This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 27, 2008 - Kiffin Butz hit snooze again.
The February cold outside wasn't anything to open her eyes for, but news from the day before was. Even in waking, Butz was ecstatic.
As an assistant buyer at Macy's, she'd just gotten a promotion. That day, she IM'ed her boyfriend, who worked in the I.T. department. She called her mom in Belleville, and the two met for dinner. Butz treated.