A Valentine’s Day for Singletons

romanceSingle, bitter sad-sack this Valentine’s Day? Never fear. Use this timetable to perfectly replicate being in a relationship.

7.30 pm the previous evening

Take some female garments and fling them indiscriminately around your bedroom.

9am

Get up and make yourself a romantic breakfast, complete with roses, sparkling wine and a clumsy attempt at poetry.

12.45pm

Get dressed. Go out to your car and proceed to rev the engine and honk the horn for half an hour.

1.30pm

Drive into town. Remember to open the door for yourself like a gentleman.

1.45pm

Walk around several clothes shops in utter misery.

3.45pm

Sink three pints at the first opportunity. Tell yourself that if you were any sort of boyfriend you’d be in the Maldives in a five-star hotel and not in some dingy pub. Adopt a hang-dog expression.

4.30pm

Tell yourself you’re overreacting, that you hate Valentine’s Day anyway and admit that you can’t be bothered with any of it and you only go along with it to make yourself happy.

4.31pm

Say sorry.

4.32pm

Have another pint.

4.55pm

Remember that you’ve got the car. Swear under your breath. Assure yourself that there’s no problem, that was part of the plan, and you’ll get home in style, whatever the cost.

8pm

Ignore Burger King, Pizza Hut and all the other places you actually want to visit and take a table in the newly opened haute cuisine restaurant next door.

Ask for a bottle of champagne and tell yourself that you can order whatever you want. Pretend not to be horrified when the bill arrives. Leave a large tip to impress yourself with your generosity.

10pm

Upon returning from the restaurant, ignore your desire to watch the football, play the guitar, etc. Instead put on your least favourite romantic film and hold in flatulence to the point of agony.

12.15am

Wrap your entire duvet around six freshly-filled hot water bottles.

12.30am

Gingerly get into bed without disturbing them, cover one foot with the remaining duvet and drift off into a bad-tempered, indigestion-riddled sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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