Ootastic: PCOS in pictures

January 26, 2015

Alice in wonder land

Filed under: only child — ootastic @ 12:40 pm

One of my oldest friends (pictured here) recently took part in the world’s longest (temporary) tattoo chain of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass courtesy of Litographs.com. This reminds me that when I was heavily pregnant two years ago my husband and I decided on the name “Alice Joy” for a baby girl – in memory of my his maternal grandmother and my mum, sadly both many years deceased. Now we finally have our son (“Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast!”), it seems increasingly likely that we won’t be trying for any more children (for medical and practical reasons).  This leads me to wonder about my very own Alice and how to come to terms with never getting to know her.

I love cuddling babies (and marvel at how light they are!) but feel wary of second pregnancies.  When the second local royal baby (i.e. of Will & Kate, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge) was announced I think I verbally splurged on Twitter rather than take the thoughtful, measured approach of KeikoZoll and others.  The AceBabes charity provides information and support after successful fertility treatment, adoption, etc.  However, I can find little useful information around having an only child – feel free to recommend some!

Incidentally, this year is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which is being celebrated in illustrated form by the 150 Alice Project.  I wouldn’t call myself a massive Lewis Carroll fan, but enjoyed reading about his links to the North East of England in the experimental graphic novel Alice in Sunderland by Bryan Talbot. Also, Mia Wasikowska makes a sympathetic Alice and and Helena Bonham Carter gives good head in the Tim Burton 2010 film.

I’ve often considered getting a tattoo to commemorate my infertility and miscarriage woes, but don’t think my cardiologist would approve (blog post forthcoming!).  Instead, I’ve applied to join the Alice Tattoo Chain (I now have an Alice in Chains earworm) and will let you know if I’m successful!

January 19, 2015

30 Film Females: The Remains of the Day (1993 – again!)

Filed under: 30 Film Females — ootastic @ 1:22 pm

In my original choice of illustration for the year 1993, The Remains of the Day was pipped to the post by Sleepless in Seattle.  As discussed in that previous blog, here is a sunset drawn in kid’s felt pen inspired by the stained glass at our local church and toddler group venue.  To accompany it, have a listen to “Im Abendrot” (At Sunset) from Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” sublimely sung by the soprano Renee Fleming – this is one of the calming pieces of music we regularly play at my son’s bedtime.


The Remains of the Day


January 5, 2015

Eating for one

Filed under: depression, food, miscarriage — ootastic @ 10:26 pm

This LunarBaboon comic reminded me of a cartoon I drew but never got round to posting. The time stamp for the original file is a few months/seasonal occasions after my first miscarriage (in late November), so an expanding belly (if only from comfort eating) was obviously on my mind.

Eating for one

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