Wednesday, November 22, 2017

863. Invigorating

863. Invigorating
Definition: (adj) making one feel strong, healthy, and full of energy
Location Placed: African Burial Ground National Memorial, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 11/22/17 at 1:11pm

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One of the perks of working in the city? Being able to pop into lots of different places! I had a bit of time this afternoon and decided it was the perfect time to check out a National Park Service historic site in lower Manhattan. The African Burial Ground was originally a slave burial location several centuries ago. Slaves from newborns up through those older than 55 were placed in the area in unmarked graves. It wasn't until the new government building was under construction in 1991 that the bodies were found. There were several hundred bodies found, and many more likely still down there that were not excavated. Although not a large site, it definitely packs a lot of great information into a small area. I highly recommend watching the 20 minute video at the start because I knew very little about the site and its significance going into it.

862. Omnipotent

862. Omnipotent
Definition: (adj) having unlimited power
Location Placed: The Brewer's Apprentice, Freehold, New Jersey
Date Placed: 11/19/17 at 11:24am

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We stopped into the Brewer's Apprentice to pick up some necessary supplies for our home brewing with some friends. They definitely have a lot of things to help with that whole process. While I have absolutely no clue what I am doing, I know those folks definitely have a solid idea. They also have wine making and beer brewing classes on site!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

861. Appeased

861. Appeased
Definition: (v) to relieve or satisfy
Location Placed: Think Coffee, Broadway and Leonard, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 10/25/17 at 11:19am

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A hot beverage run is often needed after a long morning. I didn't end up getting anything but joined a couple colleagues to just get the blood flowing after sitting at a computer all morning. Definitely enjoying the nice, crisp fall weather we've been having. However,  I don't much care for what comes after fall... But until then, I'll keep enjoying the cooler weather, breaking out my scarves, and taking walks where I can.

860. Delectable

860. Delectable
Definition: (adj) delicious
Location Placed: Crossing Winery and Vineyard, Newtown, Pennsylvania
Date Placed: 10/14/17 at 4:04pm

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We popped over to Pennsylvania to take part in some Halloween activities in the evening, so what better way to spend the afternoon than at a winery and brewery or two... or three. We decided to check out Crossing Winery as it was one we hadn't been to before. (We had stopped at our current favorite, Rose Bank, a little earlier in the day.) Definitely quite a lovely place to have a drink. They had some live music going on during the tasting. They also have wedding festivities here, which I can totally see as being a great time!

859. Discerning

859. Discerning
Definition: (adj) having or showing good judgment
Location Placed: Starbucks, Toms River, New Jersey
Date Placed: 9/8/17 at 1:49pm

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I managed to get out of a work activity a bit early and decided to treat myself to a cool drink after a long morning. Having been in a location I hadn't been to before, I searched out somewhere to place a crane and wound up at a trusty Starbucks! I'll be down in the area again in the not too distant future, so I'll try to find another place I've not been to!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
STATUS: FOUND!
Replaced on 8/30/27 at 4:43pm at the Damen Student Center, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

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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! 

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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

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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

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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

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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
 
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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.