Doodle Dump - May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.” ― Beatrix Potter

Photos from my Instagram account - ejstivers


Brooch of the Month - May 2013 - The Poppy

Monday, May 27, 2013

May's brooch of the month is the poppy pin I received from one of my favorite college professors. One of the best classes I took as an undergrad revolved around the literature of WWI. For the class we studied world literature from that time period along with comics, songs, letters, and chocolate! Although I'd say I grew up in a comparatively patriotic home, the semester I spent studying WWI literature still makes a great impact on me and how I view war, patriotism, and the death of soldiers.

The poppy symbolism comes from In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

Wearing a poppy for Memorial Day isn't much, but it's a small token of my esteem for the men and women who've given their lives for me, my country, and the ideals of justice and freedom. Regardless of my or anyone's views on war, it's still appropriate to honor and remember the fallen.

Photo from my Instagram account - ejstivers

Although in most countries it seems that poppy pins are worn on different days, in America it's most traditional to wear a poppy on Memorial Day (this year Memorial Day fell on May 27). See this excerpt from the U.S. Department for Veterans Affairs for more info:

Q. Why are red poppies worn on Veterans Day, and where can I obtain them?A. The wearing of poppies in honor of America's war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day, not Veterans Day. The practice of wearing of poppies takes its origin from the poem In Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by John McCrae. For information on how to obtain poppies for use on Memorial Day, contact a veterans service organization, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) or The American Legion, as a number of veterans organizations distribute poppies annually on Memorial Day. You can find veterans groups in the Veterans Service Organization link on VA's Veterans Day web page. Veterans groups in your area can be found in your local phone book. Look in the yellow pages under "Veterans and Military Organizations" or a similar heading.


Smorgasbord Saturday - 05/19/13 to 05/25/13

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A young man's journey with cancer and how he chose to live his last few months

Need a new amusement (or time-waster) online? Check out GeoGuessr.

Andy Griffith is being inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, and Carole King won a Gershwin Prize.

Learned a new word this week: paraprosdokian

Apparently, Hanson (of MMMBop fame) is releasing a new beer: Mmmhops

Zach Galifianakis is always a favorite in my book, and now I have further justification for that.

Cats? Check. Cats who believe they can fly? Double check.


Louisville Loves - Taco Punk

Friday, May 24, 2013

Following the theme of most of my Louisville Loves posts so far, I will talk yet again about a local place I love first of all because they have great food, but second because they are willing and eager to adapt their dishes for me. I have been to Taco Punk many times, and they have never failed to impress! Another perk of Taco Punk is that it is located in NuLu (the East Market District in downtown Louisville), so there are plenty of other distractions nearby. 

According to their website, Taco Punk specializes in "quick service gourmet tacos." Additionally, on their menu they state that all ingredients are made fresh and in-house, and they use "locally raised pork and beef, all-natural Amish chicken, and sustainably caught seafood." Good, good, and good! 

 Photo from my Instagram account - ejstivers

I would venture to state that most people get tacos when they go to Taco Punk; however, since I can't eat the tortillas, I have to ask for a slight substitution. Instead of the tortillas, I get around 500% of the normal amount of shredded cabbage that conventional tacos get for the "base" of my meal. The photo below is what I got Thursday night - shredded cabbage, 2 tacos' worth of pineapple pork, carrots, guacamole, as much cilantro as they would give me (I got the lady behind the counter to give me 3x the normal amount, but I still didn't think it was enough, ha.), shredded carrots, and some sort of green chili dressing that was hotter than I expected (I got it because it looked like it might have cilantro in it), but still good. I also got some salsa verde because usually that has more cilantro too. Notice a theme? 

 Photo from my Instagram account - ejstivers

FYI, I went most recently on a Thursday night, which meant that I got to take advantage of their text message coupon for a buy-one-get-one taco. Great deal! You can get info on how to participate in that program on their website.


Smorgasbord Saturday - 05/12/13 to 05/18/13

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Cat has the surprise of his life

Louisville had a new roadside attraction: Kentucky Rushmore!

Interesting retrospective on older generations' pessimism regarding newer generations

Marriage proposal that brings a bit of Italy to Norway

New documentary about the memories and stories one family has surrounding a long-ago affair


Smorgasbord Saturday - 05/05/2013 to 05/11/2013

Saturday, May 11, 2013

True acts of kindness captured on dashcams

Louisville ranked the best place to start a road trip

Secretary of State, Jacob Lew, updated his signature so it won't "debase" our currency :-)

The story of Crayola crayons

Baseball player goes the extra mile for a sick fan (made me cry!)

Love reading about Louisvillians keeping bees :-)


Smorgasbord Saturday - 04/28/13 to 05/04/13

Saturday, May 4, 2013

There's a new Mister Rogers desktop calendar for May 2013.

Interesting article from NPR on the influence an older sibling can have. Apparently people are surprised by this? Seems pretty reasonable...

Improv Everywhere: Seeing Eye People

Mister Rogers Remixed: Garden of Your Mind won a Webby! P.S. I reserve the right the post about Mister Rogers twice in one week with no shame.

Famous artists photographed with their cats.

Gorgeous botanical sketches from Chris Koelle. FYI, he has art on view at the Sojourn Gallery this month.

Massachusetts elementary school gets rid of security guards in favor of art teachers.


Louisville Loves - Lil Cheezers

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

One of the things I love about Louisville is that there are getting to be more and more options for gluten-intolerant people, as well as people who don't eat grains (like myself). I have been pleasantly surprised time and time again by not only restaurants being willing to work with my diet, but also our food trucks being super accommodating (e.g., Grind offering "salad style" burgers). Although I'm not 100% Paleo, I do not eat grains or legumes so I'm constantly having to be creative with my dining-out choices. 

Last night was the monthly Moth StorySLAM, and I was initially very hesitant when I saw that the featured food truck was Lil Cheezers. This was mainly because I assumed that a gourmet grilled cheese truck would not have anything I'd be able to eat. 

As you can see, Lil Cheezers has a ton of interesting options for grilled cheese sandwiches (this is not their full list - here's their online menu). I usually try to avoid looking at them because they might be too tempting. However, last night I was really hungry and thought it wouldn't hurt to ask if they could just put the toppings on their fries instead of bread. The woman who took my order said that it wouldn't be a problem at all and pretty soon I had some Philly-style fries with roast beef, sauteed green peppers and onions, and melted cheddar cheese! 

You may be thinking, "Emily, you're not supposed to eat white potatoes or dairy or refined foods with Paleo," or "Wow, that looks amazing!" at this point. My answers are as follows:
- I'm not 100% Paleo...I'm sticking with the no grains and no legumes for now. I try to eat less refined food, but I do not stress out about it.
- Yes, it was very good! I recommend checking out Lil Cheezers if you see them around town or at an event.

I definitely look forward to trying out more of the options in the future! Also, Lil Cheezers does have a physical location in addition to their food trucks. A little bird last night told me they may or may not have house-made fries at that location...Does anyone know?

Lil Cheezers' website
Lil Cheezers' Facebook


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