“I gave her my heart and she game me at pen.” (Artwork: Jayme Perry/Yahoo Movies)
Loved them, left them — but you’ve still got the weekend. What’s a girl about town to do? Here’s what.
It’s a statistically proven fact that summer is the best time for a break up. I just made up that statistic, but I’m standing by it. Because distractions! There are so many of them, and the weather gives you no reason to stay in your house and sulk. So grab a friend who owes you an ear from her own love tragedy and hit a hiking trail near you. Nature is so good for you, and you’ll also be too tired to cry at the end of the day if you walk enough or take a tough route. TrailLink from the Rails to Trails Conservancy is a great guide to local trails nationwide, as is AllTrails, compiled by National Geographic, which include difficulty ratings, elevations, user reviews and photographs.
Remember Lloyd Dobler
Say Anything’s Lloyd Dobler set the bar pretty high for all future paramours. It’s still my go-to flick when I need to remember that there are still some good ones out there — both movies and dates. April marked the 25th anniversary of the film’s release, so if you’re feeling particularly emo, download a minimalist movie poster of the famous “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen” line. A nice homage to the worst break-up gift ever given that wasn’t poisonous. You can even make it your phone or desktop wallpaper while you’re getting over your grief.
Getting over loss takes some serious self-care. Saturday is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, which means you’ll have a lot of daylight hours to fill. A yoga class is an excellent way to get some peace and quiet, as well as some feel-good endorphins going. New York City will be the center of serious solstice yoga activity this weekend. Sadly, Saturday’s Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga is sold out, but the classes — which run from 5:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. with one hour breaks in between — will be live streamed on TimesSquareNYC.org, Athleta.com, YogaJournal.com and MyYogaOnline.com, so you can join in at home.
Sometimes the only answer to heartache is TV distraction. And vampires. You’re in luck if you need those, because True Blood returns to HBO for its final season on this Sunday. If you have HBO2, Seasons 5 and 6 will run in their entirety tonight and tomorrow. If you have Amazon Prime, you can stream all of True Blood’s seasons — a wonderfully distracting option if you need to catch up.
For some less immortal, less stressful viewing, check out this list from Paste of the 50 best shows streaming on Netflix right now. Maybe you’ll be better off watching The Wonder Years or Parks and Rec.
The Ice Cream Cure
It’s the only true breakup requirement besides tissues, and you need it in your life immediately. I currently have a terrible/wonderful problem and that problem is Steve’s Ice Cream. No breakup required, but if you’re going though one, you need a spoonful (or 10) of this traditional broken-heart cure STAT.
Enter your zip code and you can find a fix near you in most states. I’m personally obsessed with Sunday Morning, which is buttered maple syrup ice cream (I’m not even kidding about this) with crispy waffle pieces. NoLA Coffee and Donuts and Strawberry Ricotta are next on my list. And I’m not even recently broken up.
And finally, some places are taking ice cream big this weekend. Long Beach, California is having a city-wide ice cream social on Saturday, and it’s Ice Cream Day all weekend in Le Mars, Iowa, the so-called Ice Cream Capital of the World. More ice cream is produced there than in any other city, and it’s located just 25 miles north of Sioux City — a great place to go off-grid if you’re in the mood for a geographic cure.