After classes and conferences today, Andrew took me on a special adventure to the thrift store to find a little treat to soothe the week that feels like it won't quit. I browsed old tupperware, made googly eyes at some very nice, but uneeded Pyrex, shuffled through boardgames and puzzles, and even considered thumbing the clothes (too draining on my psyche), but it was Andrew that found the prize. Hanging on a wall in the back of the store was a large oil painting - abstract and very nicely framed. We both looked at the price and then looked at each other, confirmed that our eyes were not fooling us, remembered our coupon that would make it even less, and scampered away to check out. For less than the cost of a canvas, we purchased a piece of art, and it's beautiful and odd and I cannot, no matter how hard I try in the dim evening lamplight, capture its amazing colors. It was cheap, but it was a thrill.