The first week of the new year brought snow!!!!!!! For those not familiar with how we “do” snow in the Willamette Valley of the Pacific Northwest, every inch equals a day off of work and/or school. A couple inches of snow on the ground Sunday morning plus freezing rain that evening = our roads are sheets of ice and in a city that only gets a wee bit of snow every few years, it’s cause for celebration, with happy people walking to their neighborhood coffee shops, dogs and kids (and grownups) gleefully playing, and of course – lots of stuff closed. Congrats to the kids who got an extra day of winter vacation! My husband’s been a trooper, banned from his bike til the ice is gone and having to take the bus the last two days which equals 60-90 minutes each way (more than double his normal bike commute), and learning how to walk in snow & ice for the first time. What a great way to ring in 2016!