Cheryl, I apologize. You deserved to win.
Last night, I attended the 1st Annual Literacy London Adult Spelling Bee. The event was a fundraiser for Literacy London's programs and services. I'm a writer and a librarian; I am a staunch supporter of anything that improves literacy. To be literate is to live. I was thrilled to support the cause in such a FUN way.
Here's Oh Bee-have - my team of competitive wordsmiths
Can I just say right now that last night was pretty much my dream night? Let me tell you the reasons why:
Who doesn't love to shop and drink wine at the same time? And support a great cause?
I bought this giant vintage skate by London artist, Andrew Gillet, because it is awesome. It also reminds me of my own vintage, six dollar ice skates that I purchased many years ago from (my favourite store) The Goodwill:
This is how I feel when I wear these skates:
|image from vintagewinter.com|
When I brought my skates into the hockey shop to get them sharpened for the first time (they looked like they had never been worn), all the jocks in the shop had to congregate and ooh and ahh and handle them. I'm not kidding. The sportsdudes were in awe of my pristine, leather Playmakers. It almost seemed like a shame to sharpen them. They are not nearly as pretty as they were when I bought them twenty years ago, but then again, neither am I. :-)
I am a total foodie and this dinner was FABULOUS.
The spicy fried chicken was the best I've ever had, and the pumpkin soup was also the best that I've ever had (mainly because of the addition of the crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds which were the most delicious contrast to the rich, creamy soup). The purple slaw was also the best slaw that I have ever had and I am a coleslaw snob. Don't even get me started on coleslaw. I could write an entire blog entry about it. The potato salad was NOT the best that I have ever had; however, it was delicious. I liked the green bits (celery and dill? and it was not loaded in fatty sour cream and/or dreaded Miracle Whip dressing). Our dessert was a chocolate pudding. I do not eat pudding but I made an exception because there was whipped cream and chocolate shaved on top. It was divine.
Kudos also to the food people for using a recyclable lunchbox and containers (all paper) and bamboo cutlery. The bamboo gave me a bit of a nails on chalkboard reaction initially, but I got over it.
The last game we played was Boggle. We thought we won again with 21 words in a minute, but we are convinced that the judges gave it to another team, who also got 21, because we won the first game. we weren't competitive at all...
The final event of the evening was the Canadianisms elimination draw. Thirty words, 10 bucks each, last one standing won a weekend in NOTL.
I purchased Sasquatch and was one of five people remaining, when I was eliminated. I roared like a Sasquatch when they pulled my "name" out of the bag.
In short, the evening was SUPERLATIVE; I was spellbound. I will be studying the dictionary so that we can win next year's event. Look out, Beth.
Soundtrack: L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole!
Here are some links to organizations that I mentioned above: