July 11th was Paul's last day as an active Polaroid employee. He will continue to recieve monthly pay as part of the "restructuring package" for another 9 months, but now moves into retiree status.
"Signing out" of Polaroid meant returning Polaroid property such as ID badges, laptop computers, corporate credit cards,etc. But more importantly, it involved getting ones benefits clear and the procedures understood and implementable... one usually signs out only once from ones place of work so no one is really expert in this procedure. But there's a lot of money involved, so one must take the time to plan it carefully. When you change employment, you should consider and plan what to do with: the 401K, the ESOP, the pension plan( which at Polaroid became "portable" Jan 1,'98... thank goodness), the medical insurance, the dental insurance, the vacation bank( previous years saved vacations), the 1998 vacation allotment,the stock options that are vested and the period you have to exercise them, where to move and invest the above money.
In today's restructured and downsized corporate world, one would be wise to track one's own benefit and money rather than rely on the Company's benefits department to do it for you (the benfits office has been downsized or out sourced or elimimated!).
What toys are good for a baby?
We don't know, but we heard that small babies get enless hours of enjoyment out of colored plastic cups. So when we saw these cups at IKEA last weekend, we just had to pick them up.
Please let us know if your baby has a favorite toy or book that you think ours will like, too.
Deanna Visits Boston
Plans are in place for Deanna's annual visit to Paul and Rachel's home in Boston. The guest list and menu for the Friday, July 17th dinner are now done,... it's going to be surf & turf ( porterhouse steaks and boiled lobsters) served at the house in Weston. Cousins Myrna and Michael from New Hampshire will be there.
A relaxing weekend around the pool with a few touring highlights are on the itinerary. Shopping at the Wrenthem Factory Outlets ( about 60 stores in this new mall). a visit to the Quilt Museum in Lawrence, a lunch buffet at the Tokyo Restaurant in Fresh Pond, and an evening theater at Wayland's Vokes with "Lend Me A Tenor", a comedy, should all be fun.
Diet Workshop insists that Paul give up the Chinese's favorate social activity.... eating! It is very hard to make the correct food choices and control the quantity when there are so many parties and party foods around all the time. However, with regular daily exercise and superhuman self control, he continues to loose inches and pounds each week.
Heidi passes boards
U.S. medical licencing exam scores were mailed out last week, and Heidi passed. She took the last of the three "boards" in May.
Most people don't have trouble passing the third test. "I studied two weeks for part one, two days for part two, and I just brought a pencil for part three," said Ron DeMatteo, a surgeon friend.
Does the passing score mean that Heidi's a real doctor now? Officially, yes. She will get her permanent license soon. "But I don't feel like a full-fledged doctor yet," says Heidi.
Our little bonsai plants are growing! The little orange plant is extremely prolific, and the serissa is making a lot of little pink flowers. Our miniature lemon tree was attacked by a caterpillar, but it has recovered and is now sprouting new shoots.
We'll be keeping little pictures of our growing plants in our bonsai update.
Little Anthony is going to be a very active baby. Heidi has been carrying him for eight months, and he's been kicking around constantly in there.
"He seems to be happy," says Heidi. She believes that he used to be head-up, the wrong position. But the doctors say that little Anthony has gotten himself into the correct head-down position now. How does he manage to flip over? Heidi says, "Accident."
Deanna came to Boston from NYC on Amtrak....again 1 hour
late for a total ride time of 5 plus hours and a fare of
After talking with Rachel, she decided to take the Peter
Pan bus for $29 one way (Boston to NYC) and a scheduled
travel time of 4 hours.
Well, this reporter was told that Deanna was very pleased.
The trip took only 3 1/2 hours and baggage handling was
much easier than she encountered when she took the train.
Choo-choo be careful or you'll lose your customers!