I have a very active brain, it never stops or shuts up, so without my career to keep it stimulated, it goes a little nuts some times. This year, I have really limited the time I am committing to anything business related and my mind has way to much time on its hands. I decided it was time to learn how to be a good housewife and spend more quality time with kids. Also, between the kids and the house and the play dates and school commitments and just trying to get some sleep and a few stolen minutes to myself, there is no way that I could meet a deadline. I feel like I am slowly coming out of this fog and hope I am ready to take on some freelance work as early as this summer.

Anyway, I digress. What am I addicted to, you ask? Puzzles. Specifically number picture puzzles. They are called hanjie, picture sodoku, paint-doku, crosspix etc. Whatever you want to call them, I am addicted. I can’t help myself. I find myself doing them either on paper or online, whenever I get the chance. It keeps my mind working, but is sometimes a distraction.

I play at griddlers.net. They have thousands of puzzles with a ton of variety, from simple to extremely challenging. One of my favorite things is that they have color puzzles. These are way more fun to solve and make really pretty pictures. As a premium member, you can upload your own images and convert them to puzzles. All of these are then available to all of the free members as well, so there is a constant supply of new puzzles.

My only gripes are that it only works in IE and sometimes the server is a little slow. They have introduced a new applet that you can get for $5 a month or you can play on the regular server for free. Seems fair to me.

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