If you have the chance to go to Baltimore in the fall, jump at it! The weather and scenery were fantastic, but the trip overall was a story of good news/bad news.
Good news: I stopped at the Baltimore Museum of Art on my way down.
Bad news: It cost $7 to park
Good news: The museum was free!
Bad news: I only had 3 hours
Good news: They let me take photos!
Bad news: There were so many gorgeous mosaics from Antioch and the museum is hundreds of miles away.
Good news: I still have the photos!
When I saw the mosaics for the first time, I actually cried. My heart was pounding wildly at the thought that I was going to have to leave and not see them again for a very long time. I stopped hyperventilating only when I found out I was allowed to take photos.
Bad news: The traffic was insane
Good news: I began a brief yet passionate love affair with lettuce wraps at The Cheesecake Factory.
Bad news: The traffic was still insane
Good news: The hotel was really, really nice
Bad news: Apparently the hotel room air conditioner had some mold in it. When I returned home and went to the doctor, he actually said, "Good news! It's not Legionnaire's Disease." It was, however, the renewal of my acquaintance with asthma.
Good news: After a month, the medications have it mostly under control.
Bad news: It's still not much fun.
Good news: I taught at a really cute shop in the Historic Savage Mills and met some really fun quilters.
Bad news: I didn't have extra time to check out all the shops.
Good news: I did see a gorgeous painting in the hallway from one of the galleries. It was a painting of Peruvian musicians and it was the first time I've ever wanted to purchase art.
Bad news: I didn't buy it, and the lung issues were beginning to make me very, very tired.
Good news: I stopped in New Jersey on the way home to go to church with old friends.
Bad news: I won't see them again until spring.
Good news: I didn't get stuck on the George Washington Bridge
Bad news: the whole "I'm coughing" thing didn't get stuck on the bridge either. It followed me home.
Good news: Other than the whole sick thing, I loved my trip to Baltimore and hope to go back in the spring.