After over a month of practically ignoring the markets I’m finally back this week. Kicked it off with a call on DIS on Wednesday. Bought at the bounce off the 50 day and sold when it hit the 20 day. Also in a call on LUV. Made it through yesterday’s 30 point drop somehow and I’m still hanging on.
So what kept me from trading? I’m glad you asked. First, my son was teething. I know you’re probably thinking, ‘what’s the big deal?’ It was horrible! Fever, EXTREME irritability, little or no naps, clingy, a terrible rash, etc. all for 1 little tooth. The only perk was the constant cuddles. He doesn’t watch TV but we made a definite exception that week as Sesame Street, Arthur and anything else that Public Television had on was at least a temporary distraction from his pain. I had no idea what parents meant when they said the T word (teething) until I had my own and please don’t tell me you didn’t even notice when your perfect little angel was getting a tooth. I don’t want to hear it. At least not yet, it’s still too painfully fresh in my mind.
Then there was a trip to Wisconsin and Iowa to see friends and my grandparents, Aunts and Uncles. My parents are both from Wisconsin so I have a bit of that cheese lovin’, braut and sauerkraut eatin’ German in me still. Here is our son with his great grandparents.
Then there was all the produce that had to be ‘put up’ when we got home. I canned pickles, salsa, relish and tomato soup. Put up peaches, dried basil, made tons of applesauce, froze gallons of cut up pepper slices, 44 bags of sweet corn off the cob, etc. When the produce is ready, it won’t wait and I had to use nap times for that instead of trading.
Then to top it all off my husband and I made another offer on a house and surprisingly they accepted it. I mean it was a much lower offer than listed price and they had already dropped the price 2 times over the past year. It is so fun to look back over the last almost 2 years of house hunting and see God’s guidance through it all. He had us by the hand the whole time as we sought his wisdom each step of the way. We were so shocked they accepted our offer and didn’t counter and to top it off God made it all come together on our 5 year wedding anniversary. Sometimes I just think he’s showing off a little and I love it and love HIM!! 🙂
We have a lot of work to do on it. Probably 3-4 months of constant work but it’ll be fun right? Ummmm….we’ll try to make it fun anyway. The hardest part is that so much involves painting and I can’t paint while I pregnant which leads me to the final thing that kept me from trading….
I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and utterly exhausted and nauseated. Most of my sons naptimes included at least one 20 minute mommy nap. Oh how good that would feel to curl up on the couch. I was out the moment my head hit the pillow. I tried looking at charts one time and was dosing while at my desk. Sometimes a break is in order.
So what did I think of my month break from trading? I looooooooooooved it. Just loved it. I didn’t feel so pulled in different directions, trying to take care of my husband, son and household and my stock positions and opportunities. I was able to just focus on being a wife and mom. It’s definitely a juggling act to do both and the time off gave me some time to clear my head and adjust my trading strategy a bit.
Well, now I’m just starting into my second trimester and so far the old adage that it’s the the time where I’ll feel the best and have the most energy is ringing true so I’m going to use every bit of energy I have these next 3 months while I have them to accomplish some of my pre baby bucket list which includes learning spreads and placing at least 1 spread. So needless to say…