I know we're all cold, but I can't help feeling that I should get to complain about it because, you know all those reports you've been hearing about central New York lately? That's me. Or almost. I'm very close to all those idiots stuck in eight feet of snow. We don't have eight feet, but we do have more than I ever wanted to see in my entire life. I had to cancel my third tattoo removal appointment in Crapchester on Friday because I didn't think I could make it on the thruway. When does spring arrive in these parts?
I'm headed out tomorrow for the annual Valentine's Day vacation. I always get a little nervous before a trip, I don't know why. I'm spending the week in NYC and I admit to being intimidated by the City itself, so maybe that is part of it. Until last summer when I went to Hawaii, I guess I had never traveled in the US before. (And can you really call working on your tan for three weeks "traveling"?) Maybe these are just leftover jitters from overseas trips, when everything was going to be new and different. I'm a little stressed about what to pack - I abhor bringing too much luggage and generally travel very, verrrrry light, like one small bag no matter how long I'll be gone. I'm just not sure how to do that and still stay warm and not look like a complete ragamuffin. Here's a secret: it takes a lot of maintenance to appear low-maintenance.
Being single, and more than that, being generally sarcastic and kind of bitchy, I know I'm supposed to hate Valentine's Day, but I just don't. How can you hate a symbol for something so sweet and cuddly and yummy? It's like a 24-hour huge bear hug. Delish. Every year I see all kinds of couples on Valentine's Day and they all make me happy. The miserable couples who can't stand the sight of each other make me happy that I'm single. The blissed-out couples who are so obviously in love make me happy and give me something good to wish for. Plus, I always get flowers and chocolates, and they're always the exact kind that I like. Hmmm. :)
So this week I'm looking forward to being anonymous and just recharging my batteries in a way that only spending time alone can do for me. The agenda includes: multiple shows, including Les Miserables, which is probably the closest thing I have to a religion, art museums, thinking, journaling, soul-searching, pondering, walking, and meeting up with an old grad school buddy to contemplate life and drink beer. Or contemplate beer and drink in life. Whatever. I think it will be a good time.
In my absence, feel free to leave me lots of yummy Valentine's Day love notes. Be good, kids!