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 Groundwork

Today was the day for Keegan to visit the Montessori for a half day. I am glad I clarified with him because he thought we were just looking not that he was staying there without me. By the time we got there he understood. He clung to my coat when we first arrived but let go a minute later and all he needed to see was the wooden pirate boat on the playground before he took off. I said goodbye and left him. Inside my head I was wishing over and over that I didn't barf or cry and he did okay. I did okay and when I went back for him three hours later he was disappointed to see me because he wanted to stay. I pried him out of there and checked with the teachers who said he did well. He really liked that they wear slippers inside and you can get your snack whenever you are hungry as long as there is space at the snack table. And my fiercely independent boy (where does he get that from?) turned down a classroom buddy to guide him around. I need to check in with the principal and see if he can start there in January. The bonus is that it is in the same part of town as Harper's daycare. That would make my commute much more pleasant. I took him to his regular school which looked even more chaotic after the Montessori atmosphere.

Tomorrow Keegan is going to head up to Maine with my parents and brother's family. They are going to stay in my parent's new house for the first time now that it is finished. They will all come back to NH on Wed. Keegan is very excited about getting to spend more time with his cousins. Jeff, Harper and I will still be going to work for the next two days.

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