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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All About The Benjamins

So Tom and I always had this plan about having a family. Get married spend some time together as a couple. Get established in our careers and for me to get my Master's. Get a house and be financially secure. Plan for the future with retirement plans and savings. Have kids and never be those people that had to worry about money. Sure the kids part didn't go exactly as we planned but that's okay. This is clearly the time and this is the baby I was meant to have. Except I never counted on being unemployed. The closer I get to giving birth the more I worry about when my unemployment checks stop in a few weeks. I worry about how much even just the basics for a baby cost. I worry about having to go back to work before I am ready because we'll need the money. I think about the time in my life before when I no longer worried about money. I can hardly remember how secure that felt. I feel guilty because it's my fault we are in this position. So we followed the plan and made all the smart choices. Here I am no better off then if I'd had a baby ten years ago. Now that's irony for you.
Sorry, I am not having a good night.

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