David and Heidi have started to turn their dining room into baby Anthony's Play Room. (Notice the before and after pictures to the right...) This is the room located between the kitchen and the living room in their new house in the suburbs.
Daddy David made a project of installing two safety gates that will keep baby in the play room. The number 1 rated children's safety gates by Consumer's Report is Safeway Gates by Kidco. To mount one of these across a five foot span required the building of solid maple mounts on each side. These maple mounts were then attached to the studs inside the door frame. And finally, the easy part, was mounting the Kidco gate to the maple mounts. Turned out to be a 2 day project!
Daddy also changed all the electric outlets in the play room to child proof outlets. Anthony won't be able to stick his fingers or toys into these safety outlets.
The question is; now that Anthony is becoming more mobile, will he be willing to play and stay in his play room? Well readers, what do you think?
Paul rides the AMTRAK
It' been more than 10 years since Paul has ridden the AMTRAK on the Eastcoast, but he was forced to do so with alrlines problems and snow storms in March. The train ( on coach class) was roomy, clean wash rooms, wide seats, and plenty of walking space in the ailses. The trip from Boston to Philadelphia can take from 6 to 8 hours, depending on the route of the train. If you're a senior citzen, or a member of AAA, you can even get a discount off your ticket price.
The most enjoyable part of the trip were frequent trips to the "Club Car" where the selection of goodies can make the trip much shorter. The scenery is also interesting.. one can see clearly why folks call Rhodes Island, the state with more bays than other.
In October of this year, AMTRAK will introduce a new "Bullet Train" between Washington and Boston. One ought to be able go from the center of Boston to the center of NYC in 2 3/4 hours, and for 30% less. The train will be more comfortable, cheaper, and schedule wise competitive. Choo! Choo!
Ryan spent spring break this week in warm and sunny Philadelphia. (Read about his last visit.) Rumor has it that he has been taking his well deserved time off to catch up on schoolwork and law school applications.
Heidi and Ryan also went to Friendly's together this week. "What did they eat?" asked Kevin. "I dunno," said David, "but too bad we couldn't go with them."
"Yeah," said Kevin.
Kevin was just placed on the waitlist for admission to Columbia Business School. According to BusinessWeek's Q&A session with an admissions director from Columbia, chances of getting in off the waitlist are "very good", especially if you're placed on the waitlist early in the process.
Still, Kevin plans to not leave anything to chance. He's going to bolster his application with additional recommendations, a nice, enthusiastic letter, and a few, well-placed telephone calls and e-mails. He's also looking to win the lottery so that he'll have the money to donate a new building to Columbia. Donations for lottery tickets will kindly be accepted-- contact email@example.com!
Changie, Changie diapers
Little Anthony lets grandpa know when he's unhappy about changing diapers. He used to lie still and smile during these changes. Now he wants you to talk to him and even then he trends to roll and move well before the job is finished.
At six months, Anthony is pretty strong and very quick. So if he rolls and move there's likely to be a mess.. especially if there's pooh-pooh envolved.
These disposeable diapers with quick wipes make the job a lot easier than changing with conventional cloth diapers. Looking forward to seeing how Grandma Rachel does in the change department during Anthony's upcoming visit to Boston.
Upcoming U.S. News Issue
Unless Kevin gets into more schools, he may not get a chance to use it as a tool, but the U.S. News & World Report issue that ranks business schools is due on newsstands on March 19!
Keep an eye out for it!
For those not from Pennsylvania ( about 95.32% of all Americans) you are in for a treat in eating if you come to Philadelphia. Most famous is the Philadelphia "Chesse Steak" hogie and we've told you the best places to acquire these. Even better is a nice breakfast sandwich made of eggs and "scrapple". The Weston Food Critic has only found scrapple in the Philadelphia area. It's a bit like a sausage material make with secret ingredients known only to those of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
Yummie! A scrapple-n-eggs breakfast sandwich and a cup of fresh hot coffee and your morning newspaper. That's a breakfast treat that can compete with our favorate: papaya,scrambled eggs and Kona coffee on Waikiki beach's Surf Room at the Royal Hawaian.