4/28/2010

Things I had never done...part deux

When I was looking at the first list of things I had never done and thinking about things I never thought I would ever do in my life, I realized that the list has updated a bit since that post. Welcome to my world.
  • get excited to see Pepsi on the grocery store shelf
  • take my phone everywhere
  • bake fun treats
  • play Skip-Bo on a regular basis
  • consider (and actually get) our version of TiVo
  • search for brand names that I recognize from the US
  • never shop at Wally World
  • search unsuccessfully for popcorn to pop on the stovetop
  • see deer, alpaca and llama farms along the main roads
  • pay $100 to fill up the gas tank
  • see sea anemones
  • ponder insulation
  • cheer out loud when I heard Doritos are coming to NZ
  • enter local photo contests
  • wonder how old the tv shows are and smile to find out when one is less than two years old
  • drive a big station wagon
  • see lighthouses
  • have a bridge built for me
  • get excited to find something that tastes like hot dogs (frankfurters) and polish sausage (kranskies)
  • ride a gondola up a mountain
  • take an interest in the Maori language to see what town names mean
  • rarely leave the house without my camera
  • see ads on tv that I think are tacky and tasteless
  • buy fresh veggies every payday
  • make bottle rockets with vinegar and baking soda
  • experiment with 'exotic' cheeses while looking for a substitute for Meunster
  • have a clothes dryer hung upside down over the washer
  • call orange road cones 'rabbits'
  • see geysers and boiling mud up close and personal
  • eat Vegemite
  • see black swans, wild pukekos, waxeyes, kiwis, wild goats, fantails, tuis
  • be aware when American tv shows are on--as opposed to BBC or cable stations that are mostly through Australia

I'm sure there are more, but they are a part of who I am now and the line between 'then' and 'now' is quickly blurring.

11 comments:

Deb said...

big changes...

Rachel said...

Hi,
I'm a fairly new reader, but just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying your blog and seeing my own country through your eyes. I used to live in America many moons ago, and can appreciate some of these differences. I jumped for joy the day I found Dr. Pepper on the grocery shelves, and I'm still waiting for A & W's Root Beer.
Rachel L from Christchurch

Amy said...

i've never even been to wally world, I prefer marmite but I also take my phone everwhere :-)

keewee said...

I know what you mean, I am doing the opposite living here now in USA. I do miss seeing all the native NZ flora and fauna though.

Marja said...

lol I recognise some I didn't know you call road cones rabbits and I would love to see the mud
Have a great weekend

merinz said...

The line is indeed blurring!

JOE TODD said...

Enjoyed the post and may your list be forever changing

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

So many interesting things. Funny how one detail may jump out, like having your dryer suspended upside-down over the washer!

Connie said...

I'm drinking a Pepsi lite right now. The drinks are available, but I keep so much water in my fridge that there's no room to keep colas, so I hardly ever buy them. We have an awesome grocery store nearby, but the products come from all over the place. I usually have to allot a solid chunk of time to explore the shelves. I know English, and some Arabic, so it takes me awhile to figure out the French, German, and whatever else! And I like cheese experiments!

hummer said...

Sounds like the New Zealand life has put the unusual and some zest in your lifestyle. I love coming by.
Frances

luke and pamela said...

i just found your blog from another nz blogger. i am so excited to dig in and read more. i am in michigan now, but my husband and i are crossing our fingers that he might get a job he applied for in new zealand early next year. thanks for sharing your experiences!