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Cabin Fever

Driving to work the last few nights, I noticed the snow is finally going away.

I am not too fond of all this rain as the snow is melting because it is creating quite the water hazards around town, but the weather is at least better than frigid cold temperatures and several inches of snow.

My family has cabin fever. We are all ready for warmer temperatures and sunny skies.

My daughter asked to play in the snow the other day — hopefully for the last time.

After about 10 minutes, she went into the garage and got out her spring/summer toys. She is ready to play outside and enjoy nicer weather.

It was hard to tell her that it would be difficult to play with that stuff in the snow.

But she took advantage of a cleared out driveway to shoot baskets on her little hoop and take some swings at her toy golf balls.

I am personally ready for walks in the neighborhood with our dog. My daughter has already talked about using her wagon on walks. She wants to put our dog in the wagon this year. We’ll see how that goes. Not sure she is ready for that yet.

Something else I enjoy doing outside in nice weather is grilling. I think I could grill out every night of the week if it was possible.

We are going to get into camping this summer, too. My daughter has never been camping. My wife wasn’t part of a big camping family. But camping is something my family did a lot when I was a kid.

So now Aubrey wants me to “teach her how to camp.” I am looking forward to it. I just hope she likes it as much as she thinks she will like it.

I hope we have seen the last of winter weather. A weather application on my phone tells me we will be consistently in the 50s here soon and I even saw 60s and sunny next Friday. And after Thursday, we get no rain for at least eight days.

I am ready for shorts, T-shirts and flip flops.

The first outdoor spring events are March 25. The track and field outdoor season begins on that day and some of our teams have meets on that night.

My first scheduled soccer match takes place on March 28.

Next week is spring break for all five of our county schools. My wife and daughter will be going out of town for a few days.

That’s code for “Dad gets to binge watch movies he’s behind on.” I plan on checking out some new releases but also some of the older ones I have yet to see.

First on the list is “A Star is Born.” Lots of folks like that one and I am excited to finally get to sit down and watch it.

There are some indoor track meets next week, too.

I will have coverage from the South Iowa Cedar League Indoor meet on Monday and Colfax-Mingo’s 2nd Annual Tigerhawk Invitational on Thursday. Both meets are at Grinnell College.

Next week also kicks off my favorite time of the year — March Madness.

The state schools on the men’s side are not going into tournament play on a high note but there’s still time to salvage the season.

I still think Iowa and Iowa State have enough offensive firepower to score with anyone. It’s the defense that will have to show up though.

The women’s teams are fun. Three instate schools will be in the field, and Iowa and Iowa State will likely get to play at home for the first two rounds. The Hawkeyes should be a No. 2 seed after winning the Big Ten Conference Tournament title.

The tournaments are all about star power. Iowa and Iowa State both have plenty of star power with Megan Gustafson and Bridget Carleton. Drake’s Becca Hittner is pretty good, too.

It’s one of the best times of the year. Now only if that sun would come out consistently, it’d be even better.

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