Crossword puzzles. I don't know why or how it happened, but it hit me hard. I started doing the puzzle on the subway during the long ride home from jury duty. It was a fairly easy puzzle, so I was able to get some of the clue right off the bat. Then, I realized that I could use the letters from the answers I knew to figure out the clues I didn't. I know that sounds obvious, but I guess I never gave crossword enough thought beyond "this is hard." There was a click in my head, and suddenly it became fun.
I started getting AM New York and Metro in the morning for the crosswords. I found websites with downloadable puzzles and would print out 4 at a time (with answers, too). I found Crosswords For Dummies in a supermarket but didn't buy because I felt I needed a bigger challenge. I then realized I was out of puzzles and instantly regretted that decision.
After a long search, I found one of the cheesy crossword puzzle books in a magazine shop and have bheen doing them non-stop. In the subway both to and from work. When I get home, before I go to sleep. In the morning, during lunch, and in the afternoon. I do about 4 a day. It relaxes me, makes me focus on one thing and not have my mind race. It also satisfies my need for trivia, as I start to learn new things. Did you know there's a river in Switzerland call the Aar?
I'm sure this addiction will subside, but for now it's insane. Just felt I needed to share.