Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's Fun to Dress Up!

The end of their winter here is just like it is back home with one day being beautiful and sunny and the next day being cold and rainy, which is horrible.  Not to mention, a lot of the cold and rainy days fall on the weekend when we all want to go and explore downtown, which is a bummer.  Last weekend Rachel, Val, and I all really wanted to go downtown but settled with shopping at Northland, which ended up being a great day filled with shopping!  I am usually a frustrated shopper finding nothing that fits me the way I like or is way too expensive, but today all three of us found things that we loved and came home with many bags in hand. 

One of the things I bought was a dress for my birthday, which is LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!!  I am so excited to celebrate being 22, even though it sounds so old!  I can't imagine celebrating with some of my best friends, but I'm sure these crazy kids will help me celebrate in amazing Australian fashion!  There are a lot of things to do down in the city, which is also BEAUTIFUL at night time. The only issue is that, just like everything else in Australia, it usually is a little pricey if you want to buy a drink out, but sometimes the cover is free which is nice!

We are going to another AFL game on Saturday afternoon with Hawthorn and Port Adelaide, which will be fun but Port Adelaide is garbage so it may not be too close.  The last game we got to enjoy was the Collingwood and Essendon game, which was a blast because both teams are huge here in Melbourne, so the game was packed.  The stadium, when full, sits 90,000 people which is crazy.  Marco and I decided to go for Collingwood, which at first seemed like a bad choice when they were losing at half time, but the second half was a blowout!  So, GO COLLINGWOOD!! They have only lost one game this season, which is amazing!  They lost to Geelong who they are actually playing again in a few weeks...and I will be in attendance!! Should be intense...
So, onto the big event...the Menzies Ball!  We all got dressed up and did our hair and many of the girls got spray tans...basically its a big deal!  We had a champagne toast with delicious bubbly and was yummy!  The toast was done by our senior, Liam, and it was fun to get everyone together for a huge dance and party.  Since the legal drinking age here is 18, the beautiful venue had an open bar, which was wonderful!  There was a 3 course meal, which an entree (appetizer); main dish (entree); and dessert!  I had cannelloni; chicken with mashed potatoes; and sticky date pudding and everything was delicious!!  The DJ and band were amazing, along with the surprise dances put on by the seniors and other student was funny and definitely well rehearsed.

The after party was further into the city, which was fun but I just wanted to go back to the ball!  It was nice because transportation to the venue and to the after party were included, so we just had to pay our way back, which wasn't back even with taking a pit stop at Macas!  Overall, the night was beautiful and a great time!  Other than the amazing ball and shopping I am attending (most) of my classes, with HORRIBLE nutrition as an exception.  The lecturer for that course is the worst I have had in all of schooling, not hard just horrible public speaking and boring!

Hope all gets on track with the lovely American economy, the only positive for me is that our US dollar here is somehow almost equal to the Aussie dollar, but other than that its sad to read and hear about our economy all the time.  Enjoy this recent nice weather back home and pray that it comes my way soon!! :)  Love you all and miss home like crazy...

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