I am Laila; Welcome to my site. I keep two blogs,  Pipe Dream Refinery and rigtales. Pipe Dream Refinery is a new endeavor, which will focus on more philosophical topics and personal thought.

This is an experiment of sorts. How relevant are your seemingly pointless thoughts? Lately, I’ve been having a lot of thoughts. Everything I see or every conversation I experience seems to be intricately woven together as if telling me: everything in life will follow a theme. The theme is murky at this point, but if we had huge aspirations and fantasies for our lives, at some point, the “pipe dream” leads to the refinery. I hope this will grow into an interactive and productive space for comments general conversation. These posts come from a journal I keep with me. They are inspired by reading, listening, and learning.

About Me:
I graduated from Arizona State University in May 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. I had a great time in college, and hope to keep the good times rolling to the oil rigs across the globe. Before moving to Arizona for college, I lived in the Dallas area, where I grew up. I also had a great time there.

I enjoy playing soccer, running, animals, live music, museums, playing games- all sorts, outside, swimming, jumping, talking, drawing, sleeping during your favorite movie, bull riding, rock climbing, reading, learning the violin, and very recently, roller skating.


I invite you to come on the job, on vacation, on days off, and back home with me.
Since September 2011, I have been working as a field engineer for the *fictional* oilfield services company, Whataberger (pronounced <em>what-a-bur-jay</em>).  Please enjoy the ever-growing blog archives, and follow along my career from the beginning. Since induction to Whataberger, I have been stacking up rigtales from Oklahoma training, to Atlanta evacuating a hurricane, to deepwater drillships in more than a mile deep of water, to the sand dunes in the Middle East!


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