— Dr. MLK, Jr.
when strangers ask me what my last name is - in a sneaky attempt to decipher my ethnicity - and i answer “truscott.” #gameover
apply for a new social security card - check!
surprisingly smooth and easy. manhattan’s social security card office has their logistics in order! wow government agency, way to be efficient. it took me less than 15 minutes from entering the building to leaving with my receipt indicating my new multi-syllabic surname. and i still got to work early.
the hubby was so sweet & made me a scrumptious to-go breakfast sammy to eat en route as i left at 6:40 am-ish (the SS office opens at 7 am! huzzah!). you know what they say about the early bird, etc. i’m pretty sure he was half asleep when making it so i am extra grateful.
next steps: wait for new social security card in mail, head to DMV. i have a feeling this might be the painful one. we shall see…
some quick wedding memories/highlights i want to jot down from behind-the-scenes before i forget them:
- being tackled by liz at 8 in the morning to her shouting “you’re getting MARRIED!!” and then watching her immediately burst into tears. god i love her.
- learning that mer is an incredible hanson impersonator. her rendition of MMMbop is MMMazing.
- bugs loving and swarming my dress at spohr gardens for photos and not caring at all.
- riding a limo for the first time in my life with all of my sisters i’ve collected through the years: my two Pak siblings, the two via in-laws, old (huli, ashmo) and newish (mer).
- 'first look' w/ kyle. no words.
- figuring out how to use a toilet wearing The Dress and having alina and ashmo in the stall coaching me through the process. btw, i will save this rant for later but i’m pretty sure there’s something symbolic about the bride’s dress & how it makes a woman quite incompetent to do most things by herself, from putting on the dress, to putting on shoes, to walking, to peeing, etc.
- seeing aunts and uncles and cousins i haven’t seen in 10+ years, and introducing them to kyle for the first time, whose family i’ve known for almost that long now.
i don’t think i’ve ever felt so much love and happiness in one day before. i get why people say it’s The Best Day of Your Life. it isn’t meant to be pressure — it just actually is The Best Day ever, and it was over in a blink. i’m so glad we hired a videographer so i can re-live the ceremony, which erika officiated perfectly, hear kyle’s vows again, see how i actually delivered my vows, and re-live the toasts (one of my favorite parts of the evening).
my cheeks hurt in the best of ways from smiling and laughing so much.