It seems like yesterday that I announced the birth of my daughter, Catherine. In less than two weeks, she’ll be turning one year old. I’ve given a bit of thought as to what would be nice for her first birthday. First of all, I booked the day off. I’ve never booked a day off for a birthday before, including my own, because they’re just not that important or special to me. But Cat’s first birthday is a different situation.
I never planned on throwing a ‘party’ per se. Recently, however, a good friend of mine spent hundreds of dollars on her child’s first birthday (e.g. renting a hall, getting the event catered, and buying party favours). I helped her carry $70 in purchases from the dollar store during lunch one day. So I reconsidered my position.
I suspect Cat will be really “into” Disney princesses (particularly given her enjoyment of Sleeping Beauty). This gave me an idea for a theme.
I think she’d love this pinata. Which is kind of weird, because Cat doesn’t eat candy. Does anybody have good ideas about pinata candy that a baby could enjoy? My only idea (rice crackers) is boring.
Thanks to capitalism, there are other branded products with themes that match the pinata.
For a present, I am strongly leaning toward “Disneyland Adventures”. It’s an Xbox game that uses Kinect (no controller necessary).
Cat is too young to use it on her own right now, but she might enjoy me playing the game with (for) her. I shouldn’t underestimate her ability to interact with electronics, however, because she’s a smart baby. She already figured out how to scroll through pictures on the BlackBerry 9900 and she stops and smiles at pictures of herself. Extremely cute. Speaking of which:
As a result of various pressures and commitments, I am going to scale back the blog’s posting schedule. Cat is almost a year (as noted today), and while I’ve enjoyed sharing the world’s most beautiful little girl with TiFi readers, it may be time to end this Friday feature.
I’m planning to move TiFi to a 3-day posting schedule, a la Boomer & Echo: a post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Likely to be me on Monday, Adina on Wednesday, and Sara on Friday.
Quality guest posts are, as always, welcomed — I particularly love when regular visitors become passionate about a topic and want to share their knowledge, e.g. VI’s excellent series on Bitcoin that ended yesterday. I will continue to provide revisions that display your stories faithfully and in the best light, and most likely slot them into a Tuesday or Thursday.
I’m sincerely sorry to anybody disappointed by this move. My decision has nothing to do with a lack of visitorship or engagement; TF has awesome readers. The reality is that time is just a limited resource.