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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I've Been Tagged

I'm doing this because Shana tagged me and I never do these so I guess I'm due.

The rules for this meme are as follows:

Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom spot. Very simple.

1. Running2Ks
2. allison
3. Fair Dinkum
4. Welcome to the Monkeyhouse
5. Gingerbreadwisdomplum

Then you select five people to pass the love on to.
Here are my five:

1. Lindsey
2. Erin
3. Mel
4. Wendy
5. Margie

Now, on to the questions!

What were you doing ten years ago?
Living the high life as a disposable income plenty youngster outside DC. I was dating Tom but we hadn't moved in together yet.

What were you doing one year ago?
Preparing to go away for Christmas with a 11 month old and a rapidly deteriorating marriage.

Five snacks you enjoy
1. Aged cheese
2. Cheese and apples
3. Cheese and chips
4. Soft cheese
5. Apples and super chunky peanut butter (bet you thought I was going to say cheese).

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics
1. Dancing Queen
2. The Dance (Garth Brooks)
3. Hands Down (Dashboard Confessional)
4. Mustang Sally
5. Killing Me Softly

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire
1. Put money away for Keegan and my nieces.
2. Rent a cruise ship and bring all of my friends.
3. Buy a family compound in Maine.
4. Keep working at jobs that pay little but mean so much.
5. Buy a classic fastback Mustang.

Five bad habits
1. Telling people what I really think when they ask.
2. Not sending people cards.
3. Loving cheese too much.
4. Staying up too late.
5. Not believing that something I do is good enough.

Five things you like doing
1. Watching movies.
2. Being outside.
3. Reading to Keegan.
4. Spending time with friends.
5. Talking to Jeff.

Five things you would never wear, buy, or get new again
1. A bare midriff shirt (that ship has sailed).
2. Legwarmers.
3. Fur.
4. Parachute pants.
5. Heels over 2 inches.

Five favorite toys
1. Tivo.
2. Video camera.
3. Gas stove (for cooking not lighting stuff on fire).
4. Keegan (living doll).
5. Jeff (boy toy).

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