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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Wider Perspective

There is nothing like procrastinating to turn up the pressure. I did regular household chores last night but nothing in preparation for Selfish Mom's beyond grocery shopping. I was having way too much fun with google talk. Even if you don't have a microphone you can listen to the person who does have one and type your responses. Or just use it as regular instant messaging. Jeff offered me a webcam but really what is the point of chatting online if I can't do it in the all together? Okay I don't really do it nude. But I certainly don't want to have to worry about how I look while relaxing at home.
On a more serious note. I have mellowed out about the situation here. My boss' position will most likely be replaced. I am not going to apply for it. I know that I am capable and it would be a big ego thing to get it this young. But really I love what I do now. And I want to be able to continue to prioritize my family and friends. I will be part of the interview team for his replacement and hopefully that will allow for some input in the final selection. In the meantime I am already feeling the weight of taking over temporarily. Meetings up the yin-yang. I should have the chance to catch up during Christmas week because I'm guessing I'll be the only one working.

PS Left this out of the weekend post yesterday: While at the farm I saw someone I used to work with at the teen center. He totally looked past me so I know he didn't recognize me out of context. Why didn't I approach him? Because I fired him. Awkward. He did seem like an attentive dad to his kid so that's encouraging.

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