I Feel No Obligation To Go Out On Friday Nights

Going to beauty events all week is fun, but it makes going out again on Friday pretty much the last thing I want to do.
Publish date:
January 7, 2014

If you're familiar with OkCupid profiles, you know that one of the "essay" prompts is...

I've been on OkCupid for a long time--like, a really long time--and I've never filled out that section. It's not that I don't have a typical Friday night. It's that I do, and I don't think it increases my appeal. There's nothing wrong with my typical Friday night, but it's not... sexy?

Like everyone else in the workforce, I spend all week in the office. But my job isn't limited to said office, or typical office hours, for that matter. Beauty brands are constantly throwing events to launch new products, introduce celebrity spokespeople, and generally confuse beauty editors with a never-ending onslaught of hashtags.

It's fun, but it makes going out again on Friday pretty much the last thing I want to do.

I know, I know, how will I ever meet a guy somewhere other than the internet if I don't go out on Friday nights? Well, I just so happened to give it a shot last week. I met a cute guy at a bar; it turns out he'd read some of my xoJane articles, and he told me that what he's taken away from them is that I'm "like a young, hot Ziggy." Yeah, the comic strip blob guy.

That was all the confirmation I needed that Friday nights are, as I suspected and typically practice, best spent on the couch in my apartment.

Here's why.

1. Time with my dogs

I didn't adopt my two dogs so I could brag about adopting two dogs. I actually want to spend time with them! I love having them next to me on the couch while I catch up on...

2. DVR'd stuff

I miss plenty of shows I want to see when I'm out at events. Friday nights are my chance to catch up on a few hours of shows I saved during the week. And yes, I do DVR old episodes of Law & Order: SVU even though I've seen them 20 times.

3. The best snacks

At home, I'm much more likely to eat something that feels a little too luxurious to break out at my desk. Lately, I've been all about Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, especially since I discovered that there's a mint version. What?!

Honestly, I've loved Milano cookies ever since I was a little girl and thought they were the official cookie of Alyssa Milano, but though I've since realized that's not the case, I keep coming back to them.

4. Beauty stuff

One of the best times for me to actually try the beauty products I receive is on a Friday night. It's not unusual to see me partaking in all of the above with a mask on my face. Actually, that would be unusual because I live alone and I really hope no one's watching me.

Until going out on a Friday night feels like "me time," I'll be staying in, thanks.

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