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Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor
😻😻😻 The 13th Doctor 😻😻😻

Hope and Equity: My Favorite Who

I'm a fickle Doctor Who fan. At this point, I've quite a bit of both old and new Who, and there are just Doctors and showrunners who don't excite me. I watched in binges Moffat's seasons with 11 and 12, after watching the first one every week and finding myself more confused than anything. Also, wishing to see some interesting characters under another showrunner's hand.

But I love Jodie Whittaker's 13 and her bisexual bob. (Yes, your hair can be queer, keep up.)

For me, the best Doctor Who is hopeful. There's a reason the Doctor doesn't go blazing in with guns — okay, there was the War Doctor, but he's an anomaly — or trying to become everyone's boss or leader.

While I won't spoil you, this most recent season highlights how hopefulness and equity are what makes the Doctor different from the Master and also from the other Time Lords. Hell, they call themselves "Lords."

There's a moment where Captain Jack Harkness reappears and tries to teleport the Doctor to his ship. Instead, he grabs her three Companions, and he evaluates how all three could be the Doctor in a new face because the Doctor could be any of these three very different people. Three people, who based on their gender, age, race, and ability, would be treated very differently by their fellow humans.

And that's just what I like in my sci-fi: some hope and equity. You can keep your grimdark, Battlestar Galactica 2004 "33" style TV. We already live there.

P.S. I also enjoy making heart eyes at 13 as she's the first iteration of the Doctor I find hot.

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Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin #11) by Jennifer Estep 2/5 stars
Not the worst to date that I've read in this series, but definitely in the bottom. There were obvious things an editor needed to stop like describing sounds three times, ie, click click clicking.

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Green thumb update

Spring is in full swing. I've moved the seedlings out to the porch because it's time for them to grow up! I've even planted the flowers. I still worry about the tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers out in some possible rain we're getting. Plus, my porch is slightly warmer since it's near my house.

My torch aloe is flowering, so I'm very excited to see what happens.

Orchard Mason Bees are laying their eggs
Veggie starts on my porch
Left: Views from my orchard mason bees laying eggs!
Right: My veggie seedlings on my porch, getting used to the outside before they're planted.

Recipe: Pear Carmel Pecan Dutch Baby

Pear Carmel Pecan Dutch Baby

This is an Erica original. Or original remix from Wake Up and Smell the Coffee's Apple Dutch Babies with Cinnamon Candy Syrup and the Carmel Sticky Rolls from the side of a bread bag. The former is a recipe collection from bed-and-breakfasts and features my great-grandma's famous buttermilk pancakes. This dutch baby recipe literally has you melt red hots to put as a sauce on the standard dutch baby. 🤮


Dutch baby:

  • 6 tablespoons butter (I might use 1-2 tbsps less next time)
  • 2 pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup pecans halved

I halved this caramel recipe, but my partner requested more caramel on it next time.


1. Cut pears thinly and cook in 1 tbsp butter on the stovetop for about 5 minutes or until soft.

2. Melt butter in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

3. Start the caramel by heating brown sugar and butter until boiling in a saucepan. Stir constantly. Remove from heat at a boil and stir in the corn syrup. Then pour into the bottom of the baking dish.

4. Layer pears and pecans on top of the caramel.

5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

6. Mix together eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl until thoroughly blended to make the batter. You can use a blender, but hand mixing is just fine.

7. Pour the batter mixture over everything in the baking dish.

8. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve when done.

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Keep your chin up!


Erica McGillivray

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