Sunday, March 23, 2008

Married!



Jack and I are married now. The wedding was beautiful and perfect. I couldn't have asked for better weather either. We are tired, but so excited. We leave for the honeymoon in Hawaii on Saturday.

Jack was so very sweet, and even though I didn't see him much at the reception (people to see, you know), he was adorable and made time to dance with me when he heard a song he thought I'd like (and trust me, dancing is not exactly his favorite past-time). He had also had a special arrangement of flowers and a hand-written letter delivered to me while I was getting dressed before the wedding.

Thank you for all the gifts and cards... what amazing friends we have. We took the cards with us to the hotel last night and read them while we ate a wonderfully expensive room-service sandwich. It was so much fun.

And on that note, Jack surprised me by taking me to the Mansion at Turtle Creek for the wedding night. When we got there, there was soft music playing, rose petals all over the bed, champaign and chocolate-covered strawberries, and he had arranged for framed engagement pictures and a framed bridal portrait to be placed around the room on tables. The bridal portrait was tricky because he didn't want to see it before the wedding, so he had our photographer pick one out and print it, then had friends frame it and deliver it to the hotel so he wouldn't see it. The view from our room was also beautiful. We were on the 5th floor with a view of the Dallas skyline. In the morning, an incredible (huge!) breakfast was delivered to the room on a beautifully decorated table, and we enjoyed our breakfast as we looked out the window at the view. He left nothing out.

There are so many more wedding details and stories to tell (and pictures to post!), but I don't have the energy at the moment. The main thing is it went very well and I am now Mrs. Jack Hornbuckle. It's a good day.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

I L-O-V-E my new J-O-B!

To those of you who don't know yet, I started my first "big-girl" job yesterday! I'm the new Spanish Broadcast Editor for a radio ministry. And no, I don't speak Spanish, but I'm hoping that I will learn a lot of it in the next few years. My job is to assemble an international radio program (which airs in 20 countries), and to pick up some slack for the english version (Chuck Swindoll's) as well. [The picture on the left is Jack and me with his credit card bill, where I wrote all the information when they offered me the job]. Here's some awesome stuff about my job:
  • The people!! On my first day, everybody welcomed me very warmly; there were flowers on my desk from one of the girls I work with and a Bible in my drawer from two of the guys. They also had a special lunch for me too, and the other group is having one with me on Thursday.
    I have my own office! And yes, it's because you need to be in a studio to edit the audio, and I would really bother others with all the noise if I didn't have a door to close, but that's still pretty fun.
  • They have a fitness incentive program, in which you earn one point for every day you work out 40 minutes or more. After you earn 240 points, you get another week of vacation. Time to go back to taekwondo.
  • They give you a day off for your birthday, and you can choose to take it any time 30 days before or after your birthday (I'll be passing that one up because I'm taking a week off for the honeymoon in 3 weeks!)
    They all think the name "Hornbuckle" is hillarious, and joke that it won't fit on my name plate. [By the way, I had to have a longer name-plate than everyone else, because they were right.]

  • The calendar on the bullitan board is "Nuns Having Fun," and this month's nuns are sparring a little kid. Even better, I can see it from my desk.
    On the white board next to the nuns having fun, somebody wrote "mucho luncho."
  • Post-it notes, dry-erase board, bullitan boards, you name it! (I love office supplies, what can I say?)
  • I came at a really wonderful time; they're getting all kinds of new computers and audio equipment that I might just get to play with. Woo!
  • There's a Starbucks within walking distance!
  • First day lunch conversation:
    Erin: "Have you ever played the game 'warshers?'"
    Everybody else: "WaRshers?" [Lots of laughing and teasing about saying "washers" with an "r"]
    Donna: "What do you do with your clothes?"
    Erin: "Oh, you keep them on!"
  • I'm picking up the audio program they use pretty easily, and now I'm even dreaming that I'm using it. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not.
  • If you listen to the program the week of April 7, you can know that I edited those and put them together.

Anyway, here's my advice to my college friends from this "wise" old graduate - hold out for the right job when you graduate. Like most things, it's worth the wait.