How I spent my morning

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Because of some holiday plans (which I will share later when more details are set in stone), I needed to take care of the actual paperwork of changing my name sooner rather than later. Since we’ve gotten married, I have been socially changing everything, but hadn’t quite braced myself to handle the legal change yet.

Originally, I wasn’t sure that I was legally going to change it. It felt a little like I was giving up a piece of my identity, and because of my choice of career, it was frankly going to be a lot more paperwork than I wanted to mess with. The Mister and I have had countless discussions on the subject. When we first got engaged, he was incredibly stubborn about wanting me to change my name socially and legally, but in the long run, he left the decision up to me.

This morning I took the baby steps to making it happen. I took myself downtown to the federal building to the local Social Security office. The process was a lot less time-consuming than I thought it would be; I was in and out in about 20 minutes, and my new card will be coming in the mail in a few weeks.

Since I had much more time than I had planned before heading into the office, I popped by the express DMV on the way to work and got a shiny new license.

I even got a decent license photo; that almost never happens.

I have to say that even though I’ve been married for three months now (time flies!), it’s really strange signing my new name. It’s completely unnatural not to have to stop and think about forming the new letters with the pen. And when the clerk at the DMV called me by my new name, that was strange too.

All in all, the two most important changes took less than an hour. Let’s see how getting updated passport photos and handling the bank accounts goes tomorrow.