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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It Was Time

We reached another milestone last night. We used a babysitter for the first time. Up until now Keegan has only been watched by family members. But we really want to be able to make plans and not have to put people out. In particular on week nights. I am lucky in that one of Keegan's teachers was available. I was concerned about confusion of roles but I talked it out with his lead teacher and she assured me that Keegan would be able to handle it. He knows the assistant teacher well and so there was no problem with the transition at home. She arrived in time to play with him and then help with his bedtime routine. She even brought one of his favorite books from school. He went to sleep and we left for the movies. I guess he popped back up about ten minutes later but she had no problem putting him back down. This morning he asked me if she was still there.
Meanwhile I got to snuggle at the movies with my husband and enjoy myself without a worry. We saw Stranger Than Fiction with Will Ferrell. It was excellent. It is now one of my favorite movies. There wasn't one single thing about it I didn't like. I don't know if it is partially because I really connected with the themes or what, but I loved it. It was funny and heartbreaking and moving and all the stuff that makes a great film.

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