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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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Toddler Things

My finance workshop was yesterday and it is a load off to have that done. I've been planning it forever and the last minute neediness from the presenters was driving me nuts. But it went well and my clients seemed to value the experience.
Keegan also had his six month ear tube check and everything looks good. The doctor said that he should make it through the winter before they grow out. Hopefully that is one less illness we'll have to contend with. Keegan has been very chatty lately. The most dramatic thing about his verbal skills is not so much the words he uses but that he is repeating everything we say now. He seems to want to know what everything is called. And he loves to know what sound it makes. Partially due to our recent addition to our bedtime selections, "What do you say?" Another new favorite is "The Napping House." Now when I carry on my usual chatter in the car, at the store and on our walks I hear his tiny voice pipe up repeating things I've said.

School pictures were yesterday so I sent in his ensemble separately. He managed to get yogurt all over it at lunchtime but pictures were done by then so who cares? I guess he was nervous with all the setup but hopefully they got a little smile out of him.
The food front is going okay too. I tried feeding him hummus and cottage cheese and he was not going for it. He physically reached inside his mouth to wipe the food out. He is crazy about veggie chicken patties, spinach tortellini stuffed with cheese, yogurt covered raisins, cereal bars (Health Valley are yummy), veggie booty, chicken quesadillas and bananas. So we're making progress on many fronts but still not loving the vegetables.
I did learn that he is quite the ambassador of dreamland. Apparently at naptime he goes around to all the other kids and tells them "night-night." Then he retires to his cot since he is the only one not sleeping in a pack and play. This only confirms my theory that if I could get a bunch of other kids to come over we'd have no problem with naps on the weekend.

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