A Fun Friday Night In

First off I should point out that I actually like spending time alone more than most people I know. I consider myself fairly social, but my penchant for alone time has definitely led to friendship awkwardness at least once in recent memory when a needy acquaintance just couldn’t understand why I’d prioritize, say, sushi happy hour alone versus forced conversations.

My fiance (that’s weird) and I have lived together going on 4 years. Most Friday nights are the same. We get home from work, unwind, getting something to eat, and fall asleep watching our shows. There are some nights however when I am have a me night. He goes out, I stay in. Theses are the 20 different ways I can spend my night- sometimes I accomplish them all.

  1. Throw on your comfy, reliable, bleach splatter stained, holey sweatpants and wear them for the duration of the night.
  2. Buy wine that you haven’t tasted before. My favorite is any wine in a box. It’s always such a surprise when you drink the whole thing.
  3. Go on Netflix and watch a TV series. Pick any!
  4. Solo dance party. Bump that LMFAO, play those Motown jams – whatever you’re feeling. At home there’s a lot less body heat and crap-ass DJing which makes for a better time.
  5. Do some online shopping. Not only is it enjoyable now, but you’ll have plenty to look forward to in the mail this week.
  6. Sleep. I mean, when will there really be an opportunity to do so in the near future? Take advantage of the spare time.
  7. Binge Youtube-ing. You know those lengthy video-browsing sessions you have when you’re supposed to be working? Well you’re not on the clock right now, watch whatever the hell you want for as long as you want.
  8. Do you nails or try out that smokey eye video. If it looks terrible no one is seeing you anyway- now you have time to perfect it.
  9. Clean up your place. Nothing is more settling (at least to me) then having a clean home. Even if it only last for all of 48 hours!
  10. Rearrange your place. It’s odd but amazing how different and refreshing it feels to switch furniture around a bit and changing the angle of your couch leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment.
  11. Start reading a new book. (Consider The Alchemist. It’s uplifting and a super quick read.)
  12. Complete a project you’ve been putting off. Make yourself buckle down, and work. Update your résumé, put together a portfolio, finish your great American novel, apply to a new job or grad school, whatever. Just do it!
  13. Cook yourself an epic, large meal. If you aren’t chef material, take your time and follow instructions carefully. If you don’t want the mess. Order out and get all those dishes you always wanted to try.
  14. Add to your music collection and fix the song artist/title listings. There’s nothing more frustrating then not being able to locate Dancing Queen by ABBA in iTunes when you really want to hear it.
  15. Indulge in some celebrity gossip. I know we’re not supposed to give a sh-t about Kim and Kanye canoodling, Amanda Bynes hitting non-moving objects with her car, Zac Efron getting Starbucks or whatever else is being talked about, but tonight, why not have at it? Read about and watch other regular ass human beings get scrutinized by a bunch of stalker-ish media outlets with the reliability of a 6th grade gossiper.
  16. Make yourself a cookie a-la-mode. If I, burner of grilled cheese sandwiches and constant kitchen fire hazard can do it, so can you. Just clump a bunch of precut cookie dough together to make one big ass cookie, then immediately put a few scoops of your favorite ice cream on top. Warm cookie + cold, melting ice cream = bees knees. Thank me later. Actually thank me sooner than later because your stomach will probably pay dearly for eating this.
  17. Search for your next Halloween costume. Someone once said, “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.” I feel like that kind of, sort of applies here. Be ahead of the game, it’s never too early to brainstorm and scout potential Halloween 2017 ideas.
  18. Not have to spend a bank breaking, cringe worthy amount of cash on cab fare, cover charges, booze, sober up food, etc.
  19. Call your parents.
  20. Draw a bath- add some bubbles or even a bath bomb. And obliviously don’t forget your wine and/or book.




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