Friday, May 4, 2007

My Piece of the Puzzle

I've never employed this strategy during a stressful time before, but I will say it is effective for me now, during this particularly uncertain time, to throw myself (obsess at times) into a very difficult and engrossing puzzle. This puzzle, of Botticelli's "La Primavera" when completed, filled up a whole card table! 1000 tenie tiny pieces put together to showing a complex and fascinating painting. Do I sound like a complete nut?

First Annie and I separated into little bowls all the pieces that fell into categories; edges, dark green, dark green with leaves, dark green with leaves with oranges, etc. Then section by section, and piece by piece, we (mostly me) focused, tried and tried again, then voila, we did it. Only took five days

As for our lives, job changes, moving, it's all still up in the air, although there have been a few new surprising twists out on the horizon. How am I handling it? Well, I feel pretty disconnected... kinda floating, unmotivated, and funny enough, I'm getting used to feeling that way. So, for now, I'm going very gently, and I just bought two more 1000 piece puzzles.


futuregirl said...

I *love* doing huge, complicated puzzles. They give me a peacefulness just like crocheting or painting. It's something that I must concentrate on while I do it, which keeps my mind from dwelling (obsessing?) about other things.

Project Pink Suitcase said...

That's cool you and Annie did that whole Botticelli "primavera" puzzle. It's nice to find things that can temporarily transport us.
Or, in other words, obsess over.
I used to love doing puzzles. I haven't done one in a while. Once I start one, it's like chips, I can't just eat one.