Saturday, October 6, 2007


Do I write about stupid things? Yeah...don't answer that. It's one of those questions. Well, here's what I'm thinking today, and this is a terribly important philosophical question. And I really need help with it.

What does armpit-to-armpit mean? No really. That is my honest to god...need an answer right now...question. I signed up for Nanowrimo, right? Yeah. So the last time I did nanowrimo, I wanted to order the t-shirt but half-way through the month they sold out. Bummer. I wanted that shirt. So this year, I was not going to be taken by surprise. I ordered early.

Now first of all, you have to know something about me. I don't order clothing by mail. I'm terrible at sending things back if they don't fit so I just don't order stuff. (Books are another Powells!) But this nanowrimo 2007 t-shirt isn't available at K-Mart, so I had no choice.

The measurements said "armpit to armpit." So I measured, armpit-to-armpit. I put the measuring tape at the front edge of my armpit (stop here if this is too graphic) and stretched it to the other front edge of armpit. Then I looked on the little chart and found my size. I fit perfectly to one of them. It was a one size larger than my usual size, but then they mentioned shrinkage so I figured it was right.

Well, apparently I was wrong. I need to go back to math class or seamstress class or something. The t-shirt was more than just a tad big. It was huge, and now remember that I am terrible at sending things back. Plus, if I send it back there is the possiblity they'll be out of the size that will fit me. So back to the armpit question.

Was I supposed to measure from the middle of my armpits? From the back of my armpits? The only thing that would make sense is if I were to start at one armpit, pass the second one, go around my back and back to where I started. Then the measurements would fit. There just has to be a better way to do this. There are just too many variables.

So here I am...stuck with a really cool, and motivational t-shirt that is very, very large. Hey...just like my dreams. What's the difference between a very large nanowrimo t-shirt and your dreams? One you hope to grow into and one you pray you won't.



Wendy C. Allen a.k.a. EelKat said...

Hey! glad to see other NaNoers!

I'm creating a blogroll for NaNoBloggers (NaNoers who talk about NaNo on their blogs).

I've choosen your blog to be included in this. You can find the blogroll at:

Good Luck with NaNoWriMo!


Karen L. Alaniz said...

Hey-Thanks Wendy. That's cool. I was actually thinking that during the month of October, I would dedicate at least a few posts a week to Nano. And during November, maybe everyday since I'll have nano-on-the-brain!

Thanks again,


Eileen said...

Karen, I'm with you - Armpit to armpit is such an odd...dimension. Seems to me that the purpose of writing is to communicate. And the writer of those instructions didn't manage to communicate.

Most apparel companies include an illustration on how to take body measurements and that's for taking standard measurements - bust, waist, hip. So, for something so -- odd -- an illustration would have been useful. From what you've said here, seems to me that at least one member of the NaNoWriMo staff needed some practice on technical writing. ;)

Enjoyed your post, as per usual! EE

Karen L. Alaniz said...

I agree Eileen. Maybe they'll hire me next time...hehehe! I could use the job.


Thursday B said...

There's always t-shirt modification. :) I've tried a couple of different tricks, and let me share a key secret: even if it doesn't quite go how you plan you can alway cut out the cool motivational message and sew it on to a new t-shirt.

Karen L. Alaniz said...

Thursday- That is the saddest thing I've ever heard. Do you know what my sewing skills are? Yeah. So I hope you're joking. Actually the t-shirt did shrink quite a bit so it will only fit 1 1/2 of me now instead of three of me. I can live with that.


SzélsőFa said...

You can use it as a nightgown, can't you?
Good luck with the NaNoWriMo.
See...Even I have heard of it :-P

Karen L. Alaniz said...

That's true. It is actually very long so would make a good nightgown. But I got it for inspiration and I don't think I'll need much inspiration to sleep. After November it will probably be relegated to the nightgown drawer. But for now, it just makes me feel really skinny...ha ha!