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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New Life, Family, Worries

Another little girl, Anneli Eeva, arrived while I was gone. Congratulations N.!
I finally got all of our stuff unpacked, laundered and put away. Now I have to pack all over again. Tomorrow we head down to New Jersey for our annual family reunion. Last year I got to go and tell people I was pregnant. This year I am looking forward to finally being the one with the new baby. Keegan is sure getting his fill of hotels this week.
When we get back I need to get back to focusing on the job search. My transcripts came and I have a good cover letter (thanks Erika) that should fit most applications. I also need to get serious about finding daycare. I am trying to stick fairly close to home so that it is convenient for wherever I get hired. In New Hampshire facilities can be licensed or unlicensed. I'd rather go with a licensed center, take a tour and go with my intuition. I am trying to not be too frantic about the idea of turning his care over to other people. I was just telling my mom the other day that all Keegan knows of the world is kindness. I already mourn the day when he finds out that people can be mean.
I miss being able to call and talk with Erika. But I am sure she is having a great time.
Time to wrap up this stream of randomness, finish baking brownies and head to bed.

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