Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Bad habits.

I consider myself a pretty forceful sort of personality. That's not always a good thing but there you have it. Over the years I have mellowed some, but I still have that core of steel that dictates my thoughts and behaviours. I am toughest on myself, reasoning-quite rightly- that if I SAY I'm going to do something than I ought to bloody well do it, and I take no nonsense from my alter lazy arsed ego who might pipe up in a fit of squeaky pique.
If I say I am going to stop smoking I do it. If I say I am going to quit my job and go work for myself, I do it. If I say I'm leaving the country you can be damn sure I'll be on a plane somewhere not long after trying to learn new ways to butcher a foreign tongue. If I decide to not talk to people I don't talk to them, if I say I'll run a marathon I'll run the buggering thing. if I say I'll call you between two and twenty to four then you CAN expect a phone call from me, if I say yes Ill be your bridesmaid then at some point I will be standing at the top of a church on organza with a fierce unwavering smile.
So, knowing all this about myself, why the buggeredy bollocks can't I STOP biting my nails? Once again I am reduced to two on my left hand and one on my right, all because I was reading a particularly engrossing chapter of a book last night and forgot to stop myself nibbling on my own god damned hands.
So today I'm stuck with slightly painful and ferociously ugly stumpy hands AGAIN!
There must be some way to stop nail biting-short of wearing gloves 24/7, I mean I'm 35 years old. It's disgustng. Surely someone has cracked it?
Bad stupid annoying ugly painful habits. I am against them.



Anonymous eva said...

I have the same problem!! And I really hope that somebody here has some good advice because just like you I really, really hate the fact that I can't stop myself. ANNOYING!! Surely there MUST BE A WAY???????

12:29 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Oh I hear you. I fucking WORRY my nails until there's a tiny rough piece and then I try smoothing it out by biting THAT off. My hands are a disgrace.

12:34 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like Mr. Major. The best thing to do is get your nails done. I swear to that sneak above it will work. Actually I am willing to bet my hard earned dollars on it. Take yourself down to a salon there is a nice one beside the Ashleaf Shopping centre in Crumlin and pick any colour and get them to paint you nails. It be about 15-20 dollars, It doesn't matter what state your nails are in. But it will stop you biting them, do it for a couple of weeks it will work dude. Honest to bejaysus it will.


12:37 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I may have to wait until they grow back some. Unless they can paint stubs. Le fucking sigh.

12:48 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Never did it. Don't know why people do it. Of no help to you whatsoever.

You just can't give it up, can you? Don't have the bottle, eh? Gone all wussy. Admit it, you like it too much... nibble, nibbley, knawy, chewy, picky, bitey, all the day long daysy day. They must be all peculiar and horrid after a good soak in a bath. I can imagine them all damp, and you trying to pick up a tissue with them. Is this helping any?

btw some eeeeeeeeeeeee for you over at my gaff.

1:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

I used to be a nail biter when I was younger, but I managed to stop. However, this was because I hadn't looked after my teeth and they were in an appaling state. So bad infact, I reached a point where I thought my teeth were going to give way before my nails.

Shortly after I started going to the dentist regularly and cleaning my teeth twice a day. However, 20 years later and I still don't bite my nails.

Still, letting your teeth rot in order to give up is probably a bit extreme...

1:02 p.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

I don't know what Organza is. Or a tracker mortgage.

1:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister has been biting her nails since she was a kid. She has bouts of not biting, though, brought on by getting those acrylic tip thingies and letting her nails grow out underneath until they're long enough and she's used to having actual nails again.

And then she bites them off again. So I wouldn't call that a tried-and-true method.

1:30 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay then phone a place today and make an appointment for say Saturday or Monday, you will be conscious that you have to go so won't bite the in the interim, then once they are done the will look good so you won't want to ruin them. They cut your cuticles, polish and shape you nails, there will be nothing there to encourage you. It works amiga it really and truly does.

1:31 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Er, I don't actually HAVE and cuticles to cut and I don't think you're really getting how SHORT they are when bitten, there's nothing to actually shape. Indeed my ring fingers are more fingertip than nail. I really mean it, it's utterly disgusting, although the idea of my teeth snapping over a nail almost made me gag.
Conan, I'll be right over...

1:51 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really you have no nails, wow. I meet with clients everyday so I avoid it at all cost do your findgers not be sore?

1:57 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Can't say this has ever been a problem for me - I have some disgusting habits, but somehow I've avoided this one. Would it be worth a try to paint them with clear polish - it'll taste nasty when you bite them, so maybe that'll eventually stop you from trying?

2:02 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mental image of FMC as a highly preened female, sitting at the PC with french manicured nails,her long silky smooth legs with delicately painted toenails reclining on top of the monitor, as she twisted her long golden locks round her finger, while pouting her beestung lips at the comments on her blog...have been blown forever.

What I see now is a sinewy lady lying around the PC in a sweaty trackie, bloody fingers (nail biting) and a stench of fetid cats pee.

There must be a happy medium somewhere ;)

2:02 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Nope, manicured I ain't. No cat wee neither. I will admit to fleece denim and boots, but no sweaty track suit bottoms. And my nails are a bloody shambles. And they are sore today. Sore and over sensitive.

Andraste I've done that before but it actually makes it worse and I scrape the bloody stuff off with my teeth. I can't explain it, but stuff on my nails bothers me terribly. My hands are quite tan right now too which I think makes the destroyed fingers look even worse.
VILE! I think I may have to invest in gloves.

2:09 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is strange altogether, hmm peoples worst habits would be a good post.

I am gettind electrolysis'd again tomorrow I will ask the little dude does she know of any nail biting cures.


2:33 p.m.  
Anonymous Betty said...

Ok, I know you've very little nail left, but seem to remember that when I was at school you could get this paint on stuff that would make you gag as soon as you tried to partake of a poor defenceless nail. Probably available in chemists. Otherwise really thick gloves ?

2:42 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

I used to bite my nails compulsively, then I started learning guitar which you really do need nails for strong fingertips, and I stopped almost completely (the odd trim now and again isn't too bad).

So my advice is to do something which outweighs the compulsive behaviour. Worked for me anyway. Failing that, you could always dip your fingers in cat poo...

2:57 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

aha, poo and yack. Although there might be something in what Betty says too. I might try spraying the tips of my fingers with perfume. That ought to at least make me notice when I've got my damn hands in my mouth.

Nonny, that would be a good post! Worst habits, admit them.
Mine would be so easy, Cursing and nailbiting.

3:02 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Be careful with the perfume if you have sore or broken skin on your fingertips, FMC. That's going to burn like a motherfucker.

I bite my nails maybe twice a year when I'm too impatient to get the clippers. I would try gloves over the varnish which is really just toxic gloop.

3:27 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

No broken skin thank marmalade, I haven't sunk to gnawing my skin off like a trapped dingo just yet. I sprayed them with Dior earlier and so far have only managed to semi-poison myself one in an hour. Huzzah!

3:46 p.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

I am gettind electrolysis'd again tomorrow

Shaving is such a pain.

5:59 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell me about it, another 4 weeks and it be all behind me.


6:20 p.m.  
Blogger aquaasho said...

Just get the nail extentions and gel nails and keep them forever. Get them refilled every 3 weeks they will look absolutely beautiful. :-)

6:51 p.m.  
Blogger Adolph said...

Nice Post about Nail Biting. Its a bad habit. I tried in many ways to avoid it but it gone utter waste. Then I heard about Thoughts Become Reality . They gave me a hypnotherapy treatment. Now I changed a lot.

6:23 a.m.  

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