Who doesn’t love fresh flowers?

Once upon a time I wrote a blog post about being very disappointed with the flower delivery industry. I was not alone in my feelings.

A couple of days later, I was contacted by The Bouqs Company, imploring me to give them a shot. Well, they didn’t really implore. They asked if I’d like to try their service in exchange for my honest review (and a referral link). Ironically, one of the comments on the flower delivery PSA was from a friend of mine suggesting I check this company out.

So, I tried their service myself and then I immediately purchased a Bouq to send to my friend who just had a baby.

Make way for my honesty.

I buy myself flowers all the time. They make my apartment feel more like a home. So I consider myself somewhat of an expert on this topic.

One thing I liked about my Bouq was the way it was delivered- fresh in a box without a vase. I have plenty of vases around and having to pay a surcharge for yet another when ordering flowers is such a waste.

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My Desperado bouq (it was definitely tough to decide) was a hit. The flowers were still perky. It arrived as advertised: Desperado is a beautiful combination of Pink Roses with Purple Dianthus or similar accent flowers.  Our flowers are shipped straight from our eco-friendly, sustainable farms on the Volcano to your recipient’s door.  With Free Delivery!

My expectations were met.

I decided to wait a while to write this review because I wanted to see just how long the Bouq would last. Amazingly, it stuck around for a full week before I needed to say sayonara.

My expectations were exceeded.

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Like I said, I already sent one to a friend of mine to welcome her new baby home. Now I think I might go order another Bouq to surprise myself with next week.

Had you heard of The Bouq Company before? Would you give them a shot?

If you’d like to read another account of their service, check out Life According to Steph’s review

Confused karma

My karma is confused.

yupp only if you are... but sometimes karma gets confused

You see, on the walk from the bus to the office this morning (in the pouring rain) I noticed someone dropped something on the ground in front of me. Now normally, I would pick up that hat, mitten or piece of paper with the phone number of the person they met the night before and hustle to get it to the unsuspecting dropper. However, in this case, it was a full pack of cigarettes. I decided to leave it on the ground and continue on my wet way.

On one hand, I like to think I prevented many puffs of the cancer sticks. On the other hand, I hear those sticks are up to about $1,000 a pack now. See? Confused karma.

Maybe karma was psychic and let me leave the house without an umbrella minutes before the sky started sobbing while I was at the bus stop. Or maybe karma was psychically on my side and inspired me to grab the jacket with a hood instead of the jacket without.

I’ll have to see what happens the rest of the day.

I signed up to volunteer as a tutor at elementary schools in the city but am still waiting for the results of my background check. Maybe today will be the day and karma will have a hand in the decision.

Logically, I know I haven’t committed any crimes in the last forever, but the results have been pending so long that I am beginning to wonder if I rob convenience stores in my sleep. I think I’m safe because I haven’t woken up surrounded by any candy wrappers (that I don’t remember opening), but you never know.

I’ve obviously been watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds if my brain is working that way.

Actually, who am I kidding? My brain always works on overtime.

Luckily, that overactive mind kept me from posting the cigarette karma fiasco on Facebook and keep it here instead. You guys come here by choice. Those people might just be keeping me on their friend lists out of pity. Sadly, it wouldn’t have been the first time I over posted.

Do you think karma can be confused?

All the exciting things

It’s just been one exciting thing after another around here lately. I read a book. Or several. I joined a tea club. Really. I painted. Poorly. I played flag football. Kind of. You know, all very interesting stuff.

Where should I even begin?

I guess since it was over a week ago now, I’ll tell you about the Touch of Football fundraiser that Emily and I did at my sister’s request. You might remember that my sister was diagnosed with Crohns a couple of years ago. She was invited to participate in the Crohns and Colitis Foundation’s flag football tournament on the field at Gillette Stadium, where the New England Patriots play, and asked us to be on her team. It was a great experience and I’m grateful for the good that will be accomplished with what we were able to raise. It is predicted that there will be a cure for Crohns and Colitis in the next ten years because of the money and support raised by people like us.

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My favorite book of the moment is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It is a lighter read but still has a hint of heavy. And lucky for me, Netgalley approved me to read the sequel, The Rosie Effect, before its official release. I’m trying to resist hiding away somewhere to finish that one.

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

From GoodreadsAn international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

 

What else did I want to share with you?

The tea club.

I have tried a monthly beauty box but decided it was a waste because I’m not into makeup products enough. I tried a healthy snack box but wasn’t that impressed. So, when I saw the tea box, I wasn’t sure what I would think. However, I am new tea convert and thought it was worth a shot. I decided to give Steepster Select a chance (that is a referral link). The first month was a hit but I wanted to wait to share it with you until I was happy with the second box too. That arrived last week and I was happily surprised a second time, so I feel okay sharing now.

Basically, you get five different teas to try each month. They are delivered to your door in a cute bag with special surprises like filters and coupons. And if you use this link, you get $10 off. Take it from someone who hasn’t been too thrilled with monthly box deliveries in the past, this one is worth it.

That’s all I’ve got for you now.

Oh yah… I did go to another paint bar. I’m seriously hooked. This was my third time- it is hard to resist going every week. Don’t be surprised if I’m there again within the month.

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What’s new with you?