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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So I'm one of those people who is anti-TV/screen time for young children. I guess I feel like how can you avoid all of the research? Obesity being the number health problem in children and TV linked directly to it. Plus it freaks me out when kids go all "zombie like" in front of a screen. Jeff calls it the submission box as a joke. Don't get me wrong, if I was SAHM I would have specific TV time laid out in order to maintain sanity. But I feel like I spend so little time (relatively) with Keegan that I want it to be interactive time. Every once in a while I have the TV on to a kid's show and Keegan will watch portions of it. And at daycare he has learned who all the sesame street characters are and some other mass marketed characters. But he was perfectly content to have a generic dog theme for his party and so was I. Fortunately this is something Tom and I agree on. This morning on the phone we were marveling at how much Keegan picks up without even watching TV regularly. Tom mentioned that they watch Higglytown Hereos and that Keegan loves the songs and Tom thinks that it is a pretty good show. We had whole discussion about it and I realized that I was thinking of a completely different show. Shows you how much I know about children's TV. I have to admit that last Friday when Keegan was home sick we watched the last ten minutes of Barney. I hate him. I almost reported myself for child abuse. But it was a show about dogs and caring for pets and how to interact with other people's pets when you encounter them. Very topical for Keegan. Tom said he'll let it slide this time but not to let it happen again. ;)

I just want to raise a child who can self entertain and knows more about the world than what the marketing departments have decided is what he should know. I want him to have a mommy who is active and creative and not have memories of us vegging on the couch together. This is my personal belief and I recognize everyone makes their own choices. And I also think that I feel a little extra pressure as a single mom to be even more on top of things. It is purely imagined scrutiny I'm sure, but I feel it none the less. I don't think the divorce guilt around that every really goes away.

Not the Higglytown Heroes, actually the Koala Brothers. Doesn't Higglytown sound like a place in Australia?


The actual Higglytown Heroes. Tom says it freaks him out when they nest inside eachother to ride in the car.


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