5 Ultimate Valentine's Day Fails

5 Ultimate Valentine's Day Fails

Sometimes, you just need to laugh at your circumstances.

With Valentine's Day coming up half of our generation will be putting together last minute dinner reservations and others will be buying pints of ice cream and sappy romance movies. Regardless of your plans, I'm sure reading this article will be on your list of things to do.

You may be asking, "where in tarnation did Valentine's Day originate?" Well, lucky you're here! Valentine's Day originated from Saint Valentine. A few different legends have been adopted as to who Saint Valentine could be, one of which being a priest. He served through the third century in Rome when Emperor Claudius ll believed that single men made better soldiers. Due to this, he outlawed married for young men while Valentine continued to perform illegal marriages for those in secret.

Whether you're passionate about love like Saint Valentine, or would rather stay in bed all day like a hermit, we can all admit to having an odd or unsatisfying Valentine's Day. So now, let's acknowledge some of the biggest Valentine's Day fails of all time, with the help of some friends and my incredibly awkward life. I hope you enjoy the biggest fails of Valentine's Day!

1. Find out your significant other is a cheater.

I can vouch for this being a terrible Valentine's Day as I'm sure many others can agree. The way to get through this one is to bring it up after Valentine's Day. If they want to buy you that outfit you've had your eye on for awhile, or take you to that concert you planned on. Let them! Or, take the tickets long with someone else. You snooze you lose right?

2. Receiving the awkward gifts.

I've received my fair share of creepy gifts in the mail. Guys, don't name a star after a girl you barely know or buy her a blanket with the two of you on it. Girls, don't hand make a macaroni art of the two of you, or an endless collage to hang up. They may act polite, thanking you and hugging you, but no. They don't want it. They don't even like it. Food is key.

3. Bad news on a loving day.

Whether you heard your significant other had cheated on you or you didn't get into the program you were hoping for. There may never be a good time to hear bad news, especially on a day filled with excitement and happiness.

4. Having someone steal your ideas.

I refuse to share Valentine's Day ideas with others, for the sole purpose that people have stolen them and used them on the same people I was going to. Having someone steal your idea can be exhausting and frustrating, but at least you know you're that much clever. Own your ideas or keep them hidden away! Either way, you'll be giving them chocolate or flowers on Valentine's Day.

5. Eating 5 pints of ice cream.

You may be like me and choosing to stuff your face with your friends. Hey, sometimes a Valentine's Day with your friends is exactly what the doctor ordered. So, eat that large pizza, watch the new 50 Shades Darker, and remember to binge on ice cream every chance you get. One day won't kill the diet you've got going on.

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.

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8 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Brain Cells This Summer

Because we all need some ways you can prevent your brain from turning to mush over the summer.

Students, WE DID IT! School is finally out and now we can finally sit back, relax, and enjoy the long overdue sunshine for a few months. Yes, summer break is all about doing as little as humanly possible, but the more you sit around doing nothing, the more it sucks to go back to school in the fall. We've all been there: you walk into school on the first day after summer break and you sit down in your seat and immediately dream of every other place you'd rather be than in a classroom. Typically, its becausse we sat around all summer celebrating our time off and letting our brain cells rot.

How can you make the best of your time off while also not letting your brain turn to mush?

1. Read a book

Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or laying in your bed, read a book! You don’t have to be an avid reader to enjoy a good novel. With all that free time on your hands, summer is the prime time to start reading! Don’t know what to read? Click here!

2. Get a job

Scooping ice cream or selling clothes, anything works! Getting a job will ensure you’re getting out of the house and socializing, and who doesn’t like making money? Here are a few ideas for jobs you can pursue this summer.

3. Volunteer

Summer is the perfect time to do some volunteer work in your community. The challenges you may face while volunteering will keep your problem-solving skills sharp. Also, it will give you a sense of purpose to do good for your community.

4. Get a travel journal

I started a travel journal a few years ago and I will always cherish it! Not only is it a great way to hold your summer travel memories near and dear to your heart, but writing down your experiences is a great way to exercise your brain and keep your memory sharp!

5. Start a blog

Just like journaling, blogging is a fool-proof way to keep your writing skills intact for fall semester. Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts and feelings with the world, and you can even make money while doing it! Here are a few tips to help you kick-start your blog.

6. Get a penpal

I know I’m not the only one who still gets overly excited when I get a piece of mail with my name on it unless its a bill. Good old-fashioned snail mail is a fun way to stay in touch with long-distance friends and family while also improving your writing skills. Does your roommate go home for the summer? Ask them to be your penpal! Want to meet new people? There’s a whole website dedicated to finding penpals!

7. Learn how to play an instrument

Set aside one hour a day to sit down and learn how to play a new instrument. Learning how to play an instrument can improve your cognitive skills. Some studies even suggest that playing an instrument makes you smarter !

8. Write for The Odyssey

Writing for The Odyssey has not only strengthened my writing skills, but it has provided me with a community a loving, creative, intelligent people that I am proud to call my friends! As a creator, I am able to express myself while also building a portfolio of published articles. You can apply here !

Whatever your method is, just make sure you don’t lose all of your brain cells this summer, because then you’ll be less motivated than ever to go back to school in the fall.

Above all, the most important thing to do is to make the most of your time off! Have a great summer y'all.

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