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January 9, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


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Ramblings:
  • #CatMom status: I don't talk about Delilah here on the blog as often as I do on Instagram Stories, so I thought she deserved a little update today! I ended having to bring her to boarding while I was in Maine for Christmas, as just about all of my Charlottesville friends were gone for the holiday. Since I brought her home from boarding, she has been so affectionate and sweet. For the first couple months that I had her, Delilah was a very good cat but very independent. She didn't really like to sleep or cuddle with me. Now she loves cuddling next to or on top of me when I'm on the couch reading or watching TV! I'm absolutely obsessed and hope she just gets even more affectionate in months to come!
  • New job: Still going really, really well! I feel pretty much adjusted to my weekday schedule of waking up at 3:45 am... or I guess as adjusted as I can be! I'm still absolutely loving being a morning radio host, and really enjoying getting to work so closely with a co-host as well. I feel so blessed that the new position is going well, and that I feel like I have so much to look forward to with work in 2019.
  • Britney Spears' sad news: Did you catch the breaking news this week that Britney Spears had to cancel her upcoming Las Vegas residency? It is so sad that family tragedy for her is the reason why she had to do that, I hope in upcoming years she can go back to Vegas (and hopefully I'll get to see her again!). 
  • Fun birthday party idea: My friend Eden's birthday was over the weekend, and I want to share all about the creative thing that she did at her birthday party! Eden's birthday is right after the New Year, so asked everyone before the party to think of a few things from 2018 that they wanted to let go of in 2019! At the party, everyone wrote down the things they wanted to let go of on ceramic plates (I think Eden got them at the dollar store)... and then each party guest had the chance to SMASH their plate!! Isn't that just the coolest party idea? I felt a little bad- 2018 was such a great year for me that I didn't have too much to "let go of" (Where was this party idea in 2016?! Lol!), but I did think of a few things, and felt great to symbolically get rid of them! 

Weekend Recaps:
  • Last weekend: A very full and fun Charlottesville weekend! I stayed in Friday night and watched a Bollywood movie (I adore Bollywood but rarely watch those movies anymore- trying to change that this year!). On Saturday I went to barre class, worked on the blog, and then that night was my friend Eden's fun birthday party. On Sunday I taught Sunday School at church during the early service, attended the later service, had lunch with a friend after, and then had a date in the late afternoon. Whew! 
  • This weekend: No plans yet, but I have an errand that I need to run in Richmond so I might work in a day trip to there on Saturday or Sunday.


Purchases:
  • I lucked out at both Old Navy and J. Crew - I found gorgeous sundresses at both stores that were on like 75% clearance from summer! Both are out of stock online so I can't link, but I can't wait to wear my new dresses this spring. Now is a great time to look for summer clearance at your favorite stores!
  • This was the cutest chambray shirt I've ever seen, I had to get it!
  • I bought a belated and much needed Christmas gift to myself... a new bible! The bible I'd been using I'd had since middle school. God's word itself obviously doesn't get outdated, but the style of bible I was using was. It was very much a "preteen" bible (with quizzes in the centerfold about things like middle school and crushes), and didn't have the resources I craved in an adult study bible. My new one is WONDERFUL- I will probably do a full blog post reviewing it! 
  • FYI: I have a new Shein discount code!! I know the ones I've had in the past have been popular, so if you want to buy anything from them soon please use this for an extra 15% off! Use code 1rainbowf15

Wishlist: 
  • I didn't buy an Lilly shift dresses in this week's After Party Sale, planning to wait for the summer one to buy one or more of those. But of course since I didn't get one this week, I'm crushing on the current ones majorly
  • One of my girlfriends recently bought these over the knee boots and they were so cute on her! I have a few pairs of OTK boots already but none in this color- so I might need these. 
  • I still haven't bought any dresses from the Gal Meets Glam line, but I can't stop thinking about this one! It's just so beautiful- both the dress silhouette and the beautiful blue color. 
  • This sweater would be great for casual Valentine's plans, an easy way to wear red and pink!

Recipe of the week: 
  • Penne alla Betsy from The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Confession: before I got one of Ree's cookbooks for Christmas, I honestly had no idea who the Pioneer Woman was. I have a lot of friends that are big fans of her Food Network show, but I'd never seen it nor tried her recipes. My mom got me her cookbook for Christmas, and I tried this pasta recipe this past week! I really liked it! The original recipe calls for shrimp (which I don't eat) so I omitted that and just made the pasta sauce and penne, but it was very good. 

Song of the week: Arms Around You by XXXTENTACION and Lil Pump ft. Meluma and Swae Lee.  I'm not really a fan of any of the other songs from all of these artists- but WOW is this song good! Every single time I hear it I wish I could be on a dance floor.


On the blog this week:
     God Bless,


     xoxo Annaliese 


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7 comments

  1. Glad to hear you are back with your kitty and settling into you new position!!
    Xo, Kelsey
    www.petiteinherheels.blogspot.com

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  2. I'm so excited to hear more about your new position and how that goes for you! And that recipe sounds yummy and I think I need to check out Pioneer Woman. Also, I'm really looking forward to seeing more about your new Bible, it looks beautiful!

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  3. Your cat sounds so sweet! I love when they're affectionate after you've been away. :)

    I don't think I've tried a Pioneer Woman recipe I haven't liked. I haven't tried her Penne alla Betsy yet though. Maybe that will be my next one!

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  4. I love it when you do your mid week ramblings! So excited for you and your new position at the radio station!

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  5. Congratulations on the new job. I'm going to use party idea. Love it.

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  6. That recipe sounds amazing! So glad you're adjusting to your new job so well, that's so exciting!

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