Thanks to Chez Aspie, I woke up to find that I had been given the “Happy 101” Award.  What a great way to start the day!  The rules are:

1. List 10 things that make you happy.
2. Try to do at least one thing on the list today.
3. List 10 bloggers who brighten your day.
4. Those of you to whom I give this award are to link back to my blog and perpetuate the happy with your own lists and recipients and whatnot.

And here are my 10 things:
1. Being with my husband and two sons
2. Getting to see my parents and sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews
3. Going someplace new
4. Writing something I’m proud of
5. Being astonished by something — positively astonished I mean, not horrified
6. Helping someone to see themselves differently, which I suppose means teaching
7. Playing my violin
8. Laughing with friends
9. Going to the theatre
10. Being inspired and spreading the inspiration

And today I get to do numbers 2 and 3! Not bad.
But being a naturally subversive kind of a person, I’m not going to follow the rules to the letter. Rather than hand this over to 10 bloggers, I’m going to throw it open to all you wonderful bloggers who find me here or in your own comments boxes, or hovering incognito around the maps of your stat counters.  But to make up for it, I’m also going to do number 10 on the list and spread around this invitation to an event which, alas, I won’t be able to attend, but which seems like it will be truly inspirational to anyone who can go along.  My friend, fellow writer and blogger, Kelly Swain, has passed along this:
     On Wednesday February 3rd the Whipple Museum will hold a special concert to celebrate the works of astronomer and musician William Herschel. It will feature performances of William Herschel’s oboe concerto in Eb and two trio sonatas for harpsichord and strings, as well as an introductory talk from Herschel scholar Michael Hoskin and a reading from Kelley Swain’s new novel-in-progress about Caroline Herschel.  All are welcome!

Whipple Museun, Wednesday February 3rd 2010, 6-9pm
Tickets are free but must be reserved via HPS reception (01223 330906). 

Enjoy your Sundays, everyone.