Hollie Jolly Christmas and Life

I cannot believe Christmas is less than a week away.  I know I have said frequently but I have been lost in the last two seasons and still think it’s summer time.  Too bad all of that time has both come and gone.  It’s no longer fall and it’s nearly winter.  Good thing for me that Tim’s birthday is on the 21st and the first day of winter.  Therefore I can remember both!

Since it’s his birthday plus we went to my house for Thanksgiving,  we are in Pennsylvania  to celebrate.  I truly enjoy spending time there with his family so I’m very excited.

In other worthy news we put up a Christmas tree in the house.  We went to good ole’ Lowes and pulled it right out of the cement.  Not that this has anything to do with the Christmas spirit but we spent 90 minutes in Lowes.  I don’t think in all of my life I have spent that much time there.  Tim needed a bunch of materials to do man things so I spent time with his mom wondering the store.  They have the most random things in Lowes that I never would have thought of.


But what do I know about home improvement? 

I got a few questions about how I like New Jersey.  Is it better then Texas?  Is it better then VA?  Do I like it more then Upstate? 

I really enjoy the area that I live in NJ.  It’s a very quiet and remote place.  In my town (yes town) there are two restaurants (an amazing diner that we go at least once a week) and a pizza place.  There is a gym, grocery store and state park (with roughly 50 miles of trails) so it has everything I want.  When I do find a job I’ll be commuting upwards of 30 miles but it’s fine because there is 95% of everything else I want.  So to answer all the questions at once: yes I like it and I’m extremely happy here.  (mostly happy to finally be settled!).

We do see these planes frequently though...so there's that
We do see these planes frequently though…so there’s that

Running has been going nicely.  I took yesterday off but I think I’ll be getting some good running in next week in Pennsylvania and it will be a nice change of scenery.  I finally feel like I’m getting some of my base back and hopefully in a couple of weeks I’ll feel like I did in September and October.  Then I will be able to make a decision about a spring marathon or waiting until fall.

As seen on a run this week.  The lake is frozen over and geese like to attack.
As seen on a run this week. The lake is frozen over and geese like to attack.

Questions for you:

Where did you get your Christmas tree?

What are you doing for the Holidays? 

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  1. Lowes is my wife and I’s favorite home store. lol. We enjoy doing home remodeling projects and buying little nick-nacks when we are not at some other home store like Kohls or Target and so forth for decorations.
    I agree with you though. It is amazing how fast this year has come and gone. My wife and I got married in August then spent 2.5 weeks in Italy and started our Master’s programs. So I think it flew by for us with all of the planning and this latter part studying. Crazy! My goal is to slow 2014 down. I wonder if it will work. Something tells me no. 🙂 Happy Holidays.

  2. We have an artificial tree, which we had to replace all the lights on because 2 strands burnt out. It was pre lit too so replacing them was crazy hard. I like your tree though, it’s cool that you have a real one regardless of where it came from! We are heading to see Clay’s family for the holidays and leaving later on today.

    Glad you like your new town. I grew up in a small town and even now, I like running on country roads and don’t mind not being super close to things (we’re about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston). Plus you have a diner for pancakes and that’s what matters!

    1. I don’t really order a lot of pancakes at diners because I can make them. Honestly I like to order big and exotic omelets since I lack all skill to flip them!

      I love running on country roads…honestly I cannot even imagine running in the city and dealing with starting/stopping and lights, ect!

      1. I love running in downtown Charleston for easy runs and just to have fun and enjoy the beauty of my city, but I don’t know how anyone can “train” in downtown Charleston. Run yes, but if you want to really go fast it’s hard with the lights, cars, and drivers who don’t know what they’re doing!

        I also love ordering omelets at restaurants… I suck at making them! I suck at making most anything in the kitchen but omelettes are exceptionally hard.

  3. So glad you’re enjoying NJ so far! I’m sadly at work until about noon or so. Then going to Tyler’s (which could be awkward since the breakup….) for Christmas Eve and spending Christmas Day with my family. Doens’t feel like Christmas at all so it’s weird but it will be nice to be not at work and with family 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Glad to hear you’re enjoying NJ! There’s nothing like a good local diner (that makes killer omelets and chocolate chip pancakes). We’re having 11 people over tonight for Christmas Eve dinner and spending tomorrow at my aunt and uncle’s house with the entire extended family–should be fun! Merry Christmas!

  5. We got our Christmas tree at Home Depot, so I can’t judge you. Most years I’m more motivated to support the local Boy Scouts or some shit but this year I just didn’t have time. We’re spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here with AJ’s parents in SC, then going to visit my parents during the weekend because they’re real bitter that I’m not coming home for Christmas this year. Drama, drama.

  6. I LOVE your jacket!!! Love it! I have a black North Face jacket that looks like that material, but it’s too short and I really have a thing for everything white. I also love your hat. I think your town sounds awesome! I’m hoping to do travel nursing to a place like that. I’ve been in the suburbs of Atlanta for a long time (well, not really in college) and it’d be nice to get to a quieter place for awhile. I guess in my old age, I just crave peace and quiet. I’m glad you’re so happy there since you’ll be there for awhile! That lake looks so awesome!!! At last you guys got a tree! Jon and I didn’t do one this year since we’re out of town and just put in the floors! Next year!!!

  7. That’s pretty awesome that you have a park with great trails so close to you!

    Enjoy your time in PA, Merry Christmas!

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