Monday, February 4, 2008

Boycotting Valentines



I really enjoyed valentines day when I was single. That was actually Andy and mine 3rd date. I enjoyed planning what we would do on the day and all that stuff.

The last four valentines that Andy and I have been married we have gone out and I've come to see that this holiday is very over-rated and probably invented by hallmark and restaurants. I have several examples to back this up.

1st example:year before last Andy and I went to an expensive restaurant. The food was $$$ put very yummy but the room was very small and was crammed full of people. We felt like we were sharing a table with our neighbors on our right and left. And to make it even more interesting the couple on our left were two ladies making out..I'm not kidding.

2nd example: last year, we pick a different restaurant together and started early to get the reservations. Again the valentine's dinner was $$ about 74$ a plate which we managed to barely swallow and then the hostess informed Andy there were two time options 5 pm and 8:40 pm. Great we could eat at 5 pm and spend alot of $$$ and be hungry again by 9 or we could eat at 8:40 and stay up all night with heart burn because of the late meal!

That s when I have come to the conclusion that this holiday is over-rated. My husband, asked me kindly if I would still feel this way about valentines, if we had gotten a normal eating time slot...hmmmm.... honestly probably not, I'll have to work to get there.

So this year, we are staying at home and we will both eat at no cost$ and with no people making out at the same table as us and at the time we both will like :)

Thank you St. valentines :)

9 comments:

laura said...

We totally agree. I can't remember the last time we actually "went out" on valentines day. Definitely before children. We don't really celebrate it, if we do it is on a different day so that we can eat the same meal for half the price... and chances are a babysitter will actually be available.

Jeni said...

I am a supporter of boycotting Valentine's Day. Even if I wasn't single, I'm pretty sure I would feel this way. After all, why can't you do those things on any day of the year, just because you love somebody. Why should it be saved up for one "special" day of the year? Instead people should be willing to show the people that they love that they love them every day.
It would be easy to say that I'm just bitter, but I feel the same about Christmas. Most of the time, my gift giving is fueled by obligation at this time of year. The people I truly know and love, I can see something for and buy it just because I know they'll like it. And why should we limit our celebration of the birth of Christ to just one day per year? This is something we should celebrate EVERY day!

Sorry for my rant. This is actually something that I feel quite strongly about. I even wrote a paper about it in college...

Erica said...

Laura- yes, more babysitters available and you can eat at the restaurant that you both really like and not one that you have to settle for because availability.

Jeni- I totally agree. I enjoyed Valentine's day when I was single cause we made it a girls night out, which is always fun. It's a lame attempt and probably wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't commercialized so much and built up so much. My husband reminded me that it's just another date night and we have one of those once a week anyways. I like your rants, Jeni.

laura said...

You guys get a date night every week??? I want one of those!

scoey-d said...

I'm betting there will STILL be people making out at your table...

And I said, "Whoooooaaaaaahhhhh...." (Note: this is a blog reference that I usually drop on Brint because its a lyric from a Creed song, a band w/a frontman that he loves. The Whoa! gets dropped when i amuse myself in a comment.)

TPluckyT said...

Thanks Scoey . . . I always wondered about the backdrop to that one . . .

My Momma sayz Valentine's Day is from the Devil . . . cuz Cupid is actually a Neph i lim . . .

Chemane said...

I used to like Valentine's day until I worked for a paper company. That's when I found out a lot of places make special menus for Valentine's Day & Mother's Day...with way more expensive prices. It completely bummed me out, like finding out there's no tooth fairy.
(Sorry, Plucky if you didn't know)

Erica said...

Laura- well if you count renting a movie and kicking back on Friday as a date night, then yes every week ;)

Scoey- in that case, there probably will be people making out at our table. I always wondered why you commented whooooooah.

tplucky- I think Valentine's day IS from the devil Hallmark

Chemane- your comment just further supports my decision to stay home! :D

TPluckyT said...

No . . . tooth . . . fairy . . .???