High Low High 10

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Good morning and happy Monday! How was your weekend?? We had a pretty good one over here. Truthfully, it was a mix of emotions (for all of us) at times, so I figured a High Low High post was the perfect way to recap it. If you’re unfamiliar with this series, I recap the high and low points of the weekend. It’s fun, so let’s do it!

HIGH: Visiting the New England Aquarium with our friends Erin, Mike, and Finn! 

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Finding Dory and Nemo was definitely one of the highlights of the trip! 🙂

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Quinn’s favorite part though was the “touch tank” where he had the opportunity to pet sting rays and tiny sharks. He wasn’t afraid at all and got really good at petting them. We even joked that he was the “sting ray whisper” because of how many swam up to him!

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It was such a fun adventure, and I know we’ll be back again soon!

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LOW: Getting an infection in my knee. Guys, this story is so random. So, I wake up on Thursday morning with a sore knee. It feels like a bruise, but I don’t remember doing anything to hurt it. I actually don’t think much of it (other than it’s a little strange), so I go to CrossFit, work out, and continue on with my day. (It doesn’t hurt that bad at this point.) On Friday, I wake up to a much sorer knee, but, again, I don’t think much of it, especially since we’re kind of rushing around getting ready for an early morning trip to the aquarium. When we arrive in Boston, my knee really starts to hurt. It’s also red and swollen now. I say something to Mal about it and he suggests that I call my doctor. I’m a little hesitant because I have plans to drive down to the Cape to celebrate Kerrie‘s birthday later that morning. I call my doctor, but hope to get a Monday appointment. I talk to one of the nurses and explain my symptoms. She very sternly tells me that I cannot wait until Monday and that I need to visit Urgent Care immediately. She says (like three times): “You need to get that evaluated TODAY.” Oh, boy. Since we’re already in Boston, Mal drops me off at the hospital (he and Qman head home for nap time) where I wait at Urgent Care for 2.5 hours. Oy. I finally see a doctor and she diagnoses me with cellulitis, which is a (potentially serious) bacterial infection under the skin. The doctor told me if I had waited until Monday to seek care, I might have been in “rough shape,” so it’s a good thing I didn’t! I also asked her how the heck I got an infection under the skin since there wasn’t any sort of cut/crack/bite there. She then asked me if I shaved my legs. I said yes, so she explain that perhaps bacteria go into a microscopic cut from the razor and, since my immune system is compromised because of the drugs I take, I can’t fight off infection as well as a healthy person. Blah. Now I’m on antibiotics and my knee is already quite a bit better, but WTF.

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LOW: Not going to the Cape to celebrate Kerrie’s birthday. By the time I saw a doctor, took the T home, and went to the pharmacy, most of the day had gotten away. I seriously considered driving down anyway, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I should probably take it easy. My body was already having issues fighting an infection, so I figured a night out of drinking, dancing, and staying up late was probably not the best thing for it, so I reluctantly stayed home… and slept for 11 hours. Clearly, my body needed it!

HIGH: Celebrating Salt Shack CrossFit‘s one-year anniversary pool party.

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Mal and I took turns playing Cornhole, and Qman had a BLAST playing in the pool!

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LOW: Putting away laundry and unpacking my Cape bag. Whomp whomp. Anyone else just hate putting away laundry? I don’t mind washing, drying, and folding it, but when it comes to actually putting it away, it’s my least favorite thing to do. I usually end up just wearing what’s in the laundry basket instead of putting it away.

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HIGH: Finding the Skull while organizing our closet. Nearly 4 years later, Mal and I are STILL playing the “skull game.”

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LOW: Being roped into a home organization project during nap time. Usually, I’m game for organizing, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Mal was about to lose his mind over the “shoe situation” in our downstairs closet (the majority of the shoes were mine), so we reorganized and moved most of our shoes upstairs into our bedroom closet. It was definitely much-needed, but it took me a little while to get motivated to actually do it.

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HIGH: Meeting friends at Harbor Fire for drinks, dinner, and live music on Sunday evening. 

LOW: Leaving Harbor Fire about 15 minutes later with a tantruming toddler. Qman was just not into it. It was noisy and crowded, which isn’t typically his scene. Mal and I tried everything to get him to calm down (holy death stares from patrons), but we didn’t have any luck, so we said goodbye to our friends and peaced out.

HIGH: Playing at the beach. After Quinn’s meltdown, we headed to the beach to (hopefully) turn things around.

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Qman loved playing in the water!

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The only way to get Quinn to look at the camera: Telling him Dada had a bug on his shirt! So serious. Haha!

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LOW: Leaving the beach with a tantruming toddler. *sigh* It was just one of those days.

HIGH: Buying a bottle of wine on the way home and then watching the CrossFit Games. #parentingwin

Question of the Day

Your turn: Pick a high and low from your weekend to share! 

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  1. Wow so glad you got that taken care of and hopefully your knee is getting better! Toddler tantrums are rough- I just spent a week with my cousins toddler and they are no joke! I hope he’s in a better mood today 🙂 High- getting food prepped for the week Low- coming back from vaca, whomp whomp

  2. What a weekend you had. Glad to hear you’re in the mend! The high was coffee on the front porch Sunday morning, low was receiving some sad news.

  3. That is crazy about the infection but I’m glad it is on the mend. I think the high fro this weekend was cooking delicious dinners together and the low is Monday morning.

  4. Happy to hear you got that cellulitis addressed quickly and that it didn’t progress. My friend contracted that last year in her lower leg and it got pretty bad. 2 weeks of IV antibiotics and her lower leg is still badly scarred. Such a crazy thing because like you she thought it was just a sore muscle from crossfit that morning!

  5. Watching the Cross Fit Games was definitely a high for me! So inspiring to watch, and it helped me crush my long run on Sunday! I hope your knee is ok..that’s so scary! Thank goodness you went before it was too late :-/

  6. High – Spending all day Sunday at a pool – pools with a toddler are so much fun!
    Low – Foregoing the toddlers nap so we could spend more time at the pool = cranky toddler in the evening

  7. I had to laugh when reading your comment about the “shoe situation”…my hubs has lost it over the same thing at our house. I thought that because they were all contained in a cute decorative bin/basket it was fine but apparently not to him. Men!

    Glad you are on the mend and I have to say, your honest posts are truly what keep me coming back to you over the years. Life, parenthood, marriages are messy things and you aren’t afraid to show all angles.

  8. Cellulitis seems to be happening a lot this summer! My friend has a son who is 6 and recently got shots at the doctor. The nurse didn’t rub an alcohol swab over the injection area before giving the shot and he got cellulitis from that! I have another friend who recently visited New Jersey and got Cellulitis from the beach there!

  9. I am the exact same way with putting away laundry! I don’t mind doing laundry at all but actually putting it in draws is another story. I have improved a bit — all my husband’s clothes get put away — but I end up dressing straight from the basket, also 🙂

  10. My son just turned 15 months and we had our first public meltdown this weekend…yikes! It was definitely a right of passage moment….even if it was a low. I absolutely love your shorts in the photos at the beach. Where did you get them! They are the perfect length!

  11. I hope you’re feeling back to normal soon. It’s a good thing you got checked out when you did.

    My high from the weekend was going out for brunch with my boyfriend. You can’t go wrong with avocado toast and eggs. My low was having to spend a few hours yesterday catching up on studying.

  12. High: Swimming in a pool all day with happy two year old twins.
    Low: Um, getting (dragging) said two year old twins out of the pool.

  13. Quinn might be the cutest toddler ever! His “blue steel” face in your pic with him is the BEST!

    Weekend high: spending time out on the ocean and at the beach.
    Weekend low: this heat wave! if we weren’t in the water, we needed to be in the air conditioning

  14. Wow scary situation with the knee. It’s a good thing you called the doctor! I would have sat on it for a while…not good.
    And, I’m always in awe of how you fit so much into your weekends! I feel like I spend my whole weekend cleaning and driving the kids around. I’m happy if I fit one social thing into a weekend. I’m completely jealous!

  15. High from the weekend: made and ate an amazing peach crisp and other yummy foods.
    Low: Sitting in a car for 10 hours with back pain and going to bed really late.

    Hope your knee is doing better really soon!

  16. So glad you went to the doctor! I am a nurse, and cellulitis is no joke my friend. Take care of yourself. Sorry about the kiddo melt downs. I left Trader Joe’s Sunday morning with a gigantic fit with my kiddo. This too shall pass I just have to remind myself.

  17. High from my weekend was being able to enjoy the ocean all weekend long (dinner in Salem, beach day in Marshfield and a run at Castle Island). low from my weekend was not having a good long run since it was so hot. I got in the miles, but my paces were all off! it looks like your weekend ended on a high note with the wine and Crossfit Games!

  18. Celluitis is scary. My son woke up one morning with a really swollen eye. I thought it was pink eye and took him to the doctors. They immediately prescribed antibiotics and told me that if it got worse he would need to go to the hospital for IV antibiotics. I had no clue..i still thought it was pink eye, but they told me it was celluitis. I like that pic of Q looking at the camera. We did the same exact thing this week. We told my son and nieces and nephews that I had a spider on my head…to get them all to look a the camera at the same time haha.

  19. Tina I can totally relate as my son is about 3 weeks younger than Quinn. I think having a toddler is literally highs and lows all day every day:) At least I know my son is normal.

  20. That’s scary about cellulitis and potentially getting it from shaving! Hope your swelling goes down and the meds help. High from the weekend was putting together a Wayfair desk by myself and making some new recipes. Low was continuing to unpack – it never ends!

  21. High- crossfit games for sure! i was so happy to see Mat Fraser kick butt! Low- my left knee is bothering me and i’m supposed to start marathon training this week 🙁 gonna see the Ortho this week JUSTTTTT in case. I definitely don’t want to start training on a bum leg.

  22. Hahahaha that ADORABLE photo of Quinn in the goggles. He is SO CUTE! But boy, do I know those tantrum days. My son is only about two weeks younger than Quinn, and we have those crazy outbursts sometimes and just can’t calm him down. And you never know what will set them off, right? Good thing they’re cute! Oh, and a high from my weekend was definitely just taking it easy on Sunday–no meal prep or cleaning, just enjoying some down time while the toddler napped!

  23. Oh my goodness, what a weekend. At least there were really good highs! Especially the wine bit. A low from my weekend was feeling all kinds of lazy when I was supposed to be excited to clean the apartment. My boyfriend is a weirdo and loves cleaning. My high was hiking on Saturday morning with our pup! It was beautiful in Virginia this weekend!

  24. High: Our 14 week old rolled over for the first time!

    Low: The Sunday night mom guilt of sending our baby to daycare the next day. I always hold him so tight on Sunday nights.

  25. I’m so sorry to hear about your knee and missing your trip to the Cape! I’m glad you’re okay though!

    High of the weekend: having a facetime date with my love who’s 1500 miles away

    Low: realizing that REI did not charge me for the hiking boots I bought and I had to awkwardly call and spend more money to get the situation rectified. As if $500 was not enough the first time….

  26. Getting stares from other patrons at a restaurant sucks when you’re actually trying to calm your kid down. If a parent is letting their kid run wild and not doing a thing about it, well then they deserve the stares. But kids are kids! Clearly none of them had kids of their own!

  27. I’m glad you listened to your body and called the DR’s office. Quinn is the cutest thing ever….luv his pouty face . Enjoy every second because before you know it he’s off to college like mine is this summer (hardest thing ever). I appreciate your photos because it takes me back to wonderful memories I had with my son. I also had the best of both worlds to work from home & take care of my son. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job in blogging because your blog is something I always look forward to reading.

  28. Life with a toddler is not for the weak. We’ve had many similar situations. The picture of Quinn in the pool with the goggles is so cute lol!

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