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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I emailed this to them yesterday:

Dear Condo Board,

I am disputing the pet waste fine issued to me in July 2007. It states that my dogs have been violating the rule on leaving waste on the common areas. This is absolutely not true. This was an issue over the winter but has not been the case since that time. Any of my neighbors would agree with this fact.

In addition, I am unhappy with the resolution of that previous event. I paid the fine and this was presumably to cover the cost of repairing the grass. It has been since February and the grass has not been repaired. Other grass around the common areas has been reseeded but nothing was done behind the units. What was the fine money spent on instead? Are we to be expected to pay the fine and also then pay to repair the grass ourselves?

And speaking of the grass, the landscaping company has done less than a stellar job this season. It took quite sometime for all of the winter damage to be repaired. And now they infrequently come to mow. It cannot be due to a concern for conserving water since the irrigation system goes off every day and sometimes twice a day at all hours. The grass is too long and in fact could present a public health concern. This season lyme disease cases have increased dramatically. One of the tips for prevention is “Reduce the number of ticks around your home by keeping grass short, removing leaf litter, and creating a wood chips or gravel barrier where your lawn meets the woods.” We rely on our condo fees and condo board to manage these services and others that impact the community as a whole.


Jeff says he can just picture me shaking my fist like an old lady in that last paragraph. But I will tell you that when I went home for lunch today, lo and behold they were mowing the lawn.

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