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January 26, 2022

Midweek Ramblings.


{Enjoying a quiet Sunday livestreaming church from home this past weekend. Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk!}
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  • Crazy fact from the show Cheer - I've been making my way through the new season of Cheer on Netflix over the past couple weeks. I recently stumbled across this article about the big Daytona cheerleading championship that's featured in the show... and reading this absolutely blew my mind! I don't want to spoil it- but read it if you dare! I feel a little duped now haha.
  • New free app I love: I talked about this on the radio at work this past week, but I think I forgot to share here! There's a new free app that I downloaded and am loving. It's called Hoopla, and public libraries can subscribe to it and give cardholders access. I was able to make an account only using my Virginia Beach library card number. In addition to having a ton of audiobooks available for rent, Hoopla also has a huge category of movies and TV show seasons available to rent too! A lot of the titles that I saw available are ones that popular streaming services don't have. How cool is that? (There is even a Hoopla app available for Roku on your TV.) You should definitely check to see if your local library is part of Hoopla!

Weekend recaps:
  • Last weekend: It snowed in Virginia Beach on Friday into Saturday morning! The snow totals varied throughout Hampton Roads (the metro area), but most of Virginia Beach had around 6 inches, which is pretty significant for this area. Apparently the past few years it has only snowed like an inch or less for the entire season, so this really was a lot! Although my apartment parking lot did get plowed, the roads near my complex were not in the best shape, so I decided to stay in all weekend. I watched a lot of TV, finished a library book, did some baking, and got a lot of blogging work done. A very restful and snow-filled weekend.
  • This weekend: My Virginia friend Cara is supposed to visit this weekend!  (Cara and I met in 2020 from The Carla Marie and Anthony show podcast meet-up in Richmond- so cool that a podcast lead me to a great friend!) The only problem is that there is currently snow forecasted again for Friday into Saturday. I'm hoping that will change soon so that we don't have to reschedule!

  • I majorly lucked out at a consignment shop over the weekend! I went in just to browse, and found a cute pair of these sandals in my size for just $7.63! They normally retail for $50, so I was beyond thrilled.
  • I asked on IG Stories what everyone's favorite drugstore concealer was. This was by far the winner, so I grabbed some this week. 
  • I'm excited to try this brand of nail wraps soon. I haven't tried them yet, and some of my friends rave about them! 


Currently reading: American Baby: A Mother, A Child and the Shadow History of Adoption by Gabrielle Glaser - This book has heavy subject matter but is well-written and hard to put down at parts. It examines how socially taboo pregnancies out-of-wedlock were in the first half of the 20th century, and exposes the maternity homes that popped up nationwide for unwed mothers-to-be. It follows a young teenage mother who unwillingly gave her son up for adoption in the 1960s, and what became of both of them.

Recipe of the week: Red Beans and Rice from Damn Delicious - This was an easy weeknight meal that I made this past Monday evening. I decided to serve it with coconut-herb brown rice instead of regular white rice.

Song of the week: Somewhere by Tallisker and LA Vision - This is such an upbeat and happy little pop song. I used it in a recent reel on Instagram, and it's been stuck in my head ever since. It's by an international artist, but the lyrics are in English.

Favorite blog posts of the week:
  • Oh What a Sight to See - Hannah is wearing what might be the prettiest and brightest winter business casual outfit ever! Love her pink coat.
  • Design Darling - This post from Mackenzie is too cute- she shared some recent one-liners from her two year old son Teddy.
  • Heather Bien - Heather's travel guides are some of my favorites- especially her weekend guides. Loved reading her recent Miami recommendations!

On the blog this week:

      God Bless,

      xoxo Annaliese 


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