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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 17th, 2011 by RestaurantRefugee

Anyone who has done online dating has received the “form” message – a cut and paste message used scores of times – but the one that …and one time at band camp received was a doozy.

Moving is a great opportunity to edit the material things in one’s life. Awkward Sex and the City is having a difficult time parting with a few things. Ed. Note: the list is a not for the easily offended or those who have a problem with colorful language.

dc wrapped dates has a very well written review of one DC’s better but unheralded brunch spots – Meridian Pint.

Pundit Mom has some problems with the Congressional Super Committee tasked with identifying more than a trillion dollars in budget cuts.

No one, not even City Girl, knows what will happen as she turns her dating life and blog into a reader’s choice operation, but the first two steps in the process give promise to an interesting ride.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 16th, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

Before the page had loaded, I all ready knew what DCFemella was going to say. The oft quoted Sex and the City often verbalizes the inner monologues of women everywhere, and in this particular case, it resonates particularly strongly. Dating is no fun for some folks, in fact, it’s downright exhausting.

The passing of a relative, no matter how distant, or how aged, always carries a certain sense of melancholia, but as Finding Blanche reflects on the quirky gifts of her cousin, it reminds me of the importance of all the small memories that will always live on.

Always good for a giggle, Princess Sparkle Pony has a not-so-pretty picture of the politico we all love to hate.

Divorce is common these days, but it’s never easy. Sing Like Sassy opens up about her difficult journey from happily married, to single again.

Today’s DIY Post is brought to you by Pink and Green Mama. The crafty idea looks like one that might be fun for the whole family.

Delicious is the only word one could use to describe the recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken a la Vercruzana that I Flip for Food shared with readers today.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 15th, 2011 by dcblogs

Attempted mugging by taser at 15th and Columbia. New Columbia Heights. Two thugs armed with tasers use them in a mugging attempt.

Du Wax Loolu describes her career path in the post, Career step forward.

Why I Don’t Care to SlutWalk. Holla Back DC.

Photo of DC jaywalking police in action at 14th & You

A summer weekend in St. John’s Newfoundland. DC Rainmaker. Fishing and other adventures in the wild. Photos.

Vacation finally, reports Hannah, just breathe who writes: Will my sisters—both mothers, both hands full of sippy cups and sunscreen and sandy children—and I have time to talk not of babies and husbands but of our lives, our futures, our selves? Will there be time to go walking with my mother and my father, separately, privately?

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 12th, 2011 by magnolia

The other morning, I saw a man spraying leaves off the sidewalk of the building across the street from my office with a giant water hose. He does that every day. So when I saw this entry from Metro DC Lawn and Garden Blog, I had to include it because I agree so much: wasting water is weird.

From The Choosey Beggar, a story of what happens when things get lost in translation.

I have seen a lot of tributes to our fair metropolis. But this is the greatest manicure ever. Thanks, Nail Nerd!

I run into this problem at least once a week. For those of us who favor irony, the Internet is fraught with serious danger. But fear not, friends – Your Pal Pete over at The Underachiever’s Progress has the key. I bring you the Irony Alert System!

And finally, combining my two favorite themes: Fifthfloorkitchen’s Blog brings us pretty pictures of peppers and tomatoes</a>, snagged from an oh-so-summer farmer’s market. Have an amazing summer weekend!

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 10th, 2011 by RestaurantRefugee

Culdesacked is a girl who has a guy as a good friend… good friend is recently engaged… and she really wants to be happy for him… if it weren’t for that one little thing… he’s gay. Hat tip to DC Blogs once Contributing and now Guest Editor, Rachael King whose tweet alerted us to that post.

The pay gap between women and men has seen substantive narrowing the last score of years, but it is stubbornly persistent. A Reddit post encourages women to be more assertive in negotiations to help their own cause in closing a deal: Advice from an HR Manager. Hat tip to Lemmonex for the tweet that hipped me to this.

It would seem virtually inevitable that a blogger who struggles with Doin’ the Grown Up thing would have trouble with accepting the work Blackberry.

Leon, of Listen to Leon met a misogynist at a bar. “Of course, [he] used this stream of ignorance as an opportunity to have some fun at his expense, while simultaneously trying to enlighten him.”

There is something special about a county fair (sure, this city born and bred contributing editor may only know of county fairs from the highlight of summer camp, but I assure you that they are special) and the closest one to DC is the Arlington County Fair. Go Out and Play has the funnel cake heavy details.

The DC Hawkeye‘s formerly Luddite dad has an iPhone. Yes, hilarity ensues.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 9th, 2011 by Mascara & Microchips

For all those D.I.Y.ers out there, check out Sugar and Art‘s latest project: Eco friendly invitations.

Wine connoisseur A Glass After Work sits down with readers and talks about what made her decide to chose her career path, in an effort to personalize her blog. Stop by and check out her story.

I’ve never met a personal shopper before, let alone read the blog of one. Today, I was introduced to Cathy Phillips Fashion. Her latest post is about her struggle with having the tables turned on her: Now she needs the help of a personal shopper!

Any blogger has probably been curious about where their traffic comes from, although in some cases, you may not want to know. Laura Donovan reflects on the odd search terms people googled to wind up on her little slice of internet.

The A-Town Dog Blog scopes up my pick for best pictures this week with a short, sweet, simple post about “doggy friendships“.

Always a tasty addition to any round up, I had to include Keep it Simple Foods‘s recipe for Dark Chocolate Truffles. Quit and painless in terms of truffle making, I hope you sink your teeth into this chocolaty goodness.

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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 8th, 2011 by Paint It What I Tell You

PostSecret is always oddly fascinating, without fail. This week the last one is especially haunting.

Are there any fellow designers or HGTV lovers out there who are itching to try out for Design Star? If so, Tuesday is your chance! MidCity Design District has some details.

Having just cooked quinoa myself for the first time (but eaten it many times before) this summery salad is one I can confidently get behind: the Black Bean Citrus Salad from Fifth Floor Kitchen.

Borderstan has a few valuable tips about your first days at home with a new dog. If you’re into furry friends, read it and take note!

Jason’s View from DC got to play plumber this weekend! He lost me at “fill valve.”

Princess Sparkle Pony’s Photo Blog has itself a little Tea Party close-up!

Lovely pictures of produce just as nature intended it to be (and not as the grocery store displays it) from You, Madam, Are no Sei Shonagon.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 5th, 2011 by magnolia

This is one of the most unorthodox announcements I’ve read in some time, but congratulations are definitely due to Scary Mommy!

I have no real reason to share this with you other than, well, they’re paintings of hands painted to look like animals. Thanks, Third Eye Scratched, for adding a surrealist bent to the roundup.

Pretty pictures of seafood, courtesy of G’s Live Here.

So everyone remember how cool June 8, 2010 was, otherwise known as the night Stephen Strasburg made his transcendent debut and focused the entire baseball world on our humble Nationals? And remember how our shiny-toy pitcher was taken from us with a serious injury? Well. Fret no longer, my dears. As Nationals Review tells us, our Stephen makes a rehab start this very weekend. Who’s up for Strasmas: The Sequel?

I have one answer to your title question, Republic of T: yes. Yes, I am addicted to my smartphone. My nom de blog is Magnolia, and I am a smartphone-aholic.

And an unusual spin on my summer take-us-out vacation photo feature – An American Girl in Washingtonreflects on President Obama’s birthday, and shares with us an iconic shot of the man himself in happier times. Have a great weekend!

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 4th, 2011 by asinglegirldoingsinglethings

How are melons and interns similar?  Hungry Sam provides a witty and accurate description. And speaking of interns, I wonder how the Capitol Hill interns felt when the secret service shut down Good Stuff Eatery yesterday so that President Obama and his staff could chow down on burgers So good tells the story and even snapped a photo of the President ordering. Interesting that the President ordered the regular burger and not the Prez Obama Burger.

City Girls World male guest author is back after a long hiatus to talk about winning and losing the “new significant other battle.”

Not A Lucky Girlwrites about how quickly August arrived and how she plans to savor the feeling of not returning to school this fall for the first time in 18 years.  Even though August is here, the heat is not wavering.  And what better way to cool down after a hot commute home than to try out Keep it Simple Foods’ blueberry infused vodka lemonade. Yum!

Finally, need some tips for online dating?  A Single Lady in DC shares some pointers on setting up an online profile, how to message back and forth, and what to do when you meet up.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on August 3rd, 2011 by RestaurantRefugee

The blogger behind the One Drop Rule wrestles with the quintessential dictate of all writers: writers write.

This post from Washington Human Society satisfies our “cute puppy” quota, but read it for more than the adorable pictures – someone should take mercy on Mercy.

Monday marked the 30 year anniversary of the launch of MTV. In that time, Not Enough Tequila in the World argues that they have gone from “major cultural force to complete pile of worthless crap.” That he does so with only two passing references to Jersey Shore, makes his argument even more impressive.

Listen to Leon proposes punishments for parents who “give their children horrible names” that “scream out ‘I’m from the hood.’”

Are you among the swath of the population that is not too terribly enamored of Google+? Are you an advocate for Google’s latest attempt to lay claim to more of your online life? Are you not among the invited who has an early peek at the new product? All of you, and everyone not covered by the aforementioned categories, will find something to appreciate in the State of the Fourth Estate‘s critique of Google+.

The DC Blogs editorial board in general and this contributing editor in specific are not in the habit of featuring blog posts that have a clear commercial aim. U Street Girl‘s latest post, however, doesn’t fall into the aforementioned because a) it’s not her cause she is promoting nor is she benefiting from it, and b) it’s a restaurant doing barbeque on the patio!