We love our partners. We really do. I mean, that's why we promised not to canoodle with anyone else while we seeing each other. (Talk about sacrifice.) But there's only so many nights we can stand hanging out with our "couple friends," sipping wine and sampling cheeses. We don't want to be one of those people who starts dating someone only to morph into a two-person unit, while our single friends disappear one by one.
To fight off codependence, we've compiled a list of 20 things to do without your significant other now and then. Things that you likely did when you were solo, that will make you feel good and that, most likely, will improve your couple time, too.
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1) Pizza and SYTYCD (So You Think You Can Dance, to those not in the know) with your BFF.
There's nothing better than discussing the merits of contemporary dance and hot pants on male dancers over greasy food and wine.
2) A local lit event.
While he might enjoy a reading now and again, he doesn't enjoy it quite as much as you do. Same goes for waiting in line with you so you can get your book signed. Or spending hours browsing the stacks so you can find the next 12 books you'll get lost in on your downtime.
3) Bad karaoke with your colleagues.
Or some other happy hour permutation. There's just something about getting wasted with your coworkers that makes the stresses of the day just melt away and allows you to bond in a way that doesn't happen amidst the cubicles.
4) A night in alone.
He doesn't like it when you eat in bed. But when he's not home, you can eat in bed while flipping through glossy magazines and watching movies on your laptop and he'll never know.
5) A lunch date with your buds.
Because you haven't seen each other in awhile, and it feels nice to catch up over soup in a bread bowl at Panera.
6) Free museum day.
Or a night at the opera. Or the latest, acclaimed ballet. Because it's nice to meditate upon something beautiful every once in awhile... aside from the one you're with.
7) Cooking class.
His expertise culminates with scrambled eggs, and that doesn't bother him in the least. Besides, you're the one who's obsessed with Top Chef. 10 Hobbies to Increase Your Sex Appeal
Okay, not Jazzercise. But attending classes on belly dancing or hula hooping will make you forget you're working out. (Belly dancers appreciate your belly.)
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