Puzzling!

One of the more interesting (at least to me) hobbies I’ve developed of late is puzzling. I’ve noticed some of my friends doing jigsaw puzzles, so a few days before Christmas, I went to Old Orchard Mall to run a few errands and make some returns. I decided to pop into Barnes & Noble and search for a puzzle. I found the perfect one! Broadway musical posters. It was a beast. 1,000 very small pieces and frankly, I did not have a good space available to do it. I had to build it on the floor since my mom’s dining room table surface was being used for Christmas Eve dinner. First world problems, I know. Still, I chipped away at it over a couple of days and when I finally finished it? Let’s just say I felt pretty satisfied.

You may think I’m nerdy, but admired and hilarious celebrity couple, Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman, are avid romantic puzzlers. What other role models do you need?

You may also think, “If this becomes a regular hobby of yours, surely you don’t want to keep redoing the same puzzles over and over?” That is true. But the good news is that you can donate new and gently used puzzles to nonprofits like Puzzles to Remember, a non-profit organization that provides puzzles to facilities that care for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Or, you can exchange them with or offer them to your friends.

Either way, the reason I am enjoying this hobby so much is because the process makes me think visually and puts me in a “zen” mindset. Also, completing an intricate puzzle is very satisfying and an accomplishment I’m always proud of because they do take time and can get a little tedious. Finally, one of the biggest reasons I’m doing puzzles is because they’re preventing me from spending excessive time spent staring at television, laptop, and cell phone screens, which offers little to no value!

Recently, I started this “Farm Country” puzzle (1,000 pieces) and it’s pretty challenging as puzzles of paintings usually are.


Anyway, I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve! Drink responsibly and try a puzzle sometime (ideally when you aren’t hungover). Cheers!


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