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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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Bad Influence

Keegan has this tool bench he got for his birthday. It's really cute and has different levels so he can keep playing with it as he develops. It has different modes according to whether you want directed or self-directed play. In every mode it narrates whatever you are doing or touching. Here are the three things about it that drive me crazy:

1. It has only one volume. Loud.
2. When you press the self-directed play button it tells your child, "Do whatever you want!"
3. When you use the wrench it calls out, "Big circle screw!"

Maybe Jeff and I shouldn't find that last one so amusing but we can't help ourselves.

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