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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 30th, 2011 by asinglegirldoingsinglethings

With the 4th of July right around the corner, some neighborhoods are already shooting off fireworks displays. But not everyone is ready for the noise that accompanies fireworks.  The Big Piece of Cake captured some pretty hilarious pictures of her daughter, Eleanor.

Speaking of fireworks, are you thinking about heading to the National Mall for the 4th?  You are not alone.  New to DC’s survival guide will give you all the logistical information you will need.

City Girl’s World tell us about her relationship with beer.  How, thanks to one bartender, it went from non-existent to something she is now asked to review.

Almost everyone has seen “The Wizard of Oz.”  Candy Sandwich shares her  experience seeing the show “Wicked,” which tells the untold story of the witches.

Finally, So Good Blog ask a tough summer question.  How would you answer?

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 29th, 2011 by RestaurantRefugee

What’s it like to see two giants of Music perform in the span of a few days? An Unpopular Girl in Womanhood tells the tale.

Because who doesn’t love a good dog friendly Happy Hour? Dining in DC has a guide to canine and wallet friendly places to imbibe.

Slinky skirts and pretty shoes are always worth the trip so argues the eponymous Jenny’s Blog.

An occasional deviation into the archives of a blog (even a defunct one) is warranted. Thus I remind all of you gentle readers of DC Damsel‘s treatise on divorce and recovery and the faint relationship it has to the Hollywood-ified tale of Eat, Pray, Love.

Adventures in internet dating are common blog fodder, but they are told with uncommon eloquence when spun from the hand of one-and-future DC blogger, Life Goes On, I Think.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 28th, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

In a Bookstore full of Stephenie Myers and Snooki hardcovers, it can be difficult to find a book that has depth, and is also interesting.Skullcrusher Mountain summarizes a few books that he enjoyed over the last few months.

Just like Listen to Leon I, too, suffer from the trouble of having “one of those faces“. Fortunately, I don’t seem to share in the other troubles he outlines in this humorous post.

As a networking blogger, I’m always interested in new things to toss in my reader. Parenting By Dummies gave me the mother load this week, with a comprehensive list of community blogs that will undoubtedly make your reading list.

Sassy Marmalade recaps her weekend as a single lady, and reflects on trying to maintain positive thoughts, despite the less than positive events in her life. Please permit me a “You go, girl!”

The age old question has finally been answered! Turns out, size doesn’t really matter! Well, at least not where your clothing is concerned. East Coast Chic has the skinny on finding the best fit. Even the guys might find this post a little helpful.

Many people (including yours truly) have struggled with their weight over the years. Dating Rules for Sitcoms pens a narrative about current dieting woes, and wonders how it will affect her upcoming vacation.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 27th, 2011 by dcblogs

A new arrival to DC from the West Coast has moved to Columbia Heights and writes: this neighborhood is refreshing in some ways, sad in others. refreshing in that it’s diverse, young, happenin’, “up-and-coming” and filled with colorful townhouses with front porches, compared with other areas of dc that are filled with businesssuits and chi-chi restaurants. sad in that every single person i’ve talked to while visiting apartments has explained neighborhoods in terms of their level of gentrification. bienvenue à la district.

If you use Google translator Froken Bru becomes NSFW, otherwise no one (well, almost no one) will understand it. But the photos are safe, fun and different.

Blarneycrone offers a touching and well written tribute after attending a memorial service. The post begins: The world is short of interesting men. This makes it sad to lose one.

14th & You tells of the opening of Lost Society and some other goings on.

The DC Market Seen is all about DC’s outdoor markets.

Note about photo: Police arrested about a 12 people Saturday who were protesting DC’s lack of voting rights. DCist has story.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 24th, 2011 by magnolia

This week’s pretty pictures of food – make that GORGEOUS pictures of food – come with a big side dish of perspective, courtesy of On a Lobster Placemat.

Are you like me, and just a teensy bit jumpy when someone holds eye contact with you a little too long? I think I’d go crazy trying this event. But if you’re not unnerved, read all about an eye-gazing party being held in our fair city next week, thanks to Pamela’s Punch.

Candy Sandwich spins a compelling story of volunteerism and what you can learn while taping packages.

I live with a New York native, which means I know the New York-DC rivalry all too well. The Anti DC uses that premise to meditate on the phenomenon – and the value – of reverse haterism.

Demanding excellence? Ooh, yes, please, Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space. Tell us more!

And because we can all use some beauty to send us into another summer weekend, I leave you with BF Butler Photo‘s simple offering: clematis. Have a splendid weekend!

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 23rd, 2011 by asinglegirldoingsinglethings

With the middle of June, comes the end of school.  For kids that means its time for summer vacation.  For parents, it is wondering what to do with the kids.  Scary Mom talks about her memories of summer camp, and how she wishes she could have been a “camp kid.”

City Girl reflects on the one year anniversary of her cancer diagnosis. Instead of feeling sad, she turns her post into one of hope and talks about the things she is thankful for over the past year.  She is truly an inspiration.

Unpopped Collar saw the rainbow I was hoping to see on Friday and captured it on camera.  From the Nationals’ Stadium.  Pretty cool pic.

Sometimes it is hard to be an adult.  Especially when you remember all the carefree things that came with being a kid.  Ice-cream trucks, family dinners, safe neighborhoods.  Phnx65 lists things that she misses…and after reading her list, I can almost guarantee you will wish you were still 8 years old.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 22nd, 2011 by RestaurantRefugee

Among the best parts of summer in DC is the plethora of free outdoor activities. The blogger who has a view from The 42 Bus writes about one of the lesser known but very charming venues – Fort Reno Summer Music Series.

He may not be on the side of a milk carton, but the New Columbia Heights blog endorses the quixotic call to Return Butterstick Now!

Congratulations to DC-based writer and DC Blogger Sandra Beasely on the publication of her third book. In her latest post on her blog Chicks Dig Poetry, she recounts the story of receiving her advance copies.

The self-described “recovering lawyer” who writes the Pundit Mom blog is not too happy with the latest ruling from our nation’s highest court – “Supreme Court Tells Women to Shut Up and Go Home – Again.”

It is not the practice of this page to feature blogs that have a clearly commercial interest. The most recent post from the Urban Turf Real Estate blog is a noteable exception as it explains a new (and time-sensitive) program from the Obama administration designed to help unemployed homeowners stave off foreclosure with interest free loans.

Malnurtured Snay has some thoughts on the drunk driving death of Ryan Dunn and the mixed message we collectively send by building bars with parking lots.

Pithy Pants is an unabashed fan of Food Trucks. Unfortunately for her (but fortunate for her “credibility as an objective reviewer”) she has some less than glowing reviews to share.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 21st, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

Every good business owner wants to keep an eye on their employees while they’re away, right? Make sure they keep “making that money.” However, sometimes, it might be a good idea to back off, as told by The DCist

DC offers the first edible garden tour in the area this July, and D.C. Guerilla Garden has the delicious details for you.

Label makers create a compulsion to label. …Or maybe we already had OCD. Tickle the Pear explores an anal retentive side of things.

Social Networking has led many of folks to include other people under the umbrella term “friends” that they wouldn’t normally. It’s also caused levels of passive aggression to go through the roof, and statements like “Making some changes, don’t be surprised if you’re not a part of them” have become common place. Biscuits and Gravy offers a guide to evaluation of friendship, and yourself that you might want to consider before you go cleaning house.

S*** My Dad says may not be a big television success, but thanks to Lemon Gloria we can still giggle about S*** Jordan’s Dad Says.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 20th, 2011 by Paint It What I Tell You

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day spending time with, remembering, or being, a dad.

The detail that Wardrobe Oxygen includes in this post about everything she took with her to Bonnaroo (and I mean EVERYTHING) is truly captivating. As someone who has never been, I feel like I just learned all I need to know about the logistics of the festival.

For you apartment dwellers: Thrifty DC Cook has grown an herb garden that is inspirational to those without much outdoor space.

DC-365 has some beautiful photos of the Columbia Heights Farmer’s Market.

Learn a little bit about Magnolia‘s dad.

My Pretty Pennies talks about the importance of showing up, which she learned from her father.

Did you know there is a blog called Nail Nerd that features different nail designs and photos of perfectly manicured fingers? It fascinates me AND makes me feel unbelievably self conscious about my over-bitten fingernails at the same time!

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 17th, 2011 by magnolia

Let’s lead off today with pretty pictures of food, shall we? Thanks, Keep It Simple Foods; quite the inspiration to splurge on pizza this weekend…

I laughed out loud when I saw the [language NSFW] title to the latest from Listen to Leon. Oh, my word, do you write my life. See if you identify with this attitude towards health the way I do.

Little girls grow up exposed to the whole Disney-princess thing to some extent or another almost universally. Mascara and Microchips, I think, came away with the right perspective on the experience.

A fitting summation to the late unpleasantness involving the erstwhile Congressman from New York’s Ninth District, courtesy of Not Enough Tequila in the World.

WARNING: if you are squeamish about graphic medical pictures, proceed with caution here. No joke – there are some extremely intense shots in this post. But the stories of saved lives and lost lives from The One with the Red Stethoscope are well worth the read.

And to take us out, how about some true, pure paternal love, courtesy of Rude Cactus? No better Fathers Day tribute, if you ask this daddy’s girl. Enjoy the weekend!