Year in Review

While it scarcely seems possible, it was just a year ago that I moved into my first house and started my graduate school career. If the passage of life, and the measure of that life, is to be defined by the events within it, then for the past year I have done a lot of living. It is my intention to make this short essay about some of the challenges and learning experiences I’ve had over that past year with the emphasis on the lessons learned and what are hopefully some words of wisdom. Moving to a new city where...

Kitchen Renovation: Measurements and Quotes for new Countertops

Over the past two weeks I’ve been running around town either before or after work in the hope of negotiating a fair price for some granite countertops in my latest kitchen remodel. Since I’ve found the experience frustrating and painstaking, I wanted to share my experience with the local businesses in case anyone finds themselves setting out on a similar project. First, let me introduce you to my kitchen. It is a simple galley kitchen (i.e. compact and designed as if for a ship) with black appliances, oak cabinets and laminate floors. With regards to the countertops, the kitchen consists of...

Moroccan Chicken Recipe

As the title hints, this will be a post about a recipe I created over this past weekend. On Saturday I was hosting a BBQ to celebrate the end of the fall semester and because I wanted to show friends around my place. While I may be able to get by on a charcoal grill, my skills and experience are rather lacking[1]; so I was looking forward to trying some new. After some brainstorming and a quick trip to Costco, I decided that chicken breast would be my meat of choice. Since I don’t cook meat very often, I looked...

Home Workshop

Over the last couple days I’ve been working pretty hard trying to get a home workshop together, and I wanted to share the progress I’ve made. My house has an attached 1 car garage which also houses both the laundry area and the trash bins, so space is a bit tight. Let’s jump right in and see how I attempted to maximize the floors space and to arrange everything for function.   Beginning with my electrical design tools and parts, I setup a main workbench complete with tools, an old laptop and a dry erase board. The bench I made...

Getting a new name: switching hosting services and much more

Today makes the beginning of a slow transition over to a new domain name: TKelly.org. Over the course of the past couple years, I’ve grown fond of the .me domain[1] and it has served my needs well. But as fate would have it, it’s time for a change. My hosting service, the company that manages the domain name and web servers, has been 1and1 through a half a dozen websites over the last decade or so. From my first site, computertom.ws, to my most recent, 1and1 had always done an excellent job hosting my websites but were disappointing me in other ways. If you...