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
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Marriage Meme

Got this from Chatty:

1. Where/How did you meet?
We met before at a few events but didn't really know each other. When both of our marriages ended my best friend suggested we might be a good support for each other. She was right. We emailed and then talked on the phone a few times before meeting up.

2. How long have you known each other?
Knew of each other for several years but really for a little over two.

3. How long after you met did you start dating?
We talked on the phone for a week and then we met that weekend. After the first kiss it was beyond our control.

4. How long did you date before you were engaged?
One year but we knew on the third date.

5. How long was your engagement?
Six months.

6. How long have you been married?
Eight months.

7. What is your anniversary?
October 22.

8. How many people came to your wedding reception?
The ceremony: Eight (including the wedding planner and the photographer).
Post-nuptial party: Fifty-eight

9. What kind of cake did you serve?
After the ceremony: Can't remember but it was tiny and white with seashells and flowers.
Post-nuptial party: Three cakes (raspberry/chocolate, walnut/caramel, strawberry/passion fruit) and a surprise citron cake for Jeff's birthday.

10. Where was your wedding?
On the beach at a villa in St. Croix the US Virgin Islands.

11. What did you serve for your meal?
We all ate at a restaurant afterwards. I can't remember what I ordered. :)

12. How many people were in your bridal party?

13. Are you still friends with them all?
Almost all of my best friends were able to come to the post-nuptial party.

14. Did your spouse cry during the ceremony?
No, but we were close.

15. Most special moment of your wedding day?
Reading the vows we wrote each other and living our dream.

16. Any funny moments?
The waves being so loud at points we couldn't hear.
My dad sitting in the hair salon waiting for me leafing through People magazine. He is so not a pop culture/celebrity gossip kind of guy.

17. Any big disasters?
Almost a minor disaster because the hair place was closed even though I made an appointment and I was stuck outside a locked gate with only chickens to keep me company. But my wedding planner tracked down the owner and she came and did a beautiful job.

18. Where did you go on your honeymoon?
To an all inclusive resort on the other side of the island for two nights and then came back to the villa.

19. How long were you gone?
One week.

20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change?

21. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
Right. Or as Jeff calls it, "stage left."

22. What size is your bed?
Full (tiny but we are waiting to get a new one when we move).

23. Greatest strength as a couple?
Humor, being each other's match, being totally in love and learning to blend our lives.

24. Greatest challenge as a couple?
Divorces, deaths, children, new jobs, new house and learning to blend our lives.

25. Who literally pays the bills?
Me and online bill pay.

26. What is your song?
The lyrics on this website. Dashboard Confessional "Hands Down."

27. What did you dance your first dance to?
It was at the resort and during dinner this guy was playing live so we stood up by the table and danced to "You Were Wonderful Tonight."

28. Describe your wedding dress.
White cotton eyelet, sleeveless, knee-length dress from Ann Taylor. What a bargain.

29. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding?
Only the ones in the villa's garden.

30. Are your wedding bands engraved?
Yes and we kept the message inside a secret until our wedding night.

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