Thursday, July 31, 2014

612. Amazing

612. Amazing
Definition: (adj) causing great surprise or wonder
Location Placed: Historic Walnford Park, Upper Freehold, New Jersey
Date Placed: 7/25/14 at 2:56pm

I decided to check out Historic Walnford Park as I had never visited before. It was a lovely historic farm with a working grist mill that is run on certain weekend days in the summer months. I poked around the mill when it wasn't in motion and it was pretty impressive then. I can only imagine what it looks like when it's in full swing. One of the very kind park rangers opened the house and gave me a bit of an impromptu tour. They also do teas in the spring and fall, so I am going to see if I can wrangle a few friends up into going.

611. Victorious

Definition: (adj) triumphant; having won a victory
Location Placed: Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, New Jersey
Date Placed: 7/25/14 at 10:54am

What an appropriate word for the Battle at Monmouth, where the American forces were victorious against the British troops. The museums was lovely with a map with lights and sounds explaining what happened at the Monmouth Battlefield. It definitely helped me figure out who did what and where the shots were fired. I would love to go and explore the grounds more during the autumn. I imagine the fields and hills will look lovely in the fall colors.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

610. Real

610. Real
Definition: (adj) genuine, not artificial
Location Placed: Belvedere Castle, Central Park, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 6/23/14 at 3:30pm

The last thing I wanted to check out while I was in the middle area of the park, but wasn't on my tour, was Belvedere Castle. It has a little information bit and an observation deck, which has a nice view on good weather days. Of course it also has a lot of people visiting it on good weather days too. Thankfully it wasn't too terribly crowded when I went up. Definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.

609. Advantage

609. Advantage
Definition: (v) put in a more favorable position
Location Placed: Le Pain Quotidien, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 6/23/14 at 2:30pm

After my tour concluded, I headed over to Le Pain Quotidien at the suggestion of my tour guide. It did not disappoint! I knew it was going to be a good lunch when I saw they had speculoos on the table. I had a lovely gazpacho and peanut butter, jam, and bananas tartine with granola chunks. A little more "crunchy" than my usual eatery choices, but I am so glad I managed to make it there. If I'm ever in the area of a Le Pain again (and since they are a chain, it's likely I will be!), I definitely want to try some of the other yummy looking things on their menu!

608. Flashy

608. Flashy
Definition: (adj) attractive or impressive
Location Placed: Hans Christian Anderson Statue, Central Park, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 6/25/14 at 12:36pm

So on a day off of work, I decided I would make a quick trip up to the city to take a free tour of central park (the middle bit was the tour du jour of the Central Park Conservancy) and lunch. I have been to New York City many times, and to Central Park twice, but never seen the middle part of the park, only the Northern most highlights and bits of the southern part. So I figured this would be a nice little day trip. I was extremely pleased and impressed with the tour guide and she gave me the name of a really yummy place to eat after the tour concluded. I'm trying to figure out when the next time I can take a tour with the Conservancy volunteer tour guides!

Monday, May 12, 2014

607. Enlightened

607. Enlightened
Definition: (adj) having or showing a modern, rational, or well-informed outlook
Location Placed: Photography Center, Cruise Ship, The Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 5/2/14 at 6:35pm

Now that I am back from vacation, I'm slowly working on getting caught up and getting back into routine. I have not yet looked through my pictures, sent an email out to close friends and family, or even written out my postcards. I think my next task will be to send those postcards out and then work on sorting out my photos. I look forward to seeing what moments during the trip I managed to capture. And what moments I captured that I didn't even realize were happening at the time. That's one of the joys of digital photography. Take tons of photos, weed out the ones you don't like. Capture things you didn't realize were captured. Relive the moments over and over again.

606. Improved

606. Improved
Definition: (v) achieved or produced something better than
Location Placed: The Champagne Bar, Cruise Ship, The Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 5/2/14 at 6:31pm

The only time we went in this bar was to get the signature and assistance of the bartender when we were doing one of the ships scavenger hunts. And what a helpful bartender he was! We learned the different classes of ship that the cruise line had, several names of cruise entertainment staff, and a few piece of information that weren't part of the quiz. Definitely a good resource and a lot of fun to do a scavenger hunt. We ended up coming in second place, which wasn't too shabby. We put that in our pockets along with our only trivia win, which happened to be a three-way tie for first place. Cruise line pens never seemed so sweet.

605. Normal

605. Normal
Definition: (adj) usual, typical, or expected
Location Placed: Royal Promenade, Cruise Ship, The Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 5/2/14 at 6:29

The Royal Promenade, which was visible from a bunch of floors is where the 70s dance party and the Royal Parade took placed. It was also where all the shops and a few eating areas and bars were. My favorite eatery was the one that was open pretty much all the time serving a few selected Starbucks drinks, and little finger foods throughout the day. I popped over there for morning pastries on the mornings we didn't go for a proper breakfast. I think it also contributed to my being constantly hungry upon getting home... But the Promenade was a funny little area to walk around in and have a poke in the stores.

604. Steady

604. Steady
Definition: (adj) firmly fixed, supported, or balanced
Location Placed: Guest Services, Cruise Ship, The Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 5/2/14 at 6:27pm

Being that this was the first cruise I had ever been on, I was a bit concerned about getting motion sick. I brought with me several tubes of dramamine, a motion sickness bracelet pack, and the knowledge that the infirmary was on the lower level. But I didn't actually need any of that. I found the rocking on the boat, while noticeable, was not an issue. I didn't actually get motion sick on the cruise ship at all. Odd as it may be, the only time I felt motion sick was after a longer bout of snorkeling! I guess that was quite back and forth, which didn't agree with me. I am looking forward to going on many other cruises in the future, although none yet planned.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

603. Aware

603. Aware
Definition: (adj) having the knowledge or perception of a fact
Location Placed: Adventure Ocean, Cruise Ship, The Middle of the Ocean
Date Placed: 5/2/14 at 6:22pm

While I am aware that vacations cannot last forever, it certainly was a bummer to be faced with the last evening of the trip. I was certainly not ready to come back to all those adult responsibilities: laundry, cleaning, work, bills. But all good things must come to an end. So I made sure I had a last crane releasing hurrah before we all departed to our various towns, states, and countries.