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It’s Not All Rainbows and Sprinkles

It’s Not All Rainbows and Sprinkles

So many people think the life of an oilfield wife is something glamorous and wonderful. While it does have it’s perks and it’s moments, it’s not all rainbows and sprinkles.

This past weekend, the kids, dog, and I made a last minute trip out west to spend time with the husband since they were out Monday for President’s Day. We left Friday afternoon after school let out. We don’t get many chances to make a weekend trip to see the husband so we take every one we get. Also, we got to celebrate the boy’s birthday a month later at the restaurant that he wanted his birthday dinner at. So, win win!

Anyway, of the 62 hours that we were in town, the husband was working for 18 of those hours, plus you gotta factor in sleeping. So we probably got to spend about 15 waking hours with him. And that’s being generous. I’m not complaining. We got to see him for 15 whole hours! That’s 15 more hours than we would have been able to spend with him had we not made the trip.

img_1892-jpgAnd here’s a picture of the dog doing what he does best.  Riding a forklift being a wireline boxer.  On his 7th birthday, no less!

So Monday, around noon, we loaded everything and everyone up in the car and headed to grab a bite to eat before hitting the road (me getting hangry with two teens who are also hangry in a car for four and a half hours is not something I’m sure any of us would have survived).

We made the long trek home, with the dog and kids sleeping most of the way. Once home, the girl complained that she wasn’t feeling great at all (she mentioned Monday morning that she was feeling a little crummy and her nose was all stuffed up and runny at the same time). She was running a little bit of a fever, but not enough that we wanted to treat it. I promised her a dose of NyQuil at bedtime. We had dinner and got cleaned up and ready for bed.

We woke up this morning, the girl still wasn’t feeling all that great but she felt like she could make it through the day at school and she wasn’t running a fever. What a trooper! The boy was excited to get back to school because he had track practice this afternoon. I took them to school and came home, made a cup of coffee, and got ready to start my day of doing laundry, planning the week’s menu, grocery shopping, and dog wrangling. One hour after school started, I got a phone call from the lady in the attendance office where my son goes. She said that his teacher had brought him down to the nurses station and as soon as he walked in she could tell he felt horrible and told him to go get his things while she called me to come get him. Sometimes living in a small town has it’s perks.

So I go fetch the boy and bring him home. He changes clothes, I take his temperature (it was a low grade fever), and he goes to lay down. He slept from around 10 this morning until about 7 tonight. Around noon or so I was not only suffering from a headache and a sore throat, but I was cold and couldn’t get warm. On a hunch, I took my temperature. While it was only a low grade fever, it was still a fever, and higher than either of the kids’ temperatures had been.

When it’s time for school to start letting out, I drag myself to the car, pick up the girl child, make a quick run to the grocery store for stuff for soup since we are all sick, and come home. The girl made dinner, chicken noodle soup, (it’s a school project she’s working on, and she was feeling better than anyone else here). Now we are all in our nightclothes watching tv (well, I’m listening to the tv, sipping some Yogi Tea, and typing all this up).

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It’s almost bedtime, and while I’m looking forward to finally closing my eyes for the night and resting so I hopefully feel better tomorrow, I know that there’s a pretty good chance I’ll feel worse tomorrow, the girl will feel even better, and the boy is a toss up on being better or still being sick, and I’ll get to do it all on my own because my amazing husband is working his ass off four and a half hours away wishing he could be home to help me while I’m sick.

But this is what I do.  This is what my life is like.  This is what it’s like to be an oilfield wife.  I am Texas Proud and Oil Field Strong!IMG_1873.JPG.jpeg

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2017 in Family, Kids, Life, Oilfield

 

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Summer Days

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  There’s been a lot, and a lot of nothing, going on.  So, let’s start with July.

Back in June, I signed up for a challenge known as Camp NaNoWriMo.  I challenged myself to write 50,000 words in 31 days.  Because of things coming up unexpectedly, I had to drop my word count goal down to 30,000 and I barely made it.  Final count July 31 right before midnight was 30,146 words.  Whew!  Just by the hair on my chinny chin chin.  Ok, not my chin.  I don’t have hair on my chin.  Just by the hair on my leggy leg legs.

Right before Camp got started, I had to make an unexpected visit to my dentist.  Fortunately, they were able to squeeze me in the next day, and we came up with a LONG plan of things that needed to be done.  The last dentist that I went to, up in Pennsylvania, totally screwed my mouth up.  After everything was all said and done, I ended up with three crowns and nearly eight fillings, although two of them were touch ups to old fillings.  After three months, I am finally done and just down to routine cleanings!!  Yay!  So I had a lot of up and down time.

The kids have also been home.  We’ve been spending some time together, both with and without (but mostly without) their dad home.  We tubed the Comal River.  We walked the River Walk.  We even made a trip to DFW to watch their grandmother walk across the stage and get her bachelors degree in business.  We also went to Albany, Texas for the Fort Griffin Fandangle.  That was amazing!!

My sister spent a week down here.  My grandmother spent a few days.  My mother, stepdad, and sister (and when I say sister both in this sentence and the one a couple before this one, I mean my sister and my nephew) came down for a weekend, which happened to be my nephew’s birthday weekend.  We went to Rainforest Cafe on the River Walk and spent the next day at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels.  We all had so much fun!  Also, my partner in crime, we will call her Robin so we don’t give away her secret identity, moved back to Texas that same weekend!  Hooray!

Now we are spending the last couple of weeks of August getting ready for school to start back up.  It’s going to be the start of a bittersweet school year for me this year.  My wonderful daughter, Bailey, will be starting middle school this year.  Gasp!  I don’t think I’m ready for this!

And that has just about brought you up to speed.  I’m working on a couple of other posts and hope to have them coming your way pretty soon.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Family, Kids, Life, My Book

 

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A Happy Project!

With the summer break upon us, the kids are growing increasingly bored…already.  We have the pool, but I got really sunburnt the other day when we went, so we are avoiding it for a few days.  I should be ready to go back out in the Texas sun tomorrow, provided I use enough sunscreen.

So to keep the kids from getting too bored, I’ve had some ideas rolling around in the head of mine for things to keep them busy.  Later this week, or maybe next week since their dad will be off and home, we are going to put together a couple of birdhouses and then paint them so we can hang them in the yard.  We just got the ones from Lowes, or maybe it was Home Depot.  Either way, it will be something for them to do, but that’s another post.

THIS post is about part of the Happy Project!

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Everyone always checks their mail, knowing they aren’t going to really like what they find.  It’s usually either junk mail or bills.  At least that’s what makes up the population in our mailbox.  So we went down to our local Wal-Mart and bought some inexpensive postcards.  A total of nine (which totally goes against my even number thing, but the other choices no one liked, so we were stuck with nine).  The kids each get postcards, and I get one of them.  Each kid picked four people, or couples, to send a postcard to.  The ninth one, mine, I will probably let them both sign and send to some random recipient.  They have made their choices and have chosen aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

These postcards will arrive in their mailboxes either later this week (as in probably this weekend) or early next week.  And when they find them, it will bring a smile to their face.  For two reasons.  The first one being IT’S NOT A BILL!  The second is because someone was thinking of them.  How awesome is that?  And the kids get the satisfaction of knowing that they made someone’s day a little bit better and a little bit brighter.

We also bought a greeting card to send to my nephew with the kids’ spring pictures from the school in it (they didn’t get them until about two weeks before school let out) and a package of Angry Birds Star Wars stickers.  We’re going to make him smile, too.  His very own mail!  What little kid, first grader even, doesn’t love getting their own mail with goodies inside?

Do you have any ideas for a Happy Project?

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Daughter, Family, Kids, Life, Son

 

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On My Way to a Better, Slimmer, Fitter, Healthier (and Hotter) Me!

So this is totally in NO WAY oilfield related, other than the fact that my husband works in the oilfield and I will mention him towards the end of the post.

So, I posted a while back out the Color Me Rad 5K that the kids and I have registered for.  I also said that I really needed to start training for it because I am so out of shape because I really haven’t worked out at all (other than housework and chasing the kids around and playing with the dog) since we moved to San Antonio.  So I’ve been working out on the elliptical (hahaha, yeah, right) over the past week or so.  Or rather, I’ve been knocking a little dust off of it.  I was working my way through the preprogramed level 1 workout.  At least, I was trying to.  I would get a little over five minutes into it and have to stop.  I would reach the level 8 resistance and just not be able to continue on any farther.  Friday, I actually completed the entire level 1 workout!  Woohoo!  Go me!  Oh, yeah.  I showed that elliptical that I was the boss, not him!

Also, Friday, I started another challenge to go along with the elliptical training.  I found it on shrinkingjeans.net.  So far, I’m doing pretty well.  I know it’s supposed to be for March and this is April, but I like this one instead of the legs one they are doing this month over there.  Here’s the calendar:

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I didn’t want to do the leg one they are doing, because a friend of mine challenged us (a group of ladies in a private group on Facebook) to a 30 Day Squat Challenge.  This is what it looks like:

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Only, I blacked out the picture of the chick’s naked butt and put in my website and Twitter name.  Well, the website this will be in another week, anyway.  🙂  Which is probably LONG before people will read this post. I’m telling you, I am one boring person.

So, suffice it to say, my legs HURT!  I took today off (at least from the elliptical) because of it.  I don’t want to push myself to hard or too far and hurt myself.  But I did do the squats (I’m only on Day 3, so it’s a good thing tomorrow is a rest day for that) and I did do Day 4 (which is resting, thank goodness) of the Abs one.  I’m telling you, I am going to finish this 5K in record time.  Although, that won’t be too hard to do since this will be my first ever 5K and therefore the record setting one.  Haha!

I am also planning on starting the Couch to 5K app this weekend, with the kids since they will be doing the 5K with me.  I can’t wait!  I think it is going to be so much fun, and will be so rewarding and the feeling of accomplishment will be so great once we cross that finish line.

My oh so wonderful husband is totally supporting me through all of this.  He is celebrating my little victories (I sent him a picture of the elliptical’s display after I finished the workout) with me, even if it’s just a Woohoo!! and an imagined (on my part) Happy Dance since he’s out on location and all.  (See, I told you my husband would be mentioned, and therefore the oilfield as well, at the end of this post.)  I just hope that he will be home the 30 of June, which is the day of the 5K, to cheer me and the kids on.  I am super stoked!  I’m also ready to start seeing some of the amazing side effects that I know are coming with all of this extra (please read that without the word extra) working out I’m doing.  He is going to have one smoking hot wife this summer!  I’m working on hanging up my swimsuit in front of the elliptical for a little extra motivation.  I am feeling great (except for the sore muscles, but even those aren’t too bad since I know that it’s going to be worth it on so many levels in the end) and ready for more!

Care to join me in the 30 Day Squat Challenge, or even the Six-Pack March one?

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Kids, Life, Oilfield, Training

 

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A New Beginning! A New Me!

It’s official.  I am a fat, lazy, out of shape American.  I haven’t really done too much physical activity since we moved to San Antonio.  Before we moved, I was going to tae kwon do a couple of times a week and I slimmed down quite a bit.  I even went to a special Tuff Girls class for a while and toned up even more.  But now I am so out of shape it’s not even funny.  I’ve been trying to motivate myself to get up off my rump and do something about it.  I just haven’t really found the motivation or inspiration that I needed.  Until now!

I’ve read several things about a 5K called Color Me Rad.  I’ve even seen a few of my friends on Facebook post after they have participated in, and finished, this particular 5K.  I’ve been a little jealous.  Come to find out, there’s a Color Me Rad 5K here in San Antonio at the end of June!  So guess who is going to start training tomorrow for it?  That’s right!  This chick right here!!  Oh, yeah!  It’s going to be weeks and weeks of hard grueling make me want to fall down dead work, but it will be so worth it to cross that finish line!

Tomorrow, before I start training, I will take a Before picture (because I know that along this journey I will tone up and slim down and look better than I have in years!), although I won’t be posting it for a while.  Not until I have a nice little After picture to post right along side it.

I will be making a new Category here on the blog for my personal training/toning/weightloss/whatever you want to call it journey.  This will be the first of SEVERAL posts (most of them probably whining about how much it hurts and how I just want to quit) that will go there.  I hope you enjoy this journey with me.  Hell, jump in and start your own!  You never know, one day that ONE 5K that you just can’t pass up could be coming to your town soon.  Get ready for it!

 

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2013 in Daughter, Kids, Life, Son, Training

 

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