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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.
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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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Friday On My Mind

Dinner last night went fine. I'm not going to lie to you, it's weird. I guess it will be weird for some time. I was fine with his parents but things are still odd between us. Or maybe they aren't and they are just the same as when we were married but I thought they'd get better after the divorce. He still talks to me in the same tone and makes comments about Keegan implying that he likes to be with him over me. You know passive aggressive stuff that you can't point out without getting a confused look. But atleast I'm not tied to that any more. I don't have to tip toe around the mood swings and go home worrying about what is going to greet me. That kind of walking on the edge, never being able to let your guard down, that's what wears you out. But all in all it was worth it to have that time together with Keegan and them. After we got home Keegan went straight to bed. He had a tough night with sleeping but I stayed firm and didn't bring him into my room. No way we're regressing when we've made so much progress. Most nights with me he goes to bed without a peep and sleeps through the night.

How likely is it that I'll get any work done this morning knowing my MRI is this afternoon? I'm not nervous about what might turn up because I think my problem is stress related. I am not nervous about the procedure itself because I've been through enough of them with my mom (that is until I saw this);) But I truly wonder how long those 45 minutes will feel. I'm bringing a CD and will try to keep my eyes closed the whole time (tips from the pros). And actually after all of the things I endured getting pregnant, being pregnant and delivering, I'm pretty sure I could do it without drugs. But I'm going to take the sedative just to be sure. And Erika & Jay are going to pilot me back and forth.
Tonight Jeff and Isabelle stop by on their way to his parent's house for the weekend. So we'll have supper together and send them on their way. And tomorrow my friend Angie comes in for her annual pilgrimage to New Hampshire. This is her first visit during the Fall and we have the usual food oriented activities planned.

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