Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Nobody Likes (or Tips) a Fat Stripper




...not that i'm changing my profession - especially not to the trolling for singles industry.

i have gained quite a bit of chubb over the last 9 months. i'm only pregnant with possibilities and not with a bambino peepthischica, kittens or puppies...though i could make the news with either of those.

anywho, i am back on the SPY workout plan - spinning, pilates, yoga.

spinning gave me the body i always wanted with limited effort. three days a week with two days of lifting weights and i was at my lowest body fat since my teenage years (when i ate extra slices of pizza to try and gain weight).

pilates...i recently tried core contour and even though i'm carrying some extra weight, i'm still fairly fit. BUT this workout made even my neck muscles ache. possibly because i was straining to overcompensate for my now weak upper body, but seriously - everything hurt. i tried to work out the kinks with a three day a week schedule but i was so achy, i could barely participate so it felt like a waste of a somewhat 9ummm, very expensive) class. after my two weeks, i could only manage two classes a week (though my goal was three...Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

now, if only i was an advocate of sugar daddies...caz this workout schedule requires some serious disposable income. But, i am my own chica, who refuses to be bound by anyone's expectations for gifts bestowed upon me.

yoga...i finally tried aerial yoga and i LOVE it. i thought bikram was my thing, but it's so freaking hot and i am a curly haired chica whose extended curls disintegrate in frizzy mayhem in excessive humidity and heat.

aerial yoga provides that hammock of security that bathes you with light, love and knowing that you can't tip over. what's not to love?

so, let's do this! the objective is to lose the chubb and get back to a 3 day per week work schedule so i can go back to being a lady who might like to lunch (or launch). for now, it's five days a week and all systems go. in the words of the beanie boys...no sleep til!

ciao for now,

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Phal Love and Brass Blooms

Hola! Oh yes, it's been a while. A lot has happened since I last posted...including this fabulous bloom:

 
Just say ciao to the BL yellow bird...a brassovola-cattleya hybrid. This little lady was an exchange for a phalanopsis that kicked the bucket. I am one of those cheap-o's who holds Home Depot to their one year plant guarantee. Ms yellow bird is labeled 9/14/2014 and spiked and bloomed a few weeks after I exchanged her in 10/10/2015.

Hmmm, perhaps I should include more brassovolas in my collection. Blooms are soooo much more satisfying than foliage. I'm leaving her where she is..caz I really must learn to stop moving things about.

On another note, I've yet to be blessed by a reblooming phalaenopsis. I've had a few new leaves on some and then they just shrivel up and croak. I think I'm an over-watererer and the crowns rotted. I joined a group on Facebook on water culture, which is a completely soil-less alternative. The orchids are either always in a low amount of water or they are soaked for 2 days and left bare root in a glass container for the remaining 5 days. 

The last phal in question had the same issues I mentioned previously - dry roots. But, with the 2 day immersion water culture method, she has new roots. Unfortunately, this chica is an unnamed phalaenopsis...no little tag left behind.



I'm too chicken to cut off the other dead roots. I'll just let them mingle almost the living like non-threatening zombies. But look at that new growth. I am soooo excited!

Ciao for now. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spinning Wheels







This orchid update is post-fertilizer...though in don't see any notable changes other than 2 new leaves on the dendrobium spectabile and possible new growth in one of the maxillaria tenuifolia.

They appear to be growing at a snail's pace...but still growing.












Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Watched Orchid Never Spikes

Just like any beauty, they like to be adored and admired (but not poked at, prodded and stared at)...and this doesn't only pertain to the maxillaria tenuifolia.





June 29th

Different pot, but it looks the same except I think one of those pseudo bulbs is dead. The living ones are still shriveled and there's a new shoot or two (that's not browning).

Cheers to living orchids!