Monday, May 11, 2009

Top Five Reasons I Love Being Single

(This post was inspired by my spending way too much time with married friends lately. As I sat there in these dark, little basements, trying not to stare at bellies which have swollen tremendously since I last saw these very same girls, I came to the conclusion that single-hood has got to have it's perks. It wasn't too hard to find my top five reasons. What are yours?)

1-I can complain about nausea or mention that I am craving ice cream and pickles without people examining my stomach to see if I am pregnant.

2-I can complain to my married friends about my bad hair day, and listen with glee as they respond in a wistful voice (disguised as a boastful voice) that they don't have that issue anymore.

3-I can do really stupid things like staying up until 5am texting someone and have only my tired self to answer to (ok, maybe an irate boss too).

4-I can decide that ice cream is a perfectly good supper one night=no pressure to make fancy things like butternut squash soup and creamed spinach casserole.

5-I don't have to wash anyone else's dirty laundry. And if I ask my mother sweetly enough, I don't even have to wash my own dirty laundry.

22 comments:

harry-er than them all said...

Big fan of all those reasons. also ice cream is a legitimate supper whether you're married or not

Something Different said...

HTTA- the thing that brought on the ice cream reason is my friend's complaint that she is fed up with cooking and why can't she just put some frozen pizza in the toaster for her hubby and she'll eat a little ice cream or something. I gave her a smirk and said "I dunno. Why not?"
She ended up making couliflower soup and sesame chicken...LOL

halfshared said...

Hey, I was just thinking of writing just such a post but with a list a lot longer. I decided against it because I didn't need people telling me that I'm getting too settled. The truth is though that we are just looking at the bright side of things, right?

Something Different said...

HS- ha! Too settled, not settled enough...sounds like the old too tall, too short, too fat, too skinny trick. It's not called being too settled it's called being a happy person that doesn't get herself depressed. My gosh. Please post your reasons here. I'd love to hear them. Once I get the I-love-comments-club kicked off maybe we'll work on a "happily single club" LOL probably by the time I actually get around to it I'll have to drop out...

Jessica said...

Agree with most of them, except number 4. My husband is perfectly content with buying a tub of ice cream for dinner.

corner point said...

True, true.

Except number two. Why in the world would a girl be wistful about bad hair days?

Inspired said...

C'mon only 5??

halfshared said...

Wait, is something going on that I should know about :-D?
About the list, there's too many to even start. C'mon, I can do whatever I want, when I want to. I can go walking at all hours and discover fires while I'm at it :-P. If I was married, I'd have had to run home and skip having my picture in the paper.
On Yom tov, I get to spend all the time with my family instead of dividing it.
My whole list just flew out of my head. I'll be back if I remember more. I'll be your first "happily single" member although I'd love to be part of the "happily married club".

Rikki said...

I can totally relate to all your reasons- especially number three (although not necessarily texting) In general,these days when I am up till the wee hours of the morning doing i-don't-know-what, boy am i glad I don't have a husband to answer to(yet).
And of course it's just looking at the bright side of things.- no one would dare accuse me of being settled!

Scraps said...

I like not having to answer to anyone about my whereabouts and comings and goings. I can come home at two in the morning and at most a roommate might ask me where I was last night when she next sees me.

For the record, not all married couples eat fancy suppers every night. My sister sometimes makes bagel sandwiches with vegetables and cheese (or chumus, since she lives in Israel), or noodles with cottage cheese or something similarly simple. Her husband isn't that high maintenance.

nmf #7 said...

As proof of when I'm writing this comment- there are times when a married person is up 'til 5 AM, and then has to answer to her own tired self. So there.
Although the rest is quite true- and I do miss those bad hair days!

Child אִישׁ Behavior said...

SO basically the premise of all five reasons are 1) you are a good girl 2) you will be a good hair covering wife 3)You plan on letting your husband control your texting habits 4)Your potential husband will not like Ice Cream for dinner 5)You won't be able to convince your mother to do your laundry forever.

Sounds valid, Mostly. Though I still think you can get your mother to do your laundry indefinitely.

josh0 said...

How often are you craving ice cream and pickles?

Something Different said...

Jessica- How long are you married?

CP- it's not the bad hair days, it's the HAIR. The other day, a friend if mine complained that her sheitel was itching her. I put on a sympathetic smile and told her, in a voice dripping with mock sympathy, "I can't imagine how awful it must be, I've never tried it." Good, bad, or ugly...they want their hair back.

Insp- oh and for you I'll add another- no husband and in-laws worrying about your blood sugar for various reasons :-). What's your list?

HS- yep! There is something you should know about. :-) I've never been on a date and I'm PROUD of it. B"H
And I certainly see what your saying. Discovering fires is a very good reason to stay single.
I will get cracking on the happily single club as soon as I figure out the I-love-comments club. I did have another club I wanted to form but it'll have to wait. ;-)

Rikki- I'm the last person anyone would ever accuse of being settled. LOL. But it's not a matter of looking at the bright side of things, it's simply a matter of accepting reality and learning to enjoy it. :-) Being deppressed won't make it any easier to marry me off...

Scraps- yep, the independance rocks. That's what I meant by the 5am texting thing.
And for the record it friend got married less than 2 months ago. That's the difference. My mother doesn't make gourmet meals every night either...LOL

NMF- yeah, what I basically meant by the 5am texting thing was what scraps said. And can you please tell corner that you miss bad hair days? She doesn't seem to think it happens... :-p

CIB-
1-a very good girl.
2-would you suspect otherwise?
3-oh gosh I seriously hope not. What a scary thought. That was an example.
4-it takes a while for the couple to come to an understanding that she doesn't like cooking healthy food and he doesn't like eating it. Until then...they both suffer.
5-I won't. Trust me on that one.
And while I might be able to convince mom to do my laundry, I would have to live near my family...not worth it...LOL

Josh- I don't crave them together. I always crave ice cream, and when I wrote this I was craving pickles. I only put them together cuz of sounded much more pregnant... ;-)

Scraps said...

SD, even when my sister was only married for a month or two, she was making bagel sandwiches for dinner. She's more concerned that the meals be balanced (and contain things her husband will actually eat - for instance, he doesn't like most cooked vegetables) than fancy. I know, because she told me so. However, as she was telling me, she was pining for the days when she could eat cornflakes for dinner...so I guess it's all relative. :-P

Jessica said...

We'll have been married 2 years this coming July.

Something Different said...

Scraps- good for your sister. :-) None of my married friends seem to have figured that out yet. They are so busy making ridiculously fancy foods... I'm glad to know it's possible tho...

Jessica- ok, that explains a few things doesn't it? Or was this your attitude since you first got married?

Jessica said...

Been this way since we've been together. Though, our first date was at a pizza place, so maybe that explains it.

EN said...

Being single is fabulous because there is no responsibility to someone else and you can still have fun; like friends with benefits ;-)

Something Different said...

Jessica- LOL. That might. ;)

EN-Friends with benefits? Huh? And yes, one of my married friends was just telling me today about how much she misses her independance. ;-)

Live life said...

as a single who doesnt live at home, i cant start to explain how im loving my independence. there's no way to describe it. yes i would love to get married and really settled for life, but in the meantine im loving it!

Something Different said...

LL- good for you! A married friend just have me a speech about this the other day. She said she was so busy being miserable about being single that she couldn't enjoy any of it...