cooking #3 - herbed chicken parmesan with orzo pasta and baked broccoli

I made a herbed chicken parmesan with orzo pasta and baked broccoli, all from scratch. it was delicious!

Tressa holding herbed chicken parmesan

I am getting all my recipes from a cookbook i bought called "cooking light: the essential dinner tonight cookbook". I recommend the entire Cooking Light family.


our baby cactus, sonni

Here is the succulent, which we named Sunni, that I bought Tressa. He's growing - about two inches now and was transplanted.

Succulent Sunni

great weekend, disappointing loss at Grey Cup

as everyone who watched live, like me ; ) (free ticket from work), or on tv knows, this was a tough loss for rider fans to take. montreal alouettes beat the saskatchewan roughriders 28-27 in 97th grey cup. up by two touchdowns and two-two point converts with less than a quarter to play, the roughriders let victory slip away. lack of first downs when it mattered and a very costly last play flag. as rider fans we are not used to being ahead...comebacks are easier to take from the other perspective

and then the alouette fans came out of the woodworks! was a sombre scene in downtown calgary after the game - nothing like the explosive party it might have been...

tressa and i lucked out on our hotel - a fairly independent, brand new one - acclaim hotel - by the airport with rooftop hot tubs for only $130 night. i recommend it

we were very tired from driving, but managed to miss most of the blizzard that apparently took place (but not the overly cautious drivers who were causing some problems). and we saw a bad crash aftermath in a really foggy stretch.


the magic realism of Rob Gonsalves

While at Indigo's the other day, I saw a calendar by a Canadian artist, Rob Gonsalves. To me it looked like a mixture of the surrealism of Salvador Dali (my favorite artist) and optical illusions of M.C. Escher.


(click to enlarge)Rob Gonsalves - ladies lake

Apparently, the official genre is called magic realism, a term i had not previously heard of. The image above is called 'ladies lake'. As with many of his works, it uses a kind of fractalisation where a repeated subimage motif is used to define an outer image and fades out as it gets smaller.


Congratulations Saskatchewan Roughriders!

QB Darian Durant

congratulations saskatchewan roughriders! beating the calgary stampeders 27-17 in today's cfl western final.

it was an impressive win with my favorite play being the handoff to jason armstead, who then threw a long completion to rob bagg

saskatchewan will play montreal in the grey cup in calgary and have their work cut out. montreal has looked very good this season and anthony calvillo and ben cahoon always give them trouble. with cahoon only having a couple receptions in the blowout win for them this week, I would watch for him to explode at the grey cup.

however, if anyone can beat montreal this season it is the riders. with the game being in calgary, they are sure to get great fan support.


Favourite Albums of 2019
Spotlight Album
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (2008)

This album has been a staple of my music collection since it's release in 2008. I think it is one of Nick Cave's best albums. The album is moody and full of lyrical imagery. Dark, trancy at times such as on the track "Night of the Lotus eaters". The lyrics of this album are very strong and is what draws me back to it time and again. The track "Midnight Man" is an absolute gem:

Hold that chrysalis in your palm See it split and change It won't do you any harm It's just trying to rearrange

It was born to live a day Now it flies up from your hand It's beautiful It's the one they call your ever loving man

Wolves have carried your babies away Oh, your kids drip from their teeth The nights are long and the day Is bitter cold beyond belief...

...Close your eyes, sleep in him Dream of your lost sons and daughters Me, I'll raise up my dorsal fin And glide up and down the waters

The closing track "More news from nowhere" though just under eight minutes could go sixteen and I would be quite happy to listen to it all.


nick cave-midnight man

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Words of Wisdom

Happiness is to see the world in a grain of sand, and Heaven in a wild flower, to hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in a single hour.

William Blake

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