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Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

I hesitate to say this for fear that I might jinx it, but it looks like it finally might be spring.

The sun is shining through the office window as I write this, and the extended forecast shows a week ahead full of temperatures hovering near or exceeding 60 degrees.

I feel like I've come out of hibernation.

For a while, during the first half of winter, I would get up, no matter how cold it was, and go for a run several times each week.

During the second half of winter, though, I just couldn't seem to drag my body out of bed and into the bitter cold.

Let's face it, I didn't really want to drag my body out into the bitter cold for anything at all, not just exercise.

And for that reason, I spent a majority of the past several months cooped up in my house and huddled under blankets watching seasons of “Roseanne” on DVD from the comfort of my warm living room.

But since Easter weekend — and despite a few days of unseasonably cool temperatures in the days afterward — I've been enjoying the outdoors as much as I can.

I've tried to take walks, either with my dog or alone, each day, and I've welcomed outdoor sports assignments.

I always love this time of year when the weather finally breaks.

People, in general, seem to be more pleasant, and there seems to be renewed energy in the air.

Each year at the beginning of spring, I really start to crave all of the things that I've come to associate with summer: vacation, occasional trips to the ball game or Kennywood, and simple things such as cooking on the grill and reading on the porch swing.

And after the long winter that we've had, I even welcome yardwork, but not stink bugs or allergies. Those, I still can do without.

Kristina Serafini is s staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1405 or

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