Thursday, August 30, 2012

The dreaded name change

As of yesterday I am officially finished with the name change process! I know what you're thinking, it's about time? Well confession time, y'all. I'm the world's worst procrastinator. Shocker, I know. In less than a week we will have been married for three months so needless to say I'm glad to be done! I'm the type of person that puts off things that I don't know how to do. There's been all this talk about the dreaded DMV (technically DDS, but who calls it that?) and how crowded and horrible it is, so I have successfully talked myself out of going for almost three months. Chris and I went to the Social Security office about a month ago to get my new SS card and it was a breeze. There were only about four people in there and the lady that helped us was super sweet. 

Chris kept trying to talk me into going while he was conveniently working, but that did not fly. I told him, "If it was up to me I wouldn't have changed my name, so you are not getting out of this one buddy!" He dreaded going so much that he tried to talk me out of changing my name. Hah! We are pathetic. Unfortunately it was already on our marriage application so we were stuck! We looked up the requirements online a zillion times but I still found it confusing. I swear that different pages told us different things! In case any of you are wondering, here is what I needed:

Certified copy of my birth certificate (25 bucks at the courthouse. Ripoff)
Old Drivers License (bye-bye cute teenage photo)
New Social Security Card
Marriage Certificate (The actual certificate sent after the wedding)
Application for Marriage (I needed this to show that I was hyphenating my name)
2 proofs of residency (bank statement, bill sent to that address, etc)

We got there at about 8:15 and there were only about five people waiting. I actually needed all the above documents so I am so glad I took everything I own with me. Everything was easy peasy until the end. The system was down so the lady said she couldn't put in all my information until it came back up. We could either hang out until it came back up or come back later. I've seen the DMV on the news enough lately to know that "coming back later" would be disastrous. Fortunately she said we could bypass the line and come straight back to her to get my temporary card. AKA, see ya later homegirl! We left the office and headed back into town for a while. We went to Chick-fil-a for breakfast, and made pit stops at Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, and Big Lots before heading back. The system was back up and we were good to go! I'm glad I got to bypass the line because the office was ridiculously crowded! Screaming babies and all. I am SO thankful to have that done, y'all! It was like a little rain cloud hanging over my head! Now if I can just figure out the paperwork for substituting here, I'll be golden.

After we were done we went to the grocery store and stopped by Honey Baked Ham to use an old gift certificate Chris got from work. Another confession: I am obsessed with Ham. Like, ugly obsessed. I swear I could eat it every meal, every day, for the rest of my life. We picked up our 8 pound baby and headed to the house! Ham and Macaroni and Cheese? Yes, please! Needless to say, yesterday was a very happy day at the Watts-Savage house!

{PS, if you missed my post about hyphenating my name read it here}


  1. I am glad this is over! No more name changes. Haha. You are a wonderful cook and an even better wife! I love you so much. Now if I can only get this homework done we can settle in and watch a movie on the couch. :)

  2. Glad that wasn't too traumatic of an experience. It sure is harder than when I got married 10 years ago! I dread the DMV for any reason. Sounds like you got off really easy this time! :)

  3. I changed my name at the SS office and the DMV pretty early on. I'm STILL working on getting it changed on everything else though and we've been married 4 months on the 5th (next week!)

    1. Yeah I definitely don't have all the smaller things done! I've been changing my info as I go and keeping a list of what I have and haven't done. So much work!