Nostalgia & Anticipation

I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately.  Honestly, I think this happens every summer, when I spend a lot of time at the pool with my boys and remember to the trips I took every summer to visit both sets of grandparents in Tucson.  Oh, those were the days!  Particularly when we flew out by ourselves and stayed by ourselves for two weeks.  There was swimming, shopping, mini-golf, roller skating, bowling, and penny blackjack.  And there were trips to the library where, invariably, I checked out an Agatha Christie mystery or two…

Guess what I’m reading right now?  Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Links.  And the nostalgia is beginning to cover me like kudzu.  Everywhere I look there is some fondness for days past.  In movie news, Harry Potter 7, Part 2 is at the theaters (or coming), and I feel like I should read the books all over again.  On Pinterest, I was skimming through the weekly preview and saw a photo of one of my favorite toys as a kid.  Who else had the Weeble Tree House??  The smell of nectarines and peaches reminds me (every summer) of my grandmother’s kitchen, and the longing for cooler summer weather has transported me back to several recent visits to the Adirondacks.  And naturally, the process of preparing for my upcoming book release is bringing back LOTS of fond memories tackling the learning curve with UNLADYLIKE PURSUITS.  So much the same…so much different.

It feels a bit like I’m living in the past.  But…I’m also thrilled for the future.  Butters has work in Hawaii, and I’m going to fly out after he’s done!  This will be my first vacation this year and my first visit to Hawaii.  Currently the beach-to-beat (based on my limited travels) is on Sanibel Island.  I’m wondering if there’s a new winner on the horizon… 


What about you…what’s your Best Beach?  or what are you nostalgic for??

Posted in life on 07/08/2011 07:28 pm


  1. Even though it’s not what most people look for in a beach, I miss the waterfront around Tiverton and Little Compton, RI. The beaches are narrow and sometimes rocky, but there’s something about the color of the water, the boats, the birds, the curve of the land that just defines New England. I would move there in a heartbeat (providing I could quit my day job and become a full-time writer… ha!).

    And every time a Harry Potter movie comes on ABC Family, I get sucked into watching, even when I should be writing.

    Have a wonderful vacation, Alyssa!

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      That sounds lovely, Eve! If I thought I could ever work up the courage to go in the water, I might pick a beach in Maine… But brrrr!

      And I’m the same way about those Harry Potter movie weekends!

  2. THE MURDER ON THE LINKS. Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings. Love it.

  3. Alyssa Goodnight

    Ah, yes, David…the little grey cells. 😉

  4. Love this post, and that you had a Weeble Tree House as well! :) Enjoy Hawaii!! I haven’t been in years, but the water is like bath tub warm and so clear and ah, just amazing! My fav. beach is Laguna in So. Cal. both because it’s beautiful and because it makes me nostalgic, so perfect question for this post!

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      Hi Steph, thanks for visiting! I LOVED my Weeble Treehouse! And that Fisher Price record player they’ve just brought out again as a ‘vintage toy’. (I’m vintage!)
      The California beaches I’ve seen are gorgeous, so I bet Laguna Beach is a great pick!

  5. Green Girl in Wisconsin

    ah, I was in middle school when I discovered Agatha–genius. Summer for me is a lake, long summer nights at the teen dances, using Sun-In in my hair, water skiing and cruising around looking for boys.

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      I just finished THE MURDER ON THE LINKS yesterday, and I could barely keep up with all the twists and turns. Ms. Christie really was a genius!

      Your summer memories sound like they’d make a great 80’s movie. 😉

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