stariel25: (stariel)
2013-06-09 10:16 pm

Oh Jane Austen, you slay me...

So, I'm listening to the audiobook of Sense and Sensibility and I hear this:

"Perhaps," said Elinor, "thirty-five and seventeen had better not have any thing to do with matrimony together. But if there should by any chance happen to be a woman who is single at seven-and-twenty, I should not think Colonel Brandon's being thirty-five any objection to his marrying her."

"A woman of seven-and-twenty," said Marianne, after pausing a moment, "can never hope to feel or inspire affection again, and if her home be uncomfortable, or her fortune small, I can suppose that she might bring herself to submit to the offices of a nurse, for the sake of the provision and security of a wife. In his marrying such a woman, therefore, there would be nothing unsuitable. It would be a compact of convenience, and the world would be satisfied. In my eyes it would be no marriage at all, but that would be nothing. To me it would seem only a commercial exchange, in which each wished to be benefited at the expense of the other."

"It would be impossible, I know," replied Elinor, "to convince you that a woman of seven-and-twenty could feel for a man of thirty-five anything near enough to love, to make him a desirable companion to her. But I must object to your dooming Colonel Brandon and his wife to the constant confinement of a sick chamber, merely because he chanced to complain yesterday (a very cold damp day), of a slight rheumatic feel in one of his shoulders."

Being a little over 27 myself, I am glad to hear that I "can never hope to feel or inspire affection again". Good thing I have already declared myself terminally single - now where's my Kitchen Aid stand mixer?


But seriously, it is a funny thing to read about these times when a woman over 21 who hadn't found herself a husband was doomed to a life of loneliness forever.

stariel25: (stariel)
2012-12-10 12:25 am

Cleaning, and such

Ok guys, I have been away for too long.

I moved to Frallingford (aka it's supposedly Fremont but actually closer to Wallingford). I immediately felt like I was coming down with a cold, and a couple days later I went on a 2+ week long vacation. I came home to a bunch of boxes that needed to be unpacked.

My lovely friend Erin had told me before to check out Unf*%k Your Habitat. Even though I'm totally a non-swearing prudish kind of person, it is pretty amazing.

Tonight I rearranged, partially unpacked, and cleaned my kitchen in only 2 intervals of 20 minutes. It was pretty fab.

Moreafter the cut )
I'm proud. I shall continue cleaning stuff in small bursts. There is an iPhone app and it gives you stars!
stariel25: (biteme)
2011-07-24 12:48 pm
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PMS

No, this entry is not about what you think... well, not exactly.

On Friday I was reading on twitter and came across a link to this article: http://feministing.com/2011/07/22/good-job-internets-pms-milk-ad-pulled/ about how a "got milk?" ad series about PMS was pulled after a big outcry that it was offensive.

Now, I find a lot of advertising offensive, and usually I just roll my eyes and wonder why these companies think that their stupid ads are actually going to cause people to buy their products. And, honestly, if I had seen this ad before reading about it I probably would have thought the very same thing. Because it's every company's right to make stupid ads, and I'll just think they're dumb and be less likely to buy their products.

But then I started thinking about it. Not just about this ad, but about PMS in general. First off, yes PMS is a real thing. And it sucks. It can range from mildly annoying to quite distressing, and it's unfortunate. But the big problem with PMS is not actually PMS itself, it's society's reaction to it.

Think about it this way... this is a side effect of an important biological process that allows our species to reproduce, yet it's made a huge joke by just about everyone. Why don't we go find a biological process that affects only men and then make that into a huge joke? I'm sure we can find one.

PMS is also falsely used to minimize the feelings of woman. How many times have you seen a woman be justifiably angry - especially in movies / on TV - and then have her anger dismissed by blaming it on PMS? It's just not cool.

Yes, occasionally I am slightly more irritable because of hormones. Most of the time when I'm mad, it's because I have something to be mad about. And even if the anger is partially hormone-fueled, it's really really not going to make it better if someone tries to dismiss it by blaming my sex hormones.

Also, men have hormones too. I wonder how much males would like it if I started blaming every behavior I find objectionable on their overabundance of testosterone?
stariel25: (Default)
2011-06-25 10:10 pm
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Dear Facebook,

You need a "Hate" button.

See, you keep suggesting that I "Like" things which, in actuality, I hate. So please develop a "Hate" button so I can accurately show my feelings.



Or, at least make a "No Way!" button so I never have to be suggested these things again.

Thanks,
me

stariel25: (biteme)
2011-04-10 11:15 am
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Random Rant of the Day

What is wrong with people?

I wake up from sleeping in on this lovely Sunday morning and go to check what's happening with my friends on Plurk. (Well, some of them are my friends, some of them are just my "friends".) So I see this:

Person 1 posts:

(person) has her cafe mocha and is very happy.

Person 2 responds:

cafe mochas have too many calories for me, even w/nonfat/nowhip

Seriously? Really? Is that in any way called for?

I'm pretty sure these people do not actually know each other in real life. And even if they do, who are you to go policing peoples' food choices and raining on their parade anyway?

If I post tomorrow that it's my birthday and I'm having some cake are you going to tell me that cake will make me fat? Probably because you are a jerk!

Really, what we learned from this comment is 1. that you are obsessed with calories and 2. that you are rude.

Personally, I consider a mocha with nonfat milk and no whip a perfectly acceptable number of calories, and a good source of protein to boot.

Who knows what person 1 thinks about it? Maybe it's her special Sunday treat. And even if she drinks 10 of them a day it's none of your business! Would you say that to her face? I somehow doubt it.

Stupid internet anonymity.
stariel25: (rock out)
2011-01-15 12:16 am

Fill in the Xs

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] purplebookfairy
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Put an X by things you've done.
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(X) Went on a blind date
(X) Donated blood
() Skipped school
() Watched someone die
(X) Been to Canada
() Been to Mexico
() Been to Florida
() Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Ridden in a police car (not like that, the police gave me a ride!)
() Hugged a homeless person
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Been sailing
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
() Played cops and robbers
(X) Recently colored with crayons
(X) Sang karaoke
(X) Volunteered at a soup kitchen
() Paid for a meal with coins only
() Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
(X) Seen the aurora borealis
() Been para sailing
(X) Been on TV
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
() Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
() Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Fired a gun
(X) Danced in the rain
(X) Been to the opera
() Written a letter to Santa Claus
() Serenaded someone
() Seen a U.S. President in person
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sun rise with someone
() Driven a race car
(X) Been to a national museum
(X) Been to Washington, DC
() Eaten caviar
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
() Been deep sea fishing
(X) Driven across the United States
() Been in a hot air balloon
() Been sky diving
() Gone snowmobiling
(X) Lived in more than one country
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
() Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(X) Seen the Grand Canyon
(X) Seen the Statue of Liberty
(X) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
(X) Been on a cruise
(X) Traveled by train
() Ridden on a motorcycle
(X) Been horseback riding
(X) Ridden on a San Francisco cable car
(X) Been to Disneyland OR Disney World
(X) Been in a rain forest
(X) Seen whales in the wild
() Been to Niagara Falls
(X) Ridden on an elephant
() Swam with dolphins
() Been to the Olympics
() Walked on the Great Wall of China
(X) Seen a glacier
() Been spinnaker flying
() Been water-skiing
() Been snow-skiing
() Been to Westminster Abbey
() Been to the Louvre
() Been to the Colosseum
(X) Swam in the Mediterranean
(X) Been to a Major League Baseball game
() Been to a National Football League game
() Swam with sharks
(X) Been white water rafting (ok, "white water" may be a stretch, but let's call it river rafting and say it's good)
(in process!) Written a book or screen play
(X) Met a celebrity
(X) Lived in more than one state
() Become a parent
() Been bungee jumping
(X) Been to Las Vegas
() Seen the Pyramids
() Worked on a political campaign
(X) Been to the top of the World Trade Center or Empire State Building
(X) Ridden the subway in New York
() Made love outside in the rain
stariel25: (happystar)
2011-01-09 08:24 pm
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T-shirt Quilt!!! (copied from my knitting blog)

I've recently borrowed a sewing machine from my knitting buddy Erin. This sewing machine is going to help me achieve a dream - something that I've been talking about for years!



I'm making a T-shirt quilt. As you may have deduced from the music I sometimes put at the bottom of my posts, I'm a fan of the metal / hard rock genres. I have a *lot* of T-shirts. Some of them date back to 15 years ago or more - I started buying them towards the end of middle school. And, frankly, their condition is getting a little worse for wear. (I found several holes in shirts which I was still wearing up to their rather timely demise.)



A lot of strategy has gone into planning this quilt.
My sewing skills are limited, and the sewing machine, while perfectly serviceable, is not one meant to sew knit fabrics. With the knowledge of my quilting friends and the internet, I decided to put interfacing on the backs of the shirt squares - to give them stability and make them easier to cut out. When I mentioned this to a much more accomplished sewing member of my knitting group, she suggested that I come over and use her rotary cutter, then put the interfacing on afterward.



Who am I to decline such a generous offer? I went over on Saturday and spent about 3 hours cutting out all the T-shirt designs. My sewing mentor also made me little scrap samples with some of her interfacing as well as the one I'd purchased - I severely underestimated how much I needed... I got enough for about 3/20 squares. Of course, hers was a much better choice, so I might be better off buying a different one.



I'm so excited to finally make this project a reality... but I think I'm going to need a lot more help. I've never sewn a binding or tied a quilt or done any of this before... but I can learn.
stariel25: (rock out)
2010-12-22 12:20 am

Shameless plug...

Yep, I'm copying [livejournal.com profile] becala and applying, wish me luck...


stariel25: (rock out)
2010-07-24 09:23 pm

Sparky's Alligator Song

It finally made it to YouTube!



Just thought you might want to know. ;)
stariel25: (Default)
2010-05-30 11:02 am
stariel25: (rock out)
2010-04-23 07:17 pm

Katatonia!

You may have heard me complain repeatedly about how Katatonia never comes to the US. Or, perhaps, you've heard me threaten to go to a metal festival in Europe just to see them...

Well, today my wish was granted. Katatonia will be in Seattle in September! I'm so beyond excited, especially since they have meet & greet "VIP" tickets. I'm so there! Now I just have to get tickets when they go on sale next week.

I'm thinking I might have to go see them in Portland too. You know, for completeness sake.
stariel25: (kitty)
2010-02-02 11:47 pm

365 Project Update

I've been a slacker about posting my photos here... if you really miss them, let me know and I'll try harder. Or you could just go and check my 365 project page.

But here's a summary mosaic for January:

Jan Mosaic

Sometimes it's night and you forgot to take a picture, or you even had a great idea for one and then you blanked and never took it... so you decide to get desperate and take something boring. I was guilty of that. But then today that happened and I got a picture I was really happy with, and in just a few shots:

Feb 2
stariel25: (Default)
2010-01-27 11:28 pm

Hello gothtastic coffin shoe...



Uhh... maybe not for $800.
stariel25: (knitting)
2010-01-19 10:42 pm
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365 Project - January 16-19

The themes are unintentionally morphing into other themes for me. Yellow turned out to mean food.

Saturday:

Jan 16

Sunday:

Jan 17

Mmmm... like little delicious snowflakes.

This week's theme is clutter - for me so far that's been knitting (yesterday and today's alternate), and I have more knitting clutter for later this week.

My Monday night knitting group:

Jan 18

Today:

Jan 19

To be more original I decided to go with perfume. ;)
stariel25: (frogner)
2010-01-15 08:40 pm
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365 project - January 15, 2010

The theme for this week is yellow, so more produce is making an appearance.

Jan 15

I got a box today with several yellow-ish fruits and vegetables, so they lined up on the counter for a little photo shoot. :)
stariel25: (everafter)
2010-01-14 08:19 pm
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365 Project - January 14, 2010

Today I decided to go with the weekly theme again, and take a picture of something yellow.

Jan 14

Mmmm... yummy!
stariel25: (mulitcolorstars)
2010-01-13 07:23 pm
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365 project - January 13, 2010

[livejournal.com profile] marmelade made a special picture request after I mentioned the creative uses of Erlenmeyer Flasks at the lab. This is the best use I could find!

Jan 13-1

Meet our lab fish.

Jan 13-2

:D
stariel25: (Default)
2010-01-12 11:41 pm
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365 Project - January 12, 2010

The theme this week is yellow, and this little guy was just hanging out in my bathroom.

Jan 12

Tomorrow, a special birthday gift-picture for [livejournal.com profile] marmelade. :)
stariel25: (start)
2010-01-11 11:18 pm
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365 Project - January 10-11, 2010

Yesterday while heading out in the evening the sky was the most beautiful color, which I tried to capture with my iPhone:

Jan 10

Not perfect, but the color is close and all that dimply texture is little tiny blobs of clouds. Of course it looked better in person.

Then this morning while turning on the light in my fish tank, I saw this:

Jan 11

My little algae eater is just hanging out on the leaf of one of the plants, which was swaying a bit in the water. It was so cute I just had to take a picture, and I didn't find anything better the rest of the day. The white streaks in the background are from the bubbles shooting down into the water from the filter.
stariel25: (rock out)
2010-01-09 08:25 pm
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365 Project - January 8 and 9, 2010

Yesterday I didn't post my picture here, though I did take it.

Jan 8

Brian has nice lights.

Today I've got a little series. This one isn't *really* knitting related, but it did come as an extra in a knitting kit:

woolgirlwhisk

That's what I got (there were also marshmallows - handmade ones - but they have gelatin so they're going to someone who will actually eat them.)

The official 365 project photo:

Jan 9

And what I'm going to drink in a minute when I get back to this disk of Deadwood:

whisk cocoa