Here's one way to enliven a cold and dreary day. We went to the northeast YMCA to splash and swim. Then we had friends over. S is now engrossed in a puzzle, her latest favorite activity. She has a large two-sided floor puzzle with a castle on it that is very challenging for her, but just doable, and it comes with little cardboard princesses and kings and kitties and jesters, so she can make up her own fairytale storyline after the castle is put together (hours of fun for $1 at the thrift store).