Isn't great what a new lampshade will do for a thrift store lamp? If you happen to live by a Pottery Barn, their oversize black glossy shades that retailed for around 80 bucks are down to 10. Yes 10! Go out and get yourself some lampshade lovin.
Also, the terrible disaster in Japan makes me think we should all give what we can. I did to the Red Cross online and it was very easy.