Thursday, 25 April 2013

Coding is addictive

Hello there,

I'm done!!!! All finished this semester.

Now I need to fill my time. So I decided to write an android app. My app will be a food tracker that keeps track of food guide servings. Currently it can make a days worth of food and remember previously entered food until I exit the app.

The next bit to do will be saving the food list and making it capable of storing more than one day.

I forgot how obsessive I can get about coding. I will sit for hours at a time and get so engrossed I forget about signals such as hunger.

Maybe this app will be good enough to release to the play store. I can dream.


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Posting from the train


I downloaded the blogger app and decided to test it out right now.

2 exams complete,  1 to go

I am on the train to visit my parents for the day. Muxie is missing me but she'll amuse herself.

Foodwise I have been quite out of control.  I have been having a lot of not so healthy snacks. With exam stress and other things I am not too surprised but it is still hard not to beat myself up about it.

A little background. ...

In order for me to function in everyday life I have to take medication daily.  One of the side effects of them is weight gain. I lost about 15 lbs over the spring/summer last year. Ever since November I have been slowly gaining it back. I am currently almost 10 lbs above my target weight right now. It's hard to come to terms with that. I worked so hard to get there and felt so good. Now I feel like I let it slip away and I have failed myself.

Just writing all that was therapeutic.

I want to lose the weight healthfully. I have used weightwatchers in the past and have had the most success with that. But I feel I let myself get too obsessed with the points and being exact.

I think I will try instead sticking to eating healthy. I will try and follow the food guide for vegans from here. Trying to stick to the minimum number of servings.

I think that will be my plan.


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Exam is tomorrow O_o

So I have an exam tomorrow in the afternoon....

I think I'm well prepared. I can do basic assembly programs to level I need to. I know how to read the basic processor diagram we learned in class, I know DeMorgan's Law, how to make a finite state machine out of flip flops. I think I'm ok. Today I will tackle a previous year's exam and see how I do.

As for food...

Last night I was going to have buffalo tempeh from Appetite For Reduction by Isa Moskowitz, but my stomach was a little crampy and having a 1/2 cup of hot sauce didn't seem like a good idea. So instead I did a tempeh dish which seems to be my default.

Cut a block of tempeh into portions

Heat oil in cast iron skillet, I used about a Tbsp of canola oil.

Brown tempeh on one side, flip, brush tempeh with bottled BBQ sauce. Let the other side brown, flip, brush with BBQ sauce again.

I did this process one more time to let the BBQ sauce caramelize a bit.

And voila. tis done

I served this with oven fries (from a bag) and steamed broccoli. Tasty!

I have half the block of tempeh leftover, and I also have a head for red leaf lettuce. I think the tempeh with a salad and some toast is good for lunch.

As for dinner, I'm thinking of soaking some beans and seeing where it takes me. Leaning toward soaking pintos. I'll figure it out.


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Got to Study....

Ok, so today I definitely have to study. With an exam on Thursday and another on Friday, I really got to open the books. I am quite the procrastinator when it comes to studying. I think it's because I have never had to make a habit out of it. Being the bright individual that I am, I could get away with little to no studying for all of high school and a fair bit of university.

Motivation for studying right now is low because I feel that I am pretty on top of all my courses. I understood what was going on in class and my marks on the homeworks were pretty good. This situation always bites me in the butt because I get lazy, dont study, forget material, and don't do as well on the final as a result.

I am also quite distractable. I'm sure everyone is to some degree. A thought will pop into my head, or even worse I go to look up something on Wikipedia, get my info, then clickthrough on links that interest me and before I know it I am waaayyy off topic. Another common distraction is thinking about my next meal. "What will I cook?", "Do I need to get anything from the store?", "When do I need to start cooking?", "How long will it take?", "When do I want to eat?", and so on. This is where meal planning helps, but I have had trouble making a routine of it as of late. I'll use my Paprika app and meal plan maybe a day in advance. Where as before I would have had a week of meals planned.

Oh well, need to eat now (ha ha) and study later. TTYL

Monday, 15 April 2013

Huzzah I have a Fridge

Yay, my fridge works and is no longer noisy.

Unfortunately I did not sleep well because I was worried about it.

But now that my food is back in the fridge I realize I am low on perishable staples. My freezer looks quite empty. This will mean that my grocerys will be a little more for a while, so I got to cut down on extras.

I'm thinking that I will do the Happy Herbivore Sweet Potato Soup from EHH. I have some fresh ginger in my cupboard that is begging to be used. Maybe that will be dinner. It is a really good soup, I have made it before. So easy and filling.

I need to study more, it keeps nagging me in the back of my mind. I think when I get back I will study Continuum Mechanics. Very interesting course, I do like my dynamic fluids.

Anyhow, TTYL

Sunday, 14 April 2013

First Post

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my first blog post. I think this blog will be about my studies in CompSci, my cat Muxie, and my adventures in vegan cuisine.

I also like knitting, and other crafty things, as well as, playing the piano. I have an extensive vegan cookbook collection and like to read them like some people like to read novels.

As you can tell my interests are diverse.

Currently I am busy studying for finals. I think I got a hold on things; I'm pretty up to date on course material.

Muxie is busy destroying the place looking for toys, as usual.

I have to defrost my fridge/freezer as it is making an annoying buzzy sound every once in a while. So I have been eating my refridgerator to empty as much as I can. I am to the point where it is empty enough that all the food can fit in coolers, or is safe to remain unrefrigerated for a day.

Talk to ya later.