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  1. Including schools. The drinking fountains are covered and kids bring water bottles and refill at school if needed.
  2. I have some ugly dishtowels that it's time to rotate out too I love these Williams Sonoma classic stripe towels--they really hold up. https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/williams-sonoma-striped-towels/?catalogId=79&sku=9909786&cm_ven=PLA&cm_cat=Google&cm_pla=Homekeeping > Kitchen Towels&region_id=666920&cm_ite=9909786&gclid=CjwKCAjwj8eJBhA5EiwAg3z0m8OaFzhXk3ZL06AXpIN_tZC23-eL7Hb6O4HJHHZBplI0RpBGnJ5oORoC01wQAvD_BwE I bought one of these digital clocks. I think it's pretty funny that it's advertised for the elderly because I put it in my classroom below the analog clock. I was tired of my 12 year old students pulling out their cell phones to check time. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077TRCXSD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  3. Ask any teacher who was teaching in person all last year in a fully masked building if masks work. Literally no illnesses spread through our buildings last year. No strep, influenza, norovirus, colds, bronchitis, etc.
  4. Mine appreciated this super fast phone /device charger for when they were short on time. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IUTIUEA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  5. The candy aisle at Walmart was almost completely wiped out. But the Walgreens aisle was fully stocked.
  6. I have sensitive skin and I can use Neutrogena, but I have to reapply frequently.
  7. We love these Cheddar Chive Biscuits and I'm sure you could substitute scallions. (Note: I usually grate the butter and add it the usual way instead of using the method because I'm starting with powdered milk.) https://thecafesucrefarine.com/easy-cheddar-chive-biscuits/
  8. Double masking. https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/what-doctors-wish-patients-knew-about-double-masking Adding more layers of material to a mask or wearing two masks reduces the number of respiratory droplets containing the virus that come through the mask. If one person is using a cloth mask over a surgical mask while the other person is not, it has been shown to block 85.4% of cough particles, says the JAMA Health Forum article, “CDC Studies Underscore Continued Importance of Masks to Prevent Coronavirus Spread.” When both people are double masking, potentially infectious aerosols decrease by 95%.
  9. Thanks for this info. DD has been driving my mom's old Toyota Corolla in her final years of college and it has almost 300,000 miles on it. She'd planned to buy this summer but since it's in running condition she'll probably hang on. At least with the pandemic she won't be travelling for work like she normally would be.
  10. I have an 8 year old Whirlpool Duet that I've never loved and I just talked to my husband about replacing it. We've never replaced an appliance that wasn't broken or at least limping along before, but I'm thinking to go for it under the circumstances.
  11. Homemade chicken broth and decaf tea for me.
  12. My first set was a 1987 Maytag washer and dryer. The dryer is still going strong, with a few minor repairs. We're on our 4th washer and it's had a number of repairs.
  13. Same here! I have a GE glass cooktop and I've found it to be a huge pain to clean. I was using a 1970's Tappan coil top range previously and it was a cinch to just wipe off. Everything on this takes scrubbing, even with the cleaner. I like the different sized burners and more even heat, but it's more work to maintain.
  14. Vaseline with cocoa butter https://www.walmart.com/ip/Vaseline-Petroleum-Jelly-Cocoa-Butter-7-5-oz/17018186
  15. Mattress protectors that encased the whole mattress were required on campuses my kids lived on. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YVPDIYU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  16. This. I'd purchased a dorm fridge in great condition from a friend and it was over the cubic feet/amp limit for one of my kids. That dorm also didn't allow any electrical appliances with heating units so no toasters, hot pots, etc.. The next kid on a different campus was able to use both the fridge and small appliances.
  17. I made this BBQ Shredded Chicken tonight and it's a family favorite. It's very flexible so I use whatever chicken I have on hand. Sometimes I make it in the oven and sometimes in a crockpot. On hot days I might plug the crockpot out on the deck. We prefer it cooked without the bbq sauce, then served on the side. Be sure and use smoked paprika as it totally makes the dish! https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-bbq-shredded-chicken-168003
  18. I'm making this crockpot chicken with black beans and corn tonight. I shred the chicken before adding the cream cheese. https://www.food.com/recipe/crock-pot-chicken-with-black-beans-cream-cheese-89204
  19. I woke up to pounding and someone turning the doorknob and trying to enter. I called out that they had the wrong house and that I had called the police. It was 2:30 so right after bar closing time and I think they had the wrong house. Of course it was when my husband was traveling and I had young children. It took forever for the police to drive by and check in. Another time it was subzero and a young man rang asking to use the phone. He said he lived a few houses down and was locked out. It turned out to be true but the family kept to themselves so I'd never seen him. I did offer to hand a phone out, or call the police or a locksmith, but he declined and walked off. I did call the police, because it wasn't safe to be out at night in those temps. I felt a little guilty when my husband confirmed who he was, but again I was home alone and wasn't going to risk our safety.
  20. I store my clean undergarments in the bathroom. I made the switch years ago when we had a combined bathroom/laundry/linen area. It seemed silly to store the sheets in the bathroom area when I used them in the bedroom and fetch the undergarments from the bedroom when I dressed in the bathroom.
  21. Go for it and enjoy! For teachers trying to get their foot in the door, this summer may be a chance that won't come around again. Districts in our region are having a hard time staffing summer school because their teachers desperately need to recharge this summer and didn't apply. My district couldn't staff elementary summer school and is doing MS and HS partly online. Also there are math and reading intervention jobs opening up for fall because a lot of money is being pumped in to get kids caught up.
  22. I'm on my feet nearly the whole day on tile classroom floors and my go to shoes are Merrells. Support and a wide toe box are a must for me, looking stylish not a huge priority.🤣 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HFPP9LW/ref=twister_B01HGVY0TC?_encoding=UTF8&th=1&psc=1
  23. Yes, but only because we still had clothing stores in town then and we were able to piece an outfit together Friday after school. All those stores are closed now.
  24. I'm just impressed that you have some advanced notice. Once my hard to fit slender kid announced at 8PM on Thursday that he had a homecoming date that weekend.
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