Everyone needs a hobby to keep their hands busy while watching tv so you don't stuff your face with popcorn and ice cream. So a couple of years ago I started doing puzzles. Very specifically 1000 piece Charles Wysocki landscapes. I'm very picky about doing that type of puzzle. First of all the puzzles have nice art. Second they are always seem to have a house/barn/building, sky with trees and a horse drawn vehicle. You can usually see the grain of the canvas on the puzzle piece so you know which way it will go too. And you can usually buy a bunch of them on ebay for a decent price including shipping. I believe last time I got about 20 puzzles for about $25.
I like doing these puzzles because I think it keeps my mind occupied in a productive way. I am a multi-tasker and I have a hard time sitting still watching any kind of tv show or movie. So this way, I can be in the same room, follow along with the show (which usually never needs 100% concentration) and do something with my hands/mind.
Dan has joined me in this hobby occassionally. We used to do them on the dining room table. This caused all kinds of problems with eating eventhough we used a puzzle mat that we could just roll the puzzle up and move it but I never went through that trouble. So we bought a card table and put it behind the couch. Unfortunately it isn't quite as big as the table so while the puzzle fits, its hard to lay out pieces next to it to search through. So I've developed the swirl method. First you have to separate the pieces into bowls. I usually use the color or figure out what part (top, middle, bottom) the piece goes with. Always do the border first to give yourself an outline. Then you take a bowl and swirl the pieces around until you find one that you think you know where it goes. Sometimes you have to pull a few out, but I've found that this method actually works for me. Dan thinks I'm nuts for doing this but I've adapted for space.