13 August 2009

Would you like to learn how to play the flute or the guitar?

I've been unemployed for a while now, and though I've been looking for jobs, there really aren't many that I would have a chance of getting. I'm working on my music with Rainhat, but though that will hopefully take off seriously pretty soon when my album is finished, it's not going to bring me much money anytime soon.

Then one day, in a discussion in a forum, a friend told me she was teaching someone how to play the guitar over Skype, and I went "Huh? Hey, that's a great idea!" I immediately started building a site for this purpose. I scraped together 8 bucks for a domain, installed another instance of self-hosted wordpress with the host I already had, and after a couple of seriously intense days in front of the computer, the site is all set up and I'm more than ready to start teaching anyone who wants to learn.

So, if you're interested in taking flute or guitar lessons, I suggest you go check out my site:

http://www.musicbywire.com

Thank you Melinda! :)

I also suggest you go check out Melinda's blog: Melindaville. It's awesome!

07 August 2009

Cooking pasta

I cooked today. I help Gin with cooking whenever she cooks and needs a hand of course, but I'm rarely the "main chef" who starts the thing and has the ideas. I used to cook a lot more, but I've been lazy so it hasn't happened all that often lately. Besides, Gin likes cooking, and she's an excellent chef, so I rarely need to. But today I felt inspired to do some cheffin', so I made tagliatielle with a creamy bacon and broccoli sauce. A pretty simple dish, and not the greatest thing I've ever made, but it was food so meh. Here's how I made it:
  1. Heat up water for the pasta.
  2. Chop garlic and one yellow onion to small pieces and fry them in a frying pan with some olive oil.
  3. Dice two tomatoes and about 2 cups of broccoli and add them to the frying pan.
  4. Chop up some bacon and throw it in as well.
  5. Chop up some sun-dried tomatoes in small pieces and add to the mix. I was going to do this, but my sun-dried tomatoes expired two months ago. Bummer.
  6. Let it cook until the liquid evaporates, stir every now and then so it doesn't burn.
  7. The water should be boiling by now, so throw in the tagliatielle.
  8. Pour about a pint of low-fat cooking cream over the stuff in the frying pan. I used the 4% fat kind.
  9. Add a dash or two of soy sauce and stir well.
  10. Add black pepper and salt until it tastes good.

That's it. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.

We went shopping for some groceries today. I bought some reflective stickers and put them on my longboard. It looks pretty groovy, and I will be clearly visible in the dark as well now. Safety is never a bad idea. I also bought a badminton net for about $2 and played badminton with Gin in the garden when we got home. I suck at it, but it was fun. :)