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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The Tin Standard

Today I went on my second daycare tour. The tour was at 9am and I was back in the car by 9:14. Ugh. No way would I leave Keegan there. There are so many things wrong with the place I couldn't tell you all of them. Perhaps a few examples:
I ask, "What kind of accreditation does your center have?"
She responds, "Oh I could have done all that but it's a lot of money for just a piece of paper."

I ask, "What kind of transition plan do you have for parents and infants to begin daycare?"
She says, "Their parents drop them off and leave."

I ask, "What is your discipline policy?"
She says, "Well he's just an infant."

Do I have to go on? I swear these are all real answers, I couldn't make this stuff up. I ended up skipping most of the rest of my question sheet because I just wanted to get out of there. She presented so well on the phone I was really disappointed when meeting her. Did I mention the infant and toddler room had no other infants and three two year olds? Their ratios were too high and the general condition was shabby and unclean. Hello, $190/week for that?
I am feeling not so positive right now about the whole situation. I called eight places in the next town over and they were either in home care or didn't accept children until 18 months. I got on the waitlist for another place that sounds nice but they don't expect openings until the Spring. I really hope Wednesday's tour works out. I made another one for Friday at a franchise type center. At first I wasn't going to consider it because I am biased against the company. But I have never heard anything bad about them in this state and I got a recommendation from my neighbor's daughter. I almost cancelled when I found out their prices are higher than the place I went last Friday. But I figure if I am stuck with high end daycare as the only option, then I better see them all.

P.S. You know a daycare is bad when you apologize to your 8 month old son for making him visit the place.

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