Everyday dose of Reality
I must be the only person in the world who can go buy a brand new puzzle and put it together to find one or more pieces missing. There have been several occasions this has happened to me, and they are not small insignificant puzzles mind you. I’m sure some of you think puzzles are insignificant to begin with. Then again I’ll bet your bottom dollar you are trying to make a school hallway not look like a tunnel. Here is my thought on the puzzle thing. The halls in this house/old school are massive and you do tend to get a tunnel effect when the sun is not bursting in the windows. To counter the tunnel effect which is only highlighted by putrid green tile, I have been buying huge puzzles to put together, glue & mount on the walls as some type of art. Anything to draw the eye away from 320 feet of hallway with green tile has to look better.
I went on a puzzle hunt and found some beautiful Thomas Kinkade’s. I’ll admit his paintings are breathtaking but I have to say … in puzzle form, they are pure evil! All those colors, blending, folds and crests in waves & clouds. Don’t even get me started on the rainbow of flowers in just one puzzle. Suffice it to say I have just finished my second one by Mr. Makemegoblindandgivemeaheadachethesizeoftexas Kinkade. The first one was fine after you eat enough aspirin, but the second GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. I finished it last night and there are 2 pieces missing. Now, I can make something out of nothing given the proper mindset and let’s face it I’m working with minimal mind left. I CANNOT draw to save my life. I am not joking in the slightest. If I were ever taken hostage and some knife welding person said, “draw me a horse, cat, or house” I would be a dead woman. He would get a stick horse, the ass end of what I would call a cat and the dilapidated drunk version of some Dr. Seuss house. Dead woman.
What am I supposed to do with a puzzle missing 2 pieces? Toss it in the trash? There are two options here as far as I am concerned and calling the manufacturer is not one of them. Yes people, I have been down that road and pulled my hair out over the mapping grid sent to me for a puzzle to figure out what piece is missing, to be able to place a “missing piece” order. Never again. No, no. My options as far as I can see were, taking the puzzle apart and use the pieces to make some type of layered frame for something. Or … attempt to recreate the missing pieces. Well you know me, pencil and Xacto knife here I come. It was a lapse in judgement let’s say, but here I am the next day and there is no turning back. The puzzle is already glued and to the mat as well. Armed with a pencil, Xacto knife I cut out 2 pieces that didn’t fit mind you. Good thing I only wasted an hour & 20 minutes over that 🙂
Next I only had one thing left at my disposal. A 24 pack of Crayola crayons, non of the colors I needed were in the box, naturally. Keep in mind since I am not artistic that also means me ability to mix colors with wax crayons is limited as well. So here is the end result. You can’t tell at all can you? Just do me this one favor and lie to me.