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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.