Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, find fun things to do that day

Husbands, boyfriends and men who some day hope to be a boyfriend, don’t forget that Tuesday is Valentine’s Day. I’m sure there are still flowers available for purchase and, by now, candy is probably on sale. This is your first and only warning that the woman in your life is going to expect something, and flowers and candy are a good start. 

I don’t have an aversion to Valentine’s Day at all. I think it’s a great time to show loved ones you care and I love that the signature color for the holiday is pink. Any excuse to decorate pink cookies or dress in the cheerful color is alright by me. What I will say about the holiday is that there is a lot of pressure on men. Women want a perfect date night. I’d rather have fun throughout the year and just recognize the holiday with a card and some three-for-twelve-dollar flowers from Publix, but that’s just me. 

Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about what you can do if you’re solo on Tuesday night. What comes to mind is the Jason Derulo song “Ridin’ Solo.” If you know the song, Derulo makes some good points about being single, confident and feeling like a star (don’t judge me, it’s a fun, peppy song). I hope you feel like that all days of the week and especially Tuesday night. 

When I was younger, my friends and I would spend the holiday eating at Olive Garden and trading small gift bags. We would get all dressed up for a fun girls’ night out and wear fancy, red dresses. It sounds a little cliché, but it was a lot of fun and I miss those days. 

If you’re not up for a night out with the girls, might I suggest a movie night.  “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” “How to be Single,” “Spy,” “Trainwreck” and “John Tucker Must Die” are hysterical movies to binge out on with popcorn and M&M’s. 

Still not your style? Mani, pedi, massage is always a go-to. 

Things don’t have to be perfect. It just has to be fun and enjoyable for you. There doesn’t have to be anything special about one day if you don’t want there to be, or it can be a total party for you. That’s the beauty of this crazy, fun life and the joy of being solo - there’s no right way or wrong way to do what you want. 

As for me, I’ll be spending the day in a small group Bible study with friends, working on a newspaper deadline and going to the gym. If my coworkers are sweet, I may even bring some candy to the office to share - the good kind, too (I did mention it was probably already on sale). 

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