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
2 pounds ...continue reading

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The Hospital

Yesterday Harper's blocked tear duct took a turn for the worse. His face was red when he woke up and we decided to keep a close eye on it. While Jeff was out with the kids I took Harper's temperature and he had a low grade fever. Nothing to panic about except I did not like how the redness was concentrated around his eye. I called the pediatrician and they said they could see him in a half hour. When I went in they quickly decided that the redness was a skin infection from his eye. With a baby this young they do IV antibiotics immediately. So Harper and I headed to the ER to get admitted. Once we were able to make arrangements for Isabelle and Keegan, Jeff was able to join me at the hospital. Poor Harper had been poked and prodded and was unable to take his usual naps. Finally he settled down laying on my chest. Last night Jeff stayed with him and I came home to take care of the dog and sleep here. I couldn't wait to get to sleep so I could get back to him this morning. And that is what I am going to do now.

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