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
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I have been remiss. I really should have told you about IS when she was hired a couple of months ago. IS stands for Inappropriate Secretary. Now I have never had a secretary before but I have been an admin assistant in my time. I am pretty sure that she does not have appropriate boundaries. You wouldn't believe the things that she has felt it necessary to share with me. I know details of her life that I don't know about my friends. Can you tell me the last time your best friend had o*ral s*ex? You see my point.
Today IS is really bored because she can't do any work with the network down. I am reviewing research and admittedly am not very focused. So I just can't help but overhear her numerous and lengthy phone conversations. Call me judgmental but I don't think that a 38 year old mother of three's social life should revolve around getting drunk. Every story she tells about her weekend or weeknight activities involve numerous amounts of alcohol. You can tell that she thinks getting wasted is the sign of having had a good time. IS was just telling her friend about last week on a Wed. when she only had 8 beers which is fine since she wasn't driving. I tried to focus back on work but then hit the tail end of another story where her drink tally was 14. I am trying to figure out when exactly she finds time to parent.

Really the part that got me at first was how she freely throws out the "F" word while having conversations with me. Am I giving off some kind of vibe that says it's okay? Trust me, people who don't know me definitely get the impression that I don't swear. Hey I said PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW ME. Anyone who has driven with me knows better. I need to work on it or Keegan's first words are going to be "f--king Masshole".
IS is a nice person and I say that not just because she has been supporting my afternoon snack of miniature chocolate bars. I just marvel at how she lives on a completely different planet than me. For the record, it is not like I don't think people with kids should have fun. And I have no problem with alcoholic beverages. I guess I just have a problem with priorities.

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