I realized today that as a thirty-something (nearing 40) wife of a doctor I should probably get a more grown up email address. Maybe one that includes my name as an identifier, instead of a funny hobby I had in my twenties.
I was setting up our utilities and they were gathering my contact information, including email address, when it became clear it was time to grow up. As I was giving my response I even shuddered. What was I thinking?
Do you ever see some one's email address and go "huh, I wonder what that's all about". It is like trying to decode a vehicle's vanity license plate. I am afraid I might have an email address like that. I have to spell it every time I give it because in 2003 when I created that particular account I thought it would be cute to spell a normal word differently because it would be pronounced the same way, but would start with my first initial.
At the time it all made sense. It conveyed a piece of who I was, what I did, what I enjoyed. It was fun and not just a boring old name. I had a boring name email address at work (when I worked), I wanted something else for my personal use.
But, seriously now (almost 10 years later) it is time that I drop the cutesy email address and join the ranks of other grownups who use email addresses for respectable purposes.
Trouble is, someone has already taken my name. So now I am left with xxxxxx1, or xxxxxx2, or adding some number/character/letter than is meaningless just to get my name in there. If only I would have used my name in the first place I might have gotten it first. Well, that might be true - but I have a different last name now. Darn, I just can't win!