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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
2 pounds ...continue reading

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What's In A Name

During my lunch break I was browsing the internet and came across Babycenter's list of top baby names for 2009. I love to look at these just to see where my own kids rank. When selecting names we tried to pick something unusual but not too unusual and that had meaning. I have actualy met another Keegan with his last name too but who is a girl and only 9 months old. Not that weird for any Irish name to be poplular in New England. His name for a boy came in at #188 this year. Harper did not come in until #601 and looks to be declining in popularity since 2006. For a girl it is #119 and is increasing in popularity. That is not a surprise as I had only ever heard of it as a girl's name prior to having him. Not like his last name isn't unique enough. But I love that he is the only Harper I know personally. My favorites of the unusual ones are #351 Lil (for a boy) and #570 Not (for a girl). People really name their kids that? And in a nod to the Republican party Maverick (for a boy) comes in at #451.

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