When Michael and I were married I decided I had, had enough surnames already. I was married twice before and had been using my maiden surname for years.
The main reason for keeping my surname was that I was too lazy to change bank detail, driver's licence and identity document. I was tempted to go double barrel as Michael's surname is Halbhuber, I really thought that Halbhuber-Pitschlitz would be a lovely tongue twister. At the time I was working for a call centre and I had a lot of fun with irate clients.
"I WANT YOUR FULL NAME"
"Ok never mind."
There are annoying parts to using my maiden surname. I keep trying to explain to people that I am Ms and not Mrs.
Sometimes in exasperation I say:
"MSSSSS Pitschlitz not Mrrrrssss it is my maiden surname, I am not married to my father that is sick."
More than once despite the fact that I always explain that I use my maiden surname, Michael has been called Mr Pitschlitz.
When we go on holiday and check into a hotel with our different surnames we get the knowing look, and I think they are thinking:
"Married, YEAH right."