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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We Really Need To Rake

It seems my limited computer time is all being spent on Twitter or Facebook. How does more than a week go by without noticing I haven't written? Last weekend we went to NY to see Jeff's mom. It was her first time meeting Harper. He was cuddly and adorable and slept pretty well in a foreign place. The only problem being getting him back to sleep after he realized we were in the room with him. The leaves have been spectacular this fall and the drive through NH and VT to get there was wonderful. We kept making the kids look at the colors around each turn. Yes, I have become my parents.

Work is work. Made more challenging by the budget crisis. Every state has one at this point. We try to keep focused on just doing our jobs each day while we hear layoffs, cuts and union contract renegotiation bandied about by people who don't have to worry about losing their jobs. There is nothing bloated about the bureaucracy I work immediately in. I am predicting they start turning us upside to shake the change out of our pockets before this over.

We're getting lots of attention the past few weeks by the candidates and in some cases their mates visiting NH. Usually we're pretty ignored after the primaries. Some friends of mine have tromped to apple orchards and the like to see the candidates. Jeff and I were downtown Wed night and the jewelry store clerk told us we had just missed Sarah Palin walking down the street with her entourage. I was kind of curious at to what she is like in person. This election in more ways then the previous ones has made me happy I vowed to never date or marry Republican again. I have conservative friends but I could never partner with some with whom we had so many fundamental differences. The older I have gotten the more personal politics have mattered to me.

Wednesday night we had our first date with a babysitter watching Harper. She was dying to get her hands on him and Keegan was glad to get his buddy back. They always have such fun when she comes over. Jeff and I went to a trunk show of Alex Sepkus pieces. There were many beautiful things but we walked way without purchasing. I did try on an amazing $50,000 necklace. We joked about which kid wouldn't be able to go to college if I got that one. Afterward we decided to forgo a movie for dinner so we could just hang out and talk. We ended up a little Italian place we had not tried yet. The atmosphere was great and cozy and the food outstanding. I could not decide because there were so many things I wanted on the menu. Tiramisu was a work of art. We will definitely be back and next time we're getting the little table in a nook by itself.

Okay now time for a crazy Friday night. Pjs already on and I am finally going to see the SATC movie. I have gone this long without anyone spoiling it.

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