Labels

I feel like I am constantly being labeled. Why do we have to put people into groups? And why do the worst “members” of the group seem to determine the reputation for everyone?  If you look for bad, you will find it- in any group, whether that group is the oilfield,  political leaders, or even […]

Don’t Pet the Polar Bears

I don’t know much about Alaska.  Ok, that’s an understatement.  I know people go there to hunt, fish and take cruises where you see whales and shit.  I know the Aurora Borealis happens there, that I want to see it, but have no idea what time of year it happens (FYI, winter). The “reality show” […]

Spending Time Together

Nothing makes me happier than setting time aside for my best friend and I to have an adventure together. No, I don’t mean sipping lattes with my best girlfriend and cruising the mall. I’m talking about time with my favorite person in the whole entire world -my oilfield man! Hitch after hitch, spending weeks apart […]

Daddy’s at Work

Today is June 4th, and Hubby has been gone for 4 days of our very first hitch of 7 weeks and already I’m questioning the sanity of this decision.  Not like we had an abundance of options. OFM’s boss could only scrape together an average of 10 hours a week for him and despite the […]

A Spooky Visitor

Oh, the joys of being an oilfield family living in Alaska. I have been a little jumpy lately. The first few days after my husband leaves I’m always on high alert  – until I settle back into my “single parent” routine. While he’s gone, noises wake me up during the night and I feel the […]

The Oilfield Roller Coaster

There are so many ups and downs in life – and even more when you live the oilfield life.  Not everyone understands this lifestyle, and not everyone is cut out for it.  There are a lot of positive things about this lifestyle, along with it’s own unique set of struggles. It’s hard to tell if […]

The Hitch from Hell

Every Oilfield Wife knows bad things wait to happen until AFTER the oil man goes back to work – – but this hitch took it to a whole new level. The stars lined up, and everything fell apart all at once. We should have known something was up when the dogs got together and not […]

My Oilfield Anniversary

My Hot Oil Man and I celebrated our 11th anniversary a few days ago.  That marks our wedding anniversary AND my anniversary as an Oilfield Wife. My husband starting working in the oilfield a few months before we got married.  From the beginning it was a different lifestyle than a lot of our friends.  Back […]

Irritated Oilfield Mom

I’m grumpy and really irritable lately. I don’t know if it’s because my husband worked an extra week on his most recent hitch, or if the 24 hour daylight (and less sleep) is making me cranky, or if I’m PMSing, or if I’m just getting grouchy in my old age. But whatever the reason – I am grumpy, and […]

Blame it on the Oilfield

There was a 3.4 earthquake in my old hometown in Colorado a couple days ago. Earthquakes are rare there, but not completely unheard of.  To my knowledge there was no injuries and no damage.  Most people that felt it didn’t even know what it was, and it was over before they new what happened. My […]