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 […]

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 […]

Make a Difference This Christmas

I think many people want to help others, but they often don’t know how.  I have heard people say that they want to fill the needs in our communities, but they don’t have any idea what they are.  If we stop for a second and look around us, we can see it.  The hardest thing […]

The Non-Desperate Housewife

Are there really desperate housewives out there? Women that are not content with their lives, marriages, homes, husbands, relationships, etc? Being a homemaker/stay-at-home-mom/housewife is not a glamorous life, but it can still be both fun and fulfilling. Is glamour really THAT appealing? I’m happy with my comfortable, predictable life. Maybe I’m the minority, but I am […]

Is the oilfield life worth it?

Over the last 13 years of being an oilfield wife, when the going has gotten rough, I’ll stop and ask myself if this lifestyle is really worth it. It’s a life made up of sacrifices, hard work, and compromises. We all work so hard. Not just my Hot Oil Man up at the north slope […]

Surviving the Downturn

At first I was afraid… I was petrified… Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side… I’m not talking about your lover, I’m talking about cash.  Some of us this year are saying goodbye to some serious oilfield cash and we don’t know if we are going to make it.  In the […]

And what if I’m not ready for summer to end?

I cannot believe it’s already the middle of July. This summer (like every summer) has flown by at warp speed.  Being a home-school educator means there is a lot of prep work to get done to prepare for the upcoming school year – deciding on curriculum, purchasing curriculum, taking inventory of school supplies, making lessons […]

Oilfield Cafe: Hot Oil Man Approved Salsa

I love salsa. I love Love LOVE it. I think I could live off chips and salsa. Since we live in Alaska and there are no good, authentic Mexican restaurants up here, making a tasty salsa is up to me. I have made many salsas in the past. I usually just throw things is – […]

Summer To-Do List

Summer is almost here. Which means long, lazy days of…..rushing around from activity to activity. Trying to cram in swimming lessons, vacation, summer sports, library reading program….etc. That can sure suck the fun right out of summer break. When did summer become so scheduled?  I recently read an article about having an “Unscheduled Summer”.  There […]

You Should Have Known

You should’ve known what you were getting into when you married an oilfield man.  This seems to be a popular sentiment with oilfield wives.  It is a response to other women’s cries of difficulty and frustration at times over this lifestyle.  In fact, it has become so popular of a comment that both Ashley and […]