I'm completely fascinated by the discussion going on in the comments of Tomato Nation over addressing letters to "Mr. and Mrs. John Smith." (Note: you will never get me addressing letters using that convention.) But it also got me to thinking ahead to three years from now, when I receive the title of "Dr."
What will you call the two of us, formally speaking, when I'm Dr. [Ourlastname]? A lot of the conventions are built around the assumption that only men have the Dr. title. (Of course, we're most comfortable as "Chris and Maryanne Ourlastname") There's part of me that really really looks forward to letters addressed to "Dr. and Mr. Ourlastname." Also, will someone please commit to referring to Chris solely as "Mr. Dr. Ourlastname*," in the style of "Mrs. Dr. Blythe"?
(Okay, while Chris is looking forward to being "Dr. and Mr." or "Mr. and Dr.," he's not so sure what he thinks about "Mr. Dr.")
*where you substitute our actual last name for "Ourlastname"