Sunday, August 18, 2019

941. Benefactor

941. Benefactor
Definition: (n) a person who gives money or other help to a person or cause
Location Placed: Starbucks, Princeton, New Jersey
Date Placed: 7/28/19 at 11:28am

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One of my oldest friends and I have started a tradition of getting brunch (usually) monthly at somewhere between us. This month we chose a crepe place in Princeton and then opted to snag some tea and sit out in a park to catch up. Princeton is such a fun town with so many different food and drink options. Definitely no lack of places to check out! I'm pretty sure we have our next several brunches planned out just sticking to Princeton alone.

940. Sacrosanct

940. Sacrosanct
Definition: (adj) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with
Location Placed: iPlay America, Freehold, New Jersey
Date Placed: 7/19/19 at 9:00pm

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Having never been to iPlay America before, we popped over for dinner at the restaurant inside the venue to see what it was all about. The food was nothing to write home about, but if I were a kid, I could see myself loving the actual games and rides portion. It definitely would've been somewhere I would've had a party. If you've got some kids in your life, and either a crummy weather summer day or really cold winter day, it's definitely somewhere that will keep the little folks entertained!

939. Sexy

939. Sexy
Definition: (adj) exciting; appealing
Location Placed: Howling Woods Farm, Jackson, New Jersey
Date Placed: 7/18/19 at 12:34pm

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This is probably the best place I've been all summer. The Howling Woods Farm is an animal sanctuary for wolfdogs, aka hybrid between a wolf and a dog. They are bred as exotic pets, only to be dumped when people don't realize how much training, space, and time they need to provide to these gorgeous creatures. If you have a bit of spare time, it is ABSOLUTELY worth a visit to check them out. It had been a couple years since I had last been, and it was nice to see some familiar furry faces and some new ones around.

938. Enhanced

928. Enhanced
Definition: (v) intensify, increase, or further improve the quality
Location Placed: Hamilton Train Station, Trenton, New Jersey
Date Placed: 6/28/19 at 5:24pm

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I've been trying to get a bit more out and about this summer, to varies degrees. I hadn't been to this area of Trenton before, but I recalled reading a lot about it in one of my guilty pleasure series by Janet Evanovich. Mostly the Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, series takes place in Trenton with occasionally forays into neighboring towns. The New Jersey capital does not really have the greatest reputation, but this area is really quite lovely and far from actual downtown area.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

937. Luster

937. Luster
Definition: (n) a gentle sheen or soft glow
Location Placed: Housingworks Bookstore, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 6/14/19 at 5:20pm

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This is probably one of the cooler places I've been this summer. I am a bit of a sucker for bookstores, especially ones that include cool lofts and do happy hour! Housingworks Bookstore currently has both. Managed to snag some really fun books reminiscent of childhood and definitely want to pop back here again in the not too distant future!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

936. Palpable

936. Palpable
Definition: (adj) so intense as to seem almost tangible
Location Placed: Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Staten Island, New York
Date Placed: 6/13/19 at 1:25pm

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Despite having lived near and worked in New York City for a while, I've never actually taken the Staten Island Ferry from New York City to Staten Island (and back, of course!) It was definitely a lot of fun. I see the Statue of Liberty regularly when on my way to work, but it was nice to see her up close. I definitely was one of those tourists, taking pictures of her and the boat. Definitely a fun, free activity to take part in if you have a bit of time and want to get out to, what natives to Staten Island call, "The Forgotten Boro."

Monday, May 13, 2019

935. Zealous

935. Zealous
Definition: (adj) having or showing passion
Location Placed: Starbucks Kiosk, Southwest Florida International Airport, Fort Myers, Florida
Date Placed: 4/9/19 at 11:38am

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Unfortunately the long weekend had to come to an end. But I am looking forward to flying through this airport again as it was super convenient to navigate and security was pretty much a breeze! Definitely don't have to worry about large crowds or having trouble being dropped off/picked up. It is a 3 terminal airport servicing a decent number of flights considering the size. Also nice that the pricing wasn't too crazy for being a smaller airport, especially for a direct flight. If you're headed down to this part of Florida, I would definitely suggest flying into here versus some of the larger airports!

934. Amorous

934. Amorous
Definition: (adj) showing, feeling, or relating to desire
Location Placed: Venice Museum and Archives, Venice, Florida
Date Placed: 4/8/19 at 3:13pm

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The Venice Museum and Archives is a free museum (donations appreciated!) housed in a really neat building that had been moved several blocks down the road from its original location. Having never been to this area of Florida before, I thought it was a really neat historic look at the area buildings and shops, as well as some of the more notable residents. The Barnum and Bailey Circus wintered down in the area. There was a really neat older looking photos of elephants crossing a bridge on foot taken less than 30 years ago! They also had some locally found sharks teeth and fossils/bones from animals that resided here many years ago.

933. Well Done

933. Well Done
Definition: (adj) (of a task or undertaking) carried out successfully or satisfactorily
Location Placed: Guptill Cottage, Historic Spanish Point, Osprey, Florida
Date Placed: 4/8/19 at 2:12pm

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Guptill Cottage is a really lovely historic home on the property with gorgeous old trees and a stones throw away from a boat building shed right along the water. It is impressive that this home has been able to withstand the storms coming off the Gulf for so many years. It was an extremely roomy home for the times, and had some lovely second story porch views! There was also a really lovely butterfly garden and an interesting aqueduct system. Definitely a neat visit tucked away off the main highway!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

932. Truly

932. Truly
Definition: (adv) to the fullest degree; genuinely or properly
Location Placed: White Cottage, Historic Spanish Point, Osprey, Florida
Date Placed: 4/8/19 at 1:35pm

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The White Cottage is a gorgeous home right along one of the inner waterways. It gets a wonderful breeze and has a lovely sunken garden with pretty forsythia bushes. One of the most influential area families lived here. A true business woman, widow Bertha Potter moved down from Chicago, doubled her wealth, and contributed significantly to the growth of the area in the early 20th century,

931. Supple

931. Supple
Definition: (adj) bending and moving easily and gracefully
Location Placed: The Chapel, Historic Spanish Point, Osprey, Florida
Date Placed: 4/8/19 at 1:12pm

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The Chapel at Historic Spanish Point is just a wee little thing in the woods, next to the cemetery. Due to disuse and lack of upkeep, the original structure was definitely not in good shape before it was renovated and rehabilitated. It even has a working bell! The cemetery had several generations of family members buried there. Definitely an interesting old chapel!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

930. Audacious

930. Audacious
Definition: (adj) showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks
Location Placed: Osprey Library, Osprey, Florida
Date Placed: 4/8/19 at 1:02pm

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The first stop of the day was to the library attached to the Historic Spanish Point Welcome Center. I thought it was such a lovely place for a library, within a historic site, a pair of my favorite things. I really loved that the library had a nice screened in porch that patrons can sit and enjoy a nice read when the weather is just right. It was a tad north of warmer than my northern blood is able to handle, but it seemed about perfect for the Floridians to enjoy!

929. Straight Shooter

929. Straight Shooter
Definition: (n) an honest and forthright person
Location Placed: Westfield Sarasota Mall, Sarasota, Florida
Date Placed: 4/7/19 at 3:17pm

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I started my visit off with a nice trip around the little nearby town, as I had never been that far south in Florida before. It definitely was a cute downtown area, with lots of little neat shops, including the BEST orchid plant shop I ever had the pleasure of stumbling upon. The next day, we came over to the mall to watch the movie Us. Now, I am not a fan of scary movies, but this one wasn't bad. I don't know if I would quite agree with some of the stellar ratings it received, but it definitely had it's funny parts for a "scary" movie. I'd definitely give it a watch, but perhaps wait until it's out of the theaters.

928. Adhere

928. Adhere
Definition: (v) believe in and follow the practices of
Location Placed: Starbucks, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date Placed: 3/27/19 at 4:33pm

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I was invited back to my old stomping grounds to speak to a few classes of students. Having not been back to the area in quite a few years, it felt really nice seeing familiar sights. Lots of good memories flooded me as I got closer. Some less good ones also came back. But thankfully, the visit went well, a difference (hopefully!) made, and perhaps I'll not spend quite so many years away next time.

Monday, March 25, 2019

927. Unequivocal

927. Unequivocal
Definition: (adj) leaving no doubt; unambiguous
Location Placed: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, New York
Date Placed: 3/15/19 at 1:52pm


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Having a bit of time before I could head home, I decided to pop up to the MoMA as it's one of the many museums I've not been to before in New York. A colleague of mine had said there was an interesting display on tupperware, and that was intriguing enough for me! While not a huge fan of modern art, I really appreciated some of the exhibits. I especially enjoyed Starry Night, like near about everyone else in attendance. There were a lot of really neat pieces, and a good number of ones I couldn't... quite understand. But it was definitely a fun place to check out.

926. Willing

926. Willing
Definition: (adj) ready, eager, or prepared to do something
Location Placed: Starbucks, Brookfield Place, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 3/15/19 at 7:42am

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The Starbucks in Brookfield Place is definitely one of the fanciest and biggest I've seen. The number of terminals where you could pick up your drink or food item are crazy! It's also a Starbucks Reserve, which I hadn't heard of before. Apparently it is more potent and pure tasting than the regular stuff. As a non-coffee drinker, I'll have to take the word of my colleagues who enjoyed it. I did appreciate the vibe of this Starbucks though!

925. Chaste

925. Chaste
Definition: (adj) simple or restrained
Location Placed: Joe's Coffee, Oculus, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 3/14/19 at 7:25am

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Definitely interesting to see all the different coffee joints that aren't around my building. There are definitely no lack of them in the city! And certainly no lack of folks partaking at this hour of the morning. I certainly don't blame anyone as I had to be in earlier than normal as well. Hopefully someone wasn't too bleary eyed to see a crane waiting to be found!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

924. Humane

924. Humane
Definition: (adj) having or showing compassion
Location Placed: Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, Brookfield Place, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 3/11/19 at 11:45am

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I just the the name of this venue is hilarious! I have no idea where the name came from, but this place was tucked along the back of one of the buildings, a bit away from everything. If I hadn't seen it on the map, I'm not sure I would've known to look for it. It seems like they had a small menu with a few different types of items on it.

923. Sumptuous

923. Sumptuous
Definition: (adj) splendid and expensive-looking
Location Placed: Brookfield Place Ferry Terminal, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 3/11/19 at 11:40am

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I decided with the weather being a modicum less cold that it had been the rest of the week, it was a good time to do a little walking along the water to explore. Having never taken any of the ferries into or out of the city, I popped by the terminal to see what the going rate was as well as where they docked after departing. The ferry terminal was a bit out of the wind, so I was hoping a crane placement wouldn't be a terrible idea.

922. Majesty

922. Majesty
Definition: (n) impressive stateliness, dignity, or beauty
Location Placed: Battery Park Branch, NYPL, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 3/11/19 at 11:30am

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I was pleased to find out that my temporary work location was nearby one of the local libraries I have not yet visited. It was a two story place right by the water with lots of fun activities. I wanted to poke around for a bit, but my lunch break wasn't long enough to accommodate a full exploration. However, I did take a quick jaunt around the first floor and enjoyed looking at the spines on the aisles. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

921. Fellowship

921. Fellowship
Definition: (n) friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests
Location Placed: Joe and The Juice, Westfield Place, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 3/8/19 at 7:17am

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I popped it as a juice seemed like it would be just the right thing in the morning. However, the prices were a bit much for my liking. The vibe seemed really cozy, that I could see myself hanging around for a bit. I am a big fan of places with cool vibes that are good for people watching!

920. Soul Mate

920. Soul Mate
Definition: (n) a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner
Location Placed: Le District, Brookfield Place, New York City, New York
Date Placed: 3/7/19 at 7:37am

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From Brookfield Place, you have a direct line of sight to the Statue of Liberty, which I really appreciate whenever I walk by. I do manage to see her at least once a day on the commute in, but it's always something special seeing her and remembering all the folks who came before; the folks who came to this country with little more than the shirts on their backs at times. It reminds that that my own great-grandparents came over when they were younger than me to start a new life here.

919. Award

919. Award
Definition: (n) a prize or other mark of recognition given in honor of an achievement
Location Placed: Epicerie Boulud, The Oculus, New York City, New York
Date Placed:  3/6/19 at 7:24am

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The Oculus, which looks like a spine from the outside, is a really interesting new shopping structure that also connects many different modes of transportation in one location. Folks from New Jersey coming over on the PATH, find themselves dropped off at the far end of the Oculus. Coming in from street level, it is really neat to see all the people dispersing in waves from the PATH stop and going all different directions to various subways and to street level to their jobs.

Monday, March 4, 2019

918. Concentrated

918. Concentrated
Definition: (adj) wholly directed toward one thing
Location Placed: Starbucks, Edison, New Jersey
Date Placed: 2/17/19 at 11:47am

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After meeting a friend for brunch, I popped over to Starbucks to pick up a drink for my ride home. It was set right down the way from the Top Golf, which is a place I've not been to but heard a lot about. A driving range coupled with a bar, appropriate for all seasons. It definitely seems like it's a good time, and I'm hoping to be able to go up there some time. It's been probably over a decade, at least, since I've been to a driving range!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

917. Facetious

917. Facetious
Definition: (adj) joking, playful, tongue-in-cheek
Location Placed: Starbucks, Edison, New Jersey
Date Placed: 1/6/19 at 12:13pm
Status: FOUND!

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After brunch, I looked up a couple places to put cranes since I'm not normally in this area. However, after my trip, I realized I hadn't put more cranes in my little pouch that I bring around. Bummer! So I had to be strategic. I had planned on going to the Menlo Park Mall as I had never been there before, but I only had one crane left. That is when I passed by Starbucks and made a split second decision to make that my placement location for the last crane I had on me. And it certainly worked out because this crane was FOUND!

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This crane was found by Mary's son, Aidan. "Good afternoon, while out with my kids today, my 11 year old found a Crane at our local Starbucks in Edison. NJ. He immediately came home to check out your website.. what a cool idea! Thanks so much for doing this. Here’s Aidan with the Crane he found!" In a subsequent email Mary said, "He was quite excited to find the Crane and your website, he’s excited just to be a part of it! Such a neat idea. Aidan loves learning about other places and he’s completely fascinated to see all the places the Crane has ended up." So happy to hear from a crane finder, especially one as jazzed as Aidan! Hopefully Aidan has a lot of wonderful trips in his future to all the fun places he's learned about!