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

7 Quick Takes…about nothing in particular

Hidy Ho Neighbor!

This weeks 7 QT has no theme. Just bits of randomness. Pretty much my life.

1. Last weekend was a lot of fun. The sister and I  had a lot of fun in Lubbock and got to see Tech dominate the Lobos. We ate lots of good food, saw good friends and even did a painting (shout out to Painting With A Twist Lubbock!) of a famous Tech landmark. Good, good times. Even though my grandmother no longer lives there, I am glad I still have friends out there – gives me an excuse to go back!

2. This weekend will be dedicated to Fall Cleaning. What’s Fall Cleaning? Spring Cleaning for procrastinators. Actually, it just means I need to clean my apartment. And tomorrow is the first official day of Fall, so even though it will be 95 degrees, Fall Cleaning. Whatever. Either way, my apartment is a disaster zone and I hope that by Monday, it will not be. Let me tell you, it is super easy to let things go when you are the only one who sees it. Not that I like it messy, I’m just not quite as motivate as I was when I had a roommate.

3. This week, I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series. I don’t know that I’ve read all 7 books one right after another. I think I started reading them when the fourth or so book came out, so I read all those close together, but the others I read when they came out, and then re-read just before each movie came out. Anyway, I’m already excited about it because a) I love those books and b) I’m only in book 2 and I can already see where things are being set up for later. I love when authors (or tv/movie writers) do that.

4. My favorite app right now is Instagram. I so love taking pictures and then seeing other people’s pictures.If you want to follow me, I’m @hollyberry402. I promise, no duck face pics. Unless it’s the face of an actual duck.

5. Speaking of apps, I’m considering a new phone. I have an almost 2-year -old HTC Evo 4G and I feel like it’s losing battery power more and more these days. Plus, it’s almost out of storage space. Plus every now and then it does crazy things that drive me batty – like completely lock up so I can access nothing, usually right when I need to make a call. Don’t tell me to turn off Wifi and 4G or to download Task killer or adjust my brightness or any of those other tips that you can easily find by googling. I already do all of that. I think it just can’t handle new stuff as well as it did in the beginning. The iPhone 5 came out today, and I’m debating it, but I do love Androids (and the bigger screen), so I need to do more research

6. There are several food items that I can’t stand an yet everyone else thinks are the best thing God ever created. Examples: Avocado, Hummus, Fruit cereals (like Fruit Loops, Fruity Pebbles, Trix, etc. Special K Red Berries is delicious). Don’t even try to change my mind on these. I have tried them all multiple times in an attempt to like them. No use. Avocado makes me gag and want to vomit, even just the smell of it. In any form. Which makes it hard for me to like sushi, since every time I see sushi, there is piece of green grossness in it. Hummus is a texture/taste thing. I don’t like the texture (usually grainy to me), but even if it was super smooth, it stills tastes like sand to me. And those fruit cereals are gross. I’m  not a big fan of many artificial fruit flavorings to begin with, but those 3 cereals take the cake. Yes I know, I’m weird.

7. The thing I’m most excited about right now is that before the Fall Cleaning begins, I get to go see a brand new baby! Two of my childhood friends got married a few years back and their first son was born yesterday. Love newborns. All cute and little and perfect.


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7 QT About the L-B-K

As I write this (and I use the term write very loosely since I’m tapping/swypeing this out on my phone), I am in a car with my sister headed to Lubbock. We’re going to the TTU vs New Mexico game tomorrow and to soak up some West Texas goodness.

Lubbock is an underappreciated city. Some people don’t like it. Most people think they wouldn’t like it. I love it. I’ve been making the trip to Lubbock my whole life to see my grandmother, and then I lived there while in college. I liked it so much, I stayed a year after I graduated.

What’s there to love? Glad you asked. I’m dedicating my 7 Quick Takes to my second home.

1. Campus. Texas Tech campus is beautiful. Go google image it if you don’t believe me. Spanish architecture, beautiful landscaping. It’s an oasis. From the historic quad to the new BA building, everything is cohesive. Plus the traditions. Plus the game day atmosphere. Chills.

2. Food. I had to group this together, otherwise it would be this whole list. Lubbock has a lot of restaurants and so many are so good. This weekend I’m introducing my sister to Spanky’s and Bless Your Heart. But there is also Orlando’s, Gardski’s, 50 Yard Line, Josie’s, Stella’s, and more. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some.

3. The people. West Texans are some of the friendliest people ever. Every shop owner, every stranger is warm, smiling and friendly. They make a city of 275,000 + feel like a small town.

4. Weather. Call me crazy, but the best Texas summers are in Lubbock. Hot days, cool nights. I can tolerate 100 degree days when it drops to 70/80 once the sun goes down. The random dust storms and mud rain? Well, that’s just quirky. Bonus: gorgeous sunsets and sunrises.

5. Music. Yes, Lubbock has music. Haven’t you ever heard of Buddy Holly? Really, it’s the celebration of music that I love. The Buddy Holly Center is great and the Depot District has great places to have a drink and listen to local music.

6. Wineries. Lubbock has several wineries and they are fun to visit and taste test some samples. Tech even has a degree program for people to make wines(I forget the actual name).

7. Stars and Stripes. Remember those cool nights I talked about? Nothing is better than going to Star and Stripes Drive in on a cool night and seeing 2 movies for $7. Such a fun night.

Honorable mention goes to United, Science Spectrum, Windmill Museum, and the Tech Museum.


7 Quick Takes: Friday Faves

I had forgotten about 7 Quick Takes until I read Kristina’s blog. I’m going to combine them with Friday Faves. Here we go!

1. My almost car. It’s a long, long, l-o-o-o ng story, but really soon, I get my dad’s car since mine is falling apart. This week, I get to drive it and I love it. I forgot what it is like to drive a quiet car (mine sounds like a tank driving over legos.) And it has satellite radio – holla! Love me some 90s on 9!

2. Contacts. I had to take a 6 week break from contacts, but I am finally back in them. Love. I can’t stand my glasses. Actually, I’d prefer to do Lasik, but until I win the lotto or something, contacts will do.

3. College Football. It’s back! I always forget how much I love it until the first kickoff. Last week I had the pleasure of watching Tech win with some of my best gals. Totally fun! Wreck ’em!

4. Rangers. Can’t mention sports without a shout out to my favorite first place team! They’re my favorite no matter what place, but first is great. Please let this be the year they win it all!

5. Nook. It’s been almost 2 years and I still love my nook. Even if I neglect it sometimes. I just finished a pretty good series: Jim Knighthorse by J.R. Rain. Rain usually writes vampire books, but this is a series about a human private investigator and I enjoyed it.

6. Netflix. I’m pretty sure I have professed my love for Netflix instant streaming before. Let me say it again. I LOVE IT. I come home everyday, turn on my tv and Wii and watch. I didn’t even watch current shows this last year because I was watching so much Netflix.

7. Cooler weather. We are so close. Today is supposed to 102 or something like that, but tomorrow’s high: 88! I hate the heat, so even a hint of a cold front is heaven to me.