SMALL, ACHIEVABLE END-OF-JANUARY GOALS FOR 2016

What small actions can I take to build toward a more enjoyable 2016?
  1. Practice baking bread
    I received a wonderful cookbook for Christmas, pictured here. I love the idea of perfecting the steps to make a few different loaves. I also think baking requires patience and precision, which are a couple traits I know I could practice more actively. The steps are a little intimidating because making a leaven, or a starter, require careful attention and feeding a culture over a couple days, but I gotta master that first step to make any bread. On the upside, mess-ups can be tasty.
  2. Frame this print
    I purchased this last year in New Orleans at an art fair in the Marigny or Treme. I can't totally recall. I have had it standing on a shelf for some time, but think it deserves its own frame finally. It's macabre, but mostly whimsical.
  3. Read more books
    I have some wonderful books on my shelf that I have to finish (or start.) These are only a few of the titles I have waiting for me. I wish there was a way to blend audiobooks, a Kindle, and the paper text all together. Alas, I could just play less Xbox and stop banking on a new invention!
  4. Subscribe to The New Yorker
    When I was traveling to Atlanta for work most weeks, I always grabbed the New Yorker before my Monday morning flight. I learned a lot and was always thankful for their features. I value print journalism. I feel more knowledgeable when I read the magazine -- might as well put my money where my brain is! Btw: this article (which is from the issue in the photo) is amazing! It's about CRISPR cells, which might cure tons of diseases http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/16/the-gene-hackers
  5. Cook more often, take notes on experiments, and use my cookbooks
    I have some great cookbooks. Pok Pok -- which is tough to use because of its commitment to the Thai dishes that inspired it -- is a visual marvel. Moro is far more practical, and I love that it blends MENA and Spanish food. Cooking makes me happy, and my dad just bought me a beautiful set of knives. I am unworthy, so they will spend some time in the packaging while I improve my knife skills to deserve these new blades!
  6. Travel to 4 new states and 1 new country
    .... But more would be cool, too. Early candidates: South Carolina, California (without my family, so a new experience,) Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maine, Canada, and Narnia.