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

Tee Vee

Anyone want to know what I watch on a weekly basis? No. Too bad, it’s here anyway. Since I watch everything on Hulu, there will be no order, except the way it comes to me.

Castle: one of the smartest shows on t.v. I love Castle, I love Beckett, I love Ryan and Esposito, I love Alexis, I love Castle’s mom. So great. Not a bad episode yet.

Bones: Pretty much ditto from above, just replace “Castle” with “Brennan”, “Beckett” with “Booth”, “Ryan and Esposito” with “Hodgins and Angela” and “Castle’s mom” with “Cam, Intern, Sweets, etc.”

Grey’s Anatomy: This one almost lost me last year with all the creepyness. Luckily this season is much better.

Private Practice: I never watched this year til some friends of mine got me hooked in the fall. Season finale this year was heartbreaking.

The Office: Has lost a little of it’s shine, but is still good. And now Holly might be coming back? Awesome.

Dancing With the Stars: So help me, I like this show. But my like seems to be waning. I didn’t even watch the finale this time because I am so not interested in Nicole. Let’s see who the next season brings to the dance floor.

Saturday Night Live: It is finally on it’s upswing again! Bill Hader, Jason Sudekis, Seth Meyers – I love them. And Kristen Wiig can come to any of my parties that she wants.

The Bachelor(ette): This show is sucking the life out of me. I really want to quit, but I can’t seem to. Anyone watch the 20/20 show a few months ago or whenever? The creator/producer/whatever guy is total sleaze. But I keep having hope that even though these people are going about it the complete wrong way, their hearts are int he right places. Oh, but can we ditch the fantasy suites? Ick.

Glee: I have mad love for this show. It’s delicious. The Gaga costumes were fabulous.

Parenthood: I like this one. I love Lauren Graham and Peter Krause, so it’s hard for me to not like this show. Lauren Graham has at least one “Lorelei” moment every week, which makes me happy, and I enjoy the Aspergers storyline as someone who has babysit several autistic/asperger children.

Seriously? How do I have time for all of this? Thank goodness for Hulu!!!

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Lubbock or Leave It

This past weekend I went to Lubbock with my dad to visit my grandmother, Nanny (his mother). Nanny is 87 years young and delightfully crazy. She is the most active person I’ve ever known and keeps a busier social calendar than most college students. She is also the friendliest, nicest, most hospitable person on the planet. For her last birthday, she got 37 birthday cards. Thirty-seven. Her friends threw her three surprise parties (though it’s debatable among the family if they were actually surprises, or if she just forgot about them).

Anyway, I hadn’t been to Lubbock since August 2009, so when Dad asked me if I wanted to join him I said “yes! it’s been too long!” (just like Wolf Chili!)

After an eventful morning (don’t even ask), Dad and I left at noon and arrived in the 806 around 5. Just in time to relax a little bit and then head to one of my favorite hot spots: Rosa’s. Now, let me say this about Rosa’s. There are many locations in the DFW area. And even though they all have the pink and blue paint and all have the Taco Tuesday deal, it just isn’t the same. So, I got my combination nachos and my Dr. Pepper.

Joseph P. was in town from SA and so he came over later that night and after dessert, we went to Sugarbrown’s for coffee. Where we ran into Lisa and Joseph A.! (Yes, there are a lot of Joseph’s from the CSA group. Off the top of my head, I can name 8). After coffee in the Bronco patio, we went to the cathedral for adoration. I love that the cathedral in Lubbock is smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood (Nanny’s neighborhood, actually). I love that it has 24/7 adoration. Good thing we ran into Joseph A., cause CTK finally put a lock box on the adoration door and JRP and I didn’t know the code!

Saturday was low key. Breakfast and lunch at the house. An outing to the park and the Palacios house in the afternoon with JRP and Miss Ava. Dinner at Nanny’s. Cable television.

Sunday morning I got up early to go to mass at the Cathedral. Too bad I remembered the time wrong and showed up in the middle of the gospel! Whoops. I stayed to the end, returned to Nanny’s and had an omelet (one of my Dad’s specialties), and then the three of us went to Nanny’s church. Going to that church is like going to a family reunion. My parents were married there (and were members for several years) and Nanny has been going there since the late 1960s (whenever it was that she moved to Lubbock). It was at this church that my parents met and dated. Everyone in that church knows Nanny and/or my parents, and by default, knows me. Making it better is that two of the members are some of the last connections to my mom’s parents. Ross and David were my grandfather’s best friends and Ross was a groomsman at their wedding. Talking to them feels like talking to my grandfather (well, what I would imagine that to be like), so I’m always excited to see them.

After church and lunch, we hit the road again. I am happy in the town I live in, but I love visiting Lubbock. There’s something so incredibly comforting about the dust and the sun and the openness. It’s a retreat all in itself.

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Yes, I’m Still Here

It has been awhile. Lucky for you all, that means I have a few things to talk about and thanks to the magic of  “scheduled posts,” it means I can space these things out and provide several posts over the next week or so. Woo hoo!

This one isn’t much. Just letting you know I am still alive and to look for some updates in the coming days!

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Raindrops on Roses

…these are a few of my favorite things (right now):

Hulu.com. I have mad love for this site. I watch all my t.v. through this show. Thanks to my “queue”, I don;t even need DVR (like I could afford that). Hulu lets me keep my crazy schedule and not miss t.v. Love.

Bath and Body Works Orange Sapphire spray. I stopped by B&BW for the first time in forever and fell in love with the new scents. This one I wasn’t so sure about when I bought, but in just a few days of wearing it, I have received compliments and I love it’s citrusy smell (without smelling like I bathed in orange juice!)

SwagBucks.com Seriously, this is a cool site. In just a month and a half, I have earned $15 in Amazon.com gift cards. All by doing my daily internet stuff through the SB.com site. If you haven’t joined, please do. Click on the link I provided (that helps me out!).

Munchies. If you asked me to buy 4 bags of salty snacks for a party, I would pick Doritos, Cheetos, Sun Chips and Pretzels. So having them all in one bag is GENIUS. I love these things.

What are you currently loving right now?