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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Right Said Fred

I've been doing a straw poll survey with friends about my twitch (focal myclonus). This is what I have learned: it happens and I am not aware, it happens enough to be noticeable, most people assume I know when it is happening, it has gotten worse over the past months, it doesn't happen at work during meetings, and it is worse when I am stressed. All of these things lead me further to believe that it is not a physical symptom of something more sinister. In college I had an ulcer, after college I had migraines and now I have a twitch. Never had them in conjunction with eachother. Just stress management taking different forms? I need to look into insurance coverage for acupuncture and massage therapy. I can tell you I slept awesome last night after my first session of yoga.
In the spirit of naming things, I am calling my focal myclonus, Fred. I like to name things so that they seem non-threatening. My IV stand during Keegan's protracted birth was named Stan. Stan and I went everywhere together for four days. So if Fred and I are going to continue this relationship I think we should be on a first name basis. Maybe after the divorce is final, Fred will move on. I wonder what will replace him. Because really if you going to have an involuntary neurological function wouldn't it more cool if I could swear indiscriminately? Or atleast make people believe it was involuntary? Talk about stress relief.

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