There is a bright (vaccinated) light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. Health experts believe the next few months will be better than the next few weeks. Which leaves us all in viral limbo this holiday season.

Personally, I'd rather be disappointed than devastated. On Thursday, I'll be home with my wife and our dog, in our personal bubble, reflecting on the many things I have to be thankful for. A smart Thanksgiving may lower the odds of a very sad Christmas, according to epidemiologists.

I'm thankful we're not butt-deep in snow right now. My lawn is still supernaturally green; it looks like early October out there. We're allegedly in a La Niña cooling phase of the Pacific, but the maps for December look like something out of a vigorous El Niño warming event. After a brief cold slap early next week, temperatures moderate by the second week of December with 40s, even an outside shot of 50F.

No big storms of any flavor are brewing anytime soon. Think of today as Oct. 56th. A shorter winter? Could be.