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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Keegan started at his new school today. I was nervous because last week he had asked for more days at his old school before switching. We had a nice goodbye there and his friends made a little book for him with drawings and messages. And he had the whole weekend to get prepared. I think he was actually lured in by getting to wear slippers all day and also being able to eat snack whenever he chooses. I overcompensated by packing him tons of food. I have only ever had to pack a lunch so I had no idea how much snack food would be needed. He came home with one lone graham cracker. The drop off when great and he smiled and promised to learn something. I didn't get a call all day. When I went to pick him up in the aftercare room he came racing towards me with a huge smile. He said he had fun and liked it there. Huge relief. What did he learn? The shape of India. My big hope for him is to have a very supportive learning environment and room to explore. And he wouldn't hurt if he learned to like math.

In other news I went to the dentist. Fun. At least this was just a cleaning. I should really learn to lie when they ask if I floss. It's just sooooo boring. If only they could make it fun to do. I am guessing that avoiding the drill is supposed to be enough motivation.

Also I showed the townhouse to potential tenants today. I am way too trusting to be a landlady. I like someone, I want to rent to them. Plus I googled them. As soon as I hear back from my current tenants I will send out the lease and hopefully get everything locked in for March 1. Keep fingers crossed.

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