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
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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Gimme a gold star for actually getting some things accomplished. After much trauma including creating my own forms, running out of ink and a visit to the copy center to print it all out, my application is in the mail. Let's hope Keegan's drool on the envelope brings me good luck.
The little munkee and I went to the mommy movies again today. It wasn't the same without Erika but we understand she has grownup responsiblities now. Someone has to work right? Keegan was great at the theater. He sucked down a bottle, played a while and then fell asleep on my lap for the last thirty minutes. I was able to cradle his head and slurp my icee. Bonus.
Then he was in a great mood while I ran various errands. I had our broken tv in the back of the car to dispose of. Offi*ce Depot has a special program where they will get rid of electronics if you drop them at the store. I was looking forward to getting more garage space before our local appliance drop off in October. I ended up calling Tom because the store wasn't where I remembered it. He checked online for me and guess what? The nearest store is in New York. How did I not notice all the stores disappearing from New England? So my good intentions left me with that worthless hunk of plastic for two more months. Poo.
I also finally got a wedding gift for our neighbors. They went off to Hawaii to get hitched and then had the party this past weekend. We didn't go because the weather was horrible but they decided to have all the guests huddle under the tent. Besides Keegan and I were in Lowell with a rowdy yet hilarious crowd. How could I possibly be expected to tear myself away? But I did get a gift and dropped it on their doorstep. Tonight she came over to thank us and show us the pictures. So I guess we are still on good terms.
This past Sunday was our sixth wedding anniversary. It went by with little fanfare, unless you count when Tom and I toasted with Slu*rpees. But today I found the perfect gift. I got a lava lamp for his "Mancave." He has admired them for years. I have to admit once it got going, it was mesmerizing. Hours of endless hippie entertainment.

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