1. neighbors helping neighbors dig out
2. our neighbors' dog Molly, who was so shocked to see me in their back yard (checking for storm damage for the neighbors who couldn't get out) that she barked at me like I was a total stranger, then bent herself in half wagging when she realized who I was
3. ice melt
4. those really long scrapers/brushes that let you push alllllll the snow off the roof of the car without having to drag any of it toward you*
5. not having to be anywhere in particular
*seriously, you need one of those things if you live where it snows. Just trust me on this.