Fuji X-T20 | Lens (mm): 35 | ISO: 1250 | Aperture: 2 | Shutter: 1/100

Just before Christmas, we decided we wanted to do a puzzle over the holidays. Not being the kind of people who do anything halfway, we purchased a 2000 piece puzzle. Once the pieces were out of the box, we realized this was probably a bit too ambitious. But what were we to do, return it? Nah, we dove in.

Neither of us has done a big puzzle in years. Like, at least 20 years. We started with the edge pieces (some of which we still haven’t found) and then have been working through the easy areas where there is a lot of detail. I did most of the doe and fawn…of course. ๐Ÿ˜ŠNow we are working on the more ambiguous details. I’m not sure if we will finish tomorrow or not, but I’m going to guess we will.

Working on a puzzle like this almost a form of meditation. Sometimes we have music playing, sometimes we stream a conference I used to photograph every year at this time, sometimes we listen to a tv show or movie. We have also worked in silence.

One of my favorite things about doing a puzzle is that sweet sense of satisfaction when you find the piece you are looking for. I was saying “A-HA!” every time I got a piece in the right place, but slowed down on that, figuring it would drive Tracy mad by the time we got to the end.

I still say it when I find a piece that’s been eluding us for days. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sometimes after working on the puzzle for a while, I will close my eyes and see pieces coming together.

I’ve also been having a lot of deep thoughts about how our lives are like this puzzle. All the little pieces are coming together to make something beautiful. Some days, it’s frustrating because all we see is a pile of pieces and we’re not exactly sure how it’s all going to make sense. Other days, a piece falls into place and we say excitedly, “A-HA!”

Gratitude: I’m grateful we decided to do a puzzle. It’s been relaxing and has kept me from working when I should be resting from work. Next time, though, 1000 pieces is the max I will say yes to! ๐Ÿ˜†

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