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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Personal Is Political

I usually try to avoid posts that are purely political unless something really moves me to speak up. I finally accepted that everything is political. So apart from updates on my family's hijinks it will seep through. In order for me to say anything that is real on any level I need to not block that avenue. Too many people try to deny that the everyday things make a difference in the grand scheme. But they should make a difference. Otherwise we wouldn't have to be upset about the state we are in. This is not to say that what I write about will change. But hopefully it will open an opportunity for me to feel more connected.
When I first started blogging I spent a signficant portion of time reading other people's blogs. Then I created a list of regular reads. That list has changed somewhat over time, mostly due to people discontinuing their sites. Every once in a while I have stopped reading people because their content doesn't hold the same appeal it once did. I am sure people have done the same thing to me. That is fine, frankly I am surprised to see anyone reading me that doesn't have a family or friend connection.

To those people who have been there, I am fiercely loyal. I don't leave when people take breaks or find a lull in topics. I go through that too. In fact there are new commenters here that I am adding to my regular list.
But here is the point of this post. I recently find myself with limited patience. I can not stomach some of the things I have been reading. It is not that I don't enjoy a different perspective or philosophy. I certainly don't want to only surround myself with people I agree with. For example, some of my favorite people also happen to be on the opposite end of the spectrum politically. (ie. husband, brothers, fathers, old friends.) But what is required for these relationships is a level of respect. Respect based on a mutual desire to let others express themselves, expression based on actual intelligent and correct information, and an ability to chill out and not let emotions get in the way.
Frankly I don't have time for the other crap. The regurgitation of total sh*t without any actual thought on the part of the propaganda spewer. The ethnocentric, classist, not based on actual life experience, status quo keeping, close minded, fear based claptrap that they are trying to pass off as their original thoughts. I will no longer waste my precious mental and emotional resources just because I don't want upset someone. Nor do I want them to operate under the mistaken notion that what they say is is either clever or thought provoking.

I'm done.

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