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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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No Toe Touches

I am feeling much better today. After all I did have twelve hours of sleep. I haven't had to take any painkillers. I am still moving slow but have been able to do some household chores. I can't wait until I can bend over enough to paint my toenails. Ah, vanity will be my undoing.
The clinic wouldn't give me exact numbers on my embryos. They say that things can change a lot over the next few days. I would have needed a minimum of 13 to fertilize in order to wait until the embryos are 5 days old. But with only 15 eggs we were pretty sure we wouldn't make the cutoff. So we will be transfering back two 3 day old embryos on Sat. Then I have to play it cool for a few weeks until we find out if they stuck. We chose two embryos because I am fairly young and we're okay with the concept of twins. The odds of having more than twins are extremely high because one or both of the existing embryos would have to split. But we have definitely thought about it. Tom would probably pass out. I find myself thinking about my little petri dishes a lot. The hardest part is having no control over their fate at all. I had to learn to turn that over to someone else.
Thank you all for your support. I have been grinning ear to ear at your comments!

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