That was some neat trick Venus accomplished.  Not that she doesn't at some point disappear from Earth's view to spend some time traveling with the Sun.  But the last time she changed from her pajamas to her dinner jacket – last winter and spring – a period of roughly 3 1/2 months passed before skywatchers were privileged to catch a glimpse of her again.  This time around, we've only had to wait 18 days.   

Why such a quick turn around?  One reason is where the Earth and Venus are in their respective orbits.  Venus hit that part of her orbit that here on Earth we call "retrograde," since from our point of view it looks as if she's moving backward.  Also, on January 4th, the Earth was at perihelion, its closest position to the Sun.  The days move a little quicker at that time of year (believe it or not); Earth's faster speed enabled Venus's vacation time with the Sun to wind up more quickly.

Sky watchers dedicated enough to bundle up and head outside before sunrise will see her there, shining east of southeast, keeping company with Mars paired with Spica in Virgo, and Saturn in Libra.  Because she's so bright, Venus should be apparent up to 1/2 an hour before the sun rises, after all the stars and planets have dimmed.  If you don't get a chance to spot her this week, do try to spot her on January 28th and 29th as the waning crescent moon joins her on the horizon.  Baring cloudy days, it should be a beautiful sight.