Sunday, September 16, 2007

The View from the Ground

These are pictures of the town of Telluride as seen from the top of the ski lift/gondola.
This is the town that we live above and that Ari works in...We live at the top of the ski runs, the town is at the bottom. And, I promise that the angles aren't off at all, it really IS that steep! Luckily, I have never skied here...Honestly, I don't think I am good enough to survive these runs. Mt. Hood looks VERY tame in comparison, even the mountain that I skied in UT wasn't this intense!
This is the sun setting on the other side of us...the mountain peaks at the far left of this pic, (the one below,) are called The Wilson Mountains, it just so happens to be the mountain that is on Coor's beer ...(so I've been told anyway, I cannot stand beer!) You should see The Wilsons with snow, it's breath-taking...I'll have to post it again when the snow returns, NEXT MONTH!!! No, seriously, we get about four months without snow covering EVERYTHING...July through Sept. I'm trying to squeeze as much sunshine in as possible!
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Good Fun!

Yippee!!! We are (hopefully) going to go flying with a pilot friend of ours in his private plane today! This past weekend is/was the last festival of the season called "The Blues & Brews" so Ari has been working a lot of over-time. Also, during the biggest festivals, police officers from all over come and help work the event because the population jumps from about 3,000 or 4,000, to 15,000 to 20,000! Anyway, one of the officers that has worked with Ari for the past four years is from Aspen, CO. He is a pilot and he flies his plane here every year, and this year he has invited us out for a flight.

Now, this is exciting enough as it is, but what you should know is that the air port is built on a mesa...a table top like area on the side of the mountain, so it just drops off at the end of the runway, about 500 ft. or so...Oh, and the runway is bowed in the middle, so that the runway looks like a smile when you look at it from the side, which of course adds some extra drama and excitement to the whole take off and landing! Ari and I have been dying to get to fly out of this air port, so we are both anxiously awaiting this excursion. I must say that I am a little nervous to fly in a small plane this high up in the mountains...for those of you who don't know, we are already at 10,000 ft. elevation! We'll keep you posted. I am going to take our camera and I will try to get some postable pictures for you all.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Super Good News!!!

On Thursday night, I finally got a call back from my endocrinologist and he explained to me what’s going on with the thyroid issues in my neck. Everything that I had researched on the internet and in my anatomy and physiology book was telling me that I was going to have to have surgery to remove the tumors in my neck, and I was trying REALLY hard not to freak out. Anyway, the Doc told me that the tumors are small enough right now, that we don’t need to worry too much about them for a few years, and that my thyroid levels can likely be controlled by medication. . . AND, the really super-good news is that we can get pregnant as soon as possible! I found out that my thyroid functions have been failing, and that is most likely why we haven’t been able to conceive yet. I should be good to go in four to six weeks; that’s how long it will take us, (my Doctor and I,) to get the thyroid medication levels figured out and balanced in my body.

Honestly, I don’t think that the whole meaning of this has really sunk in yet…I have had symptoms of thyroid problems since I was a baby. My heart rate has always been very rapid and my heart often skips beats. Then, when I was two or three, I started to get inexplicable chest pain. I have also always naturally eaten like a bird. (It’s been really strange for me lately because I have been eating like a horse, craving food like a mad woman!) My Dad said that I am most likely just now getting a “normal” appetite…I must say that it feels quite strange to be eating this much. Mostly, the enormous relief of not needing surgery, again, FINALLY resolving several perplexing life-long issues, and not having to wait a year or two to start having babies, is HUGE! It sounds cliché, but I don’t think that I have ever felt like a bigger weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I don’t really know how to process it all, it is such a ginormous answer to so many prayers. . .

. . .thank you so much for yours. : )