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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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Silver Linings

Keegan went to counseling this morning. She said he seems to be doing well accepting what happened and dealing with his feelings. Now we are working on talking about his memories of Tom. She wants us to come back again in a month.
I had a meeting near home today so I stopped by to eat lunch here. The doorbell rang and I was handed a giant basket. It weighs almost as much as Keegan. Attached was a card from my Selfish Mother's Club. There was a toy for Keegan and a bottle of red wine for me. Also it was filled with all kinds of gourmet goodies. I have to survive being alone with it in the house tonight since Jeff is in Maine for last minute details before he sells the house tomorrow.
Last week at my conference I was elected to represent our region at the national organization of people in my position in each state. It means more conference calls and one more business trip each year but a real opportunity to work on national level policy issues.
Oh and my grade came from Harvard a couple of weeks ago. I received a B. I can handle that.
I used some of my Selfish Mom money to get something for Keegan. He really wanted a camera of his own. It was pricey but worth it. He absolutely loves it, has no problem framing people in pictures and loves to review the pics after he takes them. I hope it will be a lifelong activity for him and help him make a record of his memories.

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