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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
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All This Nonsense

How tragic that I have found things even easier than blogging? I am not the only one I am sure who has deferred to twitter and FB for most communication. It's just so darn easy to do from anywhere.

I so rarely get a chance to sit down for more than ten minutes and I like to spend them reading about everyone else. But Harper is napping and Jeff and the kids are raking so here I am. Plenty of things going on as usual. Took a mental health day on Tuesday and even told my boss that is what I was doing. I was burnt from work and burnt from life. The older the kids get, the harder the parenting or maybe just more complicated. And switching from the "everything can wait because I just had a baby" mode to getting back into life has been slower too. I wish I could go back to last year at this time when I was finishing therapy. My counselor told me that most people try to have it all but some how I had found a way to do it and do it well. I could use that pep talk right now. If only I had recorded it. I will get into the parenting challenges on here at a later time.

Halloween was good in our new neighborhood. Lots of kids and really nice families. Isabelle was a fairly princess and Keegan was a red power ranger. He doesn't know what they are but red is his favorite color and the suit has built in muscles. My mom came up and went out with Jeff, Isabelle and Keegan. Then she came back to help Harper and I pass out candy. We got a lot of compliments on our five jack o' lanterns. This morning by some miracle Harper slept in until 8:30 so we did too. Extra hours of sleep I really needed. Then we got up and took Keegan and Isabelle to the flu clinic. Jeff and I had ours a couple of weeks ago and Harper is too young so we wanted to make sure the whole family was covered. When we got there we gave the kids the choice between the shot and the mist. An article recently came out showing the mist is more effective on children. I brought both kids in the room and we watched Keegan get the mist. It was really simple but Isabelle opted for the shot instead. So she rolled up her sleeve sat on my lap and I held her hands while she had her shot. She didn't even flinch, what a trooper. Afterward we went out for breakfast. Then I took the older kids to a secret location to get ready for Jeff's birthday next weekend. They did amazingly well and earned lots of not sitting still time for the rest of the afternoon.

We are considered a swing state here in NH so it has been non-stop politics. Tons of phone calls and literature and people with signs on street corners. Yesterday one of those people was my mom. She stood with a group of Veterans for Obama. She got lots of encouraging honks but also someone yelled "babykillers" (which I heard a lot in high school and college) and someone else made a comment involving the "n-word" (something I heard both living in the South and the North). My mom has never campaigned before in her life. I have always been the activist. Except the time she came with me to the March on Washington in 1989 when I was interning for NOW. And today she spent two hours campaigning at the town dump. That is what we do here in NH. You get to meet the local candidates and ask them direct questions. I love democracy. So she has obviously been inspired and so has my dad. He is a Republican who might be voting Democrat this time. He is sorely disappointed in the Republican candidates. And truth be told he wouldn't mind working for Obama. If Obama wins two of my parents' friends will be closing up their house here for the winter and heading to DC to work for the new Administration.

In other news Jeff put some music up for your pleasure. The Jens Lekman song is one of my faves. So catchy. Love Deer Tick too.

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