For the last few months, I've been itching to put together a jigsaw puzzle. Yes, really. I have no idea why. It seems like such a charmingly simple way to spend time, putting a picture together while listening to music. I thought I'd see how my niece and nephew take to them. Puzzles are still sold in a local store, but they only carry thousand-piece boxes, which seem a tad ambitious for someone who hasn't done a puzzle since he was eight. Somewhat arbitrarily, I've decided to start with a 500-piece set. Does anyone ever do these? How much time do you usually give them? Do you put them together on the kitchen/dining table, or do you prefer using a spare table that can be occupied by the puzzle for days on end? Are there different kinds of puzzle scenes you prefer? Right now I'm only looking for puzzles of trains and ships.