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After a brief hiatus (aka winter break) we're back in the swing of things.  Classes have started, homework has been assigned, textbooks have been purchased, friends have been greeted, and I'm back to blogging.
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I know what you are thinking.  And, believe me, I thought it too.  For starters, my blog title is a bit cliche (and lame-o).  But, if you can move past that, it's hard NOT to notice the signs of spring all around us:  Birds chirping their brains out at 6am and prematurely waking me up; trees budding; tulips beginning to push up through the ground; grass turning green, consistent 50-60 degree weather and the lovely April rain showers that produce May flowers.
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Buckeye Chuck and Punksutawney Phil didn't see their shadows yesterday, so spring is on it's way! As we slip and slide on icy sidewalks this week, and some deal with power outages, this is a good thing. I enjoy living in a four seasons climate, but I understand why winter gets the bad rap. It's cold. It's windy. It's icy. It's just not that much fun. But I'd rather wear a sweater than shorts and sit in front of a crackling fire than sweating in a lawn chair.
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For two Thursday nights in a row, it has snowed.  And for two Thursday nights in a row, I've had the wonderful privilege of getting stuck in traffic on 315N.  My once modest 15 min drive to OSU campus has now turned into 40+ mins, with 20 min of that drive being the last 2 miles.  I don't know if its just me, but sometimes I feel like I'm the only one in Columbus who knows how to drive in the snow.  Now that might sound like a really bold statement.  And it is.  Because growing up in South Dakota, it was a prerequisite to drive in snow - and lots of it.  After living in Ohio for the past ye
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Over the last four years I have lived in no fewer than six states. On top of that, I have visited several other states for weeks at a time. The list includes Washington, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Indiana, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Texas and more. One of the advantages of visiting so many states is that you feel like you have a solid understanding of different climates around the US.