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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Power To The People

This really will be short. I have a headache and brain trauma from tonight's union meeting. I don't usually participate in the meetings but I wanted to see what the options are. We are in a big budget crisis here in NH. They have cut everything and now the rumors of taking our raises and layoffs have started to circulate. I want to know what is on the table, what is off the table, what it means for my staff and yes, what it means for me. The short answer is I still don't know. And the meeting was a combination of some great ideas, some crazy ideas and a bit of complaining. I don't know what agencies these other people work for but I don't witness nepotism, waste and fraud on a daily basis. I wouldn't work somewhere like that. And it didn't take long for some of them to turn on upper management. They want them fired or their raises cut. The assumption being that they don't work hard and deserve the same things we do. Or that they didn't earn their jobs because they are qualified. You haven't lived until you see the rank and file go for the throat. Fortunately the union leaders did a good job of reminding us to stay united and not pit groups against each other. Our biggest problem is not each other or the upper management. It is the citizens who think all state employees are lazy, overpaid, overindulged and on the dole. I know it's easy to hate the government. It is even fun. Finally something we can all agree on. But take it from me, the majority of the people I work with are good, smart, hard workers who are passionate about making lives better. We serve. I serve my state and my country this way because I don't look good in a uniform and I hate basic training.

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