How Come I'm the Only One Who Kept My Maiden Name?

My name is Christie O’Brien Tate. It's the name I’ve had all my life.  It will always be my name, even though I'm married with two children, and I'm the only one in my household with the last name Tate.  For as long as I can remember, I planned to keep my maiden name.  Long before I read the work of Betty Friedan or Catharine MacKinnon, I knew I wanted my name to stay with me. Sometimes when people ask me why I kept my maiden name, I joke that I'm horrible with paperwork, so there's no way I was going to schlep down to the DMV to update my driver’s license. ...more
I'm a hyphen.  I've been a hyphen since I got married in 1996 (Gah!  I'm old!). I'm the only ... more

The Difference When You're Expecting Your Fourth

As I'm only parenting two kids, I can't speak to the truth of what Amy at The Lawyer Mom shared in a recent post. I'd like moms of four (or more!) kids to chime in about how people treat you when your fourth kid is on the way. I want to find moms expecting their fourth baby now and shower them with love and presents... and not my dirty dishes! ...more
My third came with a bonus fourth (twins).  Everyone thinks we're nuts, we probably are.  When I ... more

I've Got a Hot Date on Friday!

I'm married to an outlaw.  A law-breaker.  A man willing to flaunt his stuff for the entire law enforcement community to see as he zips by in his bright yellow Saturn coupe.He's forgotten to renew his driver's license and it is now been expired for nearly three months.D'oh!...more

I appreciate the comment -- I just hope it doesn't take us all day to get the ... more