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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Moral Quagmire

When I was in college someone stole money from me. They stole it out of my purse in my car. It was parked in front of the fraternity houses and I was pretty sure I knew who had done it. R was wealthy much like most of the other people we went to school with. Not someone who needed my $10. I never confronted him but I always knew it was him and kept my distance. Later after we graduated one of R's friends, P, confirmed that he had stolen from me. P knew the whole time and even though he was dating one of our friends he did nothing about it. After college our friend married P. That ended in divorce because the whole thing proved to be a window into his true character too. I think at some point in your life preferably during college or shortly thereafter you have to choose what kind of person you want to be. You also choose who to surround yourself with. The people you call friends reflect upon you. And although you can never completely know another person you do have many opportunities to gain insight into their character.
The blog world can unfortunately be very high school-like sometimes. And I have avoided being dragged into that element for over eighteen months. But I draw the line when it starts to poison my world. I have removed some blogs from my blogroll because these people choose to be friends with a person who has continually shown themselves to be lacking in character and values. You can try to walk on both sides of the fence and that is up to you but I will not support that choice.

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