Saint Paul" Szendrey), I arrived in Austin, where I had a book event at BookPeople. Such a cool town with such fun people, like Mandy Brooks (pictured with me above), who is the marketing and event director for the esteemed book store.
Barton Springs, I moved on to Jefferson, Texas, invited by Kathy Patrick of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club to give a talk at a dinner reception held at Beje's Diner. But first, Kathy and I made 10 pies to share with the evening's crowd.
Jefferson was my last event on this cross-country portion of my book tour. From there I pointed the RV north, winding through Arkansas on the winding, hilly, scenic Highway 7. I would have said "never again" but the stop for a swim in the Buffalo River made up for the strenuous driving. PS: This was my first time to Arkansas. Such a pretty state!
This was the view (above) out of the RV window -- my first glimpse of my Home Sweet Home after being on the road for six grueling weeks. Just the sight of my humble little house made my body relax.
I was so tired after the book tour I could have just slept on my "amazing memory foam mattress" (to use Marcus' description) for days, but there was no time to rest upon my return. Less than 48 hours after getting home I had to get my garden planted. And I needed to prepare for the arrival of some very special house guests: my parents!
The Canteen Lunch in the Alley. My dad has been coming to The Canteen since he was a little boy. It's where he took us as kids. It's where he introduced me to pie, banana cream pie. And though we didn't have pie this time -- hell, we weren't even hungry -- we enjoyed our "loose meat sandwiches" as well as our trip down memory lane.
Pitchfork Pie Stand. I ordered 600 pounds worth of pie ingredients, hired James Meek, a student at Indian Hills Community College's Culinary School, and started in on pie production mode.
Perhaps I could squeeze in a nap, you may suggest. But when? There is the "pile" that needs to be dealt with. Not just the physical pile of bills, contracts and fan mail (pictured strewn on my office floor above -- and it's STILL there in a disheveled mess), but the cyber pile. I have a two-month backlog of email to get through. I spent a solid 8 hours replying to emails from April. I made it to May 1 so far. So if you've emailed me anytime after May 1, just know I'll reply to you eventually. But it's going to take a while.
Life after the RV Book Tour... In spite of not having a chance to rest or recover, it's really really nice to be home.