Everyone is putting out July 4 guides. Popsicles, popsicle recipes, cell phone covers in red, white and blue, leggings in red, white and blue (*shudder*), burger-grilling tips, places to go and things to do to celebrate National Fireworks Day. But over at Scoutmob, we are more ahead of the curve. We're preparing for July 5, National Fireworks Day Hangover Day. Yes, Happy National Fireworks Day Hangover Day, July 5! You're most likely going to be crying in a ball from one too many cocktails the night before. You're also probably going to have an awkward sunburn from that pool party your neighbor threw. You may even have a sunscreen handprint (this has happened to me before). On your butt. (That's another story). So here are a few things to do.
- Be prepared on July 3.
Here's a shopping list: Gatorade, Coconut Water, Banana, Regular Water, Loaf of Bread, Diet Water...
- Breakfast is essential.
Three Scoutmob-endorsed spots:
• Back Alley Waffles (In Blagden Alley behind 1209 10th St., NW) for waffles that will cure what ails ya.
• Uncle Chip's (1514 N. Capitol St., NW in Truxton Circle) for a free COOKIE FOR BREAKFAST!
• DC Scoop Café + Creperie (1514 U St., NW) for both sweet and savory crepes and coffee.
Get in the pool.
Because you have to get rid of that awkward handprint. Plus, it's a fact (kinda): pools help you get over hangovers. Here's a list of great pools in DC, but if you want to splurge, check out the new Vida Penthouse Poolclub.
Go to the movies.
There are a lot of good movies out, especially ones featuring my future husband Mark Duplass. Your Sister's Sister and Safety Not Guaranteed are fun indies that will make you feel semi-productive. Catch them at E Street CineIf you're really hungover, go see an animated movie like Brave or Madagascar 3. Then get this stuck in your head. Cry.
Lay in bed and watch TV.
Because, meh. Sometimes super lazy days are necessary. Plus, there are particularly good summer marathons these days and if you have cable, you can on-demand the entire season of GIRLS or watch one of four current pawn shows. My personal favorite is Hardcore Pawn. You might be hungover, but at least you're not sitting behind bullet-proof glass in Detroit.
Meredith Fineman writes the always amusing site, TheFFJD, as well as maintains the site Girls Aren't Funny. She also tweets here.