Smorgasbord Saturday - 08/25/13 to 08/31/13

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Slow loris eating

A touching song written by a man who lost his wife of 75 years

Kristin Chenoweth did a duet with an audience member...who turned out to be a voice teacher

Louisville has a BEAUTIFUL new mural downtown thanks to Bryan Patrick Todd & Kirby Stafford

This cat's vocalizations while eating sour cream will never not be funny.


Doodle Dump - August 2013

“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 


Travel: New York City, August 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Last weekend I took my annual NYC trip! I have been going up once or twice a year every year since one of my dearest friends moved there for college in 2006. This trip was a little longer than usual and it made a huge difference. I felt like I had time to relax and really enjoy my friends rather than feeling rushed. I'll definitely continue to make longer trips when I visit Amber and Joe!

Wednesday, August 21
My friend Ryan and I arrived at Amber and Joe's apartment late Wednesday night. I had Amber and Danny open their birthday presents within a few minutes. I'd had Amber's since February, so I'd already been waiting long enough! 

As soon as I pulled Danny's toy out of my bag, he immediately walked over and took it as if he knew it was for him automatically! He continued to obsess over it for the remainder of my trip. Dog auntie success! :-) 

Thursday, August 22
The next morning, Amber made breakfast for Ryan and me. 

After that, Amber and I surprised Ryan by taking him to the driving range at Chelsea Piers! For some reason, this was the third time I've done this in NYC. Nothing like being in the City that makes you want to hit golf balls...? Ryan was the only who knew what he was doing, but Amber and I both made good faith efforts! My favorite part was when I asked what I was doing wrong, Amber and Ryan said that they couldn't pinpoint it to just one thing, haha. I think Amber was more successful at getting the balls actually out of our little cubicle, but I did earn most improved by the end. 

This photo gets funnier the longer you look at it, haha. From Amber's Instagram - amberjoy521

We had lunch at the Standard Biergarten

After that we walked in the rain to Chelsea Market and the High Line. Those were both new experiences for me and I loved them! I definitely want to go to Chelsea Market again. 

After that we met up with Casey (one of Amber's best friends) and Joe nearby. Somehow this morphed into Amber and me riding Citi Bikes to dinner at Tortilla Flats. This was terrifying, but we both survived and lived to tell the tale! Amber's actually a bit too short to ride the bikes, so she has a better excuse than I do for avoiding this next time. 

That night Tyler finally got into town!

Friday, August 23
On Friday we met Casey for brunch at Bocca before heading to the Guggenheim

From Amber's Instagram - amberjoy521

After the museum, I was still enjoying art in the City. I especially like the murals that surround elementary schools there :-) 

"Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Ready"

Friday night we had a great dinner at La Bottega outdoors. Beautiful!

After that we headed to The Tippler where we met up with more friends. 

Saturday, August 24
On Saturday, my wonderful friends made breakfast while I leisurely got ready (aka pulling the covers over my head) and then we ate in Amber and Joe's backyard. 

After that, Amber and I walked to get manicures and enjoy the weather a bit while Joe, Tyler, and Ryan walked Danny in Central Park. 

Then we all headed to a rooftop party in honor of Amber and Joe's friend Regina's 10 year anniversary of living in NYC. The venue and weather were perfect!

That night we celebrated Amber's birthday with about 30-40 of her friends at Flatiron Hall

Sunday, August 25
After our busy weekend, Sunday was incredibly slow-paced and consisted of brunch at the Hudson River Cafe and resting in Central Park.

Later that afternoon, Ryan and I headed back to Louisville after a longer-but-still-too-short trip! 

Overall, it was one of my favorite trips to New York. Amber and Joe (and Danny) are great hosts and it's so nice that they have enough room for us to stay with them so we get even more time together. I'm always sad when a good trip is over, but it just makes me all the more excited for next time!

Here's another photo of Danny for good measure :-) 


Countdown to ACL - 45 Days Left

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In anticipation of traveling to Austin for the ACL Music Festival, I'm counting down the days and listening to some old and new (to me) artists who will be at the festival. Note: If you are reading this via a feed reader, you may have to click through the see the video in the full post.

Today's new-to-me band is Widowspeak. Here's the video for their song "Locusts"...


Smorgasbord Saturday - 08/18/13 to 08/24/13

Saturday, August 24, 2013

WWII POW's ring returned decades after he traded it for food

Check out this sweet proposal by an illustrator

Here are some interesting mushrooms recently found in Cook Forest (PA)

Louisville blogger, Ashlee Eats, made a list of her favorite things about the KY State Fair. Not sure if I'll make it this year, but at the top of my list would be lemon shake-ups!

12 cats who are serious about reading

This looks incredible!


Countdown to ACL - 50 Days Left

Thursday, August 22, 2013

In anticipation of traveling to Austin for the ACL Music Festival, I'm counting down the days and listening to some old and new (to me) artists who will be at the festival. Note: If you are reading this via a feed reader, you may have to click through the see the video in the full post.

Not sure how I haven't mentioned Dawes yet! One of my favorite songs from 2011 is their song "Time Spent in Los Angeles." I'm going to sound really snobby and silly, but I would like to note that my friends and I "discovered" this song before it got overly-played and famous. Just sayin' ;-) 


Louisville Loves - Magnolia Photo Booth Co.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

One of the many perks of attending Louisville events is the chance of using a MagBooth. It's like a traditional photo booth, but it's free because often companies around town will hire them as a creative marketing ploy. It's a win-win situation since attendees of the event get free photos and companies get their info into more people's hands. Looking at their website, it seems that Magnolia Photo Booth Co. did indeed begin in Louisville, but now they also have locations in Austin, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Cleveland!

Most recently some friends and I used a MagBooth at Waterfront Wednesday.

Here's one from earlier in the year at a FAT Friday trolley hop.

I know this post sounds strikingly like a sponsored post, but it's not at all! I hope MagBooths continue to be popular at local events!

Yes, I know my "silly" face in one of the above photos is just looking the side and raising my eyebrows. That's about as good as it's going to get, people. :-)


Countdown to ACL - 55 Days Left

Saturday, August 17, 2013

In anticipation of traveling to Austin for the ACL Music Festival, I'm counting down the days and listening to some old and new (to me) artists who will be at the festival. Note: If you are reading this via a feed reader, you may have to click through the see the video in the full post.

While I was not really a Dixie Chicks fan (I have nothing against them; I just wasn't a country music fan when they were most popular), I am roughly familiar with their music. When I was looking through the ACL schedule to find a group for today's post, I was surprised to see that Court Yard Hounds is actually made up of two former Dixie Chicks members! I really like their newest album, Amelita, and have been listening to it this week at work. 

Check out their video for "Sunshine"...


Smorgasbord Saturday - 08/11/13 to 08/17/13

Check out these photos of a cicada emerging

Gorgeous video about beekeeping and honey by my friend Molly

Amazon Art is now in beta


Destination: Roadtrip - New Albany, Indiana

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Some people might argue that traveling from Louisville, Kentucky to New Albany, Indiana hardly qualifies as a roadtrip. I'd be inclined to agree with them; however, you do travel on roads and it is a trip. So let's pretend together, shall we?

New Albany continues to surprise me with its offerings. I've been to several really good restaurants recently as well as enjoyed walking around downtown a bit. It's a small town with a lot to offer!

One thing I really like about New Albany is Feast BBQ. I have been several times and have always had a good experience. I hate to admit it, but I don't care for their barbecue sauce; however, the meat is so delicious that you don't need any!

Another recent favorite was The New Albanian's Bank Street Brewhouse. I'd only been to the pizzeria location of The New Albanian before, so I was sort of expecting something similar. However, the Bank Street location was really bright and had a completely different menu. I really enjoyed the food and atmosphere! Plus, they have very respectable sweet tea...which is sometimes hard to come by north of Louisville.

Since one of my dearest friends, Grace, lives in New Albany (along with her husband and dog - both of which I also like :-) ), I'll obviously be back for another pseudo-roadtrip....still on my list of things to do are

P.S. I actually saw the infamous "furniture corner of State and Main downtown New Albany!"

Here are some shots of Grace's dog, Lola, at a recent softball game :-)


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