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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She's Taking The Big Easy

I've been out of touch because I am at a conference in New Orleans. Today I broke down and paid the $10/day for high speed internet.
Arrived on Wed. evening too late to do anything fun. Yesterday after the conference day ended I met Angie for a drink. She flew down from DC yesterday to be my social director during the off hours. After a glass of champagne we left the business district for a fabulous dinner with friends. I had fried oysters with Brie as an appetizer, seared scallops in a mango glaze for an entree and we split a slice of homeade coconut cream pie.

I skipped the free lunch today because it involved a 2 hour awards ceremony. Instead I walked around the corner a few blocks to a Cuban place. The food and service were outstanding. Tonight we have two happy hour places and another great dinner place lined up. Of all things I love about N.O., the food is my fave. I will not let another ten years go by without visiting again.
The conference itself has been interesting. As usual some topics are more relevant and interesting than others. Yesterday I was wandering through the exhibit hall after the programs ended and bumped into someone I knew. The hall was mostly empty of people so he invited me in the back booth for wine and blackjack. We played with some investment guys' money and at a dollar a hand who could resist? I did pretty well but went all in on the last hand and lost it all. I am all about taking chances when there is no risk to me. The conference ends tomorrow and I am staying through Sunday to have more play time.
The weather is radically different than home but I am adapting to 88 degrees and high humidity fairly quickly. It's nice to just be warm and the weather at home sounds pretty dreary for the fourth week in a row. I checked in with Tom and both he and Keegan are doing just fine. He might have to get creative tomorrow if a storm comes, as Keegan doesn't really like being stuck inside now that he has had a taste of freedom.

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