So we created Puzzle Night.
Every Monday night we get takeout dinner (making food here is too intensive and consumes a good portion of after-work time) and start work on our puzzle.
While the selection in the Puzzle department wasn’t huge here, we managed to find a difficult 1000 piece set. This rock formation photo from Utah (!) is a challenging mix of blues and reds—in two and a half hours, we managed to complete the frame of the puzzle and the outline of the cliffs.
It’s important for us to maintain a sense of creation and entertainment in the form of keeping the mind active. We know that we won’t have the big screen TV for much longer (once we move, we will be a TV-free household), so we don’t want to get attached. But it’s more than that—Puzzle Night (and Art Night once the puzzle is complete!) is a chance to interact in a meaningful collaborative way and relish in the idea that we don’t need electronics to entertain us (all the time). We’re not quite sure how we got away from this type of entertainment back in the U.S. (games, puzzles, books, crosswords), but we’re happy that we’re reintegrating it back into our lives.
We wish you all a happy Puzzle Night.