December 18, 2009
I’m only showing half for now, but the other half is basically the same save for a few spots we had to leave unfinished in order to avoid some skin that hasn’t quite finished healing from my spilling boiling water on myself a few weeks ago while draining some lasagna noodles. Trust me, you don’t want to see that anyway, it’s Grody with a capital G.
This piece was designed to commemorate my tubal ligation, with Queen Anne’s lace flowers (an abortifacient) arranged to resemble the altered plumbing in question. Directly across from the little W, a corresponding loop of vine cradles a Q, for the name I always planned to give my daughter (after Miss Quentin Compson); the W is for the long line of ancestors named William that my Granddad used to say had gone unbroken since Hastings.
Giving the ladyparts the snippety-snip was my first time ever in the hospital, and I learned that apparently the sleepy drugs turn me into someone who thinks she’s incredibly funny but is actually some kind of Xander Harris-type schmuck. Upon waking after surgery I was confronted by two people staring down into my face, and the first thing out of my mouth was “are y’all done with the slice and dice?” (answer: yes) followed by “I guess it’s too late to change my mind then, eh” (answer: also yes). To which the nurse said brightly “I can’t believe how wide awake you are!” with a look that said “oh DEAR GOD SHUT UP”, and then I’m pretty sure she slipped me something to shut me up because I went right back to sleep. And woke up in recovery, rubbernecking at the dude on the next gurney over and desperately trying to see around the curtain so that I could catch his eye and give a “hey, we made it!” wave. Then I heard him ask, why is it warm? to which a nurse cheerfully replied, it’s because you peed! And I was glad he couldn’t see that I was awake and listening. And also glad I wasn’t the one who peed.
Posted by jodi on December 18, 2009 at 12.57pm
December 15, 2009
This is my LAST PHOTO EVER for the 365 days project. I have been over this project for a while now, but had to see it through until the end. And the end is today, y’all! I’ll do a recap later, put up a few of my favourites from the year and talk about my experience with the project and how I think it may relate in some way to the crushing creative block I’ve been trapped under all year. But for now, let me just revel in the done-ness.
More celebration yet to come: tomorrow’s my birthday, and in the morning I’m getting up bright and early and taking the Greyhound bus to London to get a new tattoo on my belly. It’s a special one, commemorating a recent giant life-changing event that I didn’t even mention here because blogs are pretty much over, right? Anyway. I’ll show you my tattoo, at least. For now, here’s the drawing:
Posted by jodi on December 15, 2009 at 9.49pm