Ocean City Maryland

In the middle of July we took a trip to Ocean City Maryland for a few days. My favorite parts of Ocean City are all the old nostalgic goodies like the Haunted House ride, the signage etc. We played Skee-ball in every arcade, went to see the wild ponies on Assateague Island, and ate Thrasher’s fries. Tom found that perfect shell in the ocean within ten minutes of us walking down along the waves. The only other shells we found the rest of the trip were small or broken. Though OC is not known for having lots of shells, so it was to be expected.
Im glad we were able to squeeze in a trip to the ocean this Summer, even if it is always so much colder then you think its going to be!


At the end of June I took a fun two day trip to New York city with Molly. She had received tickets to Mark Ryden’s ballet Whipped Cream, and asked if I wanted to go with her. The ballet was beautiful and everything you’d expect. The costumes, the back drops, it was all so lovely. You are not allowed to take photos during the show, so the two here are just images from the promo material, but do yourself a favor and google for more photos!

Some of the places we visited while in the city…
Taiyaki-fun ice cream inside a fish shaped cone…mine was the black sesame/matcha swirl and molly had the unicorn cone which was filled with red bean paste.
On our way to get ice cream here we also came across Wu Kong. They serve magical looking ice cream cones surrounded by cotton candy!
New KamMan-Three floors, the top floor has lots of toys and bath products. The ground floor is food with a nice candy selection, and the basement level has a lot of houseware goods.
Kinokuniya– We spent a few hours here looking through all the beautiful craft books. They have such a fun kid book section too-the only bummer being that the kids books are all wrapped in plastic so you can’t look inside. They had quite a few Moomin books and in the past I’ve gotten a magazine that had a free Moomin bag attached.
Pearl River Mart-It was fun to shop in the store since we have both made online purchases in the past. This shop is apparently smaller then their previous location but while we were there they had opened up a lower level that seemed like they were just starting to fill up with goods.
We stayed at The Watson Hotel, which made for a perfect walk to and from the Metropolitan Opera House (which is so beautiful!)
We had lunch the first day on our walk to the hotel to check in at Melt.
We took the amtrak train from Harrisburg, my most favorite way to travel to NYC. It was a fun quick trip with really nice weather. We did have a quick bit of rain the second evening, but it didn’t last very long and we just sat in Little Italy with some coffee & tea until it passed.
If you have any favorite places in NYC to share I always love to hear!

Molly’s Birthday Trip

At the end of May Molly and I took a mini roadtrip for her birthday to Harrisburg PA. Our first stop was at the Doll Museum. I’m not sure how Molly found it online, but I had never heard of it so I tried not to get my hopes up. Well guess what, it was amazing! I believe it was $5 to get in, and well worth it..so many dolls! If you are a fan of dolls and ever near Harrisburg I recommend checking it out.
Lunch was at Tomato Pie Cafe, while we have both been to the location in Litiz PA a few times, this was our first time visiting the one in Harrisburg. Now if only they’d open a location in our town.
After lunch we headed to Carlisle PA for antique shopping and birthday dessert. At the antique mall where we each found a few items. Next door was a little European food market so we stopped in, and bought some kinder eggs and other goodies.
We had coffee and cake (and macarons to go) at Helena’s Chocolate Cafe & Creperie. We also stopped in the cutest candy shop Georgie Lou’s Retro Candy. I actually have had their website bookmarked on my computer for awhile, so it was fun to stumble upon it.
Days like this day remind me just how much PA has to offer in the way of daytrips!