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

Thirty One.

On Saturday, I turned another year older. Returning to a semi-tradition (meaning some years I do and some years I don’t), I wrote birthday resolutions. Below the resolutions are pics of the celebrations!

1. Ask what God wants and say “yes” to it. Too often I make my own plans, and am surprised when they fail miserably. This year I want to spend less time planning and more time asking God what the plan is. Of course, I have to follow the plan in order for it to work.

2. Read more. Each month I want to read at least 1 spiritual book and 1 book of choice. I try to read a lot, but I also watch a lot of Netflix/Hulu. Goals are good 🙂

3. More service. Whether it’s scheduled community service or random acts of kindness, I want to do more.

4. Make a silent retreat. Silent retreats are my “restart” button. I want to take the time and spend the money and make sure I connect with that.

5. Save more money. Self-explanatory.

6. Live simply. I want to cut out clutter and excess.

And now, my birthday weekend in pictures!

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Procrastination

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Hey, it’s a blog post! Not because I have anything worthy to say, but because I am procrastinating from cleaning. I was even gifted with an additional hour tonight and I STILL have not started cleaning.

I was productive though. I finished addressing almost all of my Christmas cards – just need a few more addresses, but I’ll be sending out what I have tomorrow. Christmas cards when you are single are weird. I tell myself every year that next year I’ll come up with some cute, awesome, totally-not-lame creative Christmas card. And every year, I buy a box of cards from Wal-Mart. Sigh. But I like sending Christmas cards. And receiving Christmas cards.

Today is December 11 and so far I have two Christmas decorations up. And one really shouldn’t count since all I did was hang a sign on a nail that was already there (I took down a clock that stopped working a while ago.) I tell myself that I am doing it slowly to savor the season, but in reality it is because I don’t want to bring out the Christmas stuff until I have cleaned, which brings us back to the word of the day, procrastination.

Once I have my decor out, I think I want to do a blog series on it. I like my Christmas stuff and some of it is pretty cool. Plus, I love seeing everyone else’s stuff, so I figure others like that too.

I’m in technology purgatory. A couple of weeks ago, my laptop decided it had had enough and refused to turn on beyond the startup screen. The good news is that my pics and music are on an external hard drive (best $75 spent ever). So, because I couldn’t stand being without something, and I’d been debating tablets for forever, I bought an iPad. I really like it, but there are still a few things it can not do. Now, the purgatory part is that some of this would be solved if I had an iPhone, but I have an Android and am not due for an upgrade until January 1, plus I’ve been pretty iPhone-resistant until now. Knowing that the iPad and iPhone would “play well together” is making me lean toward the iPhone, plus the fact that my Android has decided that battery life is no longer a priority. Since man can not live on phone and tablet alone, the laptop issue comes up too. Apple is a downward spiral of beautifulness, so of course, I’m drawn to Mac books. I haven’t used an Apple computer since my yearbook days, but darn it if I’m not considering it. Of course, my wallet would prefer something MUCH cheaper. I’ve never cared about this kind of stuff and now I find myself caring and that is driving me crazy.

Is that enough randomness for one post? I think I’ll go clean. Or, more likely, go browse Pinterest and Wikipedia until I fall asleep, then wake up tomorrow regretting that I wasted a night on the Internet.

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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.

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First Day of School

School is back in session in this part of the world, which means freshly sharpened pencils, new lunchboxes and backpacks and lots of jitters. I’m not in school anymore, but seeing the photos on my Facebook feed of kids ready to go made me remember the 17 or so first days of school I had (K-College). Most were good. One was bad.

First thing you should know is that until I could drive, I rode the bus. Every day. Rain, shine, whatever. For the most part I loved it. My friends rode the bus and we lucked out and had great drivers most of the time. I even rode the bus on the first day of school. Maybe not for my first day of Kindergarten, but definitely the ones after. By 5th grade, my friends and I were the Kings and Queens of the bus. We sat in the coveted back rows and we knew that we ruled.

When I started Middle School, I asked my parents to take me on the first day. I knew most of my friends were being taken by their parents and I didn’t want to be the only 6th grader on the bus. My parents said no – something about character building. So, on the first day, I waited at the bus stop. This was a new bus, with a new driver and new kids. I got on the bus…and knew no one. To be fair, I was one of the early pick-ups, but still. The bus route went on and still, I knew no one. If there was another 6th grader on the bus, I didn’t know it. Every kid on the bus seemed so much older than me and none of them were nice (maybe they were, but it didn’t seem that way!).

Not long after I got on the bus, things started to go wrong. Our bus driver took some wrong turns and started running late. Since it was the first day, a lot of the kids on the route weren’t riding. But since we didn’t know that, the bus driver would wait at each stop for awhile, making us even later. Keep in mind there were no cell phones back then (the horror!), so even though we all knew we were going to be late, no one could call our parents or the school and let anyone know. We just had to wait while our bus driver got more and more lost.

We finally arrived at school. At 10am. A little more than an hour after school started. I tried keeping a brave face on, but I was now terrified and upset. Take first day jitters, a new school that I didn’t know and the fact that I am almost never late, and I was a wreck.

Three elementary schools fed into my middle school. Theoretically, I knew 33% of the sixth graders. When I walked into my first class (5 minutes before it ended), I knew no one. Not a soul. Every single other kid in that class was from the other two schools and they were all staring at me – probably wondering what kind of yahoo is an hour late on the first day (did I mention that I was a huge dork with awful glasses, frizzy hair and braces? Nightmare.). The teacher made a light-hearted comment about me being late, which I’m sure was her way of welcoming me and making feel at ease, but I was mortified that my tardiness was being mentioned (because obviously, no one had noticed until then).

The rest of the day went fine, if I remember correctly. I found all of my classes, found my friends, and the bus dropped me off right on time. Day two went even better and we arrived at school right on time. When it was time for my first day of high school, I asked my parents to drive me first day. They said no. Then I reminded them of sixth grade. They said yes.

Like I said, just about every other first day of school went great. That awful morning didn’t stop me from being excited for new clothes and school supplies every other year. I miss the first day of school. I don’t miss the second, third, forty-fifth, one hundred and fifth, or last day of school. Good luck to all those who haven’t had their first day yet and congrats to those who survived.

By the way, do you know how far away my middle school was from my house? 4 miles. 10-15 minutes in school traffic.

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Adventures?

“Holly, tell me about your life. What adventures have you been on lately?”

This question was asked to me last weekend when I saw some friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. My answer?

“No adventures.”

It was easy to feel that way. In the past 6 months, they had taken trips to Italy, New York, and the Mediterranean. The last time I left the state it was to Arizona. In 2008. Going to work every day and watching reality tv every night sure didn’t seem like an adventure.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized, “Hey, I DO have adventures!” Last week I went to a Rangers game and got a free seat upgrade. Saw the musical Chicago. Had dinner with some hilarious senior citizens. Went to a monastary.

My adventures don’t involve planes and passports, but they are adventures. Life is full of them if think about it!

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Race #3 – The Color Run

Back in November/December, I saw an ad on Facebook for something called The Color Run. I looked into it and it’s a 5K race where each Kilometer, you get a “color” thrown on you. The color is a cornstarch-like substance that is dyed a different color. It looked like a lot of fun, so I signed up, along with my friends Michelle, Carrie, Kathryn, and Angela.

Saturday, I had one of the worst “pre-race” moments. I had a stomach ache all day long. I have no idea why but in the afternoon, I felt awful and it was painful to even move. I drank ginger ale and ate Saltines and went to bed, hoping and praying that I would feel better in the morning. Kathryn and Angela had already come down sick and weren’t able to make it, I really didn’t want to miss this.

Thankfully, I woke up Sunday morning feeling MUCH better. Got ready to go and headed out about 7:20. I almost took the DART, but I was going to my parent’s house later and decided to drive. The race was at Fair Park and I knew traffic would be a pain. Sure enough, everything was good until I got to the Fair Park exit. The back-up was atrocious. I was fine with the waiting, but I did not appreciate the people who cut in line -grr. Anyway, made into the parking lot and met up with Michelle and Carrie right as the first wave was leaving. We made it into the third wave and before we knew it, we were off. It was funny to see everyone in white, rarely do you see everyone match at a race. Some people got really creative though and were wearing painters suits, tutus, etc.

After 1K, we approached our first “color zone.” It was yellow and while I had no idea what to expect, it wasn’t bad at all. It had kind of a talcum powder smell and feel and just kind of stuck to everything. It also created a “cloud” of color through the zone. We kept going and color zone 2 was pink, zone 3 was purple, zone 4 was green and zone 5 was, well, kind of everything. By the end we were completely covered in color and it was definitely one of the most fun races I’ve ever had.

I toweled off at my car as much as I could and drove to my parents house, where I immediately threw my clothes in the washer and jumped in the shower. I thought I got everything off (more on that in a minute) and my clothes came out pretty clean – the white shirt looks tie-dyed, but that’s fine by me!

So, I thought I did a good job of getting rid of all my “color,” but today I went to get my hair cut. When my stylist started washing my hair, she said “Did you do the Color Run?” I said yes and she laughed. “I can tell.” Whoops. Guess I didn’t get all of it out!

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My New Balance Kicks

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As part of the RunProject deal, I got some (almost) free new running shoes, courtesy New Balance. Of course, nothing is ever easy with me, it turned into an “ordeal.”

About a week after getting the voucher, I went over to RunOn! to get my shoes. I was greeted and immediately started the process of measuring my feet. That’s when we ran into a problem. Thanks to my awesome genetics, I have a high instep and wide foot. Which means some shoes don’t fit, no matter the size. We tried women’s first. The length was perfect but it felt like a vice was around my foot -even with the widest shoe. So we moved to men’s, which went wider. The width felt great, but the shoe was way too long.

After consulting the catalog, we determined that yes, NB did make a short, wide men’s shoe. It just wasn’t in stock. So, they called in an order and about a week later, my red and black (!) Men’s size 7 width 2E’s came in. Back to store to try them on and they were a great fit.

Can’t wait to start the races with these shoes on my freak-of-nature feet.

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Days 7-11

Monday, Day 7:

Treadmill for 30 minutes!

Tuesday, Day 8:

Personal training – upper body

Wednesday, Day 9:

upper arm free weights

Thursday, Day 10:

medicine ball: tricep dips, russian twist, etc

Friday, Day 11:

Personal Training: lower body

 

Sorry so brief. I have a lot to do!

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Ice, Ice Baby

Creative, unique title. I KNOW.

We’re in Day 2 of SUPER STORM ARTIC BLAST 2011.

Ok, it really is bad, especially for this part of the world. We are so not prepared for a whole bunch of ice. While the rest of the world gets to sleep in and have “snow days,” I’ve been going to work. Fun, I know! It’s actually not bad, but just knowing that everyone else is sitting at home makes it no fun at all.

What else has been going on? Hmmm…not much. Just normal life. I have been reading more, so that’s good (love that Library card!) Oh, and I found the second half of my sisters collection of Friends DVDs (she has all 10 seasons). Since my favorite episodes are in seasons 5-10, and that’s what I found, I’ve been watching them a lot. I forgot how funny that show is.

Ok, this is pretty lame, but that’s all I can think of to write. I’m in a bit of a slump. :/ Maybe it’s time to find some writing prompts and see if that helps.

 

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For all my goal setters out there…

Did you know that September 23 marks 100 days left in the year (including that day)? That means tomorrow is a great time to start a habit (or break a habit) or track some sort of goal. The great thing about 100 days is if you can last that long, you’ll probably continue doing it. I know I’m tracking goals for the year, but here are a few things I am going to try to do over the next 100 days:

1. Walk 100 miles

2. No soda

3. Read 10 books

4. Do something on my Cleaning schedule every day

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