Why, oh why, would it be 70 degrees in NC in January? I'm pretty certain this is not Florida, and yet I've been wearing short sleeves and flip-flops outdoors since the beginning of the new year. And next week should be just as warm. Oh, how I look forward to the obligatory ice storm in February, just so I can pull out my sweaters and scarves again! Maybe it wouldn't be as bad if it were sunny and bright, but for now there are leafless trees, bleak skies, and not a crispy day in sight. But the good news is that I'm headed for the beach this weekend. Wilmington. And so the present phenomenon should be nice if I can just pretend it's April for a few days.