Lincoln Apartment Living: November 2018

 

Welcome back to the blog for The View. Living in Lincoln, Nebraska means being able to enjoy local community perks and resources, no matter the holiday, and November brings a lot of fun with it, including Thanksgiving! Read our blog for a brief overview of some of the month’s most popular dates to make note of and undeservedly overlooked holidays you can celebrate in the upcoming weeks. And if you want to stay in or get out, look for the following movie and book recommendations, too!

November Celebrations

National Aviation History MonthThe front end of a plane

National Aviation History month is celebrated in November by historians, museums, and other aviation enthusiasts across the country. From the Wright brothers historic flight near Kittyhawk, NC to today’s solar powered planes. Take a look at Aviation history online or find an aviation history museum near you and make a point to visit it this month or if you can’t go to a museum personally, watch an aviation inspired movie at your apartment.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)a graphic that says

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, happens every November, and if you have ever wondered what all the fuss is about, reading this post will enlighten you. According to the official website, NaNoWriMo is a “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.” The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month.

 

The quest begins each November 1st and runs through 11:59 p.m. on November 30th. The first NaNoWriMo, held in the San Francisco Bay area, took place in July of 1999 with 21 participants. It has grown to a much larger, well-known endeavor with thousands of participants all over the country. The history of NaNoWriMo is interesting reading too.

Upcoming Holidays

World Kindness Day (Nov 13th) someone using a laptop that says

It doesn’t take a lot to be kind. Simply smiling at a stranger or holding a door open is a kind thing to do. Let’s step up our acts of kindness by volunteering. Volunteering at a non-profit or another organization that is built around giving back to the community can be a great use of your time and resources. Especially if you have a passion for a specific thing, like animal rescue or emergency preparedness, you can find a lot of fulfillment by being part of an organization. Contact them to see what you can do! You can start at a local organization, or you can check out VolunteerMatch to find specific opportunities.

French Toast Day (Nov 28th)

November 28th is French Toast Day, and what better way is there to celebrate than starting your day with a delicious and nutritious meal featuring the delectable goodness of French toast? The basic recipe of bread, eggs, a touch of milk, and perhaps a dash of vanilla can be enhanced in a variety of ways — have you ever tried stuffed French toast — including what type of bread to use, and what to flavor it with. With that in mind, we are sharing a selection of French Toast recipes from Allrecipes.com that are sure to please! Here’s one to get you started:

Eggnog French toast

Breakfast food is always a good idea, in our humble opinion. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so be sure to include this recipe for eggnog French toast somewhere in your schedule this month! If you like French toast and eggnog, you’re sure to love this recipe. It’s just as easy to make as the normal version, and it will make you feel ready for the holidays!

Movie Suggestions

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

“All Clara wants is a key - a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer's annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It's there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara's key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.”

Nobody’s Fool

“A woman is released from prison and reunites with her sister. She soon discovers that her sister is in an online relationship with a man who may not be what he seems.”

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

“The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it's a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

“The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series set in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.”

Instant Family

“A couple find themselves in over their heads when they adopt three children.”

At Eternity’s Gate

“A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.”

To get the scoop on what else is opening in movie theaters this month, check out Movie Insider for release dates, trailers, and more.

Book Suggestions

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Getting lost in a book is good a good way to relax and reduce stress. Relieve some stress by reading a book soon. We think you may like this Agatha Christie read, especially if you plan on checking out the movie adaptation that came out recently.

“Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. A passenger lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.”

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night…”

Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum

Author Kathleen Norris once said, “The knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” We agree, and we think N.H. Klienbaum’s hit is an excellent choice.

“Todd Anderson and his friends at Welton Academy can hardly believe how different life is since their new English professor, the flamboyant John Keating, has challenged them to ‘make your lives extraordinary!’ Inspired by Keating, the boys resurrect the Dead Poets Society--a secret club where, free from the constraints and expectations of school and parents, they let their passions run wild.”

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