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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 Captain & Her

I did not bother to unpack my toiletry bag from this weekend. I have to pack it right back up again tomorrow night. At the crack of dawn on Friday I leave for Louisiana. Not for business but for fun. That's right fun in the hottest, moistest place I have ever been. Only a wedding would get me to Shreveport in August. Not just any wedding but a wedding a long time coming that can not be missed. I have all of my outfits planned out and we have all of the watering holes scoped for each meal and in between. It will be just like college except now I have money, a career and an ex-husband. So not like college at all. But if there was time when I needed my girls this is it. Not in the way I needed them last year when I was newly separated. Not in the way I needed them earlier this year when I was overworked and recovering from strep. But in a "my life is kicking ass, I feel awesome and I want you to know how much I love you" way. I harbor no illusions about being able to keep up with the non-parents in the group but I still plan on giving it my best effort. At the request of the bride we're wearing shades of green of our choosing. I got gorgeous sparkly ivory silk slip-ons to go with this number. Don't you love a trip where you are totally looking forward to what you are going to wear as well the people you are going to see? I have only felt this way since losing weight the past year. Tomorrow after work I am getting a trim and my highlights freshened up and then it's home to pack and bed early. And one more thing, it's a military wedding. They are just the best because of the dress uniform. It's so "Officer & a Gentleman."

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