The Hitch from Hell


Every Oilfield Wife knows bad things wait to happen until AFTER the oil man goes back to work – – but this hitch took it to a whole new level. The stars lined up, and everything fell apart all at once.

We should have known something was up when the dogs got together and not only puked but also pooped in the house the night my Hot Oil Man left for the airport. There’s nothing quite like cleaning up dog messes at 3:00 in the morning. That was quite the send off. Then I starting having body aches and felt like I was coming down with something. I assumed it was a cold. After a week of fatigue and body aches, I came down with something fierce. I’ve had a fever for a week, cough, sore throat, upset stomach, earache…you name it, I have it. NOT how you want to be feeling during the busiest time of the year, right as all the school year activities start. And of course, this happens while I’m home alone.

I had a big shopping trip planned with the kids to kick off our school year. We were going to drive to Anchorage and spend the day shopping and playing at the Mall. We were all looking forward to this trip for weeks, but it got canceled due to me being sick. The kids were so disappointed. Another thing gone wrong.

Not only do I feel rotten because I’m sick and miserable, it happened right when we are supposed to be starting school.  When you home school there are no substitute teachers – especially when dad is gone! Add a late start to the school year to my list of troubles! Although we home-school, we also go to charter school and we’ve been preparing to start our fall sessions there. (I’m even teaching a class there which starts next week – let’s hope I get my voice back!) This means a lot of commuting back and forth to the school and filling out paperwork, dropping off receipts, etc which isn’t usually a big deal, except there is road construction and the road that goes to the school from our house is completely closed. It usually  takes us 7 minutes to get there. Now, we have to circle around and loop back and ta-da – what used to take 7 minutes now takes 30. I get to do two round trips a day, two days a week, for the entire month of September.  Add an extra 4 hours in the car to the list.

Then to top it all off, the washer starts leaking! I don’t know how to fix it, that is SO not my department.  It leaked once a few weeks ago when my HOM was home, he messed with it and it hasn’t happened again. Now it picks this time and place – when I’m sick, tired, and overworked – to decide to break again.

So, we have dog puke,  dog poop, bronchitis/sinusitis/flu, getting behind in school, canceled shopping spree, road construction, and leaking washing machine all going on while my HOM is gone. I’ll tell you what, hitches like this make we want to crawl into bed, pull the covers over my head and just stay there. My HOM feels helpless being far away, and I feel useless being here but not being able to handle it all.

But we keep everything in perspective and try to laugh it off.  None of these issues are a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

I’ve managed to stay (somewhat) positive.
HOWEVER, if one more thing goes wrong I may just have to pack up the kids and go on vacation….
About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

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