Honeycomb Hideout: Flowers, Chocolates, Pandemics, and Situationships

Welcome back to the Honeycomb Hideout!

 I know it’s been awhile but between holidays and the end of the world I was a little preoccupied. However I am back and better than ever (or at least my false sense of confidence allows me to believe that). 

I feel like I picked the best time because this Sunday is Valentine’s day, and with this holiday approaching, I think it’s best to talk about how to approach this holiday as we still face the challenges of Covid-19. 

Valentines is the perfect chance to enjoy the holiday with that special someone in your life, with indoor dining being reopened in the city (at 25% capacity) you can have that romantic night out that most of us have been missing over the last year. I’d personally recommend celebrating Valentine’s on Friday or Saturday to somewhat avoid the chance of not being able to get reservations at a restaurant.

There are, however, many options you have to give that special someone in your life an experience they won’t forget from the comfort of your own home. Many restaurants are still offering Valentine’s Day specials for carryout so you can make a romantic, candle-lit dinner at home. Have a movie night with boxed wine or whatever you know your significant other likes. Just putting in effort is what matters! Don’t let a pandemic make you believe that you don’t have to try this holiday.

Now let me address everyone out there who is in what we call a “situationship.” You know exactly what I’m talking about. You’re not technically dating, yet you spend four out of seven nights a week at their house, you go to dinner together and you cuddle up on the couch. You’ve never defined what the relationship is, and now we are reaching the biggest romantic holiday of the year. This may make it tricky knowing what to do this upcoming weekend. 

Do you make the push to spend time with them? Do you go on like it’s nothing and just let the situationship stay the way it is? It all comes down to your own personal decision. 

I think you can go one of two ways. If this has been going on for at least three months, you have the right to ask yourself where this is going. Just know that it’s very possible you’ll hear something you won’t like. The alternative to this situation is to just say nothing because you personally don’t want it to go further or you enjoy the worry-free grey area you’re in.

Finally, there is the group of people who are single for valentines day and for that my advice is one thing. Self love. I know it sounds cliché but in all seriousness, self love is important. 

Think of it as the foundation for a house. If it isn’t solid, how do you expect it to support the weight of the rest of the house you build on top of it? Solidify the relationships that benefit you now, which include the one with yourself, your family and your friends. So however you spend this upcoming weekend just be safe, wash your hands, wear your mask, and remember on Monday all of that candy will be 50% off. 


PS: A friend of mine wanted me to talk to me about her idea of a perfect Valentine’s day being a single vaccinated woman in the midst of a pandemic. For my friend FHP (Fed Hill Princess) her ideal Valentine’s Day would take place at One Star, getting yelled at by the bartenders, hitting on a six only to be turned down. She then buys them a Twisted Tea and the situation changes. From there she would pull out her laminated vaccine card to show that she is 100% Covid immune. She’d end the night by finding someone to leave with, only to ultimately be disappointed. 

But in her own words, “Nothing can disappoint me more than 2020.”

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