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Happy Galentine’s Day AND Happy Valentine’s Day

13 Feb

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and today is, from what I understand, Galentine’s Day.  What, prey tell is Galentine’s Day? Galentine’s Day is from an episode of “Parks and Recreation”, a show starring the very talented and hilarious Amy Poehler as well as an equally talented and hilarious supporting cast including Nick Offerman (and his EPIC mustache), Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari,  Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, and Rob Lowe. See? Why aren’t more people watching this show? Including me actually since I don’t watch it on the regular either. I know, I suck, but in my defense I just now figured out how to program my DVR.

Anyway, Galentine’s Day is a day invented by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope,  to celebrate the women in your life. It doesn’t matter if your gal-pals are married or otherwise attached, Galentine’s day is a day to let the gals in your life know that you love and appreciate them. Here is what Leslie Knope herself has to say about the day –

What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lillith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.

Sounds like fun! I am extremely fortunate to have an excellent support system of women near and far that I call friends. Some are family members, some have been my friend for over 30 years, some for not that long, some I haven’t even met in person but thanks to social media we have become friends. I share in their lives and they share in mine. They are my biggest cheerleaders and I know when I need anything, they are there. We have cried together, we have laughed together, we have gotten outraged together over my seemingly endless bad luck regarding relationships, and we have nervously laughed at my sometimes terrible decisions, because if WE can’t laugh about not being able to stop texting someone who clearly doesn’t want to be contacted simply because I think I thought of the PERFECT way to explain why I sent so many texts to him BEFORE, then who can?

So to my gal pals I say Happy Galentine’s Day! I love each and every one of you and I thank you for being there for me.


As for Valentine’s Day, I grew up with a father who felt it was important to give his daughters Valentine’s presents and/or candy and/or flowers and because of him, the day is much LESS about having a romantic relationship than it is to shower those you love with love, and a balloon or little box of Scooby Doo bubblegum balls (spoiler alert, that’s what my children are getting from me this year).

I have my fair share of stories of Valentine’s Day plans that went terribly awry. My personal favorite is when I was dating someone and we had plans for him to come to my house for dinner, this was when I was in my 20’s so when I say “my house” I really mean a crappy studio apartment. I searched all day for a heart-shaped baking pan and I made a delicious yellow cake and topped it with whipped cream and strawberries. Rick never showed up that night or called until the next day.  I don’t remember why he couldn’t come over, but I do remember that over the course of about 6 hours while waiting for him, I ate that entire cake with a fine white wine (just guessing since I don’t remember but it was probably from a box).

I’m not involved in a romantic relationship this Valentine’s Day, BUT I can guarantee you, I will feel loved and I will show love. I will be spending the day with my two favorite Valentines, my kids, and I will tell them that I love them, just as I do every day, and I will hug them a little tighter than usual and I will tell them that no matter what, their mom will always be their Valentine, and this will creep them out immensely, but hopefully when they are older they will carry on the tradition of looking at Valentine’s day as a day to show appreciation and love to everyone just a little more than they do every day, and that being single on Valentine’s Day is not a big deal.

And I may or may not, just for old time’s sake, eat a whole cake with some wine.




Love is in the Air

15 Feb


Sometimes I think it takes a day like Valentine’s day to make you appreciate what really matters. On this day I am especially thankful that I have two wonderful boys, a lot of supportive and loving family and friends, a roof over my head, and, perhaps most of all, I am so very grateful that I am not on that Carnival Cruise ship and have not had to poop in a bag for the last few days.  Nothing says Valentine’s day like poop in a bag, am I right?

Pooping in a bag would surely land high on the list of things that would be most aggravating.  This list seems to grow practically every year.  In an effort to spread the joy on this day of love, please allow me, in no particular order, to share my list of somewhat exaggerated and satirical aggravations and annoyances.

  • I let you in front of me in traffic and all I ask for is the hand wave. The quickest way to bring my blood pressure down is that hand wave. WAVE. OF. THE. HAND. DO. IT.
  • I am inherently distrustful of people who feel the need to share how happy they are with their significant others or how fabulous their mates are. We get it, there is no need for you to force the rest of us to bask in the glow of your ever-burning flame of love. My cold metal heart cannot help but wonder who they’re trying to convince,   all of US,  their significant others, or themselves. I can probably speak for the rest of society when I say we don’t give a shit.
  • What are clowns trying to hide with that makeup? I do not and will not ever trust a clown.  As a kid, Melissa Manchester’s faux uplifting tune about circuses coming to town and painting on a smile and joining the clowns, not only made me cry out loud, it haunted me for life
  • Herpetologists, who hurt you to make you want to play with snakes?  Snakes are vile creatures that should be totally ignored.  The snakes themselves are on the list as well.
  • I have no tolerance for Mumford and/or Sons.  The only Mumford I can tolerate is amazing and he is on Sesame Street, not these gadabouts who play banjo and look like they haven’t eaten or seen the sun since 1974.
  • What makes people who refuse to cross the street in the designated cross walk think they are better than the rest of us? Maybe they’re playing a giant game of Frogger that I am not privy to, or more likely, they just think the world is their oyster and they can strap on their crocs and cross wherever they want.

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! May your night be free of any of the above if they are on your list too, or at the very least, that you are not having to poop in a bag.

J. A. Allen

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