This Will Be a Good Year

by Caren Coté

On January 12th I'll smoke a pack of cigarettes in the house. January 19th I'll buy a dozen eggs and cook them all in one delicious dinner. January 26th I'll donate our scale to Goodwill and make two pairs of expensive running shoes a present for the dog. Resolutions are for breaking. Exploiting my perceived lack of character is the best option open to me. As long as my husband doesn't realize what's happening.

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Caren Coté hasn't made a resolution in years, but has used saturated fat as a weapon. Her short story "Schadenfreude" is forthcoming in Ink-Filled Page.