Tuesday Facts (vlog)

I was feeling a vlog today.  As always feel free to ask me questions on formspring.  It’s like I have real life friends.

Happy Tuesday

Question for you: How are you staying Christmas Festive?  


Scheduled Like It’s My Job

Why hello there Blogging Bffers.

As I have said the last five straight posts in a row, it’s that time of year again.  Tis the season to be jolly…for final exams!  I still have another week of class though.  Anyways, I often get a lot of questions about how I stay sane during these last two weeks of classes.

My biggest factor and is make a routine and stick with it like it’s your job.  If you have a routine, you are more likely to stick to it and get your work and studying done.  Finals time is no joke.  

I need to personally make a schedule with when I’ll do work, when I’ll work out and when I’ll read blogs and relax.  (You can’t study all day now can you?  Your mind will be a pile of mush).

So next Monday is my first exam and so I’ll write a short overview of my day that I guarantee will probably happen.

7:00 am-Wake up and eat breakfast while doing some casually casual last minute studying.  Nothing too serious because who can study that hard while eating pancakes?  By the day of the exam I either feel like I know the knowledge or I don’t.

8:00 am-Go for an easy run.  I don’t do well with stress and running is a great stress reliever for me.

9:30 am-Head over to campus to chillaxe.

10:15-12:15 Take my exam

Study face.

12:15 Eat lunch and relax.  Probably do some blog reading and stalking.  Poke around for a few hours and see where time takes me.


4:00-6:00pm-Block two hours for my next exam of studying in.  I tell myself if I create this block of studying, it will get done.  I don’t do well with studying all day long because nothing holds my attention span that long.  Ever.

6:00pm-Go back to campus and eat dinner with friends.  It is so important (in my opinion) to not be as stressed during finals and get some time in with your friends.

7:00-9:00-Two more hours blocked of studying.  Can you see that I love the two hour study time frame?  😉

9-10-Relax.  Watch trashy tv, read blogs, muse around with the housemate.  It all depends I suppose.

Bed at 10 so I can wake up and do it all again on Tuesday.  😉

And there for you have it.  A typical Hollie schedule in the midst of finals. 


Question for you:

  1. 1.       Are you a study crammer or do you prefer to block it off and inch your way through?
  2. 2.       What situations in your life are plans and schedules necessary? 

Running and Stuff

Happy Sunday yall. 

I have to tell you-I’m quite busy this week between some presentations, my senior seminar paper and random work that I have to do.

With that being said, I have no race recap for you as my last 10000 Sundays have been.  Perhaps next week if I sign up for a race, just so I can race recap.  Upstate lacks multitudes of races (schmee) and when it’s like -20 degrees…somehow people don’t want to run in that crap.


So I’ll just talk about where exactly my running is currently going…

If you are my friend on dailymile (also-side note, if you want to be my DM friend then please add me and send a message. I have been getting a lot of random requests latelt), than you know that my miles have actually taken a bit of a climb this week.  I never flat out came and said it but I’m currently building a nice easy base for my half marathon training in the spring.  I’m not doing much speedwork (by not much I mean none) and a good portion of my runs are untimed and easy.

Actually 75% of them are untimed and easy.  If I want to go at a 10 minute pace-so be it.  6 minute pace-so be it.  It’s all about how my legs are feeling that day.  Coach says there isn’t a point in base building to force your legs to conform to a certain pace.  Running 8 miles in 80 minutes will give you the same effects as running those same 8 miles in 60 minutes.

So far, it’s be nerve racking to say the least.  I feel like I’ve got some guy telling me: wait young grasshopper for your time will blossom.  Do not force something that isn’t to be forced right now.

Confusion face shot. Appropriate.

(maybe I should get a job in motivational speaking)

It is working for me though.  I already feel a lot stronger.  This week I ran a total of 69 miles.  Yes, I could have pushed it to 70 (and I thought about it), but does it really matter?  No not really.

Question for you:

  1. 1.       What are you currently waiting patiently and letting grow? 

Potato Pancakes

Okay there are so many things wrong with this picture.  You know when I post a blog on a Saturday-it’s a big deal.  And when I post a recipe on a blog post-also a big deal.   I don’t share a lot of recipes (especially not savory ones) I was reminded the other day to make these and I’m so glad that Jamie did!

So now that I have gotten you to think this recipe is pretty fantastic, I’ll actually post it.

Potato pancakes

Think a savory and delicious cake of flavor.  Whatever that means.

Potato Pancakes!  (Perfect for carb loading…or just eating all the time)

1/3 cup flour

1 egg

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 cooked baked potato

Seasonings I added: garlic salt, cayenne powder and onion powder (be creative to your own liking)


  1. Slice and chop up cooked potato and place into blender with roughly ½-1 cup of water depending on size.  I used my magic bullet and made it into mashed potato consistency.
  2. Mix, flour baking powder and other random flavorings with an additional ½ cup water.
  3. Add potato mixture to flour mixture.
  4. Add more water if necessary to make into pancake like consistency.
  5. Mix and cook at 400 degrees (slightly higher than normal pancakes).

Eat and/or devour.


I chose to top mine with guacamole and salsa.  They were more or less like giant pancakey French fries.  I think next time I’ll be adding corn or other random things.  By next time-I mean tomorrow.

Question for you:

  1. 1.       What is your favorite way to eat a potato?

Just Pinnin and Stuff

Since it’s Friday and I have a mile list long of favorite things…I thought I would highlight Pinterest favorites and keep your mood on the lighter side.  I don’t know about about you-but for my college girls and dudes, it’s that stressful time of the year.  Granted I still have a weeks worth of classes, I have more work than I really want to think about.

This week went by pretty fast though, no?

So about this whole pinning thing…

I don’t really know how to explain pinterest and I’ve tried about a million times.  If someone asks-I normally say: think about a giant bulletin board that you can pin for your favorite motivational, inspirational, humorous, fashionable shit on without having to cut it out from a magazine.

I guess it’s worked out well.  Oh you can see my complete pinning collection here

I personally like to pin these dealing with fashion, fitness and humour.  Humour being my favorite (obviously).

Anyways-here are a few of my favorite pins lately.

Another one of my favs.

This is my favorite by far.

I also enjoy my high fashion/model shots.

And running/motivational pins too!

Happy Friday Ya’ll.


Questions for you:

  1. 1.       How do you explain pinterest?  What do you like pinning the best?  (leave me a link so I can pinning bffers!)
  2. 2.       What are your plans this weekend?

Just studying and doing work for this girl.  Schmee.

So Much In Blog Cleaning to Be Done

Hello blogging bffers. 

So much in house cleaning to do-

First, thank you for all your support in my last blog post.  I quite shaken by this experience but I’m glad I have so many friends in the blogeverse to send me their love.

Second, from two posts ago-I got a spinal tap when I had a serious migraine and they thought it was a possibility that I had meningitis.  I was delusional when being escorted into the ER and could barely see and hear (like a serious hangoverX10000) and was showing all the symptoms on meningitis (which can be deadly).  So they did the tap and found that I didn’t several hours later.  I wish I had a blog then so I could have said “hold on, please pose with the hugh jass syringe for the bloggy besties.”  Sadly, I was not internet cultured like I am now.


Furthermore, Happy First Day of December! 

Happy Birthday to one of the greatest people ever Laura

Let’s recap November shall we right quick?

Here is a quick month of review.  I quit swimming.  I ran 229 miles.  I became happier.  I lifted a little bit.  I ran my championship cross country race.  Then I ran a faster cross country race two weeks later.  I began a cooking show which I have yet to be inspired of what to cook next (so tell me…I’ll be willing to try as long as you don’t mind my failures ;)).  I tried new things (peanut butter and eggs).  I ate lots of good food.  I lost a friend.  I discovered pinterest.

That’s about it.


In December I plan too…

Run a 4 mile race.  Balls to the Wall my finals.  Go home.  Paint some more.  Take lots of photographs.  Celebrate Christmas with as many family members as possible.  Have a photoshoot. Visit my youngest brother.  Run a 5k.  Run another 5k ten hours later.  Run 230 miles.  Lift more.  Become a core whore.  Oh and enjoy break a lot.

Anywho, enough rambles.  I think my blog is clean…now to clean my room.

Question for you:

  1. What are you up to during this lovely Holiday month? 

Keep your Friends Close<3

A good friend of mine passed away over break…

And I got to find out…Through my schools email. 

Thomas was truly one of the most inspirational people I have ever met.  I originally met through my ex a few years ago but we didn’t really become close until second semester of last year.  Both us were kind of lost and we would often bump heads in the gym and chat for a while.

Thomas had MS (disease that affects the spinal cord and brain).  Within 3 years, he literally lost all of his muscle mass.  He went from being roughly 225 pounds to about 150.  Im not really sure I can find anyone else that worked as hard as he did in the gym to gain it back.  I’d always see him in the gym lifting while I was running on the treadmill.  He was one of the few that stayed in there the entire time I did my long runs.

Though out this semester, we stayed in constant contact.  We would get lunch often or bump heads in the gym as always.  He would always tell me that I ran really funny but it worked for me and then tell me an inspirational story of his own bank of tales.  He would watch football and cheer for the Patriots (and by cheer-I mean he yells as much as I do when watching football) while I would run or lift and watch the Panthers.  Good thing we never actually were within yelling distance when they played each other.

Anyways-keep your friends close.  You never know what can happen in a second.   So here is to one of the most inspirational people of my life. 


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