Monthly Archives: November 2012

MC Finals

MC Finals

Tomorrow marks the finals of VIC Polo Summer Comp. Out of the 9 of the 11 divisions will feature MC teams. Go Team!! 🙂

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Turkey Hangover

Daniel texted me the day after Thanksgiving to say that he was still completely full. He now understands the full meaning of a Thanksgiving Hangover, where someone is not at all hungry the day following Thanksgiving. 🙂 However, Nicole and I didn’t seem to experience such issues this year. Instead, we went for a long walk to Balaclava and Chapel Street. It was a gorgeous day outside, and we just cruised around going from store to store window shopping. I even found a cafe called Ziggy’s!

Ziggy’s Cafe!

Along the way, we beat our Thanksgiving Hangover and tried out the new Ben and Jerry’s. I got mint chocolate chunk, of course, and chunky monkey in honor of my dad. 🙂 It was delicious!


The rest of the weekend has been quite good. Saturday was the first round of playoff games for water polo and 15 of the 16 Melbourne Collegians teams played throughout the various leagues. Pretty good if you ask me! 🙂 Our 16s team had an unfortunate loss, but the way that the fixtures work, the top seed plays the 2nd and the 3rd plays the 4th, then the winner of 1v2 goes straight to the grand final and the winner of 3v4 plays the loser of 1v2 on another day and that winner plays in the grand final. (I hope that makes some sense!… 1v2&3v4, L(1v2)vW(3v4) plays then the winner of that plays W(1v2). haha complicated!) Thus, our 16s team will play again on Tuesday for a second chance at a grand final slot. It is a game that we should win. Our 18s team gave Melbourne Uni their first defeat of the season with a definitive 7-0 win! Our SL1 team played Richmond and won 15-8 (or something like that). It was a good win! I was majored in the third quarter, but before that, I made a few goals. Everyone played awesome! Now 18s and SL1 play Thursday in respective grand final matches!

On Sunday, I worked a ton, but now I at least have some extra padding in my wallet for my last handful of Australian days. 🙂 At training, one of the guys rocked up with a Joe Jost’s tshirt on, which is my Dad’s favorite bar in Long Beach. It just so happened that as I was running late to training, I grabbed my Joe Jost’s tshirt to wear because I could not find a UCDWWP shirt in my rush. It was fate! Of course, We snapped a photo! 🙂 I was thrilled.

Joe Jost’s Australian style and American style


Alicia’s Aussie Picture of the Day:

Swimmer Lady

Each Wednesday, I bike around 12k down to Sandringham for work with RSG. On the way, I pass this statue, and I have always admired it. Finally last week, I stopped to take a picture. I really like it! 🙂


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AUSome Thanksgiving this year

Like I said the other night, our Thanksgiving was one for the books! And now, I have my first “Thanksgiving List” to create Thanksgiving binder, just like the one that my mom’s binder.  You should see it! Every dinner that they have prepared has a sheet that includes details of what was served, how heavy the turkey was, how many people attended, what time dinner was served, and so much more. Additionally, all of the needed recipes are included behind those sheets. Check out my first one!:

My First List!

My Thanksgiving day was a lot different than usual. It began with morning practice (5:30AM) and our usual Thursday morning brekky. The three of us and Alli went to Chez Dre, an adorable french restaurant in St. Kilda. We all got french toast and it was absolutely delicious. Then, due to a suggestion by several teammates of where to find pumpkin pie, we took two trams to reach Costco. There, we were able to snag the last authentic, American Thanksgiving pumpkin pie for only $8. We also bought whipped cream, which was almost as much as the pie, but totally worth it!

Successful tram ride home, complete with a pumpkin pie

Once we got home, Nicole and I stated the food preparations while Chelsea made a last minute run to Coles. Our dinner was complete with turkey, Chelsea’s family recipe of potato filling (a cross of stuffing and mashed potatoes), sweet potato mallow, Grandma Thomas’ apple sauce, peas and onions, and deviled eggs. I took tons of photos to remember our epic cooking experience and share with everyone!

Aussie eggs are all brown and they make delicious deviled eggs!

Prepping Applesauce

Our frozen turkey, which turned out to be delicious

We completely rearranged our living room in order to host our guests!

Thanksgiving cheers with Alli’s Tasmania wine

Sweet Potatoes and Potato Filling

Looks like a pretty typical Thanksgiving plate to me 🙂

The whole crew: Trav, Alli, Daniel, Dylan, Rob, Nic, and Chels!

Delicious dessert plate including ice cream, apple pie, jelly (jello in US terms), pumpkin pie, and berry pie

It was a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday with my home away from home. On Friday, I was lucky enough to video chat the entire family while they were eating Thanksgiving dinner at our house! I took a screen shot! 🙂

Zack, Ash, and Bri at Began Thanksgiving

Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: mate. Meaning friend, or more generally a person. Usage: I called up my girl mates to go out to dinner.

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AUS Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner tonight was more than successful! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful Australian family, but I sure will miss the festivities at the Began house tomorrow. 🙂 pictures tomorrow!


Thanksgiving Preparations

When we first arrived in Australia, Chelsea and I were both surprised that we did not experience more of a culture shock.  We both decided that Melbourne could easily be a city somewhere in the US where people have funny accents.  However, as the holiday season approaches, I’ve noticed more and more differences.  For example, Halloween came and passed without much of a mention.  I heard of a few Halloween parties and saw several trick-or-treaters, but it wasn’t a full blown holiday. Additionally, the general rule of not putting up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving is not followed because Thanksgiving is not a holiday here! A lot of the stores in Elsternwick already have Christmas themed windows, and I even saw a Christmas tree in the window of a house the other day.

Even though Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Australia (because there was no Plymouth feast or “Pilgrims and Indians”) the three of us have decided to have a mini Thanksgiving feast this Thursday. Today, Chels and I walked to Coles to buy all of the groceries for our dinner.  Instead of purchasing a huge turkey that would not fit in our small oven, we got a prepackaged turkey breast that we have to pop into the oven for just an hour and a half.  I feel in some ways that with this “turkey,” we are cheating the typical preparations, but it was a much cheaper and more feasible option for us. Additionally, we will make my Grandma Thomas’ applesauce and Chelsea’s family “potato filling,” which is a cross between stuffing and mashed potatoes. I cannot wait to try it. It is a lot of fun to combine traditions. 🙂

Thursday will be full of cooking and I cannot wait. However, I am pretty sad that I am missing out on seeing most of my mom’s side of the family for our typical Thanksgiving celebration. Christmas will just be that much better!


Alicia’s Aussie Word of the Day: Chrissy. Meaning Christmas. Usage: I will be home from Australia in time for Chrissy.