Valentine’s, Schmalentine’s – Let’s Have Galentine’s Day

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.

Photo Feb 13, 11 16 30 AM

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:

I don't know where this came from in order to cite to it, because my friend K texted it to me the other morning. So I woke up to this. This! It turned out to be a good day.

I don’t know where this came from in order to cite to it, because my friend K texted it to me the other morning. So I woke up to this. This! It turned out to be a good day.

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?”

64 thoughts on “Valentine’s, Schmalentine’s – Let’s Have Galentine’s Day

  1. Tricia Johnson says:

    I actually saw FSOG on Wednesday and thought it was pretty good. I think I might be a little partial though because of it being filmed mostly in Seattle, but still! Also, Jamie is not too shabby on the eyes in the movie either so that part won’t let you down at least. I didn’t read the books because like you, I’m not a huge fan of the relationship between the two main characters, but the movie has me hooked now and I think I’m going to have to give the books a go. I hope you guys have fun!

    • I read that you went to the advance screening! How did you snag those tickets, Tricia? You have friends in high places. 🙂

      I don’t know if you should read the books if you’re not that fond of their relationship. Trust me on this one…

      • Tricia Johnson says:

        Really? Hmmm… Does it get worse?

        Ironically I actually won them through a contest someone was running on the Seattle Bloggers Unite FB page 😉

      • Tricia Johnson says:

        I’m not sure where exactly it was filmed but most of the movie takes place in Seattle and a ton of the footage in the movie is from downtown Seattle. All of the building shots are actual buildings in downtown. When was Jamie Doran in Vancouver? Did you get to meet him?!? He’s such a hottie!

  2. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Ok, I need to find out what you think of the movie. I really want to go see it but feel like I need to come up with a disguise before I venture out to it….isn’t that weird?

  3. I think you will be a wonderful “assistant” at the Galentine’s Day party – I can’t wait to hear about it!

    I have never read 50 Shades of Grey and probably won’t see the movie, but I do think that guy is hot. 🙂

    As for Valentine’s Day, it is Chopper’s birthday so that is the focus in our house. We are going to make a nice dinner, drink good wine and give Chopper a new squeaky toy. Fun for all!

    Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you! I’m pretty good at drinking champagne and jabbering, so I think I’m going to do a stellar job tomorrow night.

      Happy birthday to Chopper! He’s so cute. Wait–scratch that–at his age, I should describe him as “distinguished,” right?

  4. Shayna says:

    Galentines day sounds awesome! I may have to do that next year with my girlfriends! I think I am one of the few women in America who has not read any of the FSOG books, or really interested in seeing the movie! Which is crazy, because I’ll read just about anything! Now, Magic Mike, I’ll go see that sequel, for the articles, you know 😉 Have a great weekend!

  5. My husband and I don’t go too crazy with valentine’s day, we just do cards and try to do a fun activity. I really like the idea of having a special day for your girlfriends like galentine’s day. Life can get so crazy that it is nice to set aside special time with your gal pals.

  6. I hadn’t heard of Galentine’s Day but I love the concept. Friends and I saw Kingsman Thursday night and we all thought it was good. I was 0-fer on movies this year so I was happy Kingsman is a success.

  7. Sooooo… how was it?? I am not planning to see it but I love all the hype! I totally missed the Galentines thing but love it! We decided to have a double date with friends and I am drinking coffee from my personalized “hers” mug that the Husband got me (under a wee bit of duress) 😉

  8. Galentine’s Day should definitely be a national holiday. I read the Fifty Shades books and they were not exactly literary masterpieces. I am kind of interested in seeing the movie but will probably wait until the hype dies down a bit.

    • I was surprised that the theater wasn’t that crowded last night. Some of the theaters around here sold out of advanced, reserved seating, so I was concerned we wouldn’t be able to get a group of seats together. It was surprisingly tame, as far as crowds go.

  9. That’s fantastic. How was the movie? I’ve read a couple of…well, pretty awful reviews about it. Like people getting up and walking out. Jamie Dornan is dreamy, to be sure, but the whole idea of the movie really doesn’t interest me. Magic Mike, however…

    • The movie was exactly what I expected. I went for the camp factor and for Jamie Dornan. I don’t know what this says about me, but I like his character from “The Fall” better than Christian Grey. I’m sure a psychologist would have a heyday with that information.

  10. I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, nor am I planning on seeing the movie. When things get too big and hyped up I’m totally turned off.

    For Valentine’s Day my boyfriend and I are going to a hockey game. We’re playing one of our biggest rivals so I know it’ll be a great game.

  11. Galentine’s day is wonderful! I don’t watch Parks & Recreation regularly either (I’m behind on pretty much every show known to mankind), but I love the concept! :]

    I haven’t watched the movie or read the books, but the nurses at the place I’m rotating at right now went last night to see th movie! 😛

  12. I love the idea of your Galentines Day, so fun! I may have to steal the idea with my girlfriends next year:)
    I’m not into the 50 shades thing. I work in a library part time, so although I can’t say I have read the book cover to cover (I lost interest with the terrible writing), I have either been “told enough by patrons” or as I skimmed it I got the just…
    I think Hollywood will have likely taken over and hopefully fixed some of the flaws and I am sure the screenplay had better writing, if not I guess the majority will probably enjoy the light porn with a hot actor, LOL:)
    Hope you and your girlfriends had a great night out!

    • Ha! Yes, I get your disinterest. I usually avoid hyped-up novels because I tend to be extremely picky about what I read. Some of my friends have even called me a book snob, if you can believe that. Anyway, I guess I decided to read it for the campiness factor. I love Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, so I thought it would be of similar quality. Not so.

  13. So…..was it good??? I like the idea of Galentine’s day and yes I think I will see the 50 Shades movie- why not? The books were crazy but that makes it fun! I hope you and your friends had a great time- I am SO starting this celebration next year!!!!

  14. imamosier says:

    My husband and I went out to dinner with several other couples. This is the first time I have ever heard of Galentine’s Day, but I will definitely be celebrating it in the future. Anything for a Girls’ Night, right? I am going to steer clear of 50 Shades. It just doesn’t look like my thing. On the other Jamie Dornan is my thing, especially in The Fall. I love that series.

    • I hope y’all had a great dinner!

      Jamie Dornan is the main reason I decided to see the movie. Plus a couple of very fun friends suggested seeing it, so I knew it would be a riot. And it was!

  15. This is the first year I’ve heard of galentines day. I don’t watch parks and rec either. I haven’t read the book , I heard the writing was pretty terrible. A friend said the term “inner goddess” was used so much she wanted to scream. I I probably wont see the movie but I did love Showgirls so I have no problem seeing a terrible move!

    • The writing is godawful. I was an English writing major (I know, ha ha, hard to believe with the quality of my slap-dash blog-writing), so I’m quite particular about what I read. However, I do enjoy slumming it once in a while.

  16. I only read the first couple chapters of Fifty Shades so I can’t speak to the abusive part, but I know plenty of people that are into consensual BDSM and it can be misunderstood and frightening for an outsider. I won’t get all soap boxy since I haven’t read the book in it’s entirety or seen the movie yet, but I will be honest and say that the overall “idea” is intriguing.
    I love the idea of having a girlfriends holiday! I just need to make some IRL friends 🙂

    • I think there are parts of the book/movie where it goes a little far, at least farther than where Anastasia wants it to go, control-wise. I am not trying to sound judgmental when it comes to BDSM. I have heard, though, that some in the BDSM community aren’t happy with the depiction in FSOG.

      Girl, you have IRL friends!! Get something fun lined up for next year’s Galentine’s Day. 🙂

  17. I’ve never heard of Galentine’s Day but I love the concept. My running friends and I ran this morning dressed in pink, does that count? Usually my family and I just hang out. I feel like, since having kids, the day just changed. And I’m ok with that. As for 50 Shades, meh. I read the books, they were fine but I don’t think the movies will be worth all the hype. I can wait for Netflix 🙂

  18. MB says:

    Giggle, you’ll have to let us know how the movie was. I totally shared your views on the book – it was horrible. I actually thought it was one book that could maybe be improved as a movie 🙂 MB

  19. Happy Galentines to YOU! ❤ What did you think of the movie? I know eventually I'm going to end up watching it just because I did read the whole series (out of morbid curiosity).

  20. I saw fifty shades of grey on Valentine’s day. I dragged my boyfriend along lol poor guy. I thought it was just okay. I wash crazy about it honestly. And for someone who didn’t read the books, there was no real storyline to it…no beginning, middle or end. I read the books, so I had to see it though!

    • I love that Valentine’s Day coincides with your son’s coming-home-day. Celebrating that holiday will be meaningful for you and your family for the rest of your lives. That’s wonderful!

  21. I love Galentine’s Day! I didn’t do anything to celebrate this year but did plan a fun little Valentine’s Day party at work. Cookie decorating, cocktails and other chocolate treats. It was a super holiday treat 🙂

  22. I love the idea of Galentine’s Day. My hubby and I really don’t do Valentine’s Day so this sounds like something I should start with my girlfriends next year. I admit I’m dying to see the Fifty Shades movie. My husband and I went for a mountain bike ride for Valentine’s Day but I’ll be dragging him to the movies next weekend. Great blog glad I found you via the blog hop.

    • I think it’s really cool you and your husband went biking for V Day! Spending time together is key. My husband I enjoyed a “romantic” meal with our 8-year-old, so I am a little envious of your date (even if I don’t like biking). 🙂

  23. I have never heard of Galentine’s Day but I love it!!! I have read the book and liked the first one but sort of got bored in the second and third. I haven’t quite gotten motivated to see the movie. Maybe when it comes out on DVD. So glad you had some fun with your friends and great to find out on the blog hop! =)

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