Sleepless nights and Miniature Heart Attacks

My husband passed his inspector’s class yesterday and we drove home the 12 hours to Tennessee. We were so excited. This is going to open up so many new opportunities for us. We were in such a good mood all the way home. We jammed out to all our favorite songs and the drive just seemed to fly by.

Fast forward, we are in bed and he has just fallen asleep. I go to plug my phone up and oh shit! His paperwork with his social security number on it was supposed to be in the bag with all our chargers and it wasn’t. Shit shit shit. So I get up and call the hotel. The lady promises to check lost and found and to call me when its found. So I spent a sleepless night worrying about what could happen and how mad he is going to be. I check my phone a million times. I woke up for the last time at 5:30 am and they still haven’t called. That can’t be good. I get up and let the dogs out and call again. They weren’t in lost and found but the manager will talk to the maids when they arrive for the day and call me back. Great. I’m never going to sleep now. I spend an hour in bed just worrying myself to death. I am literally sick to my stomach. I just know someone is going to steal our identity and ruin our lives. I can’t just lay there and freak out anymore. I get up and finish unloading the car. I see his binder with his work stuff. Please Lord let him have picked that paperwork up. YES!!!!!! It was in there! Thank you Jesus! I have never been so relieved in my life. Oh my gosh. That was the most stressful night I have ever spent. I almost need an Irish Coffee after that. Good Lord.

Moral of this story: check your hotel room a million times before you and never, ever leave important paperwork just laying around.

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Keystone, Lay Offs, and Stress

So as I was checking my email today, a petition from Change.org was urging me to donate money and sign a petition to get our president to veto the Keystone XL. Her reasons where the typical, uninformed reasons and I just rolled my eyes. Most of the proponents of the Keystone XL do not even know that the Keystone is already in the ground. The XL line will just be a straighter, more efficient line. The Keystone will create numerous jobs for Americans which is a good thing. Our economy is a fragile thing right now and our president has not created the jobs he promised he would.

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A New Venture

I am contemplating selling either DoTerra or Young living essential oils. I think there will be a pretty good market for it here in my hometown and to places we travel. I always feel guilty not having a job but my husband and I both decided we would rather travel together than me stay at home and have a job, and be seperated most of the year. It just doesn’t work for us. I am also going to be making baby blankets and other things to sell on Etsy. I love to sew, and I think its time I put that skill to use. I am excited to see how it goes. I have a great group of pipeline wives to support me in my endeavors, and for that I am so thankful.

On the Road Again

We are getting ready to head to Texas soon for my husband’s inspector class. We have been home for 2 months now and I am more than ready to get back on the road. Getting ready to go back on the road is a process. I have been organizing and cleaning the camper this week. I am so excited to head south for the winter but I feel guilty also. My sister is due in soon and I am not sure if I will be able to make it home in time for the birth of my niece. I am having her a baby shower before I go, but I know if I miss her birth I will never hear the end of it. My family always begs me to stay home. I have missed a few major events in my family and friends life, and they make me feel so guilty for it. It really bothers me a lot to have it thrown in my face.

I just wish they understood that my place is with my husband. That may be a bit old fashioned but it is the way my husband and I feel. I will always put my husband first, and he always puts me first. I take extreme joy in taking care of him. I like having the laundry done, the house cleaned, his lunch fixed and supper waiting when he gets home. I am so glad to have met fellow pipeline ladies who feel the same way and know exactly what I am going through. Social media has provided me a great way to meet other wives and vent. They understand this life more than my friends at home do. Most of the time I feel like I can’t really talk about this life with my friends. They think I just live one big vacation and that my husband makes tons of money for me to spend. They couldn’t be farther from the truth. They don’t understand the hardship that comes with this lifestyle.

The Joys of the Holidays

Anybody who knows me, knows that I love the holidays. I go all out with my decorations, I love having my family over for dinners, I love everything about the holidays. I just get in the holiday spirit and I hate it when people act like well, Ebenezer Scrooge. Today we had our Christmas party with my husband’s family. After spending most of the day working on his little brother piece of crap jeep, the brother decided to throw a fit about picking up a present for his mother at his grandmother’s house. After they had been arguing for 20 minutes I volunteered to go get it. She literally lives a half mile from us, so it was no big deal. The brother then comes with me and complains the whole time about his job, his life, Christmas. We get to his grandmother’s house and discover that my mother-in-law has sent a car load of presents for the grandmother to wrap by tomorrow morning. This made me so mad, as she becomes short of breath easily due to health problems. So I stay and wrap the presents for her. The whole time we are wrapping the little brother constantly picks at his grandfather and the two end up arguing. Two hours and a headache later, I am finished wrapping presents and getting them loaded back into the grandmother’s vehicle. I came home and had a couple glasses of wine to sooth my irritation. My wonderful, sweet husband gave me an early gift to help makeup for the tension of the past two hours. He had found my favorite truffles in the mad house in town. He is absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me.  That is all that matters at the end of the day.

An Introduction

I have always loved writing and reading. I would someday like to be a writer. I am married to a pipeliner, he does non-destructive testing on the pipelines and helps to make sure they are safe. We travel all over the United States for his work. We live in a camper while we are on the road and have a house in Tennessee. We have 3 miniature schnauzers that travel with us, Zeus, Athena and Freya. You will read a lot about them on here, they are my world, my children. I have been married to my husband for 2 years, we have been together for 4. I have been traveling with for 3 and a half years. The first job I ever went on with him was in the middle of nowhere in West Virginia. We were in the mountains and it was beautiful. It was hard to get used to though. I was in a hotel room for 9-10 hours a day, 6 days a week by myself. It was lonely. It was the first time I had ever been away from my family for more than a couple days. It was the best decision of my life. He proposed to me there, after only 4 months of dating. We both fell hard and we knew what we wanted. We were married a little over a year later in my hometown. Since then we have been gone more than we have been home. It hasn’t been easy but I wouldn’t change a thing.