You guys, I am such a stupid mess about the flowers! Your suggestions were so helpful, and I was particularly interested in Laura's: she suggested calling the hospital gift shop. This appealed to me because I wanted the flowers there as soon as possible, and what could be sooner than RIGHT DOWNSTAIRS?
The gift shop was already closed when I called last night, so I got ALL SET to call this morning---and I got one of those people on the phone where it is obvious they get no joy out of their job at all. Her attitude was like "Who CARES, they're just FLOWERS, what matters other than the price?" I got her to describe some options for me, but everything sounded awful ("You got your three blue daisies and three blue carnations in a vase....or you got your red and yellow carnations in a teddy bear mug...."), and she said they didn't have more coming in until 1:00.
So I thought FINE, I will go with Proflowers or 1800Flowers, since both of those got good reviews from the comment section yesterday. I browsed both, and I found a purple orchid arrangement in a cool green display thingie, and it was $50, which is a lot of money but this friend is totally worth it, and also it's NOT a lot of money as flower arrangements go.
So I filled in my address and her address, and then it said it would be $15 for delivery and another $5 if I wanted it today (me: "Oh, crap, I could have ordered last night if I hadn't been waiting for the hospital gift shop!"), and I thought, "SEVENTY DOLLARS?"
As I said, the friend is completely worth the money, that part is a no-brainer. But are the FLOWERS worth the money, THAT is the question. Seventy dollars will buy something very nice if I take it to a store that sells something other than flowers. And when twenty of the seventy are spent before a single flower is called into play, that is REALLY FRUSTRATING. What I want is a good value for her: if $70 is spent, I want $70 of flowers, not $50 of flowers and $20 of fees.
Well, and I'm a spaz about this kind of thing. I am a SLOW thinker, VERY SLOW. I take a lot of time to adjust to new ideas and new things (fees! this bouquet or that one! this deliverer or that one! yesterday or today! website or phone!). And yet time is of the essence here! So I am not in my element. Plus, I have a phone phobia (it's Too Many Revelations About Swistle's Psyche Day!), not a "ha ha, I don't like the phone" thing but an actual diagnosed phobia, and so although I physically CAN use the phone, I pay for it, and you can basically see for yourself what "paying for it" means (frantic! panicking! over nothing! for hours!).
How about a little contest info to get things back in their usual steady groove? This is the morning for the Yoo Hoo! post. Here is a list of winners of Pay it Forward contests who have not yet gotten in touch with the blogger who held the contest:
Christina, Steve, Clara and Elena won the Twists and Turns contest
Ecchs won the Move Along - There's Nothing to See Here contest
Pink Elefant won the Our House contest
Anybody else not connected? Email me (swistle at gmail dot com) and I'll add them to the list.
I suggest we give the winners until, say...Saturday the 12th? And then after that, time to choose a new winner?
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