So now I remember ... Addiction.
Almost a full day spent getting this puzzle sorted and prepared for when my daughter arrives to night ... so we can work on it together. I thought I would start to get the borders in place to save time. And sorting out some pieces into separate categories so they are easier to sort through. And then just going a little further with some inside pieces because I couldn't find all the border pieces. And when I looked up ... it was 3:30 in the afternoon. I did nothing but work on this puzzle today.
I should back up. The past spring I got it in my head that I wanted to do some jigsaw puzzles. You know, 'pandemic boredom' had set it. So I started shopping on line and discovered this was not a new idea. Apparently the rest of the world had the same idea. The puzzles I was interested in were selling out at record speed. I finally settled on 5 puzzles - 1000 pieces each. Then I paused. It has been probably 25 years since I did jigsaw puzzles. So I purchase another one - 500 pieces to get into the swing of this with a smaller challenge.
AND because I don't have a dedicated space to leave a puzzle set up, I shopped around for puzzle savers. I used to have a HUGE one that did not work very well. You would close it up like a very large brief case. When it was re-opened, everything was a mess. I settled on an inflated roll and cover.
That all happened in the spring and summer. I had not opened even one of them. Life got busy and 'pandemic boredom' passed. Then last weekend my daughter expressed an interest in doing a puzzle and I was thrilled. But my procastinor self waiting until today - Friday. By default - today is the day.
That's the back story. The front story is I spent the whole day working on it - couldn't set it down - although I tried twice and found myself returning again and again.