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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 29th, 2011 by magnolia

To lead off, a favor. My home state of Alabama took a savage beating from those deadly tornadoes on Wednesday. There’s a fundraiser tomorrow night at Gin & Tonic in Glover Park starting at 9:00 PM. Please go if you can, give some money, and help a whole bunch of people in desperate need. And if you can’t, please donate to the Red Cross. My home state thanks you, as do I. Now, on with the show…

I have to share this one strictly for the fact that it made me laugh out loud on the Metro while reading, causing everyone in the car to look at me like I had six heads. It was worth it. Here’s what happens when a music critic participates in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, courtesy of TBDArts.

Pretty pictures of crazy decadent food! Fifthfloorkitchen’s Blog brings you Caramel, Pretzel and Nutella Bars. I’m so making those this weekend.

Though I, like a lot of DC folks, do enjoy a round of yoga now and then, I have yet to experience the Bikram phenomenon. I’ve heard that it’s not for the faint of heart, and that it takes some getting used to. Over at fANNEtastic food, read the story of our heroine’s rematch with the demanding discipline.

Training a lizard? Sounds weird, but maybe not. Hound and the Found tells us how training a lizard can lead to some great strategies for training your dog.

By the time most of you see this, the happy royals will no doubt be married off. I plan to celebrate the occasion the same way I celebrated the last royal wedding, during which I was three months old (lord, I’m old): sleeping like a baby. However, Busy Black Woman has a fantastic meditation on the Royal Wedding, comparing it to another piece of “deep-fried ostentatiousness“: fried chicken.

And finally, I have a new favorite Internet toy, way better than a keyboard-playing cat or a teenager who can’t decide where to sit in a car. For those who haven’t had the privilege, I happily bring you a write-up of the decidedly NSFW How F—ed is Metro? Malnurtured Snay, send us out in style this weekend!

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 28th, 2011 by asinglegirldoingsinglethings

The past few days have felt like summer in DC. Lagniappe agrees and shares some of her summer memories.

As someone who shares the same name as Catherine Elizabeth Middleton (I am Kathryn Elizabeth) I have been following all of the excitement leading up to the royal wedding, and so has WashingTina.

Heather Elliott share a first hand report of the recent chaos at the National Zoo.

So, the wedding attire is supposed to be all about the bride.  And groom.  And bridesmaids.  But for the rest of it, its about, well, us.  And what we decided to wear as guests of the wedding.  No Pasa Nada shares with us what she wore to weddings this season.

If you see something, say something turns his basement into a liveable apartment. Kitchen by Ikea. Outcome: Satisfaction. Photo.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 26th, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

I Am David Gaines ponders the increasing presence of technology in the work place, and the marketing ploys of Google that will get us all hooked on G-mail.

One of the many great things about D.C. is the many museums and a galleries we have access to. Painterly Visions has a list of Georgetown Galleries for the art lovers to scope out.

“Man Boobs” or “Moobs” are an affliction which many men try to combat. SemiCharmed Wife has a battle plan that’s really quite simple.

Yeah… I Said It discusses Tyler Perry’s movies, and Tyler Perry him/herself, in a post appropriately titled “DIARY OF A 6-FOOT TALL BLACK MAN DRESSED UP LIKE A MAD BLACK WOMAN“.

What did you do for Earth Day (last Friday, 4/22)? Was it a regular day for you, or did you do something special? I Drank What? recounts her day, in which she got down and dirty.

Hilarity in Shoes gives us a peek at her former life, and the after hours adventures she had after college.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 25th, 2011 by dcblogs

Elevator love letter. Saltiness. A chance meeting and somebody’s missed chance. With photographic evidence.

Bon(k) Voyage puts together her list of quotable quotes by her friends. Funny.

The writer starts crying in Yoga class and continues to cry on her way home. Uncomfortable Moments.

A bit of clever: A DC visitor tells her story via the expressions of her pup. Limecello

Notes from the Deep South: 20 years down the drain over a jar of Nutella.

May 2nd is the first annual International Pagan Coming Out Day. Capital Witch.

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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 22nd, 2011 by magnolia

Happy Earth Day! French Twist DC has the low-down on ways to commemorate and celebrate.

This week’s pretty pictures of food come with a spring-themed twist: MetroCurean brings us homemade Peeps at Buzz Bakery. Though I’m not a huge fan of eating them, I never, ever get tired of looking at them.

I’m still a little jazzed over the Capitals’ thrilling double-overtime win Wednesday night in New York. But I never thought of the game quite like this. Thankfully, we have Puck Buddys to bring us the quantum theory of playoff hockey.

Part of the fun (and one of the hazards) of living here is that sometimes we are forced… er, privileged to entertain out-of-towners. They all want to see the sights, and sometimes, we’re so used to the monuments that we’re just not the best tour guides. Eat, Run, Read has rounded up some fun facts about the monuments that you can drop on your astounded friends and family.

You learn something new every single day in this life. Today, the new thing I learned, courtesy of Princess Sparkle Pony’s Photo Blog, is that we don’t know Leonardo well enough to call him “da Vinci.”

Looks like I’m not the only one who’s less than thrilled with the whole cupcake trend. There’s quite a storm brewing over sidewalk space in Bethesda Row, and it’s all because of cupcakes. Read more at The Georgetown Dish.

We have world-class research universities all around us, and sometimes they do research that involves participation. Cootie Chronicles details a day with her child and some eager grad students. Kids are the best guinea pigs, eh?

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 21st, 2011 by asinglegirldoingsinglethings

Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes about returning to work in a DC office after two years of telecommuting.

Although this blog is based in Boston and not in DC, I think women everywhere can relate. Pre-life crisis explains why women are sometimes too nice and why maybe we shouldn’t be.

District Diaries talks about why he stopped blogging, and then why he started again.

Finally, do you enjoy reading about another person’s drama?  Then you are going to love the latest couple of posts by He Loves Me Not.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 20th, 2011 by RestaurantRefugee

Vox Populi reports that Georgetown University will be hosting Wikimania 2012.

According to Congress Heights on the Rise shoddy construction, poor condo association management east of the river have combined to convert new homeowner honeymoons into nightmares.

Filed under Things-I-Really-Didn’t-Need-to-Know: Candid Fitnut shares the discovery of Flatulence Reducing Undergarments.

Cupcakes and Whiskey can do without your over-sharing, thank you very much.

It seems that entering the third decade is at least as much a right of passage as complaining about turning 30. Everyone I Know is Ridiculous writes about the melancholy of entering the “very, very, very, very late 20s.”

Metro-Venture is a procedural blog that chronicles the effort to see as many metro stations and bus routes as possible. The author takes us for the ride along one of the more difficult bus routes in the city – the B2, Bladensburg Road to Anacostia.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 19th, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

Many 20-somethings can tell you exactly where the tagline “What’s your favorite scary movie?” came from.  Fifteen years later, the fourth installment of the “Scream” franchise has hit the big screen, and D.C. Universe has a review of Wes Craven’s latest film.

Assorted Stuff recently took a trip “back home” to Arizona. After spending a few days with family and friends, he recounts why Arizona just isn’t the place for him.

Good sense takes a backseat to cookies, always. Spleeness explains her encounter with a pantless-door-too-door cookie salesman.

It’s Earth Week here in D.C., and Friday is Earth Day the world over. MetroD.C. urges us to take part in “an act of green“, and has a few tips to get you started.

Finally, Tina Dela Rosa Photography has some gorgeous snaps for you this week.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 18th, 2011 by Paint It What I Tell You

I can’t wait until my kid is old enough for team sports so that I can get emails like Brutalism does.

“We decorated our place & bought a Keurig & watched an entire season of “Top Chef.” And now he’s gone.” A moving, personal, and simply-put story about how Suburban Sweetheart feels during the first hours of her boyfriend’s deployment.

Wondering who is the winner in So Good Blog‘s Snack Madness Context? Wait no further.

Want the lowdown on DC neighborhoods? SAIS BC Blog has it for you, complete with “danger ratings,” but warns you should take it with a grain of salt.

Been There, Eaten That describes yet another evening made possible by Groupon, featuring “miniscule portion(s) of absolutely delicious food.”

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 15th, 2011 by magnolia

PSA time: hunger is a serious problem, especially in a bad economy like this one. Caffeine and a Prayer describes a tour of the Capital Area Food Bank and gives a ton of ways to help local families get fed.

Life in Arlington, where yours truly lays her head at night, is always an adventure when it comes to municipal governance. The Green Miles plumbs the depths of the not-always-consistent attitude of Arlingtonians and zoning laws.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll do a little double-take when you read the title of this post, but it is not at all what you think. Where the Girls Go details a week of events designed to bring awareness to nutrition, sustainability, the politics of food and a ton of related issues.

Scary Mommy gives us a guest post about the little white lies our parents told us when we were kids, and why they’re really signs of why our parents love us.

WashingTina shares a beautiful story of independence on DC Emancipation Day.

I always get called an “old soul.” It’s something I’m kinda proud of, and I’m not alone in that. The Gold Puppy ruminates on the term, and comes to some pretty great conclusions about it.

“Having a baby is impossible.” With detailed, brutal and beautifully written honesty, Velvet in Dupont breaks down her struggles with fertility.

I have previously complained about the excessive fetishization of bacon that runs like a river through pop culture today. But that doesn’t mean I oppose all instances of bacon. This week’s pretty picture of food/killer recipe combo from the fine folks at Eat More Drink More is a perfect use of bacon that doesn’t involve its elevation to icon status. I salute y’all for that.