I went to the social security office and changed my name to Regan Marie Parks today. This was not as scary as I thought it was going to be, especially after hearing other peoples tales of how wretched and miserable it is to change one's name.
And I'm sure some people are thinking I'm horrible for not keeping my maiden name in there somewhere, but for me that was not the right decision. Regan Weymouth Parks looked funny to me and Regan Marie Weymouth-Parks was too damn long. Plus, hypenated last names confuse me. Do people call me Mrs. Weymouth-Parks? Do my kids get a uber-long last name or are they just Parks? If I hypenate their names it doesn't sound right: Piper and Pippen Pickled Pepper Picker Weymouth-Parks. See, it just messes up the flow.