Aside from the conference itself, it was great to be in Chicago for several reasons. Chicago has lots to offer for visitors, it's easy to get around, it's on the lake (!!!!), and it's beautiful. I just loved the gardens, the planters, the window boxes and all things natural. I opted to leave my camera home this trip because it is heavy to carry around, but I carry the images of summer blooms and billowing sails in my mind, and those memories offer great delight.
Another treat was connected with scrapping buddies! I finally got to meet Maria from the scrapbook message board, and she and I connected for dinner with two other scrapping friends who were in town for another event. What a wonderful dose of sisterhood that provided me! It was too brief an evening, but a joy nonetheless.
Finally, I always find it good to get out of my small town life to observe other communities and people, and I got to do that on several train rides on this trip. A place like Chicago is definitely a change of scenery!
Now it's good to be home and getting back in the groove. I'll TRY to get here more often so that you aren't faced with the same page when you check in. Some days are just a challenge.