Quinoa and Quips

June 12, 2013

Hello, world (Jilly Bean)!

It’s been a week since I blogged, in case you forgot. One of my bloggy readers, LGR, left me a comment reminding me that I hadn’t blogged, mainly so that I wouldn’t pout about how no one had left me a comment about how I hadn’t blogged. She is sweet. Last year LGR sent me pictures of a tree and ornaments she made, and it was so cool and Jewishy and neat. I should make things sometime. But I’m probably too lazy. (My craft board on Pinterest is called “Pretending I Will Make Things.”)

Guess who’s not been taking pictures?! I’m the worst. Does someone want to move to Canada and be my personal photographer? I can pay you in Skittles and sarcasm.

This past weekend, Andrew and I went to Edmonton, which is the capital of Alberta. We saw his friend Tara do improv, and it was awesome. We also went to a hipster street called Whyte Ave, and we pretended to be hipsters too. We bought ginger ale in a bottle. (Is that hipsterish?) Whyte Ave. is by the University of Alberta, and there are lots of cute houses and old trees. (It would be nice to have some pictures here, wouldn’t it?)

We also went to the West Edmonton Mall, which is comparable to the Mall of America. I’m originally from Minnesota, so I am familiar with large malls, you guys. Yawn. But the West Ed Mall (that’s what we locals call it), has a theme park (like MOA), and a water park (!!), and a skating rink, and some kind of lake thing with a pirate ship and daily sea lion performances. We only saw about three minutes of the sea lion show, but he swam around to Mission Impossible theme music, so color me impressed. (Also, I just did a search for the biggest malls in the world, and The West Edmonton Mall is the 13th largest and the Mall of America is the 19th largest! What?! That is nothing to be proud of. When did this happen, Minnesota? Where did we go wrong?!)

I am on a quinoa kick, you guys. (I wanted to spell that quinoa quick, but that doesn’t make sense. Why am I telling you this?) The other day, Andrew and I (I) made this cinnamon quinoa for brunch, and I thought it was really tasty. And doesn’t it look pretty? (I stole this picture because I have none of my own.)


And last night, I made blackened chicken with cilantro lime quinoa, and it was really good. Except that I almost burned the house down, but it all turned out OK. (I want to link you to the recipe, but the link isn’t working right now. Obama must be looking up how to make cilantro lime quinoa. Here’s a link to something very similar though. In fact, I think she just stole this recipe from the other blogger. Because it’s basically the same. Except that she recommends chicken broth and I would recommend chicken stock. More flavor, guys.)

I’ve been in Red Deer for three weeks now. Honestly, last week was kind of a hard week, which is probably part of why I didn’t blog. Basically, change can be hard. Sometimes I miss my friends and my things. I miss being known. I (kind of, not really, but kind of) miss having a lot to do and feeling frazzled about it. I miss having people over to my house and making them snacks. (If you want to come over, I’ll make you a snack.) I’m realizing that I am selfish and used to doing my own thing and feeling important. I am very glad to be here — so glad — but change can be hard. And that’s a fact. But I am thankful that Andrew is sweet to me, and that I have friends who check in on me, and that I have my Books of the Bible, and that I am feeling great this week!

Guys, I need some workout ideas. I don’t have a gym membership here, although I could get one. But why not use imagination and creativity?! Apparently I have neither, which is why I need your help. I have my kickboxing DVDs, which I enjoy, but I don’t want to do them every day. I could go running outside but, 1) running is the worst and 2) it rains a lot. Ideas for me?

OK, I have to go find more quinoa recipes. If you think of it, pray for Colorado. There are fires burning again near Colorado Springs, and many people have been evacuated. Last I heard, the fire had covered 8,000 acres, burned hundreds of homes and wasn’t contained at all. No good.

OK, joves to you all! Bye!


14 Responses to “Quinoa and Quips”

  1. Anonymous said

    I like you, and your blogs. (Jennelle)

  2. Who needs pictures when you write so well? Stream of consciousness and whatnot.
    Why *wouldn’t* you write “quinoa quick?!” Oh… right… I see.
    I do wish that quinoa recipe link worked. Thanks a lot, Obama!!
    Anyway, moving and change. Yep. I know how you’re feeling:
    Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same; you wanna be where everybody knows
    your name.
    Cheers, friend.

  3. Micah said

    Prancercise. Duh.

    Color me impressed. Oh, Neecy.

    Which good friends check up on you? Hmmmm?

  4. denisemorris said

    Jennelle — Thanks! You and Adam should come up for dinner!! I’ll make you quinoa.

    Heather — They do say the mark of a talented writer is stream of consciousness. (No one says that.) I think Cliff Claven would really understand me right now.

    Micah — Prancercise! Why didn’t I think of that? Doge-type friends.

  5. Jenna L said

    Hey there! Looks like you are enjoying life! (: I love quinoa too! Been trying out lots of new recipes. Care to share your recipe pictured above?

    As for working out, I recently bought Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred that I am getting started with again. There are three levels and you can modify as needed. I don’t particularly enjoy working out at home, but when I have no gym and it is 100 degrees out with 80% humidity it beats running outside. (:

  6. Ginna said

    Sooo glad you’re blogging again!! You make us laugh so much. Also, my workout recommendation is to get a gym membership (I actually spelled that “jim”, and then had to erase and try again). In this stage that we’re in of parenting young children, going out to the gym sounds like the stuff dreams are made of… and my workout videos have gotten really monotonous.

  7. denisemorris said

    Hi, Jenna! I’ve done the shred before! It’s actually really hard! Good workout. I linked to that breakfast quinoa in the post. Is it working? Here it is again: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/warm-and-nutty-cinnamon-quinoa-recipe.html

    Ginna — come visit me! Yeah, I do best when I can go to classes at the Jim. Videos get super boring.

  8. Jenna L said

    Yep, the link works! Just totally missed it! Thanks. (:

  9. Lisa said

    I hear prancersize is all the rage . . .

  10. Sara Harriger said

    I want to reassure you that Minnesota is working on it. We caught wind of dropping down the standings as MEGA Mall (who calls it that anymore? Those of us who remember the day it opened!)

    They are doubling the square footage, adding a water park inside (opposed to the water park across the street) & I think i heard something about a magical unicorn show? That would top the dumb sea lions…
    So basically, they are planning to double the amount of enclosed vacant stores and restaurants that they already have!

    But they are adding at least 2 more StarBucks and 3 New Caribou Coffee shops!

  11. Little Grey Rabbit said

    You mentioned me! I’m famous! Wooo!

  12. Sara Harriger said

    And an ice skating rink & quinoa field. I think.

  13. denisemorris said

    Sara — this is amazing news! When is all this happening? I can’t wait to come visit more empty stores. I wish they had Caribou Coffee in Canada. I think a quinoa field is a really good idea. Capitalizing on the trends.

    LGR — you’re so famous with my mom! 😉

  14. denisemorris said

    Lisa — prancercise is definitely ALL the rage. I’m worried I’ll twist a hoof, though.

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