Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bye, Wagon

I, like, sooo fell off the wagon with giving up nail biting. It happened a month or two back, but it's taken until now for my bloody stumps to grow back enough for me to write about it.

How can I shake this stupid thing? When I was a kid and my parents wanted me to give up thumb sucking, they painted my thumbs with this brown goop to deter me. I quickly learned to quickly suck it off, get the bad taste over with, so I could return to my sweet, sweet vice.

Incidentally, that brown goop tasted just like Chinotto, which I now love. Go figure.

10 comments:

Pedro said...

mmmmmm....chinotto....

makes me wanna go to norton street for an afternoon of lots of italian and heaps of chinotto and some real good coffee...

You in?

Ben McLaughlin said...

I'd love to. That's a great way to spend an arvo

emfolle said...

I've worked out that I'm a boredom & anxiety chewer. Whenever my hands are unoccupied they are in my mouth. I always have something to knit when watching TV or sitting around. Don't know if this helps. Not sure that knitting is really your style.

E

Joanna said...

Me too on the nailbiting - I've been biting my nails for most of my 34 years, and have pretty much given up stopping. I had a hiatus for the couple of months before I got married (apparently I thought that people would be looking at my fingernails as I walked down the aisle!) but it soon wore off...

Ben McLaughlin said...

yeah me too, Em.. Yeah knitting may be a problem (though I did start knitting a scarf a few years back-- that's one veeerrry short scarf). I wonder what a more manly alternative would be....

ps- give J a little high five for me

Hi Joanna- Good to know some other biters. I really do try very hard from time to time to quit. Not for any cosmetic reason, but just because I bite them so severely that my fingertips hurt all the time.. but then the urge is so great once any 'white' appears..

ps- kudos for being a bride with nails

Stuart said...

The brown stuff can at least make you conscious you're doing it.

Also, get a nail file — stops the urge to just tidy up that untidy bit of nail with your teeth.

Ruth said...

My son sucks his finger, and we put really coarse medical tape around it to remind him to stop...we used to have to put it on each of his fingers...but after a while he started looking like he had the fingers of an old homeless man, all wrapped up in old fraying tape!

It didn't work - he still sucks his finger as soon as the tape comes off.

Not the same as nail biting, I know, but it might work.

Beverly said...

try thumbuddytolove.com
it really works...

Anonymous said...

try thumbuddytolove.com
it really works...

Ben McLaughlin said...

Hi Stuart, yeah I have the file covered. One at work, one at home.

Hiya Ruth, that's funny. Hmm.. don't know that I could manage walking around with tape on my hands. Maybe bandaids though..

Hi Beverly, thanks I'll check that out..