My Oilfield Wish List


I usually preach on everything there is to appreciate about being employed in the Oilfield (or being married to the OF), but it’s not perfect. Not all of it is good.  I try NOT to dwell on the negatives of OF life, but here are 5 things that I would definitely change if I could. Here is my wish list –

I wish…

1. the job came with more stability. In the back of every oilfield wive’s mind is the “what if”.  With so many lay-offs happening right now, it is a scary time of uncertainty.

2. non-oilfielders understood that the OF is not an evil empire out to take over the world. When the the oilfield slows down, it affects everyone, not just those directly employed in it. The oilfield benefits all Americans  – not only by employing many of them, but by the products that we all rely on that come from oil.

3. our life didn’t revolve around “the hitch”. Don’t misunderstand, I love our two week hitch schedule – my husband has so much quality time at home. However, it feels like it controls our entire life sometimes…Can dad go to the ballet recital? It depends on his hitch. Can your husband make it to parent/teacher conferences? It depends on his hitch. When can we go on vacation? It depends on his hitch. EVERYTHING depends on his hitch.

4. the OF didn’t come with a bad reputation. Whether it’s “Oilfield trash”, or  “You’re in the oil business, so you’re rich”, most people have a preconceived opinion about OF workers –  and they are all wrong.

5. people were more educated and didn’t think that the OF is ruining the environment. I’m pretty easy-going and I don’t usually get sucked into petty online arguments, I try to live by the “if you can’t say anything nice” motto. But bunny-huggers bashing the oilfield really push my buttons. People need a scapegoat for all the economical and environmental problems in the country, and it’s usually the Oilfield.

I guess in a perfect world there would be job security, there would be no tough schedules to deal with, and there wouldn’t be any judgmental or ignorant people. But this isn’t a perfect world, it’s the real world and I am just a real oilfield wife dealing with all the downfalls of the OF the best I can.

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.


  1. I agree the time at home is quality time, we deal,with the events that come up when he’s on hitch, and make up for it when he’s home! I’m a 2+ yr ROW and it’s about finding balance!

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