Sorry I keep talking about the weather.
This winter is KILLING me; it's led to car issues and house issues and travel issues and a weeks-long bug that I am finally over. I have never been so ready for spring.
Temperature when I checked it this morning: 9°.
That is 20 degrees warmer than it was that time yesterday.
We have had one day in February during which the temperature rose above freezing at any point.
And should you dare to walk outside at all, you're walking in a maze: at least butt-high snowbanks on either side, often more like waist-high or higher. There's no "just cutting across" What's underfoot is mostly snow (the consistency of sand or granulated sugar) over ice, with unexpected patches of pavement just to ensure maximum unevenness.
Here's one of the better weather-related jokes making the rounds on Facebook:
And up here, we have it so much better than Boston.
If you sometimes consider donating any money to a shelter in the northeastern U.S., or speaking up when you see someone who is likely homeless being kicked out of your favorite coffee shop or bagel place or art gallery — this seems like a good time for that.
Stay warm, friends.