Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine's Day is for Suckers

Dear Cupid,

Valentine's Day has always been pretty rough for me. I've never had a boyfriend to speak of when the holiday rolls around. And this year has been no different. 

Last year, I experienced my first Valentine's Day in the workplace which I observed was a lot like grade school. It's like all of a sudden we're keeping track of which girl got the most gifts, the most flowers, and the most praise on this day of 'love' than anything else. Last year, I watched as girls received bouquets upon bouquets of flowers, chocolates and teddy bears (yes, there were even teddy bears) at their desks at work. And my gay bff and husband at the time felt so bad for me that he gave me a tube of Dermalogica cover-up he found in the beauty closet as a gift. Lame, I know. 

This year, I could not be more excited that Valentine's Day has decided to give all us single Working Girls a break. This year, Valentine's Day is on a Saturday. Which means, yea, maybe a few girls will get flowers and balloons and singing telegrams tomorrow at work...but most boyfriends and husbands will be saving up their energy for the actual day. In turn, I not only will we be saved the humiliation of not receiving any gifts, but I also won't have to watch other women get all lovey-dovey, make faces like they want to cry from happiness, and jump for joy when they realize that yes, he really does love me. 

Can you tell February 14th makes me bitter? 

Maybe so, but Cupid thank you, thank you, thank you for letting us dodge the bullet this year. 

Love,
WG2 

33 comments:

Mich said...

i feel ya.... im hibernating that day. there is no reason to go out an acknowledge the fact that for ANOTHER valentines day, i am single.

i dont need to see other women getting flowers and chocolate and tokens of love. i'll be eating ice cream. ben & jerry will be my valentines!

remember moments said...

Heck I'm married and I still hate the day. Glad it's on a Saturday too!

High-heel gal said...

Seriously!! Annnnndddd it's a long weekend (well, for some of us) so I hopefully won't have to hear about all the V-day lovey-dovey events from my co-workers. Hopefully they will have forgotten about it by Tuesday ;)

Bayjb said...

I am totally with you. And Valentine's Day gets a big FAIL this year for being on a Saturday. Thanks for screwing my weekend. I'm off tomorrow so I will be spared the flower parade. Makes me want to drink every time.

Lion-ess said...

lol... I've only ever had one good valentine.. last yr.. this one, we're might sleep the whole day!

Jessica said...

i too have never had a boyfriend on v-day. and truthfully i think the holiday is a big fat waste of time and money. but i'm totally with you - thank GOD it's on a Saturday!

Caz said...

I can maybe, MAYBE see getting flowers at work if you and the boy are separated and he can't see you on the day. But the day before? and huge, ostentacious gifts? yeah its just a popularity contest to prove which guy loves their girl more.

While I have a boyfriend I am 100% positive he is going to TOTALLY forget tomorrow is valentines day. And if he EVER sent anything to my work I'd be more embarassed than anything.

Carmen said...

Bleh... Valentine's Day sucks my butt. When you are in a relationship there is too much expectation - when you aren't you feel like crap watching all the "in love" people.

Legally Fabulous said...

Awww come on! I am self-proclaimed the most bitter girl everrrr and I happen to love Valentine's day! I really like to send all my friends cute/goofy cards to tell them how much I love them and appreciate them being my friends, and I love sweet tart hearts! I don't know why mom started the sweet tart tradition, but I am glad she did! We also get Sweet tart Chicks, Ducks, and Bunnies for Easter. :)

Although this does remind me of a funny story... last year was my first Valentine's Day as a single gal in FIVE YEARS... not five years of always having different boyfriends... five years of the SAME boyfriend... until V-Day 2008. My mom has always been great about sending me care packages since I left to go away to college, but her v-day care package 2008 was the worst ever... she sent me (wait for it.... wait for it...)....

A BOX OF KNIVES.

On the most depressing holiday ever. for my first time as a single gal in 5 years. KNIVES. Ha. Luckily I chose to see the humor in the situation, but really mom?!


Anyway, just thought that was a good story to share. :)

Sunny said...

I don't have anyone around to share the VDAy either.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

Lucky you! Here in Hong Kong, a Saturday Valentine's day does not stop the exhibitionists at all!!! They send bouquets after bouquets of flowers TODAY!!! THE BLACK FRIDAY!!! How efed up is THAT? LOL

Squish said...

I think overthetop displays at the work place are tacky and often are a coverup for bigger problems at home than they want anyone to guess.

We plan to hibernate Saturday too. There no reason to go out and wait an hour and half to eat overpriced or poorly prepared food while squished in between as many people as the fire marshall will allow in one space. Ick.

Herding Cats said...

I'm not single, but I'm extremely happy V-day is on a Saturday this year. Why? Because I'm a high school teacher, and the last thing I want to see is a bunch of 14 year old nonsense about who is taking who to the dance, and do you have a boyfriend Ms? Ugh, so awkward!

Instead, I get to go to work today knowing my kids will all be freaked out due to Friday the 13th madness! Woohoo!

~*Miss A*~ said...

Good to know that others out there also despise Valentine's Day. I've had a boyfriend on Valentine's Day before and he was just a let down lol...so I'd rather be single than disappointed!

mary evelyn said...

amen sister.

Janie said...

Here's an idea for you. Next year, send YOURSELF flowers. It will shut everyone up, and you can tell them whatever you want.
I'm married, and have been for 25 years, but my husband doesn't make a big deal over it. A few times he has gotten me a card. Once he got me a huge frog, but I say send yourself flowers and leave them guessing.

- Janie

Marcia said...

Good thing VD isn't big here in Holland. Stores are filled with pink and red hearts though, but I haven't seen any colleague receiving anything today. Phew! Not that I expect anything...bah! humbug!

Gina said...

I totally feel ya! Cupid is definitely on my shit list this year.

Canadian Girl said...

I totally agree with Legally Fabulous.
It doesnt always have to be about overdone gifts and scmuck.
I love sending hilarious vday jokes to my friends, to let them know I care and love them.
Its about love, lets just get back to basics!!
check this Valentines article.
Maybe It will change your mind!!
<3
http://canadiangirrl.blogspot.com/

Legyviel said...

you know what? I have a boyfriend and I hate it. Too many hearts and flowers and cutesy stuff on one day, me thinks!

Karyn Beach said...

Gosh, I don't feel so alone and freakish anymore. I thought I was the only one who never had a boyfriend on Valentine's Day. I will be hibrenating as well.

Ms. Salti said...

Couldn't have said it beter myself! I'm happy to work in a very small office building with little or no interaction with the others who also work there. In fact, there's only one other woman I work in close proximity with! Much better than my old company!

amor said...

If I were single, I couldn't be more thankful that Valentines fall on Saturday --> the pressure of going out is zero.

btw, do singing telegrams still exist?

Smalltown Girl said...

National Single Awareness Day

Enough Said!

So Very Fabulous said...

I'm a pretty big fan of February 15th. Discounted chocolate, yeah! :)

Julie said...

I'm with you on hating this holiday. I think it's pointless, really. It's much more important to celebrate an anniversary than a calendar holiday, anyway. That's more special, and this holiday just feels forced.

Anand said...

It's all in the mind u know.Its how u think and carry urself that makes a hell lotta difference on how u treat ur own self on situations like this. Valentines,New years,in a pub etc.I'll restrict myself n this topic.
But Id like to tell u that I loved this post of urs cuz it was very real. Kudos.
Ill visit u more.
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under the category 'Rocking bloggers'. U'll find ur own link.
Anand. :-)

Kerri Rae said...

Agreed!! We had a B.V.D. party... BOO VALENTINES DAY!!!

What a whack day!

Chub to Chic in Chicago said...

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Anne said...

Hhhmmmmm, I am a sucker I guess! It is always a fun day but it doesnt matter if I get flowers or candy - my husband and I just plan something different to do for the day together. I have spent many a v-day single and I feel ya though-
I am with Mich - it was always Ben and Jerry for me if I was alone.

Confessions of an Average Girl said...

Aw ladies! So much bitterness! :(

Look Im a single girl with perpetual failed relationships, but I had a great V-day! My girls and I made cookies, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and then went out dancing. You know who else is out at the bar on Valentines? The single men!

Get your girlfriends, get out there and have fun!

missBee said...

i feel your pain!!!

Anonymous said...

Valentines day is a day full of, get this, pretentious, sleep to get those flowers/candy/bears with however many people you have to to get them. As for me, I don't celebrate it. I like being single and happy. I enjoy the peace of mind baby. You have to wear some tall rubber boots on Valentines, because so many people are so full of BS on that day, saying things they know they don't mean, like "I love you dear" know you cheating on your hubby or wifey