by Diana Rodriguez
Maybe in that case the guy was worse, but Valentine’s Day has always fed me with the idea that flowers mean caring ever since I was a little girl. To make things worse, this holiday has only reminded me that being single doesn’t get you flowers; it gets you a self-bought box of chocolates.
So what are single women supposed to do on February 14? Sulk by themselves and countdown the minutes until it is midnight on February 15? That may be the easiest way out, but why should you have to stay locked up in your house to avoid the happy couples? If I’ve learned anything in these 20 Valentine-less years, it’s that Valentine’s Day can be a great day for pampering yourself. After all, like Carrie Bradshaw said in Sex in the City, “The most exciting, challenging & significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you, you love, well that's just fabulous."
So why not celebrate loving you? Here are some of my favorite things to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day with you.
Time for a little manicure and pedicure!
Often a nail salon will offer holiday specials for manicures and pedicures. You can just sit back and relax while giving your extremely sensitive fingers and toes a nice, little pampering session. It’s cheaper than a couples massage and after you’re done, you'll have fantastic looking nails.
Skip the chick flick, go see an action movie.
When you think of Valentine’s Day, it’s the one day of the year where girls say they can drag a boyfriend to a chick flick. So why not see something different? Grab a couple of your friends and choose the craziest film showing at the theatres. Who knows, you might meet some single guys who were dying to see that new action movie too!
Late-night dinner or dessert
Who needs to eat at an expensive restaurant that gives half the portion size when there are places like Applebee’s that does half-off appetizers after 10 p.m.? Grab a couple of your girlfriends and consider this your extremely delicious form of emotional eating. It’s hard to feel sad after munching on a nacho dip while laughing it up with your girls. And if you girls aren’t free that night, grab your guy friends- they never pass up some good eats!
Girls Night In
For those who rather not come face-to-face with Valentine’s Day mania, a night in with your best girls is always a great choice. Grab a few games (Taboo and Catch Phrase are some of my top picks), make a tasty dish and get comfy in your Onesies. Just because your girlfriends are “just friends” doesn’t mean they don’t make the perfect dates on Valentine’s Day.
Diana Rodriguez is a junior majoring in Journalism and Psychology.