Doodle Dump - March 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

“Drawing makes you look at the world more closely. It helps you see what you’re looking at more clearly. Did you know that?”    ― David Almond

Photos from my Instagram account - ejstivers


Smorgasbord Saturday - 03/24/13 to 03/30/13

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Smorgasbord Saturday: a smattering of links highlighting my favorite blog posts, pins, etc. from the previous week. 

Went to the Moth StorySLAM on Tuesday.

Video of a little girl who loves "walking" the dog

Found out about acrostic rings - messages are spelled out using the first letters from each gemstone's name.


Louisville Loves - Moth StorySLAM

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hands down, one of my favorite Louisville events is the Moth StorySLAM. This event is actually a part of a nationwide network of Moth events - we’re just lucky enough in Louisville to participate :-)

A little info on The Moth and StorySLAMs:
- Created to encourage honest story-telling
- You can catch Moth stories via NPR stations and online
- StorySLAMs are open for anyone to participate so there's a lot of variety in the participants

Photo from my Instagram account - ejstivers

I’ve been going faithfully since October 2012, and I must say that the last Tuesday of every month is officially blocked out on my calendar so I can attend the StorySLAM at Headliners. My friends and I have learned that we have to get there early in order to have time to visit the food truck (my favorite is when Grind is there! - more on that Louisville Love later) and get decent seats inside. In recent months, the shows have turned into SRO events about 20 minutes before the show. 

Each StorySLAM has a theme, so those who want to participate have to make sure that their story follows the night's theme. An unlimited number of participants can put their names in for storytelling, but only 10 will be randomly selected to actually tell stories. Each person is given 5 minutes to tell his or her story and there are three groups of judges who give each person a score. The person who wins will go on to the GrandSLAM - an annual storytelling competition for the best of the best local storytellers. The winner of the GrandSLAM goes on to a Moth competition in NYC!

My favorite aspect of the StorySLAMs is hearing interesting, compelling, hysterical, heart-wrenching and/or shocking stories from individuals I’d never have such personal encounters with otherwise. Without the StorySLAMs, I doubt I’d hear even one such story from a complete stranger without going out of my way (which isn’t a bad idea!) - much less 10 in one night! 

I feel like before I end this post, I need to give a little shout out to two of my friends who have been daring and confident enough to actually put their names in to tell stories - Sarah C. and Rene! Super proud of these ladies and their willingness to be vulnerable and funny in front of a large group of strangers. I’d be totally intimidated, but I so appreciate their strong spirits!

Here’s the info if you’re interested in attending a future Moth StorySLAM event:
Date: Last Tuesday of every month
Time: doors 7PM, show 8PM
Cost: $8 (you can also pay for parking across the street, but there’s generally a lot of street parking if you get there an hour early to eat), plus money for the food truck


Smorgasbord Saturday - 03/17/13 to 03/23/13

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Smorgasbord Saturday: a smattering of links highlighting my favorite blog posts, pins, etc. from the previous week. 

Love this idea for bringing literature alive for kids. 

Video - learn to see like an artist.

Saw Kopecky Family Band last weekend - love them! I wasn't planning to go, but I won tickets for the show from WFPK. It was a great night. 

Gorgeous typographic Bible verses

Very bizarre post from one of my favorite blogs: Awful Library Books. 

Sort of surreal webcomic merging Anne of Green Gables and Henry VIII.


Smorgasbord Saturday - 03/10/13 to 03/16/13

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Smorgasbord Saturday: a smattering of links highlighting my favorite blog posts, pins, etc. from the previous week. 

Received the proof for a custom family + cats portrait I ordered for a couple of my good friends. It was excellent!! I definitely recommend working with Yasmine of Cat vs. Human

Saw this video of Billy Joel letting a young man accompany him during a concert. 

Sausage, egg, and sweet potato breakfast skillet? Yes, please. 

Found out Google Reader is being shut down in July. :-( :-( :-( 


Brooch of the Month - March 2013 - The Beetle

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Just picked up this little beauty at Scout - a tasteful boutique in the East Market district (aka "NuLu") of downtown Louisville. If you go to visit Scout, be sure to drop in Please & Thank You for some coffee, Why Louisville for some local treasures, and Hound Dog Press for letterpress goodness. 

Photo from my Instagram account - ejstivers


Smorgasbord Saturday - 03/03/13 to 03/09/13

Smorgasbord Saturday: a smattering of links highlighting my favorite blog posts, pins, etc. from the previous week. 

Bought this cute painterly pencil skirt at Anthropologie this week.  

Funny clip of competitive punsters coming up with country-related puns on the spot. pepper chicken nachos

In protest of Andy Griffith being slighted in the Oscars' "In Memoriam" portion of the programming, I bought one of the movies he starred in - A Face in the Crowd.

This is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. Shaq is hysterical

I had a piece of art shown at an art show at my church this weekend! It'll be up until sometime in May, I believe.


Travel: 5 Things I Love About Austin

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

In February I had the pleasure of visiting a new favorite city: Austin, Texas. Although I had been to Texas when I was really little, I hadn't had a reason to visit since I started traveling as an adult. Fortunately for me, one of my best friends moved there a few months ago so I now have a great excuse. Austin really reminded me of Louisville in a lot of ways. I'm not sure how to describe it, but the overall feel of the city was very Louisville-y.

I'm sure there will be a follow-up post in the future, but I wanted to go ahead and do a brief recap of this trip since it was so great! I guess I should mention that the beginning of the trip wasn't very fun since I got food poisoning from airport food in Atlanta. I spent my first full day in Austin watching art documentaries on Netflix and getting up about once an hour to throw up. Shout out to Tyler for going to the store to get me coconut water, Powerade, and Jello cups so I would stay hydrated! 

Back to the good stuff...

1. Amy's Ice Creams
Maybe one of the reasons Austin felt like Louisville was Amy's Ice Creams. It's no secret that I love ice cream, but perhaps what you didn't know was that bourbon-flavored ice cream is my favorite, favorite. I'm used to it at The Comfy Cow and Graeter's here in Louisville, but I don't really expect to see it outside of Kentucky or the surrounding states. However, I was pleasantly surprised that Amy's not only had a bourbon ice cream, but it was also mint julep ice cream so it had real spearmint leaves in the ice cream. What?! So good. 

Coincidentally, this location is super close to Tyler's apartment. I'm not sure how he resists going every day, but he's found the willpower somehow. 

2. Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Something else that is close to Tyler's is Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Once again, I'm not sure how he resists going every day, but apparently he's able to control himself. Along with my love of ice cream, I sincerely enjoy some good hand-cut fries and Hopdoddy did not disappoint. The burger was excellent as well!

I can't remember what burger I got because I'm a bad blogger, but here it was in all its glory:

We went to a lot of great restaurants in Austin, but Hopdoddy stands out in my mind as my favorite. 

3. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema / Mondo Art Gallery
One of the few things I knew about Austin before visiting was that it is where Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas originated. Basically what sets this place apart is that they have very high standards for the movie-going experience (e.g., you get one warning for talking or texting during a movie and after that you are kicked out without a refund, no unaccompanied minors ever, no babies [Note: I love babies, but they can be pretty disruptive in a movie theater!] except on specified baby days), and you can eat a surprisingly decent meal while watching your movie! 

By the way, we saw Argo there and really liked it!

The cinema locations also feature Mondo movie posters. I hadn't heard of Mondo before, but right before my trip a friend told me about them so Tyler and I also decided to go their gallery in Austin. It was really interesting! Some faves from the gallery:

Inspired by Jurassic Park

Inspired by Jaws

4. Downtown Austin 
One of the things I unexpectedly loved was walking around downtown Austin. This was unexpected because 1. I don't like being hot, 2. I don't like being in the sun, and 3. I had very low expectations for the beauty of a hot place like Texas. Everything was beautiful during the day (picture below), and then at night certain streets downtown had twinkle lights draped across beautifully groomed trees (sadly I didn't get a photo) which was magical. 

5. Road trip to San Antonio / Seeing the Alamo
Okay, maybe it's cheating to say that one of my favorite things was not actually in Austin; however, I can turn that around to say that Austin is conveniently close to some other great cities...that works, right? Tyler and I spent half of a day in San Antonio and it was great! Once again I'll betray my embittered-against-hot-places heart and say that I was overwhelmingly surprised by how beautiful San Antonio was. I actually wish I could have spent more time there! 

Even though we got there right before it closed so we didn't spend a lot of time exploring, I was really happy that we got to see the Alamo. I will always remember it! ;-) 

The River Walk was unbelievably gorgeous. Totally worth a trip just to experience it. Plus, I felt like I was in a foreign country the whole time due to there being few safety barriers, ha!

San Antonio also has some great old buildings! If I were to go back, I'd try to spend more time learning about the history of everything, but this time I had to be content just seeing the buildings.

I would be remiss if I didn't note that one of the best parts of the trip was meeting Tyler's kittens: Grandma Moses (left) and Zelda Fitzgerald (right). They are great and kept me entertained during the whole visit :-) 


Smorgasbord Saturday - 02/24/13 to 03/02/13

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Smorgasbord Saturday: a smattering of links highlighting my favorite blog posts, pins, etc. from the previous week. 

Loved these sweet invitations featuring a silhouette and gold glitter.  

Great idea for growing your cloth napkin collection: make your own

3 great tips for when you entertain overnight houseguests.

Heard that a new location of Havana Rumba would be coming to the Douglass Loop area via Consuming Louisville

Here's a video of Mister Rogers speaking before the Senate in 1969. 

Cutest little guy in pajamas


Furry Friends

Furry Friends

Danny in NYC

Danny in NYC
Photo by Amber

Zelda Fitzgerald & Grandma Moses in NYC

Zelda Fitzgerald & Grandma Moses in NYC
Photo by Spenser

Lola in New Albany

Lola in New Albany
Photo by Grace

Delbert in Louisville

Delbert in Louisville
Photo by Kimi

Jason in Cleveland

Jason in Cleveland
Photo by Shelby