Monday, October 31, 2016

805. Detailed

805. Detailed
Definition: (adj) made or done with great care
Location Placed: Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Buckingham, Pennsylvania
Date Placed: 10/29/16 at 4:42pm

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While I was not as impressed with their fruit wine selection, the grounds were really lovely. We took a stroll among the "wine trees" (grape vines) and enjoyed our lunch in their covered picnic area. It was such a wonderfully mild day, although getting a little windy at points. They also had a really neat wine cellar with a bit more information on their wines. According to the grape-wine folks, they enjoyed the reds and whites more than the previous vineyard. Not to mention we got to keep our tasting glasses!

804. Stimulating

804. Stimulating
Definition: (adj) encouraging or arousing interest or enthusiasm
Location Placed: Rose Bank Winery, Newtown, Pennsylvania
Date Placed: 10/29/16 at 2:57pm

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As a non-wine drinker, I was not feeling particularly enthusiastic about tasting wines. I am not a fan of grape-based wines that I've tried, but did find a different fruit wine to be alright. I love visiting vineyards and wineries as they are often very pretty locations, with very knowledgeable staff. I enjoy a good poke around nature and seeing how things are made. They had a larger section on the website for their non-grape based wines, so I was very keen on seeing how I felt about those. I was VERY pleasantly surprised by how much I genuinely enjoyed some of the ones I tried. Particularly the Spiced Apple (apple, cinnamon, cloves), Cappuvino (coffee based wine), and Hallowine (apple, pumpkin, spices). All quite sweet, so no more than a small glass a piece, but extremely delicious varieties! I think all of us tasting agree that those were all great flavors, and the rest of us were split on the other types we enjoyed. (The grape-based wines were apparently nothing to write home about, but the non-grape wines certainly were!) I absolutely would recommend going in for a tasting if you're there. They have 8 tickets for a couple sips of wine, with several seasonal varieties as "freebies".

806. Ready

806. Ready
Definition: (adj) easily available or obtainable
Location Placed: Provident Bank, Manalapan, New Jersey
Date Placed:10/28/16 at 12:00pm

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As it sometimes happens, the cranes managed to be placed out of order this time. But it's alright, all that matters is they managed to get placed at some point in time! I remembered this was a bank that I hadn't stopped at before for a crane placement, so I did one on the fly. So far, I've not been found out as placing any cranes at a bank. Since they have cameras, and we've established that I wind up looking irrationally guilty when placing cranes, I'm surprised that no one has found me out. Only at The UPS Store did an employee utilize the security cameras to find me!

803. Cultivate

803. Cultivate
Definition: (v) to try to acquire or develop
Location Placed: Drumthwacket, Princeton, New Jersey
Date Placed: 9/28/16 at 1:21pm

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I had been wanting to go visit Drumthwacket, which is the mansion of the New Jersey state governor, for many years. They give tours only 1pm on Wednesday's Fall-Winter-Spring. Although most governor's don't end up living there full time, they do often work out of the house or hold functions there. It's a gorgeous mansion where we were able to tour the first floor and some of the grounds. True to form, my favorite room was the library. It was styled after the old British style University libraries, dark with a fireplace, tall bookcases, and comfy chairs, it was breathtakingly wonderful. I would 100% live there if I were governor and would spend all of my time in the library, around all of my governor-ly duties, of course.

If you get the chance, and it's difficult with only a small visiting window, I highly recommend you check out Drumthwacket for the free tour. It does require advanced registration but only so they can make sure to check you off as they wait for folks for the tour to start. I hear they dress up the place really nice for Christmas visits.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

802. Significant

802. Significant
Definition: (adj) sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy
Location Placed: Marlboro Library, Marlboro, New Jersey
Date Placed: 9/21/16 at 12:29pm

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 What better way to conclude a day of placing by coming full circle and placing the last crane of the day at a library! Not planned that way, but a happy coincidence. You'd think I'd run out of local libraries to place at, but you may be happily surprised to find out just how many libraries are out there. It seems like each town has their own, even if it's not a part of the larger county network. I may take stock in the near future and see if I can do a full day of placing at different libraries! You guys might get tired about my talk of books and library love.

801. Imperturbable

801. Imperturbable
Definition: (adj) unable to be upset or excited; calm
Location Placed: Marlboro Post Office, Marlboro, New Jersey
Date Placed: 9/21/16 at 12:15pm

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Although I often stop in to certain places I deem good for crane placing and then not get anything, I realized I actually did need to pick up some stamps! There are so many adorable stamps out there. My current personal favorite at the National Parks System stamps. I am a big fan of our park system, so I am happy to send the few pieces of mail I do send with those stamps on it. People rarely take the time to notice the stamps on their letters, but I am always quick to appreciate a really neat stamp. Even more so do I appreciate them when they are international!

800. Precocious

800. Precocious
Definition: (adj) unusually advanced or mature in development
Location Placed: The UPS Store, Matawan, New Jersey
Date Placed: 9/21/16 at 11:55am

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800 cranes. It's just crazy to me to look back on all the cranes I've made, the places I've gone, and the wonderful finders I've come across. It's been such a rewarding project, and I look forward to placing the remaining 200. It's been a wild ride, and I don't want to slack off when I'm in the home stretch!

799. Equanimous

799. Equanimous
Definition: (adj) even-tempered
Location Placed: Starbucks, Matawan, New Jersey
Date Placed: 9/21/16 at 11:54am

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Do you ever see a word and think it just looks... wrong? That maybe you're losing your mind, but it doesn't look quite right? Equanimous looked that way to me. I may, or may not, but definitely may, have incorrectly spelled a word on a crane a time or two. And this word is not one I manage to use rarely, if at all. However, despite my spell-check giving me the red squiggle of anger over it, this word is correctly spelled. It just looks off, and doesn't seem to sound like it ought. English is weird guys!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

798. Sane

798. Sane
Definition: (adj) reasonable, sensible
Location Placed: Matawan-Aberdeen Train Station, Matawan, New Jersey
Date Placed: 9/21/16 at 11:43am

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I had never been to this train station before, but have gone through it to get to New York City many a time. The trains have an automated message system for each stop. They say the station name, and then in an oddly ominous voice, "When leaving the train...", back to a more pleasant voice, "...please watch the gap." Even typing this, I can hear that voice angrily saying the first part of the sentence and carefully instructing for the second part. It makes me wonder how that message was created and whether or not the message intent was created to sound that way, or if it was just a sheer accident.

797. Tact

797. Tact
Definition: (n) adroitness and sensitivity in dealing with others
Location Placed: Matawan Library, Matawan, New Jersey
Date Placed: 9/21/16 at 11:26am

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This is one of my favorite paper types to make cranes with. Who could say no to origami cranes made with origami animals printed on it?! Sometimes you have to take joy in the little things such as leaving a favorite paper folded crane in a library, which we all know is one of my favorite places. Such a fun library with its split level construction and fun color patterned upper level for kids. Definitely killing it in the library game, that's for sure!