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At C2E2 last April, my friends and I collaborated to make one of our dream cosplay groups a reality: a full group of genderbent Doctors! Doctor Who is a series that is close to all of our hearts, and naturally, we got to thinking of how the show would be different if the Doctor was a woman. We all picked our favorite Doctor and came up with a genderbent interpretation - it was so incredible to see everything come together!
I have to give a shoutout to these amazing ladies. All of them are so passionate about costuming and fandom, and they really put their hearts into making this group happen. I felt so honored being able to spend the day surrounded by my closest friends, celebrating a series that has done so much for science fiction and geek culture as a whole.
Not to mention being dressed as female Doctors felt so empowering. We had several people come up to us on the convention floor and tell us how inspired they were to see a male cultural icon like the Doctor represented by a woman instead. And that, I think, is one of the highest compliments any cosplayer can receive; that a costume inspired and empowered someone else. It was hugely flattering to hear and I found myself tearing up several times throughout the day.
This was, by far, one of the most amazing cosplay experiences I’ve ever had in my life. I love everyone in this TARDIS!
I’m especially in love with that Three!
Oh, I’m sorry, I’m just busy hyperventilating
These are amazing! Makes me want to cosplay all/or some of the doctors even more!
*squees* This is amazing! I love everyone’s costumes!
I’ve never cosplayed before, but I really really want to do a female Fourth Doctor someday. I’ve got the yarn and pattern for the Season 12 scarf. I just need to knit it. And then I’d need to make or acquire a peacoat/blazer, a dress shirt, an argyle sweater, a neck tie, dress pants or a skirt, shoes, and a fedora. Lol! Why do the classic doctors wear so many layers?
I’ve decided to tackle the invisible corner that is my plant collection. Here’s the post explaining my plant re-potting project: LINK
I’m going to re-pot the plants and post pictures of them one-at-a-time. This is my second one- my larger Phalaenopsis Orchid. Here’s a link to the post where I…
I already posted these pictures separately, but these are the flowers I cut from the orchid plant I recently re-potted/unf****d. *see above post*
These are Phalaenopsis orchid flowers from my plant that I just re-potted. I cut the flowers off so that the orchid could conserve energy. Here’s a link to the post where I blogged about re-potting the plant: LINK
PLANT KEEPING/CLEANING: Repotting My 3 Year Old Phalaenopsis Orchid
I’ve decided to tackle the invisible corner that is my plant collection. Here’s the post explaining my plant re-potting project: LINK
I’m going to re-pot the plants and post pictures of them one-at-a-time. This is my second one- my larger Phalaenopsis Orchid. Here’s a link to the post where I repotted my little Phal Orchid.
Some Notes About The Orchid:
I got this Phal 3 years ago at a farmer’s market. It had 2 spikes(!) with dark, magenta flowers. It hasn’t grown 2 spikes since then, but sometimes it will have a couple branches of flowers on 1 spike. Also, it blooms every year and once it bloomed twice in the same year (Spring and Fall). It’s a really hardy plant. I’ve over and under watered it before and it always survives. I even accidentally left it in my hot car when I moved last, and some of the leaves got bad sunburn, but it’s still going! Now, on to the repotting!
The orchid still had flowers on it when I repotted it. It’d been in bloom for a couple of months now, so I decided to cut them off and go ahead with the repotting. I want the orchid to focus on growing new leaves and roots instead of maintaining the flowers. (Please ignore the ugly towel. Someday we’ll replace it with a sheet of glass.)
As you can see here, the bottom 2 leaves are turning yellow- a sign of root rot- and 2 of the leaves have pieces missing. That’s where they got sunburned and I cut off the brown, dead bits. It kinda looks like something took a bite out of it. :( I’m hoping that someday the orchid will grow new leaves and I can pull these ugly ones off. For now, it looks like it’s seen battle.
The moss looks pretty brown and there are some rotten roots showing.
This orchid has 2 pots- a plastic pot and a decorative pot. I had the decorative pot before I bought the orchid so it was just by chance that I had something that fit perfectly. The black plastic pot is original. I kinda wish it was clear so I could keep a better eye on the roots.
First thing I did was to remove the plant from the plastic pot. It turns out there was packing peanuts at the bottom put there by the grower. I had trimmed up the roots about a year ago and apparently I put them back in. They don’t look like they’re hurting the plant so I’ll put them back in later when I add new moss.
I then removed all the moss from around the roots. This orchid has significantly more roots than my little orchid b/c it’s bigger and older.
Yep. There’s definitely some root rot in here. Also, the base of the leaves looks like it has some dead leaf and root material stuck on it.
I trimmed off the rotten roots with a clean pair of scissors and dabbed a tiny bit of cinnamon powder on the cuts. It looks better already!
I also cleaned up the area around the base of the leaves. There was a ton of old, dead crap stuck on. Next time I pull off a dead leaf, I’ll make sure I get ALL of it.
I washed out both pots with soapy water and rinsed them very well. Then I put the orchid back in the plastic pot (someday I’ll need to get a bigger one) and poked new sphagnum moss around it.
It started to get colder outside when I took these pictures a few weeks ago. (We went out of town for weddings 2 weekends in a row and I worked a lot so I couldn’t post right away.) Now, it’s practically Winter in our apartment. I was watering every few days in the summer- it was so hot and the orchid grew 2 new leaves- but now I’m going to water very, VERY sparingly.
Since I repotted this plant, one of the yellow leaves turned really, really yellow and wrinkly and I pulled it off. The plant looks great but no sign of a replacement leaf yet. I’m crossing my fingers!
That’s 2 plants finished for my re-potting project! I hope to finish the rest of them soon so that I can post my After pics on UFYH.
PLANT KEEPING/CLEANING: Repotting My Little Phalaenopsis Orchid
So, I’ve decided to tackle the invisible corner that is my plant collection. Here’s the post explaining my plant re-potting project: LINK
I’m going to re-pot the plants and post pictures of them one-at-a-time. This is my first one and I’m starting with my little Phalaenopsis Orchid. (Please ignore the towel. Someday we’ll replace it with a sheet of glass.)
I got this orchid in May for a few bucks at Lowes. It’s very pretty and has grown 2 new leaves since I bought it. (It finished flowering a couple months ago. I should post the pictures I took when it was blooming.) BUT the pot is so small and the orchid’s directly in the pot, instead of in a clear plastic pot that’s inside of a decorative pot, so it’s impossible to check on the roots. As you can see, one of the new roots has decided to grow horizontal and completely stick out of the moss. I need to stick it in the pot so it can actually get water.
The growth medium in the pot is 100% Sphagnum moss. Moss is fine, but if you’re not careful, the orchid can get too much water and develop root rot like mine has.
I only watered when the moss I could see was dry, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the moss at the bottom was too wet. That, coupled with the forever-dry horizontal root, has caused the roots to rot and one of the leaves to turn yellow and wrinkly.
:’( I feel like a bad plant mom. Time to try and save it!
Here it is right out of the pot. It was so tightly packed in there! It took me a few minutes to gently wiggle it out.
I pulled out all the old sphagnum moss that I could, but some of it still clung to the roots.
Most of the roots were firm, but there were some rotted and brown ones, so I cut them off with clean scissors and put a tiny bit of cinnamon powder on the ends.
Here it is after its haircut. It looks a little sad, but I think it’ll be okay. And all the remaining roots look healthy.
Time to go back in the pot with some new medium! I bought some new Sphagnum moss about a year ago just for this sort of thing. I’m sticking with moss b/c the pot is so small that it’s not very practical to use bark.
Look at the color difference between the new moss and the old moss. (The new moss is on the left.)
I washed out the pot with soap and rinsed it very well. Then I placed the orchid back in the pot. To add the moss, I grabbed a small handful, soaked it in some water, and then squeezed it out a little before poking it in around the orchid.
I think it looks much better now that the one root isn’t sticking out and it has new moss. I’m leaving the yellow leaf for now. It might improve some, but I expect it’ll get worse, in which case I’ll pull it off. And *crosses fingers* the orchid will survive!
1 down! 10 to go! :)
PLANT KEEPING/CLEANING: My Plant Repotting Cleaning Project
I live in a smallish apartment with Dan (seeitsfunnybecause) and we don’t have a balcony. So, my collection of plants is confined to the top of the dresser in our bedroom. It’s not a bad spot b/c they’re out of the way (except for the times when the Aloe tries to poke Dan on the way to his closet. Sorry Dan!) and they get lots of sun from the west facing windows. And I water them only when they get dry.
But the dresser has kinda become an invisible corner. A lot of the plants are out-growing their pots or need new soil in their pots b/c they’re sinking, some are in cheap plastic pots on top of Dixie cups because I don’t have saucers for them, and others are actually in Dixie cups b/c I haven’t potted them yet. So, it’s a huge mess and I’m going to start cleaning it. (Also maybe we’ll finally get a glass sheet for the dresser so we can give back the hole-y Notre Dame towel to Dan’s mom.)
Here’s a bunch of Before photos. I’ll post updates on the individual plants when I re-pot them and then when I’m done I’ll post another group photo.
This is the group shot from today:
And here’s some more Before photos:
This is my large Aloe Vera plant and our Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla). I’ve had Aloes since I was a kid growing up in Texas and we got the pine for $5 last winter at Lowes. We don’t have the money or space for a bigger live X-mas tree. It still has some of the spray glitter on it even though I scraped most of it off. There’s actually 6 pine plants in that pot. I need to thin it out at some point- probably sooner rather than later, but it’s really healthy right now. The Aloe is leaning b/c I didn’t rotate it enough when it was phototroping. Oops!
The pot in the back of this picture is a smaller Aloe Vera that is always producing clones. This plant almost always has babies. Lol! It also has spots and my larger Aloe doesn’t, so I think it’s a different subspecies. The other 2 plants are a Jade (Crassula ovata) that I’ve had forever and has grown kinda lanky and a newer Mother-in-law’s Tongue plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) that I got last year from my college’s greenhouse.
These are my 2 Phalaenopsis sp. orchids; my baby Finger Jade plant (Crassula ovata “Gollum”) that I’ve blogged about here, here, and here; 1 African Milk Tree plant (Euphorbia trigona “Rubra”); and 1 Elkhorn plant (Euphorbia lactea).
And last, but not least, my 8 Zebra-striped Wandering Jew plant (Tradescantia zebrina) cuttings in little Dixie cups and hidden behind everything on the left is 1 tiny Echeveria subsessilis (Common name might be “Grey Plush” or “Hens and Chicks”). I got these Jew plant cuttings 4 months ago when I butchered the parent plant (see here). And I still don’t have them in a pot. ^^;
*hides* I have a lot of work to do…
PLANT KEEPING: Update On My Finger Jade Plant (9/26/13)
It’s been over a month since I last took pictures of my finger jade. The new leaves are getting bigger and there’s even more new leaves popping up. O.o
The original leaf is 2” tall and the tallest cluster of new leaves is 1” tall. That doesn’t seem like much, but 4 months ago the new leaves were at soil level. I’m calling it right now. This thing is going to be huge someday. :)
Here’s the pics:
I’m going to re-pot all of my plants in the next couple weeks, but I’m leaving this one alone. It’ll be a while before it outgrows this pot. I only water it when the soil dries out and sometimes I gently remove any dirt from the leaves with a tiny paintbrush.
You know, I just realized that none of my plants have names. I used to name all of my plants. Hmm… I wonder what I should call this one. Any ideas?
Upcoming Posts! :)
So… I’ve never said anything to my followers before. Some of you are my friends IRL, but to those that aren’t… uh.. Hi guys! (I’m kinda shy.) You’re probably following me because I posted something that you found cool. Well, I’m going to post more stuff soonish.Yay!
I’m doing some baking soon, so I have to post pictures when that happens- plus I have pictures from last fall that never made it on here. Also, I’m going to re-pot the plants that are on my dresser. I’m going to try and do it before it gets cold so I can do it outside and not make a mess. And one of my crochet projects just needs to be sewn together- so I’ll post pictures when I finish that. And I need to knit more of the Jayne hats to try and get them done before the end of the year. I’m also knitting a wedding afghan for some friend of mine, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise so it might be a while before I post pictures of it. And I might get around to making more paper Moravian stars for Dan’s mom- I made her some for X-mas last year and she wants more in Notre Dame colors. Oh yeah! I forgot to post the pictures I took of them. Ooops! ^^;
Also, I’m going to start an apple blog soon. I worked at an apple orchard last year and one of my life goals is to try all ~7,500 varieties of apples. It’s kind of a difficult goal, but I want to attempt it. I’ve tasted quite a few so far and I want to share my pictures/experiences.
Anyways, so I thought I’d let you know that cool posts are coming. :)
-Laura (AKA FuzzyDragon09)-
COOKING: Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza
Dan and I make our pizzas from scratch. I introduced him to homemade pizza b/c years ago my family starting making it and I love it. It’s the only homemade pizza I will eat. We got the dough recipe from Food Network’s website. It’s this recipe from Tyler Florence.
You can make it with all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour. You don’t have to change the ratios. I would just suggest, though, that if you make whole wheat dough, it’s better to add in the flour in 1/2 cup increments (instead of 1 cup increments) so that it mixes more evenly. I don’t use a standing mixer. I don’t have one- they’re really expensive. I mix the dough with a wooden spoon and it always turns out great.
Other tools that you will need are: a pizza stone, a pizza peel, a rolling pin (Believe me, you need one! I’ve tried rolling dough with the side of a tall drinking glass and it sucks!), and you need a spatula (I guess they’re also called turners or pancake flippers. I’ve always called them spatulas- not to be confused with the other rubber spatulas for scraping out the inside of bowls.).
Tips for rising the dough: For the dough to rise, it needs a warm spot. At my parents house, we would turn the clothes dryer on while we made the dough, and then when it came time for it to rise, we’d turn off the dryer put the bowl of dough inside and shut the door to trap the heat. Dan and I don’t have in-unit laundry, so we use the oven instead. While making the dough, we turn the oven on as hot as it will go. We place the kneaded dough ball in a lightly oiled bowl and drape a damp kitchen towel on top. Then we turn the oven off, and place the bowl inside the oven on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and shut the door. You’re probably thinking, “But isn’t that too hot? It’s supposed to rest in a warm spot not bake in the oven.” Nope. I haven’t had any problems. It rises perfectly within 45-60 minutes and if you oil it properly, it won’t dry out.
Tips for pulling the pizza out of the oven: If you make a lightweight pizza and don’t weigh it down with too many toppings, you can probably get by without a spatula. But don’t come crying to me when you can’t get your pizza off the pizza stone and onto the peel. The method I use to get the pizza out of the oven is to hold the pizza peel in my right hand and have a spatula in my left hand whilst wearing an oven glove. Our oven is up against a wall, so there’s no other way to do this, plus I’m left-handed so I don’t care. To remove the pizza, open the oven door and ready your weapons. With one quick jab, slide the pizza peel under the pizza. Try your best to get the whole pizza on the peel. Then slowly start pulling the peel back out of the oven. If some of the pizza is still on the stone, use the spatula in your gloved hand to gently scoot it up onto the peel. Don’t try to get it out by jerking the peel some more! Chances are, you’ll knock any loose toppings off onto the bottom of the oven, smear cheese onto the back wall of the oven, or tear your pizza in half. Ask me how I know!
Anyways, here’s before and after pictures of my pizza. I didn’t intend for this post to be lesson on pizza making, but whatever.
This time I did a lot of different toppings. I used tomato pizza sauce, 2 kinds of pre-shredded cheese, some fresh mozzarella, chopped green peppers, sliced mushrooms, cooked chopped chicken, pepperoni slices, and fresh oregano. :) It was delicious!
Btw, this is just my pizza. Dan made his own. I usually eat all or most of mine, and he eats half of his, and he saves all the leftovers for his lunch.