That's how long it took me to find this:
tiny little microscopic piece in this:
ginormous pile of Legos!
All because I am way too obsessive compulsive/stubborn to think outside the box and creatively replace/recreate the part which I could not easily find. And unfortunately, my four-year old son has inherited this trait from me.
If anyone knows of any "deprogramming" methods to help us shake this horrible pattern, please feel free to let us know!
On the plus side, during the misery of the 35-minute search, Atticus entertained me with his Yoda impressions (we're watching Empire Strikes Back). He's quite good actually.