Friday, November 16, 2007

Searching for Sympathy...

I am pretty sure that all women who have experienced the so called "morning sickness" of pregnancy would agree that the term is actually a mockery. A more accurate term would be 24/7 sickness. I know I shouldn't complain because I haven't experienced the joys of throwing up, but there have been close calls. I was feeling much better, but for the last three days that dreadful feeling has returned. I just want to crawl under a blanket and sleep for hours. But I am not even sure that would work because I have yet to sleep through the night without getting up 2 or 3 times to go to the bathroom. Poor Nate gets woken up everytime. I can only imagine how bad it is going to be once I get bigger.

Also thanks to hormones...

I have always been pretty good at crying, but over the last few weeks the flood gates have been opened. It is to the point where I will cry at a cheesy commercial. What gets me the most these days is "The Biggest Loser". When the kicked off contestant goes home and they talk about how much weight they have lost and how much progress they have made I turn into a fountain of tears. I guess I just feel so proud of their success:). Extreme Makeover Home Edition usually tugs at those heart strings as well. Last night when I was having a particularly hard night I had to cancel an aerobics class I was supposed to team teach. I called the other instructor to let her know I wouldn't be there and after getting off the phone I just sat there and cried. I was so frustrated that my body wasn't letting me do the things I wanted to do. Nate is good to me and just let me snuggle with him until I fell asleep. Luckily today isn't such a dramatic day and everything is going to be okay:)

I am still thrilled to be pregnant and know this will all be worth it. My dad thinks I am having a girl and has already started throwing out some names. For the most part his suggestions are pretty good, but of course he likes to throw out such ideas as Monkey. For those of you who know my dad that shouldn't come as a suprise to you.

Now time for me to brag... Nate got a 98% on his Cell Biology test this week!!! He works so hard to get good grades and the hard work is definitely paying off. He consistently pulls A's on his tests. I am very impressed with his dedication. He is no longer okay with anything less than 94% on any tests. He has at least 1 or 2 tests a week so this isn't an easy task. I am a very proud wife!

Friday, November 9, 2007

3 jobs in 3 months...

Not bad if you ask me:). I am not necessarily proud of my track record but each job keeps getting better and better so I am okay with it. I started working as a personal trainer at Aspen Athletic. I knew I didn't want to do it, but for some reason I got pressured into it (the fact I was desparate for a job didn't help). That job sucked! It is pretty much a sales job, and I am the world's worst sales person ever. There were days where I would cry the whole way home after a long day of nothing. A little over a month ago I was hired on with Allied/Nationwide insurance doing corporate wellness. Similar to what I was doing back at American Express. I took a pay cut, but thought it would be better than working the PT job and hating my life everyday. About a week ago I received an offer from the group fitness director at Aspen to be her assistant, with the plan to take over her job part-time in February. I will also be teaching a bunch of different group exercise classes (BodyJam, BodyPump, Spinning, TurboKick, Step and my personal favorite SilverSneakers). Pretty much I will work 1/2 as much and make more money than I am currently making. I decided I would be crazy to not take the job. I put in my two weeks today at Allied (was scared out of my mind, and a little embarressed). I will also be doing some in-home personal training (which I love!). I think it is going to be perfect. Hopefully I can stick this one out! The more I quit the easier it gets, plus I get to celebrate everytime I get a new and better job:).

It is a good thing my wonderful husband is putting in the hard work to be a doctor. If it were up to me to support the family we would be doomed. I will gladly accept my new and upcoming role as mom! I hope I will be much more successful at that job.

Much Love!

Murder Mystery Dinner Party...

Some friends of ours put together a super fun murder mystery party last weekend. Everyone totally dressed and played their parts. Nate was supposed to be a comedy writer that dressed avant-garde. We had to google avant-garde to figure out what it even meant. It still didn't make a lot of sense so Nate just dressed in whatever cool stuff he could find at the Salvation Army. I was told to dress as a talk show host that was definitely not skinny. I too found my sweet pink suit coat at the Salvation Army. Nate's cousin (Logan) is the one dressed as a gay guy. Weirdness must run in the Rencher family. I fear our children have no hope of being normal:)

The highlight of the night was the fabulous dinner. Everyone that came pitched in and it turned out delicious. I was in charge of making homemade rolls because I finally found a bread recipe that I can't screw up...or at least I thought. I woke up at 6:00am to make the dough because I had to go to a group exercise training all day long and wouldn't have time to make them later. I left Nate with the instructions on how to finish up for me. I called Nate mid-way through the day to find out if the rolls turned out. His response, "They look more like biscuits than rolls". They still tasted fine so we took them to the party anyway. I don't think anyone really cared about the rolls because we had delicious chocolate crepes for dessert. It is times like this that I use the "I am eating for two excuse", and without hesitation I ate it all!

The friends we have made out here are wonderful and I feel very blessed! Nate has a lot of good friends from school and I have found a great group of girls to hang out with when the boys are studying late. We really are living the good life.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Welcome to Iowa!

Just thought you might like to know what we have been up to since we have been gone...

You haven't experienced Iowa until you have experienced to Iowa state fair. We were informed prior to moving out here that we were going to make it in time for the Iowa state fair, and that we had to go to it. Especially to see the cow made out of butter. So despite the unbelievably hot, humid, sticky weather we made the trek. The deep fried twinkies were DELICIOUS! Next year I want to try the deep fried Snickers and Ding Dong. It really was worth the trip, and I have posted a few pics so that you too can experience true Iowa fun:).

Happy Halloween!

Halloween itself was a rather lame day. Nate had a big test on Thursday he had to cram for so Wednesday night at about 10:00 p.m. I think we both finally realized it was Halloween. I didn't even buy any Halloween candy which is quite a sham. We did get a chance to celebrate prior to Halloween though so we weren't complete losers. We had a few friends over to our little apartment for a pumpkin carving party. It is always fun to tell people around here what my plans are for the weekend. The fact that we were carving pumpkins without children, and it had nothing to do with alcohol, seemed to be a little weird to most. I tried my best to be a good hostess. I made a yummy chip dip (which was a hit), mummy cupcakes (unfortunately not everyone could tell what they were supposed to be), and chocolate fondue (which was a complete flop). We bought a fondue set at a garage sale, and apparently there was a reason the previous owners were trying to get rid of it. All in all we had fun.

A little about our pumpkins...we bought them at a place called Pumpkin World. We were surrounded by pumpkins, and Nate thought he had died and gone to heaven. The place had little red wagons to put your pumpkins in as you shopped around, which Nate loved. I wish I had a picture of his happy little face. We wanted to buy one of the huge pumpkins that I could barely pick up until we realized it would cost around $15.00-20.00 so we opted for the smaller sizes and bought one for me, Nate, and the baby.

We did get to go to a Murder Mystery Dinner a few days after Halloween but I don't have the pics transferred to my computer yet so the details will have to wait for another day.