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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Selfish Mom's club was this past Wednesday night. The hosts seem to be in a rut lately of having us go out rather than their homes. You'll be happy to hear that no matter how old you get men still see a group of women and assume that you are "alone." This phenomena started in college and has yet to stop. Because of course the next step is for the generous man to sit down and relieve us of our loneliness. He tried twice and I have a very sweet friend who let him play out his pickup lines on her and then eventually he embarked on the saga that is his divorce. Even though this is a subject near and dear to my heart I can only listen for so long. Eventually we left and I gave him a brochure for the NH quitline to stop smoking because really it is the best thing he can do to save his life right now. And us public health folks are never off duty ;)
Last night was Back To School night at Keegan's school. I dropped him at home and then went back for 6:30. We had a parent project to do where we created a portfolio to keep our children's artwork in at school. That kind of thing is where Jeff really shines. And there was a dad there who drew this whole bucolic scene on his son's. I muddled through with bubble letters and stickers. But realistically, putting stickers of Keegan favorite things is better than me trying to draw them because he wouldn't even recognize them. I also manned (personed) the parent advisory board information table. This is a new component of the center and the first meeting will be in Oct. I am trying to drum up participants. I feel like if I am going to complain or ask them to do things I need to roll up my sleeves and do some of the heavy lifting. That is how I ended up not only founding the parent board but also being chosen as the chair. And I did debate the easy way out which would have been to pull Keegan out and enroll him at a montessori school. The idea lead to a public vs. private school debate both with myself and with Jeff. I am not saying I resolved that but there is too much I love about Keegan's school now to bail out.
And two difficult work situaions resolved themselves in the past two days. One was going to be a sticky conversation with a co-worker and one was a political attack that would have sucked up my resources for next five months or longer.

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