Aahhh I'm so sorry that it has been so long! It's actually been so long that I don't remember what I wrote last. Eek!
First of all, I landed a wonderful job at one of the greatest places in Melbourne - The Victoria Market! I'm not working with the scary people that yell at you as you walk passed how much their bananas are. I am working in a long time family vendor/shop indoors selling chocolates, dried fruit and nuts, and breads of all shapes and sizes. Among our shop are cafes, poultry stands, cheeses, and so on. It is amazing! It's the most fun I've ever had at work (except maybe inventory)! The people I work with are a lot of fun. It's not too time consuming either. I work Thursdays 7-2 and whenever else they happen to need me. In addition to Thursday, I'm working Saturday as well. I get free bread and get to munch on whatever I please - dried mangoes, walnuts, you name it! They also grab everyone a little pick me up midday, so I get to enjoy a wonderful latte. I believe I've already raved about the expresso here!
Today was the first day of classes, woohoo!! Last night I couldn't believe it. You mean I'm not here to enjoy a 5 month vacation?!? No worries because I definitely need to get into a routine again. Not a boring routine, but at least having scheduled events will be nice. My first and only class today was at 9-11 which ends up being 9:05-10:55 with a nice 10 min break 5 minutes to 10. My lecturer was so great! She was fun, engaging, enthusiastic, and more! The bad news - the subject has a different lecturer each class, so I won't get to enjoy hearing her craziness . After that I went grocery shopping on Lygon St and went to the bank. I made lunch then went shopping with some friends for clothes because I seem to have only brought purple and black shirts - not conducive to the shining sun (which seems to have been hiding lately, sadly). I went on a little spending spree and got much needed clothes. For dinner, Chelsea and I made spinach artichoke dip on the stove and we tweaked the recipe a bit which ended up being delicious!!
I'm slowly getting organized. I'm still waiting on my fourth subject to be approved. I'm taking French again!!! (hopefully)
We are figuring out where I should be placed, and my faculty has to approve the course which apparently is quite a timely process (though it shouldn't be) and is causing much anxiety on my part. But as the aussies would say, no worries, it'll all work out. Sooo I'm trying not to panic, too much.
Becs and I just made a work out plan. We are doing a cardio/yoga regimen with each of us contributing our talents. She knows much more yoga than I, and I'm going to take her to where I run. I'm excited to begin because it is much needed after my seemingly constant intake of Tim Tams and boost bars. Both are amazing by the way. I've decided that before I leave I'm shipping myself a box of Australian food as a birthday present. Or any volunteers out there could definitely contribute! And I may just share! Ugh I don't even want to think about leaving. I love it here. I am finding a way to come back for graduate school or a job or something!!
I'm joining a couple groups on campus - fotoholics, food interest group (FIG), and chocolate lovers society! Fotoholics is a photography club, so hopefully I'll learn how to use my fancy, schmancy camera! The other two are self explanatory I do believe.
I have a busy month ahead of me. Next Wednesday, Chelsea and I are going to Sydney and we return Monday morning. Free accommodation with my dear friend, Rob. Should be great!! I'm super excited! Then, for Easter break we are doing a whirlwind tour of the east coast, but more of that later!
Tomorrow I don't have class until 5, so who knows what I'll do til then. I'm going to the market in the morning and then I'll run in the afternoon. Also one of the girls' sister is here so I think we are doing lunch together. Haha did I say I don't know what I'll be doing all day? I guess I do!! Oh yeah, I almost forgot, Becs and I are looking at doing this swing dancing class sometime soon. It was sort of on a whim, but I really want lessons and when in Rome...(or Australia). It's going to be so much fun!