Author: Annie Drummond

Clearing out space for 2017

Have you ever gone through your entire house, looking at every single object that you own, and deciding if it made you happy?  It took me a week, but I just finished doing it. And I'm sitting here in amazement…

New Orleans' "Pengest Munch"

Here's a thing about me: I get excited about things.  I realize that everyone gets excited about things, but I tend to take them pretty far. I'm either obsessed, like 200 percent into a thing or not at all. That's my attention…

Ghost Bikes Around New Orleans

My dad has this thing he likes to do. He takes pictures of his bike at all the places he rides to, and then puts them on Facebook. He usually has a different photo up every day, that's how often he goes riding.  These are…

Bringing Thanksgiving Back

We made it to November. This time next week, many of us will be choosing our fates on Election Day, for better or worse. The best part is that it will be over. It did seemed as if October flew by.…

How to make it to Election Day

2016. It’s kind of sad looking back on New Year’s Eve 2015 and all the hopes we had; all the dreams to make 2016 the greatest year ever. And now look at us. It’s like we’re stuck in Marty McFly’s bizarro world from…

God bless Halloween and pumpkin spice.

In America we love Halloween. But in New Orleans, as soon as one even thinks October might be near, it’s like …   IN YOUR FACE.  ​ Within the past few years, it’s been all about the pumpkin spice. And even…

2016, you've got some explaining to do.

I'm not the biggest fan of summer; though I feel like I should enjoy it more than I do. After all, it's a season that everyone looks forward to. Summer is filled with beaches and grilling, it brings to mind fireworks…

Gentrified

Well, it finally happened. I'm about to be priced out of my neighborhood, The Bywater. Welcome to the land of gentrification. My landlord is selling the house were my husband and I live.  I didn't know how soon, but I knew the day would…

Crawfish Time

Because I work in the quarter and ride my bike, tourists tend to assume that I am a local. Many times, I'll be hanging out by my Schwinn, fiddling with my phone, and people will just come up to me…

There's a box for that.

For the past few years, I have often felt behind the times, in some respects, and that makes me sad, like today, when I was reminded by my mother, that I am not "in the know." She called me up…

Surviving Visitors

After living in New Orleans for a while, you get used to visitors. At first, I absolutely loved having visitors because I used to get just as excited to go see the sights as they did. Now? I'd rather just point…

Chewbacchus

And so it's back! Mardi Gras, the time that chases away seasonal affective disorder by coming around each year right in between the holidays and spring. While the rest of the country is trudging through January and February in cold and…

NOLA Comic Con 2016 - For the Ladies

I feel that right now – more so than any other time in pop-culture history – that it's a great time to be girl. And by that I mean, it's a great time to be a girl who is also a nerd.…

All I want for Christmas...

The other day my husband gave me a copy of stepkid's Christmas wish list and I smiled, as it was adorable. Apparently there is a whole line of Nerf toys dedicated to training for the zombie apocalypse. There are several guns, crossbows, a…

A Spin On This Year's Gifts

Somehow it's already December, and I'm not sure how that happened. I blinked and then, bam! There it was, staring me in the face. This month is supposed to be all about family, togetherness and holiday cheer/goodwill towards men – and hopefully women,…

What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving just doesn't have the same kind of importance that it it once had for me. There used to be a few days out of the year that were sacred, days that you did nothing. Well, you did things but…

"Back to the Future" Day

The day is upon us, the day we've all been looking forward to for years – unlike in 2012 when that pesky Mayan calendar had us all wondering if the world was going to end – "Back to the Future" day. Wednesday,…

In Defense of Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Fall is back! So is football, stocked-up holiday aisles at all the stores and even some cooler weather. But another thing that has come back, which doesn’t seem to be welcomed any longer, is the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Today pumpkin is just a big joke.…

Drunk History of New Orleans

Every so often, I'll get a text or a phone call from my mom in Ohio about some show or other on TV about New Orleans. If Guy Fieri, Anthony Bourdain or some other bro eating his way across the country stops…

Would New Orleans survive the zombie apocalypse?

My Labor Day weekend was spent working, which I feel like is kind of the opposite of what Labor Day intends for American citizens, but hell, not everyone gets the day off. What I did do, after work, however, was…

August is the worst.

I've always hated August. And such is my hate, that the only other month that even comes close, is January. However, living in New Orleans has given me a chance to make peace with January – as it's not just a…

6 Years

I've been so busy lately, it completely escaped me that I passed my 6-year anniversary of moving to New Orleans.  I haven't been doing much recently, except working and riding my bike, so life has been a little lifeless. I…

San Diego Comic Con

So it's been a crazy couple of days filled with crowds, rushing around and little to no sleep. I have, however, made it back to home-sweet-home from San Diego Comic Con. It was a lot to take in with all of the…

Adorable Tourists

For a little while now, I've been working in the French Quarter, and while I love having a nice picturesque ride to and from the daily grind every day, it's also been a test in handling the joys of tourism.…

Red Beans & Rice

So it could be said that I'm a decent cook. Some might even say that I was a good one. I grew up with amazing cooks, both my grandmothers were an inspiration. One made the best chocolate cake of all…

Summer Bucket List

I can't believe it's actually June. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of summer, I never have been. I know this season is something that people look forward to all year, but I've always loved the cooler weather – what…