You know, some women out there just really hate Valentine’s Day (I am one of those women). But then there are some women out there who say that they don’t want anything for Valentine’s Day, but don’t actually mean they don’t want anything for Valentine’s Day because they want to seem low maintenance.
Word to the wise, ladies and fellas in relationships? Even if your lady tells you she doesn’t want anything, just get her some flowers anyway. Better to be safe than sorry is what I say. Or a cupcake. Everybody loves flowers and cupcakes, even if it’s not Valentine’s Day. Oh, and here’s a line for you to use: “I know you said you didn’t want anything for Valentine’s Day, but I saw these while I was out running errands and thought of you, so I just had to get them.”
Welcome to January 6th, the saddest day of the year.
The stockings are packed, the tree has been burned, and the lights have been taken down (at least if you’re a civilized person). The holidays and all of its joy have been plowed right into the ground and now all of us are back at work, proceeding with the new year as if the last never happened. You’re just another cog in the machine. How do you feel? Bummed? Are you staring at the files on your desk in disdain, hoping that no one has noticed you’ve already taken three coffee breaks?
Well, if that’s how you feel, chances are you’re not alone. Today is Blue Monday and according to “science” (I only put it in quotations because it’s really just the studying of average group behavior in this case), it’s the most depressing day of the year.
Blue Monday was first coined by academic Cliff Arnall in 2005, who used “weather conditions, debt levels, failed New Year’s resolutions and the number of days that had elapsed since the end of the Christmas holidays” to back up his findings. Recently, researchers have used Tweets (because that’s so science, guys) to study what humans talk about on Blue Monday and whether or not people really are the most depressed today. Turns out, Arnall might have been onto something. Not only do people tend to speak more negatively about the weather, they also tweet more about guilt as people realize they will most likely completely fail at their New Year’s resolutions. More proceedings for divorce also happen to fall on January 6th, most likely due to all of the terrible Christmas presents that spouses received from each other, because no one actually listens to a nagging spouse, amirite?
I feel like just telling you guys about these stats is probably depressing. Let’s ignore that I’m also getting them from The Daily Mail, which is spotty at best.
Anyway, now that I’ve given you reason to be depressed, HAPPY BLUE MONDAY! I’ll be in my pajamas eating leftover Christmas cookies if anyone needs me.
In other news, if you need something to look forward to, the happiest days in the year are “Christmas Eve and Day, followed by New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day and the ‘first sunny weekend of the year’.”
We’re about to get into New Year’s Celebrations, so this just DotD’s PSA to everyone to BE SAFE TONIGHT. I want exactly 0 reports of stupidity taking place tonight, unless it involves drinking an entire bottle of champagne, eating a whole cheese platter by yourself, and falling asleep somewhere safe and cozy. If I so much as hear that any one of you drink and drive tonight, so help me…I will be at your house giving you the worst lecture you’ve ever heard.
That being said, BoingBoing just ran a report on a new smartphone device that might help those poor souls who have been assigned the designated driver role but who still want to have a good time. While I believe the safest route is to completely abstain, you can still have a drink and be safe to drive, so long as you limit your intake and give yourself at least an hour and a lot of bread before getting behind the wheel.
The Lapka Bam Breathalyzer, coming in at a cool $200 bucks, is a small device that, when paired with a smartphone app, will tell you what your blood alcohol level is, that way you’ll know for sure whether you’re safe to drive or whether you should just call a cab. However, BoingBoing made a good comment from the advertisement picture: If .09% BAC is simply “Pace Yourself” time…then you should probably just plan on heading to jail.
WWLP has more tips on how to be safe once the New Year’s celebrations begin.
Remember DotD readers…I’ve got both eyes on you, so you better play it safe tonight.
All of that aside – what are your plans for NYE tonight? Are there any parties in Baltimore that I can crash? I’ll bring my cat and a cheese platter. But you can’t have any. Okay, maybe just a bite.
Ten dollars says you are a heartless creature if you do not enjoy sledding.
If you live where snow falls, please go out at least once and have some fun. Use an inner tube, trash can lid, etc. Whatever you have can be used to slide down a hill of snow! Make a winter tradition and bring friends!
The coolest Christmas gifts were the ones you received as a child, or so it seems. I remember getting the TMNT Pizza Tank, and shooting the pizza discs at the cats around the apartment.
Today, typical gifts I receive are shirts, socks, and stuff I want to burn as soon as I open it.
Did anyone receive a supremely cool Christmas present this year? If so, tell us in the comments! (If you do, I’ll tell you what I got!)