Sunday, 22 January 2012

Put Another Shrimp on the Barbie

This past weekend Adam and I experienced a first. There are so many memorable firsts in one's life. First kiss, first dance, first time you see your teacher outside of class and realize they don't live at the school, and of course the first time you let your dog sleep in you car because the hotel you are staying at doesn't allow pets. That actually happened last weekend, but the first I'm talking about is moving to a new place and finally having enough friends* to have a party.

I know that typically when reading you have to wait until the bottom of the page to find out what the * means, but not here folks. I'm revolutionizing the writing world as we know it and I won't keep you in suspense anymore....

By friends I mean people we have met at least once or that those said people have met at least once. I use the word party loosely because basically it was a  BBQ. I gotta say that Adam did a mean job on the grill. I cooked up a storm and baked my favorite chocolate chip toffee cookies.

I am still bitter, though, about not being able to find some of the games we brought over such as Cornhole or locating a stump for the very popular, and soon to be famous in New Zealand, Stump game. They would have been the perfect accompaniment to our little gathering.

For those not familiar with it "Stump is an American drinking game played with a hammer, nails, a tree stump, and beer." Thank you Wikepedia. I will say though that I've never thought of it as a drinking game but more as just something to do while you are enjoying a drink. Also, I don't really think it is American and that more likely it is a "derivative of Hammerschlagen, a German game dating from 1940, in which contestants try to hammer a nail into a stump." Anyway, point is it's a lot of fun and was enjoyed for many hours in the backyard of our fantastic friends Kyle and Kelly Swanson back in Atlanta.They introduced us to the game and to each other for that matter, which is a whole other story completely, but I digress...

Overall it was a success. We had a great turnout and a lovely group of people. It was a nice mix of Kiwis and Americans. We even finally got around to hanging one of our going away presents:

Hopefully it will be the first of many gatherings at the Wolf household.


  1. mmmmm. katie's toffee chip cookies...

  2. oh! glad to see the flag hanging proudly and the (Austrian) hammer game crossing more borders... At least Austria is where Kyle got exposure to it and smuggled it home to the states. Our backyard has been quiet and lonely without you guys!