CHECK OUT THESE 4 NEW EATS NEAR NATIONALS PARK

Baseball season is back in the District. The Washington Nationals kicked off their 2018 quest for the World Series last week and will return home to Nationals Park this Thursday, April 5. For many fans, the best part of the baseball game is the food. Eating at the ballpark is an experience all its own (there’s just something about a hot dog in summer), but it can also be pricey and less creative than other nearby options. CHECK OUT THESE 4 NEW EATS NEAR NATIONALS PARK

YOUR SMART HOME IS (PROBABLY) NOT TRYING TO KILL YOU

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No, your smart home is not trying to kill you.  It might be thinking about it, though.

That’s really the only reasonable conclusion after yesterday’s news that Amazon’s home assistant, Alexa, has started creepily laughing out of nowhere.

While Amazon claims the laughter is a response to a misheard “Alexa, laugh” command, I think we all know that they’re lying and that the machines have achieved sentience.  See you in the abandoned mine where the last of us humans hide out from the drone patrols. YOUR SMART HOME IS (PROBABLY) NOT TRYING TO KILL YOU

FEEL THE WIND BENEATH YOUR WINGS AT THE KITE FESTIVAL

Remember the kite-eating tree from the Peanuts comic strip? Every time Charlie Brown tried to fly his kite, the tree would snatch it from the sky and chew it up. Sometimes the string would be wrapped around the tree, sometimes it would be wrapped around Charlie Brown, leaving him to dangle upside-down from the branches helplessly like a meal for a spider. FEEL THE WIND BENEATH YOUR WINGS AT THE KITE FESTIVAL

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

CAN YOU ADOPT? YES

A recent Washington Post story revealed how the process of adopting a pet is becoming almost as involved as the process of adopting a child. Restrictions are mounting, to the point where the president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was ruled unfit to adopt a dog.

Although policies are becoming tougher, most government-run animal shelters do not place unreasonable restrictions on potential adopters. After all, the animals need homes. At the same time, careful vetting of potential adopters helps cut down on animal returns, since shelter workers can better match pets with appropriate homes when they have the right information. CAN YOU ADOPT? YES

CABIN ESCAPES WITHIN DC’S REACH

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I know the start of the new year is supposed to be invigorating, inspiring, and energizing, but I can’t be the only one that struggles to slog through January and February. More often than not, the start of the year feels like a grind. We’re deep in the midst of winter’s wrath, sick with cabin fever (and maybe something else if you didn’t get this year’s flu shot), and really ready for spring to get sprung already so we can complain about the fact that it’s hot while sitting in the sunshine! (There’s nothing better). CABIN ESCAPES WITHIN DC’S REACH

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