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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Three Bumps

I previously mentioned some bumps during the last week. I decided to finish birthday week celebration before tackling them. Last Wed when I came home from getting my elbow done there were three police cars next door. It wasn't until Thurs. that I found out why. Three of the four townhouses in the next section over were broken into. During broad daylight around noon. They apparently kicked the back doors or windows in from the deck level. They skipped the one in the middle because Creepy Doctor's girlfriend was there at the time. Not only did they take things but they wrecked the places during. I feel so bad for my neighbors. One of them has had family or friends staying with her ever since because she feels weird alone. Her bull mastiff was apparently not able to scare them away. So now when I come home I expect to see my place wrecked. I don't care if they take things as long as we're not home. And apart from installing an alarm I don't think anything will help. I didn't think I'd need an alarm system in this house.

The second bump came on Thurs when Erika emailed about Jay's job situation. Those two don't need anymore on their plates right now. Thankfully it sounds like they have a plan to carry them through.
Third bump, about 20 minutes before I got Erika's email my boss told us that he had resigned. Devastated. If you've ever had a truly wonderful mentor you know how I must feel. I really expected to have a couple more years working with him. Now I am so disappointed. I'm happy for him but sad for me. I am good at my job but I am better with his advice, expertise and guidance. Throw into that the fact that they don't know what they will do with his position. They might post the opening or they might rearrange us under another section. I need to do a lot of thinking about what my plans are and what I would like to do. So much of what I enjoy about work is the people I work with. Plus I've only been doing this for 14 months and now I feel a tremendous burden of responsibility in flying solo. Keep reminding myself, "When one door closes, another one opens."

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