Friday, July 6, 2018

Five on Friday - Reading Nook, Hands-Free, Dryer, & Olivia Update

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We had the very best week celebrating America and doing lots of other fun things!  Since B was off some of the time this week, we got a few things done around the house and we were able to spend lots of time together.  The week went by in a flash yet again, and I’m truly wishing it would slow down just a bit. 

And now here are some favorites from the week!

O N E – Reading Nook

Almost five years ago when we were planning for Olivia’s arrival, we made the decision to buy a really nice glider rocker for her baby nursery with the intention that we would eventually move it into the extra little nook in our master bedroom.  Well, for the last 4.5 years I’ve been patiently waiting, and the time finally came to move it!  The chair has been sitting unused in her room for quite some time now, so this past week Brian hauled it to its final resting place and I COULD NOT LOVE IT MORE!!!! 

After all these years, my reading nook is finally coming to life!  The chair was pretty much made for that spot and I love how it looks in the room.  I’m planning on getting a throw blanket to keep in the basket behind the chair, and I also want to get a little round table to sit to the left of the chair so I can put a lamp there.  Y’all know how I love my lamps! 

I can’t wait to use this spot for my morning quiet time and reading once the kids go back to school.  It’ll be nice to curl up there with a fuzzy blanket and a mug of my favorite hot cinnamon tea this winter!  EEK!  I’m already looking forward to all things cozy!!  The only issue I’m coming across is… where’s the Christmas tree going to go in our bedroom now?!  Whoops!

And thank you to everyone who has been voting in my Instagram story polls... y'all are the best!  And if you haven't, you can follow along in real-time with my shenanigans here.

T W O – This Book

I finally started reading Emily Giffin’s new book this week and at two chapters in I’m already hooked.  That girl sure does know how to write some page-turning chick-lit!  I can’t wait to see what happens.  If you’re looking for some good summer reading, I have very high hopes for this one!

T H R E E – Hands Free

Hello, my name is Lindsay and I still drive an old-school car that does not have Bluetooth.  Because of this, I actually have to hold my phone in my hand when I talk in the car.  I also have to plug my phone into the car if I want to listen to music on my phone through the car.  WHAT A PAIN!  And yes, I know, that is a major case of #FirstWorldProbs.  Haha. 

Anyhoo, as of July 1 (so, five days ago) the state of Georgia passed a law that nobody can touch their phones in the car now while driving.  We already had the no texting and driving law, but now you can no longer hold it to talk either.  I’m all for these laws because they keep people safe, however, I knew this impending change was going to cause quite a debacle for me.  What was I supposed to do?  Get a new car?  Lol.

Fortunately my tech-savvy hubs was on the case, and he found the coolest adaptor on Amazon for only $20.99.  You stick it somewhere in your car (I stuck mine near the gear shift on the dash), you plug it in to your cigarette lighter, you pair it with your phone, and it magically turns your car/phone into a hands-free zone.  Now anytime I want to talk and drive I can do so without ever having to touch my phone.  The adaptor provides the speaker for me to speak into and the sounds coming from the phone are now routed through my car speakers.  I can talk on the phone OR listen to music on my phone hands-free now. 

I tend to hate new technology because I don’t like to have to take the time to learn how to use it, but this was the easiest thing ever to learn to use.  And it saved us like, $25,000, because now I don’t have to buy a new car.  Whew.  Although, my car IS almost eight years old… maybe I should rethink this… haha!

F O U R – New Dryer

So, if you’ve been reading for a while now you may remember that we have had some serious dryer woes for the last, ohhhh, almost decade since we got our new ones when we moved into our new house.  Yes, we bought a GE dryer almost nine years ago and it sucks.  SUCKS.  It takes no less than six hours to dry a load of towels.  Yes, you read that right – SIX HOURS – and I’m not talking about 15 towels… I’m talking about THREE.  It takes around 3-4 hours to dry one load of clothes, and if there are jeans in there FORGET ABOUT IT.  They literally dry faster if I just lay them all out on the bed or floor in our master bedroom and turn the ceiling fan on high.  And I’ve been doing just that for what feels like forever.

Anyhoo, my aunt who lives in Atlanta is downsizing to a smaller house since my cousins are now grown and living on their own, and she was kind enough to let us HAVE her old dryer.  Friends, this is HUGE.  I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!  To be able to dry a load of clothes in an hour and to not have to lay clothes out all around our bedroom to dry is going to be pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.  I feel like we’ve been living in the stone ages for the last nine years and now it’s finally over… without us having to spend a penny.  I’m not going to lie, it’s probably going to drive me bonkers that we don’t have a matching set anymore, but AT LEAST THE DRYER WILL FINALLY DO WHAT IT’S SUPPOSED TO DO!  Now what to do with all of this extra time I’m going to have since I no longer have to lay out all of the clothes to dry…

F I V E – Olivia Update

Last week we saw an ENT in Atlanta for a second opinion about Olivia’s thyroid condition, and earlier this week we had a follow-up appointment with our ENT at home.  He measured the nodule again and confirmed that it is still growing, unfortunately, so we are going to have to continue to monitor it and pray that the growth comes to a halt.  If it doesn’t, we could be looking at surgery, but our doctor does think that the growth should stop eventually.  We just have to hope that it stops before it gets too large. 

That is not a favorite from this week, but there is a silver lining that IS a favorite from this week.  Last week at our Atlanta appointment, the doctor told us that we needed to see a pediatric endocrinologist to make sure that all of her hormone levels are normal, and we were bummed because there are no pediatric endocrinologists at home which meant, more long trips to Atlanta.

Well, when we saw our ENT back home this week, he gave us the news that as of a month or so ago, we now have a pediatric endocrinologist right here in town which  means – no trips through crazy Atlanta traffic to get to one!  Hallelujah!  He put the referral in for us earlier this week so I’m hoping to hear from them very soon.

And before I go, have you been staying up-to-date on my vacation recaps?  We went on probably my favorite beach vacation ever last month to 30A (PCB, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, etc.) and I've been recapping it slowly but surely.  If you've missed any of it, you can see them below:

And with that, I’m out.  Happy weekend, y’all! 

*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday FavoritesMeet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, and Cup of Tea for High Five for Friday.


  1. Your reading nook is going to be so nice! Being able to curl up with a blanket and tea and read just sounds so lovely. So excited for you for your new dryer - that will be a game changer! And yay for not having to keep driving to Atlanta! I know you weren't looking forward to that - this will be so nice and convenient! Things are working out!

  2. Okay, that's the best idea I've heard to use an old glider which is why I'm going to take that into consideration for when I pick out a glider for our nursery! And I've seen so many memes on FB about Georgia's new cell phone law...I'm sure AL is not far behind haha! My in-laws gave us their old washer/dryer set when we got married to keep us from having to buy one and I'm going to use it until it breaks--so glad you had one given to you!!! I couldn't have lasted as long as you went with the old dryer!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  3. I have BT, but still have to plug my phone in to listen to music. HAHA. #twinning

  4. Love that reading nook! And what a good solution to not having Bluetooth. I guess a $20 adapter is a bit more practical than getting a new car. 😂 Love the beach recaps too. Praying for sweet Olivia. 💗

  5. Prayers for your sweet girl! I know how crazy Atlanta traffic can be:/. In love with your reading nook!

    1. Thank you so much, Cassidy! That really means a lot. And thank you... I can't wait to spend more time in my nook this fall!

  6. Glad you've found a local doctor! The reading nook sounds great!

  7. A local doctor is a huge praise! My mom has travelled so much with my brother to doctors all over the place and it is just expensive! Also, I'm glad you're loving the new Emily Giffin book, I've heard all positive reviews so far!

    1. Yes it is!! And poor Brian has to take a whole day off from work each time we have to go out of town, so this is going to be wonderful getting to stay in our own city!

  8. Great news about the doctor being closer! I have a little reading nook in my bedroom and (when it's not covered with clothes I haven't hung up) I love it!

  9. Olivia is such a cutie! Sending prayers for her. I am so jealous of your reading nook. So cool! My car doesn’t have Bluetooth either. Will have to check out these adapters. Thanks for sharing!

  10. My car has bluetooth, but I never use it. I just use my handy cord to listen to Spotify and avoid all phone calls. Haha! So exciting about the big dryer! My parents have an extra large washer and dryer, and I'm constantly begging them to switch, but luckily they live close, and I often take laundry to their house to do while we eat dinner. I can fit so much in, even king-size comforters! The amount of time I save is worth the annoyance of hauling up a hamper to their house! So sorry to hear that Olivia is still having issues, but I'm glad you found someone closer!!!

    1. Oh my goodness!!!! I didn't even know that extra large washers and dryers existed! I need to look into this for our next set!! And thank you! It's such a blessing to be able to stay right here in town now.

  11. I hope that Olivia's nodule stops growing! I know what you mean about the specialist. My son has to see a ped endocrinologist for a thyroid condition. For years, we drove downtown to see one, but then I found one out in our suburb. So much easier! Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Yay for a new to you dryer. I really hope Olivia's nodule stops growing and is nothing serious. What a trooper she is though.

  13. I pray for Olivia weekly! I have good vibes all will be ok mama! How funny is it, I’ve been reading your vacay recaps on our vacay, lol. Have a great weekend!

  14. I love the reading nook! So glad you have a new dryer! Praying for Miss Olivia! - Shannon

  15. I'm hoping Olivia's nodule stops growing! thinking very positive!! And I need that book for our upcoming vacas!


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