Norman Rockwell Coke Puzzle

I was out of ideas when I did this video, so I spent some time looking around my place for something I could film. As it turned out, I hadn’t done a puzzle in a REALLY long time, and happened to have a 500 piece one I like in my closet. I decided to give it a whirl.

It only took me about 3 hours to complete the whole thing, which means I got approximately 1 piece in place every 20 seconds or so. It felt pretty quick (although my butt would disagree as it was quite sore from sitting on hardwood for that long) Videos that I’ve done since then where I had to sit on the ground have included my bean bag chair for comfort.

When putting a puzzle together (and I’ve done more than a few in my time), I almost always start with the outside pieces first. I find them fairly easy to locate in the box, and it gives me a pretty good idea where everything is going to go. The best part of this step is getting a hold of the corner pieces. There are so few of them, it feels like finding a treasure each time.

Once I’ve got the outside complete, or nearly complete, I sort by colour. Typically different areas have common colours. And while I’m doing that, I separate any easily distinguishable pieces, like faces, handsĀ or words. This is only possible on smaller puzzles. Once you pass the 1000 piece mark, you just have to take some colours at a time, and work with what you’ve got instead of pulling them all out of the box.

After I put all the easy pieces together, then it’s time for the grind. Looking at shapes and sizes of the pieces to figure out where a sea of green or blue is can be, by far, the most challenging. To be perfectly honest, it’s also the least entertaining part of the puzzle.

After the border, the sorting and the grind, there’s nothing quite like putting that final piece in place. Very satisfying. Assuming you find the last piece that is. As good as it feels to finish a puzzle, it’s equally disappointing to find out that one or two pieces have gone missing. Fortunately that didn’t happen this time, and I was able to get the whole thing finished.

As for the non-puzzle parts of the video, I spent some time working on my toy shelf. I consider this the start of the version it is today. It doesn’t look like much in this video, but I’m pretty happy with the background it provides me in my recent videos. I did a shakey face at the end. And for those who don’t know what that is: Try and relax your face as much as possible, shake it really hard, and have someone take a picture of you. Laughs usually ensue. Try it out!

At the very end, I filmed myself juggling. I keep a set of juggling balls on my shelf so that every time I’m there, I juggle a little bit. Not so much to get better as to make sure I can still do it.

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