Summer Sand Pail List

Finally!  A day with time to just sit at the computer and catch-up on things.  To pin a few summer recipes.  To lazily retweet a couple of other peoples’ tweets…  You get the idea.  Just time.

In an effort to make sure I squeeze in all the good stuff this summer, I’m going to record a Summer Sand Pail List (a really laid-back, summery version of the bucket list…)  And I’m going to start the list off with things already accomplished before this moment, at the end of Week 2, Summer 2012.

Visit a waterpark…done!

Go horseback riding…done!

Go hiking in the Rocky Mountains…done!

Discover geo-caching…done!

Enjoy a date-night with my husband, which included the BEST gluten-free dessert I’ve had to date:  molten chocolate soufflé cake from White Chocolate Grill

Try a Mango Julius…done! (We don’t have Orange Julius in Houston, so this was a not-to-be-missed chance in Estes Park)

Read a book on vacation…done!  (THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage.  LOVED it!)

Had a go-kart/video game party with friends…done!

Visit a pick-your-own orchard…done!

Have at least ten snowcones (read: shaved ice in a cup)…one down.

Finally, finally, finally update my swimsuit.  I think I may have done it!  Bought one I really like from Target today.

Make Italian sodas at home.

Spend part of at least two days a week at the pool.

Have an Olympics-themed party.

Go see Brave in the theater.

Split my summer reading between new discoveries and old favorites.

Watch the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for the first time!!

Catch up on Season 2 of Downton Abbey.

Spend time everyday writing.

Tackle one room in my house a month–cleaning, updating, reinventing…whatever!  Office is first!  It was on my 2011 Resolutions list.  Still not done.

Go ice-skating.

Visit the zoo.

Become members of the Houston Museum of Natural Science (and see the Titanic exhibit).

Watch the fireworks on the 4th of July.

Try at least fifteen new recipes.

Show off the cover of my February 2013 release (hoping any day now…)


Hmmm…that’s all I’ve got for now.  I’m currently reading CODE NAME VERITY and loving it!  It’s intense but riveting.  I bought it on my Kindle while on vacation–right after I read THREE TIMES LUCKY.   This is the first time I’ve pulled my Kindle out in months!

So…what are you doing??  What’s on your list?





Posted in summer on 06/15/2012 10:25 pm


  1. A couple of yours is ours especially the zoo. It will be Ava’s first trip. Good luck, Alyssa.

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      I bet Ava will love that, David! I went with my fifteen-month-old niece a few months ago for her first time. She enjoyed herself quite a bit! :)

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