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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.
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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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They Were Closer Now Fernando
Jeff and the kids are on their way back home.  Truth be told the four days went by faster than I thought it would.  I got a lot of rest being able to sleep in and not worry about anyone but myself.  Who knows the next time I will be able to say that?

I wanted to get fertilizer on the lawn today and do some other outdoor things but it is raining.  We really need the rain and I will just switch to some indoor projects.  The nursery is almost done.  We had moved in the new changing table/dresser combo and I did numerous loads of wash to get all of the clothes, bedding, blankets and other baby things ready.  Both the crib and cradle are setup and made up for the arrival.  I even assembled the bouncy chairs and they were more of a pain then I remembered.  I still haven't found the monitors but I am sure they will turn up.  Last weekend I took the kids to pick out some things for the baby.  Keegan already bought him an outfit a few months ago so Isabelle picked one out.  Then they each picked out a toy to give him when he comes home.  Once I get the tubing for my breast pump and pack my suitcase I will feel really prepared.  Well as much as you can be.  My parents are going to buy the chair and ottoman for the nursery.  I wanted something we could use elsewhere in the house after the baby gets bigger so it is not the traditional nursing glider.  My father said the most beautiful words a girl can hear, "We'll get her which ever one she wants."

Yesterday I went to Portsmouth for brunch.  My friend Angie was in town from Louisiana for a wedding.  She and I went to college together in both Memphis and Louisiana.  We had a great meal with a few other friends and then walked around shopping.  One of them requested we go to where I bought my purse and I never turn down a trip to Anna Street.  Of course I walked out of there with a fabulous diaper bag.  We looked through a few more boutiques and a kitchen store and then I let them go take naps.  The problem with my current state is that I never know if I have overdone it until it is too late.  As I went to drive home I realized how tired I was and then went I wanted to stop at a few antique stores I found how sore I was.  I only got through one and gave up.  I did stop at a garden center to pick up the pepper plants I volunteered to bring to Keegan's school.  But I knew I would not be going to the party I had been invited to that night.  I went home took two t*lenol and took an hour nap.  I really wanted a salad from Pan*ra but all I could muster the energy for was pasta at home.

Movies watched while Jeff was gone:  Snow Angels (at the theater with my mom), Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Netflix) and August Rush (Amazon Unbox).
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