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Why is it that some people seem to think they're invisible in their cars?


I pulled up to a stop light yesterday and turned to see a middle-aged, nicely coiffed woman with a beautiful scarf tucked inside her fancy wool coat. She was waiting patiently at the light in her Saab, and passing the time by picking her nose, her long painted fingernail hidden in her nostril for thirty seconds at a time.

Sorry. But I'm about to disgust you further...

She ate it. Twice.

People aren't always as put-together as they appear, right?

I almost vomited right there on my steering wheel.

I have no idea why I'm telling you this.

Maybe I'll turn this into a Thanksgiving post by saying,

I am SO thankful I don't do that.

I couldn't believe my eyes. Can you believe I just made you read this?

Aren't you thankful for me? I see the grossest stuff, and then I tell you about it!
Since this post is so deep and serious, I'll also add that ASHER'S SURGERY IS SCHEDULED!

Wednesday, December 3rd at 11:45am. (Next Wednesday).

It feels good to know when it will be.

Have a good day, and beware of those who think their cars make them invisible!

40 clicked right here to comment:

Becky said...

Ewww! I'm feeling a little queasy, now, thanks for that... :)

Sabrina said...

WEll thank you for thinking i was beautifully coiffed with my fancy scarf tucked into my fancy coat... but sometimes i just get the urge to dig and eat!

what? is that really that bad?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Heather!! :)

P.S. Matt's blog today made me cry!

Jillene said...

BELCH!! That is NASTY!! A grown woman eating boogers--GAG!!

Melanie J said...

Aaaaargh! I was eating breakfast!

LisAway said...

Thank you for the warning that it was going to get worse. Seriously. I'm not sure I could continue to read your blog if you had just thrown it out there as if it was nothing.

I'm so glad you have a date! That's great. And you are extremely funny. And I AM thankful for you.

Ron said...

amazingly enough .. I recently read an article about nose picking and booger eating .. the most unheathly part of it is the finger .. the booger is considered good for you, but the condition of the finger (germs and such) negates any benefit of booger eating .. SO .. if you are going to pick and eat .. wash your hands first with a good antibacterial soap ..

I heard a comedian say once, that 1 in 4 people at a traffic light is crazy .. look around .. if the other 3 look normal .. well .. you know ..

on the serious note .. we will fast and pray for Asher .. especially on December 3 at 11:45

picking and flicking !

Leslie said...

That is totally going to be my daughter if we don't get this nose-picking thing under control! 20 years from now, someone will be blogging about HER! YUCK!

Glad you have a surgery date. You guys will continue to be in my prayers!

Heidi Ashworth said...

Oh, golly, I don't know if I will be ready to eat again even by Thursday. But I'll pray for little Asher anyway. (have been)

Kazzy said...

Nothing makes me want to lose it more than this disgusting habit. I get pretty stern with my special ed kids when THEY do it, but a grown woman? Did you want to hank and give the "no no no" mommy scolding? Sheesh!

Anonymous said...

Ugh. I have to admit I laughed out loud, but ugh.

Glad to hear Asher's surgery is scheduled--that must be a bit of relief. Something extra to be thankful for!

Erin said...

Wow. Just wow. Did you get her license plate number so you could find out her real name? Gross.

I'm glad Asher's surgery is finally scheduled. Now I hope you can try to relax until then!

joolee said...

I very well could be picking right now.......thank goodness you can't see me thru the window of your blog. But I would never eat a boogie. We have a special wall in our house for things like that:)

Anonymous said...

EWWW!That's is pretty gross!

Lara said...

ICK! Although after reading some of the secreet/confessional posts that were going around, APPARENTLY we all do it. Except me. ICK.

I am so glad that the surgery is scheduled! What a relief for you!

Beth in NC said...

Scream! LOL ... I just had this discussion with my husband the other day!!! We were at a stop light and there were two different cars around us with people picking their noses. Come on people -- who wants to witness that? We should create a bumper sticker that reads, "WE CAN SEE THROUGH YOUR WINDOW SIR!" Or "Please pick your nose somewhere else." lol

CC said...

Nasty!!!!! Just like my son. But he's 5.

Hurray for scheduled surgery!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

One of my good friends is taking her baby in for surgery on on the 3rd too. (internal cleft palate)

I'll have two families to be thinking about now.

Kristina P. said...

Wow! Good for her. ;)

Growin' with it! said...

you should've honked at her. boy wouldn't that have been funny. well unless her long painted fingernails jab up in her nose. hmm, but that might be a good fixer to her problem.

great to hear the surgery is scheduled. peace my friend! and i'm praying!!

Jessica said...

Unbelievable! That is so wrong!

Glad you have the surgery scheduled. I'll be praying.

Abra said...

Ugh... Kai picks his nose and eats it too. I always remind him that "It's not an all you can eat snack bar."

But at least I can blame his sensory issues on that right?

Thanks for the laugh today I needed it!

mom of boys said...

So, I haven't been around for awhile and thought I'd stop by because, a) I love your blog, and b) you've left kind comments on mine.

So I'm reading your gross nose-picker-eater post and then suddenly there's something about surgery so I have to start reading past posts to catch up and wow, I really have been gone a long time and I'm so sorry to hear about your son! Although I'm happy that doctors know what it is and what needs to be done.
You inspire people with your courage and faith.

Anonymous said...


I think I threw up a little bit in my mouth; thanks much.

I'm with Linda - Honk at them. Then smile and wave.

Hooray for a date! Praying all over it.

mommyliz said...

For the love of God, WHY?
I will never understand booger-eating!
I asked my daughter when she was four to stop this nauseating habit and she said "I tried, but it's just so de-wish-es!" Personally I have never tried it so who am I to judge?

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Sara@ Butterville said...

It's offical I just barfed.
That is wicked nasty. Did she SEE that you SAW her?
I just need to know because frankly I'm going to travel with my camera and a pad of paper. I will snap the nasty's picture , write down the plate # and track 'em down and send them a PICTURE of their nastiness!
Seriously, I barfed. Ok, no chunks but my Candy cane joe joe did return to my throat.

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Whoa, no. Ick. No. I'm with Becky. Kinda squeamish about that. My kids do that too. Makes me not want to kiss 'em anymore haha

Yay for the date!

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Wendy Kae said...

That is really gross, but hilarious. What a snot, er I mean snob.

Sorry about deleting my last message but I thought of something that grosses me out - I just HAD to share.

I was having a pedicure yesterday during lunch and heard the lady next to me comment that it had been about 3 months since her last pedicure. Well a few minutes later I looked her way and they were using one of those pealer things, and the skin was literally curling and falling off her feet. Made me nauseous, not a good lunch feeling. Rates up there with snobs eating buggers in my book.

Happier note - great news about the surgery. Much to be thankful for this season!

RosyRose said...

Seriously?! Disgusting!!
I mean not so much the public picking~although that should not be thought of as a socially acceptable practice,but the eating it thing....that goes beyond...
It's just not normal!
Maybe she rented the car and didn't know what to do with the darn thing!
There has to be some reason!

Brooke said...

Oh, barf. So yuck. I am really glad that you got Asher's surgery scheduled.

Tooj said...

I about spit out my hot fudge sundae laughing just now. LOL Thanks!

That Girl in Brazil said...

Where's a camera when ya need one.

Loved it!

T and T Livesay said...

wow. so glad you shared!

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

hilarious Heather. So glad you have a surgery date now. Let me know when I can help. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving. I loved that post too, but I'm consolodating comments today. :)

JustRandi said...

Ok, note to self: DO not pick and eat boogers in the car.

Thanks for the tip!

radioactive girl said...


I will mark the date on my calendar and then remember to think good thoughts for all of you all day.

charrette said...


Apparently small children think church pews make them invisible too. One day we caught our youngest (then about 3) picking and eating one during church, and my husband silently and disgustedly reprimanded him. Undaunted, the little guy chose to clarify, in one of those loud old-lady whispers that I'm sure the entire congregation could hear: "I don't eat the slimy ones, Dad. Just the crunchy ones. They're yummy." Jeff and I wanted to simultaneously retch...and crawl under the pew to hide in horror and disbelief.

So glad you finally have a date for Asher. It will be easy for me to remember because it's my daughter's birthday. :) I'll say extra prayers for you. xo

Motherboard said...

I just snorted VERY LOUDLY because I was laughing so hard!

That is yucky and priceless blog fodder! Lucky you! ;>P

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