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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
2 pounds ...continue reading

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This one is going to be bullet points:

Finally got a call from one of the ten daycare centers we were on the wait list for last Friday. Toured on Monday, Harper visited for an hour on Tuesday, called other provider I had lined up and canceled.

Setup Keegan's fish tank on Sunday, bought two guppies on Monday, one was dead in the morning. Replaced with new guppie, so far both are alive and well. Named Lucy and Black-eyed Pea.

Dragged work clothes out of storage bins in attic. Held breath as I tried on pants. Pants fit awesome. Psyched about getting my wardrobe back. Weird to wear full makeup and heels again.

Went back to work yesterday. Lots to read and catch up on. Underserved people still out there who need help getting quality healthcare. That's what I always loved about the job.

People at work said I looked great and skinny. Love them. Some even suggested I looked skinner than before pregnancy. No idea if that's true because I haven't weighed myself. But I choose to believe it anyway.

Came home to crockpot dinner which was burnt to a crisp. How can a crockpot meal burn? Never seen that before. Only explanation is super-collider yesterday. I have found the black hole. Had Chinese takeout instead.

Second day back today went fine until staff misbehaved and shit hit the fan. Everything is so politically charged and touchy. That's what I always hated about the job.

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