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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Impromptu Florist

David and the boys went camping for the night, so Aubrey and I are hanging out at home. I painted her nails. Then we went to Iceberg (yes, Heidi, that's two days in a row, I need an intervention). She beguiled everyone there with her eyelashes and her vocabulary. While we were sitting there, my mom calls.

I love my mom. She is fantastic, but she never calls to talk. Might be because I'm pretty much always at her house, since I, um, live in the basement and all and if she wants a chat, she just come down or talks over the intercom. So, calling means she needs something.

So, she asks me what I'm doing for the next 30 minutes. And I was planning on going to Target and ruining our budget and buying Aubrey and me each something. But, she was in a time crunch and she needed my services. As a florist. My floristy knowledge consists of looking at Princess Lasertron's website and accidentally reading a few articles a long time ago. Accidentally because they happened to be in magazines in the doctor's waiting room. I have a black thumb.

She asked me to arrange a bridal bouquet. Two of her dear friends, Gary and Laura, are getting married today. They are on a super tight budget, so my mom picked up some flowers at Costco and wanted me to do a bouquet. In less than 30 minutes.

Ack! Where's the floral tape? I know I have some because I used it to make this cake months ago. I tore through my cake stuff and couldn't find it. Luckily, my mom found a mostly gone roll. I started gathering flowers and wrapping them with floral tape. I felt like one of those cartoons where the gardener is blocking whatever bush he's trimming and bits of rubbish are flying everywhere and he steps back and ta-da! a beautifully trimmed bush in the shape of Daffy Duck or a military man on a stallion, or if you're really lucky, Daffy Duck dressed as an officer on a stallion. There was stuff all over the kitchen. And it worked out pretty well, for my first time. I love the flowers my mom choose--they are just stunning. A little ribbon later and I step aside and you'd see this:

It's not a stallion, but I'm pretty happy with it. It smells so good too, because of the eucalyptus (um, is that what it's called? the sage colored branchy stuff, told you I'm horrible with plants). I have it all over my hands and it's clearing out my sinuses.

Congratulations to Laura and Gary. May your life be beautiful together! I'm happy I could contribute in a small way to your day.
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