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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This Woman Can't Be Stopped

I'm freshly back from our latest trip to Dartmouth. We met with the social worker today because New Hampshire law requires that of couples doing IVF. It went fine and was more to make sure we have strategies for handling the stress. Also they want to make sure we have considered the ethical decisions that are inherent to the process. What about multiples? The status of frozen enbryos? Things that can be difficult to grapple with when I'm all hyped up on hormone shots. (Gee..that's gonna be fun!) My blood tests came back good and now I have to wait for my next cycle to do the next round. They have been so great about keeping me on the fast track and making sure all our ducks are in a row. I can't wait to get started. Well not that I am looking forward to injections, but well you know...the rest of it. The social worker was also really supportive of how upset I was about losing my job. She said it's kind of like the child I had all this time. Which is basically true since we put off even trying to have a family until I was done with school and started in my career. But this is okay. When we get to the end of this journey no matter how it turns out I know it is happening this way for a reason. Mark my words, we will have children one way or another. And if you stick around my blog you'll be there for it too.

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