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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Three Is A Magic Number

Keegan is sick, again. We are battling another ear infection. So I have been offline the last couple of days and have some catching up to do. Earlier this week I was issued a challenge by Erika. Better late than never

3 Names you go by:

3 screen names you have
(sorry that is it)

3 things you like about yourself
I have a positive attitude most of the time and despite the circumstances
I have a good sense of humor
I am always stronger than I think I am

3 things you hate/dislike about yourself
Sometimes I don't sufficiently edit what I say
I let emotions get in the way of judgement
My inability to give up on people

3 parts of your heritage

3 things that scare you
Losing my mind
Losing my family
Losing my integrity

3 of your everyday essentials
Yogurt/cheese/dairy products!
Cell phone

3 things you are wearing right now
Christmas ornament earrings
Necklace I got for being a bridesmaid in Erika's wedding
My new ultracomfy bra (never underestimate a great bra)

3 of your favorite bands/artists
Beastie Boys
Jimi Hendrix
Melissa Etheridge

3 of your favorite songs at present
(Oh crap I can't identify song & artists)
That Hoobastank (sp?) song
Snoop Dogg w/ Pharell (sp?) drop it like it's hot song
Jet "Look What You've Done"

3 things you want to try in the next 12 months
A regular exercise routine
Living in the moment
Learning webdesign

3 things you want in a relationship
Security perfectly balanced with freedom (stolen from Erika)

2 truths and a lie
I went to charm school
I once competed in a beauty pageant
I once blackmailed my brother for a beer stein

3 physical things about the opposite or same sex that appeals to you
(People are putting mental stuff here but I am going to go with physical like it says)
A fine rear end

3 things you just can't do
Listen to people fight
Watch that stupid MXC show on Spike
Jump out of a perfectly good airplane

3 of your favorite hobbies
Reading (blogs right now)
Living vicariously through other people

3 things you want to do really badly right now
Get over this stinking cold!
Finish my holiday shopping
Give smooches to Keegan

3 careers you're considering
Working as a policy director for a legislator
Running a resort with little log cabins
Opening a business with Erika (some day in the far off future)

3 places you want to go on vacation
Southwestern US
Back to Wyoming
Back to Alaska

3 kids names
I'm not telling. It would ruin the surprise!!

3 things you want to do before you die
Feel at peace
Visit Tibet
See my child/ren growup

3 people who have to take this quiz now or eat a spider!

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