Making progress on the New Years Resolutions...

layout: post published: true Date: 2012-01-08 Tags: - cooking - exercise - life posterous_url: http://blog.ajdecon.org/making-progress-on-the-new-years-resolutions posterous_slug: making-progress-on-the-new-years-resolutions

Three of this year's Resolutions (or at least, strong intentions) have been to exercise more, cook more, and write in this blog more often. Today I made progress in all of these...


  • Exercise: I haven't been as active lately as I'd like, so more exercise seems like a good idea. So I invoked my motivational tool of last resort: I spent a lot of money on it. Specifically, I got a gym membership, which will both the useful enough to help me exercise and expensive enough for me to not want to waste the money.
  • Cooking: Partly for the sake of eating better, partly to spend less money eating out, and also to try some tasty new things. So I spent most of the afternoon cooking today, and made...
    • Barbequed Tofu Slices: The recipe turned out to be more involved than I expected from a cursory reading, but I managed to make it to the end and produce something edible. Fairly tasty actually, and Leigh quite liked it as well. It's also the first tofu dish I can confidently say I enjoyed, so this probably goes into the "will make again" list.
    • Garlic Roasted Potatoes: Pretty simple, but quite tasty, and went well with the tofu.
    • Biscotti: These came out surprisingly well. The Cooking for Engineers recipe includes orange zest, and while I used less than called for in the recipe, you can really taste the orange, as well as the almonds and vanilla. I actually like this enough that, if Leigh and I enjoy these over the next week, I might try to bake more biscotti on a weekly basis with different flavors.
  • Blogging: As you see here! Also, I'm working on a short entry explaining a Chef recipe I put together this week for building a basic SLURM+OpenMPI compute cluster on Ubuntu servers.
    One of the things I'd really like to do this year is get better at technical writing, and writing in general, so the blog will actually serve a useful purpose in helping me practice my writing. Even (or especially!) if no one reads it.