It’s easy to start a puzzle. It’s easy to leave one half-assembled upon your table for months on end. But actually finishing a puzzle? For Fox and me, at least, it has turned into this weird Herculean task in our minds, always abandoned by year’s end.
Seriously. I bought this puzzle back in 2009 as part of a Christmas present for Fox. I had planned a spring trip to California for us — our first since moving back to Pittsburgh — and I had hidden the tickets inside the puzzle.
The year 2010, in addition to being the year of our first return to California, was also the year we established this 101 Achievements blog. So, of course, completing the puzzle went on our list. And there it stayed for that year, and the next, and the next…
Until this year. This year, we decided to (literally) dust off this bought-years-ago-but-never-attempted puzzle of Pittsburgh’s skyline, and truly commit.
As we worked, we learned a slightly embarrassing fact: this puzzle is, and always has been, ridiculously easy to put together. As it turns out, the back of the puzzle has a sectional grid system drawn on it, making it not 1 puzzle with 1500 pieces, but essentially 30 little puzzles with 50 pieces.
We spread the work out over several days, but really, it was just a handful of hours’ effort to finish the assembly.
After the gluing, we covered the front side of the puzzle with contact paper, and then hung it up on our bedroom wall.