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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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I am glad I stayed home with Keegan yesterday. He woke up much happier this morning and looked a lot better too. His tiredness always shows under his eyes. Tom has him tonight as usual. I have Selfish Mom's. I am late on picking my dish. I am leaning towards the orange drop cookies I made during the holidays.
Speaking of Tom. I cannot emphasize enough how important communication and planning is to our co-parenting. Thankfully I am a planner anyway. I love to get organized and start thinking ahead four or five months. I usually send him the Keegan schedule the month before. But today he asked me to send all of my travel for the next five months. Which is a good idea because he has plans and I have plans. So far we don't have any scheduling conflicts between my work and family obligations and his familyand social life. That is amazing. We'll see how that goes. July is the only month I don't travel for work but I have class all that month and a family reunion trip at the end. It will be October before I realize it.
My chocolate bunny is gone. I ate the feet a few minutes ago to commemorate me completing phase two of the application process for the promotion I am seeking. I had to write a faux legislative brief. It was an interesting process. Imagine me keeping my opinion to myself? Yup, it was interesting.

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