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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Mirror, Mirror

Hi, hi, it's me! I feel like I have been out of the country, heck off the planet. I was so engrossed in being sick and then prepping for my interview today. I am still sick but atleast the coughing has slowed down and I can hear out of both ears. I did have to explain to my prospective employers that my voice is not normally this gravelly.
So thanks for all the well wishes and assurances that I would do well. I wasn't nervous until this morning. My stomach started out doing the conga. By the time I was ready to leave, it was doing the electric slide. I had to do breathing exercises in the car and talk myself down. The freaking out started to freak me out. I am never like that.
I was dressed in my favorite outfit and sporting lipstick for the first time in seven months. I felt all adult and careerish and not slumpy mommy at all. Plus I had done my research and even went back to review some textbooks from grad school. I wanted to make sure I could answer any questions that related to my field of study. The interview was with a panel in a conference room. I was early to the building and able to relax in the reception area, which was definitely good. They led me to the red chair and made a joke about it being the "hot seat" and we were off and running.
I am not going to lie to you.


They went along with their prepared questions and score sheet and I fired back my answers. I was enthusiatic, well spoken and amusing at the appropriate times. At one point I felt like I was watching someone else in action. I walked out knowing I had done the best I could. Plus after conducting so many interviews myself I know when employers are interested and drop hints about hiring you. Because it a state job there are alot of hoops to jump through. It will take a few weeks before I hear back from them. But I know that even if I didn't get the position it is because I wasn't the best person for the job. That I can accept.
It was huge burst for my self esteem and I felt like a valuable asset in the work world for the first time since I was laid off. That is a good feeling indeed my friends. I know that a do a great job as Keegan's mommy and I really do love it. But I also miss doing a great job for my employer and really making a positive impact on the community. That I hope is enough to sustain me when I drop his sweet little face off at daycare.
The next two weeks will tell if my job search is over. Meanwhile I will try not to count on getting it too much. That includes keeping myself from celebrating with a long overdue shopping trip. It will be nice to have an income again and not feel that dread when we open the checkbook.

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