Dear Tell All: I work in a lab with a rather scruffy scientist. He has sometimes asked me for advice about girlfriends. I offhandedly suggested that he could improve his chances by investing in a subtle cologne. It became a real topic of conversation through long, boring afternoons at the lab bench.
Then one day, over lunch, we decided to walk to the soap store on State Street to create a custom scent. They let us sample lots of oils and essences until finally we came up with something absolutely perfect.
In fact, it's too perfect. It drives me wild. And not only that, but my scruffy lab mate made the cologne-shopping expedition only the first step of a general self-improvement project. New haircut, nicer clothes, workouts at the gym. These days I'm finding it difficult to keep my eyes on my Petri dish.
Meanwhile, I've since broken up with my boyfriend. But, probably thanks to his makeover, my lab mate has started a flirtation with a beautiful woman in a different lab. I've created the perfect boyfriend, and now I want him for myself. He was already funny, smart and kind, but now he's so cute I have a hard time keeping my hands off him.
Unfortunately, due to my makeover, he's out of my league. Any suggestions for winning back the hunk I helped create?
Dear Henrietta: What do you mean he's out of your league? You spotted the diamond in the rough even when it was mostly rough. That means you may well be meant for each other. What you need is a confidence makeover. Take him out to a special place for lunch and tell him exactly how you feel. And to give yourself a boost, consider making your own trip to the perfume counter beforehand. Pick out something that makes you feel that you deserve the perfect boyfriend. I predict you'll come away from lunch smelling like a rose.
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