What a difference a night makes.

Yesterday was totally chaotic, inside and out. I got to the office a bit late — five minutes late, in fact, for a meeting with some very nice guys. Well, after that it was like I was five minutes late for the whole day. That ever happen to you?

Of course, none of that mattered once the laws of physics were suspended by the winds that flipped a truck, brought trees crashing down and sent a Dumpster across a portion of our parking lot and into a colleague’s car.

And then there was fire….

Evans Woollen said he evacuated his home in the 2800 block of Eagle Ridge about 6 p.m. He said he grabbed “nothing but the car keys.”

“The police said, ‘Get the hell out of here,'” he said. “So I did.”

While checking in at the school, he joked with his neighbor Robyn Sloan.

“You’ll laugh at this,” he said. “The only thing I did was put the most valuable painting I had … underneath the bed, turned face down.”

“You’d probably have been better off putting it in the freezer,” Sloan joked.

Today? A thin blanket of snow seems to have calmed everything down — at least outside. Here’s what else I’ve got for you, before I rush off to have a doctor tell me how expensive 2012 will be for me.

I’m not the only one feeling stressed out. CU students are settling into their classes and by now, they know which ones will be trying and which won’t. Whitney talked to a CU psychologist to get tips for managing stress and studying.

Whitney also rounded up stories she’s done on study tips in the past so folks can find the strategies that work best for them.

And if you’re feeling stress, but study tips aren’t what you need, local blogger Grace Boyle wrote about her own techniques for calming nerves just yesterday!

Just need something different to focus on? Get excited: By the end of the day, the western tiger salamander could be one step closer to being Colorado’s state amphibian.

Or try watching this — how to cheer up a sad sloth. Might work for humans, too: