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Friday, November 1, 2013

Where Photo Blogging is Easier

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Gabriel Landeskog: Swedish Gold, Avalanche Awesome!!!

Congratulations to Sweden who took the IIHF gold!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Avalanche Vicktem at tumblr -- cuz I'm either always forgetting to actually write, or too busy watching a packed hockey schedule, or distract playing around on tumblr & Pinterest...

I get so lost in all the social media that I forget to remember to step it up here at blogger and contribute some decent blog posts about my favorite sport & favorite athletes.

Maybe one of these days I'll be one of those people with a badass blog that millions follow; it's not likely, but a girl can toy with fantasies, right?
Heck, if nothing else, at least the Avs kicked Chicago's winning streak off the map! And OMG, what about that awesome Semyon Varlamov; he's gonna be the next Patrick Roy for reals!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche

Peter Forsberg Colorado Avalanche

June 11, 1996 ~ The Colorado Avalanche, in their inaugural year, won Lord Stanley's Cup. The Colorado Avalanche is the only team in the NHL to ever win the Stanley Cup in their maiden year.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Standing with Israel

Sunday, January 17, 2010

We Need A Million Bucks & Your Vote Can Help

Trisomy18 Vote

Sunday, September 27, 2009

And the Broncos win again!

Denver Broncos logo, originally uploaded by N i c o_.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Mafia Wars Facebook Look

Mia é fogo!, originally uploaded by ***MADAME MIX***.

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or follow me @2QTsInHeaven

Sunday, September 13, 2009

An Old Story Retold

You won't believe this but yes, there's actually an amusing story behind my avalanche

After we lost Abigail, I sought after every bit of medical information I could find on annovulation, pcos, ovulation monitoring, etc. I joined a TTC group with several other grieiving moms. They too had lost their babies in the late stages of what otherwise seemed to be normal pregnancies.

In the midst of our grieving, we all had such a hard time getting pregnant again. It added to the sorrows, and we all wondered if we'd ever know the joy of having another baby or not. In my attempts to be encouraging, I used to tell everyone that once we had the first one of us get pregnant, then an avalanche of pregnancies was sure to follow.

I tried to perk the gals up by telling them to be preparing themselves with survival tools like ski parka & sleeping bags for camping out at the doctor's office--not to mention tools like post trama manuals, medical equipment & dopplers, and plenty of prenatal worry packs.

While the waiting and TTC process seemed beyond trecherous, I just knew that once we had the first pregnancy, then we'd have a bunch more follow along. And that's exactly what happened.

Anne was the very first rainbow baby conceived within our group. And sure enough, but an avalanche of pregnancies followed. And while we were all so excited about the pregnancy avalanche, none of us ever spoke about the very real fact that avalanches kill people.

Sure enough when all was said and done, I was caught up yet again in the devastating impact of nature's forces. And like Abigail before her, Anne too ended up in a baby funeral. I had no idea that the human condition could know pain

more powerful than an avalanche;
more powerful than an earthquake;
more powerful than a tidal wave;
more powerful than a tornado or hurricane.
I had no idea...

After Anne died, I half-heartedly joked with my avalanche friends about how I sort of got "Sony Bono'd" -- poor guy was killed in a ski accident that nobody saw coming (old guy on skis heading for a tree--it's a no-brainer). It's sad to say, but the reality is that I was our group's old guy on skis heading for a tree.

So there's that.

Then during the course of our harsh & violent journey down the mountain, my health, marriage & business have taken some very hard knocks. Life has sort of been like we've been thrust down the rocky jagged mountain of baby death--twice. I'm still not sure we'll overcome many of the wounds the avalanche has inflicted upon our hearts, minds & bodies (and oh my goodness, how my body struggles to overcome all that afflicts it--I could write a book).

Ironically, I vividly remember an avalanche class that Brian took back in college. On a frosty cold weekend in the spring of 1988, I attended a class field trip with Brian & his class. We studied all manner of geographic measurements and such. I learned so much about weather and avalanche patterns on that weekend outing high up into Rocky Mountain avalanche territory. Little did I know how deeply that class would come back to touch me.

To be certain, an avalanche is a force of nature not to be reckoned with. And I kid you not when I say that our family has taken quite the avalanche's beating since the the new century began.

Two girls in the ground. And then there's our firstborn--our only living child; our ice hockey, homeschool boy - born in Denver back in the old days. He also went with us to that frosty field trip to the mountains the winter he was two--Note to self: must scan pix from old days. I pine for those avalanche days instead.

Heck, I pine for the days my other avalanche friends have now. They are in the swing of raising young children, while I'm in the throws of menopause & illhealth; retirement & mourning. My homeschool days with my son are done. It intensifies that my wonderful sparkly Anne is fixin' to be four. Her babyhood is gone, and sometimes the missing her can make me swoon.

The aftermath of the avalanche has exposed what an incredibly frozen tundra the plight of barrenness has been (maybe that's why Ben played hockey all those years growing up, or why I love Denver and the Av's (even though they suck this year), and why I've come to love the winter best of all).

I guess looking back, it all seems like a crafty preparation for our later & greater losses in life. and goodness knows we've survived some pretty frosty blizzards in our 46+ years...

No, there's no getting around the fact that I'm a full-fledged avalanche vicktem trying to dig out of the thick icy layers that have tried to bury me alive.

Fortunately, I have the Light of the Lord to guide my way and keep me warm. I have the cloak of Christ to clothe me. I have the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the sword of the Spirit, and the shoes of His peace. I am equipt with His all-sufficient grace, and His love carries me through the bruises, battery & brokenness that the forces of nature have inflicted upon me.

Yes, I am an avalanche vicktem. But I have survived to tell the incredible & amazing tale!

avalanche-1.jpg picture by vickienadine

Invesco and Pepsi Center

Invesco and Pepsi Center, originally uploaded by davedlg.


Gardens in Downtown Denver

Gardens in Downtown Denver, originally uploaded by stvpett.

Denver has some of the most wonderful parks & beautifully landscaped hiways & byways.

Tattered Cover

Tattered Cover, originally uploaded by b.keelerfoster.

man-o-man do I love this place, or what?! This TC wasn't there when I lived in the Big D. It was serious Lo-Do and it was still mostly train tracks & warehouse docks. As you can see, they've obviously cleaned that area up so astonishingly! I love how they converted that huge ugly warehouse into this gorgeous historical fixture. Back in my Denver days, I was going to grad school when they finally finished rennovating Tivoli--that was as far as Downtown went. When we were back in town last, I was amazed at how fabulously Lo-Do has continued to be rennovated. Metro State is DH's alma mater, and so much has changed since we trolled that campus...

bleading heart

bleading heart, originally uploaded by Heff45.

what a great shot, eh? I take no credit for it, so please follow the upload links to give props to the fotog. Just had to say, I love my Denver flickr friends ♥

My Old Hood

Gold Dome, originally uploaded by b.keelerfoster.

I must have walked a million miles when I lived & worked on Capitol Hill. What fond memories I have of my post graduate years ♥

Robinson House

Robinson House, originally uploaded by Jeffrey Beall.

3435 Albion St.
National Register 2/12/2003, 5DV.8271

"The 1890 Robinson House embodies the defining characteristics of the Queen Anne style in residential construction. The avoidance of flat exterior wall surfaces and the presence of an asymmetrical facade are typical. Roof lines are complex, exterior walls are made of more than one type of material, decorative porches are present, window shapes and sizes vary. In the Robinson House, a two-story house with attic, distinctive characteristics include a prominent front gable, patterned masonry exterior walls with several belt courses of brick and stone, recessed first and second story porches in the facade with spindlework porch supports, decorative balustrades and brackets."--Description from the Colorado Historical Society Website.

denver 4, originally uploaded by Heff45.

denver 2, originally uploaded by Heff45.

Invesco Field, Denver

2009 Denver Daytime 264, originally uploaded by TVGuy.

very nice shot!

Denver Bronco's Invesco Field

2009 Invesco July 035, originally uploaded by TVGuy.

I've not been to Denver since the new stadium was finished. I have to say that even though the new arena is fabulous, I sorta miss Big Mac. I saw Fleetwood Mac there back in the day. I saw a CO Rockies game at the old Mile High Stadium before they got Coors Field built. Things just haven't been the same in Denver ever since they moved Elitches. Goodness, I'm aging myself...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Go Penguins!

NHL_Lidstrom_051209_0201w, originally uploaded by

12 May 2009: Stanley Cup Logo on the ice with Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom skating over it with a puck before the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in game six of the NHL Western Conference Semifinals at the Honda Center in California. ©ShellyCastellano/THN

DSC07352, originally uploaded by Tim Shahan.

NHL Hockey
Martin Biron (43)
Philadelphia Flyers @ Washington Capitols
Verizon Center
October 03, 2008
Tim Shahan

Bruins - Leafs

NHL Hockey
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins
Tim Thomas
TD Banknorth Garden
December 07, 2006
Tim Shahan

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Le Chazelet (Hautes-Alpes)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Rocky Mountain High

Zebulon Pike's Peak, originally uploaded by twbeebout.

What a beautiful shot of Pike's Peak -- On this melancholy Monday, I'm processing a lot of wistful, watercolored memories. Among the top five of my most valued things I long for are the frosty spring snows that have fallen over Denver the last few days.

Bring Denver Boone Back!

Bring Denver Boone Back!, originally uploaded by otdrafting.

University of Denver is going through an identity crisis. Changing from Denver Boone to a Golden Eagle several years ago. What does an eagle have to do about being a Pioneer? What is so offensive about Boone? Not to mention that he is one of two university logos that Walt Disney designed.

About Me

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I'm Vickie, 51, married since 1985. We have a grown son, born in 1986, and aside from two early miscarriages, were barren thereafter. That is until 2003, when we were miraculously expecting a baby girl. The pregnancy was wonderful & we were very excited to be so blessed. Sadly & preventably, Abigail died in utero the week of her due date thanks to a practice of outlandishly horrid medical providers masquerading as knowledgeable professionals. Consequently, I delivered her lifeless body on December 6, 2003 after 3 days of sorrowed labor. She may have been born still, but she was still born & is still loved. Long story short, we were blessed 16 months later with a 3rd miracle child. Anne came into the world on April 28, 2005 after yet another wonderful pregnancy. Sadly, it was discovered after her birth that she had a heart defect caused by trisomy 18. She died suddenly of congestive heart failure, just before midnight on June 28, 2005. Anne was 61derful days old when she left her mama's arms & went to rest in the Lord's. She was a wonderful sparkly child, who along with her siblings, are the subject of most of my writings, interests & hobbies.