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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True Equality

Keegan and I went down to Boston to be closer to the historic events. Now he can say he was there the first day gay marriage was legal in the US. It is never too early to get involved in politics. I went of course to meet up with Su and Erika and to my surprise Jane! (Who I didn't get to spend much time with but seems exactly like I thought she would.) As they have described, it was exciting and really great to see. The couples and their supporters were absolutely glowing with happiness. Everyone would clap as each couple came out with their marriage license and someone would hand them flowers. There was even a couple of musicians there giving it that wedding reception flavor.
I was nervous this morning about taking Keegan on the T. But every time I talked to Erika she sounded so darn excited I just had to get down there. Fortunately there were lots of ramps and gates making the T stations easy to navigate. I still can't figure out why, but it took three elevators to get out of the Haymarket station. And frankly they should call them urinals instead of elevators since that seems to be their primary use.
After leaving city hall we walked all over, had a yummy lunch and then some ice cream to top it off. Keegan was a total dream, either smiling or napping the whole time. He didn't mind riding the T and just oogled all the passengers. The only annoying part was getting home. Somehow when you leave the station you aren't on the same road you came in on. And I couldn't figure out where that road was. This especially sucks because it is next to the only Kr*ispy Kreme donut shop I know of. So I had to head home without the donuts that I have been craving forever!! I haven't had a Kr*ispy Kreme in over a year!!!! Say what you may, but they are absolutely worth the hype.
Aside from the loss of the donuts I had no idea where I was. I called Erika and she gave me directions but they never quite matched up with my reality. I miss the compass I had in my jeep. I could have used it today. But I kept the sun on my left and knew I was heading north and would get to a major road eventually. Needless to say we got home.
It was a long day but a good one. And I am too pooped to go to my beekeeping meeting tonight. Oh well I am kind of on hold in the area right now anyway.

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