The One About Valentine’s Day

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about February’s place as a month. December is about finals and presents. January is about New Years and winter break. But February is particularly special because of Valentine’s Day. A day that has single people and taken people groaning, one for a lack of plans and one for what their plans mean for their wallet. Which brings me to today’s topic; how to create the perfect Valentine’s Day date from someone who has never been on a real date. Now listen, you may think I am completely unqualified to give advice on how to plan a date. Notice there was no ‘but’ because you are probably absolutely correct, however, I do believe I know how to spend money and have a good time. So, let me at least advise you on how to have a good time.

Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday this year, which means one thing for anyone with a meal plan: Washington Street Wednesday. Which is, in my opinion, the best day of the week. Any of the five designated spots for your perfect date, and you do not have to spend a lot of money while you are at it. It is the perfect day for Valentine’s Day. For those of you who feel obligated to spend a little more and be a little fancier with their special someone, Washington Street has a surplus of restaurants that are perfect for your date night. Just do not forget to make a reservation, otherwise, you may end up waiting in line for ages.

Another idea for Valentine’s Day, or in my case, Galentine’s Day is to get your girls, boys, and nonbinary pals to come sit around a computer with takeout and reruns of Friends on Netflix. I cannot stress to you how perfect simple friend dates are where you all sit around in pajamas and goof around trying (and failing) to name all fifty states. Valentine’s is a day for love, not just being in love. Do not forget to appreciate your friends too; they are worth your attention. But don’t be afraid of asking someone out for a Valentine’s Day gathering. Whether it is the two of you or a group of friends, most people do not want to be alone on Valentine’s and will love the invitation.

That being said, it is a Wednesday and there is no shame in just treating it like any other Wednesday. I do hope everyone has a great weekend and Valentine’s Day. Whatever your plans, I’m sure you’ll have a great time and I hope it’s worth the effort. See you next time!