As I write this, the temperature here in the Twin Cities is minus 6 degrees. It's hideous.
We, along with my son Tom, are some are of the lucky ones, getting on a plane in a few hours to somewhere warmer -- Las Vegas, then a little road trip into northern Arizona to two places that are on Tom's "bucket list" -- the Grand Canyon and Sedona. He hasn't been to Vegas before and is a Cirque-du-Soleil freak, so we are taking him to several of the shows there.
Without looking at the extended forecast and crossing my fingers, I am hoping that we arrive back in Minnesota next week to tolerable temperatures and that an early spring is more than a wild fantasy.