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
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
The buildings that make up the sprawling campus of St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital in Southeast — much of which has gone unused for decades and is in varying stages of disrepair — stands as a kind of reminder of how the mentally ill have been treated in the U.S. over the past 165 years.… ARCHITECTURE AS A CURE: ST. ELIZABETHS HOSPITAL
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
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
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
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)
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.
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!