Wrangling the Roughneck Rumor Mill

Workplace rumors can be incredibly destructive. It doesn’t really matter what the rumors are about — management, company operations, other employees, layoffs — they generally spread quickly. And let’s face it, oilfield men can be just as bad as oilfield wives when it comes to spreading juicy tidbits that may or may not be true. […]

Adjustment Period

When I became a stay-at-home mom in January, I understood that there would be an “adjustment period.” I was used to working a full-time job and then trying to take care of everything else when I got home. I thought, “I’ve got this. This will be easy.” I just have one question; When is this […]

What Was I thinking?

My family loves dogs. We treat them like members of the family instead of pets. They stay inside, sleep on the couch, and mistakenly believe that they are lap dogs. We already have Cheyenne (a Pit-mix) and Jack (a Jack Russell Terrier) and with two small children, that’s a full load in and of itself. […]

Becoming a Frugal Momma: DIY

My mom always used to joke that I could go into a store with 5 dollars, buy what I wanted, and still come out with 5 dollars. What can I say? I’ve always been a bit of a penny-pincher. I think a good bit of that stemmed from 5 am wake-up calls to go to […]

Technology Rules

Friends, I am very sad right now. I’ve actually been sad for the last week and  a half. My iPhone managed to take a swim and I feel like I’ve lost one of my appendages. OK, OK! I’m exaggerating. I do feel like something is missing though. Maybe it’s the fact that my face isn’t […]

“Blue-Collar” Blessings

I can’t even tell you the number of times I’ve had people make a big deal out of the fact that my husband doesn’t have a college degree. Almost always I hear, “What if something happens? What if he gets injured? Or fired?” When I was in graduate school, disclosure of this fact often earned […]

Helping Our Neighbors

  (Photo Credit: Brennan Linsley/AP) (Quick note: It seems that the book club wasn’t a big hit so we have decided to discontinue it for now. I know we all lead very busy lives and hopefully one day soon we can get this group back up and going!) These last few weeks have seen immense […]

Loving the Ones I’m With

  (OK, I know I’m probably biased, but isn’t Baby Boy just adorable! I have almost the same shot of his big sister in Mimi’s sink. Precious! Ahem…onto the actual post…) There are a lot of things that I complain about when it comes to living the oilfield lifestyle; being a lone for half of […]

Sweet Summertime

I don’t know about your corner of the world, but it seems that spring was painfully short here in North Carolina and that we have been thrust right into summer. The colleges and universities have already let out for the academic year with public schools not far behind. Pretty soon, lots of frazzled mommas will […]

I Just Want to Sleep!

As I’m writing this, I have already had one cup of coffee and sorely need another. My eyes are heavy and I probably look like death warmed over. I have insomnia to thank for the lovely bags under my eyes and the complete inability to get just about anything done during the day. Oh, and […]