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  1. whisperinggums

    All those negatives sound so confusing. How does I can no longer say “I’ve never done the Tibetan 5 18 times” sound? Lame? Yes, I thought so. I’ll keep thinking.

    1. Hannah

      Not lame at all! You are the Yoga Queen, and it’s rather embarrassing that you’re more flexible than I am.

  2. Vaala ◪

    Definitely an awesome weekend by the sounds of it (oh, and I wouldn’t mind some soy pudding and the pandas are very cute)!

    To answer your question, well yes but again not so blog friendly. Oh, but I do have a safe one…I can now no longer say I’ve never ridden a road bike. They aren’t kidding when they say they go very fast.

    1. Hannah

      I absolutely think you need to start writing a word document of all these anecdotes to show me in the future. I’m abuzz with curiosity 😀

      1. Vaala ◪

        What you really need to do is come to Auckland for a gossip session! I’ll make ginger slice… 🙂

  3. Anna Johnston

    Indeedy…. “Kids These Days” 🙂

    OK…, I can play this game! I can no longer say I’ve never danced all night & remember talking incessantly on my mobile phone to my pals in London (what the!?); I can no longer say I don’t believe in love at first sight…… Oh yeah 🙂

    Your turn…..

    1. Hannah

      Awww, a love story? Do tell! I want happy stories! 🙂

  4. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    haha what an awesome weekend indeed!!!!

    1. Hannah

      It was great – and I didn’t even tell the half of it! 🙂

  5. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Oh man. When you come visit we are DEFINITELY going to have to play “never have I ever.” We’ll expand it from naughty/raunchy/illegal stuff to…the FOODIE edition!

    Rice cream, YUM!

    1. Hannah

      That is absolutely more my style! I’d be awesome at that version. It’s a plan!

  6. Iron Chef Shellie

    I WANT THAT POPTART!! it sounds good 😛

    I’ve never played “I never”.
    And right now I can’t really think of an answer.. I’ll have to get back to you 😛

    1. Hannah

      I’m waiting… 😀 😀 Honestly, don’t try that poptart! If you must try one, I can steer you in tastier directions 🙂 And don’t get the chocolate chip cookie dough, either. Sounded good, tasted awful!

  7. Baking Serendipity

    We always called this game “Never Have I Ever” in college, and I was the naive one who was terrible at it too! This was an awesome post…and sounds like you had a great weekend!

    1. Hannah

      Ah, that’s probably the right phrase. I couldn’t remember it exactly! And thanks 🙂

  8. Kath Lockett

    Yes – I’ve never seen legendary AFL coach Kevin Sheedy shaking his funky butt to a covers band playing ‘Wake me up before you Go Go’ before.

    1. Hannah

      Did you scream “MY EYES, MY EYES!!”? Hilarious, though.

  9. Lauren

    Here in the U-S-of-A, we call it “Never Have I Ever.” I once played it with my study abroad group in China, which included many foreign students who were unfamiliar with the game. I remember one Thai guy very earnestly stating, “Never Have I Ever Taken Biology Class,” confused why the room burst into drunken guffaws.

    But, yeah, I’m always the one with a full hand up, too. Except when playing with close friends, so the game is all about calling each other out — i.e. “Never have I ever scored an 11 percent on a Chinese test and cried and groveled before the teacher [pointed stare at the guy to your left]”.

    About Pop Tarts. My sister works at Harris Teeter, and wondered why so many people had LITERALLY cartons of Pop Tarts in their carts yesterday. Apparently, a deal where you buy 10 Kellogg’s products and receive a $10 coupon. These people were stocking up for the Pop Tarts black market!

    1. Hannah

      Must admit, the times I bought Pop Tarts (in my dark processed-sugars-and-trans-fat-fuelled first semester at UVA) were when they had crazy sales going at Harris Teeter. However, I just had a sudden realisation… I never saw a peanut butter Pop Tart. How is that American, to not have a peanut butter Pop Tart?

      Yeah, I’d end up drinking if people were to call me out on things like being miserable over an A minus, or if they said something like “Never Have I Ever Thought a Frat Party Was Entirely Boring and Revolting And A Waste Of My Time”.

  10. theresa

    Can you believe that when I was in high school I ate pop tarts *all the time*? Like, really really all the time, for breakfast and often for lunch, and sometimes when I came home from school. For a while I liked the s’mores flavour, but then returned to the original fruity flavours.

    This weekend I lost the ability to say that I’ve never been to a party where all we did was sit around and watch telly, in a room full of marine biologists. Football, no less, the trinations something or other between Australia and New Zealand. I think there was more to the party, a BBQ of kilos of meat, but we (thankfully) left to go to a much more fun party of social scientists.

    1. Hannah

      Social scientists always throw the best parties. I’m sure Bourdieu would think of a way to call that high-culture-elitist-power-grabbing snobbery, but I just call it truth 😉

      I was constantly amazed by students eating poptarts on the bus at 8am in the morning. College students. Who should have known better. Likewise things like Cinnamon Toast Crunch – delicious, but for dessert only, in my opinion… (And I eat chocolate on my oatmeal, so that’s saying something :P)

  11. croquecamille

    We always called it “I never” (as grammatically incorrect as that may be) and it was more about bragging about cool stuff you had done that others hadn’t. As in, pretty much every statement was a lie, followed by a drink. Lead to some good story-telling sessions…

    Pretty soon (this weekend! Ack!) I’ll no longer be able to say that I’ve never made cake for a wedding all on my own.

    1. Hannah

      *shhh… secret coming…* I actually know it as “I never” too, but I couldn’t bring myself to write something so grammatically incorrect 😀 😀

      Eeek, the wedding is this weekend? Can’t wait to hear about it! Is this the one involving all the cupcakes?

      1. croquecamille

        Yes. I will try my best to get some good pictures. Made a practice batch of chocolate-hazelnut financiers this morning. 😀 Gotta be prepared, right?

  12. Fiona

    *snort* plent yof things I’m not going to write on here. Buy me a drink and we can talk :p

    1. Hannah

      Hippo soon? I’ll have some too 😉 Maybe in a week when I haven’t left doing my course readings to the last minute, though. I should probably know what I’m teaching the kiddlywinks.

  13. Simply Life

    isn’t it funny to go back and eat things you thought were delicious and realize you just didn’t know what good food was?!

    1. Hannah

      Yes… except even at the time, I knew these Pop Tarts were awful. I was just fulfilling all my Aussie childhood dreams from reading The Babysitter’s Club 😉

  14. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Uh, yep, packing my bags to hit up Canberra next weekend. Can you start organising another party now please? I’ll bring enough crazy poptarts for everyone!

    I am super mega excited that I can now not say I’ve never run 8km without stopping. I am hoping I can not say I’ve never run 10km without stopping after this weekend! Oh crap, well, assuming I don’t actually make it to Canberra. (I could add all manner of exponentially more illicit things to this list but I am choosing to keep it clean, in line with my new running career, ahem)

    1. Hannah

      Oh, running envy! I can’t even run a few paces without getting bored and stopping (actually, I haven’t been able to run properly in over a year. Stupid toe). Congratulations, you’re amazing 🙂 How about we give it a few more weeks, then you’ll be able to run all the way to Canberra without stopping, and I’ll make sure to have a super fun party waiting for you when you get here?

      1. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

        This is a way better goal than the half marathon I was aiming for! There aren’t any super fun parties at the end of half marathons, as far as I can see.

  15. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Oh dear, how little does that actual meal look like the packet! I’ve never ridden a pony!

    1. Hannah

      Hmm… according to the packet, it was 284 grams. That’s not very much, is it? Probably about two small apples or something… and apples would’ve tasted better 😉

  16. Johanna GGG

    sounds like a fun party – though I think I wouldn’t find I’ve never much fun – actually I had never heard of it until reading this post – that almost counts as an I’ve never statement 🙂

    My ‘I never’s are probably not the sort of things you find said at the kids games – I’ve never had to push a child on a swing for so long, I’ve never had to hold a crying baby in the middle of the night for so long, I’ve never seen food go over the edge of the highchair so quickly etc etc

    1. Hannah

      I don’t think I’d heard of it until my exchange year in the States, either! I have a related “can’t say I’ve never” I’ve never from the weekennd, though… I’ve never helped clean a baby’s diaper before, and definitely not one that necessitated seven cleaning wipes!

  17. Hannah

    Conor: Exactly! From what I’ve heard, half-marathons only have bloody blisters, throwing up, and sore calves waiting at the end of them. I shall have dancing and boys and vodka and peanut butter cookies and my own wonderful face waiting for you in Canberra!

  18. thehungryscholar

    I’ve missed your blog. I cannot wait to catch up!

    I hate when your frozen meals are not very good. Sorry to hear that!

    1. Hannah

      Yay, can’t wait to hear from you 😀 I think it’s worse when meals you’ve made fresh yourself taste bad… but, of course, that NEVER happens to me 😉

  19. Hannah

    Camille: It’s such a shame I couldn’t help you with all the taste-testing. I’m sure I would’ve made your life far easier 🙂

    Vaala: Oh, please let’s do! I’m really going to have to start planning uni breaks as getaways…

    1. croquecamille

      Or at least more fun… 🙂

  20. jess

    I wish we had stuff like that soy pudding here

    1. Hannah

      Me too!! Silly Australia…

  21. hungryandfrozen

    1: Pandas DO make the best desserts.
    2: Ooh, Juliet-ish balconies are fun (although it pays not to remember too closely what happened to Juliet in the end)
    3: Metropolis is bloody scary!

    You know what, I had a couple of up-till-5.30am nights out recently and I’m not usually one for those either. They’re occasionally pretty good fun 😀 But something that I now can’t say I’ve never done…I’ll have to think about that one.

    1. Hannah

      At least Juliet got a Romeo before she took her final bow, though…
      Ah! Someone else has seen Metropolis! It really is terrifying, right?! And somehow the out-late nights become more appealing when the weather starts getting warmer…

  22. Agnes

    Heeey – wait, what? Tall German friend? Feeling like Juliet? Hmmmm….. do you have more stories to tell us, dearest? Oh wait, your mum reads this blog – maybe you should just tell me! 😉

    1. Hannah

      Maybe I should… 😀