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
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
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.
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
This is the time of year many people have joined a gym, vowing to regain the shape of their youth even if they have to stop eating Pringles and Mountain Dew for a while. But a gym membership isn’t for everyone. It costs money, it takes time, it hurts, and for many people, it isn’t fun.
If losing weight and getting in better shape is your goal — versus becoming competitive on the body-building circuit — all you have to do is move more and eat less. We know — that’s easier said than done. But living in the DMV can make it the process less painful, because we have so many great spots to walk. … WAYS TO LOSE THE WEIGHT YOU GAINED OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE
If you’re ever driving around Forest Glen looking for the Metro and you get lost and you come upon a Swiss chalet and a Japanese pagoda, you have not entered another world, you have just discovered the National Park Seminary. … PRESERVING HISTORY AT NATIONAL PARK SEMINARY
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