Everyone loves a top 10 list at this time of year.
OK, so we might not love them, but we see dozens and dozens of them. It's a tradition in the world of journalism and blogging in the last week of the year to publish some sort of list highlighting something, either from the last year or previewing something for the next year.
If it's not the best of something, then it's the worst of something, the scariest of something, the cutest of something, or... You get the picture.
Why shouldn't I get into the act?
With all of the recent storms, roughly 63 percent of the U.S. is covered in snow.
Since we're quickly heading to the time of year when the most snow falls and people dislike it the most, I wanted to provide the top 10 ways to use snow as an excuse to not do something.
Top 10 Snow-Related Excuses for 2013
Let's face it: Roads are often too slippery to come to work, but they're never too slippery to leave work early!
10: My car is allergic to salt.
9: The sun hitting the melting snow (on the wet roadway) is producing too much glare for my sensitive eyes.
8: The dog ate my ice-scraper.
7: I heard a guy in the line at the grocery store talking to someone on the phone whose cousin's brother said a big storm is coming tomorrow. That's good enough for me! I'll be "working" from home until further notice.
6: My boots won't pass inspection and are in the shoe-repair shop.
5: You never know when La Niña will strike, or is it El Niño? Either way, better safe than sorry.
4: Snow is a four-letter word!
3: Meteorologists are always wrong, so I know that this "sunny" forecast has to be wrong.
2: My car fishtails on salt and ash.
1: Global warming makes everything worse.