Preparing for the First Week (Edited)

The first week of 2019 will start on Tuesday, January 1 and end on Saturday, January 5.

With less than 2 weeks until New Year’s Day, here is a preview of what you’ll need for that first week – to live famously.

The first thing you should do is order a bottle of The Keaton to drink on Diane Keaton’s birthday (1/5), while watching her in The Godfather.

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The year starts with JD Salinger’s birthday, so your first suggested book is Catcher in the Rye. You can download a pdf file of it. This is the first of many books that will be suggested to you. Your goal is to read at least 1 per month. When’s the last time you read 12 books in a year?

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All of the following movies are suggested as entertainment. You may want to sign up for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

Goldmember (1/1) –

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The Domestics (1/2) –

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The Godfather (1/5) –

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Burnt (1/5) –

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The TV suggestion for entertainment is Mad Men (1/5) –

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The music suggestions for entertainment are…

Daft Punk (1/3) –

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R.E.M. (1/4) –

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All of the above need no preparation, other than signing up for movie services and having access to the internet. Below you will find your shopping list for the week. I would go shopping for these things on 12/30. Print out the list below and cross off the things that you already have.


2 tablespoons Kosher salt
 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
 One 5-pound pork butt or pork shoulder
 10 peeled garlic cloves
 10 fresh sage leaves
 about 1 cup all-purpose flour
 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
 1/2 cup Alma’s mustard
 1/2 cup brown sugar
 4 to 5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
 1/4 cup white wine

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound vacuum-packed roasted peeled chestnuts (3 cups)



bacon, butter, maple syrup

watermelon, asparagus, Smirnoff


1 cup butter or shortening
2 cups brown sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts
2 eggs, well beaten


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass (approximately ½ stalk)
• 1 tablespoons minced %esh ginger
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 2 tablespoons minced onion
• 1 tablespoon Sriracha chile sauce
• 1 cup mirin
• ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
• 2 14-ounce cans coconut milk
• 1 large butternut squash–peeled, seeds removed, and cut
into 2-inch pieces
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
• Juice of one lime
• Salt
• 2 teaspoons ye)ow curry powder
• ¼ cup crème %aîche
• 1 lime, peel and pith removed, cut into segments
• Toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)


1 best end of lamb, trimmed of sinew
50ml olive oil
4 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs rosemary
1 clove garlic, crushed

2 tbsp vegetable oil
½ tsp table salt
25g unsalted butter, cubed

250ml beetroot juice, reduced to 25ml and chilled
2 egg yolks
125ml olive oil
½ tsp table salt
½ tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar

1 long beetroot
2 tbsp rock salt

10 girolle mushrooms
20g unsalted butter
½ tsp table salt

1 globe artichoke, peeled, cooked and quartered

Borage flowers, to garnish

The above items will get you prepared for the FOOD and ENTERTAINMENT sections each day. You will also be working on improving your MIND, BODY, SOUL, and MONEY too. All by using famous birthdays each day to LIVE FAMOUSLY.

Published by

Travis Jones

I was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in a trailer park. I was raised by very conservative and religious (Wesleyan Methodist) parents. By some miracle I graduated college and moved to Florida. I have been a public school teacher since 1995. I have 7 years until I can retire. I was married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. I remarried in 2017 to Kate - 21 years my junior. Some of my life experiences as a 46-year-old, white American male, will come through in my writing, but the majority of this daily journey will be dedicated to improving myself, and hopefully you as well.

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