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It’s a little thing. It’s silly, but…

I love watching TV. It has at times been a distraction detrimental to my creative life and my brain in general.
I enjoy quality programming-the smart, intellectual non-network stuff. I like the comedy stuff. I like the thinky stuff.
But I love the trash.
Your Housewives. Your anything Bravo and Andy Cohen. Your VH1 reality and your HGTV. The TV equivalent of Swedish Fish where you can feel the sugary gumminess rotting your teeth as you chew, your jaw tired and strained but you keep popping the tangy wax into your face until they’re gone.
Here’s the red Swedish Fish of my TV watching: the paranormal.
All of the “did you hear that? What was that?” shows. The investigators stare vacantly into the dark void, their eyes wide with pin-prick Little Orphan Annie pupils while night vision cameras document their often fruitless searches, and I am riveted. I am desperate to be invited on a ghost hunt.
Give me a psychic show please. I want to watch people who only just signed a waver feign shock when a medium tells them she talks to the dead, and their subsequent emotional response when they feel they’ve connected to their dearly departed after being ambushed with vague suggestions - “who is the person who has passed from something having to do with their heart?”
I am in heaven.
But since having a kid, the TV is off. I believe Dr. Jenn Berman (of VH1’s “Couple’s Therapy”) when she says TV ruins kids’ brains. If I get the babe to sleep, make and eat dinner and relate to my husband before 10, I might get an hour of viewing in before I slip into a haven’t-slept-through-the-night-in-8-months coma.
My life is full. But I have days where all I want is to tune everything out, turn off my brain, hand my baby off and have an illicit afair with my former mistress. Just do nothing but watch my stories all day.
Swim with the Swedish Fishes.

natashavc:

JUST A COUPLE OF FUCKING DOPE BROS WHO EVERYONE THOUGHT PEAKED IN THE 90’S AND SLOGGED THROUGH THE AUGHTS NOW TO SHOW UP ON THE OTHER SIDE SUNKISSED AND THIN SERVING FUCKING VARSITY LEVEL THESPIAN SHIT ON PREMIUM CABLE AND IN THE MOVIES. HEAR THE WOLF CRY THROUGH THEIR EYES

I have been thinking about these pics since I scrolled past them weeks ago. I want to know what transpired…

natashavc:

I WROTE A SMART LIL’ THING ABOUT TRUE DETECTIVE FOR BOOKFORUM! 

True Detective is filled with same haunting imagery. It glows with superheated atmospherics: landscapes lit up with an atomic orange sun, an ocean-blue revival tent perched in the middle of electric saw grass, a bone-white refinery reaching like a skeletal hand into the sky. At first, you might think that this is the result of HBO recruiting a damn good cinematographer, which is likely true, but the haunting visual elements are also embedded in Pizzolatto’s work.

Here’s more from my Pizzolatto bender.

I’ve got some books to read. View high resolution

natashavc:

I WROTE A SMART LIL’ THING ABOUT TRUE DETECTIVE FOR BOOKFORUM! 

True Detective is filled with same haunting imagery. It glows with superheated atmospherics: landscapes lit up with an atomic orange sun, an ocean-blue revival tent perched in the middle of electric saw grass, a bone-white refinery reaching like a skeletal hand into the sky. At first, you might think that this is the result of HBO recruiting a damn good cinematographer, which is likely true, but the haunting visual elements are also embedded in Pizzolatto’s work.

Here’s more from my Pizzolatto bender.

I’ve got some books to read.

Thoughts About Phillip Seymore Hoffman's Death From Another Selfish Addict

melaniehamlett:

Anyone who’s been in 12 step programs will understand what I mean when I say that yes, Phillip Seymor Hoffman died of selfishness. That, after all, is the root of all addictions. Anyone who is a recovered addict understands that. But no, it wasn’t his fault. He had a deadly spiritual malady and…

Reblogging some truth about addiction.

nickkroll:

Scandalous day for Canadian pop star Bryan LaCroix. #WheelsOntario #KrollShow

KROLL SHOW IS WHAT COMEDY IS ABOUT. View high resolution

nickkroll:

Scandalous day for Canadian pop star Bryan LaCroix. #WheelsOntario #KrollShow

KROLL SHOW IS WHAT COMEDY IS ABOUT.

HILARY NEWBERRY

Very proud of my mom and her new website! Almost every wall in my house boasts a HLN original. Now yours can, too!

Sleep Training is the Hardest Job I’ve Ever Had

My 5 1/2 month old used to be an expert sleeper-up until about 3 1/2 months. Life circumstances threw us all off schedule and out of our routine, and now we are repairing the damage.
Most parents confront sleep training some time in the first year of their baby’s life, and if they don’t, I don’t want to hear about it. Bully for them.
First you have to choose your method, and while doing so, you must weigh the advice and suggestions from friends and relatives, and then go with your gut based on what you know about someone who’s only been alive a few months and who is changing every day and going through growth spurts and sleep regression and teething, to name a few possible obstacles.
Once you’ve chosen your method, you must ignore the doubt and panic that sets in, suggesting you chose wrong. You must also, constantly, tune out the well-meaning advice of others who think you’re doing it wrong, and who find creative ways to tell you that.
You must memorize the relevant chapters of the book you’re using, so that at 4 in the morning you remember what to do when she roots to nurse and you’re counting backwards trying to determine if enough hours have passed since the last time you dropped strap, and you’ve left your notes in the other room and you forgot to look at the clock on the way in.
You must bury your self doubt beneath weeks of no sleep and loneliness and despair at seeing your sweet beloved cry because she’s even more tired and confused than are you.
The emotional, mental, physical and spiritual work is relentless, and the only reason you trudge through is because there is the hope and promise and evidence that this will work, and that you will, after some time, get a solid and restorative chunk of sleep.
You also trudge through because if you’re like me, you’ve never cared so much about a job, and never put so much of yourself, your time, your heart, your patience, your creativity, your stamina, your care, your earnestness into anything else you’ve tried.
And, moving forward, I will know which other jobs are worth any amount of this sacrifice, because I will weigh their worth in lost hours of sleep.

NBD

I resigned from my job on Monday.
If you know me, this is a very, VERY big deal. I have been employed by Universal Music Group for over a decade working with all the major record labels (Island/Def Jam/Motown/Decca/Interscope/Geffen/A&M/Verve etc.) facilitating digital releases.
If you’ve read The Artist’s Way, I’ve been one of those creative people working behind the scenes in an uncreative capacity enabling other creatives to achieve their dreams.
I sense a flourishing coming.

Of the many teachings that Buddhists study, I am most familiar with the Lotus Sutra. Its title, “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” literally means “I devote my life to the mystic law of cause and effect.” “Renge,” meaning “lotus flower” is significant because of its inherent nature to blossom and decay at the same time-thus representing life and the constant simultaneity of regenerative growth. There are constant causes and their equals-constant effects. For every action there is a reaction, etc. Every action we take in life is a cause, and the results are effects that move out into the world like ripples on a pond.
This last week I watched as my 4+ month old awoke to this law of the universe. Like the law of gravity it is just there, waiting for disvovery.
Every morning, Azora and I have our little rituals. We say “good morning” to all of her body parts from the toes up, then sing a little morning song I made up for her - “Good morning Azora, good morning!…” then we make our way around the house opening all of the blinds, letting in sunlight and greeting the day. 
This week she reached out her chubby flower-petal soft hand and wrapped her fingers around the stick next to mine, and felt it twist, twist, twist as she watched the wooden slats part, and the sunlight stream in. I watched the realization dawn on her face “oh, when I do THIS, THAT happens!” So now she wants to be an active participant in creating the cause to let each day begin drenched in warm sunshine.
What an incredible honor it is to bear witness to the growth and development of this little being. View high resolution

Of the many teachings that Buddhists study, I am most familiar with the Lotus Sutra. Its title, “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” literally means “I devote my life to the mystic law of cause and effect.” “Renge,” meaning “lotus flower” is significant because of its inherent nature to blossom and decay at the same time-thus representing life and the constant simultaneity of regenerative growth. There are constant causes and their equals-constant effects. For every action there is a reaction, etc. Every action we take in life is a cause, and the results are effects that move out into the world like ripples on a pond.
This last week I watched as my 4+ month old awoke to this law of the universe. Like the law of gravity it is just there, waiting for disvovery.
Every morning, Azora and I have our little rituals. We say “good morning” to all of her body parts from the toes up, then sing a little morning song I made up for her - “Good morning Azora, good morning!…” then we make our way around the house opening all of the blinds, letting in sunlight and greeting the day.
This week she reached out her chubby flower-petal soft hand and wrapped her fingers around the stick next to mine, and felt it twist, twist, twist as she watched the wooden slats part, and the sunlight stream in. I watched the realization dawn on her face “oh, when I do THIS, THAT happens!” So now she wants to be an active participant in creating the cause to let each day begin drenched in warm sunshine.
What an incredible honor it is to bear witness to the growth and development of this little being.

I probably shouldn’t reveal her identity, but this is Beatrix. I won’t tell you where she lives, but it’s a city called Gotham. View high resolution

I probably shouldn’t reveal her identity, but this is Beatrix. I won’t tell you where she lives, but it’s a city called Gotham.

When someone takes the parking spot you were waiting for...

  • <p dir="ltr"> California drivers: I do really douchey things, but hey! I'm a really nice person!&nbsp; Let's be friends!<br>
  • NY Drivers: Yeah, I'm a douche. What are you going to do about it?<br><br></p>
  • <p dir="ltr"> Win: NY</p>
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