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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 31st, 2011 by RestaurantRefugee

ICan’tBelievable has a post-requiem on the music video in the age of questionable relevance for MTV.

Just in case you’re entirely convinced that you’ve had a terrible week, you may wish to read about an apartment house being condemned from Ode Street Tribune.

DC Blogs Contributing Editor, Magnolia, reflects on the varying degrees of Catholicism.

Ed. Note: the Thomas Crown Affair (remake) is among my all-time favorite movies thus this contributing editor was powerless to resist a post from Emily Kate Hargrove – Capital Style that pays homage to the movie and the timeless style of Rene Russo.

An unimaginably large spider stowed away in Midnight Train to DC‘s luggage.

Hebdomeros bids a fond goodbye to Border’s Books.

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 30th, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

Though October usually brings to mind the colors Orange and Black, we’ve also come to associate it with the color pink, because October is breast cancer awareness month. However, Social Butterfly posts an article that suggests Pink might not be the best color to raise awareness after all. Though a rep for Susan G. Komen argues that pink has “worked” for them so far, take a look at the statistics.

Fans of The Hunger Games series are chomping at the bit for the movies, and as usual Punk Drunk Critics has the latest information (including teaser trailers) about the upcoming film.

On the topic of books, several DC Bloggers have written about their summer reading lists. Stage Banter shares and summarizes a list of favorites (including one of my personal favorite, Romana the Pest). Where The Beltway Ends also discusses books, books, and more books with some tips on where the best finds are.

Fall is almost upon us, and many folks are breaking with the tradition of summer weddings, and opting for a cooler, chicer, fall wedding. The Angry Bureaucrat has been doing a series on weddings, and my favorite so far is this snappy post about my least favorite type of wedding: The Destination Wedding.

As I reveal this secret about Moms everywhere, I can only hope that Soup is Not A Finger Food can forgive me… but the world must know. Mommies have magical powers.

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 29th, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

As we dig our way out from under fallen branches, the topic of conversation everywhere is: “What’s it like where you are?”

Hurricane Irene swept through the D.C./MD/VA area with much less damage than expected, but many residents are still without power. Thanks to smartphones, we’re still able to keep in touch with them, via Facebook and Twiter.

A big thank you goes out to all the EMS Staff and other emergency personell, the power companies, and the News folk who kept us all safe and informed during and after the storm.

Those who were relatively uneffected (and some who were) by the storm are still blogging away, though.

Stirrup Queens talks a little bit about trying to prepare for emergencies such as these, and how hard it is to truly be ready when the moment comes.

A DC Birding Blog took a few moments before the storm to walk through their garden and snap a few pictures, where as One Photograph A Day snaps a picture of a local supermarket’s bare shelves as DC residents prepared for Irene this weekend.

Those of us with power were laughing hysterically at Hilarity in Shoes ‘s “Hurricane Update” tweets. Here she shares some of her precious gems with readers.

Finally, The Gold Puppy is also taking about Irene, and sharing some neat pictures of “the morning after.”

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 26th, 2011 by magnolia

First an earthquake, now a hurricane? Jeez! As a Gulf Coast kid, I am well accustomed to hurricane preparedness. However, if you are not, the National Weather Service has some great information for you, found here and here. Stock up on food and drinks, don’t drive through puddles, and use your common sense. Oh, and if you are a consumer of adult libations, drink rum punch (rum, orange juice, pineapple juice & grenadine is my favorite). It makes the hurricane go faster. Now, on with the show!

PSA time, after a fashion. Drama in DC reminds us that, despite the judgment (real or imagined) of others, it’s very important to get tested.

In the face of Steve Jobs’ retirement from Apple, Stirrup Queens spins a yarn of the Apple CEO and Albus Dumbledore. I’ll trust the Potter-literate among the readership to tell me whether it’s an apt comparison…

A pretty picture of food to warm any Southern girl’s heart – bread pudding, courtesy of A Bitchin’ Kitchen.

The Rantings of a Creole Princess brings us phrases that should die a slow, painful death. Language snobs, rejoice! (I’ll be right there with you.)

A great take on authenticity in the age of Facebook from Masala Chica.

And finally, as we all brace for more natural insanity, some shots of happier times. Food and vacation pictures from Cape Cod, all in one post, from Capitol to Capital. Be safe out there, folks…

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 25th, 2011 by asinglegirldoingsinglethings

A lot of people just recommend listening to your gut when it comes to meeting new people or taking risks. The Book of Love was Written by a Sadist tells a story about how sometimes the gut is just plain wrong.

As someone who consistently trips and falls while doing simple things like walking down the street, I can totally relate to Saltieness‘ latest post.  The way she describes the story would be enough to get the reader giggling, but then she had to go and add pictures? Too funny.

Pregnancy results via photos of the test, in case you’re interested what they look like. The post: Yay! Unintended Housewife.

The earthquake was responsible for quite a bit of damage at the apartment of Alice’s Wonderland.

The 42 takes photos of the new MLK Memorial that capture some of its architectural drama.

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 24th, 2011 by RestaurantRefugee

Little shock that the bulk of this post will be dedicated to the earthquake that devastated rocked shook up the east coast today. There were scores of posts about the tremors, the physical and mental impacts, or similar subjects. Here are the ones that moved me most (no pun intended, but I’m keeping it.)

Lemmonex writes hauntingly, beautifully about the immediate thoughts and eventual perspective.

Balancing on Painted Curbstones writes about a neophyte experiencing an earthquake.

Laura E. Donovan deals with the professionalism and camaraderie of journalists in the face of understandable uncertainty/fear.

Woah Baby! Struggled with the “go outside or stand in a doorway” question and her baby’s first earthquake.

Sword and the Script examines the speed of social media when learning about a major event at home when you’re deployed overseas.

XKCD is a web based comic strip and wrote the funniest quake related thing that I read all day… that it was written well in advance of the event makes it even more presciently brilliant.

In other news…

One of the writers of The Blog at 16th and Q is about to be a stem cell donor.

MtnGrl Musing reflects on the musical legacy of the recently deceased Nick Ashford, one half of the legendary singer/songwriter duo Ashford & Simpson. In case you’re not familiar, they are the writers behind Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, All I Need to Get By, and about 20 other number one hits.

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 23rd, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

Positively Present shares a sort of “bucket list” — 28 Things to Do before she turns 29. I’m always fascinated by what other people include on lists such as these. This one, while not wild, crazy, or exotic, certainly does not disappoint.

“I have a dream.” These words are powerful, poetic, and immortal. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech is one of the most famous, oft quoted, memorable speeches of the century. Candy Sandwhich reflects on the new monument at the National Mall, due to be dedicated to the late civil rights activist on August 28th.

On a lighter, more delicious note, District of Chic is cooking up basil and tarragon pesto, which sounds like a fabulous snack.

While we’re on the subject of recipes, let’s talk about peaches. Specifically, the lack of peaches that winter brings. It’s unseemly! Fret not, The Arugula Files has a solution. …And now you’ll be singing that song all day. You know the one I mean.

I’m sure we’ve all experienced this and I commiserate with Looking2Live. In general, Outsourced Customer Service Reps are some of the least helpful people in the world, second only to the majority of Wal-Mart Sales associates. Guess what happens when you combined the two? If you guessed “a snafu”, you are correct, and your prize is this post.

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 22nd, 2011 by Paint It What I Tell You

The Angry Bureaucrat takes a recently popular infographic showing the requirements for living entirely off the land for one year, and suggests we take note in case we need to hide our money and get back to farming!

This week in Life With Pho‘s Quarterlife Crisis Series, we hear from Leslie: a college graduate, mom, job seeker affected by the current economic instability, and insightful storyteller. I wish her the best of luck, and am sure you will find her “crisis” as touching as I did.

If you’re upset about the Netfilx rate hike, definitely check out this tip from Peace Love Nicole. It’s pretty innovative, though only a seasonal solution!

I’ve been following Edatrix‘s tumblr for a while now and I really enjoy her snippets of good eats, graphics, and quips. I’m so sad to see she’s moving to Seattle, but wish her the best. Follow here to see her lovely tumblr and witness a transition between two great cities.

The Arugula Files has some good advice: buy buy buy those last peaches, and can them! Directions and great photos here.

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 19th, 2011 by magnolia

Now HERE’S something I’ve been wondering for a long time. Lemon Zest asks: why aren’t there adult Lunchables? I mean, I’m not above eating crackers with processed cheese and randomly-shaped turkey slices, but it is a bit out of character with the whole “being grown” thing…

When a relationship ends and the initial jolt of horror, sorrow, etc. clears, you’re left to manage the loneliness. We’ve all been there. Hilarity in Shoes offers her eloquent and touching thoughts.

School started in my hometown this week. It’s starting all over the metro area pretty soon. After a school-supply shopping trip with her kids, Finding Blanche reflects on a cigar box full of Crayolas and the passing of time.

From Feast after Famine, yet another reason for us girls to work out

I have nothing to add to this collection of sublimely pretty pictures of food, courtesy of the First & Hope Supper Club… except that I am seriously jealous of this meal.

And as summer winds down, we replace vacation pictures with commuting war stories. From Malnurtured Snay, read – if you dare – the confessions of a Metro napper.

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 18th, 2011 by asinglegirldoingsinglethings

Nicole is Better has made a lot of changes to her lifestyle over the past six months and is sick of other people questioning those decisions.  Her latest post is a good reminder for us all that it is not what other people think, its what you think about yourself that matters the most.

The DC blog world is full of anonymous bloggers (including yours truly). But what happens when anonymous bloggers start meeting other bloggers?  And dating people who know about their blogs? Kissing and Other Disasters has made a new rule.  Maybe I will follow it, too.

Capital Style reminds us that sometimes the best fashion pieces are good old classics, like the white shirt.  If, on the other hand, you like the more contemporary look, check out Nail Nerds nail polish suggestions.

Heirloom tomatoes are nothing but delicious, and Eat More, Drink More shares a recipe for an heirloom tomato salad.  I know what I am making this weekend!