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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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Escape

It's over with. I can't say how I did because I am my toughest critic. The questions were so random that I felt like I didn't get my train of thought on board as well as I could have. They said that the process will be over in a week. I think they should all write a name on slip of paper, fold it and pick from a hat. It would be less nerve wracking than this was. So if I have to wait a week at least I will be doing it here.
I am home waiting for Jeff to arrive. We are going to the bookstore to pick out some reading material. Then we will have a mellow dinner at home, probably watch some Tivo, I have to pack and then head to bed early. We need to leave here around 7am to have plenty of time before our flight. By 6pm tomorrow night I will be in paradise, sipping a cool beverage and not thinking about work at all. I had to hold back tears when I said goodbye to Keegan this morning. As much as I am looking forward to this, I will miss him dearly.
A friend made me promise to have a drink on the beach and take a few moments to tell myself how proud I should be of what I have accomplished. I will keep that promise.

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