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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Degrees & Decrees

I must be losing it. I could have sworn I posted yesterday.
Well anyway, Keegan is sick. He ran a 103 degree fever yesterday about an hour and a half after I dropped him off perfectly healthy. I can tell you it's because I was actually running early for work and we all know that can't be allowed to happen. Tom went and got him so I could attend a meeting. He never really developed any other symptoms apart from vomiting. And those were little vomits and I think more a function of coughing so hard he spat up. Only a parent who has been puked upon can classify vomit by size.
I stayed home with him today and fortunately he woke up without a fever although still on the grumpy side. After seven months of missing work due to a sick child I don't even feel guilty about calling in. This is the reality and everyone has been great about dealing with it. I could stress out about missing days on top of the ones I need to take off for moving. But I just try to get to meetings and agenda items that are crucial and the other stuff can wait.

The only blip in my plan was that today was my meeting with my attorney. She is a friend from mom's group so I knew she wouldn't mind me bringing him along. He was fascinated by the window washer dangling by suction cups outside the conference room. I got to offload all of the financial statements, tax returns and other data they need to proceed. I also had a draft divorce stipulation that Tom and I went over. They will draw it up, add a few more considerations and have us review it again. By filing with our stipulation already agreed upon we can skip two other steps in the process. It saves us time, stress and money. Knock on wood but if all goes well it will be official before the end of summer. It still bothers me that our relationship can be reduced to 24 items and the sum total of our possessions. Not to mention having to think 16 years in the future about holidays, schooling, braces and vacations.

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