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In a car not meant for winter driving, I had a long, slow, slippery, white-knuckled drive from Seattle back home to Portland one Sunday. Completely exhausted, I took Monday off work, and then woke up Tuesday to enough snow to shut down the city. The winter storm continued, giving me an unexpected week-long vacation. The Portland storm was full of ice, whereas Seattle's stayed beautifully snowy. I watched news video of people sledding down the hilly streets of Seattle, envious. This winter has been one of record snow, here in my new town of St. Louis and across the country, even in Portland. I was blessed to be in "Snowlandia" a few weeks ago for its beautiful snow storm. Instead of staying trapped inside, I did a lot of sledding.