Officially, yet unofficially done with my undergrad!

I can officially say that I have unofficially completed my degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism at Boise State University! It won’t quite be official until Spring of 2013 after I’ve completed my internship in New York, therefore I can’t quite cross it off the ol’ bucketlist. Though it felt amazing to walk out of my last class after completing my last final as an undergrad student. I was so overwhelmed with joy that I even managed to trip down the last few stairs dropping everything that I had in my hands. The guy passing by looked as if he didn’t know whether to stop and help me or pretend as if he didn’t see it happen. I on the other hand was still bursting with excitement and wanted to jump up and give a “superstar!” pose.

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I was especially proud of myself for staying reasonably sick free and healthy throughout the duration of dead week and finals week. But alas, the finals flu bug got the best of week and I’ve been laying low the whole week trying to recover, which is ironic because one of my last articles for The Arbiter was “Tis the Season for the Finals Flu Bug”. An article I researched specifically on how to NOT get sick during finals week. I hope I didn’t ruin my credibility as a journalist there! Though I have to admit, I probably could have squeezed a little more sleep in this week but that can be difficult with several deadlines and me being an antsy sleeper when I know I have things to be doing.


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Because I was sick I did a little bit of cooking, a lot of packing and cleaning (still have an abundance to do before leaving!), and found myself catching up on Christmas classics and How I Met Your Mother episodes. One of my favorites is Elf with Will Ferrell. Cracks me up every time I watch it! My family, Luke, and I all ordered our favorite pizza from Flying Pie and sat around with the dogs to watch it together. Lately I’ve found myself becoming more excited about watching movies and shows that are based in New York City and find myself adding more things on my list of things to do and see while living there. My mom repeatedly would say “That’s going to be you Gen!” as Will Ferrell ran around the city jumping between Taxi’s, circling through revolving glass doors, and congratulating the diner on their “World’s Best Coffee”. I’ll try to contain myself but I can’t make any promises!


I was also able to give a self-esteem workshop to a junior Girl Scout troop this week which was a great way to finish off after rushing around all week. I could definitely tell it was almost break for them as they were full of energy! I needed a little energy boost though and appreciated their eagerness and being submerged into their enthusiasm. I forgot how much I’ve missed working with Girl Scouts this semester. After talking about the importance of goals and sharing with them my dream of working in New York for Women’s Health Magazine, several of the girls shared with me how they had been to New York and were incredibly excited to tell me exactly where I needed to go and that they would come and visit me Smile. They even left me these little notes next to my bag when I got ready to leave. It was the nicest surprise and they will most definitely be packed with me when I move to New York.


Later that night I also took this picture…can you guess what’s going on here? (I apologize for the fuzzy phone pictures and crazy flash!)


I took a little relaxation to get my hair done, a much needed treat! And am excited to say I am going back to my blonde roots, YAY! I couldn’t stop grinning my face off when I saw little strands of blonde come out of those foils. Slowly but surely I’ll be making my way back to a little blondie again!

I also went out with my mom on the last day of class to celebrate and find the last minute things I needed before leaving for New York.

We decided to eat lunch at Café de Paris to carbo load before we made our way out into the crazy holiday mall traffic. I got a chicken, apple, and glazed walnut salad and split the Champs Elysees a la Framboise, a hazelnut chocolate mousse pie with raspberries and the  Camille, a white chocolate mousse cake with blackberries. They were to die for.

Then it was on to errands! Our list included:

1. Pack sheets, pillows, duvet, and books all in one box and ship to NY. (Check!)
2. Update banking info (Check! I even got my own name written on checks, I feel so grownup now!)
3. Find socks to wear with running shoes since mine look like a mouse has been enjoying them a little too much. Also find warm socks to wear with boots…found an abundance at Target that were inexpensive and cute. Double whammy! (Double check!)
4. Find nice jeans for work (Check!)
5. Finish finding the rest of my Christmas shopping (Half check….darn you mall. I don’t want to see you again after this week!)
6. Replenish toiletries/makeup etc. since I will officially be broke as a joke as of next month. (Check!)
7. Enjoy spending some last quality time with mom before leaving (Check, check, check!)

I took it pretty easy on my workouts this week as I just wanted to get better and figured my body needed a break. But I did want to mention how much I have been loving my new Nike Free Run 3 shoes. (Seriously, loving. I had to control myself from dedicating an entire post just for them. I will do my best to hold back!)


It can be difficult to find a good running shoe and even a good gym shoe that is durable, affordable, and good quality. For a few years now I’ve been devoted to my Newton running shoes because of how it helps my midfoot strike correctly since I used to run flat footed. Boy was that ever painful and made me the loudest runner (as one of my former co-workers at the gym used to say). I then started using Newton’s Lady Isaac S which helped me with my form and got me from liking running to absolutely loving running. I’ve also used the Gravity Performance and am now using the Distance Performance. They are a little spendy but well worth the cost as they are a great shoe and very durable. I even convinced my best friend to splurge on a pair when she was looking for a new good running shoe.  The only problem I have had is the mesh begins to wear out a bit on the sides more quickly than I would like. But there is still another lining under that so it isn’t a huge issue but still was a concern of mine so I started looking for other shoes to run in which was when I ran across the Nike Free Run 3.

I wouldn’t run in this shoe for a long time, though it is very lightweight, but it’s the perfect gym shoe. It’s very flexible and light but still tight around my foot. And I love that it has a bright red orange lining! Always makes it a little more fun to go workout when you have colorful shoes. The Newton’s tend to have a little raise on the bottom of the shoe to help with your strike while running. I love how it helps me run, but hated having to control my balance with them while I was doing anything involving lunges or jumping. I wish I had found it sooner as I think it would have helped extend the life of my Newton’s and also made my workouts a little better. So now I pack both my Newton Distance Performance and Nike Free Run 3’s in my gym bag so I have a pair of shoes specifically for running and one for the gym. Sounds a little crazy but I can already feel the difference and am hoping I won’t have to buy another pair of shoes for quite some time!
No workout for you today, but you better believe I’ll have a Christmas workout for you on Tuesday since none of the gyms will be open (as they shouldn’t be!) and I’m one of those people who loves to work up an appetite before Christmas dinner.

Last night was also my farewell dinner and White Elephant gift exchange! I will be posting pictures later today of all the wacky/snazzy gifts that were brought as well as a recipe for a delicious protein breakfast bar for those mornings where you have no time to make something nutritious. They helped get me through the last couple of weeks!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend that is stress free!
What are some of your favorite athletic shoes? Do you think having the right shoe helps keep you motivated and encouraged to keep going back to the gym or get your exercise in?

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