Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Spelling Bee Zombie

So I hardly got any sleep last night--I think I was worried about the spelling bee tonight. I mean, I hadn't actually studied for more than about ten or fifteen minutes. Because that's the way I go through life, haphazardly.

Anyway, Catherine J. Gardner wrote me a story today on her blog, which is truly awesome and has tickled me completely. As it happens, I neither fell asleep fatally during the bee, nor did my team win. Out of six teams, we were the third out, but that wasn't until round 17 and we had a truly godawful word--something Dutch that I can't remember, except that it has a Y in it where no Y should be. But we did get T-shirts, and I won a mini cooler as a door prize.

Since we're between semesters and the testing center's closed, I'm on a regular workweek with regular weekends until the end of the month. Last year at this time I was bored, so I expected to be bored this year--but I'm swamped with work and sort of tearing my hair out trying to get it all done. And of course I'm short on sleep. I just got home from the spelling bee and now I'm going to take a shower and go straight to bed. I have to catch some zombies. I mean Z's.


Aaron Polson said...

"...that's the way I go through life, haphazardly..."

And what a way to go.

Stupid Dutch words, anyway.

K.C. Shaw said...

Yeah, who taught those Dutch people to spell, anyway? The French?

Cate Gardner said...

Boo to spelling bee judges and their Dutch words. I promise not to kill you off again today. :)

K.C. Shaw said...

Oh, that's okay, I don't mind being killed.

I don't think I've ever said that before.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Wish you could have done better but I know I would have been out in round two. I am a horrible speller.

K.C. Shaw said...

We lucked out and got some easy words in the earlier rounds. I don't think any of the other teams could have gotten the word that slayed us though.

The first team out missed "pampas." They spelled it like "pompous," even though they'd been given the definition. *feels superior*