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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.
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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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Wild Horses

Hello kids. Thoroughly lovely weekend weatherwise. Nothing like having a kid to get you out in the great wide open. Master Keegan positively loves the outdoors. He cannot be contained. He stands at the door and shouts at things in the yard until you finally get him out there. Too cute.
We had a weekend filled with visits to my parents, playdates and him wandering across the street to watch my neighbors rake. He was fascinated by the whole concept. Too bad he can't rake. No really, I tried. He just stands there holding the rake. Keegan also played with the neighbor's puppy and met two basset hounds on a walk. I am so glad for our long driveway which gives me ample time to catch him before he makes it to the street. I will miss that when we move. I did choose a townhouse on a cul-de sac which I hope will give him a safety zone.

The saga of finding new daycare continues. I have called 13 places and am currently on six waiting lists. My first choice (an amazing place) has a 6 month to one year wait. So my plan is to get him in a second choice place for the time being. All those have waiting lists too. And the ones that don't, frankly you can see why. I have toured four places so far and they are sketchy. I keep reminding myself to keep an open mind through the whole tour. But I usually know right from the start if I would trust them with Keegan.
I found a promising place last week and they even had male staff, which is unusual. Unfortunately I just couldn't get past my first impression. They were all so unprofessional looking. Think of college during finals week. Sweatshirts, jeans and hair piled up on top of their heads with a clip (not the men). Even the director looked like that. They weren't very welcoming and didn't ask about Keegan at all. The playground was a giant free for all with every age kid running around at the same time. I saw a nine month old topple off a wooden bridge which was not even close to being appropriate for her to play on. Ugh.
I have two tours this week and have high hopes for atleast one of them to pan out. There is one place which is nice and available, but it's $350/week. A week! That's $18,200/year!! We weren't expecting to pay that much until Keegan went to college. I always say that you can't put a price on your child's safety, but that might not be true in this case.

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