So we went out and bought some new furniture, and it arrived yesterday. I love it! It makes our place look like a completely new home... the living room seems bigger and more airy, and we actually want to be in the living room now. I walk into the living room and instantly have a smile on my face. If you want to feel like you're living in a new house, I highly recommend purchasing new furniture. After all, it's cheaper than buying a new house, isn't it?
One of the things that can come along with getting married is getting a new name. In my world, it's like a package deal: "Husband 1.0 comes with new last name for you!" (* Some assembly required.) Sweet, I can handle this, right? Right. A few papers here and there, no problem.
Let me tell you: changing your name is a heck of a lot of work! I have done 95% of the work now, but I still feel like I'm in limbo -- when I talk to people that I already know, especially in a professional setting, how do I let them know that my name changed? Is it a footnote in the conversation? Do I correct them when they call me by my maiden name? When I leave voicemails, what last name do I leave in the message? Lots of questions, no great answers.
Okay, back to the "work" side of changing your name... there are a lot of places that you need to change your name, places that you never even think of... here's a sampling of places where your name is important:
Social Security (obvious, right?)
Driver's License (easy -- done in 30 minutes, and my photo is seriously HOT!)
Bank (I'll write another post about this one later... still in the middle of it!)
Passport (10 to 12 weeks? Yikes!)
Credit cards (Really? All I had to do was call the 800 number? Too easy!)
Car title (whooppsss, forgot this one!)
Grocery & other loyalty clubs
Airlines -- mileage plans, etc. (I'll write about this one in another post too...)
And the list keeps going, and going, and going, just like the Energizer Bunny!
I have to say, though, I am enjoying my new name -- it's really kind of growing on me!