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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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The whole tax thing worked out okay last night. In hindsight we probably could have done it ourselves like usual but it was good to have a non-involved third party for this year. He ended up claiming our old house and so we'll split the difference that makes for his return. The woman said she was surprised at how well we got along being divorced. I told her that we were a happily divorced couple. Afterwards Tom and I talked about the possibility of him needing to move if his company transfers him. They asked him if he would move and he said only if his ex-wife does. We all know I'm not going anywhere, especially down South (no offense but I am a New England girl now). So we'll figure it out if it comes to that. Otherwise Tom would really prefer to stay here and be involved in Keegan's life. I know that Tom would like to move away from here and I figured he would wait until Keegan is old enough to fly with just an escort. But Tom is really looking forward to being able to attend his sporting events, practices and any other activities Keegan gets into. We also talked about planning financially for his future. In addition to the 529 plans we'll also do savings plans so if he chooses not to go to school he'll still have money or he'll have money to support himself at school, take a trip or buy a car. It may seem strange to talk that far ahead but it's never too soon to start putting money away. He'll be out of school long before I retire and I'm already saving for that.

I put Keegan's potty out and I bought the same one for Tom's house. Keegan asks who it belongs to and gets upset when I tell him it is his. So I told him he doesn't have to use it until he wants to and to just let me know. He then insists on telling me it is Isabelle's potty. Definitely letting me know he is not ready yet. But he has a great example in her so hopefully that will inspire him at some point.
I am expecting four babies in April. Sending loving thoughts to my dear friend who is home on bedrest. We need to keep that sweet girl inside for a few more weeks still. We have cancelled her baby shower but hopefully we can still do something for her at home if she is up to it or we can wait until after she brings the baby home.

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