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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Waste Management

Why does everything have to balance out? Are you allowed to have all good things? Because while my personal life rocks, my professional life is killing me. Picture me on top of a landfill and every time I move I slip downward and every time I crawl on top again more trash gets dumped on top of me. Yup that's me in my cubicle the past three weeks. Not coincidentally the exact time since my boss left. It's almost a joke that every time I leave my space to get a drink of water or god forbid pee, I come back to a zillion post-its and phone messages stuck all over my chair and monitor. I have stopped even looking through my inbox. What's the point? Like the half naked girl running through the woods in low budget horror movies, I know what's coming so why not act oblivious?

This week at least I have some energy back and no outside meetings which may or may not help me get something accomplished. Don't you hate walking in knowing you're doomed to fail? I love my job. It's just that I don't get to do it that much any more. I know, I know, I need to do something about it. And as soon as I can get the boss the next level up to sit still, we're going to have a chat. It's my "be all things to all people thing" that usually rears it's ugly head in my personal life. I can still be the "go to gal" even if I say "no" for my own sanity right?
And it's situations that never occur outside of the workplace. Like having too much appropriated in the budget and needing to spend it before the cutoff. Yeah I'd like that problem in my checkbook. Hmm, let's see how about a new car and an exotic vacation. That would blow through some cash. But in the work world it's more likely to be printing educational materials and hosting conferences. Whoop dee do.
So it's your job to blog away and give me an escape during my lunch hour. Tell me simply everything. I find you fascinating.

PS Oh and go check out Jeff's site and see what I am able to love him despite. Talk about your OCD.

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