When my best friend says she needs a weekend away, I immediately pack my bags. It’s not often that Marlena can get enough time away from work to do laundry let alone travel, so it was understandable that – on this rare getaway weekend – she just wanted to do nothing. That meant no …

As I watch the first snowfall of the season drift past my window, I can’t help but think about where I was almost exactly one year ago when the first snow fell on the Chicago area. I was three hours west of the city in beautiful Galena, Ill. with four of my best girlfriends …