Welcome to this month's edition of Albuquerque Apartment Living, brought to you by Valley View Villas, our apartments for rent in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This month we’re bringing our residents suggestions for celebrating National Blood Donor Month and Hot Tea Month, topics surrounding upcoming holidays like National Puzzle Day and New Year’s Day, movies you might want to check out this month like Maze Runner: The Death Cure and The Commuter, and book suggestions like Little Fires Everywhere and Sleeping Beauties: A Novel. Read on to learn more about these topics in today’s blog post.
National Blood Donor Month
We have the perfect way for you to celebrate National Blood Donor Month. Visit a local blood donation center such as United Blood Services. “United Blood Services relies on volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients in New Mexico and the Four Corners area. According to America's Blood Centers, fewer than 10% of eligible donors give annually. When you give blood at least 3 times a year, you qualify as a Gold-level donor, receiving special recognition through our Hero Rewards program. Visit http://www.UnitedBloodServices.org/ to learn more United Blood Services”. Check out bloodhero.com to find more blood drives in our area this month. United Blood Services is about a 10-minute drive from Valley View Villas.
Hot Tea Month
We have the perfect way for you to celebrate Hot Tea Month. Visit our local coffee and tea shop, Michael Thomas Coffee Roaster today! “New Mexico and Michael are a match, a transplant of 28 years, Albuquerque is his home. The Air Force brought him here and teaching in APS broadened his understanding of his new home. His decision to open a coffee shop was based on a passion of coffee and a commitment to community. With this mindset firmly in place, Michael Thomas Coffee open it doors in 2004.” Michael Thomas Coffee Roaster is about a 7-minute drive from Valley View Villas. Happy Hot Tea Month!
National Puzzle Day
January 29th is National Puzzle Day, so let’s celebrate! Check out some of the benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles:
“For decades, scientists have attempted to measure the benefits of puzzles on the human mind. Although almost all researchers agree that puzzles help cognitive processes, the benefits depend upon a number of other factors, including one's original mental stamina, whether or not one chooses challenging puzzles, and the amount of dedication one has to finding the solutions. In addition, researchers find that doing puzzles daily tends to be most effective. Here are just five of the main psychological benefits of regular puzzle use.”:
— Improved Memory
— Heightened Creativity
— Facilitating the Whole Brain Approach
— Dopamine Production
Buy a new puzzle to try out on Amazon this month. Enjoy National Puzzle Day!
New Year’s Day
Start your year off right by making some goals and resolutions to begin. SparkPeople’s tips and ideas for how to keep your resolutions can change the way you look at the tradition. Check it out and finally keep those goals!
“Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create (or break) habits at the start of each year. With the right attitude and focus, you can stick to your New Year’s resolutions and achieve long-term success.”
Maze Runner: The Death Cure comes out this month! Check it out this month after Friday, January 26. “Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.” We think you’ll love it, especially if you’ve enjoyed the previous two movies. Buy your tickets online for a great weekend.
The Commuter comes out this month! Check it out after Friday, January 12. “Insurance salesman Michael is on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding, and he is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy that carries life and death stakes for everyone on the train.” Put The Commuter on your to-watch list this month. Buy your tickets online today!
Published last year, Little Fires Everywhere was written by Celeste Ng. Check it out this month!
“Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.”
A fascinating book written by Stephen King, Sleeping Beauty: A Novel was published last year.
“In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.”