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

Quick Takes: Oct. 15, 2010

1. Let’s start with last weekend. Whew! It was exhausting, but so fun. Friday night I went to a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at church and then to a friend’s house for the hot tub! It was the perfect evening for it too. Saturday was B-U-S-Y. My two favorite sports teams in the entire world were playing and I had tickets to both games! AH! And in different cities! I woke up early, drove to my friend Joe’s residence and we went to the Fair to see our alma mater play. There was a little mixup when we got there (long story), but we finally got in and enjoyed the win with our friends from college days. It’s so fun to hang out with old friends, especially now that so many of them are married and have children (or are about to have children!). As soon as the game was over, Joe and I made a mad dash to catch the Ranger game. Actually, that game deserves it’s own “take.”

2. Rangers. Ok, I have been a baseball fan for, well, forever. You can blame my parents who took me to softball games starting at about oh, 5 months old. From then on, every Tuesday and Friday night was spent watching my dad play. Then I started playing. And of course, we watched and rooted for the Rangers constantly. I even worked for them for two summers in college. So now that the Rangers have gone farther than they EVER HAVE BEFORE, I’m thrilled. I’ve never been to a playoff game, so I was excited to go on Saturday (even if it was just the ALDS). The atmosphere was electrifying! There was so much red, blue and white (team colors) and everyone went crazy over everything. It was the biggest crowd they had ever had, and it felt that way! Even though we lost, it was still amazing. Since the game was at 4, we had dinner afterwards with our friends Wally and Charlene who had gone to the game with us. It was at dinner that I really started to feel the effects of the super long day. Sleep could not come fast enough!

3. Continuing the awesomeness, in about one week I start a new job! My current job has been great, but it’s only been part time so I’ve been wanting something more permanent with more opportunity for growth, and through some wonderful God-incidences, I found one! I love starting new jobs – it’s so full of excitement. However, I hope this is the last first day of work for awhile. It’d be nice to stay somewhere.

4. I recently re-committed myself to fitness and I’ll be darned if it isn’t working. I’ve been getting up just about very day at 5am and going for a brisk walk. I developed a schedule to ease myself into it and right now I’m at 2 miles a day. My family is going to do a 5K on Thanksgiving and I plan to walk it (I don’t want to push myself too much), but after that I am going to start incorporating running into the morning workouts. Then I’ll start looking for some 5Ks I can run!

5. That entire previous paragraph makes me laugh. I never thought I’d get excited about walking and running. Ever.

6. Wednesday nights for me involve a youth program we do with the high school girls. Every year of course, we get new girls. This week, it finally started clicking with some of the girls why we do what we do. It is so lovely to see these girls be friends to each other. They laugh with each other, comfort each other, and give each other advice. This is so counter-cultural to the high school way of life. As one girl put it, “Normally when I’m with a group of girls, there’s a few that I can’t stand and most I can’t trust. But here, I like everybody and I know I can trust them with anything and I will be loved and accepted.”

7. I have so much Hulu to catch up on, it’s embarrassing. Just sayin’.

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