Monday, September 4, 2017

858. Unconventional

858. Unconventional
Definition: (adj) not conforming to what is generally done or believed
Location Placed: Christiana Mall, Newark, Delaware
Date Placed: 8/18/17 at 3:07pm



I popped into the mall to see if they had a store at this mall that my local one no longer has (they don't) but it was nice to see all the different stores I haven't seen in the malls by me. I didn't pick anything up as I was keen on finally making it home after a relatively long day of driving, and I was hoping not to hit the rush hour traffic since summer in New Jersey often means Friday beach traffic. Thankfully I made it home without issue or major hold up!

857. Altruistic

857. Altruistic
Definition: (adj) selfless
Location Placed: Barnes & Noble, Newark, Delaware
Date Placed: 8/18/17 at 2:55pm



I've ever so slowly been making my way through the paper book collection I have amassed over the years. I have a slight book problem whereby I purchase a number of books and then don't read them, choosing to read ones that have come to me via the library. So I am trying to ween myself off of paper books from the library in order to take a stab at reading all the books I currently own. One day. Eventually. I'm still going to keep getting audiobooks out of the library though!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

856. Quick

856. Quick
Definition: (adj) moving fast or doing something in a short time
Location Placed: Starbucks, Newark, Delaware
Date Placed: 8/18/17 at 2:40pm



On my way home from Virginia, I stopped by for a quick visit with a friend who lives in the area. Always nice to catch up with friends whenever possible! It was a nice visit as I got to eat a late lunch at a delicious place I hadn't been to but heard of before. I also was a good way to break up a lengthy drive.

855. Accesible

855. Accessible
Definition: (adj) able to be reached or entered
Location Placed: Starbucks, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Date Placed: 8/18/17 at 9:29am



I had a lovely time in Virginia! I never really visited as a kid, so I really enjoy when I get to pop around to different places down there. Hopefully it won't be too long before I can visit again, and can search out some new (to me!) places to see.

Friday, September 1, 2017

854. Prodigious

854. Prodigious
Definition: (adj) remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree.
Location Placed: Starbucks, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Date Placed: 8/17/17 at 7:37am



I was pretty impressed by how large an area Fredericksburg encompassed, and how many Starbucks I managed to hit that were technically considered to be still in the town itself. Heck, I even managed to pass one by as I was thinking it would probably look like I was an addict! Fredericksburg seems to have anything that you could want and then some in a town. I wouldn't necessarily call is a prodigious town, but I was pretty impressed by its size.

853. Fervor

853. Fervor
Definition: (n) intense and passionate feeling
Location Placed: Starbucks, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Date Placed: 8/16/17 at 8:45pm



The area had a very college-y feel as I drove through a portion of the campus for the College of William and Mary. I had a friend or two growing up that went there, but I never knew much about it other than it was further into Virginia than I had ever been. I wish I had a bit more time down there during the daylight hours to do a bit more exploring than I had managed to do! I bet the campus is quite lovely as most things in Fredericksburg manage to be!

852. Mollify

852. Mollify
Definition: (v) to soften or make supple
Location Placed: Barnes & Noble, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Date Placed: 8/16/17 at 5:28pm



I love a good card. Witty and puny cards are my favorite, but it's hard to turn away from a pretty one. I would love to send more snail mail than I actually do. I need to get myself  a pack of cards for the "just because" and send those out randomly. I bought pretty thank you cards a while back to get myself motivated to send more, but I don't manage to get my act together to write them.That doesn't stop me from lusting after pretty ones when I see them!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

851. Compliant

851. Compliant
Definition: (adj) inclined to agree with others or obey rules
Location Placed: Rappahannock Library, England Run Branch, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Date Placed: 8/16/17 at 12:10pm



Where there is a library, there will be a crane placement! Driving down the highway, I saw the universal sign for a library and had to visit. This is such a lovely bright library! I imagine all the folks in the area like it. It definitely seems to have a wide variety of sections and amenities.

850. Enrapture

850. Enrapture
Definition: (v) give intense joy or pleasure to
Location Placed: Paragon Village 12, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Date Placed: 8/15/17 at 7:48pm



One of my favorite things to do, both at home and when traveling, is try to find local, non-chain eateries. Trying to find good food and support the smaller businesses where possible. If not possible, I at least want to try a chain that isn't one local to me. I had dinner at the Park Lane Tavern at the mall, which had pub style food. Definitely solid fare and good service. If I wind up staying in the same area again, I would definitely go back as there is a lack of good pub food in my area of NJ.

849. Blossom

849. Blossom
Definition: (v) develop in a promising way
Location Placed: Splitsville, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Date Placed: 8/15/17 at 7:45pm



Splitsville is apparently half restaurant and with a couple lanes of bowling attached to a theater. I couldn't quite figure out what was going on. If I hadn't already picked up dinner, I would've been keen on sticking around to see what its deal was. If I happen to be back in the area though, I am certainly going to pick up a dessert there.

848. Always

848. Always
Definition: (adv) for all future times, forever
Location Placed: Books-A-Million, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Date Placed: 8/15/17 at 6:22pm
Status: FOUND! 8/15/17 at 10:37pm



I popped into Books-A-Million before stopping into the mall for dinner. I do love a good book cover, as the ones shown here are. The reprints of classics often have such a fun and whimsical cover that I always make sure to look at them in any book shop I go into. I've not read near as many classics as I would like, but have a plan to start reading more of them starting in 2018. I'll definitely have to make sure to pick up a couple particularly pretty ones for my home library!

Found! This crane was found by an employee of Books-A-Million who then brought it to their manager. The manager e-mailed me letting me know she had found it, appreciated it, and would email me back once she had replaced it somewhere! Definitely will make sure to update this once I get word. Always love to hear from a crane finder!

847. Nice

847. Nice
Definition: (adj) pleasant, agreeable, satisfactory
Location Placed: Virginia Welcome Center, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Date Placed: 8/15/17 at 6:01pm



Continuing on to my training, I stopped at the Virginia Welcome Center and saw this really neat penny machine. I had always thought about doing one of those when I was a kid, but rarely had change on me. Much the same now, I didn't have enough change on me to make myself a penny. But if I get down there again, I certainly will make sure I do so.

846. Irrepressible

846. Irrepressible
Definition: (adj) uncontainable, everlasting
Location Placed: Starbucks, Washington, District of Columbia
Date Placed: 8/14/17 at4:35pm



I requested to visit the newly opened FBI Experience at the Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. It is a museum quality exhibit open to the public on what it is like working for the FBI, the positions available, as well as the process to get from training into an office. It was really neat to see the inner workings of the FBI. They did a really great job with the different rooms as well as the information provided. They talked about some of the larger public cases as well as had a variety of videos to watch!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

845. Affectionate

845. Affectionate
Definition: (adj) readily showing or feeling tenderness or fondness
Location Placed: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, District of Columbia
Date Placed: 8/14/17 at 2:47pm



I stopped on over at the Hirshhorn Museum, which is a circular museum, a type I haven't been to before. The exhibits are placed on the floors an you basically go around in a circle, then pop down to the next floor. They had a really interesting exhibit on individuals famous for one reason or another made out of flat legos with a little screen that you can click on to get information about the individuals in that segment. Definitely different!

844. Permanent

844. Permanent
Definition: (adj) lasting or intending to remain unchanged indefinitely
Location Placed: National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, District of Columbia
Date Placed: 8/14/17 at 2:21pm
Replaced on 8/30/27 at 4:43pm at the Damen Student Center, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois



I stopped in to see the National Museum of the American Indian as I don't recall this being one of the museums I went to as a kid as I don't think it was even built! This was a very interesting museum with a lot of culture. I've not been to the museum of the same name in New York either, but look forward to going if it's even a portion as wonderful as this one. There were so many nooks and crannies in this museum that I highly doubt I even saw a small portion of what was on display. I look forward to visiting again in the future!

Update:// Eric from Illinois emailed me saying that he had found this crane on a trip to D.C. and brought it back with him to college in Illinois. Definitely one of the further replacements for sure! Thanks a bunch Eric for being part of this project with me! 



843. Ingenuity

843. Ingenuity
Definition: (n) the quality of being original, creative, or inventive
Location Placed: National Gallery of Art, East Building, Washington, District of Columbia
Date Placed: 8/14/17 at 2:01pm



Modern art isn't quite my thing, but I did manage to find a couple of rooms that were non-modern in the east building of the National Gallery of Art. I definitely want to go back to the gallery to see all of the rooms that I managed to miss even with a map as well as the rooms that were only open for a limited amount of time during the day.

842. Eased

842. Eased
Definition: (v) make something less serious or severe
Location Placed: National Gallery of Art, Washington, District of Columbia
Date Placed: 8/14/17 at 1:45pm



Having never been to the National Gallery of Art, I certainly wanted to take a walk through. That said, even with a map, I managed to get terribly lost! I think I only saw maybe about a quarter of the bottom floor before getting so lost and unable to find another gallery room or set of elevators to go to the top floor. I accidentally managed to be descending and entering the east building!

841. Copacetic

841. Copacetic 
Definition: (adj) in excellent order  
Location Placed: Starbucks, 7th and Indiana, Washington, District of Columbia  
Date Placed: 8/14/17 at 1:31pm



As most short jaunts, I tried to fit the most into my quick stint in the capitol. I did a fair bit of walking, trekked through museums, visited shops, ate as much food as I could, and was out in less than 8 hours. It definitely was a good time and reminds me how much I enjoy Washington, DC. It's even significantly more drive-able than New York, with much cheaper parking to boot. It's not too far away, but it's always just far enough away that I don't ever think about choosing it as a quick weekend away. Will have to remedy that in the future to see more of the stuff I missed!

840. Assiduous

840. Assiduous 
Definition: (adj) showing great care and perseverance  
Location Placed: Petersen House, Washington, District of Columbia
Date Placed: 8/14/17 at 1:09pm


I popped over to the Petersen House, which is the location that Abraham Lincoln actually died in. It was a several story museum including the actual room where Lincoln died. The museum talked a lot about what was happening at the time as well as the other members involved, equality and what it means to you. There was also a significant column of books about Lincoln spanning all 4 floors of the museums. It was really well done and definitely made you think.

839. Buttercup

839. Buttercup 
Definition: (n) one who is soft or harmless; innocent  
Location Placed: Ford's Theater, Washington, District of Columbia  
Date Placed: 8/14/17 at 12:54pm

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On my way down for a work trip, I stopped in Washington, D.C. to visit a couple friends. While I waited for them to get out of work, I popped around to a couple museums I hadn't yet visited before. The great thing about DC is the vast number of free museums, of which Ford's Theater is one. Most well known for the location in which Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, it is also back to currently being a working theater. There is a pretty interesting museum attached to the theater going over the timeline of events. I didn't realize that John Wilkes Booth, the assassin, had a larger plot with a number of other individuals who were also involved. I definitely recommend going if you are in the area and have some time!

Friday, July 14, 2017

838. Impassioned

838. Impassioned
Definition: (adj) filled with or showing great emotion
Location Placed: Starbucks, Marlboro, New Jersey
Date Placed: 7/13/14 at 5:58pm



On my way home from work, it just started pouring down quite heavily. I started playing the game, will I or won't I get drenched on my walk to my car. I managed to stay dry getting into my car, but got soaked as I went into Starbucks. It was all worth it as I picked up a chocolate croissant to eat on my way into work the next morning. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself!

Monday, July 3, 2017

837. Fantabulous

837. Fantabulous
Definition: (adj) excellent, wonderful
Location Placed: The UPS Store, Lincroft, New Jersey
Date Placed: 7/3/17 at 2:47pm



After having a lovely holiday weekend, popping back into work before the 4th of July holiday was a bit rough. Thankfully we were given an early dismissal, so I used the time to place a crane. Hope all my Canadian friends had a wonderful Canada Day on Saturday and my American friends have a fantabulous Independence Day tomorrow!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

836. Honey

836. Honey
Definition: (n) darling, sweetheart
Location Placed: The 9/11 Museum and Memorial, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 6/20/17 at 6:48pm



I cannot recommend this museum/memorial enough to anyone. It was an extremely emotional and wonderfully done memorial. I could have easily spent way more time here than I did, and will definitely be going back again to see all the things I didn't leave myself enough time to see this visit. Never Forget.

835. Giving

835. Giving
Definition: (v) permit, grant, allow
Location Placed: Trinity Church, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 6/20/17 at 5:42pm



The first Trinity Church was constructed on this plot in 1698, only to be destroyed a little more than a century later in the Great New York Fire of 1776. The second Trinity Church was finished in 1790 in the same location. This church is important as our first president, George Washington, and his governmental colleagues used to go there in order to worship when New York City was still considered the capital of the United States. It also takes up a large plot of land and includes a cemetery, much like St. Paul's Chapel down the road.