I don't know about where you live but we have an unofficial spring sport here. It's ice chipping. The object is to get outside and get rid of the ice and snow buildup on the sidewalk and gutters as soon as you can when it starts to thaw.
If you happen to live facing the south you have quite an edge because the sun hits it earlier and longer. Our neighbors across the street are out chipping ice way a couple weeks before we are. The ice gets soft on nice days like today and you can crack it and pop it out so it will melt easier. Some people have it down to an art. It's like with each chunk of ice you pry up it's getting you that much closer to spring.
Oh, and I saw my first robin yesterday. Diane