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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My Everything

So as it turned out I was sick the whole time in DC too. And on Tuesday when I felt better I got that husky voice part. Which is of course perfect when you are facilitating a meeting that day of 45 people from NE. At my breakfast coffee chat my colleagues gave me all kinds of teasing for my voice, accusing me of having a wild night before. I still managed to have dinner at two of my favorite restaurants and they were fabulous as always. I also had dinner with my friend Andra, her husband and their scrumptious little boy. And we did so much gabbing I didn't get back to the hotel until after 11:30pm. The return home yesterday was fine. I had time before going to the airport so I browsed a bookstore. I bought two books one about a couple who leaves their lives to buy a goat farm and make cheese (they end up in Maine) and one called Eat, Pray, Love that was recommended by Andra. I am not too far along but it is great. The perfect book for right now.
Today I took Keegan to work so I could at least catchup on email and sign any paperwork. He actually did great there and I was able to stay for almost two hours. He took home a slinky, silly putty, play dough and a bendy thing. All free gifts from co-workers as he charmed he way through the office. We went to lunch and then the library. Why do librarians still make me feel like a little kid? I finally got my own card because we always use Jeff's. At home Keegan didn't really nap but I did. He has what I have but it hasn't slowed him down one bit.
Grilled pizza for dinner tonight I think. Got to keep up the once a week tradition until the weather turn against us and we have to go back to takeout. Jeff made homemade sauce while I was gone and there is a whole box of beautiful mushrooms that must be had.
I don't need to go away to remember but, I love my husband. We have been living together for a year now and while it still feels new sometimes, it is completely right.

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