I've been back in Minnesota for a week now and today is the first time it even seems like Minnesota., thanks to an unusually warm winter. The grass has been green, and this morning it even rained. Yes, folks, it's December 21 and it was raining! I was not amused. One of our main claims to fame up here in the northland is our cold and snowy winters, and if we don't have that, the very reason for Minnesota's existence could be called into question. Really, what's the point? Well, we finally got a reprieve and restoration of our identity this afternoon with a snowfall. Not like that blizzard that hit Colorado yesterday (I would have preferred that, thank you very much), but at least it was something. And now, finally, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.