It's FOGGY here today. I can only see 1/8 of a mile which makes for some mighty scary driving conditions. I left the house once already to announce a spelling bee. You should've heard me practicing these words at home for the past week to make sure I could say them okay. Pantisocracy. Payn-ti-sah-krass-y. Pan-tsi-craw-see. Pan-ty-sew-cray-see. (FYI: that's a utopian society where all people rule equally.) I hadn't even seen some of these words before in my life and I worked really hard learning how to say each one correctly. Talk about goofy, but I'm a stickler for good pronunciation.
The room was abuzz with nerves. I felt bad whenever I had to tell someone they spelled a word incorrectly, but most of the students seemed more relieved than disappointed when they got eliminated. The second-to-last round eliminated the last 3 standing so we did a final round where only 1 kid remained. I was relieved not to get to the last hundred words on the list. Even though I practiced, some of them were REALLY hard to say!
A few kids came up afterwards to see how to spell words they missed. I told a couple that I'll never forget how to spell "embarrassed" because that was the word I stumbled on when I was in a 4th grade spelling bee. The double-r screwed me up, but never again!
It rained ice last night and this morning I saw lightning outside my window. It's supposed to snow half a foot or more starting tonight. Whether you think this wonky weather is due to climate change or just a fluke, there's no denying it is WEIRD out there. Forty degrees today and down to five by Friday. Good grief! It's a Meteorological Mash-Up outside.
Spill it, reader. Did you ever compete in a spelling bee? What word did you get wrong? I bet you still remember!