My daughter Brielle received a cardboard princess castle from her favourite cousin for Christmas this year. The box said "Some Assembly Required". Understatement of the year. It took me about an hour and a half to assemble the sections and connect them, including one break to curse a blue streak.
As I marvelled at my engineering prowess, my daughter said " Are you going to do the stickers now?". Stickers? I then took notice of the tiny shapes, each one numbered, that covered every area of the cursed castle! I took a deep breath, counted to ten, and stickering commenced.
The children silently drifted away, leaving me alone with my nemesis: tiny, shiny stickers. 550 stickers to be exact. Three hours later, I let loose a cry of triumph and stood back to admire my work. Some stickers were crooked, some not even remotely over their designated square, but, it was finished.
I finished the castle last Monday. No one has played with it yet.
P.S. Please excuse the poor image quality. I had developed a bit of a palsy by the end of stickering that caused my hands to shake even more than could be helped by image stabilization!