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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Age of Aquarius

Today Keegan is one. I can't believe it. I can't believe we figured out how to do all the stuff that babies require. The past year has been very difficult. But not because of him. If anything he is the reason I smile every day.
I never had any idea that I had this capacity to love another person. It grew inside me as he grew. The moment he was born I felt myself fill up. I had never felt complete before. It was the only time in my life that something has been as good as I hoped. In fact it was better.
My baby is turning into a little boy. Keegan has always been such a lovey, cuddly and sweet person. It is a constant affirmation that I am doing a good job. I miss the time when we were just getting to know eachother. But I love how independent he is now. Every month I think is my favorite until the next one comes along. It is an amazing thing to watch him discover his own abilities.
I worry about the things that will come in the future. All the things in the world that I can not protect him from. But I am also excited about being there for his firsts. And sometimes I can hardly wait to find out what kind of man he will be.

Happy birthday my little munkin.

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