Challenges

I enjoy challenge. You probably do too. Without challenge their is boredom and routine. However, I have to qualify this. For challenge to be enjoyable:

  1. it has to be solvable, or atleast appear solvable
  2. you have to make progress every so often. be thrown a bone or two.
  3. it has to be something that puzzles not a challenge because you are doing things the hard way or with an inadequate toolkit ie) rebuilding a car engine with only a toothbrush is not enjoyable

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.


Spotlight Album
Matt Mays Coyote
Matt Mays - Coyote (2012)

Building upon the sounds of the 2005 album "Matt Mays & El Torpedo", this album has a number of very listenable tracks.



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The greater the stupidity, the greater the clarity. Stupidity is brief and guileless, while wit equivocates and hides. Wit is a scoundrel, while stupidity is honest and sincere.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"

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