Luckily some of my friends were still there and took me to the apartment so my mom could come get me. Sunday Dad and I went back to the car and got it started and drove it straight to my uncle’s shop so he could look at it first thing Monday morning.

We found out today that it is a problem with the crank position sensor. This happens to be a recall for Nissan Altimas, but the only thing the recall covers is resetting the ECM, not replacing the sensor. For that, they charge you (thank you stupid car industry for deciding that even when you make a horrible piece and it’s YOUR FAULT, you won’t cover it unless people have died and there are lawsuits.) Due to the combination of the dealer’s ridiculous overcharging and the fact that they wouldn’t return our phone calls – they certainly managed to call us back when we were buying this car – we’re having my uncle replace the sensor. Hopefully, that will fix everything.

Throughout the frustrations and difficulties, there are some definite positives. One, my uncle tends to give me the family discount, so it will probably be the cheapest fix I could possibly get. Two, according to some stuff I read online, my car could have shut down while I was driving. That’s just plain scary. Three, while the ordeal has caused some inconvenience, it certainly could have been worse timing. And four, my parents live nearby and are able to share a care when needed, providing me with another car instead of having to pay for a rental. Indeed, I am blessed.

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