Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Butter Side Up

A few years ago when I was in Kenya I got really sick. I was so afraid that I had gotten some freaky tropical disease. Our american guide told me not to worry and she was sure "my bread would land butter side up." I remember thinking at the time it was such a random thing to say. She was right, I recovered in a few days. I've always been a brighter side of life kinda gal and after all I named this blog halffull for a reason.

This morning I went to my appointment and one cheesy hospital jonny & robe later I had my x-ray. It was so surreal. I spent the whole time telling myself there was nothing to worry about. But inside I had my doubts. The process was not horrible, but also not something I'd want to repeat. The pain was hard to describe, not sharp but achy and deep. I was surprised by it and glad I took ibuprofen beforehand.

So I got to watch the dye move up my fallopian tubes and knew then they were open. I was so thankful for that as I feel we have about all the hurdles we need right now. I drove home and laid down for the rest of the day. That definitely helped me feel better. I decided work was out because it is so active and I never know what is going to happen there. Not the best place to be when you are feeling kind of unfocused.

Now we are on to the next step which comes after getting the test results from our appointment yesterday and consultation with our fertility specialist. I will be glad to return to work tomorrow and get back into my life. I am really trying to keep everything in perspective while we explore our options. One of my oldest friends told me that hearing what we are dealing with has made her appreciate her two kids even more. I know it has made me think differently about the importance of family and how even when you made plans with the best intentions you need to also be open to the idea of change. I can say that this experience so far has brought me closer to Tom in a way I never felt before.

So now I can throw myself full speed into the holiday season and prepare for hosting Christmas here. Which I am actually very excited about!

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