Utah-Ski Vacation

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Tuesday, I shared my first week of a two week vacation that I took back in January.  My California trip was amazing but not to be outdone by the second part of the trip, the ski trip in Utah. On Friday, January 24th, my husband and I flew out of LA, heading to Park City, Utah via Salt Lake City.

Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah

We arrived in Park City, right as the Sundance Film Festival was winding down.  We chose not to rent a car in Utah and instead relied on public transportation which worked in our favor because we learned all sorts of secrets about how to score tickets to the film festival while waiting at the bus stop.  A lady we talked to advised us to get to the ticket office before 6:45AM (box office opened at 8AM).  The next morning, the second to last day of the festival, we got to the ticket office right when she suggested and managed to score the last two tickets to a showing of the movie Happy Christmas and tickets to the Sundance Film Festival winner (Whiplash) that night.  The line to the ticket office ended up being really long and we were lucky we were 30th in line.  Thanks lady!

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

I have never been to a film festival before so I didn’t know what to expect but the festival far exceeded my expectations.  It was so cool to watch the movies and then have the producer or director come out and discuss the movie.  The first movie we saw was Happy Christmas and it was interesting to hear the producer/director, Joe Swanberg talk about making the movie.  Basically the majority of the movie was unscripted.  He has an outline that the cast used but they essentially ad-libbed the whole movie.  A funny thing happened after the screening.  I went to test my blood sugar out in the hallway and a girl approached me asking if I was diabetic.  She was a type 2 diabetic herself so we started chatting about it.  I thought she was genuinely interested in talking with me, but it turned out she was just looking for an excuse to wait around after the movie to meet the producer/director.  I was really excited to talk to her at first until she abruptly left me when the director came out and I realized what she was doing.  Oh well, after this all went down, I was actually able to meet him myself which was pretty cool.

Producer/Director/Writer/Actor of Happy Christmas

Producer/Director/Writer/Actor of Happy Christmas

With Joe Swanberg, Star, Producer, Director, Writer of Happy Christmas

With Joe Swanberg, Star, Producer, Director, Writer of Happy Christmas

While walking around town to kill time before watching the second movie, my husband and I ran into Paul Rudd at a restaurant.  We offered to buy him a drink but he said no thanks.  He was a really nice guy although quieter than I was expecting.

Chilling with Paul Rudd

Chilling with Paul Rudd

Main Street, Park City

Main Street, Park City

We ended our first full day in Park City with a viewing of the Sundance Film Festival winner.  It was a neat experience because we were in line waiting not knowing what movie we were going to see until they announced it at the awards ceremony, which was taking place while we were waiting in line.  The winner of the festival ended up being a movie called Whiplash and it was an amazing movie and very intense.  I definitely recommend the movie.

Waiting for them to announce the winner

Waiting for them to announce the winner

Whiplash director

Whiplash director

Sunday began our first day skiing.  My husband and I loved the ski conditions at Park City and really enjoyed the slopes too.  It wasn’t too crowded so we didn’t have to wait in a single lift line. Sunday, I did take a pretty bad fall, somehow turning around and falling flat on my back down hill, bumping my head hard.  Thankfully, I was wearing a helmet.  It was a little ironic because I think I ended up getting whiplash (my neck and back were KILLING me the next few days) after seeing the movie Whiplash the night before.

Before whiplash

Before whiplash

The hubby

The hubby

Chris and I

Chris and I

Whiplash aside, we skied Sunday and Monday, then I was in a ton of pain so we took Tuesday off then skied Wednesday and Thursday before heading back to Salt Lake City to catch our flight home. Sunday and Monday the weather was sunny and 35 degrees, perfect ski conditions! Wednesday, a storm rolled in and it snowed/sleeted.  In the afternoon, it was difficult to see as the sleet was hitting our ski googles.  Thursday, it snowed in the early morning so the ski conditions were amazing on the fresh powder.  I think it snowed like 9 inches overnight.

Poor visibility Wednesday afternoon as the storm rolled in

Poor visibility Wednesday afternoon as the storm rolled in

Last year when my husband and I went skiing, my blood sugars did horrible.  They were incredibly high the entire time.  This time, my blood sugars were still high but not nearly as bad.  Since we are trying to get pregnant, I was trying hard to make sure they weren’t too bad but despite my best efforts, they still hovered in the high range.

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Despite my high blood sugars, I didn’t really have any issues with my diabetes this vacation.  My CGM worked well, I didn’t overpack too much with my supplies, airport security went well.  Between the awesome time in California (celebrating with friends and family, running a half marathon, front row tickets to Jay Leno, and many other great experiences) and Utah (skiing and attending the Sundance Film Festival), tt was such an amazing vacation and a great way to start my 30’s.


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