Inspired by Stacy’s post, I’m giving you a little update of my life right now:

I’m reading Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels for the Cherry Forums Gothic Book Club.  And I missed cashing in on my Texas Gothic (by Rosemary Clement-Moore) hold at the library by ONE DAY due to a recent vacation.  Now it’s back on hold…  Instead I checked out Texas Pastry Queen for a little inspiration.  I am CRAVING a piece of lemon meringue pie, people!!

I’m watching all the shows I DVR’d over vacation…Burn Notice, Leverage, Warehouse 13, In Plain Sight, etc.  The rest of my family is watching the Little League World Series.

Both boys survived their first days of school, PFB in 4th grade, GFB in 6th–junior high!!  I survived a day of PTA volunteering and my A/C compressor gradually dying in 100 degree weather.

I’m desperate for a little rain…a sprinkle, a shower, a mist, or a downpour.  I think we’ve had three days of rain since March.  The swimming pool is like a warm bath.

I’m thrilling over a great blurb I received for Austentatious from Cindy Jones, author of My Jane Austen Summer (not allowed to share it yet)!  And trying to figure out my best strategies for promotion.  (If you have any thoughts on what worked for you or what sorts of things you love that authors do, please let me know!)

I’m back from a week-long vacation to Asheville, N.C. and Charleston, S.C.  There was a black bear (plus two cubs!) siting.  And a Trader Joe’s visit and stock-up.  And some South Carolina barbeque…it’s all about the mustard, baby.

It’s green chile time, and I’ve stocked up on my roasted *hot* green chiles and am prepared to make a green chile stew in the next few days.  I’ll also be trying out a new gluten-free recipe (Orange Juice Bread) and one of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams–I totally dropped the ball on this over the summer.

That’s about it, in a nutshell.  What’s going on with you?

Posted in books, life, Uncategorized on 08/22/2011 11:08 pm


  1. Is that a week long craving for lemon meringue pie? Just eat it. Actually, I think you can have TWO pieces, given how long you’ve been thinking about it.

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      I would love to have two pieces, Stacy, but I don’t know of anywhere near me that makes a lemon meringue pie with 3″ of meringue, except down in Galveston. I haven’t had a chance to run down there or make my own version (although I doubt I can hit 3″) :)

      • Is 3″ of meringue actually possible then? How long of a drive is Galveston?

        • Alyssa Goodnight

          It’s possible I’m exaggerating slightly, Stacy, but not much. It really is staggering. Galveston is 30-40 min. away. Nice for lunch (or dessert) with friends. I’ll probably be making the trip shortly now that school has started.

          I’ll stop talking about the pie now. (The cookbook I just checked out has a lemon meringue tart on the cover…reminders are everywhere.)

  2. Sounds like a fun summer.

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