what will make you happy in september


There is something about September. The sun seems more golden on late afternoons in Indian Summer. Morning skies are bluer and the crisp air calls for sweater days that feel like a J Crew photo shoot at an apple orchard. The smell of Coppertone is exchanged for the warm, homey scent of cider and nothing beats a pumpkin latte.

If you're just not ready to exchange those flip-flops for riding boots yet, here are some moments about to come in September that you can get excited about.

Can't wait for your favorite TV series to premiere? Check out this premiere calendar from TVline.com.

September 2nd, Maroon 5's new album "V" drops. Take a listen here.

September 7th is Grandparent's Day. If you still have your grandparents with you, take them out to an early dinner. If they're no longer with you, say a prayer or lift a glass to these family members.

"Stand up to Cancer" airs on September 5th. If you know someone who has been affected by cancer, do something positive. Donate to a good cause in their names, send them a glassybaby to let them know you're thinking of them or tune in and get motivated to act.

September 13th is National Peanut Day so make yourself that peanut butter and banana on whole wheat bread and proudly bring it to lunch. Who cares what your sushi eating friends will say?

September 14th is the Miss America Pageant. Invite your friends over, make some popcorn, curl up together on the couch and share your answer to the question "If you were president for the day, you would ___________."

September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day. Go out for burgers or try this perfect burger recipe from Bobby Flay.

September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Up your game from just "Ahoy, Matey" with this index of pirate phrases.



"This is Where I Leave You" opens on September 19th. If you're already thinking about Thanksgiving with your weird and wonderful little family, catch this film starring Jason Bateman, Tiny Fey, Jane Fonda and Adam Driver.



"Hector and the Search for Happiness" also opens on September 19th. What makes us happy? Who is this world is the happiest of them all. This film based on a novel takes a comedic/dramatic stab at answering this question.


September 20th is National Eat an Apple Day. Stop by a farm stand or an apple orchard and eat an apple you've never tried before. If you're in New England, try the Macoun. It's what a fall day tastes like. Also to try: Angry Orchard cider. What a fall day tastes like for grown-ups.

If you like "Scandal" you might also like Tea Leoni's new drama "Madam Secretary" which premieres on September 21st on CBS. See the trailer here.

September 24th is Rosh Hashanah. Gather the family and pray for a year of life, health and prosperity.  “Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim." (May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.)

Prince's albums "Art Official Age" and "Plectrumelectrum" releases on September 30th. Preview both on iTunes here and here


the sea-tac period fairy


So, this happened.

The ladies' room was busy but quiet, as quiet as a ladies' room in an airport can be. I was in a stall, having just locked the door. In the silence, I heard the unmistakable tearing of paper from a hygiene product coming from an adjoining stall.

Then this: A little girl's excited voice: "Mommy, that lady has candy!"

Then from her mother in the stall with her: "No, sweetheart, she does not have candy. And let's keep our voices down."

In a loud voice: "Mommy, she has CANDY. I heard her open the candy. (Then in a loud whisper.) She's eating candy in the BATHROOM."

Light laughter comes from the stalls around us.

"Honey, I promise she is not eating candy in the bathroom. When you're older I'll explain."

The little girl wasn't letting this go. "Why is she eating candy in the potty? I want some candy too."

"Baby, she doesn't have candy. During the month there comes a moment that mommy and other ladies have a special time and that wrapper you heard is helping her with her special time. OK? (pause) Don't open the door yet!"

"I'd like some candy, mommy. I'm having a special time."

Then from another stall, a woman's voice, almost musing to herself. "I'd like some candy too."

In that moment, tears ran down my cheeks I was laughing so hard. It was one of the most perfectly timed things ever said. I got myself together and opened the door to the stall at the same time the mother and daughter did. The little girl looked about four years-old. The mother gave us the "Yup, that's my kid" look.

We walked to the sinks and that's when we all saw it.

Resting on the edge of the vanity was one wrapped green apple Jolly Rancher. The little girl spotted it at the same time we all did. She looked up at her mother. "Mommy, look! Can I have it?" We all looked at the mom.

"Yes, yes. That nice lady must have left a gift for you."

"Or a fairy!" said the daughter.

I'm going with the rare and magical period fairy.  I wonder if she can leave tequila and butterscotch?