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Amy in NH

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About Amy in NH

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    I am a grad student and an education advocate. I've already completed my (M.Ed. & CAGS/Ed.)
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    The Great North Woods
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    I like to knit, read, and work in the garden.

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  1. Our dance studio shut down in March and reopened with precautions two weeks ago for limited class offerings. They have a limit of 6 students per indoor class now, when they used to have 14-15 in a class. Outdoor classes, which are new, have a maximum of 9 students. The students wait in their cars in the parking lot. They are invited to come into the studio one at a time, with masks on. There is a one-way flow of traffic through the studio, so they enter through the back door, remove their shoes, use hand sanitizer, and go to a designated marked spot in the studio to put on their shoes. They have to be at their spot before the next student is allowed in. They can remove their mask for class. They each have their own barre. There is no across-the-floor. Students must wear their masks to leave class one at a time, and exit through the front door. The studio must be aired out and wiped down between each class for a minimum of 15 minutes. My dancer takes a shower immediately after we get home. Given that three members of my household are going to work every day, I think the risk to our family of catching COVID at the dance studio with these precautions is low. Infection rates in our county are low right now, but with all of the tourism opening back up I am more concerned that people will be bringing it from other states than that we will get it at the dance studio.
  2. We're not thrilled that people may be bringing COVID with them from other places and spreading it around here. Also, these are small towns with limited resources; It is frustrating to think that people are coming on vacation and buying up the groceries which are in limited supply and sometimes unobtainable for families who live here. I recommended York Beach because it is touristy. If you want an untouristy beach I'd stick with Wallace Sands in NH.
  3. I live in the White Mountains. The hiking in the summer is crazy in Franconia Notch and over the Kancamagus. The state has had to put up barriers to keep people from parking alongside the interstate highway. It is definitely bumper to bumper on the hiking trails. July 4th weeks are the absolute worst in terms of tourists. We bring visitors to the Flume. I would skip the tram to the top of Cannon this year because it is enclosed. Lost River is also very nice. The Cog Railway is expensive, but you can open the windows to keep your COVID risk down. Yes, you can do a day trip to Maine this year. If it were any other year, this is what I would suggest: NH: (1) Drive over the Kanc for brunch at Red Fox (bring your appetite & make reservations); 302 to Cog Railway; Mt. Washington Hotel NH: (2) Breakfast at Polly's Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill; Chutters in Littleton, walk Main St & covered bridge; Hike Arethusa or Zealand NH: (3) Flume Gorge; Cannon Tram; The Basin; Old Man Memorial; Profile Lake/Echo Lake Park; NH: (4) Tax-Free Shopping at Tanger Outlet in Tilton; Concord - Christa McAuliffe Planetarium; Boutwells Candlepin Bowling ME: Odiorne Point Seacoast Science Center in Rye NH; Drive up Route 1 to York Beach & Nubble Lighthouse VT: Eat at Red Hen; Ben & Jerry's tour; Rock of Ages tour, Morse Maple Farm tour MA: Freedom Trail; USS Constitution Museum; Old Town Trolley Tour (hop on/hop off)
  4. My dd had to get a prescription shampoo from the pediatrician. She uses it once per week, and it works great. We tried everything before that.
  5. I *hate* celery too. I can live with it in soups and stews, but if it is raw then just no. I would totally skip any food you made if I knew you typically put celery into it, and I would learn not to trust your word. The kind thing to do would be to chop the celery and leave it on the side. I don't have many food aversions, but I do know some adults who eat like ridiculous picky children. I wouldn't lie-to or manipulate them. Pushing someone's boundaries in that way is a consent violation. It tells them you don't care about their autonomy.
  6. Everyone at the local BLM protest was wearing a mask. I didn't see a single protester there without one. Police weren't wearing them, though. And I'd guess less than 50% at the local stores are wearing them. I wish only the irresponsible people were getting the bad cases.
  7. Yes, I am easily auditorily overstimulated. I use the clear silicone earplugs that mold to the inside of the outer ear.
  8. Everything here has been cancelled. All of the summer camps are cancelled, our 4-H events, interstate exchange, the fairs, and the Highland Games.
  9. Just look at the founding of the USA. Boston Massacre and Tea Party was rioting and looting which led directly to the Revolutionary War. After Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated, more than 100 US cities started rioting. After the sixth day the Civil Rights Act was passed. That's two examples off the top of my head. How many of the previous murders of black citizens also had global attention, and what good did that do? Here we still are.
  10. The dude is a pathological liar. As of April 14, 2020 he has made 18,000 verifiably false or misleading statements since the start of his presidency.
  11. You do know that antifa is not an actual organization, right? It is just ordinary people who are anti-fascist, who often will protest the fascist actions of the government. Do you even know what fascism is? From wiki: Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, as well as strong regimentation of society and of the economy which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. [deleted by moderator] The facts are that the police are attacking peaceful protestors and inciting riots, while militant white nationalist groups are leading violence and looting in order to sway public opinion against the protests and make all y'all think black people aren't deserving of rights because look at how violent they are and how they don't care about the rule of law or personal property. Police departments across the country have been infiltrated by these people. So frustrating to watch it all unfold, and watch you buy into it hook, line, and sinker.
  12. I think it is far more likely that Trump is drumming up business to make a profit for himself, his family, and his cronies. That's my conspiracy theory regarding that particular drug.
  13. We have this one It has multiple settings, angles, spray forces, temperatures, etc. We really like it, except for the seat. It is not flat, so you cannot sit on it. Anything you place on it is likely to slide off. And the seat broke after we had it for 18 months. A piece of plastic in the hinge snapped, and it clicks loudly every time it closes. When I called customer service, they said that it is no longer under warranty, and it is a design flaw they already know about. $60 to replace it, so we are going without a toilet cover in that bathroom.
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