I am a summer lover. I'd much rather be hot than cold, and I'd much rather be outside than inside. Welcome to my least favorite time of the year.

I like the holidays, but for me that's where the fun ends. I can't stand driving in the snow, shoveling the snow and worrying about the next time it's going to snow. I don't like wearing coats and I can't stand being cold. I also can't stand having to stay inside. So, you can see I don't look forward to this time of the year.

I know there are lots of people who love winter, and of course there's nothing more fun for the kids than playing out in the snow and building snowmen and snowball fights, and I respect that. I'm happy for the kids who will have a great time, and for the adults who love to ski and skate and all that stuff. But it's not enough to change my mind.

Give me the hot sun, my backyard, the boardwalk, the beach and the sound of seagulls. Give me a hot summer night and the sound of crickets. Give me summer!! Only 20 weeks to go!