Falling For . . .

The dismal economic news is unrelenting. The word “terrorist” inserts itself into our lives on a daily basis. The U.S. 2012 Presidential election is already sapping my interest, and it’s over a year away.  Surely, there’s some good info/fun stuff out there for us. But what?

I read everything I can get my hands on – newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, and – of course – books. As a Chicagoan, I follow the Chicago Tribune columnist, Mary Schmich. They say “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, ” so I hope you don’t mind if I take her lead and catalog a few things I am enjoying in Autumn 2011. In no particular order, here goes:

1. The Paris Wife – My friend, Jane, and I are hosting our Book Club’s monthly meeting this Wednesday, and I’ve been devouring our selection with delight: The Paris Wife by Paula McClain. The story of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, The Paris Wife explores a variety of themes: marriage, monogamy, art, friendship, family, trust,  love, adultery, and fame. The author’s holistic treatment of the main characters, Hadley and Hemingway, helps us to remain interested and invested for the entire read. Looking forward to having French-inspired savories and sweets to complete the evening – wine, brie, croissants, pear tart, etc. What’s better than a good book, and friends to share it?

2. All things pumpkin! I love this time of year when the flavor of pumpkin gets unleashed from its long slumber. Absolutely everything gets a swath, slather, or swipe of pumpkin. My favorite is pumpkin cheesecake with a shortbread crust. Mmmmm . . . what’s yours?

3. All things Apple! Not the fruit, but the computer company. Love the many features of the new iOS 5 update for the iPhone 4 and iPad. Makes me think I got something brand new without spending a dime – another smart move from Apple, the folks who invented smart. Exceeding expectations is always a winning business model.

4. Pan Am If you’re like me, you anxiously await the fall TV premiere season – hoping the next Friends or Friday Night Lights is around the corner.  It almost always never happens. Truth be told, it’s not happening this year either. The one show I am making a point to watch, however, is Pan Am. The characters are well-crafted, and the plots are innovative and evolving. Best of all, it’s not a regurgitated cop show or soapy medical drama. Better yet, it’s not reality TV either. Yay! Maybe it’s the Baby Boomer in me, but I love the whole 1960s flavor of Pan Am – which will have to satisfy until the early 2012 return of Mad Men.

5. A few weeks ago, I found this Albert Einstein quote on Pinterest, my newest online hobby-obsession: “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” The older I get, the more I believe it. The more I am around Senior Move Managers, I am absolutely convinced of it.

6. The NASMM website OK, you just knew I had to circle this whole thing back around to Senior Move Management. Seriously, the newly-designed NASMM website (along with the ability to capture e-commerce payments online) is a game-changer for NASMM this fall. Google Analytics tells us our “unique visitor” hits are way up since launching the new site August 1st. Additionally, we’ve received numerous positive comments about the easy navigation and robust content on the new site. We will continue to monitor and tweak the NASMM website as needed, but so far, so good!

What are you falling for this fall?  Would enjoy hearing your list too . . .

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