What Working on the Texas/Mexico Border is Really Like

I verified that the pistol loaded with hollow points and stun gun/flashlight was still in his truck.  These were the questions I asked my husband every day while he worked on the border of Texas and Mexico as an engineer in the oilfield.  Since we live in Austin, I was initially naive about what was […]

Who I Am When You Aren’t Around

I sometimes can’t help but wonder, if you’ve become somewhat of a stranger to me, have I become a stranger to you?  I’ve seen who you are change through our almost 6 years of marriage (as to be expected), and each time I feel something quite unexpected: surprise. Who is this man before me now? […]

How to Survive as an Oilfield Wife

Oilfield wives come in all shapes and sizes, as do their oilfield husbands. Some work outside the home, some have kids, some are homemakers, some see their husbands every day, and others go months without being together. As much as the lifestyles vary, the resources that are needed to survive the life of an oilfield […]

Why Low Gas Prices Aren’t a Good Thing

There are two types of people in this world, those who love low gas prices, and those who see the benefit of a strong energy sector and higher oil prices. As an oilfield wife, my husband’s job has been at risk ever since prices began tumbling.  Everyone working in this industry has been laid off […]

9 Things I Love about Oilfield Men

I know oilfield workers can’t be lumped into any one group – they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There is a vast range of jobs included in the “oilfield” and the workers are just as varied.  They range from the lowest rig hand to the highest CEO. From production, to service, to transportation. […]

Disconnected

It happened from both sides, the disconnection from others once we settled into oilfield life.  At some point I looked up and realized that we didn’t have as many friends as we used to.  We didn’t get the plethora of invites to holiday parties like we once did in our pre-oilfield days.  Sometimes I feel […]

Haters [gonna] Hate

“If I get it all down on paper, it’s no longer inside of me, Threatening the life it belongs to And I feel like I’m naked in front of the crowd Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud And I know that you’ll use them, however you want to” -Anna Nalick, Breathe (2 […]

Oilfield Parenting… What the heck am I doing?

Oilfield parenting is different than other parenting. It’s sort of like single parenting… but not. Other times it’s sort of like parenting with two stay-at-home parents… but not. It’s in a class of it’s own. Sometimes I feel on top of my game and I really think I have an idea of what’s going on […]

Dear 2016

Dear 2016, Might I ask you a favor?  Well, I’m going to go ahead and ask for it anyway whether you like it or not.  It is actually going to be several favors, some more important than others. Can we have some stability in oil and gas right now?  I would love for oil prices […]

New Year, Old Me

Anyone that knows me in person knows that I loathe New Years. This year I think I’ve finally realized why. Besides the basics (Christmas is over, the magic is over, the pretty lights come down, etc.), it is a reminder that, once again, another year is gone and I’m still the same ol’ me. I […]