I have a love/hate relationship with Midwest winters. A fresh blanket of snow makes everything look so magical... until I have to go clean the 6 inches of heavy snow on my car and drive down an unplowed alley to get into work. Of course, when most of the city is out on a snow day, "work" means covering the storm's aftermath. (You can see our team's coverage of the day here.) So, in my five winters here I've developed a bit of a routine for covering winter storms. I wake up a little earlier than usual, pile on the layers, and start my coverage in my own neighborhood. It took a little while find any activity, but sure enough I found a few people out shoveling and cleaning cars. After awhile I circled back to my house, where I could sip hot coffee while I filed photos before heading out again -- this time in my car, to hit up a few sledding hot spots. Not a bad day's work.