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December 4, 2019

Midweek Ramblings.


{I had fun going out for drinks and dinner at a new-to-me restaurant while I was home in Maine for Thanksgiving! Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}

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Ramblings:

  • US regional cultures theory: This might be the most fascinating article I've seen this week. It is written by a journalist who has a theory that North America is home to 11 distinct regional cultures. After reading the descriptions for my homeland (Yankeedom) and where I live now (Tidewater)- I think both are spot on! And as a geography nerd this all fascinated me. Does your home state or current home line up with its description?
  • Christmas decorations: The weekend before Thanksgiving, my roommate and I put up our Christmas tree and decorated our living room! There's just something so special about having all of the beautiful holiday decorations up- I feel like I'm going to be more of a homebody over the next few weeks so I can enjoy it. I also have a new fake tree this year so things look a little different than the last few! I always enjoy sharing my tree and decor each year on the blog- I'll try and snap some photos soon for a blog post!
  • Car mystery: I shared on Instagram Stories on Thanksgiving that I had quite a stressful travel day trying to fly home to Maine! I had an early flight out of Dulles airport in Washington DC, so I had to be in the car headed that way before 3:30am. I made it outside and loaded my bags on time... the only problem was my car didn't start! I had to wait to get it jumped and take a later flight to Maine. Anyways- I finally had my car looked at a couple days ago. The mechanic could find nothing wrong with it! 😂The battery is fine and everything else is apparently fine. He had no idea why it didn't start on Thanksgiving. Just weird luck I guess!

Weekend recaps:
  • Last weekend: I was at home in Maine for a quick Thanksgiving trip to see my parents! It was a pretty mellow trip and I didn't do anything too exciting, but I did get to catch up with a couple friends while I was home which was nice.
  • This weekend: We have one of our biggest charity events of the year at work on Friday, so it'll be a busy start to the weekend! Saturday is Candle Day at Bath and Body Works which I always miss year after year, but I'm planning to be at the mall bright and early to stock up on candles at their lowest prices of the year! I am so excited haha.

Purchases: Here's a recap of what I got for myself on Black Friday!

Wishlist:
  • Obsessed with the colors in this plaid skirt
  • I'm not currently in the market for a new purse (which is why I sat out this item when it was marked down for Black Friday), but if I was I would've gotten this classy one last week!
  • Something else I was tempted to get on Black Friday but restrained from: this darling coat! I love the green color (I just don't need another new jacket right now). 
  • Speaking of coats- here's a fab leopard one for under $100!
  • Not a fashion item- but I am dying to order more of this incredible tea that I got in Charleston a couple months ago!! Nothing that I've found at my local grocery stores compares. 


Currently reading: The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand. I read The Perfect Couple, another of Elin's books, while I was home over Thanksgiving and I LOVED it. I wanted to follow it up right away with another one from her! I like The Castaways a lot so far.


Recipe of the week: Light and Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup from A Spicy Perspective. I'm on a huge winter soup kick right now, and this one is so delicious! I always add extra red pepper flakes to it to make it a little spicier.


Song of the week: My Only Wish This Year by Britney Spears. In honor of the fact the radio station I work for has switched to all Christmas music, here's one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs! Sadly we don't actually play this on the station I work for, but I listen to it enough each December on Spotify to make up for it. True story: I did this song in a lip sync battle in one of my college classes a few years ago which is probably one of my funniest college memories!


Favorite blog posts of the week:
  • Girl Meets Bow - My friend Gentry is newly engaged, but she shared a heartfelt blog post about some of the lessons that God taught her in her single/waiting years! 
  • Vandi Fair - Lauren broke down the top myths about taking cruises- this is a helpful travel resource.
  • A Byers Guide - My friend Courtney recently announced her pregnancy, and I loved reading her first trimester recap. So happy for her and her husband!

On the blog this week:


     God Bless,


     xoxo Annaliese

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5 comments

  1. Thanks for the share sweet friend! I am so glad the post encouraged you!

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  2. Omg I've never done Candle Day at Bath & Body Works...might need to make plans to attend!
    Hayden // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjnji7OkRk4

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  3. Great post, had a look at the list US regional cultures, and have to agree with it as well.
    The skirt from Loft is gorgeous! Adding it to my wish list too!
    Ellibelle's Corner

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  4. That US regional article is so funny! It's so true. I've always thought about how amazing America is because we have so many cultures in one country.

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  5. I cannot wait to see your Christmas decor! That’s so weird about your car. I have a mysterious noise that comes from mine that no-one can figure out. Aww thanks for the sweet shout out. We are so blessed.

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