Well, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, folks. Are you ready? I bought Valentines for my husband and kids, and the boxes of chocolates are stowed away and ready to be gifted tomorrow. I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day’s focus on romantic, heavy-breathing-type love, so we celebrate it more as a family thing.
I do love the development of Galentine’s Day, though. Have you heard about it? It apparently originated from “Parks and Recreation” (which I don’t watch–but please don’t tell my pal Amy Poehler), and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls promotes it as a day for females to celebrate their friends.
Technically, Galentine’s Day is February 13, but I think it should share the honors with Valentine’s Day. Don’t you? Lady-friendships are so special.
Tomorrow, my good friend E is throwing a Galentine’s Day party for her daughter and her daughter’s friends (including my girl, D), and I’m going to “assist” her during the party (i.e., drink champagne and talk too much). I love her for doing this, and for introducing this tradition to my daughter.
In the spirit of Galentine’s Day, some lady-friends and I
have given into the media hype are going to see “Fifty Shades of Grey” tonight.
I know! Advance tickets! Who am I??
I hated the book–and by “hated,” I really do mean that I detested it. The characters and plot were ridiculous, the subject matter of little interest (not a fan of BDSM or the abusive relationship between the two main characters), and the writing was awful. I couldn’t get over how many times E.L. James dropped brand names or used the phrase “my inner goddess.” Still, Fifty Shades of Grey, the book, was entertaining in the same vein as “Showgirls.” Remember that cinematic gem?
So why am I seeing the movie? Two reasons. My friends (I can only imagine the raucous laughter tonight) and this guy:
He’s a really good actor. No, really. (Have you seen “The Fall” on Netflix? If not, you should.)
I can think of no better way to celebrate Galentine’s Day! Friends, laughter, and a cute Irish actor.
Happy Galentine’s Day to you!
Are you doing anything special to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate Galentine’s Day? What do you think of “Fifty Shades of Grey?”