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Reading has always provided me with an escape from my mundane day-to-day activities, and bookstores have always been my wonderland. Even such generic stores, like Barnes & Nobles, ignite that solitude and isolation that comes with opening the cover of a book.

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The view at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont. 

It’s been five years since I last skied. So, when my friend Jill asked our group of friends if we wanted to come skiing in Vermont with her, I was absolutely terrified. Before, I was a natural skier.

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After a night of low temperatures and snowfall, Ann Arbor residents came together to adorn the wintry landscape with cheerful snowmen. E. Jefferson St. in particular had an impressive line up on Friday morning.

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Students gathered in the Diag for an impromptu snowball fight Thursday night. While some pelted one another with snowballs, others constructed large snowmen. A snowstorm dumped more than two inches of snow on Ann Arbor on Feb. 4.