Surprise! I’m sharing.

I wasn’t going to post this, but I really want opinions on it.

Here’s the thing: this is my final project for my Women’s Studies class this quarter. The class is called “Mythmakers: Rewriting Violence Against Women.” The assignment was to “revise a work that is participating in the perpetuation of a damaging myth about violence against women.” I chose this work to revise, because I’ve become very interested in the idea that men who strangle or choke women are trying to not only cut off the voice of the victim, but the collective voice of women. So I repainted it, and this is what I came up with. What do you think?


Sometimes I hate it, and other times I think that the use of color and the way the women’s “voices” propel the attacker back are really powerful. Other times I think it looks as though it was painted by a ten year old. Any way I look at it, though, it is a sure sign that this course was valuable for me. Otherwise, I wouldn’t care.

I haven’t gotten a grade back, but I think I’m ultimately happy with the painting.

A Day of Rest (Not)

I have day off mid-week today, something unheard of while school is in session thanks to my full course schedule and my job at the writing center.  So, am I relaxing in a bubble bath, or curled up with a good book and a glass of wine?  No, I’m cleaning my neglected house and offloading photos from a month ago.  However, I can’t really complain since I spent the weekend playing WoW instead of being productive.

Anyway, finals are next week(wish me luck) and then I will have more free time than I know how to handle, so I’m sure you’ll hear plenty from me then.  UNLESS all of my talents are being poured into the novel I’m supposed to be writing, as NaNoWriMo has snuck up on me again.

Until then, here are some highlights from the last few weeks:

Katie turned 3:


And Karen turned the big four-oh.  We surprised Karen with dinner, planned by “Tricky Vicki” with great success.  She actually had Karen convinced that she picked the restaurant for the evening, when we’d been waiting there all along.



She doesn’t actually need these glasses, but Dad sure thought they made a funny gift.

You know how I can only get one of my beautiful nieces to cooperate for the camera at once?  On this particular evening, Katie wasn’t exactly cooperative, but Joslyn really went out of her way to  take a bad photo.



Let’s hope SHE never actually needs these glasses.