Thursday, February 28, 2008

It seems a strange phenomena that I often find myself struggling to understand the New Zealanders even though we speak the same language. Sometimes asking a Kiwi to repeat something leaves you even more confused than you were before they repeated it. I find the best way to communicate is to periodically ask them to spell whatever the heck they just said. The only problem with that is if you are talking to a Kiwi who can't spell.

Communicating becomes much easier after you learn the differences in what things are called. For example if a kiwi says, Grab your jandals and your togs and I'll meet you at the beach, they mean, Grab your sandals and your swimming suit and I'll meet you at the beach.

Sometimes they throw out phrases like "sweet as mate" (no I did not spell that middle word wrong). Sweet As means : I confirm that whatever you are proposing is good. They don't have friends here they have mates.

If you choose to wave at someone on the street they might say something like, "how you goin?" That does not mean what form of transportation are you using to get from here to wherever you are going, it just means how are you.

If someone asks you if want some chips don't expect them to hand you a bag of your favorite sour cream and cheddar chips. Instead, they'll hand you french fries.

If you had a lot of shoes in your closet don't tell a kiwi " I have lots of shoes in my closet" say, " I have heaps of shoes in my closet."

Candy is called Lollies, and 'good on you' is a way to congratulate on a job well done.

I'm starting to catch on, slowly and will probably have it down by the time I get home. I love the Kiwi language. :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

ARe you Read for a TIM TAM SLAM?

Last week we had Tim Tam Slam Tuesday. Tim Tam's are really good chocolate cookies filled with chocolate or caramel or raspberry or anything really. THey're native to New Zealand. This is how you have a TIm Tam Slam Party:
First, you ride your bikes to your friends house and park them in the back.

Next, you whip out the Tim Tams

Get the Milo. Milo is an energy drink that all Kiwi kids love. It's basically chocolate milk. You heat up the water and put a couple spoonful's of Milo in the cup and stir it up.

Next you add cold milk so the milo is the perfect temperature and creaminess.

You then proceed to bite off two diagonal ends of your favorite Tim Tam.

Dip the Tim Tam in your Milo and suck through it, using it as a straw. Once the Tim Tam becomes slightly melted, eat it and ENJOY.
Most people think this is the best way to enjoy a Tim Tam. I think it makes for a great party at Helen's, but I prefer my Tim Tam's hard and crunchy, not soggy.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

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Well my first week in Invercargill has been so eventful! The first day I got here I went to the river and showed off my knee-boarding skills to a bunch of old (by old I mean in their 30's) men who were saying knee boarding from the middle of the lake instead of the shore was too hard. I showed them! I biked to the beach (9 miles) and back, swam with dolphins and met some of the most interesting people in my life! On Sunday I played the piano in Sacrament Meeting for my first time. I was really nervous but my new friend Tori (she is 3 years old) Walked up and sat right down beside me and began playing the closing Hymn with me. It was really funny and nobody could hear my mistakes over her pounding! I ride my bike everywhere including church and most of the time I like it. The bruises on my butt are almost healed. We had a picnic with the branch yesterday where I did a sack race, egg throw, wheel-barrow race, and 3 legged race (which are all things I haven't done in a long time!) We played volleyball with the branch on Friday for 3 hours--volleball with the polynesians is BRUTAL! But it was fun. I learned how to play touch Rugby and I ate pavlova. It's a dessert that tasts like foam with cream and fruit on top.

Tomorrow will be my real day of Adventure New Zealand 101. We're doing confidence exercises in the pool and then by next week we'll be learning kayaking, surfing, rock climbing and tramping.

I live with the sweetest lady in the world. Helen von Randow is her name and she is magical. She cooks the best meals and has the most interesting life history. She's so sweet to Janessa (my flatmate) and I, we really love her. I have some pictures of her home and our room and her dogs. Janessa fell on a slide in Christchurch and got her tooth knocked out--it was really funny. She has a temporary denture for now and will fix her self permanently once we get home. The weather here is beautiful! I love every minute of it!

I AM PECULIAR (this is a permanent post. If you have already read it, scroll down to see my latest)

Those of you who read my blog could probably make a list of all the reasons that you think I am a bit peculiar. No worries, I would be the first to shout an amen to everything you could think of. I know I’m peculiar; but let me tell you the number one thing on my list that I think makes me a peculiar person.

I know where I come from, why I am here and where I am going. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of you will know me as a “Mormon” although that is just a nickname. The word ‘Saint’ just means ‘member’ in this context. I believe in God the Eternal Father, that I am a daughter of God, and that He loves me and wants me to be happy. I believe in my Savior Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life, atoned for my sins, died and was resurrected all that I might enjoy the blessing of being forgiven of my sins, and having my body and spirit reunited after death. I know that just as God called prophets in the Old and New Testament times that He has in fact called a prophet to lead and guide us today. I believe that families can live together for eternity; death does not have to be the end of our relationships with the ones we love. Some of you may wonder how on earth I can know these things. As I learn more and more from the Bible and other scriptures and actually live what I learn I see the promises the Lord has made being fulfilled in my life, and I feel the Holy Spirit bear witness that these things are true.

I know, I’m peculiar, but thankfully there are over 13 million other peculiar members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and with each year that number grows. I feel so much joy and happiness in my life because of this knowledge. If you want to know more depth about anything I have said that makes me peculiar, visit This website explains in detail much of what I have just professed to believe and more.