Sunday, May 6, 2018

874. Accelerated

874. Accelerated
Definition: (v) increase in amount or extent
Location Placed: Rook Coffee Roasters, Freehold, New Jersey
Date Placed: 5/6/18 at 1:16pm

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I popped out to get some lunch today, and was happily surprised to see the new Rook is opened in Freehold! They have a super delicious berry tea that they usually only have for the summer. But surprise! I was able to get some. It was a nice treat after a weekend full of productivity and action. Do you have a favorite thing you like to treat yourself to?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

873. Encouraging

873. Encouraging
Definition: (adj) giving someone support or confidence
Location Placed: Hampton Historic Site, Towson, Maryland
Date Placed: 2/9/18 at 9:23am

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Surprisingly, the family that lived in this home supported slavery prior to the Civil War. They owned upwards of 300 individuals at their highest point. There were several cabins where families had lived and they showed what life and work was like on the farm. It was a hard life, but many families were able to stay together. Thankfully the family eventually freed their slaves and employed them for a fair wage although much later than they really should have. It was definitely an interesting historic site.

872. Methodical

872. Methodical
Definition: (adj) done according to an established form of procedure
Location Placed: Hampton Historic Site Visitor's Center, Towson, Maryland
Date Placed: 2/9/18 at 9:15am

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On my way home,  I stopped at the Hampton Historic Site to learn a bit about the area, take a tour of the mansion, and learn a bit more about the prominent family who lived on the property. Thankfully it was empty on a cold winter's day as I had a whole tour to myself! The wonderful park service employee told me a lot more about the family, the slaves/indentured servants/paid workers who lived and served here throughout the years, as well as about the house itself. Most impressive was that 95% of the furnishings were actually owned by the family! Many historic homes have antiques that were of the time, but not actually owned by the individuals themselves. It's a really gorgeous home, and I definitely recommend everyone check it out!

871. Self-reliant

871. Self-reliant
Definition: (adj) relying on ones own self and resources instead of those of others
Location Placed: Starbucks, Catonsville, Maryland
Date Placed: 2/8/18 at 7:10pm

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As it is impossible for me to pass by a new to me Starbucks for an opportunity to place a crane, I stopped in. One of the most difficult things being in this area was seeing numerous folks who were homeless and/or panhandling in the area. Although I've been in areas with both populations before, it seemed particularly hard in this area. I made sure to get a plain coffee on my way out to give to one of the guys I saw around. It's important to make sure to help others when possible and reasonable. Hopefully it was appreciated.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

870. Wholehearted

870. Wholehearted
Definition: (adj) characterized by complete commitment or sincerity
Location Placed: Woodlawn Public Library, Woodlawn, Maryland
Date Placed: 2/8/18 at 4:18pm

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I was staying at a hotel around the corner from a library, so of course I had to check it out! It had a number of sections I hadn't come across in a library, so it was interesting to see how they differed from libraries I was more familiar with. I definitely took a couple titles down to put on my list for reserve when I came back home!


869. Top

869. Top
Definition: (n) the highest or most important rank
Location Placed: Fort McHenry National Historic Site, Baltimore, Maryland
Date Placed: 2/5/18 at 3:06pm

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Fort McHenry has a self-guided tour that you can take around all of the buildings. There was a couple other solo travelers, a small family, and a few pairs of people enjoying the national site on the brisk winter afternoon. It was really interesting to learn about the types of individuals who fought in the battle against the British as well as all the different locations they came from. The living conditions at the barracks were cozy, but definitely better than those who were stuck in tents fighting in other battles.

868. Upgrade

868. Upgrade
Definition: (v) raise up to a higher standard
Location Placed: Fort McHenry National Site, Baltimore, Maryland
Date Placed: 2/5/18 at 1:53pm

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While I was on my way to a training, I stopped at Fort McHenry at the suggestion of a friend. I had never been there before. It was a really neat fort! I learned that it was the birthplace of the national anthem of the United States, and got to see the same sites the fellow who penned it did. It was interesting to learn about the battle that was fought there, and see the buildings and their uses. Pretty neat to be given significant context to where the words for the anthem come from. I definitely recommend popping in for a visit if you're in the area. Even on a cold winters day, it was still really cool!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

867. Nirvana

867. Nirvana
Definition: (n) a state of perfect happiness
Location Placed: Starbucks at 10th and Hudson, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 1/25/18 at 3:44pm

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We popped on over to an escape room, Thriller City, which was my first time doing one of those. Escape rooms, for those not familiar, are rooms where you have to use a bunch of clues to find your way out of the room, or to a specific object. In our case, we were trying to solve clues to get to an ancient artifact. We were told the room only had a 1% solve rate, so I wasn't terribly bummed when we did not succeed. But we were 3 numbers out of 5 away from the object itself. Just a little bit more time! I really would like to do another escape room and see if a different group of friends could escape. Definitely a fun activity for a cold January day!

Friday, December 29, 2017

866. Hip

866. Hip
Definition: (adj) understanding, aware
Location Placed: Wilderness Lodge, Orlando, Florida
Date Placed: 12/7/16 at 10:53pm

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One of my favorite things about the holiday themed decorations was the slightly different way each of the resorts were dressed up. We visited several between where we stayed and dining locations. The Wilderness Lodge, one I had never been to before, had wonderful western themed decorations for their Christmas display. The resorts with the huge, towering lobbies had the most magnificent trees. The one in this location had teepees as tree decorations!

865. Exotic

865. Exotic
Definition: (adj) attractive or striking because colorful or out of the ordinary
Location Placed: American Pavilion, Epcot, Orlando, Florida
Date Placed: 12/5/17 at 6:22pm

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I was pretty impressed by the sheer number of rides and attractions we were able to do that I don't recall having done before, or at least not as an adult. There are such a wide variety of things to do, and one such thing was the show in the American Pavilion. I was pleasantly impressed by the animatronic bits, and was super glad we were able to check out so many different and wonderful things!