Transition

I guess it’s my turn to say good-bye.  Although I tend to agree with the saying that says there are no ends, just new beginnings. Whenever we come to a new chapter in life, it’s really just a transition, not an end.   When we reach a bend in the road, things change.   We […]

Is It Time to Walk Away from Oilfield Life?

It felt very weirdly normal and expected as it all went down.  Looking back on it, I’m still a little bit amazed at how it happened. Oilman sat in the church pew as our pastor talked about loving your job.  In that moment, Oilman felt like it was time for him to come home.  He […]

The Murphy’s Law of Wives Who Rock it Solo

*Sigh* – The good ole’ Murphy’s Law. No one is exempt. Especially us wives who often find ourselves flying solo by the single thread we typically hang on to. Sound familiar? Good. I’m not alone then. Murphy’s Law is quite simple. It states, in every sense of the word, that anything that can go wrong, […]

Making Ends Meet

Well, it’s finally caught up with us. We knew it was going to happen.  We’ve been feeling it coming on… my husband is getting fewer and fewer hours, leaving us with a very sizable cut in pay. We lived through it before, back in 2008. But it seems even harder this time. Once again, I […]

What a Child Remembers When Dad Travels for Work

It is odd when I think back on it.  I know that for a large portion of my childhood, my Dad traveled for work.  He wasn’t in the oilfield like my husband, but he did have a sales job.  Every week on Sunday or Monday he would leave and be back in time for the […]

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 […]

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. […]

Time Keeps on Ticking

It’s a new year! 2015 has blown by, and now it’s 2016. I believe that time goes by quicker and quicker as we get older. It seems impossible that I’ll be 37 next month. Didn’t I just graduate from high school?  Wasn’t my 21st birthday last week?  My husband and I have been together 15 […]

Oilfield Holidays

My Hot Oil Man will be gone for Christmas. That’s nothing new. Some years he’s here, and some years he’s not. It doesn’t even bother me. We will celebrate when he gets home a few days after Christmas and that’s fine by me. In the past we’ve celebrated early, we’ve celebrated late… we celebrate whenever […]