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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When I Grow Up

When I die, I want to die like my grandfather - who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.
--Author Unknown

Because I am one of those people who likes a plan, I have started to restructure what I want my future to look like. I don't have any concrete ideas on what exactly I will be doing or where I'll be. I can tell you that I will be in New England. This is the only place that has ever felt like home and it was instantaneous when I moved here 8 years ago. I love what I am doing now so I'm going to stick with this job as long as it keeps challenging me and providing me with opportunities to grow. But it is important to have things to look forward to, dreams to pursue, goals to reach for.

1. In two years I want to go to Tuscany. This is a recent idea but I feel strongly about it.
2. In five years I want to seriously consider a PhD in Public Policy. At that time I will decide to go ahead and pursue it or not.
3. In ten years I want to take Keegan to Vietnam and Cambodia. I am hoping by that time my dad will consent to go with us. I told him to think it over.
4. In seventeen years I want to have enough money set aside to give to Keegan for a backpacking trip for his high school graduation present. I want him to have the opportunity to travel and explore.

This list will continue to grow I hope and shrink as I cross off accomplishments.

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