Happy New Year everyone. The San Francisco Bay Area ushered in the new year with a powerful storm. I thought my days squishing around in soggy sneakers were over once I left Wyoming--I am glad I don't have to drive in snow and scrape ice off my windshields. Yesterday, we got deluged in the first of a series of storms and today was wet, windy and cold. Driving this morning felt like I was manuevering through a tempest. I got soaked running in and out of my car, and I chose not to use an umbrella. When you combine pounding rain and heavy winds, umbrellas are just a lost cause. I guess I got more soaked because all my Northface jacket was the only thing shielding me from the rain. It did the job, but Mother Nature dominated.