To say this weekend was a roller coaster would be an understatement. When the weekend was originally planned, it was going to be great. I was going to take St. Patrick’s Day off of work, we were going to relax a little bit Thursday night, wake up easy and get some exercise in early Friday morning, and then take an easy drive to Atlanta. We were going to get there early in the afternoon, go on a walk near the river, hang out with my family on Friday, then Saturday we would spend the day cheering on Atlanta United at the game. Needless to say, that wasn’t exactly the way things happened. Let’s go back a little bit, shall we?
Back in 2014, we became founding members of the Atlanta United MLS team when we purchased season tickets the day they went on sale. We are big soccer fans and knew we had to be a part of the club somehow as soon as the team was announced. When we moved to Tennessee, however, we decided it would be wise to sell them because of the cost of moving out of state (moving is expensive, y’all). We were bummed, but we knew it was a smart decision. Fast forward to about a week ago, we decided semi-last minute to get some tickets and drive down to Atlanta to see the second home game. We were so excited to go! Even better, since our house in Savannah sold so quickly, we were able to re-purchase some season tickets! Everything seemed to be going according to plan until one of the many joys of daycare reared its pretty head- Maddie got a stomach bug. Then Mike got the bug. Then, the night before we were due to leave for Atlanta, I got the stomach bug.
It was awful. I was up literally the entire night and by morning I was just exhausted and dehydrated. We planned on leaving around 8am on Friday morning but, since I was up all night sick, we didn’t end up leaving around noon. Thankfully, the worst of the bug was over but I was still not feeling well at all so it was a rough trip. The drive itself was beautiful though! Mike had planned on taking me to see Beauty and the Beast on Friday night, but we ended up staying in and I went to bed early.
Saturday morning I woke up feeling almost 100% better- thank God! I woke up starving since I’d only eaten about a cup of Apple Jacks and 4 bites of a quinoa salad the day before so I got some breakfast and we hang out around my parents house for a few hours and then got ready to go to the game.
Pro-tip: take advantage of public transportation, if it’s an option! We thought about driving downtown but we read so many stories of people paying $30 or more for parking that we decided to take MARTA instead. Not only was it cheaper than parking, it ended up being a time saver! Once we got downtown, we grabbed some lunch at The Varsity (coming off a stomach bug, smart, I know) and then hung out at a tailgate that was hosted by a few of the Atlanta United supporters groups.
The game was such a blast! Our season tickets are in the supporters section and I was pleased to find that there is a ton of energy! Everyone was super nice and it was great to be surrounded by people who love the sport just as much as I do. We ended up winning 4-0 which was awesome!
After the game, we met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and then walked to the MARTA station to head home. The weather was gorgeous and there were a ton of people walking to the station closest to the stadium, so we decided to walk to the station that was about half a mile away instead. Once we got home, we had some dinner and watched some basketball.
On Sunday, we were able to stick to our originally scheduled plan! We spent the morning at my parents house and went to lunch with my dad and sister before heading back to Tennessee.
Overall, the weekend was a great time! I am very excited for the next Atlanta United game and I can’t wait to see how our season goes! Our family definitely could have done without the flu this week, but that’s part of the territory when you have kiddos. I did miss a couple of workouts and I didn’t exactly eat the healthiest food over the weekend, but I am a firm believer that you have to do what you need to do when you’re sick, especially with things like stomach flus. You have to listen to your body! Rest it and fuel it however you can- even if that means your fuel is a cup of Apple Jacks.
Questions for you:
1. Do you have any tips for surviving sickness?
2. What is your favorite sport/sports team to watch live?