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In keeping with my icon's admonition to "do more of what makes you happy", I figured I'd tell you about the happy-making weekend I just had.

Of course, I realize that happiness is largely a choice, and thoroughly enjoyed this article on 22 things that happy people do differently that I read last week. But the point is, small things can make you very happy. So can some big ones. It's not the thing, though - it's your response to the thing that matters.

But I digress.

We kicked off the weekend on Thursday night, really, when we went to Bryn Mawr College to hear Kay Ryan (former U.S. Poet Laureate) read her work. She was marvelous, and you can read a bit more about that in Friday's blog post.

On Friday, the tree guys came to my house and took down the oversized and ill dogwood in the middle of my front yard, as well as a dying maple in the back yard. They also trimmed the branches overhanging the house. The noise was offset by their efficiency (and how impressively they could shimmy up a tree bare-handed) and the increased light to my yard. Inside, my sweetheart and I managed to accomplish a bit of painting that needed to be finished (doors). And there was time for a nap. And pizza for dinner (white with spinach - nom!). Altogether, a productive, happy day.

On Saturday, my sweetheart and I took advantage of Smithsonian Magazine's promotion of museums around the country, and got two (free) tickets to visit the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia (something like a $27.50 value for the two of us, since my sweetheart qualifies for the "senior" rate). But first, my beloved did a bunch of tree trimming at his own house (neighbors' trees overhanging the property, which the neighbors said he could feel free to trim), which made him feel very accomplished, and I caught up on email, which made me feel rather accomplished, too. At the Constitution Center, the actor who narrated "Freedom Rising", the show that kicks off any visit to the Constitution Center, was excellent. And we thoroughly enjoyed our time poking through the museum's upstairs exhibit, a timeline of the Constitution in action. (I'd seen it before with the kids years ago, but my sweetheart had never been to the Constitution Center before).

After our museum visit, we met friends in Chinatown for an excellent meal (and even better conversation and companionship!) at The Imperial Inn, one of our favorite Chinatown restaurants. It was a fun day, full of chores and culture and company, and it was entirely lovely.

Yesterday's happy bits include getting some stone to put out front at my house, getting a Barnes & Noble membership (there was an incentive this weekend, and the savings more than paid for the card, since we did some holiday shopping while there), watching the Eagles play (even though they lost), and going grocery shopping with my sweetheart. Plus there was grilled steak and spaghetti aglio e olio, so it was all very good.

What have you been doing that makes you happy?

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Sep. 30th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
It makes me happy that you are happy. The little things are the sweetest, aren't they? They are like legos. One on its own is a little thing. Two or more together and they fit together beautifully, and you start getting the shape of happiness. <3
Sep. 30th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
That is a lovely way of describing things - who knew Legos were such a metaphor?
Sep. 30th, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
The weekend sounds like bliss. BLISS!

I took some time to plan out my "secret" garden that will overlook the river. I can't believe I never thought to do this before. Only been here TEN YEARS! Ah, well--better late that never, eh?
Sep. 30th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
It was all very good, and nothing was especially rushed.

I love your view of the river out back, and think your plans for a "secret" garden are GENIUS!!
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