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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 30th, 2010 by livitluvit

Props to Parenting BY Dummies, who is Mrs. May in the 2011 Blogger Body Calendar. Proceeds go to benefit the National Eating Disorders Association.

Snarkshelf compares Christmas to Hanukkah… also informally known as “Wednesday”.

I’m having a hard time imagining a worse position to be in than playing referee for your parents’ make-up-break-up relationship… meanwhile, A Single Lady in DC is living it.

The Big Piece of Cake has realized her five year old actually “wears the pants”. Uh… figuratively, anyway, since he’s oftentimes not wearing any at all.

Date the District has some advice for getting through the holidays with family… a significant other’s family, to be precise.

Because I can’t seem to write a round up without including a heart-warm, here’s Feast After Famine’s attempts at a family holiday photo.

Sword and the Script pens an excellent open letter of sorts to Dominion Power in regards to their social media strategy- or lack thereof. (Disclaimer: I snuck a wee heart-warm in with this one too.)

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 29th, 2010 by dcblogs

Stuck in London, Average Jane ask Tom, a guy I met on OKCupid who isn’t *really* a romantic prospect, to call his Mom and to let her know.

A strange happening in the night. If you see something, say something. The unexplained presence of firefighters and the kite in the tree.

DC Universe offers his own wrap-up and observations but his overall conclusion: Black Friday has traditionally been an excuse for me to spend money on me, and there was just nothing this year. Even the selection of cheap DVDs was a disappointment. Wife and Mommy writes: Yes. I was one of those Black Friday shoppers

Lao Meatball Sandwhich. Looks delicious. Foodie Relations.

Rendering of the Wal-Mart planned for H and 1st NW at Beyond DC.

The Winding Road to being published is published in a literary journal, Yomimono.

A deep look at Cleveland Park Coming Back After A Rough Year at the Urban Turf.

Ribbonfarm is Now Mobile-Friendly (Sort Of). A Word Press plugin makes it possible.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 24th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

If you’ve ever visited the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial on the National Mall, the chances are pretty good that you’ve walked by the kiosk that was operated by veterans as an additional tribute to their imprisoned or fallen comrades. The other night a fire destroyed that structure. The DC Like a Local blog offers a brief history of the kiosk and some personal thoughts too.

The War on Drugs and Airline Passengers is a terribly thoughtful examination of the precursors and predilections surrounding the new TSA Scanners and Patdowns from Giving Up Control.

The ignorance of both liberals and conservatives has been breathtaking, as they failed to understand one of the first principles of a free society—your own rights are secured only as you support the rights of others.

More thoughts on TSA screenings and the “opt out day” that is scheduled for today from OMB’s Lawn – I See Stupid People.

The DC Universe had some conflicting thoughts about the forthcoming remake (new version? new generation?) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Because I know you all are fools for Worst Date Stories, City Girls World presents the Worst Wedding Date Ever.

How much more or less do you know about a date you meet online versus a five minute conversation in a bar? Date the District explores the similarities and distinctions between “IrishCutie23… and the guy who’s saved in your phone as ‘Dave Front Page guy’”.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 23rd, 2010 by livitluvit

Having been surrounded by women his whole life (even in canine form), DC Urban Dad was shocked to find out he has a son on the way… shocked, and absolutely stoked. Here’s 13 reasons why.

Arlington Yupette shares a reader’s letter who believes ASPAN is exacerbating the homeless situation in the Arlington, not helping it.

An experimental trial in Boulder (and its quite fearless leader, Ann Cooper) is attempting to prove that wholesome federally-subsidized school meals can be provided on the current budget. It’s a drastic method, but according to The Slow Cook, it’s working.

According to Feast After Famine, there is something worse than becoming your parents… becoming your mouth-breathing husband.

Business, Casual maintains that there IS such a thing as a stupid question.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 22nd, 2010 by dcblogs

Living in an apartment that isn’t trying to kill me rocks. The differences between an apartment in the District and an apartment in Korea. Curiosity Killed the Kat.

The arrival of Wal-Mart in DC has Greater Greater Washington worried that its suburban-style appearance and large parking lots won’t fit. It’s trying to find out what’s really up with retailer’s plans. Meanwhile, City Desk looks at the “healthy debate” on the Shepherd Park’s listserv over Wal-Mart’s possible move to an old dealership lot at Missouri and Georgia.

Police issue ticket to bicyclist after he was struck by car, but how did they know who was at fault? The police never spoke to the bicyclist, who learned of the ticket after he was released from the hospital. Struck in DC. Also see TBD’s take on it. DCist weighs in as well.

When people end their blog and release their domain, the blog may suddenly reappear sometime later in our live feed under new ownership. Long ago, there was a blog called Stuck in a … Now, there is a new blog simply called Rut by someone in Nottingham, U.K. Consider the title when viewing the picture and wonder …

Turkey-themed cupcakes from someone who hates Thanksgiving. Cupcakes take the cake.

Crime at 7 DC Locations: Which One is Safest? Borderstan. Crime data is used to create a comparison.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 19th, 2010 by magnolia

So apparently, while we weren’t looking, Batman comics took a turn for the stiflingly cerebral. The D.C. Universe reflects on the change.

This dilemma comes up every year around this time: exercise outdoors in the cold and dark, or gather ourselves up and go to the gym? Fresh Muddy Waters weighs her options.

I’m sure we all agree that water conservation is important. But is the “unwashed” movement the answer? Metro DC Mom Blog doesn’t think so. (And as one of the many Metro-dependent folks in our fair metro area, I don’t either. Just putting it out there.)

“When you don’t know what it means, it’s hard to know how to react.” Learning to Fly reminisces about middle school and a certain eccentric boy.

No Princesses Here, in the midst of a stressful bout of uncertainty, runs into an alarming lack of bedside manner.

Is it even worth flying anymore? Not Enough Tequila in the World reflects on just how obnoxious getting on a plane has really become these days.

Mascara and Microchips on whether clearing the air is all it’s cracked up to be.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 18th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

Anonymiss in DC felt a lump in her breast, and she takes readers along for her doctor’s visit. Reading this kind of story ought not be quite so enjoyable.

Is it better to ignore a problem that your friend doesn’t know exists or confront it? Would your answer change if a rare and valuable book was involved?  Brunch Bird is dealing with just that conundrum.

On Frozen Blog is normally about hockey. However, in the aftermath of the local football team’s nationally televised embarrassment… at home… to a divisional foe, the Puckheads* behind OFB have a few choice words for Daniel Snyder, disaffected Washington football fans, and their local media enablers.

Now that the weather has turned cooler there are a few easy things you can do around the house to improve your energy efficiency and lower your bills.  The Green Miles outlines one trick that might be news to you.

Thanksgiving Day is one week away. For everyone who is roasting a turkey, there may be no more critical step than the brine.  At Least I’m Enjoying the Ride offers a very good primer on how to make a brine.

* For non-hockey fans, Puckhead is an complementary euphemism



DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 17th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

Magnolia is dealing with the some issues and has a side of seasonal affective disorder thrown in for extra measure.

The once and future DC Blogger, Hannah Just Breath, wants to be clear – she does not play the role of damsel in distress. However, she did recently meet a Knight who saved her car from getting unlawfully towed and in the process, maybe helps restore everyone’s faith in the existence of “good guys.”

Because we can all use a daily dose of the excessively cute, I present the Tina Dela Rosa Photography blog and Infants & Puppies.

Too many parents have lamented the moment they looked themselves in the mirror only to realize the visage of their own parents looked back. Alice’s Adventures Underground describes that moment and lists some parental tropes she never thought she’d use.

You need to see this picture from Bike Crush DC – an only in DC moment.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 16th, 2010 by livitluvit

Do you have the word “awkward” in your online dating profile? If so, Date the District is coming for you.

Say what you will about Sarah Palin’s politics, but you have to respect that she’s made herself a household name. (You do not, however, have to respect HOW she’s done it.) PunditMom

WashingTina faces the scorn of her hipster-filled farmer’s market when she forgets to bring her own bag from home and has to go (GASP) plastic.

Mel Gibson may not be making an appearance in The Hangover 2, but guess who is: Bill Clinton… Movie Star? FamousDC

Every now and then, you come across a post so raw and beautiful that words truly can’t do it justice. Thanks to Hilarity in Shoes, this is one of those times.

Turkey Day is just around the corner, which means Black Friday and its internet sister, Cyber Monday, are as well. If you want to mix it up this year, the Washington Humane Society is offering a different kind of special this Black Friday: half off the adoption price on any furry friend.

Meanwhile, the Nature Conservancy is attempting to turn Cyber Monday into “Green Gift Monday” by encouraging people to spend their money on gifts that will help make a difference. Details are on their blog Cool Green Science.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on November 15th, 2010 by dcblogs

DC Tweed Rides combine DC’s penchant for dressing well and conservatively with two wheel transportation. City Desk has a nice collection of photos of some of the participants.

Notes from a night out in Adams Morgan. Wills Law Blog. He writes: Last night I declined a Four Loko and did not cave when peer pressure was applied.

Jury Purgatory: The Final Chapter. My Palette

Mentally Girding Up To Get Groped at the airport. The Dumping Ground.

A timeless, poignant Veteran’s Day posting from last year that still haunts today. Blonder Than You.

Homemade pizza night in photos, lots of photos. Fannetastic Food.


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