Valentine’s day is my most hated holiday. I think at some point in my past life I must have pissed off someone because I have the longest running streak of being single on Valentine’s day. I think the last time I actually had a “Valentine” was 1996. So here’s my list.
- Working in an office where every girl is engaged (or married). This means every girl, with the exception of one particular girl, is getting flowers. Next year, I’m sending myself some flowers.
- Valentine’s day store displays. Every single retail establishment is selling romance. From grocery stores, to my favorite clothing stores. I can’t escape it. So between January 1 and February 14 it’s a constant reminder that Valentine’s day is approaching.
- The holiday weekend that coincides with Valentine’s Day. Usually, Valentine’s day falls right around Presidents Day. So it ends up turning into a 3-day weekend celebration of love. Just the kind of thing single people love.
A few years ago, I was visiting a friend in Phoenix over the Presidents Day holiday weekend. The two of us decided to go to Sedona for a nice spa retreat. We booked a room at the wonderful Enchantment resort the same weekend everyone was celebrating Valentine’s Day. Everyone at the resort thought we were the cute lesbian couple. I’m not exaggerating, the entire place was paired up (male/female). The whole weekend everyone kept asking us questions like, “So how long have you known each other?” and being extra careful to make sure they didn’t say anything inappropriate.
- And this year, I hate having a hair appointment on the same day as Valentine’s Day. I usually book my hair appointments six months at a time. Usually, it’s on a Wednesday night, once a month, so it doesn’t interfere with my spinning schedule. But, Wednesday night was all booked. And I couldn’t wait until next week because I can’t go more than 4 weeks in between hair appointments. My roots starts showing and it’s not a pretty sight. So the good news is I’ll have fabulous hair. The bad news is I don’t have anywhere to go. Because everyone is full of couples. And I’m going to miss Adam’s spinning class.*
And just for the record, I’m really not a bitter, angry person. Sometimes I’m angry, but usually not bitter. I just don’t like the idea behind Valentine’s Day.
*Adam’s class is the best spinning class in LA.