notes from the road: Baltimore

April 29, 2016

. . . and a hotel bar.

I am in Baltimore for a meeting — the Pediatric Endocrine Society, plus some of the offerings from Pediatric Academic Society, held concurrently.  Today I attended a leadership training course, because of my newfound responsibilities with our residency, and also because it just sounded interesting.  It was actually really great, and I got a lot out of the segments on emotional intelligence, conflict management, and providing feedback.

There was also a time management section, but . . . well, honestly I already consider myself a time management ninja (THANK YOU LV, and also David Allen too, really).

I am currently sitting in a hotel bar, nursing a glass of sauvignon blanc.  This is glorious on multiple levels.  I think I may actually dine in the hotel restaurant . . . alone.  Josh does this all the time on conferences — checking out a local restaurant alone.  I never do.  And I suppose I might venture out into the city, but our hotel restaurant looks at least halfway decent* and I’m lazy.

I miss the kids, but having 1-2 work trips per year is perfect for me.  I really enjoy them.  I love the opportunity to network, learn (& take copious notes!), and relax once in a while.  I feel so lucky that my career path allows for these little mini-retreats.

* and they have crab cakes


  • Reply omdg March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I endorse staying in the hotel. I find Baltimore scary. Glad you got a lot out of the meeting! Would love to hear more about what you learned about emotional intelligence, etc. Also, please do tell us how eating by yourself in a restaurant went! I’ve always been too chicken to try that.

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      Baltimore was actually fine, the parts I saw anyway 🙂 But admittedly I didn’t venture that far!

      Dinner was also totally . . . fine. I am so doing that again. Next time bringing a book.

  • Reply Lindsey March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I live in Baltimore and most parts are NOT scary! If you tell me what area you are in, I can give you delicious restaurant recommendations. You would LOVE shopping in Harbor East–Lush, MAC, J Crew, possibly Anthropologie, cute local boutiques, etc…go to Little Italy for gelato at Vaccarro’s. I am sure wherever you are staying is perfectly safe! For restaurants, Pazo, Cinghale, Waterfront Kitchen, Wit and Wisdom @ Four Seasons are all good bets and probably close to you. If you want to venture out, take an Uber or water taxi to Fells Point. Tons of great restaurants and charming cobblestone/waterfront views.

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      THANK YOU Lindsey!!! I didn’t do that much exploration, but I did make it to Vaccarro’s which was insanely delicious 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be back someday and explore more.

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