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

Friday

One of the blogs I read does something called “7 Quick Takes Friday.” She gets it from someone else. I though I’d give it a whirl today:

1. Today I am grounding myself. After I finish this post, there will be no fun until my room, bathroom, living room and kitchen are clean. I’m not even turning on the tv until after my room is satisfactory.

2. I have rediscovered my love for the library after a trip yesterday that resulted in 4 books and 5 movies.

3. I love love LOVE that I have a Market Street to call my very own.

4. Sometimes I wish I was craftier. Not in the con artist way, but in the Martha Stewart way.

5. The ice storm this week canceled everything I was looking forward to: two job interviews, confirmation class, and BOB/WOW.

6. I have about two and half days in a row with no plans, by myself. That almost NEVER happens. As I said, I will be cleaning. I don’t know what I will do after that. Maybe read and watch movies (see #2).

7. I really want another desk, but I can’t afford one.

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Rouse Another

I like to read the daily reflections published online at Creighton University.

Today’s was especially good: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/012909.html

What have you done?

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Tales from the Kitchen

Random Writing Prompt:

“Where did they keep the spice rack?  Write about a person who has (or had) a marvelous kitchen.”

It wasn’t fancy or sleek or modern. It didn’t have shiny Kenmore appliances or stainless steel counters. It was small, with linoleum floors, melamine countertops and yellow paint.

Despite its aesthetic flaws, my grandmother’s kitchen was where magic happened. My grandmother was always in the kitchen. She was the queen of desserts of my family and every holiday we looked forward to forty niners, date cookies, fruit cake cookies and multiple pies. Every summer, my cousins, sister and I would make snickerdoodles in her kitchen, mainly because we liked to roll the dough in the cinnamon and sugar. She always had the latest kitchen appliance or gadget, from bread machines to stand mixers to the weird bread knife. When diabetes began to prohibit her mobility and her caregivers had to cook, she still sat nearby and instructed. She had a box of recipes, but I think most things she knew in her head. Several years ago, my mom got back in touch with a childhood friend and invite her to dinner at our house. Mom and Susie were discussing the old days and Susie remarked that they always played at my mom’s house because while her mom would never allow them in the kitchen, my grandmother was fine with them making cookies and throwing flour and making a genuine mess.

I’ll  never make cookies in that kitchen again. But I’d like to think my grandmother will always be around whenever I roll cold dough in cinnamon and sugar.

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Summertime Blues

Random Writing Prompt:

“What five images paint a perfect picture of summer to you?  Put those five images together in a piece of writing.”

I thought this sounded like a good idea in the midst of a coldish winter (though, admittidly, we’ve been blessed with mild weather so far in my neck of the woods)

I went to Google Images for help with this. And now, in no particular order:

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West Texas sunsets. There is just nothing more beautiful. I still maintain that Lubbock has some of the best summer weather: warm to hot in the day with low humidity, and cool and crisp at night.

PHOENIX HEAT

On the somewhat opposite end, we have North Texas heat waves. I don’t like them, but they definitely signify summer.

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Summer baseball. Enough said.

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Summer movies are the best! And a cold theater is a great escape from the heat!

And finally,

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A cool dip in a pool.

Don’t get me wrong, I love fall and winter dearly…but these images make me miss summer just a little

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Love is…

We’ve started Theology of the Body in BOB and WOW, and the result has been great in just two weeks.

Last night, one of our teens texted me and said that he was writing down thoughts and quotes that came to him as he reflected on the subject:

“Mankind’s ultimate goal is true love, but most men don’t know how to find it.”

“It’s actually incomprehensible how much God loves us.”

“True love has no limits, so why do we limit it?”

Yeah. He’s fifteen.

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I Gotta Wear Shades…

From the Random Writing Prompt files…

“Did you happen to have sunglasses handy?  Write about a time when the light really hurt your eyes.”

Boy, this really hit home. Sophomore year of high school, I woke up one morning and it hurt to see. I don’t know how else to describe it. I would try to look at something and my eye hurt. Light was the worst, and fake light (lightbulbs, florescent, etc.) hurt even more. Finally, my mom took me to the eye doctor (me covering my eye the whole drive). Turned out I had scratched my cornea. Awesome. The doctor put grossness stuff in my eye and apparently when he turned out the lights, it glowed, and that’s how he knew. that would have been cool, except I couldn’t see it. I had to wear a bandage over my eye and I had to wear ridiculous looking red frame glasses (i can’t remember why i couldn’t just wear my glasses). So, for about three days, I got pirate comments…even better.

Glad that’s over.

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Randomness

Amanda posted a lovely list of seven random things about her, and I thought I would follow suite…

1. The first time I get online for the day (whenever that may be), I look at web sites in the following order: Gmail, Facebook, MySpace, iGoogle (Google Reader), TWoP, and then job sites. I tend to do this throughout the day too.

2. I can read several books at once. I like doing it, in fact, and have been doing this since I was a little kid.

3. Speaking of books, I have library cards for 5 different library systems…Rowlett, Garland, Lubbock, Coppell and Lewisville.

4. I now watch almost every show I follow online. I’m just never home. Oh, and fewer commercials is amazing.

5. I have a weakness for reality tv….The Bachelor, Biggest Loser, True Beauty, Crowned, Dancing with the Stars…all shows I have watched. and enjoyed.

6. Sweet and Salty is my favorite combination.

7. I rarely add salt and/or pepper to anything. Most everything is “spiced” enough for me the way it gets served. I don’t even put salt on my margarita glass.

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For those about to rock…

Staying up super duper late to play Wii Music and Guitar Hero is both a good idea and a bad idea. It sure makes the next day hard! This weekend was full of good friends, from Friday nights marathon with Joe (uh, the tv kind, not the running kind), lunch with some great ladies, a fantastic play with some old friends, and the aforementioned video game extravaganza, it was good times all around.

I had a great thought about something to blog, but I lost it, so let’s move on.

It’s Monday, so it’s resolution time. First, a look back at last weeks:

No fried food for a week……almost worked. On Saturday I had some fries, but other than that I was good.
Finish reading Devil in the Details……not quite. I made progress, but didn’t finish
Finish lesson plans for Theology of the Body……done! This goal kinda changed, but in it’s new form, I still completed what I wanted to.
Go to Adoration once…..yep. I didn’t get to go for very long though.
Apply for 15 jobs…..I did this as well. Hopefully at least one will want me!

Goals/resolutions for this week:

No fried food (i like to see something to completion, so if I don’t get it done the first time, I just add it the second time)
Finish reading Devil in the Details (ditto)
Clean room and bathroom completely (trust me, it’s bad)
Apply for 15 jobs (I completed it, but this is more of a necessity)
Liturgy of the Hours every day, morning and night
No eating out

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A Look at 2008

Some of my favorite photos of 2008:

January

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Life Teen Mad Scientists

February

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Confirmation Retreat with some rocking girls

March

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RA Agape Staff Head with my best friend and partner in crime!

April

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The invention of Umbrella Basketball

May

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Life Teen 2007-2008 ends with an awesome Field Day!

June

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We surprised my dad for his 60th birthday… a month early

July

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Our German family, as they are called, came to visit.

August

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Amy left for the convent

September

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We kicked off Life Teen 2008-2009 with a retro night…and continued the Applebee’s tradition. We love Kaleigh!

October

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Jon became Deacon Jon!

November

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I got to visit with my first Life Teen kids when Joe and I helped staff their retreat.

December

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Joe, Scott and Fr. Tim celebrate the return of the sacred cow at the Core Team Christmas Party.

Here’s to 2008!

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It’s a New Year

2009. Hot dog. It’s true what they say: time flies when you’re, um, living.

I know I just posted resolutions, but I’ve been thinking about some stuff recently and I’ve been inspired by a few people.

Here are some things I would like to accomplish in the future, not necessarily this year:

Learn to play golf
Learn to play piano
Travel some more (the northeast, the northwest, Europe again)
Read more books (not specific, I realize)
Improve my writing and editing skills

And as it is Monday, here are my weekly resolutions:

No fried food for a week
Finish reading Devil in the Details
Finish lesson plans for Theology of the Body
Go to Adoration once
Apply for 15 jobs
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. – Saint Augustine

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