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Winter reprieve.

Winter in Pittsburgh extended its stay by an extra 4 weeks. I can’t tell you how abysmally miserable it was that we got snow for days on end in April, the wind blew chilly and the sky rarely cracked its cloudy dome.

Today, we have hit the trifecta. It’s sunny, warm(er) and dry. No, it’s no substitute for a vacation, which I’m getting antsy about. I haven’t had one since 2011. Seriously. This winter was getting on my last nerve.

I’m gonna go outside. Put your tablet down and make some vitamin D.

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