Books on Books.

After passing this adorable lil' book shop dozens of times, I finally checked it out this past weekend--and so happy I did because not only is it just as adorable inside, and filled with great books for wayy cheap, but most importantly it inspired me to spend more time doing what a young academic (ha! did I just call myself a young academic?) should be doing..reading.

I always keep a stack of two or three books by my bed, and if I'm lucky I'll get through one, maybe two, in a semester.  Now not to get all high-and-mighty-I'm-a-great-reader on you, but I really do love a good book and it's starting to bum me out that I never seem to have the time to read just for the heck of it.  Then I start to think about all the time I spend watching mindless (the Kardashians) and even not so mindless (Downton Abbey anyone...) TV, and then I really get bummed out because, well, I'm watching hours of Bravo TV instead of immersing myself in Steinbeck and Jane Austen and the whole world of literary awesomeness that is out there.  So, from here on out I will make the time to enjoy a good book here and there, and if that means cutting out some Kardashian or facebook stalking time, I can handle it.

Here is my lineup for the next few weeks/month:

-Hemingway's Short Stories (I think his short stories are where its at. seriously. read "Hills Like White Elephants" and you will see.)

-John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces (anyone who lives in or loves New Orleans should read this. it is crazy and weird and hilarious)

-Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate (technically I am reading this for a class, but I have always wanted to read it after seeing the movie, which is amazing. and makes you very hungry. not just for chocolate.)

-Joan Didion's Blue Nights (I love Didion.  I read her short story, "Goodbye to all That" in a creative writing class last semester and it only affirmed my love and admiration for her. In a non-creepy and more like her writing is so damn beautiful kind of a way.)

Happy reading!



happy friday people!

                                             already getting in the valentine's spirit over here...


Happy Birthday Mama!

                            Wish I was there to celebrate with you...hope you are having a fab day!




Pine and Oak

oh hello.


Adios California, Hello NOLA.

It has been an awesome-ly long winter break and I have loved being home and getting snuggly with my fam and friends, but I am definitely ready to get back into the groove of things back in New Orleans.  Spending my last night munching on some lemon-blueberry yogurt cake (recipe to come!) and watching Homeland (I'm obsessed)...can't complain.

Here are some pictures from my last month in Cali...


hello world.

Here goes nothing! I think this little blog might very well be the first New Year's resolution I have ever kept...nevermind the fact that my other resolution to get in shape and cut back on the ridiculous amounts of sweets I've been eating was just doomed by the very creation of this blog! You win some, you lose some.
 I'm going to get it out there right now so you all (I'm pretending for the time being that people other than my mom are reading this) know what you're getting into following this blog. I love food. duh. So do the other thousands of food bloggers out there. I am not particularly skilled at taking pictures of food, but my Iphone helps a sista out with that.  I can't tell you exactly what to expect from this blog except that it will involve a smorgasbord of sweets, a few random pictures of my dog, Hazel, every now and then because why not, some ramblings about life in the magical city that is New Orleans, which will probably get pretty sappy as it is my last semester here, and maybe if I'm feeling artsy fartsy you can look forward to some artsy fartsy things... which are yet to be determined.  Anyways bare with me as I get the hang of this blogger lifestyle thang, I promise not to inundate you with too many pictures of oozing brownies, at first at least, I too am slowly recovering from the food blackout that was the holiday season.

As promised, a picture of my little furry friend Hazie to start the blog off....

Happy New Year (a little belated) and here's to hoping this funky little blog grabs your attention!