Life has kept me pretty busy for quite a while, and I’m in the process of trying to slow it down just a bit. One thing about me…when I’m this busy, my mind seems to be racing all the time, always thinking about the next thing on my to-do list, or the project I’m currently on. There are really only a couple things that will help me “shut down” when I get like that. One is a good movie. I can work during tv shows, but a good movie will grab my attention and hold it all the way through.
The other thing that will help break my “gotta get my work done” mode is jigsaw puzzles. And one of those puzzles is the subject of this blog. Our kids buy or bring me puzzles to work and I love it…usually.
This past Christmas, one of our daughters brought me what I quickly coined the puzzle from hell. It took me four months to complete. I made myself sit down and find 5 pieces minimum each day. Even my 9 year old granddaughter, a puzzle freak (and very good at them) told her mother (the gifter) that this puzzle was impossible.
It wasn’t quite impossible, but close. When I got down to about 200 pieces, I finally had to resort to sorting them by shape and had to start trying to fit pieces by shape. It was grueling, but the gauntlet had been thrown and I had accepted it.
Needless to say, I’ll be re-gifting this puzzle…right back to my daughter. 🙂