HERE COMES THE SUN

If you’ve lived in D.C. for more than a year or two, you know that the first days of spring usually arrive sometime in February. Residents originating from colder climes find this puzzling and somewhat disconcerting at first. But then they get used to it, and they realize that they must keep all their clothing — heavy coats, rain boots, bathing suits, etc. — handy at all times, because you never know when you’re going to need one of them here. In fact, you might need all three in one day. HERE COMES THE SUN

VERY, EXTREMELY, INSANELY LAST-MINUTE VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEA

Hello, Valentine’s Day –– we meet again. I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day girl. I mean, don’t get me wrong –– I used to love in grade school when it was a free for all as far as eating chocolate, hoping that my crush was going to suddenly come to their senses and love me, and all of the pre-bought store notes from classmates that were required, not warranted. However, in adulthood, I’ve certainly found myself on the more cynical side of the Valentine’s Day equation. I mean, how many burpees do I need to do to work off an entire heart filled with chocolates? And why is the ratio of good chocolates to nasty, cherry goop filled chocolates so askew? Also, why can’t I just go ahead and buy my own chocolates if I have to blatantly remind my husband that it’s Valentine’s Day anyway? Sigh. VERY, EXTREMELY, INSANELY LAST-MINUTE VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT IDEA

WHERE TO FIND MARDI GRAS PARTIES IN DC

Mardi Gras is almost here. And as they say in New Orleans, it’s a time to “laissez les bon temps rouler” for a night of eating, drinking, and cheer. Fat Tuesday falls on February 13 this year (yes, that’s the day before Valentine’s Day) and D.C. is always down for an excuse to party. So break out the beads and make a plan for a day of Louisiana-inspired cocktails, food, and music.

No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without a traditional king cake. The colorful and sweet cake is the favorite dessert for the occasion–just watch out for the small toy baby baked inside. Finding it in your slice is said to be good luck. WHERE TO FIND MARDI GRAS PARTIES IN DC

COME CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG

Although D.C.’s Chinatown is small and continues to shrink every year, no one can say our Chinese New Year celebration doesn’t rock.

Thousands don puffy coats and knit caps every year and flood into the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop looking to secure prime parade viewing spots along 7th and 8th streets.

This year — 4716 — is the Year of the Dog. (Of course, here in America, every year is the year of the dog.) COME CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG

SPICE UP SUNDAY NIGHTS WITH THESE SPECIAL MEALS

For most people, Sundays are a time to rest, spend time with friends and family, and maybe hit the city for a relaxing brunch. The evenings, in particular, are ideal for pausing over a meal and recharging for the week ahead. That doesn’t mean you need to spend the last hours of your weekend cooking and cleaning, though. There are several D.C. restaurants with special menus available on Sunday nights only, designed to be an easy and affordable way to close out the week. Here are a few spots. SPICE UP SUNDAY NIGHTS WITH THESE SPECIAL MEALS

HOW TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY? LET US COUNT THE WAYS

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It’s still more than two weeks until Valentine’s Day. That means if you think your girlfriend is expecting an engagement ring or other meaningful piece of jewelry that signifies a commitment on your behalf, you still have time to break up with her to avoid seeing her face fall when she opens the long, flat box and finds … GLOVES inside!

Of course for every couple who wishes the end would just come already for their stagnant relationship, there are two singles who would give up room in the medicine cabinet just for the opportunity to sit on the couch for one night next to a warm body and watch some crappy TV. HOW TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY? LET US COUNT THE WAYS

URBAN SCRAWL’S TOP STORIES OF 2017

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Before we rush headlong into 2018, let’s take just a moment to pause and reflect on the things we did well in 2017.  And when I say “pause and reflect,” what I mean is, “slather ourselves in glory like a gravy-basted Christmas turkey.”

Without further ado, here are the top stories from 2017, minus a few evergreen posts that seem to get thousands of views every year no matter what.  (I’m not surprised that so many people are googling “buy legal weed in DC,” but I am a little surprised – not to mention concerned – that so many people are looking for abandoned buildings in DC.  I don’t understand it, so I’m just going to blame millennials.) URBAN SCRAWL’S TOP STORIES OF 2017