- I am far too lazy to write four names. So Mrs. Firstname Middlename Maidenname-Lastname was definitely not an option.
- I didn't want to saddle my kids with a hyphenated name. It's fine for single syllable names, but the combination of our two real last names is a bit of a mouthful. If you know them, try saying them several times fast.
- I'm much more attached to my last name than my middle name.
- I wanted to be Mrs. Bark at least some of the time.
But here's the thing: do you have any idea how difficult it is to legally change your name? Especially given that I am a fairly established adult with multiple credit cards, bank accounts, utility accounts, health insurance, car insurance, renters insurance, paychecks, etc... It took three trips to Social Security to get the first step done (I didn't have a certified marriage certificate the first time, the line was too long the second time). I can't even stomach the thought of going to the DMV and waiting in line. Mr. HB needs a new driver's license too, though, so we'll be making the trip sooner rather than later.
At any rate, the change is underway. Let's hope it doesn't put anyone over the edge of sanity with its difficulty...