Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Triple Tangent Tuesday

I would like to dedicate this post to my dear friend: Jenna Agrelius. She is on the far right in the classy shower cap/princess dress ensemble. 

It's that time again! The day of the week that everyone anxiously waits for, because they are excited to read what random tangents I have floating around through my mind!!!

This week, I feel like there were a lot of "Is this real life?!" kinds of moments. I swear my life is a string of random/hilarious instances all rolled up into each day. Keeps things interesting, right??

Tangent #1:

Last week I was observing a counseling session, obviously I can't discuss sessions on here, they are confidential, BUT the best part of the whole 2 hours came AFTER the session. The counselor, who is a young woman, was taking her elderly clients to the door to show them out. As they are walking out, the old man says, "You know, I observe young/attractive girls like yourself, and I just wanted to let you know that you have a very attractive BUTT!!"

What does the wife do? She agrees of course.

I am still busting a gut about that one.

Tangent #2: 

Also last week, I was home alone doing some homework when roommate came home. Roommate is a very nice girl and we get along great, despite our different backgrounds and interests. Roommate goes into her room (I am in the front room) and calls home. Normal right? Well, she's calling home to speak with her dog, whom she misses. HER DOG. Seriously, for a solid 10 minutes, she is speaking on the phone in puppy language. I kept looking around the room in complete shock. Like I said, "Is this real life?" AND "Why am I the only one at home to witness this random moment?!"

Tangent #3: 

I have done lots of financial basics type of classes and workshops this semester. Mostly to young couples, young women, or any type of church groups. While they are a little scary, I am 100000000 times more scared for this Thursday night. Why? I will be presenting at the JAIL. Yep, that's right. Ex-cons are going to listen to me ramble on and on about how to save money and how if you only buy ONE pack of cigarettes a day, you can save X amount of money. When I think about this, I get excited and scared simultaneously.

I hope you got a little smile out of this post. 

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Dating Game

If you're thinking to yourself, "What does this picture have to do with this post?"...quit thinking right NOW. Because it honestly has nothing to do with anything, except that I am in a weird mood. 

So, I am 99% sure that I might have an invisible sign (that I can't see, but everyone else can) on my forehead that says, "Hey! I am a 22 year old single Mormon that needs a husband!" 


  There has been a lot of lessons in church about girls like me and how it is every member's calling to set us up. 

I am convinced that one of these two things is happening. 

I have never been set up more in MY LIFE than I have since this semester started. Blind date after blind date. I swear at least 1-2 times weekly I am getting texts, phone calls, emails about how someone knows the PERFECT person to set me up with. 

I don't quite know how to take this. Do they think that I am desperate and not capable of finding eligible young bachelors on my own? Or do they just think I am a really cool girl and they want someone that they care about to marry me???

Well, after lots and lots of pondering, I have decided to take this as a compliment. 

I mean, who doesn't like a free dinner and a new friend every now and then? 

So friends, keep the blind dates coming. While I am convinced there is NO MAN in the world that can handle me, I would love to be proven wrong. Now don't get me wrong...I am the exact opposite of "Marriage Hungry" and enjoying my freedoms WAAAY too much at this point, but blind dates make funny stories and blog posts, so go ahead and humor me. Dating and social experiments are great things to pass the time and keep me entertained on nights when Modern Family isn't on. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

15 Miles of Happiness

Helmet heads look really cool

This weekend, I got to visit my great friend: My bicycle. We had a great time together on Saturday on a nice and easy 15 mile ride together. I was so happy to ride my bike and it felt so great!

Until...the wind hit.

And then it wasn't so fun. BUT, I thought of a reaalllly great joke whilst riding. Now I will share it with you:

As the wind was about to blow me over, I thought, "Man, this strong headwind really BLOWS!"

bahahaha STILL funny! I laughed for the rest of the ride and then the wind didn't suck as bad. 

Moral of the story: when something starts to suck, find a way to laugh it off.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Hot Date!

First off, I would just like to give a shout out to my faithful blog readers, I love you al and I am so happy that we could find a mutual bond via Life in the Sexy Lane! I am always so pleasantly surprised when I find out that someone is a "blog regular", I LOVE LOVE LOOOVE writing and entertaining people!

Secondly, I would like to say that I LOVE blog comments more than anything. 1 blog comment > a million facebook comments in my brain. SO, I would like to say HI to my lovely Aunt Sue who made me laugh right out loud at work with her comment about the shoes!! And also  my AWESOME cousin Brittany, who wants to run a marathon. It makes me so happy that you want to run one, that really is SO awesome! I will most definitely write a post about some good training ideas and suggestions :)


Tonight, I had a hot date with my hot mama!! It was lovely and a GREAT way to spend a Friday night. I mean, let's be honest....

date with mom > date with boy.

Mom will always win.

I am in a class called Art Symposium that is required for graduation. Basically, I have to go to 8 different art events throughout the semester and write about my experiences. Pretty easy, yet stresses me out cause I don't have any set due dates or guidelines. BUT, perfect opportunity for me to make my mom appreciate different aspects of art with me and get some bonding time in during my crazy busy semester! So, I came down to Orem last night since I don't have school on Fridays (I dunno why it took me 4 years to realize how much better life is when you make a 4 day school schedule and have long weekends, but I am so glad I discovered this amazing way of life). I decided I could get a nice long run in this morning, go to work for a few hours (make a little money to pay for the running shoes I am going to get), visit my BEAUTIFUL nieces, and then go on a date with Cath to Little Women at the Scera. It was actually pretty good! I only had A.D.D like 10 times throughout the 2 hour show. Not bad eh?

Could a Friday be any better? I submit that it cannot!

PS: Today I told Kali that our children could be friends. She informed me that by the time she has kids, I will "almost be dead". Does she really think I am THAT old?! OUCH!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Thrill of the Hill

So...if you have been reading Life in the Sexy Lane for awhile now, you probably know that I am obsessed with running and have ran 2 marathons in the past. 

Marathon running is a CONSTANT WORK IN PROGRESS. 

Which is why I LOOOOVE it. 

I have learned a lot from my marathon training and running experiences in the past three years or so. And now I will share my profound thoughts with this blog in case I forget and need some refreshing in the future. 

My first marathon, I had NO IDEA what I was doing and like most "newbies", I ran miles and miles trying to up my mileage. I was in really really good shape, but oh so worn down. For me, it wasn't about the quality of miles as much as the quantity of miles. It ended really well for me...seein how I got a stress fracture n' all. So, that is when I learned about quality. Sometimes, running 5 miles really quickly and stressing your heart is better for you than pounding your bones, muscles, and joints for hours and hours. So then, since I was sooooo smart, I decided I should run another marathon, because I was a pro after running just one marathon. 

That's when I ran my second marathon, and decided to focus more on speed instead of distance. This worked out really well for me, because I knew that mentally and physically I could handle the longevity of a marathon. Ever since I was a kid, I have been able to handle running for long periods of time and never getting tired. The trick for me has always been running at a CONSTANT HIGH SPEED for long periods of time. Which is something that I struggle with. So, marathon #2 was 100% focused on speed, rather than distance. 

That worked out pretty well for me...until on mile 8 of my marathon there was a MASSIVE hill that I was neither mentally or physically prepared for. I claim this point in my marathon to be the failure of my marathon. I hated hills, and I always hated hills..therefore I was never going to do hill training, because I am stubborn like that. 

So, now I have a new philosophy. If I claim to be a "runner" and have a passion for running, then I have to love running unconditionally. I can't only like SOME PARTS of running, yet ignore other parts of running. Although I love SPEED more than hills or distance....hills and distance are still a HUGE part of running and I have to learn to love them all, even if it's not equally. So what am I going to do? I am now going to be a hill lover. For three weeks now, I have ran strictly hills. I am mentally and physically going to be ready for those unexpected hills my next marathon. Rather than hate the hills, I have decided to embrace the hills. 

I have ran 15 miles of hills in the past 3 days, but it hurts oh so good. I am physically stronger, mentally stronger, and have improved the overall "runner" that I claim to be!

"If you learn from it, it's not a mistake"...here's to the next marathon!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Very Large Decision

Okay my bloggy friends, I need your help on this major life-changing decision. I got running on the mind. Probably (most likely) because I ran 5 miles, then watched a documentary about running, then read Runner's World, then looked online at shoes, then went to 4 different shoe stores.

 I PROMISE you, I got all my homework done and went to all my classes too. It's just been a VERY productive day.

 Sooo after lots of research, I have narrowed the running shoe candidates: 

 Brooks Purecadence: A supportive minimalist shoe that has the latest technology and provides optimal support, but is still lightweight...

Saucony Hattori: Veeerrrry lightweight/minimal shoe. The most minimal that I will go. It's not that I am totally against Vibrams (5 finger), but mostly I am just too vain to wear them slash I feel like with my recent ankle surgery, I need more support than they provide. BUT, I am all about minimalist running and can see a huge difference on my knees and hips

So, that's the dilemma. Some of you (my parents) might ask: "And how are you affording ANOTHER pair of running shoes?!" Well mom, I have come up with a BRILLIANT finance-major plan. I am going to stop drinking so much diet coke (which saves like $2 or more per day). Once that habit is kicked, I will have extra cash for the shoes, and I will be healthier. 

Like I said, Brilliant. So if you are reading this, PLEASE give me your opinion, even if you just prefer the looks of one shoe over the other!

Triple Tangent Tuesday

Okay, so my blogging/fitness inspiration is: www.hungryrunnergirl.com 

Every Tuesday, she writes three completely random tangents about herself. I think this is a GREAT idea, considering I am one of the most random/quirky people I know and I always think of weird/random things to blog about. Triple Tangent Tuesday is definitely my style. 

So today is the first of many Triple Tangent Tuesdays!

I often have strange conversations with myself. They usually end in negotiations. Like this morning. "Kelli, if you wake up for your 7:30am research methods class, I will let you wear the most comfortable clothes/shoes that you own." And then I look homeless all day, and don't mind one bit. I deserve to be comfortable! I made it to my early class on time!! I am all about the rewards system. 

Ever wonder if Taco Bell is opened at 10:00 in the morning? Well, I can now testify that it is! I have been craving taco bell for an entire week now. By 10:00am the inner beast in me NEEEDED taco bell. I mean, I woke up early and didn't have breakfast! It was delicious and I don't feel sick at all...I will let you know how my run feels later though...
Side Note- The lady that works the drive thru window at El Azteca in Orem knows me. I went to get some delicious mexican food whilst in Orem last weekend, and she said, "I miss see you around here no more"...which means that she has missed seeing me around. VIP customer right here. 

My life would literally be in SHAMBLES if I ever lost my planner. It seriously holds the key to my life. I am CONSTANTLY making sure that everything is in my planner and I am getting the things done that need to be done. If you don't want me to flake on you, have me write it in my planner and our play date will be set it stone. 

Okay, so kinda boring for the first Triple Tangent Tuesday, but I promise I will get better and write down all of the random tangents that pop into my head throughout the week. Pretty soon Tuesday will be your favorite day of the week!!

Also, I think that everyone should have a Triple Tangent Tuesday on their blog!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Trail Running

Some of you might wonder what 7 miles of rolling hills on a trail might look like...

Well, here is your answer...

Straight up DEATH. I submit that it is waaaay more mentally challenging than any marathon out there. 

If you don't have a Garmin, get one. It is the best running partner EVER. Except when you feel like you have been running miles and miles only to look down and see that you have only ran .5 miles. Then you might want to throw your stupid watch off a cliff. 

You better believe I drank all that chocolate milk. Whoever discovered chocolate milk was the best recovery drink should seriously win a prize. 

And to all of you that have asked me about running shoes in the past: minimalist running shoes are NOT meant for intense trail running. Apparently working on your barefoot running mechanics really is not applicable, especially when you can feel EVERY.SINGLE.ROCK along the trail. Ouch!

Sooooo this was a MUCH better alternative to reading and analyzing journal articles for my research methods class, but I think the better choice would have been a nap/sleezy daytime TV. 

I am calling out a B.S. to www.weather.com for telling me that it was only 75 degrees. I am pretty sure it was 175.

Also, I would like to thank Jordyn Sparks for singing "One step at a time" to me that last mile. Couldn't have done it without you girl!

Struggles of a Type A personality

Today, I juuuuust really really miss this guy and the unconditional love that he gave me me...stupid fall time makes me miss him lots and lots. Boo!

So, I wish I could tell you that this weekend was the BEST WEEKEND EVER! But, unfortunately, it was not. At all. 

I wish I could say I spent all weekend playing with my nieces....I did not. 

I wish I could say I went on a really really long run on Saturday...I did not. 

I wish I could say I rode my road bike that I have missed oh so much....I did not. 

I wish I could say that I watched the entire BYU game without falling asleep...I did not. 

I wish I could say I went to Yogurtland with Cath...I did not. 

I wish I could say I was ooober productive and now I am stress-free...I did not. 

I wish I could say I saw everyone that I love so dearly...I did not. 

The bright spot of the weekend was all of the quality time with Cath. I love and appreciate my mom SOOOO much. Seriously. She is THEE BEST!!

Why? One duuuumb duuumb reason. 

Migraine headache. BOOOOOO!

Soooo apparently, I really like to get suuuuper stressed out, and then my body FREAKS out. When I went to Orem on Friday, I was really really stressed out. I figured I would come home, see the fam, get in really good workouts, and be productive. I thought that was a BRILLIANT plan! My little sleep-deprived, stressed out body had other plans. 

I woke up Saturday morning with a HUGE headache. It seriously rocked my body. I spent a good majority of the day asleep. I would wake up, write a paper, and get all headached and need to lay down again. Then I tried eating. That should help right? Wrong. I threw up, and then passed out for almost the rest of the day. Surely the BYU game would make me feel better. It made me dizzy and I fell asleep the whole first half. Boo. Not like I missed much anyways. Then, on Sunday, I slept the ENTIRE day until 2pm church. What in the world?? Who does that? Headached Kelli does. 

So basically, weird things stress me out. Like school, an uncertain future, uncertain relationships/friendships, and other really weird things. So my body just attacks. Stress is seriously TOXIC to our bodies. It is not normal to get rocked by migraines due to stress. I NEEED to learn to keep my type-A beast under control!!

Luckily, I woke up this morning and I am feeling MUUUCH better after a great night of sleeping. Hopefully this week won't kill me, because I am going back down to Orem on Friday and would really like to spend my weekend enjoyably, rather than laying in a dark basement feeling like I am going to die. 

Sorry for the bitter buffalo post. I promise you tomorrow I will be all happy and chipper. Just let me get in a 5 mile run today and I will be a whole new girl!!

Random Kelli Quirk of the Day: I am racist. Against white socks. I don't know why, but I will ONLY wear black socks now. I just love them so much better than white socks. Why? I have no idea. 

Stay Excellent!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Surprising The Fam

Whether I like it or not, school is in session. 

Basically, that means that last night I began having a panic attack when I realized all of the papers that needed to be written, and all the time that I don't have to write them. Normally, I am all about working hard during the week and then playing on the weekends. Like this weekend, I was planning on going on a big cabin-retreat with a bunch of great friends. The problem is....I spend my entire week working hard at my internship...and then I only have the weekend to focus on my FIVE other classes that aren't my internship. Stressful much?? So, unfortunately I had to bail on the fun cabin trip this weekend. I mean, I wouldn't even be able to be my fun self. I would be thinking about the hundreds of things that I SHOULD be doing. But I still wanted to get out of Logan for the weekend. I realized...hey, I haven't seen my cute nieces for about a month. BAM! I made a FANTASTIC CD, and drove down south. 

Just in time for....

Shannon's surprise party!!!

I promise you, I have the cutest/funniest nieces in the world. Don't try to fight me on this one, you will lose. 

Kali and I put on makeup together, did our hair together, and of course put on our CUUUUTE rainboots and headed to the party!

I'm obsessed with this smile. 

And this smile. 

Silly faces ROCK. 

How good does she look?? ONE MONTH after having a child. I'm impressed. 

Rylie was OBSESSED with this chair. She spent a good 2 hours lounging in it. 

Until I persuaded her to sit on my lap with my cake and ice cream. 

This is one of the greatest people I have ever met. 

And this person. 

Basically...seeing my family this weekend is EXACTLY what I needed. Now I can hide in my parent's house and pound out the papers tomorrow...until the big game of course. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Struggles of a Lefty

You right-handed people have it soooo easy. 


Exhibit A:

My hand is a COMPLETE mess after doing almost 10 HOURS of observation reports today. I am literally BRAIN-DEAD. I can't even think straight right about now. My middle of the week schedule is seriously CRRAAAAZY. 12 hour school days followed by homework is a totally normal thing for me. I can't even keep the days straight!

This is what you might look like after you have gone to early morning classes, observed 8 hours worth of counseling sessions, followed by going to teach the Relief Society about finances. I told you, BRAIN-DEAD!

The fun part about my life is being able to wear grown-up clothes ALLL day long. I mean, sweats are waaaay overrated/too comfortable anyways. 

All I can say is T.G.I.F.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

City Softball

Have you ever been to a grownups city league softball game?? Oh my gosh! If you haven't, you better head  on down to the local park RIGHT now and get in on all of the action. Those people take that stuff SERIOUSLY. I mean, why wouldn't they? They were on their all-region baseball/softball teams in highschool 25 years ago. They were SUCH a big deal, and now they play city softball to prove themselves. SUUUUUCH a "has-been" sport. I have NEVER EVER seen more intensity and emotion than I did watching Luke's game the other night. At one point, Carlie yelled, "This isn't real life!" I mean, I understand it was the championship and all, but come on people, it's time to move on and realize that you are old and you don't still got it. 

Nonetheless, we enjoyed  a nice night at Luke's softball game. Notice, we are wearing sweatshirts already. Who wants to make a bet that it will snow in Logan in 2 weeks?! Cause it WILL. Boo. 

We were SUCH good fans for not knowing what was going on....

At least we can make great faces in the midst of all the animosity

I LOOOOVE this kid...nuff said

We had a double chin contest. I clearly won. Better luck next time Zac!! 

Luke was most definitely the MVP of the game, he did awesome!!

P.S. Funny Story- Before I went to the game, I had to go to a Young Women's activity and talk with the girls about some financial basics. Now, I was NOT the best in Young Women's. I made life on the leaders pretty hard. Well my friends, payback sucks. The girls were absolutely OUT OF CONTROL. I knew right off the bat that this was karma from years ago. I reaaaalllly knew it was payback when the girl that was the ABSOLUTE WORST was named Sara (the leader that I gave the hardest time when I was in YW). Ironic? Very. Let's just say I won't be accepting any YW callings anytime soon. Payback SUCKS!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Life isn't always diet coke and swedish fish...or is it??

Life is so good. Seriously. Everything about my life is so great. I have absolutely no reason to complain! I love my family, my great friends, school, and the fact that I can workout as hard and as much as I want. 

On Sunday night, my bestest friend Carlie came to stay!! We were roommates at Dixie, and she is up here for work for the week. We have SO MUCH fun together! Like forreal, there are very few people that know me better than Carlie does. We have spent our time together reminiscing on our crazy freshman/sophomore years, eating junk food, and watching trashy reality shows. There is not many things in life that get better than that. 

Monday night was a night that I have been waiting for. Can you guess what Monday night was??

Season Finale of Bachelor Pad. You better believe I sat and watched ALL THREE hours of that sucker and was completely entertained. Seriously, that's impressive. That's as long as church is in case you were wondering. The entire show, I was drinking my favorite recovery drink:

Chocolate milk. I drank TWO water bottles full of this beloved drink, AND two full water bottles. Does anyone else drink as much as I do? I mean seriously, that is A LOT of liquid!! I think I went to the bathroom every single commercial break. 

Yesterday, I decided to do a hill workout before the Bachelor Pad. I only had like a half hour so I was booking it. I couldn't miss even the first minute of the Bachelor Pad. I ran 1.5 miles uphill, and then turned around to go downhill. I was in such a hurry and my thoughts were so distracted by what might happen on the Bachelor Pad, that I straight up BIFFED it HARD. I seriously just SLAMMED on the pavement...looked around to make sure nobody saw....and then ran the rest of the way home. No worries, I got back in time. 

Sidenote- I have been doing hill workouts for the past 2 weeks straight. I am DETERMINED to start liking hills. They are the biggest mental challenge for me. I decided to become a "hillaholic" and fake it til I make it. I might just be running hills every day for the rest of my life, because I don't see myself liking it anytime soon. 

Best Pre-running fuel??

Swedish Fish of course. Great for a quick glucose boost!! No worries, we ate that entire bag in like 3 days. Go big or go home!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Public Speaking and Football

Weekends= Pure joy and happiness. I just love love love looooooove them so much! Here's how my weekend went down.....

First, I re-gained all of the calories I lost working out by drinking this amazing chocolate deliciousness at Olive Garden. It might just be my new favorite source of calcium. 

For my internship, I am required to teach 10 workshops about finance and home ownership. On Saturday, I had my very first one, so here is the sequence of my emotions:

 Lots and lots of butterflies

Sooooo happy that it's over and I can enjoy the next 3 days before my next one!

Realizing how many more I have to do over the next few months

That stress was quickly forgotten and Vanessa and I got all geared up for the football game!! Now, this might sound strange coming from me and my athletic background...but I realized how much I dislike going to football games. I don't understand them, I zone out a good 3/4 of the plays, and the other 1/4 of the time is spent laughing at all the "tough guys" in the crowd that yell at the refs and cheer on the players. I mean, I am sure they could do a muuuuch better job, right?! So, after the first half, we decided we were done and went and got yummy food instead. 

It rained at first

It was PACKED for an Aggie football game

Both of us were sooooooo bored!

Homeboy came to do his job, "intimidate" the refs. Unfortunately, I don't think anyone could hear him....

After we got food, we came back much more lively and happy. 


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Today I grew up

I am turning into an adult very quickly, and I am not quite sure how I feel about it either. 

I had to wake up at 6am whether I wanted to or not. No matter how late I went to bed (2am). I didn't have time to get all pretty or eat. I had to be at my internship on time and be attentive. Not like going to class and being able to just fall asleep and still acquire participation points. 

I spent a good SIX HOURS observing financial counseling sessions today. Do you realize how long that is to sit inside of a little dark room behind a two way mirror? That's TWICE as long as church. Good thing I brought an entire bag of trail mix and ate a good 3/4 of it. 

After my internship, I did my next big grown up thing:

Bought my very first bluetooth. 
I just don't have time to sit around and chat on the phone anymore. Having a bluetooth makes it so I can clean my room and talk on the phone, do homework while on the phone, etc. I felt REALLY grown up when I put that sucker on my ear though. 

Next grown up activity:

I wear a fake wedding ring in my internship so that when I am talking to people about their financial situations, they might take me a little more seriously. I look like I am 16, I need all the help I can get!

Lesson learned: Take fake wedding ring off when going to the store and flirting with the sales person...otherwise they will think you are a sleezy housewife. I learned this the hard way. OOPS!

So it is now 12:18am , and I have FINALLY finished working on a presentation for a workshop that I am doing on Saturday...I have class at 7:30am tomorrow morning until 7:30pm tomorrow night. I honestly don't know how I am still awake and functioning right now. Good thing I have Friday off so that I can go back to my child-like habits of playing the Wii, going swimming, running, and watching sleezy TV shows. I don't think this growing up stuff is really for me!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I am having waaay too much fun these days. I honestly don't know how anyone survives on the amount of sleep that I can function on. My number one priority is to have fun and soak up the college experience this semester. Of course, you know that I am an extreme perfectionist...so these conflicting personality traits (fun lover/perfectionist) can stress me out at times. BUT, I think true happiness lies in the perfect balance between work and play.

....or being able to get 1st place in Mario Kart....

Tonight, after a loooong day of school and getting a workout in, we had some fun! 

It started off with the usual Wii session and homemade nachos with Jentry, and ended going digging with my roommates + Luke and Zac. Love em all! It was a blast!

 The Group

 Zac, Jen, Courtney


 Most favorite gas station in Loogie

The roommates minus Vanessa! We have the best apartment!!