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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Tom's parents came up to have Christmas with Keegan. They wanted to make sure they could travel without the snow being a factor. This is the first time they have been up since April 2007. That was a bad visit. A very bad visit. The kind of visit that necessitated me getting a prescription for migraine meds for the first time in 9 years. The kind of visit that sent me to therapy. This past August I took Keegan down for their surprise anniversary party. At that time they asked if they could come up to bring Keegan his Christmas presents. I agreed at the time because Keegan loves them and maybe there is a way to make this work. So a few months ago we agreed on this date and I have been dreading it in the background ever since. But I do think I found a way to make it work. Even though they drove up yesterday we did not see them until today. That was my choice because Friday evenings are hectic and I don't need any more stress. Today they came over and Jeff had already left with Isabelle and Harper. Last time his mom was really rude to my family and the surest way to make certain it did not happen again was to make sure my family wasn't around. Jeff got to head down to the Reilly's for football so that worked out. The other part of my plan was to have a schedule. They came over and Keegan unwrapped his gifts and they gave him an Amish scooter. It was beyond freezing with the windchill so we rode it down to the park and turned around and came home. Then we headed to lunch at Pan*ra because I knew Keegan would eat there. After we caught a show at the Planetarium which was really cool. Keegan scored a periscope which he used to spy on us around corners. After another brief respite at home where we played with more new toys we went out to dinner. We just missed Jeff coming home (planned). By the time we got back from dinner they dropped us off and we headed in. The plan is to have breakfast together in the morning and they will head home. There was only one sad Tom moment from his mom. Most of the talk of Tom was happy memories. Those I love. But they do tug at my heart when I remember our adventures. Keegan loved the whole visit. And I love Keegan. So I could do anything for him.

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