Monday, January 14, 2008

Ugly Dress Ball

I mentioned before that this past year was the first time since 1998 that I haven't attended a Marine Corps Birthday Ball. Well, I wasn't alone in not attending a Ball. One of our KVs came up with the idea of having an Ugly Gown Ball. We finally had it last weekend. It was a blast, not to mention a blast from the past! One of my friends wore her junior prom dress, complete with mismatched neon socks and jelly bracelets. Okay, the fact that she still had the dress (a pink, off the shoulder Jessica McLintock number) AND could still wear it... Well, it's just not right!

The woman in the gunny sack dress won for Ugliest Dress. You can't tell in the picture, but her tiara, ring and want all light up. This might have been a bit of a theme as another friend wore shoes that lit up. I wore sneakers with my dress because at most Balls, my feet are killing me by the end of the night. But I have to say, trying to do the twist in sneakers and on carpet is not an easy feat. And that pink thing in my hair is a skewer from sampling the chocolate fountain (YUM!).

One of the ladies brought champagne in a can (think the size of a small juice box). They had tiny straws attached to them (again, a la juice box). Between that and the outfits (more than one woman was sporting some electrifying blue eyeshadow, as well), we just couldn't get much classier!

We ate and danced and some even karaoke'ed. A few times I snuck peeks at the few men present (the Family Readiness SNCO, CO and DJ) and wondered if we were scaring them yet, especially when the roll of toilet paper started flying (one piece snagged on a ceiling fan and stayed there for the rest of the night). I'm sure Staff Sergeant was inwardly shaking his head and thinking, "Is this what happens when we go off for a year?"

And to that, I can only say, "Oh, honey, if you only knew..."

Kudos to all the ladies who planned and put the night together. It was a great way to round off this deployment. I'm so glad I was on the same roller coaster as these special ladies.



8 comments:

dutchgirl said...

That is hilarious! What fun! I'm glad that the end is in sight for you :)

Linda said...

I think the comment above mine is spam...you might want to consider putting on the word verification!

Your Ball sounds like a blast...something I would LOVE to go to. Of course, I would have to go buy myself an ugly dress, lol!

Marine Wife said...

Thanks, Linda! I've deleted the comment and taken your suggestion.

Calista said...

Looks like fun :) I'm glad you had a great time!

Meredith said...

What a fabulous idea! The fact is, we all have ugly dresses around somewhere, some our fault, some not. I don't know that I have a gunny sack, however.

Vypergirl said...

This is such an awesome idea!! I don't have anymore of my ugly ones, but I couldn't wear them now anyway!! Love the pics!

Amy said...

How fun!

Shannon said...

Sounds like a great time!