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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Weekend Wrapup

The rest of the girlies weekend was a major slugfest. We basically hungout and rested and ate and rested and lollygagged and rested. Saturday night we watched a chick flick, "Star Wars Episode Three." I needed closure for something that began in the seventies and now all of the loose ends are wrapped up.
On Sunday I picked up Keegan and met some friends and my parents for Santa's Big Party. The setting was perfect with fresh snow and a wagon ride through the woods. The weather was good too, upper 30s and sun, no wind. I think the kids and parents had a good time. Jessie suggested we make it a tradition, I can get behind that. We tried to feed the reindeer but they were already full. I kind of felt bad for them laying on the ground with their bellies stuffed to capacity. Keegan got up close and personal with a llama and a goat. I am definitely bringing him back during the summer too.
Today I left work to get my hair done and ended up not going back. I didn't feel well and thought I should head home. I have gotten a few headaches lately and that is not normal for me. I hope my twitch isn't transforming back into migraines. I'll keep taking pain relievers and see how the holidays play out. I don't feel stressed but maybe it's more subtle.
All of the major chores I needed done around the house are completed. I will spend the next two nights cleaning, dusting, baking cookies and wrapping the gifts I ordered that have started to arrive.

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