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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Tonight's pre-birthday post about Jeff is about something that has always been a big part of his life.  Music.  He was raised going to all different kinds of concerts and shows and has great stories and memories. My dad played guitar when I was young and was also a singer so we had lots of music in our lives too.  But I never got beyond playing clarinet.  Jeff has a beautiful voice and is always singing around the house.  He has sung to me since we first started dating.  We all sing together in the car.  After a few months of dating he made a special CD complete with cover art.  Not your usual love song mix it was filled with songs that told me something about how he felt about me.  He had hidden it for me to find when he left after the weekend together.   I remember calling him after listening to it and telling him, "I'm going to marry you."  He puts music on whenever we are doing activities or hanging around the house. I love that the kids enjoy music too and sing and dance and play instruments.  He also keeps exposing me to new people I haven't heard before.  Every few months he makes me a few CDs of new music to listen to in my car.  We don't agree on everyone we like but it's good to give it a chance.

One new to me group that really caught me is Ha Ha Tonka.  See the video for my favorite song.  Jeff says he knows I like to rock out sometimes.
"This glimpse of brilliance is better than a long look at mediocrity."

Another new to me group is Great Lake Swimmers.  You hear this song here.

"I was lost in the lakes
And the shapes that your body makes
That your body makes, that your body makes
That your body makes

The mountains said I could find you here
 They whispered the snow and the leaves in my ear
I traced my finger along your trails
Your body was the map, I was lost in it

Floating over your rocky spine
The glaciers made you, and now you're mine
Floating over your rocky spine
The glaciers made you, and now you're mine

I was moving across your frozen veneer
The sky was dark but you were clear
Could you feel my footsteps
And would you shatter, would you shatter, would you

And with your soft fingers between my claws
Like purity against resolve
I could tell, then and there, that we were formed from the clay
And came from the rocks for the earth to display

They told me to be careful up there
Where the wind blows a venomous rage through your hair
They told me to be careful up there
Where the wind rages through your hair"

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