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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.
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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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One Goodlookin Hive

You gotta love it when the class syllabus says bring a hammer and a pair of needle-nose pliers. We built stuff all evening. More accurately we built a frame which is what the bees will build the honeycomb on. I was terrible at it. Frame not square, nails poking through because my angles were off. So bad in fact the President of the club stood over my shoulder most of the time. When it was finally too painful for him to watch, he'd take over. Gee, and only 29 more frames to go. The ten year old assisting me (not exaggerating here) assured me that I could buy mine pre-assembled. But there is an attraction to making all of my own stuff. We'll see how far I get before that wears off. And I didn't think about my weird mood the whole time. Just focused on the details of hive construction.
Fun bee fact:
Six days after emerging from her cell the queen takes her mating flight. This will be the only time she ever leaves the hive. During her flight she mates with ten or more drones. She fills up with their sperm and then uses it to lay eggs over the rest of her lifespan. A good queen can lay over 200,000 eggs per year.
Wow, I only want one baby. Can you imagine only have sex for one day with a bunch of guys and then you're done? What a lonely life. Not that the queen isn't fauned over and attended to by every other bee every day of her life. That part wouldn't be too bad. Then she is eventually replaced by a new younger queen. Typical. (Perhaps I am personalizing this too much. Ya think?)

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