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  1. Is your husband active duty? If yes, reach out to the spouses. Somebody will be willing to help. Military takes care of each other. You can PM me your location and I can see what I can do.
  2. The Exped Megamat is my favorite car camping sleeping mat. It's as comfortable as a bed. For backpacking, I would be seriously tempted to bring the Exped. We have several lightweight pads for backpacking. None are terribly comfortable for me and I wake up multiple times during the night. We own one quilt. It's colder than a sleeping bag, but works fine for summer. If you're looking to ditch weight, switching to Smart Water bottles will save a few ounces over a Nalgene. Check out the ultralight reddit forum for tons of tips.
  3. Central NY has good teacher pay while still being affordable. The average teacher pay in our school district is in the low 70s. Houses are affordable, but school taxes are high. (That's how teachers are paid well) Winter is definitely gray and it does snow, but it doesn't last for 6 months like some people would have you believe. Houston reached a lower temperature this year than Syracuse. Syracuse has a medical school and a large regional hospital. Minimum wage in NY is $12 per hour. The area is pretty with hills, lakes, and waterfalls.
  4. For lap swimming, you might do best with a competition swimsuit. It's much tighter than you are asking for, but it will be better for laps. You can have a cover up ready for when you get out. Competition swimsuits do not have any sort of built in bras or accommodations for breasts. A waterpolo swimsuit has a higher neckline, but again it's a tight one-piece. https://m.swimoutlet.com/womens-competition-swimwear-c9327/ You could do a loose rashguard over a one piece. At least that way you won't be showing too much in the water once the shirt begins billowing.
  5. Are you certain it's not fungal acne?
  6. We have 3 latex mattresses from Flobeds that are very comfortable. They are all over 10 years old and still comfortable. https://www.flobeds.com/
  7. My daughter was 55 inches (4'7") and 76 pounds at 11 years 9 months. At 13 and 0 months she was 62 inches (5'2").
  8. One time someone had stolen our credit card. They placed an online order for a gift card and something else. We received the something and they kept the gift card. I returned the item to the store. Buying that additional item kept the entire purchase from coming up as fraud. More recently Rainbow Resource sent me something I didn't order. They accidentally put my name on the order that came after mine. I was able to keep a fun puzzle.
  9. My teen boy developed acne on his forehead that wouldn't go away. He tried many of the OTC products over the course of months and was vigilant about skin care, but nothing worked. It turned out to be fungal acne that was cleared up with athlete foot cream within days. I had never heard of fungal acne before so I just wanted to mention it just in case it can help others.
  10. That feature will be added in a few weeks.
  11. I wanted to share this new online planner that was just released. I helped test it and can honestly say it's the best planner I've tried. It easily adjusts your homeschool plan on those days when something comes up. It allows you to print out the weekly schedule for the child. If you have multiple children, you don't need to re-enter the same schedule in future years. Give it a look. https://syllabird.com/
  12. The uniforms make me think of Syracuse University. The school has just one school color - orange. You guys might call it prison orange. It was chosen because it was unique and would stand out.
  13. If you need New York state, but not necessarily New York City look at Fayeteville-Manlius school district or Jamesville-Dewitt.
  14. NY requires masks so bring a mask. Indoor seating at restaurants is available in phase 3. Buffalo is in phase 3 and could enter phase 4 prior to your arrival. Hotels are open, but not all onsite amenities may be available. Pools for instance are phase 4. Maid of the Mist will restart on June 26.
  15. I went to high school with a boy who had late puberty. At graduation he was around 5'5". A few years later he was over 6' tall and completely unrecognizable. His voice, body, and face had changed.
  16. I enjoyed Flume Gorge despite the ticket price. I recommend Mount Washington. It's one of the windiest places on Earth. The drive to the top is scenic.
  17. If you enjoy outdoor activities, the Syracuse, NY area is really nice. There are lots of recreational options. There are numerous state parks and waterfalls. So much hiking, skiing, golfing, kayaking, etc. They have salmon fishing here. If you're not that outdoorsy then the Louisville, KY area is nice but it might not have enough winter. Also look into Lawrence, Kansas. It is much hillier than most people imagine.
  18. My son had an issue with chemistry, but not computer science. The "are you sure you want to submit" screen went away before he had a chance to click yes. He said it flashed so briefly he wasn't even sure that is what it said. Fortunately, the next day's exam went fine. Some small percentage of June test takers are going to have issues again. I feel sorry for those kids. It's bad enough to have technical issues the first time.
  19. I love my Bosch mixer. The model I have no longer exists, but if something were to happen to it, I wouldn't hesitate to buy the new model. I disliked my Kitchenaid mixer because it was heavy, big, and loud. ETA: I found my model on the Bosch website, so it is still available. https://www.boschmixers.com/product/compact-stand-mixer/
  20. AOPS helped my son type more quickly. The class motivated him to improve his typing skills. The instructors don't favor long answers over short answers during class. It's a mix.
  21. We haven't lived in NY too long, so I had no opinion of Governor Cuomo prior to this month. Now that I've been watching his daily briefings, I think he's doing an excellent job. He's keeping the people of the state informed on what is happening. It seems like he is fighting hard for New Yorkers at each level of government. I'm not sure if it made national news, but the number of new cases in New Rochelle is going down. New Rochelle is the area that had the National Guard called in a while back.
  22. The mail comes even if you don't fill it out and mark the no sharing option. Possibly my son gets less than he would have, but he average several per week. Because of the email listed, we know it was College Board that sold his information.
  23. A couple of weeks ago we had something that started with light cough that progressed to fever, body aches, headache, and fatigue. Two out of four tested negative for flu. The other two didn't go to the doctor. One had a chest x-ray which confirmed pneumonia.
  24. It's a little out of the way, but you might enjoy the trip to the top of Mount Washington. It's one of the windiest places on Earth. https://www.mountwashington.org/ Maine beaches have a lot of tide pools. If you're not from an area that has them, it could be of interest. Maine has huge tidal differences. There is an island you can walk to in Bar Harbor during low tide. That's a bit of drive from the rest of your trip though. The flume gorge in Franconia Notch State Park is pretty nice. There is an admission charge. https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/franconia-notch-state-park.aspx
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