For all I can be opinionated and pessimistic about all manner of things, Valentine’s Day just isn’t one of them. Sure, I’m as likely as the next single girl to want to throw things at smug couples, but I genuinely don’t feel any more like that on February 14th than I do on any other day.
That said, I don’t let Valentine’s pass by unnoticed. Back in January, I wrote this, where I said that I longed to rediscover the ability to spend more time sitting peacefully by myself and reading a book, or just enjoying a glass of wine while watching the world go by. And that, for the past few years, is how I’ve always spent Valentine’s evening – with my own company, a bottle of something fizzy, a take away and a good film ( I recommend He’s just not that into you).
Of course, a take away is just one option. I’m pretty sure M&S are doing their ‘Dine in for £10’ deal, and I realised a while back that if you eat that way as a single girl, for £30 you get fed 6 nights out of 7 (try going out on the 7th night!) with half a bottle of wine per night into the bargain. You can buy yourself all kinds of gifts on the internet (don’t forget the batteries) or, if you’re not the introverted, reclusive type you can go out with friends and get drunk.
But really – the weather’s shit, why would you go out? Yeah, it’s cheesy as hell, but why not stay in and spend February 14th remembering what it is that you love about you?