Doodle Dump - July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.”  ― Walt Stanchfield

Photos from my Instagram account - ejstivers


Countdown to ACL - 75 Days Left

Sunday, July 28, 2013

In anticipation of going to the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival in October, I'm counting down the days and familiarizing myself with some of the bands I haven't listened to much before.

For the 75 day mark, I chose Foxygen. Foxygen is one of the many bands my friend Tyler has told me I'd like and I didn't believe him for months to years. Sometimes a girl has to listen to an album more than once, ya know? I got a free album when I volunteered at a pledge drive for Louisville's NPR affiliate earlier in the year, but it wasn't until Tyler and I drove to Nashville that I actually listened to it.

Here's one of my new favorite songs (you  may need to click through if you're viewing this post via a feed reader):

It makes me really want rhinoceros-shaped earrings!


Smorgasbord Saturday - 07/21/13 to 07/27/13

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me's Sandwich Monday - am I the only one who's never heard of this?

The Awkward Years Project

Etymology of the word "sincere"

The Highlands are getting a new concept restaurant from KFC: KFC eleven

It's officially the Summer of George!

A college QB uses his piano skills to do duets with a girl at St. Jude's

Every library and museum in the USA mapped


Countdown to Austin City Limits - 80 Days Left

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I'm headed to one of my favorite cities in October for the Austin City Limits Music Festival! In anticipation of this event, I wanted to start counting down the days and listening to some of the bands I might not be super familiar with yet (because it's more fun to have favorite songs before you witness a performance!).

Today's selection is Neko Case's "People Got A Lotta Nerve." This might be cheating because I already really like this song. (You might have to click through to see the full post if you're viewing this in a feed reader.)

To be fair, here's a song by the same artist that I just heard for the first time today...


Smorgasbord Saturday - 07/14/13 to 07/20/13

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Handy tool that lets you compare and contrast two fonts at the same time.

I definitely want a hairless cat one day! Love these pics!

Have you hugged a monster today?

Cronut craziness

50 places every literary fan should visit

Interesting not-for-profit organization seeks to share the beauty of humanity - Positive Exposure

There's been a kerfuffle about food trucks in Louisville this week. Read my favorite, favorite food truck's owner's response on her blog.

Did you know that some people get $1.00/year as their salary?


Independence Day 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Whew! I'm still recovering from my whirlwind Independence Day week. While not everything went as planned because of rain, I still had plans nearly all day every day. If you haven't already noticed by now, this post makes it painfully obvious that I don't mind making several trips in one week to restaurants I really like! During a recent conversation, it was discovered that I'd eaten at Eiderdown on average every three days since my first visit! Even I am willing to admit that is a little extreme...

Drove to Nashville after work to pick up a surprise visitor! We went to some perennial Nashville faves for dinner (The Pharmacy) and dessert (Jeni's, of course!). 

My Happy Place - Jeni's

Also got to meet my friends' (Nate and Christina) new dog, Uma! She's great :-) 

Friends and I had planned to walk the Big Four bridge and go to the Independence Festival at Waterfront Park, but it ended up raining all day. Instead we opted to stick with the second half of the plans which was going to Proof on Main, seeing fireworks, and then roaming around 21c

To be honest, I was disappointed with the food and service at Proof on Main. Not sure if it was just an off night for them, but I don't plan to go back or recommend it to others. 21c was - as always - amazing and time well spent. 

Photo from Rene's instagram - reneorth

This was the morning of the big surprise! Tyler and I realized some months ago that this summer was our "friendiversary" with Amber. While Amber and I have been friends for decades, we actually just met Tyler 10 years ago through a mutual acquaintance at Putt-Putt. Tyler decided to come to Louisville so we could surprise Amber when she was in town to see her family for Independence Day. Although Tyler and I convinced each other that Amber had figured it out, both Amber and her husband Joe were completely surprised! We had breakfast at Highland Morning after the big reveal :-)

Photo from Amber's instagram - amberjoy521

After that we went to NuLu and got coffee at Please & Thank You. Afterward, I made everyone look at the Ohio River and I-64 from the top of the Muhammad Ali Center and we went in the museum's gift shop. I had told Amber and Joe to allow three hours for the surprise (mainly because you can never be sure how long it will take to eat brunch, ha!), so we had some time we needed to fill before heading over to Amber's parents' home for an Independence Day fete. 

There were lots of kids at Amber's parents' home. Perks of that included the following: 
- Ryan being called "Chubby Boy"
- Having baseball explained and demonstrated to me by four-year-old Timothy
- Tyler being made fun of for not having any "fun" apps on his phone
- Playing "numbers versus power cards" Uno...which was a make-it-up-as-he-went-along game I played with seven-year-old Titus
- Trying to show a little girl how to plays games on an iPad that I myself cannot play without failing miserably
- Amber's sweet baby niece, Beatrice, falling asleep on me :-) 

I finally got to meet this great dog, Danny Garrad! He's so sweet and let me carry him around like a baby. Amber and Joe have had him since last fall, but I hadn't been to NYC since they adopted him so I hadn't had the chance to meet him in person. Can't wait to spend more time with him in August!

I kidnapped Tyler and his mom and made them go to Eiderdown with me. 

Amber and Joe's last day in Kentucky :-(

Amber's and my families joined each other for lunch. We went to...Eiderdown, of course! It was great (as I knew it would be). I loved sitting together with everyone and seeing everyone try things there for the first time.

Later that night, Tyler, Ryan and I went to Four Pegs, laughed about high school memories (what else would we do?!), and talked about Harry Potter. 

Tyler's last day in town :-(

We road-tripped to Nashville for his flight back to Austin. Of course, I had to go to Jeni's again!

The Thursday evening after my Independence Day weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Ash and Katrina (Amber's brother and sister-in-law) and their two daughters, Annie and Beatrice. They graciously picked me up from work and we explored 21c, ate at Four Pegs, and then got ice cream at The Comfy Cow (my favorite local ice cream place!). 

All things considered, it was a wonderful week and I'm so glad there were so many out-of-towners in and so many Louisvillians who stayed in town for the holiday! I especially appreciated being able to play "tour guide" so many times...which of course meant that I got to do my favorite things and eat at my favorite restaurants. :-) Maybe next time we can check out Doc Crow's, That Place on Goss, and/or go to an antique mall?


Smorgasbord Saturday - 07/07/13 to 07/13/13

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Touching story about two boys and an ESPN producer who overcame the odds

20 one afternoon craft ideas

According to dialect maps, Kentucky is both Southern and Midwestern

Did you know that roly polies are crustaceans?

A girl and her cat


Louisville Loves - Eiderdown

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I try not to get too obsessed with restaurants because usually that means they will close; however, I can't help being just a little crazy about Eiderdown right now. In fact, I caught myself thinking about my year as "pre-Eiderdown" vs. "post-Eiderdown" earlier this morning.

First things first, Eiderdown is beautiful inside! There's lots of natural light during the day and at night the ambiance from lighted candles is gorgeous. Each time I've been every table has been adorned with fresh flowers.

One thing I have gotten every time I've been to Eiderdown is the beer cheese appetizer. I always choose to sub hand-cut fries for the baguette. I have a serious weakness for hand-cut fries, and Eiderdown doesn't disappoint. A neat thing about this appetizer is that it's different every time you go (unless you have a habit of ordering it twice in the same weekend...which I may or may not have done...twice) because they change up the beer and cheese used frequently. My favorite combo so far has been the Oarsmen Ale + colby cheese. They have all been great though and I can't not order it now. Pro tip: order some IPA mustard to go along with this appetizer.

As far as entrees go, I have been trying to make my way through the menu rather than just getting the same thing every time - even though that is tempting! So far the Nachburger is a favorite, but everything I have tried has been excellent. Additionally, as far as I can tell (depending on how honest everyone is, ha!) everyone I've eaten there with has been very pleased with their Eiderdown experience as well.

One of the thing I really like about Eiderdown is that they are continuing to expand their made-in-house offerings. For example, they just began serving their own ice creams. I believe the flavors so far are vanilla, goat cheese, and sorghum, but I wouldn't be surprised if they continue to create additional and/or limited-time flavors. I tried the goat cheese ice cream and really liked it. My favorite dessert is the chocolate pot de crème. It comes with two peanut butter cookies so if you're ever there with me, you may become the lucky recipient of them!

While Eiderdown is in no way a paleo restaurant, I have had no trouble eating grain- and legume-free time and time again. It's simple to order something with no bread, or order an appetizer with fries instead of bread. One perk is that all their sides are grain-free. It's really nice to not be forced to always select the same side over and over again at a restaurant because everything else is off-limits. They offer four sides: warm potato salad, greens, hand-cut fries, and a slaw. I really like all the sides with the exception of the slaw. That is the only thing on the menu (I've been at least six times and tried dozens of things) that I wouldn't order again or recommend whole-heartedly.

Check out my other Louisville Loves food reviews:
Lil Cheezers
Taco Punk


Smorgasbord Saturday - 06/30/13 to 07/06/13

Saturday, July 6, 2013

I hadn't thought about Lynn's Paradise Cafe closing meaning that there wouldn't be an ugly lamp contest at the KY State Fair this year :-(

Have you ever heard of Joan Pujol Garcia? Amazing!


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