Some hit from Romania - but hey - it's 5000 visitors in a little over a year! I know its small potatoes for some bloggers, but Im pretty excited! But, more than that, Im actually happy Ive stuck with something this long! Ive met some really great people, so thanks guys!
When you're pregnant, people say a lot of stupid things to you. Anything from, wow - how'd that happen?? to unwanted advice and horror stories.
Today I had the most stupid comment so far, I think. Someone (a frum person actually) asked me when I was due, my response, of course, was 9/11. Oh! they said, you dont want to give birth on that day!!! I kinda knew what they meant, but out of curiosity, just to see what they would say, i asked why...Well - you know - it was such a bad day! Yes it was, I said, but does that mean that no good things should ever happen on that day? After all, Tisha B'Av was a sad day too, but isn't Moshiach supposed to be born on Tisha B'Av? They stopped talking to me after that.......
Seriously I didnt mean to be a smartass and I guess the knee-jerk reaction to my due date IS to say - Oh that's horrible! - but really....why can't good things come from bad? If not, the terrorists win!
Or in other words.....think before you open your mouth to say something stupid to a hormonal pregnant woman in the homestretch!
my age, I went to school with her. She's the type of girl who is very supportive of every stupid thing Ive ever done in my life (and continue to do). Over the years she has gone "off the derech", (as I did at one point) but has told me that she has been going to chabad and has expressed an interest in being frum again, but through all of this talk, she continues to date her non-Jewish boyfriend. The reason, she says, is that no frum guy wants her right now (she hasn't actually made the commitment to be frum again, so THAT would be why).
Now she tells me that, with her (frum) parents blessing, she will be marrying her non-Jewish boyfriend in the near future. She wants to have children and a family, etc. She insists that she will be able to send her children to yeshiva and be frum, even though her husband isnt Jewish, and maybe she can. However, thought Im very much a "live and let live" kind of person, I strongly disagree, and am having a REALLY hard time feeling excited for her.
On one hand, I guess if she's happy, and her parents dont care, then, why should I? I suppose the answer lies in the bigger picture. I strongly feel that to intermarry, and by extension, support it, is to contribute to the downfall of the Jewish people. (For the record, my SO thinks this is a very extreme view).
So now, what do I do? So far I have managed to steer wedding talk to a different topic, but its only a matter of time before I will be forced to say something, either outright, or in the form of declining an invitation.
Now that Zev is in school, I have a little more time, so Ive decided to tie up a few loose ends - one being to post my trades from mid-July. Of course, they are posted at www.tr8ergirl.com (go there, buy a subscription!!), but since this is a tr8ergirl blog, I should post here as well. So here's goes, in a nutshell:
Profit/Loss for July 2008: WWW.............$0.50 AIR.................$0.50 FAST..............$0.50 PII..................$0.92 MTB................$0.53 EBAY (or XLNX)...$0.50 ATR................$0.50 or GILD......$0.89 XLNX............($0.35) MSFT..............$0.25 DST (or DOV)..$0.50 BDC (or TEX)..$0.50 JAKK.............($0.35) BEAV............($0.35) or MTW...$0.50 AMT................$0.50 ADP.................$0.50 or AKAM..($0.35) HBI.................$0.50 Total: $4.80 (This is the "worst case scenario" using the losses when there is a choice)
If you traded in 200 share lots, your profit would be $960.00. If you traded in 500 share lotss, your profit would be $2400.
Zev starts school tomorrow, and, as usual, I have been procrastinating in getting his school supplies. So I dug out the list today so we can go............HELLO!!!! It's sooooo freakin' long (and SPECIFIC!!) Look!!!
* 24 sharpened pencils (um...isnt that like asking to provide a chalkboard??) * 2 erasers (there are 24 erasers on the sharpened pencils, no?) * 1 pair of pointed Fiskar scissors (so the dollar store ones don't cut as well, I guess) * 6 UHU glue sticks (white) (6??? And besides, remember that big pot of Elmer's glue they would give you to share while doing a project, and that smell! And the token kid that would eat it! Ha! Good times!) * Assorted highlighers (to highlight our college textbooks?? In 2nd grade??) * 7 folders with bottom pockets, one of each of the following colors: red, purple, yellow, white, green, dark blue, student's choice (Im speechless on this one..) * 1 pack of colored pencils (12) * 1 pack thin markers (8) * 1 pack thick markers (8) * 1 pack crayons (16) * 3 black/white composition books * 2 boxes of tissues (sleeves, kids, sleeves!) * 12 yarmulkas (how about the one he wears to school with a ton of clips in it?) * 1 ruler with inches and centimeters * 1 box quart sized Ziploc storage baggies (IDK, I totally picture the morah taking home all the boxes of baggies and using them to pack her kids' lunches everyday) * 1 small pencil sharpener * 1 rainy day game (stop it!! Paper, crayons, scissors, all of which I provided...what else do you need on a rainy day??) * 1 smock * 7 recent photos (will not be returned) * 2 small, different photos of your child with a close up of your child's face (will not be returned) (so when he runs away, the cops will know what he looks like??) ________________________________________
I mean really.....what school doesnt provide flipping pencils to the kids? When I was a kid (ugh!) my mother send me to school with maybe a few notebooks and a folder. You got the pencils, crayons, etc at school - you know, those cool big crayons...and markers? Who the hell was allowed to use markers in 2nd grade anyway??
And families with multiple children......I don't know how you do it!! Do public schools have such a list?
Do you really buy your kids all the stuff on the list?
I've all but abandoned the daytrading for now to concentrate on the swing trades. Here's how it works:
I noticed that stocks that report worse than expected earnings AND have a price drop that day, seem to signal the start of a price downtrend. Therefore, at the close of the day that a stock reports worse than expected earnings AND the stock dropped, I short, and look for at least $0.50. Im also willing to wait for it a few days.