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

What A Beautiful Life

A lot of people on Facebook have been doing the “30 Days of Thanks” thing. While I enjoy it, I don’t usually participate. That doesn’t mean I am not thankful. Here are a couple of things I am thankful for right now:

* My faith. I attended a retreat this weekend that renewed and re-invigorated me. I love my Church and my community.

* Friends. Throughout this weekend I got to be with several friends, some I’ve known for years (10!) and some I’m just starting to know. All are good people striving to do good things. It is fantastic to be surrounded by so many wonderful people.

* Family. Of course I’m thankful for them. Even though we’ll probably drive each other crazy this weekend, I wouldn’t trade them. Besides, crazy things always happen and as my Dad says, you can’t make this stuff up.

* The State of Texas. If you think it’s weird to be thankful for a state, it’s because you don’t live here. Today felt like a lovely spring day.- and yes, it’s November (somebody remind me I said this in July when I curse the sun for boiling me). Besides, we’re home to Dr Pepper, Whataburger, and other cool things.

* Puns. My favorite of the moment: In queso emergency, find local Tex Mex restaurant. Also: what does a nosy pepper do? Get jalapeño business.

* Technology. I have crossed to the dark side. When my laptop died Sunday (not sure if it can be resurrected), I got an iPad. 48 hours later and I am in love. It’s a gateway, too. I’m thinking about getting an iPhone when my next discount kicks in, something I would not have done until, oh, now.

* Books. I love a good book! Recently, my cousin loaned me a Christian love series (not romance really, but about love) based in West Texas that has me dreaming of the High Plains and cowboys. I’ve also been reading a Christian trilogy about three sisters who find God and love. They may be fluffy, but I like fluff 🙂

* Finally, for now, I’ll say music. I found some old CDs the other day and listening to them has been like talking to an old friend.

Peace out and y’all have a happy Thanksgiving!

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The Best of Intentions

I had every intention of participating in 7 QT’s on Friday. No, really, I did. I had my 7 things written down and I was going to have pictures and links and everything. It was going to be snazzy. I was going to go home after work and post.

Then my sister texted me at 4pm and invited me over to the house she was house-sitting at. I was already planning to go over there Saturday, so starting early sounded good to me. I packed my laptop, fully intending to blog there. But once there, I ate Irish Nachos (potato slices covered in cheese, onions and other delicious things) and watched episodes of Gilmore Girls we’ve seen a million times.

No worries though, I’ll just post Saturday right? Or, I’ll watch MORE episodes of Gilmore Girls until the Texas Tech game, at which point I will be completely engrossed in yelling at the commentators, griping at the TCU coach and jumping up and down during all three overtime periods (Wildcat fakeout? OMG!) Once the game ended, Sara and I went to her favorite watering hole and waited for our dad and his friend, who went to the game, to come so we could re-hash the game until it was time to head back and you guessed it, more Gilmore Girls.

Sunday turned into a very productive day, cleaning, cleaning, church, cleaning, and more cleaning. If it wasn’t for all the laundry, I’d be done.

And that leads me to now, posting this blog from the break room on my lunch break via my phone. Where’s my list? On my kitchen counter. The good news is, most of the items I listed can (and will) turn into blog posts. I just may start scheduling them in WordPress instead of assuming my schedule will stay normal.

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An Enchanting Evening


Had to write about Wednesday night’s activities as they were so fun and so surprising!

After work, I ran home for a quick PBJ (keeping it real) then headed to an adventure! 3 friends and I purchased a LivingSocial voucher for a jewelery making class and we were cashing it in!

Let me preface this by saying that I am not what you would call an “arts and crafts” person. I took art in HS cause I had to. Attempts by my grandma to teach me crocheting, knitting, and cross-stiching resulted in half-finished projects. I can sew a button and that’s about it. My most successful crafts recently have been rosaries, but that’s just tying knots and stringing beads. So clearly, the only way I’m ever going to make jewelery is in a class.

The class was in a small shop owned by the teacher. She used to work for a major crafts store, but left a year ago to open her own shop, The Enchanted Artist (hence my title).

She started by explaining the tools and materials we would be using and then showed us the pattern of necklace we would be copying, as well as explaining some variations. Then it was time to pick our beads! She had out several colors, and I decided to keep it simple while I was learning and went with red with silver accents.

Nancy showed us how to arrange everything and got us started. My friend Kathryn had also picked red beads and we quickly realized that the holes on the red beads were smaller than the others, which meant we had a harder time than everyone else. We struggled for a little bit, but before you knew it, our necklaces were made!

I figured our time was up, but then Nancy said we had time to make earrings! Kathryn and I steered away from red beads this time (I went with blue), and a few minutes late, we all had a necklace and earrings!

It was a lot of fun and surprisingly easy. Nancy keeps the classes small (there were only 6 of us), so it’s easy to see everything and get personal help if needed. The 2 hours flew by and I still can’t believe we went from nothing to something in one night!

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2010 in Review

My year in pictures:


Confirmation Retreat “Fist Pump Like a Champ!”


2nd WOW Retreat – Joyful Noise


Trip to Houston to help out at St. Bart’s retreat – Joyful Noise (again!)


America’s Run 5K with Kathryn, Angela and Veronica, finishing on the star of Cowboys Stadium!

Ranger game with my dad, sister and friend Dennis

Confirmation sponsor!


Celebrating Angela’s graduation from nursing school!

Trip to Lubbock with my dad to see Nanny


Kleineck family Reunion!


DCYC with some of the greatest teens ever!

Being vampires at Amanda’s bachelorette party

Hanging out with a bunch of Tech friends celebrating Dot’s visit to the USA!


St. Mark Teen ACTS 2010!


Welcome to Life retreat

2nd trip to Lubbock – coffee with a former teen!


In Reverse retreat

Rangers playoff game with Joe, Wally and Charlene (following a Tech game!)

Trunk or Treat


Um…no pictures for some reason. Pretend there is one of my family and two of my cousins after the Dallas Turkey Trot. Don’t we look awesome?

And another one of the missions ACTS retreat we did for St. Philips!


Audrey Assad/Jars of Clay Christmas Concert

ICE! at Gaylord Texan

Core Tacky Sweater Christmas Party

Celebrating my birthday with the WOW girls.

and many more great memories!

Looking forward to 2011!

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Quick Takes…Monday?

I KNOW. This is more than a little late. The real title of this post should be “I Don’t Want to Pack.” You’ve been warned – the crazy might be all over the place.


1. So, a month ago I started a new job. A better job. And I love it – really. I work with great people, my work varies from day to day (even hour to hour sometimes!) and it’s a great environment.

2. The timing was awesome since my current lease is up at the end of November. Three days before starting the new job, I went apartment hunting – and found one that is great! Close to work, in my price range, and to quote my mom, “It’s pretty!”

3. Those of you who graduated kindergarten can figure out that if I signed a lease a month ago, then I have had a month to pack. While I have been doing it, it has not been at a very “fast” pace. Which leaves me here. A few days before the big move (Wednesday and Thursday don’t count because I’ll be at my parents) and not done. I don’t even feel close, though I think I’m underestimating.  And of course, I’m finding a million other things to do.

4. For example, 20 minutes ago I went to my car to get boxes out of my trunk. That somehow turned into a trip to Yogurt Story. The boxes are still in the trunk by the way.

5. Speaking of Yogurt Story, people should hire me to make combinations for them. Last night, I did Pumpkin Pie with granola, nuts, and caramel sauce. SO good. Tonight, I did Peanut Butter with banana, granola, nuts and chocolate sauce. What can I say? It’s a gift!

6. Yes. I went to Yogurt Story two nights in a row. And?

7. Ok, time to go pack. I really am excited about my new place. I will just be MORE excited once everything is inside and unpacked.


Later this week: a post about no-longer-lame-Thanksgiving and if you’re lucky, a post about how moving makes my many idiosyncrasies come out and play.

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7 x 4 = 28

I’ve always heard that your tastebuds change every 7 years, so you should keep trying foods. Honestly, I kind of thought it was made up. A sneaky way to get us to try yucky foods again.

Recently however, I’d have to say I agree, because at 28 years old, I find myself liking foods I never liked before.

A small sample of my new loves:

Tomatoes In the past, yuck-o. While I like things made from tomatoes, I never liked them as a fruit/vegetable/whatever. I avoided them in salads and picked them from my sandwiches and burgers (though I left them in burgers sometimes). All of sudden, I like them. Not just in salads and sandwiches and burgers and tacos, but one day I found myself slicing up a tomato, sprinkling a little salt and pepper on it and EATING IT AS IS. What the heck?

Tea Iced tea is a staple at my family dinner table. Mom and Dad drank iced tea with every dinner (and some lunches). Unsweetened, non-flavored, cold, brewed (never instant) tea. My sister and I drank milk. I thought iced tea was horrible. Hot tea was even worse. I even tried flavored teas to see if I liked those. Nope. Recently I tried it again. Today, I drank three cups of hot tea at work. I’m not 100% sold on cold tea, but it doesn’t taste nearly as bad to me anymore.

My mom’s enchiladas Oh man, did I used to not like these. Your typical rolled enchiladas were just fine, provided they were covered with sour cream sauce or queso or even chili sauce. But I really didn’t like red enchilada sauce, so my mom’s enchiladas were definitely out. You see, my mom’s family comes from El Paso so when we say enchiladas, we mean flat stacks of tortillas, cheese and sauce topped with a fried egg. It’s a recipe that no one even has written down, we just all know how to do. But until a year or so ago, I didn’t like them because of that sauce. Then one day, I tried them again, and presto! Amazing!

This is definitely the first time I can remember reversing my opinion on so many foods – it’s kind of weird. I’m now motivated to try knew things. Who knows – maybe my other least favorite family meal will turn into a favorite.

I’m looking at you, Chicken Marango.

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Sorry for my lack of posting. There are several things I could write about, but none of them I feel comfortable sharing on the interwebs right now. Some is personal. Some is not mine to share. And some of it simply is in such a state of limbo, it wouldn’t be prudent to discuss right now. I’ll try to write down some stuff soon and post it, but my brain is swimming.

All that to say: I’m good. Hi.

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7 Quick Takes – June 25, 2010

These are definitely going to be quick!

1. My sister turned 25 yesterday and we go out to celebrate tonight! Woo hoo! Happy Birthday Sara Sue!

2. After being gone for 10 days, Carrie is home again! It’s nice to have someone to watch Alias with again. 🙂

3. Busy weekend ahead: birthday dinner tonight, going away party tomorrow for my cousin’s FES, Ranger game Sunday. Good times, great oldies!

4. I had no idea so many people liked soccer. It’s funny, I don’t even have to watch the games or news to know what happened.

5. You may see a series here soon on the blog about some childhood things. I haven’t made up my mind yet.

6. So the 10 days Carrie was gone I spent cleaning and organizing and doing some decluttering. Not as much decluttering as I would have liked, but a good amount. I’m going to try to keep decluttering (I never got a chance to go through my closet) and see how it goes.

7. About 6 weeks to the big retreat! Woo hoo!

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Quick Takes: June 11, 2010

1. It’s been awhile since I’ve done this. My Friday’s are very different from every other day of the week, so it throws me off. 🙂 Well, doesn’t matter, I’m here this week!

2. My dear friends Wally and Charlene had Carrie and I over a few weeks ago for a movie. While perusing their DVD collection, we found some stuff we haven’t seen and they agreed to let us borrow them. Included in our goodies is the entire series of Alias! I’m so excited. I watched this show on and off and really enjoyed it, just never had time (or, if only Hulu was around!) Now I get to see it all, no waiting for cliffhangers to be resolved! We are already on Season 2, though we’re about to go slower because Carrie will be out of town for a little bit.

3. In addition to Baderflix, I’m still using Netflix. And now that we’re caught up on Bones, I’m watching the final two seasons of Gilmore Girls (the ones my sister and I never got around to buying). I love this show. Really do.

4. I have a new hairstyle that I will probably live in all summer. Summer to me means ponytails. But ponytails with my hair right now don’t work. the shorter front part falls out so I either have to clip it back or wear a headband. Headbands and glasses don’t mix. So, in comes the side braid that pulls back into a ponytail. Hard to describe, but it holds all my hair back and no fall outs. And it’s super cute. Love it!

5. Two of my very good friends are getting married tomorrow! Yay! Last weekend was the bachelorette party and we had so much fun celebrating Juli. I was asked to be a lector for the wedding, which I am honored to do, and thrilled cause I love to lector. This means that after tomorrow I will have been a maid of honor, a bridesmaid, an EM, a lector, and a member of the house party in different weddings. Does that mean I’ve hit for the wedding party cycle? Well, I guess not since I haven’t been a bride.

6. I’ve started a new exercise routine for the summer. We’ll see how that goes.

7. Finally, I must say that I am looking forward to today. Tonight is the rehearsal for the wedding, but before that is some filming with some of the teens I’m on retreat team with. I love these kiddos and today should be a blast!

Have a fabulous weekend and visit http://www.conversiondiary.com for more quick takes!

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This guy

is cool.

Last week on Yahoo! news, I saw a story about Matt Green, who is walking from New York to Oregon. Just because. No agenda, no record setting goal. Just because he wanted to.

I read most of his story and it’s pretty cool. I like reading about the different people he encounters and their kindness and generosity. Restores belief in humanity. It also brings to mind the fact that we can all have an impact on people, even the ones we meet briefly. A small act of kindness to everyone we meet can change the world. I’m working on some ways I can improve the way I help people. More on that later.

Meanwhile, check out Matt’s site.

And, if you want to walk for a cause, check out Crossroads.

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