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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I'm Wonderworm!

I am blogging every day and I am still behind. Yesterday I met up with Erika and Jessie for brunch. It was Jessies' first time out since her second daughter was born in September. And we both owed Erika a long overdue (June) birthday celebration. We met up in Nashua for a fancy buffet and I am not going to lie I packed it in. I love it when I have those rare moments when I can fit lots of food in my stomach. I always hope for them when I am surrounded by good eats. Along with the protein sources I had two pastries and a dessert. Technically we all got a few little desserts and split them but they would agree I ate the most. And corned beef hash made with real corned beef!

Afterward I met Jeff in Manchester where we switched cars and kids. He headed to Maine early so he could take Isabelle to see a movie. I took the boys home to eat lunch and Keegan and I watched "James and the Giant Peach." I loved that book when I was a kid. And it was filmed kind of darkly (Tim Burtonesque) so Keegan needed a snuggle buddy. The best line was when the Centipede jumped off the peach. The Grasshopper says, "He's committed pesticide!"

And now something I stole from Erin:

1. Who is your man? Druzba

2. How long have you been together? Three and a half years.

3. How long did you date? 1 year exactly. He proposed on our 1 year dating anniversary. (Just like Erin)

4. How old is your man? 33

5. Who eats more? He does.

6. Who said "I love you" first? We both hinted and we knew it on the third date but I can't remember who said it first.

7. Who is taller? He is.

8. Who sings better? He does. He used to sing to me long distance when we were dating. Now he sings everywhere.

9. Who is smarter? Me! We have this argument all the time. Who is smarter? Who is funnier?

10. Whose temper is worse? Me and it takes me way longer to cool down. I like to simmer.

11. Who does the laundry? We both do.

12. Who takes out the garbage? He does.

13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Me

14. Who pays the bills? I do.

15. Who is better with the computer? He thinks he is but you have to endure a lecture every time you ask for help. He is always trying to convert my to his ways. Old tech support habits die hard.

16. Who mows the lawn? He does. He asked for it, he got it.

17. Who cooks dinner? Most of the time I do, especially on weekdays.

18. Who drives when you are together? Me most of the time unless it is a long drive and I want to take a nap.

19. Who pays when you go out? Whoever gets their wallet out first.

20. Who is most stubborn? That would be a tie.

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? It is hard for both (see previous question).

22. Whose parents do you see the most? Mine. His mom lives four hours away. Mine are 40 minutes.

23. Who kissed who first? Mutual and spectacular!

24. Who asked who out? We met up at a brewery more as friends and it turned into a date.

25. Who proposed? He did.

26. Who is more sensitive? Me or maybe it just seems that way because I am so expressive.

27. Who has more friends? I have more close friends.

28. Who has more siblings? I do.

29. Who wears the pants in the family? Frustratingly both of us. Just kidding because I would hate to be married to a doormat. And we agree on a majority of things anyway.

Take tomorrow to observe Veteran's Day! I will be bringing the boy's to watch my dad give a speech in his town.

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