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29th September 2009

warrior_woman8:42pm: The last spinster.
Would a male predator act desperate for attention? Is this some semi-sophisticated gambit which I have heretofore not been exposed to, despite having been exposed to a variety of predators? Most of whom were "charming" fast-talking and witty.

I would want to be kind to the guy in case it is the truth, yet remain emotionally distant.

My peers, (for lack of a better word, but in this case I mean women my age whom I know IRL) have all been married for 30-40 years, and therefore probably have not even had to deal with predators, whereas that is pretty much all I have seen, after passing a certain age.
Current Mood: weird

26th November 2006

opheliafloats9:53pm: movie time
(I don't know if there have already been previews on TV and this is a redundant post, but here it is)
Coming out late December is the movie Pan's Labyrinth

Two blurbs about it:
"Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro delivers a unique, richly imagined epic with PAN’S LABYRINTH, a gothic fairytale set against the postwar repression of Franco’s Spain. Harnessing the formal characteristics of classic folklore to a 20th Century landscape, del Toro delivers a timeless tale of good and evil, bravery and sacrifice, love and loss."
"Pan's Labyrinth" is the story of a young girl that travels with her mother and adoptive father to a rural area up North in Spain, 1944. After Franco´s victory. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin. Post-war Fascist repression is at its height in rural Spain and the girl must come to terms with that through a fable of her own."

Somewhat related to "The Devil's Backbone", if you've seen it. I already want the soundtrack.

4th October 2005

opheliafloats7:05pm: Visual Aids do their stuff
Initially I was browsing The Onion to re-read THIS article for some comic relief after my philosophy class.
Guy In Philosophy Class Needs To Shut The Fuck Up
Its a World Religions class and our version of that guy can basically go on for hours. He must stay up all night just thinking up new strategies for irritating his fellow pupils. Unless its innate...

ANYWAY, then I came across this one and knew it was one for SAS!
Break-Up Made Easier With Colorful Visual Aids
Seems like a sensible approach, right?! Who knew that would be one of the applications for statistics that would come in handy some day?
Current Mood: amused

31st May 2005

opheliafloats3:14pm: The White Witch
Recently I saw a trailer for the The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe movie that will be coming out relatively soon. I checked out the Narnia-website and I was quite impressed with how interactive and creative it was. I have loved almost everything that Tilda Swinton (who will be playing the infamous White Witch!) has been in and look forward to seeing the film. (Of course the spinsterly-icon would be villainized, she just wanted to give them Turkish Delights! ;) I read all the books as a kid...it will be quite nostalgic...Check out the trailer.
The White Witch
More on THE WHITE WITCH Collapse )
So anyway,
how about a nice fortune cookie to brighten up your day?

26th March 2005

opheliafloats5:41pm: A challange for the witts among us -
The Washington Post's Style Mensa Invitational once again asked
readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,
subtracting, or changing one letter, and supplying a new
definition. Here are this year's winners:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts
until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately,
shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose
of getting laid.

5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the
subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the
person who doesn't get it.

8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running

9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these
really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and
it's like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day
consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter
when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into
your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub
in the fruit you're eating.

And the pick of the bunch:

18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole

14th March 2005

opheliafloats1:11pm: wow, impressive use of yarn
While I can barely crochet a scarf, I found that one mathematician has been crafting physical models of the hyperbolic plane with her diligent little hooks...They remind me of flowers that my grandmother (on my dad's side) used to affix to a large number of fabric items around her house, and which remained in place since the early 70's until my cousin inherited it a few years ago. I'll stick to pot-holders, thanks.

Any yarn-type projects going on around here?
Current Mood: impressed

19th February 2005

opheliafloats4:27pm: V-day survived
Assumedly we've all come out of hiding after Nation-wide Ostracize-the-single Day and are returning to our normal routines of (usually) non-gloomy unattached-ness. I do find it amusing that a romantic holiday has evolved out of a note from a priest (thanking the jailer's daughter for her friendship and loyalty, signed "From your Valentine" c. 269 AD) who was about to be brutally executed...but maybe that's just me. (Well, this in combination with even older pagan origins associated with Lupercalia festivals and then Roman Lottery dating traditions...yikes for the latter!) Sometimes people choose very strange snippets of history to glom onto for commercialization. I'm not even going to get started on Columbus Day.

Did anyone do anything or see anything interesting on V-day that they would care to share? I actually made quite a yummy Swedish cake for some of my friends, despite my bitterness toward the holiday in general. Unfortunately I am cursed with the annual recollection of a past boyfriend who invited me for a "romantic dinner" (that his friend had made him arrange) and then proceed to get so drunk he couldn't string together a coherent sentence and pass out after asking me if I was having a good time. I think the exact words were "So, did I do a good job?" as though this attempt was going to be reported on his permanent record and cancel out some of his prior idiotic behavior.

Anyway, now that people have gone back to normal and have pupils instead of little hearts where there eyes used to be I can stop glaring and searching for a receptacle to vomit into every time I leave the house. I've returned to my usual good-natured inquisitive self and found some interesting articles I thought I would link up for the SAS-ladies perusal:
Kerouac's On the Road' Manuscript Unfurled
Beyond Melting Clocks: A Dali Retrospective
Current Mood: bouncy

8th February 2005

warrior_woman7:27pm: So, I just finished reading "The Handmaid's Tale" and before that, I read "Memoirs of a Geisha" so now what?

2nd December 2004

opheliafloats6:02pm: penny for your thoughts
I know we have some poets amongst us and was hoping that some might be willing to either post one of their own or some related (or not) piece of work that they particularly like. Do it in a new posting!

While we're at it, I would love to hear what the SAS ladies think of this particular poem; why you like it (plan to frame it) or hate it (are printing it right now so you can burn it) and anything it brings to mind. I am going to be doing a presentation on it next week and some group brainstorming would be appreciated.
Spinster by Sylvia PlathCollapse )

8th November 2004

opheliafloats1:04pm: collecting...or hoarding??
Thinking back to our inevitable cat-lady tendencies (in some of our cases, at least), I was trying to find a recent newspaper article about a woman charged with "cat-hoarding" in a nearby town; more than 80 cats discovered in her small home. I found it really amusing that it was termed "hoarding", like she was keeping all the cats for herself and no one else could get one of their own...I couldn't find the actual article, but instead found this one:

I find that particularly disturbing because I can easily identify some of my relatives as "victims" of this hoarding-phenomenon. My grandfather loved old car parts that he intended to use in his mechanic's garage some day. This caused him to accumulate so many that he had surrounded the entire perimeter of his property with a junk-yard of rusty metal and random rubbish. My grandmother insisted that they move to a house where she wouldn't have to see this "crap" sitting all around. He bought a new house after much cajoling, but before they could move in he surrounded that one with an even larger mounded labyrinth of parts. This was an amusing place to play as a little kid (yeah, lets send the kids to play on sharp rusty metal?) but now I see how strange this eclectic behavior really was.

So what to some of the SAS ladies like to collect?
I think I do have a tendency to hold onto weird things...hopefully it won't get out of hand and bury me alive some day. Someone tell me if I don't notice when I cross the line from collecting to neurotic, ok?
My collections:
-Bar coasters
-Concert ticket-stubs
-Shells and rocks that are particularly pretty
-Recipes from friends
-Small glass bottles, vintage preferably
-CD's and records, of course
I'm sure there are more, but I don't want the list to start scaring me.

4th November 2004

furniture_party12:13am: Hello Ladies,
Although I've never posted in this community before I've watched it for some time. Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Gudrun (ok, Erin on my birth certificate), and although I am a twenty-year-old urban dweller, I look forward to the day when i reside in a farm house with a few other ladyfriends and a slough of cats making my living producing handwoven rag rugs and commercial granola.

I speak to you today on the subject of mallwalking. Long have I felt that mallwalkers are on OUR side. Adaptable, resourceful characters who utilize the mall's space without dropping a red cent, I find that they provide a comforting yin to the average mallrat-teenybopper's yang. In the upcoming winter months I plan to don a tracksuit, sensible shoes, and headphones blasting 80's Madonna and trot alongside the best of them.
How do you feel about mallwalkers?
Are they, as I suspect, friends to the spinsters?

6th October 2004

opheliafloats11:05am: Recipes for kitchen-prone SAS ladies
Now that the cold weather seems to be here to stay, I have found myself more and more in the mood to cook. I don't know how many other SAS ladies out there share this inclination, but I love trying new recipes and if anyone has any we should share the delectable delicacies with one another.

Now please don't make it to complicated, as I do seem to be rather accident prone in the kitchen. A few weeks ago I burned a nice hole in my thumb and I once threw an oven mit into the oven without thinking about what I was doing. (Yes, it caught on fire.) I think I was so overwhelmed when my bread came out nicely that I just tossed the mit in a fit of enthusiasm. So yes, this bread is very good. Try it at your own risk.

2 cups flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup currants
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs, beaten

Heat oven to 350 deg. Lightly coat a 5x9" loaf pan w/ vegetable oil. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder,baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Stir in currants, then pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and blend well. Pour into pan. (I like to pour honey and sugar on the top and slit it down the middle to look extra pretty) Bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick poked into loaf comes out clean. Set it on a rack to cool.
(I always find that it takes longer to cook and the toothpick never seems to be clean, so just give it a while and see how it comes out)

6th August 2004

warrior_woman11:28pm: So ladies. Wow, it has been three months. Did you all get boyfriends, I wonder? Well, way cool if you did.

I am probably the only *real* spinster on LJ. But so what.

The reading list, which I took to the next town's library, has created a monster. But what the heck.

Right now I am reading a (fiction) book about bloodhounds which is very cool if you like (murder) mysteries.

Otherwise, you would have to wait until Monday.

Peace and love,

Current Mood: happy

10th May 2004

warrior_woman11:46pm: Thank you, ladies.
Because of you I have read The Stone Diaries, The Poisonwood Bible, and the Death of Vishnu, and am currently halfway through the diaries of Anais Nin.

What an enrichment to my life.

22nd April 2004

opheliafloats12:26pm: Bent nail
Zora Neale Hurston wrote:

But in the main, I feel like a brown bag of miscellany propped against a wall. Against a wall in company with other bags, white, red and yellow. Pour out the contents, and there is discovered a jumble of small things priceless and worthless. A first-water diamond, an empty spool, bits of broken glass, lengths of string, a key to a door long since crumbled away, a rusty knifeblade, old shoes saved for a road that never was and never will be, a nail bent under the weight of things too heavy for any nail, a dried flower or two, still a little fragrant. In your hand is the brown bag. On the ground before you is the jumble it held--so much like the jumble in the bags, could they be emptied, that all might be dumped in a single heap and the bags refilled without altering the content of any greatly. A bit of colored glass more or less would not matter. Perhaps that is how the Great Stuffer of Bags filled them in the first place--who knows? (1928)

This made me wonder...Hmmmm, I am a slightly cracked seashell with a burn mark on the inside, a cassete tape (that won't play due to a juice-related incedent), a piece of driftwood, an arrowhead on a chain, flakes of dried paint, a handful of sage leaves, a silver ring that snapped in two, a few guitar picks, multicolored glass marbles, and some randomn espresso beans floating around in the mix. I'm sure I could go on and on, I found the concept interesting. Any other bags that want to reveal their contents?
Current Mood: complacent

18th March 2004

warrior_woman4:00pm: "-What is the last thing you read? Good/bad etc.
-What spinsterly book can you recommend? Why that one?
-What is your favorite female author?"

Normally I don't read that much fiction these days, and if I do I also tend to read several things more or less simultaneously, also from a short attention span.

Right now I happen to be reading "le mariage" by Diane Johnson, which I accidentally bought a few years ago from a book club due to not sending the reply card in fast enough, and it has languished on the shelf, as I did not want to read a book with that title. But a couple of weeks ago I was desperate for something to read, and it was too rainy to go to the library, so now it is begun. Since it is a sequel to "le divorce" which I had not read (which came first anyway, the chicken or the egg) I thought it was an odd sequence, but as I read this one I can see the sequence makes some sort of sense, in that writer's world.

It isn't bad. Not high literature though. I shall have to go on a fiction binge so I appreciate this topic being started.

A few years ago I read a book (also accidentally bought from the club) called "Horse Heaven" by Jane Smiley, which I enjoyed very much due to its complexity, with the exception of one rather graphic and in my opinion, unnecessary, sex scene.

These are of course popular fiction.

Favorites? The Brontes, I loved them when I was young... (I am a "real" spinster, in my menopause year, woohoo!) Virginia Woolf of course. Pearl Buck is one of the greats. Total favorite? Probably Sylvia Plath. I am sort of more into poetry, and the sciences. There are a number of novels I have read which came from female Indian writers that I really enjoyed. Such as "What the body remembers" by Shauna Singh Baldwin, for example.

Sorry this is so long, once I get started it is hard to stop. I shall have to start reading some of the recommended works posted here.
opheliafloats10:37am: Literary chicks
Just out of curiosity, what are the ladies of SAS reading right now? Here are a series of questions, post a new subject or respond to them here.

-What is the last thing you read? Good/bad etc.
-What spinsterly book can you recommend? Why that one?
-What is your favorite female author?

I tend to read way to many books at once, mostly because I have a short attention span and need to keep changing. I will often read a few chapters out of 3 or four different books before I go to sleep, not to mention school stuff. Can't wait to hear the answers.

28th January 2004

opheliafloats8:15pm: spinster flick
SAS recommended movie:


Writer/director Sylvain Chomet uses animation to tell the fanciful tale
of Champion, a lonely little boy who is never happier than on a bicycle.
His grandmother, Madame Souza, puts him through a rigorous training
process and soon the boy enters the world-famous Tour de France. When
two mysterious men kidnap Champion during the tour, Madame Souza and her
dog Bruno set out to rescue him. Their long journey leads to the
renowned "Triplets of Belleville," three eccentric female music-hall
stars from the '30s who agree to help recover the boy.

Visit the official web site and view the preview at

There was very little dialogue and the scenes with the three old spinster ladies are great. Personal favorite- the floppy waiter. You'll see what I mean. If you get a chance it really is worth it.

20th January 2004

cog12011:13pm: Mu Mu
Ladies, I would like to propose that all of us buy Mu Mus. This will be a sign of our spinster status, plus they are really comfortable. I need something to wear while I do my needle point and watch Law and Order.
Current Mood: cheerful

7th January 2004

bohemianslacker11:23am: Moment of silence
I would like to propose having a "Moment of Silence" to celibate, excuse me, celibrate Spinsterism around the world.

30th December 2003

opheliafloats12:01pm: SAS encourages crafty women
(Scary and pointless as they may be...)
Over the holidays my grandmother showed me how to make "Yarn Flowers". Although they serve very little purpose, they are cute and can be tied onto the top of a pipe cleaner or stick in order to complete the effect. She grew up around Berkley and said that yarn flower making was all the rage amongst young girls during the late 1930's. If you want to be in on the secret, follow these directions. It should take only a minute.

Materials: A dinner fork, an 8-inch piece of yarn, a ball of yarn in another color

-Put the 8-inch piece of yarn between the middle tines of the fork.
-Put the end of the other yarn between two tines and then weave it back and forth between the tines (over/under) until you reach the top. Don't make it to tight.
-Tie the 8-inch piece in a knot and carefully slide all the woven yarn off the fork. Tighten the knot and tie it once more to finish.
-Trim the ends of the flower and leave the other thread to hang, or tie it around a pipe cleaner to make a stem.

My brother gave one to a girl we met and the result was quite positive. Maybe they do serve some purpose after all. Give it a try. Post any Spinster crafts you may know as well.

18th December 2003

starlighttears12:43pm: A quick introduction
Hello ladies. Though I am young, I highly doubt that I will ever be sending out monogrammed invitations to celebrate my matrimony. Am fully content with a cup of Earl Grey and a volume of Hemingway or Gertrude Stein. However, a companion in life will be desired--a dog, preferably one that resembles a throw-rug.
I've a poem to share from one of my favourite authors. Enjoy!

Oh, love is a glorious cycle of song
A medley of extemporanea
Love is a thing that can never go wrong
and I am Marie of Roumania.

--"Comment" by Dorothy Parker
Current Mood: cheerful

24th November 2003

opheliafloats11:36pm: a shakespearian spinster song for SAS
"Sigh No More, Ladies..."
(From "Much Ado about Nothing")

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh nor more;
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never;
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo,
Or dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey, nonny, nonny.


Please post all lyrics or poetry related to spinsterism (uplifting or, well, not) that you can find. There are some great ones out there. Our work on the compilation is still going, send those as well, our results should be posted within the next couple weeks.

19th November 2003

bohemianslacker4:23pm: Here's a good one:

"Eleanor Rigby", the Beatles

Maybe if we can come up with a list of 10 songs or so we can make a compilation album.
Current Mood: creative

18th November 2003

opheliafloats4:42pm: ...crosswords...woohoo!
WARNING: These sites will be bad for daily productivity.

Keep the Spinster suggestions coming! So far we have:
-Mother Teresa (although arguable, as a religious figure)
-Emily Dickinson
-Queen Elizabeth I
-Kathleen Hannah
-Jane Austen (just added, see link)

I think we should have one famous and one non-famous winner. Feel free to add yourself as a "suggested spinster" and be sure to include lots of evidence. This would be a great way to introduce our selves too. Please note; males that choose to enter must be very convincing with lots of gruesome details.
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