Exploring Pennsylvania




Back at the beginning of May, Molly took off a Friday so we could do some adventuring. We decided to make our way toward Lancaster, with a few stops along the way.
First up we stopped into the Salvation Army fabric sale so she could see if there was anything left she could use on items for her shop. She ended up loading up a box, so it was great.
Then we headed to Gettysburg so we could stop into a thrift shop there (we didn’t find anything) but then I made sure to stop at the abandoned mini golf so Molly could have a look. I was so sad to see that my favorite pink mini house had been knocked down. The whole place has been pretty destroyed. It was in a lot worse shape then the last time I walked through it. The baseball batting cage area is filled with water and looks like the saddest lake. Most of the houses look like people have been trying to destroy them and there was lots of trash everywhere.
After that we made our way to Lititz for lunch at The Tomato Pie cafe. This is the same place we ate on our last Pennsylvania adventure. Their food is always so good, we both had the tomato soup and agreed it was perfection. I also had the cold brew with milk & honey, goodness it was delicious.
We walked across the street to check out the Wilbur Chocolate company. They have a shop but also a bit of a museum along the walls behind glass, lots of rurally cute chocolate molds.
Last on our trip was the Lancaster area for a few antique shops and to stop in the Craft and Flower marketplace (used to be Craft and Flower Warehouse) It was interesting and we each found some fun things, but I kind of missed the old place even though I had only been there once. Then we made the long drive back home, which of course always seems to feel like it takes forever when you are not making fun stops along the way.

Salem Mass




During the month of September B and I went on a week long road trip with my sister and her husband up to Maine for my grandfather’s memorial service. Thomas was going to come with us initially, but I kept putting off buying the plane tickets, and then they cost so much (2 tickets cost more then our trip to chicago which included airfare, rental car, and hotel) So when it came down to it, my sister offered to let us ride with them, and it was easier for Tom to stay home and take care of the animals while we went. Though a road trip without him just wasn’t the same.
There was a lot of driving the first day and we ended up stopping for the night in Connecticut, and then heading the next morning to Salem Massachusetts because Heather and her husband had never been.
While in Salem we explored the beach for sea glass, got to explore a reproduction ship, I had a “scary mary” coffee & apple cider donut, visited the beautiful graveyards, and made B pose like a photo of me from a pervious trip to Salem.

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During our stay in Chicago Tom was going to be tattooing at Great Lakes Tattoo two of the days, which meant I’d have two days to do some exploring on my own. One morning I went to the MCA to see the Daniel Clowes exhibit, it was wonderful! I’ll say I glazed over quite a bit of modern art on my way up to the top floor, so I could spend a couple hours staring at his comic book panels. Oh and this is a helpful tidbit for the people who keep calling him Daniel Clothes haha, I heard a couple people say it during my trip. I have a funny habit of googling names I’m not sure how to pronounce before I am willing to say them out loud.
Oh and I was super excited to stumble across my kidrobot plush in the MCA gift shop.
We got vegan donuts & delicious coffee one morning at Fritz Pastry. The donuts are huge, so of course we had to take the rest to go, but I love how they put the donut hole back into the middle. I love just how many different ways there are to make a humble donut.
I promise my Chicago posts are almost over, it’s just such a great city with so much to see-so I hope you’re not bored of it yet.

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More snaps from our trip to Chicago last month…
We visited Oz Park (we had really great weather the entire trip), stopped at the Super Dawg Drive-In for some drinks and they had special commemorative cups! Then I bought little plush hotdogs (I already have the ceramic statue from a previous trip)
On one of our days there we stopped in a the Super H-Mart just outside of Chicago. There is a little shopping mall inside the store with a shop called Fancy Pencil Land. I got some really cute stationary & stickers, and these amazing South Korean boy band Exo-K socks. I was getting some terrible blisters from all the walking/the shoes I brought so these did the trick.
There was also a little bakery called Migahodo in the shops area that smelled so amazing. They make little walnut shaped cakes on the spot and you can watch them being made. Each cake is filled with red bean paste and a walnut, and are served hot.

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A little earlier this month Thomas and I headed up to Chicago for a few days, just the two of us. Our friends were having a grand opening party for Great Lakes Tattoo, and Tom was going to guest spot for a few days. I have some great photos from the shop-so more on that later once I sort through my photos.
It’s Chicago so of course we ate like kings! Our first lunch after landing was Native Foods Cafe. Everything was really good, and this is the first time I’ve seen boxed water, but I loved its proclamation.

We had to go check out Rotofugi because last time I was there they were still in the smaller location. We bought a bunch of goodies and then we were really excited to get to try out the Roto-a-Matic (one of those amazing plastic molding machines from the 60′s but with Tim Biskup’s Helper Dragon mold. So much fun!!
I maybe had one or two honey bear lattes during my stay in the Windy City. One of them at The Wormhole Coffee, a place I felt like our 17 year old son Kurtis would of really loved. They have a Back To The Future vibe with a DeLorean, old nintendo games, and old posters on the walls. I regret not trying the peanut butter paratroopa latte.
We had dinner one night at The Chicago Diner (the newer Logan Square location) since we’ve been to the other one before. Of course everything was delicious, and as you can probably tell Tom has a habit of ordering vegan wings from every single restaurant that offers them. It’s been a good few years since I’ve been in Chicago and it was wonderful to be back. I’ve got plenty more photos to share, but i’ll spread them out a bit so as not to bore anyone ;)