I usually try to keep my whining to a minimum here, but I'm going to make a small observation that isn't very groundbreaking, but feels very apt right about now: The hardest time to be single is from about Black Friday through Valentine's Day. Throw a birthday into the mix of things and you've got yet another chance for the world around you to remind you of your failure at finding someone to, well, buy stuff for (and from whom to receive stuff in return). Because that's what it comes down to, at least in terms of the advertising world. So yes, Feb. 14 is not the happiest day for singles, but the same might be said for the past few months as well. It seems to me that there are fewer reminders of coupledom or the lack thereof during the warmer months, when there's less burrowing and cocooning and acquiring pressure.
So: is it spring yet?