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After decades as Colorado Natives, the hubby and I finally made it up to Maroon Bells and WOW was it worth it. The drive up to the base camp is so pretty you don’t ever want to go over 25 mph because you have to pull over every mile or so to take yet another spectacular photo. We were lucky enough to see it at the absolute peak of the “Aspen turning” season and a few of the 200 photos I took are below for you to enjoy.
I’d suggest an entire weekend, use one of those find a bargain hotel website and see what you can do for lodging. Aspen itself is such a friendly, beautiful, healthy, visitor friendly place.
I will take my moment to tell you one place to avoid like the plague!
DO NOT GO TO UTE CITY GRILL!!
We had the worst service, rudest waiter, longest wait for everything and could not believe a restaurant like this was still in business. Pathetic! If you look at the ratings for the place you’ll see either glowing or horrible. I suspect the glowing ones are friends of the owner/wait staff that perhaps get treated like one should when they are dining out.
I DO recommend “The Red Onion!”
After being disgusted with our time at Ute City Grill, we wandered over to the outdoor walking mall and met many friendly locals. When we mentioned that we really had been looking forward to getting to sit outdoors and sip on a glass of wine and soak of the mountain atmosphere this Aspen local suggested the “Onion” and assured us they would take care of us and that it was even happy hour. Not only did they take care of us but we ended up meeting a wonderful couple at the “community table” and were treated like regulars even though we were only there for a couple of days.
We also highly recommend visiting the John Denver Memorial Park – article to follow.
Enjoy these lovely photo of Maroon Bells Peaks and Maroon Bells Lake.
The trees are truly spectacular and with the warm temperatures you can’t find a better time to see this spectacular vista. It’s known as the most photographed spot in all of Colorado, and once you visit you’ll know why.
Enjoy the slideshow photographs of Maroon Bells Peaks and lake taken in late September.
Anytime you head to the mountains be sure to take water, wear layers and lather up with sunscreen.
This is my two week post op report card, and it’s a good one!The first week was rough, I’m sure just due to the effects that any surgery has on your system along with hormone and blood chemicals all flying up and down, but now at two weeks post op from my parathyroidectomy I am feeling MUCH better.
The symptoms that were IMMEDIATELY fixed are:
- my blood pressure is now totally normal, all the time
- normal bladder control (pre-op I ALWAYS had to pee and could barely make it in time)
- bone and muscle pain GONE!
- I have lost 7 pounds (yeah!)
- digestion MUCH improved
- Sex Drive back… (double yeah!)
Still to go:
I am currently REALLY emotional, I didn’t have the mood swings when I was pre-op like some people do, but I am having them now… I’m thinking it has to do with the parathyroid having to adjust itself.
I still get a little shakey when I don’t get my calcium. I had an appointment with my Endocrinologist on Tuesday and he has me on 1000 milligrams of calcium 4x a day along with a prescription for Vitamin D that I take once a week. I am also scheduled for a bone density scan in two weeks to see how much damage has been done to my bones during this calcium leaching period of God only knows how long. After he looks at that and determines the results he’ll redo my levels.
I am musing that perhaps my weight gain over the last two years and onset of menopause symptoms including rapid weight gain for now apparent reason may have to do with the fact I read on my synthyroid medication I picked up yesterday. (I also have Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease) It says not to take it with calcium… so I’m wondering if that was/is part of the reason for the weight gain (Hashimoto’s is hypo thyroid) is that the synthyroid couldn’t really do it’s job to help regulate my metabolism with my calcium levels being constantly so high in my blood stream. Only time will tell.
All in all the results of the parathyroidectomy are a huge success.
Read all my previous posts on this journey
Pt 5: 2 Days Post Operative
pt 4: Tomorrow is Surgery Day
“Parathyroidectomy“Parathyroidectomy is surgery to remove parathyroid glands or parathyroid tumors. Parathyroidectomy is recommended when one or more parathyroid glands are producing excessive amounts of parathyroid hormone.
SERIOUSLY! It has to be the single thing I most hate about being a woman. We will torture ourselves endlessly in pursuit of the “silky smooth legs” “she wears short shorts” commercial that told us over and over again the only way to attract a man was to have all the surfaces of our body hair free!!
You have so many options and yet all of them have their downfalls. (aka SUCK!)
First off.. shaving.. Ok, doesn’t seem to hard does it? But I don’t know about you ladies out there, but there are areas of my body that I’m supposed to get hairless that I can’t see.. I’ve never seen.. not sure I want to see, but I’m expected to take a sharp blade to it? I don’t think so. Wet or dry, shaving cream or gel, my daughter says use hair conditioner because you always have more of that left than you do shampoo… So ok, I’ve managed to somehow miraculously de-hair myself to the satisfaction of the TV commercial folks and guess what.. By the end of the day I’ve got stubble… UGG….
Then there is waxing! You’ve all seen the scene in the “40 year old Virgin” where he’s waxing his chest hairs… That really IS how painful that is, and how many men out there are willing to do that for us to have a hair free chest to cuddle on.. NOT THAT MANY! It’s Painful, Expensive, did I say painful?? Brazilian Wax… I call that INSANE!!! Even the “Sex in the City” ladies wouldn’t do that!
Cream Depilatories. Ok, these came out with the “who wears short shorts” commercials in the ’60′s.. (yes I’m old enough to remember those) Back in those days you were lucky to start putting that potion on one leg before you were passing out from the fumes. That much has improved, but this option just never worked well for me. I’d wait the allotted time, and parts of me would be burned by the chemicals and other parts of my legs would still have the same amount of hair on them as when I started.
I was recently sent a new product to review on my blog by www.fuelmyblog.com .. Smooth Away -Well here goes with that. It’s not too pricey, is the only good thing I can say about this product. It retails in Target, Walmart, etc. for $9.99. Not bad if it worked AT ALL???
The packaging looked attractive, the instructions fairly simple, the brochure assured me I would be silky smooth and hair free head to toe.
I assembled the “crystal…..” to the pink applicator and began to work in small circles with not to much pressure, alternating clockwise and counter clockwise as the instructions had said….. UM…. NOTHING happened.. not one hair was harmed during the five minutes of working this product up and down my shins. I couldn’t believe it.. It seemed like it should work, I thought well maybe it’s just my hair… so my daughter tried it, my friends… same result… It just doesn’t work at all. So now what…
I did discover a fairly new razor the Intuition Razor for ladies which was introduced to me by Andrea and Andrea of two chicks talk tech podcast. In it Andrea talked about these razors and told all the guys listening to go and get one for their wives and all the ladies to get one for their friends. I decided what the heck, nothing else is really much good so I went to Target to pick one up… WOW.. these were different. You could ONLY use them wet, in the shower, but they really did glide gently around your shavable zones and zapped the hair gone.. even those spots I can’t SEE!!! Is it a miracle? Well I wouldn’t call it that but they really do work great. The only downside is they are pricey and as soon as the soapy, lotiony part is worn down they are less and less effective. I suspect these were created by women!
If any of the women out there in internet land have anything to share that works better than all these options I beg of you to share it with me and all womankind!