Hello Airport, My Old Friend

It’s time for a travel post!

This weekend we are taking off to Albuquerque, New Mexico! Our weekend destination was decided at 4pm today, so I don’t really know what to expect of this trip.

My husband, Justin, works for an airline, so we typically travel 2 weekends a month. When we travel we fly stand-by, so it is always an adventure when we decide to explore a new city for the weekend!

We have spent many hours sitting in airports, sprinting to gates, getting our bags pulled in security (always his!), and getting bumped off of flights!

However, I am writing this on the plane – today we made it! I guess I better book a hotel…

There are tons of fun things about flying stand-by. One thing that is not fun- having no idea you’re heading to the airport straight from work, and being totally unprepared..


This is not an airplane outfit.

Anyway, I am excited to check New Mexico off the list (we’re trying to get all 50 states!), and it looks like it’s going to be a rainy weekend in ABQ! 🌧💛

Gotta love this stand-by life!

P.S. – where should we go next weekend??

What Can’t a Jam Session Fix??

Listening to the right songs is my secret weapon for happiness.

But let’s back up…

Yesterday, I had a bad day. Nothing terrible or awful happened, but when I left work I just felt so drained and grumpy. Do you ever have those days?
I went to the gym and sat in the parking lot arguing with myself about actually going inside versus heading home or napping in the parking lot.

I went inside.
((uhm, winning!))

Anyway, even after convincing myself to do my workout, and taking my frustrations out on the punching bag, I still felt like crap.

Enter: jam session.

On my way home from the gym, I turned the music up really loud and just totally let it all go.
I have this theory when it comes to listening to music on a bad day that I swear works every time! Just in case anyone else is a music lover like me, here it is:

  1. Play an upbeat, loud, even angry song! I have a few go-to’s where I can just yell (singing along, of course) and get it all out!
  2. Play a song that you just can’t help but dance to. My absolute favorite for days like these is Icky Thump by The White Stripes. The beat is just so raucous and chaotic I can’t help but move. Seriously, I had to put on cruise control so I didn’t drive like a total idiot while I was rocking out.
  3. Finally, play a song that is funny; one where you smile every time you listen to it. Maybe this is weird, but I have a bunch of songs that just always make me laugh. Yesterday, I listened to Don’t Mind by Kent Jones.

After I get through my three songs, I feel so much better every. single. time! Next time you have one of those days, give it a try!

P.S. I’m not a shower singer, but I bet it works there, too..

Back to the Gym!

Fresh off of my meal-prep victory from yesterday, it was time to get back into the gym routine. I’m pretty good about going consistently, but I missed the last two weeks due to the holiday chaos.

For years I did the usual yo-yo of going to the gym for two days, feeling super sore and skipping a few days, and then falling off the wagon altogether. However, I’ve found that going to a gym that is fun and doing workouts you love makes all of the difference.

I would rather die than lift weights.

I go to iLoveKickboxing twice (once?) a week, and I’m working my way through a Couch-to-5k running program for 3 more days a week. Like my meal prepping, I’ve found that doing it with a friend really helps build a routine. Accountability buddies for the win!

I’m lucky to have a metabolism that mostly keeps up with my candy-eating, but I’m really striving to get fit and healthy. I’m certainly not a fitness guru, but I some fitness goals, and I’m willing to put in the work to achieve them!

What are your fitness goals for the new year??

Trying to look buff!

Meal Prep Madness

I didn’t think it was possible to spend six hours cooking. Today was literally meal prep madness (picture and recipes below).

I have been prepping our lunches for a few years now, but because I can’t cook (see previous post for evidence), our meal prep generally consists of plain, grilled chicken and white rice.

That’s it.

So, today I tried something a little different.

Enter, Rachel. Rachel can cook.

Her and I made an event of it and did our meal prepping together. We agreed on four recipes to make (which, can I just say, was quite the process. I thought for sure that by the time I went through all of the vegetables my husband wouldn’t eat, she would definitely change her mind about meal prepping with me). Anyway, I digress. We choose four meals, went to the grocery store, split the bill, and got to work!

Cooking is such a chore for me, but it was surprisingly fun because we did it together.
Also, because this:

But seriously, wine, chocolate cake, and blueberries aside, the time passed so much quicker because we were talking, laughing, and sipping our way through the process.

At the end of the afternoon, we ended up with 20 delicious and healthy meals, so we have lunches for the (work) week for both of our households. The best part? We only spent about $60.00 total, or $3.00 per meal!

We also cooked up some bonus things just because we could.
As a result of poor planning, I somehow ended up with 3 unopened bags of flour in my pantry (do you believe me yet that I can’t cook?), so we made some fresh bread.

My house smells perfect.

Seriously, nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread. I’ve never made bread from scratch before (obviously), and it was surprisingly easy.

All said and done, Rachel said she’ll cook with me again next week, so I must have contributed something to the process (flour). I can’t believe I cooked for 6 hours today, but I’m so excited to eat these meals!

Snapchat filters ftw

Curious about what we cooked?

Meal Prep Garlic Chicken and Veggie Pasta from Tasty: https://tasty.co/recipe/meal-prep-garlic-chicken-and-veggie-pasta

Chicken Shawarma Meal Prep (just the chicken) from Damn Delicious:
https://damndelicious.net/2017/09/04/chicken-shawarma-meal-prep/

Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep (sub pico for peppers) from Damn Delicious:
https://damndelicious.net/2017/05/12/chicken-burrito-bowl-meal-prep/

Classic Sandwich Bread (made with 50% Whole Wheat Buckwheat flour) from King Arthur Flour:
https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/classic-sandwich-bread-recipe

Rachel’s Fried Rice (there’s no link for this one…)

And completely unoriginal boxed, blueberry muffins.


Trying to Cook

Have you ever heard those jokes about a man having to survive the first year of his wife’s cooking?

Hilarious (*eyeroll*) – but here is the problem.. I have been cooking for my husband for almost 10 years now, and I’m still useless in the kitchen. Here I was, well on my way to preparing what could have been a perfectly edible broccoli with beef, just to make it to the final step and realize I don’t have soy sauce.

Plan B? Bunny Pasta with Yummy Cheese.

You may be wondering why I didn’t check for soy sauce before I started cooking, but I think the real question is: Why does a grown a** adult have bunny pasta with yummy cheese in the pantry??

Anyway, if you haven’t downloaded the Tasty app yet, I can’t recommend it enough. It is literally the only reason I have ever cooked a dinner that hasn’t been thrown away. I mean how delicious (and not mess-up-able) does this Pesto Pasta Bake look?

“I Don’t Wanna”

Can I just start by saying that I try to be a pretty rational person most of the time..

That said, I have reached a point in my life where I really feel like “I don’t wanna” is a perfectly reasonable excuse for not doing something.

We are constantly surrounded by so much advice and so many opinions, and a lot of it is really good or helpful, but sometimes it’s okay to just be okay – not constantly striving.

Can you relate??

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Kelle, you should really work on your networking…

Kelle, you should stop eating so much candy at work…

Kelle, you need to read more instead of playing video games…

True, but I don’t wanna..

Okay, So Now What?

Thank you for clicking on my blog!

“The next time you mind wanders, follow it around for a while.”

Jessica Masterson

I guess you could say this is my New Years Resolution.

I’ve thought about starting a blog for years, so in the spirit of finishing everything I never started this, here we are. This may end up being a (public) journal that only I ever read, but hopefully someone will stumble onto this page one day and we can build a community.

I have so many ideas of what to talk about in my blog – a random collection of thoughts and experiences from everyday life of a twenty-something. I’m excited to connect with you about traveling the world, being a #girlboss, thinking long term, making friends, playing video games past my bedtime, and googling “YOLO” to stay relevant.

I don’t have the answers to anything yet, but damn it- I’m trying!

I took this picture this weekend when I visited Portland, Oregon. It’s not really relevant to this post, but it’s too pretty not to share.