I’m not weird. Really I’m not.

My hands have a funny smell this afternoon. I’ve washed them, but it won’t go away. It’s a sort of bitter but slightly meaty smell. I wonder if it could be the three day old chilli I reheated at lunchtime, oozing out of my fingertips.

I can’t stop thinking about the smell and even though I’m at work, in an office full of people, I can’t resist the urge to keep sniffing my fingers, just to check if it’s still there. I appreciate that office based finger sniffing is not really OK, and so try to disguise it by scratching my nose at the same time.

I email my boyfriend at work to check that this is the kind of thing that other people do and not just me, because sometimes I tell him things that I think are quite normal, and he tells me I am a freak.

“My hands have got a funny smell on them that won’t come off,” I write, “and I keep doing that thing where you can’t help but pretend to scratch your nose and sniff them all the time. (That is a thing isn’t it?)”

His reply is not reassuring.

“You’re weird.”

I feel suddenly very aware of the other people in the office. I decide to keep my hands on the keyboard.



  1. 3 November, 2011 / 6:18 pm

    The end of the first paragraph made me feel sick. all that oozing and fingers.
    So i didn’t much want to imagine you sniffing them too.
    weird. fact


    • 3 November, 2011 / 8:32 pm

      No? The oozing and the fingers not doing it for you??

  2. 3 November, 2011 / 7:27 pm

    It is a little weird.

    But what is more alarming is: what the hell was in the chilli?!?! Barium? Mercury? Kryptonite? What stays on your fingers for three days? You need to dispose of that chilli responsibly. Think of the future, your children’s future – all of our futures.

    • 3 November, 2011 / 8:33 pm

      AND I didn’t even COOK the chilli or touch it AT ALL. If it was that, it was coming from the inside out…

  3. 3 November, 2011 / 7:49 pm

    I would hazard a guess that your fingers smell because you are in an office using an old keyboard that has been used by loads of people, all of whom will have eaten their lunch over the keyboard. Maybe you should take a wet wipe to those grotty keys tomorrow.

    P.s. Finger sniffing is absolutely normal. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

    • 3 November, 2011 / 8:34 pm

      I did think of that. It only started after lunch though, which was weird. We have just moved offices though, maybe my keyboard got mixed up with someone with stinky hands… Gross :-(

  4. 3 November, 2011 / 8:04 pm

    I do it too. It’s the same when I have BO or bad breath, I can’t stop sniffing it.

    • 3 November, 2011 / 8:35 pm

      What is that even about? It’s like kids, if one say to another ‘ergh! Smell this, it’s disgusting!’ everyone crowds round wanting a sniff. Weird.

  5. Fiona Firth
    3 November, 2011 / 8:28 pm

    Actually I don’t think it’s so weird. Does that make me Weird?

  6. Michelle Shewring
    3 November, 2011 / 9:15 pm

    Your blog makes me smile. On the worst of worst days, when something shatters my ‘own little world’, your blog makes me smile. Perhaps it is the ‘real-ness’ to it, the proper parenting like what I does :-) or the fact you can be, yes, just a little weird I don’t know. But it makes me smile. Thank you x

  7. 3 November, 2011 / 10:01 pm

    There is something weirdly addictive about sniffing bad stuff. But I never thought about it until right now. Now all I can think about is Mr Ben Wakeling sniffing his BO, and I don’t even know him.

  8. 8 November, 2011 / 4:38 pm

    Weird lolol sorry xx

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