Ever since I discovered that B&N carries a line of jigsaw puzzles as well as many puzzle books I've found myself going there quite a bit.
Not only that, every Friday night at 7 p.m. at our store, there is a children's storytime where one of the employees reads 2 books. At the opposite end of the children's section is a wooden Thomas The Train setup that Nate loves. So we started a little family night thing where every Friday we pick up the kids from daycare after work and head over to the mall (our B&N is connected to the mall). This is our one night a week we get to eat fast food and then Ken takes the kids over to story hour/Thomas the Train while I peruse the rest of the store.
Last night I left there having bought 2 Chicken Soup for the Soul books, a 600-piece jigsaw puzzle of the World and one of the books in The Greatest Dot-To-Dot Book Ever series.
I got home and started flipping through the Chicken Soup books and quickly realized that what I had gotten were 2 books that held collections of stories taken from various other books, some of which I've already read. I'm not taking them back, though. I figure it's been a while since I read the other books and maybe they'll be just as interesting in a different collection.
Although the World puzzle is only 600 pieces it's still pretty hard. The continents do not connect to the oceans so what they recommend is working outside in, starting with the borders, the oceans, and then setting the countries/continents within. The oceans seemed daunting until I looked closer to the box and discovered that a set of quick facts for every country in the world is written on the oceans in alphabetical order, making it easier to find your way around.
I must be such a geek! Those quick facts are just the kind of thing I like. When I was kid, there were times that I would be bored and find myself copying lists of facts out of World Book Encyclopedia, on a variety of subjects - Continents, Flags of the Nations, Presidents, Bones in the Body. This, of course, was in the days before computers and I did not have an Atari or Nintendo yet so I had to be creative to keep myself busy.
Anyway, I finished the United States Stamp Puzzle last night, took pictures of it and put it away again. Today I started the World puzzle. If I can get Ken torn away from the TV tonight or tomorrow I'll have him post those pics.
Well, I'd better go tend to supper. I think my potatoes are about to boil over!