So why is that I can be having a really terrible day--extra-whiny children, physical mishaps (cracked my kneecap on the edge of the car door. . . HARD, along with the several mosquito bites I got going out to get the mail at the end of the drive), disappointing news, etc. (what my college roommate and I would have called a "black cloud day"), and ninety minutes strolling around T.J. Maxx can fix all that? Granted, I found a sweater, a hoodie, and a pair of pants that fit and look good all for $50, and the Robert Sabuda Encyclopedia Prehistorica--Sharks and other Prehistoric Sea Monsters (for that Sea Monsters and Atlantis unit we're starting next week) for $12, plus I got to browse Halloween decor and think about my favorite holiday for a little while. Okay, maybe thoughts of apple cider, hardy mums, fall foliage, witches, bats, and kids running around in costumes is enough to raise anyone's spirits.