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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Eustachian Frustration

Went back to the midwife to have my ears checked. I felt horrible this morning so I suspected they were worse. This was confirmed by her and she sent me to a regular internist. I will have to return for my flu shot because they won't get the vaccine in until the end of the month. My next appointment wasn't for two hours so I went home and then back again. The doctor was no-nonsense and said he didn't think it was bad. He wants me to take an antibiotic for ten days to see if it clears up. I was bummed and even though it is safe during pregnancy, I was hoping to remain as drug free as possible. Better to nip it in the bud now I guess in case it gets worse.
As a bonus at my midwife's we checked the baby's heartbeat again and she measured the height of my fundus. Hey I don't know what a fundus is either. But somehow it tells them the size and placement of my uterus. See we all learned a new word today kids. Now use it in a sentence.


Main Entry: fun·dus
Pronunciation: 'f&n-d&s
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural fun·di /-"dI, -"dE/
Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, bottom
Date: 1764
: the bottom of or part opposite the aperture of the internal surface of a hollow organ: as a : the greater curvature of the stomach b : the lower back part of the bladder c : the large upper end of the uterus d : the part of the eye opposite the pupil

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