Hodge Podge

It’s been almost a week since I blogged (or admittedly read almost anyone’s blog), and I’m happy to be back. I’ve just been absolutely swamped with a multitude of things and have barely spent time on my computer, let alone on the Internet.

Last Wednesday night we drove out to the country to see a dog we were thinking of adopting. Thursday I worked, Friday I hit the new BIGGEST IN HOUSTON Target one exit down from me and positively chocked full of stuff. Then I hurried back home to be the Mystery Reader for my older son’s class. It came out that I’d written a book, and the main questions they (2nd graders) asked after that were:

1. Does your book have pictures?
2. Why doesn’t your book have pictures?
3. Are you writing another book? Will it have pictures?

We went on in that vein for some time.

Then Saturday we had a birthday party and another visit to The Target (with my husband and kids for new dog stuff). Sunday was a girl’s shopping trip at the Houston Galleria, yesterday I had a sinus headache ALL day, but still managed to get some writing done (yay!), and then today I got called in to substitute at work because too many ladies were out. For those of you who aren’t aware, today is Johnny Appleseed’s death-day. We thought it was his birthday, but oops!, he was evidently born in September. We did apple-stamping and apple-counting, read the story of Johnny Appleseed, and had an apple snack. All very festive.

And tomorrow, we get our new dog. We’re currently thinking of calling her Indiana or Indy. Hopefully I’ll squeeze some writing in before I have to pick her up, work on Thursday, and attend my son’s school Easter Egg Hunt on Friday. Whew!

Posted in Uncategorized on 03/11/2008 10:28 pm


  1. I have to go eat apple pie now in honor of the holiday. The new dog is adorable!

  2. *cough* Tries not to think of the pictures your book would need to have…just to go with the story.

  3. Cute dog!!! Don’t ask me where I got this, but I saw “Indy” and thought, “oh! It could be short for ‘Indognito!'” Yes, I have issues.

    Sounds like it was a Happy Death Day for Johnny! I’m sure he would be proud. :)

  4. Joanne Rendell

    I want that dog!! and i love the name Indy…

  5. Catherine Avril Morris

    Awww, cute little doggie! Is she part Australian cattle dog?

  6. The dog is so cute and I love the name.

    Pic’s for you book, lol, don’t you love little kids questions.

  7. Travis Erwin

    Cute dog. But you failed to answer one question — Does the biggest Target in Texas have nipples?

  8. She needs a hat and then she has the very Indiana Jones thing going- a bit rough-very cute.

  9. aw! doggie! very cute. i loathe the galleria. too many people. which i guess is the point of a mall, but ah well. did you move to houston?! i was under the impression you lived in dallas. okay now i’m confused. and hungry. and i want a puppy. i’ll settle for a cookie for the time being.

    i obviously need sleep. :)

  10. Alyssa Goodnight

    Gosh, darn it, Travis. I looked at everything else in that store, but I didn’t check for nipples!

    And don’t get me excited–it’s only the biggest store in Houston. Texas probably has a bigger one somewhere.

  11. Alyssa Goodnight

    Catherine: yes, part Australian cattle dog!

    Virginia: I’ve always been in Houston (except for that quick jaunt up to Austin for college)

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