Friday, January 28, 2011

Bun Supremacy

It's not my fault that I haven't been blogging.
Ok maybe it is my fault.
But it is most def NOT my fault that the Azores Bullfinch is endangered. 
(Knowing that always makes me feel better)

ANYWHO. Buckle your seats ladies and gents, because we're going in for the long haul. So much has happened since I left P-town exactly twelve days ago...

In the past twelve days, I have:
  1. Learned the language. Perfecting the art and placement of "mate", as well the casual "fish and chips" here and there was no walk in the outback.
  2. Befriended the natives.
  3. Promised "lollies" and American Movies to key positions on the Australian Government latter.
  4. Climbed the Australian Government latter.
  5. Hired "Marty the Marvelous Magician" to make the Prime Minister disappear.
  6. Causally showed up to the office sporting her clothes.
  7. Been named and accepted as Abby Christensen, Supreme ruler of all that is Australian.
  8. Found the right loopholes and renamed the world's largest island: ABALIA.
  9. Opened up a shelter for homeless dingos.
Yup. That about sums it up. Oh and cameron lost a foot to one of those dingos, but that's pretty much it. Yeeeeep. Sure is. Mmmhmm...yeahh...heh..heh...(awkwardly scoot away)

Ok ok ok OK. My REAL Australian experience hasn't been quite as glamourous as the list implies...and yes, I MADE THAT WHOLE LIST UP. I just thought that if I lied and made my life more exciting, you guys would like me better. But now I see that you guys like me for who I am. And that makes me appreciate all of you. (Insert "Aurther" theme song....NOW)

Ok no more funny business.
Here is what is really, TURLY going on with the Christensens, or more specifically MOI, down unda.

Father Craig and I left SLC around 8 to LAX. That flight took about an hour-ish. We then got on our connecting flight to Sydney around 11. 16 hours seems like a really long time, but when you've got a window seat and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" at the tip of your fingers, it's not too shabby. We FINALLY arrived in Sydney around 10 a.m. on January 18th/Tuesday morning. That's right. January 17th, 2011 NEVER EXISTED for me. Toats freaky. We then had to take ANOTHER flight down to Melbourne. By this time, I'd been wearing the same clothes for who knows how long and my ipod was losing life. I. Was. Running. THIN. Luckily, this last flight was shorter else I would've been tasered by airport security for bitting the booking agent. finally, Finally, FINALLY we arrived in...MELBOURNE.

(Pronounced Mel-BUN)

We only stayed in Melbourne for three days but it was fantastic.
We actually went for one reason - THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN.

For all you tennis haters, bare with me for a moment while I rant about the greatness of
For starters, T.V. does not do pro tennis justice. Actually being there is a whole different experience. Their pain is your pain. Their joys are your joys. THEIR SWEAT IS YOUR SWEAT.
But really.
I was close to tears whenever I saw an ace or a winner. Those kinds of shots are...beautiful, to say the least. And I say that without a shred of irony. The speed...the technique...the spin! OoOOoooOoOh. I could go on all day, but I'll just move onto the highlights of our time in Melbourne:

  • FIRST AND FOREMOST, hearing the "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi" cheer. From Australians. In Australia.
  • Doing the wave in slow motion.
  • Discovering tim tams, solo and deep spring. Google it.
  • Discovering "Baker's Delight". Kind of an Australian version of Great Harvest. We went everyday we were there, and spent a total of $65 during one trip. The guy threw in a passionfruit scone and winked. At my mother.
  • Seeing 7-Elvens everywhere. It actually weirded me out.
  • Discovering "Neighbours"!! According to Google, it's Australia's longest running soap opera. It's on every night at 6:30, on 11. Which girl will Andrew choose?? Did you feel the torment in that single sentence? That's just a TASTE of what Neighbours is. I've never really been into soaps, but now is a good a time to start as ever...
  • Getting an aussie open t-shirt. Its 4 rils legit.
  • Buying an $8 pizza that tasted like cardboard. Oh wait. That was just gross.
  • Watching so many great tennis matches. My favorite? Igor Andreev vs Nicholas Almagro.
  • LOVING the weather. 
And now...the pictures I promised!

The classic pose-in-front-of-a-world-monument-with-peace-signs-to-be-funny. Oh wait. Wrong one.

As if we'd all "assemble" in an emergency.

My best "Lord of the Flies" impersination.


This picture screams fun.

PROOF I WAS THERE. In all my squinty glory...(ehem)



Well that'll have to be it for now. 
I'm trying to think of a clever catch phrase, but none come to mind. Over and out? That's all folks? Peace? Aboasdbfiasl;hitiasdlhfoaiuw9?

We'll go with that last one.


  1. Ah, the "if we'd assemble in an emergency" is precious. Also, Neighbors,.... REALLY?? Jeez! You are turning into an old toad. Love you, N