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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Walking On Sunshine

I was all prepared to write about how I stayed home from work yesterday to catch up on missed sleep due to Keegan's new sleep plan. But I have way more exciting news!

Last month I took a long shot and applied to a national leadership development program for rural health. I wasn't really thinking that I would be competitive considering that I just got into this health specialty area last October. But then I just found out this morning that I was one of 12 people chosen from all over the country!!!!! Yippeeeee!! I am beyond excited. I can hardly focus on work. I am sure that rural health and policy aren't that interesting to most people but this sounds like such a great opportunity for me. Not only will I be able to develop my leadership abilities in order to better serve the constituents in my state, but I will also be making connections on a federal policy level. It means a few more days tacked onto the other conferences I am already attending and also an additional trip to DC next January. I really do love to travel though so that's just an added bonus.

Did I mention, Yippeeeee?!!?!!?!!

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