Sunday, February 20, 2011

Vegas + Meniere's = Full Tilt

Aaahh...Vegas. My heart away from home.

It seems that most of my friends hate Las Vegas. I on the other hand LOVE IT! I love the shopping (Marc torture my bank account), I love the weather (I need the sun people, I NEED IT), I love the great food options (La Cave at Wynn has the best flat bread I've ever tasted) and, of course, I love the gambling. I found out this week, however, that my Meniere's Disease does not love Vegas.

I've been to Vegas several times since my diagnosis, but this time was a bit different. This trip was 5 full days of entertainment, work, gambling, shopping and excitement. What I found was that 5 full days was a bit too much. I had stimulation overload.

The old Skye would have shopped and gambled and gone out until the wee hours of the morning. The new Skye, still recovering from surgery, had to rest several times and drink ample amounts of water. My steps were a little unsteady, but thankfully my friends were there to help me along the way. The experience was a bit humbling, but was an ever-constant reminder that we as humans are not indestructible. There will come a point in everyone's life where they aren't able to do exactly what they want to with the same fervor that they used to. Mine just came a bit early.

Don't get me wrong...I still love me some Vegas...and this won't stop me from going again. I just have to remember to slow my roll for a while. :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


In the spirit of the extremely chilly weather outside, I thought it fitting to finally watch the movie Frozen. If you're not familiar, Frozen is a suspense/thriller set on the slopes. 3 skiers get stranded on a chairlift at night, and have to make life or death decisions-sit and wait it out, or jump 50 feet to the ground and risk injury, or worse; hungry wolves!

Let me preface this by stating that I am not a fan of most films in the thriller genre. Alas, Frozen wasn't entirely awful. In fact, I actually thought it was pretty good, for what it was. The acting wasn't terrific, but the female lead, Emma Bell, played her part perfectly. I also enjoyed the fact that Frozen was filmed here locally at Snowbasin Ski Resort in Ogden, UT.

You can usually predict what will happen in most horror films, but I was actually surprised by several of the twists and turns. The camera techniques were spot on, and several times I felt like I was stuck on the chair with these kids. A few times I caught myself wondering what I would do in the same situation. I imagine this is what the director was going for. It's not a 4 star movie by any means, but it definitely packs in some thrills, and of course, plenty of chills!

If you're in the mood to feel anxious, on edge, a little shocked, and don't mind some gruesomeness, you could do worse than Frozen.

That movie put me in the mood for a hot bath. Brrrrrr...