They say the subconscious mind is an intricate minefield upon which one must tread lightly. Unless you're Karen Slavick-Lennard.
Momlogic's Vivian: She found her mild-mannered Brit hubby's midnight ramblings so humorously randy, she rigged their room with enough recording equipment to capture his choice bon mots on tape to share verbatim via their hilarious blog, "Sleep Talkin' Man."
Here's a sample of some recent goodies she posted:
"I like the balloons. I want one. If I don't get one, I'm gonna squeeze one out right here, right now.... I warned you!"
"My badger's gonna unleash hell on your a$$. Badgertastic!"
"I do like your eyes. Mmmm-hmmm. Shoved up your f&*king ass so I can see the sh*t you create. Bye-bye!"
Just two months after its launch, Sleep Talkin' Man has amassed a tremendous following, capped with a recent appearance on the "Today" show. What possessed Slavick-Lennard to turn her hubby's pillow talk into a blog?
"For the first nine months that I was hearing Adam talk in his sleep, I just kept a written log for myself to share with our friends," she tells us. "I've been writing down what he says since the fourth or fifth time I heard him talk, a bit less than a year ago. I got myself a voice-activated recorder in mid-November, so that when he did start talking, I could just lie back and laugh instead of madly trying to capture it all on the computer. I didn't have any plans for the blog. It was just another way to share the fun with our friends and family. I never could have guessed that it would go viral, and that we would end up with so many supporters and so much attention!"
And Adam, her sweetheart since they were teens, doesn't mind one bit. "He got used to his sleep-talking being the object of great hilarity early on, when I used to share it with everyone we met. By the time I actually started putting it up in a blog, he had very much found the joy in it," says Slavick-Lennard.
Lennard's quotes are so hilariously out of left field, they've become the perfect fodder for merchandise the two sell on their blog. And it seems merch is just the beginning for these two. "We're enjoying coming up with the merchandise ideas, and we've been contacted by a lot of people with all sorts of ideas. Right now, we are just considering all options, and having fun with it," Slavick-Lennard says. "This is all still pretty new. But whatever other ventures we decide to pursue, it feels really important that the blog is not compromised and remains exactly what it was meant to be, a simple account of the amazing things Adam says in his sleep."
Stay tuned! I sure will. Ever since my husband turned me onto this site, I've been hooked!
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel is Momlogic's East Coast Editor. She has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|