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.
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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Ta Da!

Hey look down there at my netflix thingy. Do you see it? Yup there's gonna be one very happy STBH for movie night on Fri. He claims I am the one who can't wait to see "High School Musical" but that is a diversion tactic. Which one of us has actually been in a high school musical?
On another note have you noticed with blogging you either have a million things to post or nothing at all? I am in the former. I should write some of these thoughts down for when I am empty. But now for some disjointed topics:
I ran into my neighbor last night and she was talking about her boyfriend. On their first date he said, "All you need to be a ten is bigger boobs and to lose weight." I was thinking why was there a second date let alone a continuing relationship? This past weekend she took him home to meet her parents. Upon seeing her old photos he said, "You've aged a lot since high school. It must be the smoking." Nevermind that I agree with the smoking thing and that I have met him and he seems nice. What is wrong with this guy? She claims it is because he wasn't raised around women (except his mother) and therefore doesn't know what is okay to say. I would never settle for a guy who thought these things, let alone said them to me. No one should be with someone who thinks they are anything less than the most gorgeous creature that walked the earth. Someone who's breath is taken away by every inch of you. Someone who wakes in the morning and tells you first thing that you are beautiful. Trust me it's worth the wait.
And now for ALISA'S EPHIPHANY OF THE WEEK (although I can't promise they happen every week).
I am really a perfectionist with people I care about. I was able to see it and acknowledge it when dealing with myself. But I hadn't seen it with others until recently. I have ridiculous expectations of people sometimes. And this isn't about lowering standards or letting people who should be accountable off the hook. This is about not saying things which are right on the tip because somehow people aren't allowed to be, I don't know, human beings. So I recognize it, I admit it's a problem, I pledge to change. Watch out world.

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