Category Archives: Puzzles

It’s OK Thursday…

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One of the few link ups I’ve actually participated in and I managed to do it in time!

…that I give all the movements I feel the Potato making distinct conversation potential and assume it is making those movements in response to something I’m saying/doing. Soon I’ll be letting it pick out my outfits in the morning!

…that Remus stinks. Gosh darn it, it’s hard to wash him and I’m the only one who does so on a regular basis. Kudos to my dad for helping me these last few times!

…that I’ve taken all these pictures to put on my blog and I never get around to posting them. C’est la vie!

…that I get my best sleep after Brian leaves the bed to go run (between 4am-7am) so I not so secretly have selfish intentions when I encourage him to meet his milage goal for the week.

…that the Potato’s favorite position is breech on it’s belly right now, and it drove the ultra sound tech crazy because it would squirm and swim and roll, but it wouldn’t stay turned over. Took over an hour to get all the necessary pictures and involved much rolling of my own to try and provide a better angle.

…that I’m eating everything in sight. My OB said to not stress so much about my weight, Potato looks fine (and weighs 13 ounces), but I’m starving constantly.

…that the puzzle isn’t done yet, or even halfway done. But I have a picture of my progress! (I just haven’t posted it yet.)

…that my running pace is super slow right now. Running, not walking. Actually, I’m trying to convince myself this is ok since it’s so much slower than my normal running pace (which isn’t speedy to begin with). Brian keeps reminding me that I’m pregnant and it’s the miles that count not the speed…so it’s ok…it’s ok…it’s really ok…I’m working on it.

…that I’m in love with my black suede, Italian, specialty designed boots that Brian bought me last Christmas and coddle them like I’ve never coddled my shoes before. (It looks damp outside, I’ll wear a different pair…hmmm, thats a lot of walking I don’t want to scuff them…Remus, if you step on my feet I will chop off your paws…)

…that Brian knows the Potato’s gender and I don’t. Seriously, it’s not just ok, it’s a lot of fun 🙂

Thats all for now!

If you want to link up, just head on over to A Complete Waste of Makeup and link up with Amber and Neely 🙂

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Pregnancy Goals

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I have a puzzling addiction, aided and abetted by my husband who thinks puzzles look great framed and hung as pictures. We have a large 2000 piece “World Map” puzzle hanging in our bedroom and my latest puzzle, a 3000 piece black and white Picasso, hung downstairs between the bookshelves. We have a few other puzzles framed but not currently hanging on any walls, but that’s mostly because we don’t want to go through the hassle of hanging them all up just to take them down to move in a little over a year. Brian enjoys finding new puzzles for me to complete and the latest one is a 9000 piece puzzle of the oil painting “The Bombardment of Algiers.”

http://www.amazon.com/Ravensburger-The-Bombardment-Algiers-Puzzle/dp/B001KBYUYU

9000 pieces. It comes in two 4500 piece bags to “make it easier.” Gee, thanks. It’s about seven feet wide and at least four feet tall, and we had to buy a large piece of vinyl from JoAnn’s to make a big enough puzzle mat.

Here’s my issue. I started the puzzle (on the downstairs floor) in the very early stages of my pregnancy-before the pee stick. I have completed approximately 500 pieces. I made it a point to actually count how many pieces I put together today and so far it has been 50 even. If I average 50 pieces a day the puzzle will be completed in 170 days. My due date is in roughly 186 days.

I think I may be cutting it a wee bit close, especially as the later I get the harder it is going to be to crawl around on the floor putting in pieces. And I still have to glue the thing!

The sensible thing would be to put it away, right? (Especially since we’re unsure if it’ll fit in the Prius to take to get it framed once it’s put together) Balderdash! In 186 days I will have a squealing infant to contend with 24/7, and for the next 5-6 years (at least) that puzzle would remain in the box collecting dust. So onward! Other people have pregnancy goals of gaining a certain amount of weight (or not gaining too much) or taking x number of belly pictures, getting pregnancy photos professionally done, setting up a nursery…I don’t have time for such things (ok, maybe the nursery, eventually), I have a puzzle to complete!

Puzzling

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THIS is what has occupied all of my time since coming home from the beach. Brian thought this was a cool puzzle. Brian thought this would be a neat puzzle to complete, glue together and frame. Brian thought it would be a good idea to break out said puzzle after we got back from the beach. Guess what Brian’s been doing since the puzzle has been opened?
Yeah….The most help I’ve gotten from him was at the very beginning. He picked up a piece, stared at it for awhile, and promptly told me it was broken.
The reviews of this puzzle on Amazon were likewise useful. The first one is an example of a review that I at first thought was stating the obvious and I couldn’t understand how it would be helpful. However, I then read the second review and realized if the second lady had actually read the first review, it could’ve saved her some considerable brain cells, and judging by HER review-she doesn’t have a lot to spare on puzzles. The third review is probably the most helpful.
This is most certainly an expert level puzzle, and requires the most patience of any puzzle I have seen to this point. Shades of gray and hundreds of solid black pieces add to the difficulty in addition to the obvious large number of pieces. –OK, I thought this stated the obvious, but thanks for the warning.
I must say it was VERY challenging because there are only 3 colors: white, black & gray. (Um, yes, there are only three colors, thank you for listing them since I couldn’t figure that out by looking at the PICTURE) You’d think that’d make it easy, but no, maybe if it were a 1000 piece puzzle yeah. (???? NO I would NOT think fewer colors would make a puzzle easier. Seriously lady? Why don’t you try one of those “all white” puzzles, I bet they’d be SUPER easy because there is only ONE color. And it’s white, in case you couldn’t figure it out by looking at the box.)
This one is a tuffy. …Really? A 3000 piece monochromatic puzzle of a painting by Picasso? I thought it’d be a breeze…
So yes, I’ve been puzzling. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to it. Saturday night I stayed up puzzling till 5 am and thought Brian was lying to me when he told me what time it was. I stood up and literally could not walk because my knees had SWOLLEN from staying bent for that long. The puzzle is on the floor, it is too big for the coffee table we own (which is currently in the garage anyway), it doesn’t even fit the puzzle mat we have, I had to use an additional one to get all the pieces to fit.
…And this is all I’ve managed to accomplish. I can’t even get the border completed yet because, just to make it even MORE fun, multiple pieces fit with multiple other pieces. So sorting out the minute differences in shades of black edge pieces just hasn’t been a priority for me.
Honestly, I really do like puzzles and this one is actually kind of a fun challange, not to mention a neat way to examine Picasso’s work. I’ve liked Picasso since I first started art classes and the closer you study this picture the more it seems utterly bizzare and yet some how makes sense. I’m also a decent puzzler-I’ve been addicted to them for years-so I can actually look at a piece, examine the picture on the box, and then place it in the area it should go (at least for the pieces that aren’t just a solid color). I used to think looking at the box while puzzling was cheating, but there is no way I could complete this puzzle otherwise. So hopefully in six months or so I’ll be posting a picture of the complete project on here. Also, hopefully, my knees will still work.