Not bad for a fat girl


Bra Update

So a word to the wise, when you buy a bra spend a little time getting to know it. Walk around in it. Pick things up in it. Sit down in it. See how you like it.

Maybe, just maybe, it feels pretty good for the first thirty or so minutes, but after that, not so good. Maybe, just maybe, you should keep the tags ON your new purchase and plan to spend a weekend morning in said device before fully committing.

I’m just saying, three minutes in the fitting room is probably not enough time to make a decision that can affect your well being as much as wearing a bra that hurts. There, I said it, it hurts!

Why? Because I sat down. Yes, my crime was sitting. I’m fat, dammit, and when fat people sit stuff gets all squished around and in my case that means that the underwire got forced into my ribs. Ow, ow, ow.

So yes, the bra makes the boobs look pretty darn good for 50, but it’s going to hang out in my closet most of the time. Special occasions, though, look out. Who needs all those ribs, anyway?

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So THAT’s How My Bra Should Fit

I’m a believer in comfort. It’s difficult enough moving through life in this oversized body, putting uncomfortable clothing on it would be asking too much.

As a result of my commitment to comfort I swore off underwire bras many years ago. Why? Well, they hurt. Who needs that in her life? Not this gal. As a result I found a line of bras at Lane Bryant that has no underwire and actually comes in my size. Hooray! I bought them. Lots of them. Tan, pale pink, hot pink with polka dots, grey, black, and cobalt blue. Multiples of some of them, even. I was happy.

Then, I decided I needed some new underwear. It happens. The elastic stretches out, the seams fray, they’ve run their course. Off to Lane Bryant I went, because no matter what other underwear I try, the hipsters from Lane Bryant are my go-to undies. Oh, and they have to be cotton, please and thank you.

Well, as I was collecting various pairs of undies, the bras caught my eye. It had been a while since I bought one, and it was probably about time. The clerk noticed me checking them out and asked me my size. I hemmed and hawed a bit, because I really couldn’t remember. That’s when she asked me about doing a fitting. Uh, okay.


You will not be surprised to know that these are not images of me.

She did her magic (not really, just a couple of quick measurements) and suggested a size and a couple of styles. Off I went to try them on, and immediately I was amazed that everything seemed to sit at a new, higher elevation. Still, it didn’t feel quite right, so I took the opportunity to ask the clerk (a different one) who was helping the lady next to me with her bra, for some additional help.

She determined that the size was right, but the style was wrong. She brought me something else, and voilà! I was amazed. I looked good! And it even had underwires. So apparently they only hurt if your bra doesn’t fit correctly. Who knew?

I’m now the proud owner of new underwear and bras, what an exciting time in my life! Thank you Lane Bryant for making things that fit me, and thank you to the ladies in the store for helping me find the right fit.



Did You Black Friday?

I’m not a great shopper. Oh, I have my moments. Sometimes I’m on a roll and I get whatever I came for and conquer. Other times I’m not sure what I want, but I get lucky and find just the right items. Overall, though, I’m not much of a shopper.

I don’t love the mall. There, I said it.images.jpeg

It overwhelms me. It’s too big, it’s too hard to park, there are too many people there, and there’s far too much merchandise. I’m not a fan of going into store after store after store. I like going into one store for whatever I want, then leaving. This business of shopping at sixteen stores for one item is for the birds. Isn’t that why we have internet? So we can do this from the comfort of our own homes?

Speaking of internet, it makes shopping so much easier, don’t you think? Of course there’s the issue of returning things that are incorrect or damaged or don’t fit, but that’s no big deal, right? Oh, and you have to worry about someone stealing your stuff off your porch, but then you just rent a box at your post office or UPS store, right? And yes, there’s time and money spent on that too.

So, yeah, shopping. I could do without it, but then I wouldn’t have gifts for my sweethearts and I wouldn’t have cute clothes to wear and I wouldn’t have some things I really actually need (you know, like medications and toilet paper and lightbulbs). So yes, I can do it, but I prefer not to shop under pressure.

What about you? Are you a Black Friday shopper? Did you score any big deals? Convince me!