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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.
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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
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Two days without a post? How did that happen?
I have been all caught up in the magic of training a new employee and doing my stuff and putting out little fires all over the place. While this is a lovely hopeful time of the year as far as seasons go. It is an ugly time of the year as far as grant deadlines and contracting. Once again I have added more to my plate by agreeing to do other things. I was invited to moderate a session at a national conference in May. I am putting together a poster for National Public Health week in April.

Last night I had planned on going to see Sammy. But they just got home yesterday and it was better to give them some space. We'll see if we can go down and visit over the weekend instead. So faced with a free night I decided to run errands. Two hours later I left Targ*t with all kinds of goodies. I needed a bathing suit for our vacation next month, and some light bulbs and some socks for Keegan and a baby gift for a co-worker. The rest of the stuff I didn't need per se but.... How am I supposed to turn down a blender that exactly matches the brushed nickle on my cabinet fixtures? I do need a new blender. Oh and the stainless steel four slot toaster aligned lengthwise instead of side by side? Too perfect. And more new clothes and socks for me and undergarments and a nightgown and a hat, swimsuit and t-shirt for Keegan. All of these can be rationalized. I do need them, not maybe right now. But who knows when I will get another chance to go shop by myself?
Tonight I am meeting Tom at the tax place to figure that whole thing out. I am really curious to see what I get back. I am trying not to get my hopes up too much. Knowing my luck I fall right into that income bracket where even being single, head of household, one dependent in childcare does nothing for me. Here's hoping it gives me more to tuck away. My mom will be hanging with Master Keegan which will delight him to no end.

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