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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Stroller Patrol

So of course now that I am getting ready to go back to work I am finally getting into the "mom groove." Not with Keegan, I feel good about that, but with other moms. I am now one of those moms you see out with other moms, lunching or shopping. I am part of the "in crowd." Those of you without children now think I am a total loser. But it is true that there is a comraderie that you only have with other moms. (Hey you friends without babies, I still wuv you very much thanks for your patience!)
Our regular formal mom's group starting cancelling and has now dropped to twice a month because of a lack of nurses to facilitate. So last month I suggested that we have group on our own in between. So far we have met at two of the members' homes. I have also been to one girl's night out (The Body Shop-Home) and I am going to another this Monday evening. Next Wednesday we are having a potluck lunch Halloween party for the babies. Really just an excuse to dress them in costumes and take tons of pictures. This past Tuesday I went to the movies, shopping and lunch with a mom I just met. Today after group I had lunch and went shopping with two moms. See what I mean? It's a whole network. They are so sweet and have even suggested meeting on a Saturday sometimes so I can still see them after I go to work. I like the positive reassurances, the comparing notes with the two moms who have babies the same age, and passing on the lessons learned to the newer moms. Plus they are the only other people outside my family and close friends who don't mind hearing about every detail of Keegan's growth and development. Because frankly, I have become one of THOSE people. ("My god will she ever shutup about her baby?")

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