STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: URGENT.LY

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Car woes – we’ve all been there, without trying or wanting to end up in need of roadside assistance. Whatever your roadside assistance horror story, I’m sure it involves the same must-haves as everyone else’s. I’m talking impending doom, end-of-the-world type bad weather, wonky cell-phone reception, already running late to now hopeless plans, and a long wait despite some preconceived notion that having Triple AAA would be a lifesaver. Mine are almost always a result of locking my own keys in my car like the responsible, well-put together adult that I am…. which the universe rewards with roughly two hours curbside to reflect and mull over the question, “Why am I like this?” STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: URGENT.LY

“You enter into a bright, high-ceilinged foyer; there’s a sitting room right there that has a massive picture window looking out onto the street, so you’ll have plenty of time to consult your Big Book o’ Excuses when you see neighborhood kids selling fundraising candy bars coming up your front walk.  (I always go with, “I don’t actually live here, I’m a burglar.”)”

“You enter into a bright, high-ceilinged foyer; there’s a sitting room right there that has a massive picture window looking out onto the street, so you’ll have plenty of time to consult your Big Book o’ Excuses when you see neighborhood kids selling fundraising candy bars coming up your front walk.  (I always go with, “I don’t actually live here, I’m a burglar.”)”

4 FESTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER NIGHTS

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It’s hard to get bored in a city like Washington, but long December nights can make it hard to muster the motivation to get out of the house. These are some events to plan for once the sun goes down.

Go Ice Skating

If you’re looking to stay active in the cold, swing by one of the city’s scenic ice rinks. The famed Watergate Hotel has a rooftop rink with hot drinks and snacks along with views of  much of D.C. Nearby, there’s the Washington Harbour ice rink, a good base location for shopping and exploring the streets and lights of Georgetown. Or gather at the National Gallery of Art for a session at the popular sculpture garden ice rink, overlooking the National Archives. 4 FESTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER NIGHTS

DOCKLESS BIKESHARES PROVE YET AGAIN THAT WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS

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Who would’ve thought the age-old argument over human nature would’ve been settled by something as mundane as dockless bikeshare bicycles? The theory was that if people are essentially good and well-meaning, then they’d treat the bikes with respect and return them to their proper place even though no one is watching. On the other hand, if people are essentially bad and corrupt, they’d trash the bikes and throw them in the canal just because they can. Guess what they’ve been doing. DOCKLESS BIKESHARES PROVE YET AGAIN THAT WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES! 5 HOLIDAY COOKIES WORTH BAKING

When people exchange pleasantries and say that they’re so happy it’s the “Holiday Season,” or sheepishly excuse their heinously high credit card statement because “it’s the Giving Season,” it’s all I can do to not shake them instead of shake my head that they are missing the bigger picture. Yes, it’s the holiday season, and by association, the giving season. But, more (or most) importantly…it’s the cookie season! Can you think of one other time of year when cookies are in such abundance? ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES! 5 HOLIDAY COOKIES WORTH BAKING

“Inside, the entry level living room is sprawling and bright, and opens onto the outdoor patio, so if your teenager comes downstairs one night to show you a brochure for the expensive art college he wants to go to where they don’t give grades or degrees, you can take the brochure, walk outside, and throw it over the hedge into the neighbor’s firepit.”

“Inside, the entry level living room is sprawling and bright, and opens onto the outdoor patio, so if your teenager comes downstairs one night to show you a brochure for the expensive art college he wants to go to where they don’t give grades or degrees, you can take the brochure, walk outside, and throw it over the hedge into the neighbor’s firepit.”

THE WALLS MIGHT NOT TALK, BUT THEY’RE ALIVE: PHOTOSYNTHESIZING WALLPAPER

If you missed the memo, please refer to a past post, but I can catch you up to speed in a sentence: Wallpaper is, like, so in. For a minute (or a decade) or so, we painfully peeled it off the insides of our homes and turned up our noses while we stuck to more neutral décor, like simple paint, but now…it’s back and better than ever. Not only is bold, retro-inspired wallpaper back on-trend for interior design, but also the decorative staple has also somehow found itself at the forefront of scientific discovery. Yeah, you read that right. THE WALLS MIGHT NOT TALK, BUT THEY’RE ALIVE: PHOTOSYNTHESIZING WALLPAPER

DC CHARITY SPOTLIGHT: LOADS OF LOVE (LOL)

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For many, it’s a beautiful time of year. Gift giving and marshmallow roasting, cozying up by the fire, time with loved ones. For others, it can be a tough season that amplifies hardships. That’s why it’s important for those who are able to think of this season as a season of giving – not only to those who you hold dear in your life, but perhaps to those who need it most – whether they are friends, family, strangers, or somewhere in-between. DC CHARITY SPOTLIGHT: LOADS OF LOVE (LOL)

ART YOUR HEART OUT DECEMBER: TOP 7 ABSTRACT ART EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT

I’m not sure about you but one of my most absolute all-time favorite months out of the year is December —  and that’s not just because it’s my birthday month ya’ll.  I don’t know — there’s just something about December and the end of the year that  just really makes the District want to get #turntup like no other.

True to it’s nature, DC has some insanely awesome art exhibitions this month — way too many to fit in one post, actually. As I was perusing the various galleries and museums I noticed an unusually higher number of exhibitions focusing on the abstract than I typically see. ART YOUR HEART OUT DECEMBER: TOP 7 ABSTRACT ART EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT

WEEKEND HITLIST COMIN’ AT YA!

Uff! Can we all get one collective sigh that the work week is over (at least for some of us) and we can finally get a little bit of R&R?! If you’re looking to spice up your holiday weekend then you’re in for a treat because this weekend is packed full of some awesome social festivities to get you back in your groove. So take a look at our weekend hitlist and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
WEEKEND HITLIST COMIN’ AT YA!