Saturday, June 18, 2016

768. Educated

768. Educated
Definition: (adj) giving evidence of training or practice
Location Placed: American Museum of Natural History, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 6/14/16 at 1:29pm





With some out of town guests around, I decided to take them to the Museum of Natural History in NYC, which is one of the staple museums around. We didn't have time to see everything, but who could possibly with 4 floors chocked full of wonderful exhibits! It was just as much fun as I remember it being. Afterward, we walked across Central Park and enjoyed some of the sights and the wonderful weather. Couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day!


767. Congratulate

767. Congratulate
Definition: (v) praise for a particular achievement
Location Placed: Rook Coffee, Red Bank, New Jersey
Date Placed: 6/5/16 at 2:42pm





After walking around Red Bank a bit, we stopped in the Rook to get some beverages to cool us down. I am a fan of the berry tea, as I am not a coffee drinker. It definitely was a nice way to cap out a lovely shopping and lunch trip with some friends.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

766. Graduate

766. Graduate
Definition: (n) a person who has successfully completed a course of study or training
Location Placed: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
Date Placed: 5/15/16 at 2:41pm





I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Rutgers Commencement this past weekend as a relative was graduating. Rutgers University celebrated its 250th year of being around as an institution of higher education. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the university president spent several years trying to get the President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama, to give the commencement address. After much deliberation, he was confirmed as the speaker just last month. Not many people can say that they have had the POTUS speak at their graduation. Heck, I can't even remember who spoke at my graduation or the majority of graduations I've attended. However, I certainly won't forget this one!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

765. Diplomatic

765. Diplomatic
Definition: (adj) of or concerning the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations.
Location Place: 8th Floor Centrum, Grandeur of the Seas, Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 4/26/16 at 11:56am





Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. However, not before I leave a crane with one of my favorite parts of the ship: the cross-section that shows where all places on the ship are and which floor. Made it really easy to remember how to get to places, especially since it's so easy to get lost on a big ship. It definitely helps you to orient yourself and figure out if you're heading in the correct direction. Didn't manage to stop most of us from going the wrong direction at some point, but it isn't perfect!

764. Healing

764. Healing
Definition: (n) therapeutic, the process of being healthy again
Location Placed: Challengers Arcade, Grandeur of the Seas, Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 4/26/16 at 11:51am





One of the hardest things about a cruise vacation is trying to remember what day of the week it is. Aside from port days, every day is just like the day before it and the day after it. There is no where that you have to be, or nothing that you have to do. Unless you have the internet plan or calling plan, you are in a self-contained little town without contact to the outside world. Of course, TV manages to come in so you get your important news. But all good things must come to an end, and of course on the last full day, you always remember the day and having to go back to your everyday life. However, you still manage to take the healing properties of vacation back home with you.

763. Abundant

763. Abundant
Definition: (adj) plentiful
Location Placed: Palladium Theater, Grandeur of the Seas, Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 4/26/16 at 11:47am





The funniest show at the Palladium Theater was the Newlywed Show. They ended up taking 5 couples, one newlywed, one married over 50 years, and then 3 more couples in between than asked each partner a question about the other. The questions were of course very personal and always answered in the funniest way. But it was even funnier when they answered very wrong. It was all in good fun and everyone ended up winning. It's definitely always a hit of the cruise!

762. Valid

762. Valid
Definition: (adj) having sound basis in logic and fact
Location Placed: Photography Center, Grandeur of the Seas, Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 4/26/16 at 11:42am





When determining I wanted to place a crane in the photo center, I didn't really think my plan through. That perhaps on the last full day of the cruise, people would be in quite a state to get the professional photos of their dinners, random events, and posed photos at each port. However, that was quite the case. It was like being in a hive where many of the bees had already returned and were making honey. So the GoPro display was the only flat area not consumed by photo buying cruise goers. Next time, I'll make sure to hit up the photo center early on!

761. Sacred

761. Sacred
Definition: (adj) regarded with great respect and reverence
Location Placed: Park Cafe, Grandeur of the Seas, Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 4/26/16 at 11:35am





The Park Cafe was the best spot to stop at before turning in for the night. They had a lot of late night foods when all the other eateries had closed. They were always good for picking up a cookie or drink before calling it a night. They also had particularly good fresh cut roast beef sandwiches. I definitely wish I had had a few more of those before the trip had ended!

760. Opportune

760. Opportune
Definition: (adj) well-chosen or particularly favorable
Location Placed: Viking Crown Lounge, Grandeur of the Seas, Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 4/26/16 at 11:31am





I decided to do a little exploring of the ship before it was time to get off the cruise. I had been to most of the places, but hadn't made my way up to the Viking Crown. It was a fun lounge at the highest part of the ship. It was nice and quite when I made my way up there. If I had more alone time and wanted to read, I would've snuck away to this quiet indoor area over looking everything. At night, it turned into quite the club as you could see the lights strobing from the pool deck in the evenings!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

759. Prized

759. Prized
Definition: (v) value extremely highly
Location Placed: South Pacific Lounge, Grandeur of the Seas, Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 4/25/16 at 6:56pm





The South Pacific Lounge was where many of the shows and activities in the evenings took place. We played a number of the game shows, watched a couple of the karaokes, and just hung around there. We had our set table, along with some of the other regular folks. It was funny that you ended up seeing the same people in the same places with how many people are on the ship. But it's really just like a small town. You run in the same circles based on activities you enjoyed. You get to learn people through the activities that they participated in. While we didn't make any lasting friendships, we certainly have some "friends" we can bring up when talking about the vacation and they are a part of our vacation memories.