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 […]

Dear 2016

Dear 2016, Might I ask you a favor?  Well, I’m going to go ahead and ask for it anyway whether you like it or not.  It is actually going to be several favors, some more important than others. Can we have some stability in oil and gas right now?  I would love for oil prices […]

Keeping Things Sexy, Even When We’re Apart

I’m standing in front of the mirror topless trying to take a sexy picture to send to my husband.  I say “trying” because I’m taking a multitude of pictures and not happy with any of them.  As I’m scrolling through photos I see something I have never noticed before.  When on earth did my breasts […]

Raising Kids in the Oilfield

There’s a classic rock song that I can’t listen to without tearing up.  Cat’s in the Cradle is one of my all-time favorites.  It’s folksy and nostalgic and one of the best songs ever. I’ve always liked it, but never truly understood it until I became a parent.  Now I totally “get it”.  It puts to music […]

I’m Not Ready for Him to Come Home Yet

Sometimes I’m not ready for my Hot Oil Man husband to come home. It’s not that I don’t miss him – because I do. I miss him every second that he’s gone. And it’s not that I don’t like having him here – because I love having him home. But sometimes I just don’t feel […]

Dear Oilfield…

Dear Oilfield, A lot of people hate you.  You leave a bad taste in the mouth of the general public.  To your employees you can be unpredictable – there’s always your ups and downs to deal with. Booms followed by slow-downs. You bring a sense of uncertainty.  Environmentalists hate you in general and would like […]

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 […]

When My Oil Man is Away

The oilfield life is a unique way of life. We sacrifice family time – to get more family time. Our men work away from home for weeks or months at a time, so that they can have weeks and months at home. The way of life that we have chosen comes with its own particular […]

The Oilfield Slump

I’m having a rough hitch. We just got back from vacation (a wonderful, dream come true vacation) and transitioning back into real life has been tough. The kids are having a hard time focusing on school and getting back in the groove of things. I’m having a hard time catching up on everything (bills, errands, […]

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. […]