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Songs for Valentine’s Day … sorta :-)

13 Feb

There’s all kinds of love out there. I’m dedicating this to my little cuddly-kitty, Baxter. He only loves me because I feed him and give him belly rubs, but as I was told recently by a friend, lots of guys operate in the same way. For many Valentine’s Day isn’t just about showing the people you love how deep that love is, it’s also about facing the truth about your feelings – good or bad.

For the recent inhabitants of Splitsville:

For those of us who really want to get even with our exes:

For the deeply miserable but stuck

For those of us separated by time or space from the ones we love:

For those of us who have moved on and are loving the freedom

For those of us about to take the big risk (don’t but if you must):

For those of us who are too in love with ourselves for a relationship:

Finally, for those of us filled with self-pity:

It’s coming … dia del saber de soltero

6 Feb

Not that I'm bitter or anything ...

February 14th is a Sunday this year. It would be a perfectly normal and wonderful Sunday if people in relationships didn’t feel obligated to book out my favorite restaurant, buy out the tickets at my favorite movie theater, leave the shelves of my favorite fudge shop bare, rent out the latest DVD releases, or eviscerate the farmer’s market of all the cut flowers. These acts are all completely uncoordinated but since they all coincide on one particularly frosty February day, it can feel like the universe is giving me the middle finger.

I’m a romantic. I like seeing other people in love and I’ve got no problem walking around people on sidewalks who insist on staring into each other’s eyes, while holding hands and taking 4 steps per minute. I don’t mind it 364 days of the year. People couple up all the time and get schmoopy, silly and giddy. It’s awesome. It’s just that on February 14th, the schmoopiness, silliness and giddiness reaches record levels while my tolerance for them seems to reach record lows.

... even for the unloved.

So someone like me that wants to treat this day like any other day of the year and doesn’t make plans in advance is just shit of out luck if I want to venture outside of my house and do my normal activities, like walking down the street or going to the Lebanese place for a donair. The simple truth is that if you want to enjoy Valentines’ Day as a single you’ve got to act like you’re not single. You have to be pro-active and make plans (with your similarly afflicted friends), even if those plans are to do nothing at all. Even being left completely to your own devices is difficult on VD, as evidenced by last year’s 2am orgasmic wake-up call courtesy of my neighbors.  Make earplugs part of your plans. I’m not sure why the obligatory VD shag has to be louder than normal, but I digress.

Simply winging it will just lead to exasperation and frustration, which if unchecked can lead to you calling your mother and crying over the phone, not that I’ve ever done that. Jerry Razon at UrbanDictionary.com said it best:

Singles Awareness Day is also abbreviated “SAD” which can be found quite fitting to many people, ironic to the people in relationships, and quite clever to those who don’t give a shit either way.

When I was a kid, my parents always did stuff with us for Valentines’ Day, so I’ve never really had a negative feeling about the holiday as you would expect someone who is chronically single. I continue the tradition to this day as I always send my mother (and my grandmother when she was alive) something for Valentines’ Day. As my Dad would say, there are all different kinds of love and all of them need to be celebrated. So this year, I plan to show some love to all my sweethearts and I’ve got loads of them – too many to name.

Awww yeah!

Last year, I made special plans to get me through the festival of loneliness, but they got derailed, ironically, by a man who ended up leaving me high and dry for Valentines’ Day. This year, I will be more vigilant. I am not going to fall for anyone between now and the 14th. NO WAY. My plans are set. I don’t care if he looks like Alexander Skarsgard.

Not my Valentine. Pity.

Well, … no, no, no … no! I shall not be tempted. February 14th is going to be my day!

This guy needs a handjob

So, while I continue to search for a decent man who won’t mind mowing my lawn, I’d rather be on my own than caught in a bad romance. Speaking of which …

Alex never said she was fat.

Singles Awareness Day Blog: First Date Butterflies

12 Feb

Imagine that you’ve put in a lot of hard work surveying your friends and relatives, and scouring the dating and social networking sites in the hopes of finding someone who doesn’t scream “serial killer” or “lives in mom’s basement” and you’ve finally been successful in nabbing that all-important first date. You’ve agreed on a time and a place. You’ve conferenced with your girlfriends about what to wear and what key signals to look for. You’ve tasked one of them with the job of calling the police if you don’t make it home by a certain time. You’ve primped, you’ve shaved and you’ve painted your toenails. You’ve removed the cat hair from your trousers just in case he’s got pet allergies.

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Shhhh! Don’t tell Hallmark!

12 Feb

Singles Awareness Day seems to be taking off in terms of popularity. Knowing Hallmark, they’ll have cards out for next year. Given my post about Singles Awareness Day, I thought it fitting that we should participate in the Singles Awareness Day Blogathon.

Should be interesting to read the other posts about the joys and wonders of being single. Not sure what I’m going to blog about but I’m sure there’s something good to be said about being single. Hmmm …

If you recall last Christmas, I did say that the holidays can be less stressful when you’re single, and cheaper too! Anyway, I’ll save my thoughts for the S.A.D. Blogathon post.

Singles Awareness Day: It’s just around the corner

31 Jan

There’s probably no other single day of the year on which you are more painfully aware of your single status than on February 14th – Single Awareness Day to some, Valentine’s Day (VD) to others. Thanks to Hallmark, Carlton and American Greetings, you probably became aware of the impending festival of loneliness the second the Christmas and New Year’s decorations came down.

Every store you enter is currently covered in red and pink heart-shaped crap you didn’t even know you wanted. Perfume bottles. Assorted chocolate boxes. Plush toys. Earrings. Leather chaps with heart-shaped ass … holes. Heart-shaped ass-less chaps just doesn’t get the point across. Marshmallow-scented soap. Cat-treats. Nipple rings. All heart-shaped. All pink. All fluffy.

You probably even had “Get a boyfriend by Valentine’s Day” as a top item on your list of New Year’s resolutions. Well, for those of you who are staring failure in the face when it comes to that resolution, don’t despair. Put down the razor blade. Step away from the HäagenDazs. I have just the remedy.

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