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Some things change, others stay the same

One week back into real life, and I haven’t quite made the adjustment back yet. The days seem too short, nights end too early, and life just isn’t quite as enjoyable as it is when you’re on vacation. Suddenly bedtime becomes an important thing again, and you know that leisurely ways are a thing of the past.

All in all, it’s not bad. The “real life” thing treats me pretty well. I have well managed finances, a job that I enjoy, a car that runs, a husband (sounds weird, eh?) who treats me fabulously well, good friends and plenty of projects and events to keep me busy. It’s easy to forget about the good things of the real world along with the bad. Sure, when you’re on vacation, your visa bill is non-existent (the card, however, nearly melted from use), diets are a forbidden word, taxis are readily available, your bed is magically made up every day, your room cleans itself, HBO is free… the list goes on and on. It’s easy to get caught up in the “we’re on vacation” mindset. But, you also miss out on things like awesome Halloween parties, friend’s birthdays (happy birthday Jen & Karri!), standard weekly get togethers with friends and family, and all of the other comforts of being at home.

So we’re back at it – as a couple now officially recognized by the state.

We have a ton of wedding & honeymoon pictures. We’re sorting through them all and will post soon. If you have any wedding pictures you’d like to share, please put them on a cd and send them to us! We’d love to have them (original versions work best – in case there’s anything we want to include in our book or have enlarged). Or if you have traditional film photos, we’d love to see those, too!

As for a wedding photo album, that’s also still in the works. I used MyPublisher for the book we had sitting out at the reception, and plan to use the same for our wedding photos. We originally we’re going to do any real album – just print up a few of the best pictures for ourselves, but after I got our sample book back from MyPublisher, it was such great quality and so easy to do that I was motivated to use it for the wedding pictures, too! Of course, this will be after much photoshop-ing of sweatiness, red eye, and any other imperfections we find on our otherwise perfect photos.

Getting the honeymoon pictures online is in the works right now. Ben has posted some to our photo gallery (currently Days 1, 2 & 3) and he’s hard at work sorting through the remaining photos. These ones haven’t been photoshop-ed yet, so it’s all the real thing, good or bad. We took enough photos to be selective about the ones we post – we have a rather large selection to choose from.

So, while I’m spending my days hard at work, Ben is at home enjoying his sabbatical. It’s not all lounging and relaxing for him, though. He’s assigned himself some noteworthy post wedding projects (i.e. posting honeymoon pictures and creating slideshow videos), and also has some big plans for working on the house. He’s also taken me out to lunch, cooked me dinner every night, and even went with me to change my last name at the social security office.

Going back to the changing my last name thing – yup, that’s right, I’m officially Suzy P. now. At least to the Social Security department. To my bank, credit card companies, mortgage company, DMV, passport office, recipients of my email & business cards, et al I’m still Suzy K. So tonight, Ben is cooking me a special “because changing your last name is a pain” dinner. At least I’m getting something good out of it!

It was actually surprisingly easy to change my name at the social security office. They have an electronic kiosk where you log in when you arrive, stating the purpose of your visit. A little ticket prints out with a number assigned, then you sit and wait for your number to be called. After waiting about 10 minutes, they called out “A27”, and I went up to the counter and handed over my paperwork. (Ben snapped a picture of me with his phone to capture the moment.) I stood there as the social security worker entered my information from my application and looked over our marriage license. Then he printed out the info he’d just entered and had me review it. It all looked okay, so he printed out a receipt and told me to expect my new card in about a week. It took a few moments to realize it was over and I was free to go. I’d really expected it to be a long drawn out process, and was a little dumbfounded when it went so smoothly.

The social security piece of the name change is probably the most crucial of steps – so I’m glad it’s done. Now I have to decide what needs to come next – the list is rather daunting, and I’m not sure where to start. Especially since there’s such a large gap between applying for a name change and actually receiving the new version of whatever it is. For things like my credit cards, I have “See ID” written on the back of each card. So if I change my drivers license before I change my credit cards, my cards & ID won’t match up. Not even factoring in the 6 week waiting period between applying for a new license and actually getting it (you have to give them your old one). So I’m stuck with a paper license for 6 weeks while my new one is locked away “in process”. Luckily, I have a passport to fall back on, and I’ll just wait to change that over until the drivers license & credit cards are switched over. Then I’ll go through the lengthy process of obtaining a revised passport. Let’s hope there’s no need for any last minute international travel… since I also have to give up my old passport while the new one is being processed. What would one do if they didn’t have a secondary form of ID? You couldn’t travel during the interim, couldn’t purchase alcohol, couldn’t use your credit cards… the list continues. I guess I’m fortunate to have both (although it’s incredibly frustrating to me that the passport fee for a name change is the same as the original application fee ($67), which I paid just 2 years ago). To add insult to injury – all of the government document changes require a certified copy of our marriage license. At $13 a pop, that makes for one costly name change.

In other news – I learned how to knit last night! We were at Beth & Steve’s house, and Karin brought over some of her knitting supplies, with the intention of giving Beth a lesson, and ended up showing several of us the tricks of the trade. She left her yarn & knitting needles with us to continue after she left, and I went a little crazy with it. By the end of the evening, I had the beginnings of a nice scarf! Of course, it was my first attempt, so it wasn’t really the highest quality example, but it was a great start! I’m going to get some of my own supplies and start on some scarves ASAP. It’s almost addictive.

I’m excited to be getting so close to Christmas. I can’t wait to get a tree to decorate! Ben & I have all LED lights for our tree, so they don’t heat up at all and cost pennies to run. They’re also INCREDIBLY bright. But it’s awesome to have a high tech tree – even our star is LED. I’m excited to share pictures (it’ll be a while, though -after we get our tree).

That’s it for me… have a great night and an even better weekend!

Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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