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16 February 2014 @ 10:18 am
valentine's day  
I had a super eventful Valentine's Day celebration with the boy, and not for all the good reasons, either!

The date with the boy went well, at least. We went and had high tea in the city, then wandered around for a while, looking at books and so on. He bought me a potted orchid instead of a bunch of roses, which caused me much angst because the last plant I had to take care of was my mum's cactus and I still managed to kill it! I can't even imagine an orchid lasting more than a week in my hands. Fingers crossed, I suppose.

Then, when I got back home, I realised that my ruby earrings were missing. I'd spent the day wearing a pair of dangly (non-valuable) gold ones, having taken off my ruby ones, which were a 21st birthday gift from my parents, and popped them into a blue velvet pouch and left them in the car. (Or, at least, I don't remember putting them into my handbag, but I might have! I just don't know!)

Cue like an hour of crazy panicked searching in the car and finding nothing. At this point it was like 40+ degrees or something in Brissie, because Australia is stupid, and I was sweating bullets. I panic-called all the places I'd been in the morning with the boy, but nobody had turned in a blue velvet pouch. I was just about ready to die! Those earrings were worth at least a grand and I was trying to imagine breaking the news to my parents, that I'd lost such a valuable gift, and it made me want to burst into tears. In the end I decided to physically retrace my steps, instead of just calling up, and drove back to where I'd parked the car, which was my University parking lot.

The moment I got through the University gates, though, I saw the pouch! It was lying in the middle of the road. Like, what? This made no sense, since I hadn't gotten out of my car or walked anywhere near this road earlier in the morning. I rushed out of my car and yep, it was my pouch, and the earrings were inside, but they'd obviously been run over by a car and were half-flattened and one of the rubies had a huge scratch in it.

Hopefully salvageable! I am taking them to a jewelry repair place and seeing how much it will cost to have them fixed. At the moment they look pretty dreadful. But at least all the stones are there, it's just the gold that needs re-shaping.

I do wonder how my earrings got to be in the middle of the road, though. Like, I'd driven on that road in the morning; but I would've had to throw my earrings out of the car, for them to actually land there, given how far away the parking lot was. If someone had picked them up elsewhere, and then dropped them there, it doesn't make sense as to why the earrings weren't missing from the pouch. (Also, if someone was doing that, usually they'd pick a more secluded place to dump the evidence than the middle of the road, right?) It's all just very perplexing.

Anyway! Ugggg, what a day. And what a miracle, finding those earrings again! Honestly, what are the chances.

forgivethedarkforgivethedark on February 16th, 2014 06:06 am (UTC)
I am so glad you found those earrings, and I hope they can be fixed. Though if you don't mind my asking what do you mean by high tea?
ABC, her eyelids say.epistolic on February 16th, 2014 08:05 am (UTC)
Oh! High tea is basically a fancy schmancy tea party thing, in which you get tiny ribbon sandwiches and scones and little cakes and that sort of thing. It's really fun! And yummy :D
quiescent: AVG - mariatielan on February 16th, 2014 08:23 am (UTC)
Glad you found the earrings!

And orchids aren't so tricksy - you just have to remember to keep them lightly watered.
ABC, her eyelids say.epistolic on February 16th, 2014 10:33 am (UTC)
I worry though! Like, the pot they came in has no drainage hole down at the bottom, so I am scared I'll overwater and then the roots will rot. D: I want to re-pot them but I have no idea how to actually do that...
sneaquisneaqui on February 16th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)
Retracing your steps is ALWAYS the best way to find something. I have NEVER called a place where I thought I left something and had then be like "Oh yeah we found it!" And I'm sure they'll be able to fix your earrings just fine! <3

Okay, here's what you do with orchids:
Most orchids grow in jungle swamps, on trees or in their roots. So they like humidity, indirect sunlight, and for their roots to be cramped. (I know that last one sounds weird, but just trust me). SO (you live in a hot dry climate yeah?) keep them in a semi sunny room OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT. And get a little spray bottle and spray water into the air around them every day or every other day depending on the weather. Actually, they like bathrooms best because they like being in the same room as a misty hot shower. So if you can put your bb in a bathroom, do it.
Orchids take most of their water and nutrients from moss and plant and tree detritus that their roots grow around. So if your orchid came with some moss or some bark shoved into its roots, be sure to spray that with water. And if it didn't, you might want to pick some up from your local nursery. Ask someone who works there what to get and maybe pick up some fertilizer too.
The most important thing to remember is that YOU DON'T WATER ORCHIDS LIKE YOU WOULD A NON-PARASITIC PLANT. Take your little dude/dudette out of his or her container once every two or three weeks and submerge the entire root ball in a container of tempid water. Leave it sitting in there for 20 or 30 minutes, take it out and drain, in and then stick it back in its pot. Make sure there's a little bit of water clinging to its roots as that's what it's going to drink for the next few days.
And don't forget to talk to it and tell it that you love it! >:}
ABC, her eyelids say.epistolic on February 19th, 2014 04:10 am (UTC)
Sob well the fact is I've taken the earrings to several jewellers, and apparently it'll be a huge pain to repair, since the back of it is yellow gold filigree cast in fancy 3D patterns, and that will require re-casting and re-pouring. Also the gems themselves are set with white gold, not yellow gold, so... ugh. I have a feeling this will have been a very expensive mishap :(

Wow, orchids. So much fuss. Goodness! Australia is very humid naturally so I think on that front it should be fine, but all the root stuff sounds terrifying. I've never repotted anything in my life. And taking my orchid out of its pot on a fortnightly basis sounds really hard, since the root ball has all that moss and stuff stuck to it...? Does that mean I have to replace the moss and so on every fortnight too?