This is a blog with hair roots in San Francisco and hair tips in your soup. I write about San Francisco, finding meaning in life, literature, and travel. Just to clarify, I know nothing about those topics except for traveling, of which I know a little bit.

If you poke around this blog long enough, you’ll find posts about bats and peanut butter and sandwiches, about Egyptian street puddles and the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia and about San Francisco, and if you stick around, you just might discover my secret.

About the blog’s name: I began writing Snotting Black in 2011 when I moved to Cairo for a year to study Arabic, a place where I did, in fact, snot black because of the dust and pollution. The previous domain name was drevets.com.

About me: My name is Emily Drevets and this is my blog. I am a triplet. No, I do not look like the other two. My triplet sisters are identical, and I am different. Because of this, I traveled the world and moved to San Francisco after spending a year in Egypt. I know exactly what I want out of life, I just have no idea how to get it.

Follow me @drevets. Email me: snottingblack [at] gmail [dot] com.

127 thoughts on “About

  1. I nominate you to get the Sunshine Award! Follow the link and check it out. I love your blog! http://childrenshealthnaturally.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/sunshine-award/

  2. Because I enjoy reading your blog so much, it always brings a smile to my face, I´ve nominated you for the Lovely Blogger Award. Please go to my blog to check out the information! Have a great Sunday!

    • edrevets says:

      Thanks so much! I already had some chocolate tart and am about to go out for pizza in a second, so I think my Sunday is definitely doing okay. Happy Father’s Day, me!

  3. goodoldgirl says:

    Just a short note to let you know I’ve nominated you for The Lovely Blog Award.

  4. Jacqueline says:

    Man, I’ve been out of the loop! In the old days, I would have gone directly to your website after you commented on my blog and would have laughed my ass off. This is hilarious! I will definitely be revisiting. Also, I live in SF, so if you’re ever in town, and you need a tour guide or a list of things to do, let me know! And, one of my dream is to speak Arabic fluently (or I’d settle for conversationally as well), so you’re living one of my dreams too!

    • edrevets says:

      Well thank you for stopping by! We could trade Arabic lessons for insider tips——certainly something to consider. I can’t wait to get there and escape this Great Plains heat/humidity.

      • Jacqueline says:

        Sounds like an awesome trade to me! When do we get started? 🙂 And you’ll definitely not have to worry about humidity in SF. It’s June–sunny and 55!

  5. TomartoSoup says:

    Hey, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award because you’re one of my favourite blogs! I love your blog! Visit the post here: http://littledidhekn0w.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/im-still-standin-yeah-yeah-yeah/

  6. Zen says:

    Hi! I nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award! http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  7. I have stumbled on your blog more than once now, and love reading your posts. I am currently living and blogging from Istanbul and I am so happy to see you discovered the glory of Turkish breakfasts. Enjoy your time in this mesmerizing city…

  8. CubicleViews says:

    This site cracks me up. Well done!

  9. tanyamhudson says:

    Your blog makes me laugh. In the good way, not the Nelson-Muntz-from-the-Simpsons-after-he-kicks-your-ass kind of way. And I have to try making Scotch eggs again after reading your post, because ours were a disaster last time, and yours look damn good.

    (Also, I nominated you for a Liebster award, ’cause you’re awesome. :))

    • edrevets says:

      Thanks for the nomination! It’s very much appreciated, but you should know, and judge me, for the fact that the pictures you are likely referring to are not my own….I should probably specify that. Thanks again and blog on!

      • tanyamhudson says:

        Haha, no worries. Sometimes you just need to borrow a photo from somewhere–so you have good taste in that. 🙂 And you’re very welcome!

  10. justincaynon says:

    Best about page ever.

  11. sznart says:

    Hi, I caught your post to all bloggers. I am a blogger, so I read it. Really what I am is a prodessional writer, a tech geek from the “early days”, an visual artist, and a passionate volunteer for women in the arts.
    I am stuck in the middle of this trifecta & the people I volunteer for all expect me to be a master blogger & get the word out about important women art conferences—this years’ conference is Honoring Women’s Rights at the Steinbeck Center. Last years’ was an eco-arts Berkeley conference
    It’d be great if blogging was as easy as mailing out a stack of postcards, but I suck at it. I hope I am a long way from you as a freshman sucky blogger, but there is certainly commonality— no one can read what they can’t find. Unlike your first post, mine most recent blog is a (IMHO) professionally edited & newsworthy article… but WHO CARES if no one finds it.
    I am hoping you’ll like it enough to help me through my elongated freshman moves so my posts about social uplifting, timely events can get off the couch and into a good social scene.

    I saw your response to another comment. You said write, post & comment. But what else do I do? Are the #tags the way in? Do I make up my own or do I use Twitters hot hashes? Is it the link on the comment? All three? More? Should I believe it really *that* easy and just do it?

    • edrevets says:

      Well….yes. And no. My advice to you is to go to blogs of people you think would be interested in your site and make interesting comments, so they’ll be like, “Huh! I should check this person out.” You should do this a lot….like one hour a day if you can. The more comments you put out there, the more breadcrumbs to your site. You can leave a link to your site, or trust people to click on your gravatar.

      You should also go to goinswriter.com. He has a free 12 week course on blogging that should be helpful. Twitter hash tags have no relation to wordpress—make up your own but also think about what people will be searching for. Also, remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. It will take time to grow a following. Good luck!

    • sznart says:

      Thank you for your advise— makes total sense. The big diff btwn blogging & Tweeting is I think I need to move back to the keyboard. My lovely iPhone isn’t so good in blog-land.

  12. Marilyn says:

    We lived in Egypt for 7 years and our daughter has just finished up a Master’s degree in Refugee and migration studies at AUC. She lives in the heart of the chaos and loves it. Love Egypt – were just back there for Christmas and had an amazing time. Enjoy all that Cairo and Egypt have to offer – once you drink from the Nile, you’re destined to return.

    • edrevets says:

      as in destined to return to the bathroom for bouts of explosive diarrhea.

      But seriously, there are some people who really love all the craziness and I’m glad you and your daughter appreciates it!

  13. ns says:

    Hi, I just “discovered” your blog and am fascinated to find you’re studying in Cairo… Would love to know more about the American University of Cairo, especially now with demonstrations breaking out in Tahrir Square. Is it closed frequently?

    • edrevets says:

      I think the Tahrir campus is now open, though it was closed for a while. We were moved to the Zamalek dorms, so we now know nothing of the Shab. It was nice being in Tahrir to experience that side of Egypt but I admit I also like the island. Thanks for reading!

  14. michaelmarn says:

    I started blogging recently and I was looking around and I found your blog website. You seem to really know what you’re doing! I’m still a noob and I have no idea what I’m doing. Is there any advice you would like to share with a first time blogger?

    • edrevets says:

      Welcome to the blogosphere! I, like all other bloggers, am continually learning and refining. BUT, here are some things I think will help you along: 1. write stuff you would want to read 2. read and comment on other people’s blog 3. the stat’s page is not your friend—make good content first and then people will come. Good luck!

      • michaelmarn says:

        Thanks! By the way, you’re a really good writer. Were you this good before you started blogging or did it improve as you progressed? I’m hoping my writing will improve over time as I blog more.
        Thanks again for the advice!

      • edrevets says:

        Thanks a lot! You should go to http://therumpus.net/2012/03/the-talent-myth/ and read the paragraph that starts with “which is to say that…” because Stephen Elliott says it better than I can.

        Your writing will certainly improve if you keep practicing.

  15. harry says:

    long delay. you must be praying. outta here. catch ya later!

  16. londongigger says:

    Is Cairo still as wonderfully crazy as I experienced on my last visit ; traffic going in all directions and crossing the road like playing roulette with the hereafter?

  17. harry says:

    masheee… ah idiomatic egyptian. good.
    personally i only eat at Pub 28 in the afternoon, not in the evenings,never with the younger hipper crowd, but in the afternoon, with ze old men drinking whisky and munching mez mez, and thinking about the grand old days, and the conversation runs kind of like your drinking blog post.. you know the place, on shaggaret el dor.. not far from the fortified american compound where the imperialists try to sleep.;-)

    such a lovely place, zamalek..,.re your hurdagha trip, are you taking the bus? *snickering*

    • edrevets says:

      As a peasant, yes I will be taking the bus, having not reached the level of ridiculous wealth that would allow me to either fly a personal helicopter or have a manservant drive me. It’s a hard life, living a neo-imperialist life on a student’s stipend.

      Re: formal Arabic—at the time I wrote “You should come hither,” I was not yet completely fluent in Egyptian Arabic. I was forced to use the eloquent language and provide an appropriate professional distance.

      I’ve never been to Pub 28, but maybe after I’m done conspiring one day I could head over there for a whiskey that costs half my stipend.

      • harry says:

        Actually, due to the recent and increasingly frequent bus pileups, I would say the only way to go to Gharda’a is atop that traditional bearer — indeed, the surly but noble dromedary.

        I often go thusly in native garb with a friend who looks exactly like the young Omar el Sharif, whom I bribe to call me El Awrence on the way.

        ps a drink is not so expensive at Pub 28 btw. and there’s always Stella.

      • harry says:

        Since you seem to like comedy, I should mention that I am sitting right now at Pub 28 getting soused (as they haven’t served Stella at the GSC in twenty years) as usual, good and early, along with all the geezers there whose use comps that run on Vista (the Egyptian version, which is of course called Ishta), and imagined a day in the intro English language class at Cairo University.

        Teacher: Class, how do you say hassass in English?

        Students (in unison): Sensitive!

        Teacher: How do you say hashash?

        Studens: Shenshitive!

        *arf arf*

      • edrevets says:

        Hahaha—my favorite that I’ve heard was a classroom of children yelling “ahmarred” and “bonibrowen” in order to memorize the colors. The next generation of Egyptians will have such beautiful English.

  18. harry says:

    you write well, & your drunk/blog post had 50,000 comments/snotbacks (while the others average around 10 – 20)! i am very jealous. but that says something about American bloggers: so trite. so undeep. so predictable. So… just like me. Anyway, is the next GAM in the works, perhaps something influenced by a combination of Paul Bowles and Ahdaf Soueif? do tell. Did you read her 28 days thingie, btw, that just came out?

    also, do you ever go to the old campus on tahrir square, or do you basically hang out, trapped essentially in the new campus due to the “security situation” and hoping they won’t pin the ngo-zionist spy lackey thingie on you?

    ever go the gezira sporting club?

    finally, every venture to Dahab, or better yet, further south down the red sea, to snorkel in wilder waters?

    Inquiring minds, too bored to live their own lives, need to know: as you are living the Grand Orientalist Tour for us all. Regale us, ya habibti, with answers to these crucial questions. On the post wall, as I have totally forgotten my pwd and cant log into my email. 😉

    Min fadlik.

    • edrevets says:


      Thanks for the comment—it’s apparent you’ve spent some time in the mother of the earth yourself. Not sure what’s in the writing works from my end; it will probably be something about unicorns, so only slightly more prolific than Paul Bowles.

      Since I’m with CASA and not ALI, we were at the Tahrir campus until middle of November last year, and now we’re at Zamalek dorms, so we’re definitely spies but people aren’t sure who we’re with. I still haven’t gone to the sporting club, but I have eaten at Abu Seid…it’s not great. Their signature dish tasted like my mom’s casserole, which is delicious, but not worth the price of 80 foul sandwiches.

      Next weekend I’m going to Sahl Hasheesh (boom baby) for some good time on the coast, so I’m excited about that. Inshallah your crucial questions were answered and a lack of information crisis was averted.

      • harry says:


        in a reply to an earlier comment

        why did you say

        يجب أن تأتي هنا

        so formal! instead of egyptian arabic

        lazem tiggi hinna

        * see i am trying to establish my incredible egyptian slang props at the moment

  19. You are a very funny lady (: Ill be reading often!

  20. speaksinside says:

    haha! Such a fantastic blog to stumble upon 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Much Love from San Diego!

  21. Cheryl Turtlemoon says:

    read your blog via Freshly Pressed. Brilliant and funny and if you spot one of them Unicorn Puppies, do let me know!!! 🙂

    Well you’ve made me laugh at 6am on a Sunday while Im working (yes really)!!!!! 🙂 Thanks!!

  22. greeneyesmom says:

    Funny! Good word from a Tennesseean! The greeneyesmom….

  23. You’ve got a deliciously good way with words. Just discovered your blog and, as a brand new blogger myself, it’s given me plenty of inspiration. Looking forward to reading more…

  24. Danthonia says:

    Congratulations on making “Freshly Pressed” today. That’s quite a good read. Keep up the great work and I’ll check in on you from time to time.

  25. hahaha…really like your about page..
    wow you are studying arabic…amazing 🙂

    • edrevets says:

      What’s amazing is that I’ve studied it for so long and still can’t say “two plates” without thinking about it. Crazy language. Thanks for reading!

  26. KylaB says:

    You seem like an awkward girl. Not surprising with parents who attack you with kisses like that…

  27. Rufina says:

    That has to be one of the best photos of a daughter with her parents that I have ever seen.

  28. Nicole says:

    Holy crap, your blog is awesome! I know what I’m doing this weekend!

  29. brains says:

    i had a co-worker from egypt. i always thought she was hispanic until she talked about her brother who was back in egypt and how worried she was for his safety. is it still dangerous in certain areas?

    • edrevets says:

      I suppose it is. Most of safety is usually knowing where to be and when anyways, but generally one has to exercise caution when going places especially on Fridays. Most of the time I’m not affected because I don’t frequent areas of “unrest.”

  30. roughangelo says:

    Keep on blogging! I’ll be reading your posts! 🙂

  31. Hala J. says:

    Hey! Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting. I decided to return the favor and I’m glad I did! Your writing is awesome! Hilarious as hell, and my kind of humor from what I saw so far. It’s really cool you’re in Egypt. I actually live in Lebanon, so that’s not too far off. I even know a few Americans that are learning Arabic here, but I’m not sure if it’s as crazy in Beirut as it is in Cairo. Egypt’s got a style all on its own, that’s for sure. Will be dropping by more often!

    • edrevets says:

      Hey thanks for checking the blog out! I would love to visit Beirut sometime—one thing I know for sure is that the food there is better than food here. For the most part Egyptian food, at its best, doesn’t even compare to Lebanese/Shammy food.

      Thanks again!

      • Hala J. says:

        Yeah I’ve heard Egyptian food isn’t so awesome, although technically their style of food is not very different than what Lebanon and Syria have to offer. You should definitely drop by here sometime!

  32. Audrey says:

    Thanks for stopping by the check out my blog. Cairo sounds interesting to say the least… I’m in the middle of learning Arabic whenever I can state-side but I’d love to really immerse in the culture to learn more quickly.I just browsed over some of your posts and will definitely be back to see more.

    • edrevets says:

      Come to Egypt! It’s cheaper than the states and you’ll definitely learn faster—–though the dialect is more difficult than Jordanian, Syrian, and Palestinian, for example. If you have questions just email me. Thanks for reading!

  33. superb. laughing loudly. luv your verse.

  34. I love the 2-3 minute read. But that means the author must deliver quickly and to the point and it seems you do that quite well. With 250 + blog related emails per day I cannot read the novellas some blog buddies expect us to read and just delete. Fun stuff. I am going to enjoy your posts. Of that I am confident. Thanks visit my blog.

    • edrevets says:

      And thank you for coming to my blog—yeah I try to keep things short but not too short because I know how I feel when I’m staring at a big page of text: “Oh god when will this end.”

      Thanks again!

  35. Hey, just quickly letting you know I’ve linked you in this post.

  36. !و انا ادرس اللغة عربىة! انا حسودة ذلك انت فى القاهرة

  37. Tinkerbell says:

    I’m glad you got Freshly Pressed, I find your posts refreshing and enjoyable 🙂

  38. Looking forward to it.. be careful

    • edrevets says:

      The entire Egyptian army is watching out for me….or watching out for someone at least, so I think I should be safe unless I get crazy “political” ideas into my head.

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