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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The Circle Only Has One Side

I might cheat again and not write very much. I have been doing nothing but writing at work for the past week or so. Grant writing season is upon us again and this one is competitive for the first in five years. Which means it is my first chance to put my mark on it. I am 50 pages in on the 80 page limit but 12 of them are my budget narrative. I do better when I have uninterrupted hours to keep the flow going . That is unlikely tomorrow as I have a couple of meetings in the morning and then I leave for the day around 2:30 to present at the medical school. So it looks like I might need to put in some time this weekend.

Last night at Selfish Mom's we said goodbye to an old friend who is moving back to NC. I have known her since we met in a new mom's group sponsored by our OB practice. Then a year later we formed SMC. The thing about Southerners is you know you will eventually lose them back to the South. Unless they couple up with a Northerner or they are one of the few anomalies. And it is a company transfer which means everything is covered including the company buying their house if it doesn't sell. I can't say I'd pass it up either. Plus they will be back near her family. I have the luxury of having my parents up here already. She is such a thoughtful and sweet person and I loved getting a dose of that accent. Made me miss my girlfriends a little bit less. Plus I suck at goodbyes. I have certainly had enough practice in my life as an army brat. I don't exactly know what a good goodbye would contain but I never seem satisfied with mine. It's like I am not really able to feel the loss in the moment and so I forget to say or do things and kick myself later.

Well I am off to make mini cherry cheesecakes for a goodbye lunch tomorrow. This one is okay because she is not really leaving just switching jobs from one Bureau to another. Actually into mine and now she won't have to move to the building across the river when her old group does. Plus its an excuse to eat tiny food!

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