You're not one of those I-broke-a-fingernail outdoorswomen? SP: No time for that, no. You have to be tough out there. You don't come back on the boat if you're going to whine and complain about being cold or tired. You do what you have to do to get the job done.
Tina Fey's got you locked up. Who would play Todd? SP: Tim McGraw. That's what they say back home, anyway. Some of the kids tell our kids, "Your dad, when he wears his hat, he looks like Tim McGraw." It's good.
What types of things do you argue or bicker about back home? SP: We don't have a whole lot of time to argue and bicker. It's a team effort how we get from point A to point B every day with everything that needs to get done.
TP: The normal challenges, it's the kids' schedules, where they go and who's coming over.
And that's mostly fallen to you now – TP: Well we've always shared that responsibility, especially with my [oil-drilling] slope job. So, when I'm gone with work, she's got both hats on. When I come home, I try to carry both hats, as long as I don't disrupt their schedule.
In normal times, who does what around the house? SP: Todd grew up helping to raise a lot of sisters and it was expected that he would be a helpmate to his parents and siblings. It's just par for the course now that he does as much as I do around the house. In fact you probably do more [laughs], with my busy schedule. Todd has an unconventional work schedule: gone summers commercial fishing and then week-on, week-off in his [oil] job. When he is home, he takes over.
TP: I have to. If I don't then there's no Iron Dog [snowmobile racing], there's not all the good stuff.