Posts Tagged ‘name change’

Name change nearing completion

Yes, yes, my name change is still not done! But I have received my social security card, updated my work’s payroll AND display name (on email and the inter-employee chat we use), got back my new passport, and went to the DMV to update my driver license. It actually was really easy to change my name on payroll. Changing it on my work email and chat? Took forever! And it’s still not updated on my work computer login.

I’m glad I got the passport back, and proud of myself for mailing it in ASAP so that 1) I wouldn’t have to pay again since I got it within the last year, and 2) so I would have it back right away and not drag this out any longer. The very last place I went was the DMV, and that’s because there’s a 1 month wait for an appointment! And it’s pretty much impossible to go without an appointment, unless you want to take the day off work. The actual change was easy enough – they didn’t even want to see the social security card! But they did say that they electronically verify it with them, so it needs to already be changed there.

I now have an interim license again for the first time in 9 years. I was surprised by the amount of people also getting interim licenses….people I seriously doubt were getting their first license OR changing their name. I wonder what else would cause that? Also, when I had my permit, it had my picture attached, so you knew right away how your license would look. But the interim license has no picture, so it will just be a big surprise to me how it looks! I didn’t like that I had to get a new photo (thought at least I knew in advance so I could try to look good), my old photo is one of the best pics of me ever (somehow!).

Once I get my new driver license in 2-4 weeks, and my work computer login changed, I think I’ll be all done with my name change! I bet I’ll discover some other crucial area that needs updating that I’ve forgotten, but I really hope not!

More chores, with pizza

Today was much like yesterday – lots of chores. In fact, we got the place pretty clean. It was a huge mess around the time of the wedding, and that had barely changed until this weekend. Now the mess is manageable, and I’m hoping to be rid of it entirely soon enough. My legs ache as though I had been running all day. Hopefully an entire’s day of cleaning = a workout.

We had the same breakfast as yesterday, the pancakes were just too good! We didn’t get any photos though.

For dinner, Josh tested out the new All-Clad pizza stone! We got a peel at Sur La Table last week, since previous pizza failures had been blamed on the lack of one. Tonight’s pizza featured Alton Brown’s original crust (though we did not do the rise overnight – but we have another ball of dough in the fridge that is taking that trip), Ragu’s “no sugar added” tomato and basil sauce, because I can’t stand the sweetness of commercial sauces these days and didn’t feel like cooking up my own batch of sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms and green pepper.

IMG_9184 I am le tasty!

It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it was just slightly larger than personal pizzas. We each had half of this one – and we each complained of being too full after! Good thing we didn’t each have a “personal” pizza.

I really enjoyed the mushrooms and green peppers, but I feel like it needs some kind of cheese mix rather than just mozzarella. I’m trying to think what other Italian cheeses are used on pizzas – provolone, parmesan? I’m not even sure. But I think a bit of a cheese blend would be nice. I’m also not totally sold on the sauce we used. I think if I would have made some fresh, it would have been better. But it worked well enough.

What I really liked was the crust!!! I’m not sure if it was the recipe or the stone or both, but this was far superior to previous pizzas. Previously we had done a mock Pizza Hut personal pan pizza, and it was delicious but it was also reaaaaally greasy, and we undercooked it a bit. After that, we had done some that I believe were the pizza dough version of “pain perdue”, a rustic French style bread – and those were nice but they were too crispy and not enough flavor. This one though, it had good flavor, good chew, AND a nice crisp bottom on it. It was great!!! Even though when making it, the dough refused to come together based on the measurements given. I should also note that pizza is another of Josh’s dishes – he’s the one who made all aforementioned pizzas (though I was the sauce maker, and I frequently help in prepping the toppings as well as doing the actual topping).

Yesterday, my new Social Security card came in the mail! This means I can finally change my name at work! How absurd that work is the last place to get the update. This also means that I am ready for my DMV appointment in 3 weeks. One thing that is weird, is my first name has been misspelled at work since I started there, despite me trying to get them to fix it (well, it’s right everywhere except on my checks and tax documents!). My last paycheck came on Friday, I had not sent them anything (no name change, no new W4 yet), and yet they fixed my name. What is that all about?! All of the sudden, 3 full years later. Hopefully sending in my new W4 with my new name does not cause confusion as they take over 1 month to change my name in the work system.

One Month Anniversary

We’ve been married 1 month today! Yay! To celebrate, we broke out our new wedding gift table decor, and some of the actual wedding decor.

First, I started by cooking the dinner, which was Chicken Marsala.


Double the mushrooms, just how I like.

I set the table using the same table runner and gold charger plate that we used at the wedding. The other dishes and flatware are new! :D


Then I added a fancy shamncy fan-fold napkin with napkin ring. I’ve never had a cloth napkin or napkin ring before!IMG_9107 

The table all set!IMG_9114 

The newlyweds!IMG_9116 

The meal, finished and plated! I put too much sauce on this one, oops.IMG_9121


Josh is ready to eat!


Josh has been sick today, getting a sore throat :( By dinnertime, the sore throat was achieved, but he still pushed through the meal (I did offer to make something else if he preferred). But his favorite part was dessert! The second-to-last leftover piece of our wedding cake! And milk in the coffee cup, cuz that’s how we roll (in a circle).IMG_9127 

The anticipation!IMG_9130


Everything was delicious! I managed to get what seemed like the entire kitchen dirty, despite this being a 1-pot meal. Josh was a trooper and did all of the dishes while I put away the leftovers.

The new china and flatware has been safely locked away back in their respective boxes. We would leave it out but honestly, we don’t have the space for it. We have about 3-4x the kitchen items as we have kitchen space :( I look forward to when we get a house with a huuuuge kitchen! I don’t want to be one of those couples that only uses their wedding china once a year or less, but it probably will end up that way at least until we have a bigger space.

In today’s mail I got my first new debit card with my new name! Along with the forms I need to fill out to change 2 other accounts. Still no social security card, which means my name continues to be wrong at work. If my next paycheck is made out to my old name, will social security not record it and will there be an issue? Work’s website says how it’s important to have everything correct or SS may not record the paychecks properly…but then they won’t let me change it until I have the new card so…not really anything I can do there.

Hopefully Josh’s sore throat gets better soon!