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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
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Alisa, Inc.

Last week when I did the career panel I met a fellow panelist who had an interesting idea. She said that in her life she has created her own board of directors. She has filled it with people who's opinions she respects and they help her make decisions in her professional and educational life. I love thinking about it that way. I remember when I was learning crisis management techniques that we helped people take an inventory of their life. I don't mean having it flash before you. I mean helping them go through and assess the available resources. Once they had them listed they could figure out to utilize them to get through the trauma. These resources were mostly people. They had varying responsibilities and the relationships could be familial, friends or even just aquaintances. The point was to not go it alone. The point was that people have more than they think they do at first glance. The point was to do the inventory before you were in too deep. And if you figured out that you were missing a resource you were proactive about getting one. The book I have often referred to here, "Mom's House, Dad's House" also talks about resource inventories.

I credit my support system with helping me through this past year. I have never needed them like this in our history. Each one gave me something different. For some it was a shoulder to cry on or a person to bounce decisions off of. For others it was more subtle and I bet they never knew they were helping me. Even though it wasn't a conscious action I feel like all of the years I supported them was an investment in when I needed to make a withdrawal from them. But I like the idea of having a group to informally give me input on other life events too. Not just the sad and messy ones. I have a few professional and educational mentors still. But I don't take advantage of that opportunity as I should. In a way blogging gives me another sounding board but usually after I have come to a decision. I want a board of directors too. I want a panel of people from different perspectives who I can call or write and just throw ideas out to. I do this to a certain extent now but with close friends or my parents. Perhaps it wouldn't be a bad idea to include people who aren't as emotionally invested in our relationships. Someone who would focus on the business of Alisa. And make recommendations on the best course of action for the success of Alisa. And we could release a prospectus and stock options and an annual report. Wait I got carried away.
I guess what has made me think of this is because I made a major decision this month. I decided to apply for my supervisor's position. I was dead set against when he left three months ago. But since then I have changed my mind. I can't get advice from co-workers because they are either part of the interview team or they just assure me that I will do great. I would love to do a little more prep before I walk into that room next week. Trust me I am going to have a task in front of me to convince all of the parties that I am the best candidate. Not because I don't believe that I am but more so because it would be a big leap for me promotion wise and I have only been working in this sepcialty area for seventeen months. I feel good about my chances but it never hurts to be really prepared. I just want them to be impressed and confident in my abilities. I have run scenarios in my head and hopefully I can answer what they will throw at me. And in typical me fashion I am using my proven technique. I am buying a new outfit. Dressing up always makes me feel more confident. So add this to my pile of things that I am anxiously anticipating. Still no word from Harvard.

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