I kinda feel like a betrayer to my single gals out there, but I gotta tell you, I LOVE valentines day! The sheer outpouring of anger and support from all of its lovers and haters out there is, priceless if not downright hilarious.
Who cares?! Either way! My ex husband was awesome with the holidays. Quite possibly the single most romantic individual in the world so I had about six years of Valentines day bliss and after never having grown up with anything remotely close to that, it was amazing. It made me feel great so I can't completely hate on the holiday.
It's slightly bittersweet of course because 1) I was stupid enough to get married twice this week. Once on Vday and then once on the 17th of February (to the same guy, relax). and 2) Because obviously it didn't work out and haven't had a Valentines since.
But I gotta tell you, I really do like it. I know! I'm kinda shocked too! What's not to love about chocolates and candy, and drink specials at restaurants! Champagne! What sucks about signature cocktails? What's not to love about ridiculous status updates and the radio playing all of your old favorites. Yeah, Janet Jackson's 'Again' lover...I'm looking at you. It has to make you nostalgic right?
When I was in 1st grade, Jim Rike, my first childhood love gave me my first Valentine. We were just friends since he didn't like me, but I loved that Valentine. He was my best friend and that moment that he took to make me a little ninja turtle card was pretty special. Plus, my girlfriends all gave me great Valentines! There was candy and a little party and everyone was just...nice to each other that day. What sucks about that?
So I can't be anti Valentines day. It's sweet and its ridiculous and completely over the top and for people who are newlyweds and crazy, but that's kinda what its all about right? Those few special crazy moments that no one else knows. I've certainly, as Billy Joel would say, have "been a fool for lesser things."
But, I figure for those of you who I love and are very anti- The Holiday's Name that cannot be spoken - below my favorite Heartbreak playlist:
1-MAKES ME WONDER: MAROON FIVE
What says F you more than the line, "Makes me Wonder if I ever gave F*ck about you".
2-GRAVEL: ANI DIFRANCO
Ah yes, "You were never a good lay, you were never a good friend, let me list the ways that I abhor you".
3-KING OF WISHFUL THINKING: NEW FOUND GLORY (VERSION)
This sped up version of the Go West classic takes the whiny self pity song to an anthem of survival.
4-LOVE STINKS: ADAM SANDLER (WEDDING SINGER VERSION)
I mean, what can get you more in the mood to sleep with a stranger with no strings attached and make the most out of your valentines day than this song?
5-WHATS LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT: TINA TURNER
Tina, you sing it girl. What DOES love have to do with it? You're not bitter, you're just over it.
6-SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE: KELLY CLARKSON
Admit it, you've always wanted to say this to your ex, even if you ended on good terms. Scratch that...especially if you ended on good terms, because you probably didn't say everything you wanted to.
7-YOU'RE SO VAIN: CARLY SIMON
Lets face it...it probably is about them, but you don't care. You're over it, you're moving on - I mean look at your sexy shoes. That dude/chick is missing out.
So put on your sexiest dress, go out and party and get over whatever asshole is upsetting you. Be honest, you're just not the into him either. I for one, am pretty happy to be VDAY neutral and hope that you do have a sweet one, but if you don't, have a fun one.