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Thrills and a thud

I ended last year with a bang and a thud. Most of it was fabulous. I thought I’d share a few of the year’s experiences with the Roaring Fork Valley.

First was the birth of my child, Stella Jean Firmin. She was brought into this world at the fabulous Aspen Valley Hospital. I can’t say enough great things about the O.B. department at the hospital. I was treated so well and had a great experience ” beginning to end.

Every person I came in contact with at the hospital was gracious, helpful, nurturing and genuinely concerned about me in spite of delivering 10 other baby girls in the span of three days. I have to give a special thanks to Gretchen, Dr. Harling and Karen Owens.

Gretchen was an enormous help to my husband in peeling me off the ceiling after my epidural and was a wonderfully optimistic voice through the whole process. My delivery resulted in a C-section, which leads me to also thank Dr. Harling and the entire surgical staff that came in at 10 o’clock at night to assist in the delivery.

Additionally, as most people that have met Karen Owens know, she’s a gem. She kept me calm and was like a mother to me when my mom wasn’t there. She really shared in my excitement. My stay at the hospital was capped off by being blessed with the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen … at least that’s the one they sent me home with. Thank you Aspen Valley Hospital!

Secondly, I would like to tell everyone to patronize Epicurious in El Jebel by City Market. The staff is friendly and informative and their prices are amazing.

I think it’s great to see a small local business offering a phenomenal product at prices lower than those of the large market chain next door. What a pleasant surprise. I won’t buy my seafood anywhere else. Thank you Epicurious!

Now for the thud. I was extremely disappointed when I went to Amen Wardy to spend a store credit before the year end and was denied. My store credit expired on Oct. 25, 2003, which was at the very end an extremely difficult last trimester of pregnancy.

I thought I could talk to the owner about using the credit two months past its expiration, if I explained that I couldn’t get into the store for several months before Oct. 25 due to having problems with my pregnancy. The sales person that talked to “one of the owners” informed me that in fact I could not use the credit, but if I wanted to, I could come back later to talk to the owner again. I informed her that there would never be a “later” or an “again.”

I thought, wow, he must have had a lot of women come in trying to use a store credit telling that “I just had a baby” story and was really sick of it. It’s the only thing I can come up with that would explain his decision to not let me use my credit. It was not in the holiday spirit, that’s for sure. The pathetic part is that the total value of the store credit was only $32. I just wanted to buy some shampoo.

I hope you enjoyed my own “best and worst” of 2003. Happy New Year!

Lorie D’Alessio



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