My suck for the day (but also my sweet)

Today is my last day of employment with the state of Texas.  Tomorrow, I’ll be self-employed.  Or is it unemployed?

I have three full-time careers at the moment.  DSHS employee, writer and crime-fighting ninja. It was beginning to reach the point where I had too many things going on, so I was doing them all half-ass and I hated that.

I chose to focus on writing and left my ‘real’ job behind.  But in the process, I’m having to leave behind the best, most amazing people I have ever had the privilege of working with.  To spend 11 hours a day with these women for almost four years and STILL love them says a lot about each of them.  Who wouldn’t love a boss that does things like this for you?

And things like this?

Me eating Will:

Yep.  I’m butterflying sad to be leaving these chicks.  They rock my world from 7am to 6pm.  :(

And in memory of my awesome place of employment, I leave you with this flashback of what I “used” to do for a living:

 

 

 

Not a teaser. A teaser? No. But some really cool information!

So…Sky and Holder are quickly growing on me.  I was writing a scene last night that involved geocaching, and it excited me that perhaps I could introduce this hobby of mine to those of you who have never heard of it.

Prepare yourselves.  You’re about to enter into an underground world of intense, not so secretive treasure hunting. And I am not in any way endorsing this hobby for profit.  I simply love to geocache and want to spread the word to those of you who have never heard of it.

First of all, a geocache is a hidden container. The containers range from micro (about the size of a pill bottle) to large (about the size of a toolbox). Inside the container you will find various things…coins, toys, sometimes $ (rarely $) and other crap treasures.

In order to find these “caches,” one must have a cell phone with gps enabled, or a computer (check!)  There are MILLIONS of geocaches in the world.

MILLIONS!

I guarantee you there is one within a mile of where you are right now.  Maybe dozens.  I live out in B.F.E. and there are at least twenty in this tiny area alone!

Here’s where the fun comes in.  My boys love geocaching!  It’s fun, outdoorsy and best of all…FREE!

Go to www.geocaching.com and set up an account.  Type in your location and you will be amazed at all the hidden containers just waiting to be found.  You just upload the cache coordinates to your GPS, and you’re on your way!  The only rule is that you leave the container exactly where you find it, sign your name in the logbook, take a prize and leave one in return.  My boys love to take matchbox cars and coins to exchange for other toys they find in the cache.  I’m pretty sure there is a geocache hidden in every single cemetery and rest stop in the United States.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out for yourself.

A few tips:

Wear pants…some people like to hide them in tricky spots.

Bring a map printout of the location of the geocache in case your GPS doesn’t work.

Get a backpack and throw some small items in there in case you see something you want to exchange for.

Bring extra paper and a pen in case the log book in a cache has been ruined from rain.

Print out the hints or write them down.

Have a lot of stinkin’ fun!

Here’s a pic of the very first geocache my boys and I found about a mile from our house.  It was a tiny little capsule with a miniature school bus inside.  We had to sift through a huge spider and spiderweb to get to it. I heard of geocaching just an hour before this pic was taken, but it was raining.  I was so fascinated and had to check it out that I bundled them up and made them come with me, anyway!

So, there ya go!  A fun hobby right in time for summer.

The professional

This morning, my dear, sweet, caring husband asked me if I thought my blog was “professional” enough.  He stated the fact that my biography reads that I’m a ninja might turn people off.  He tried to sandwich this by saying that he loves my sense of humor, but now that people are actually reading my books, I might need to take a different approach to what I put out there for public consumption.  Comparing my site to other authors’ sites had him a little concerned.

I laughed at first, but then his words started to sink in.  What if I AM a little unprofessional?  What if my sarcastic posts DO turn people off?  I grabbed my laptop and was about to do some ‘research’ into perhaps creating a more professional feel to the things I’m putting out there for the public to see.  Before I ventured off into full-out author website stalker-mode, I decided to check my email first.  I couldn’t have made this email up, and how perfect the timing was.

Colleen:

The first 2 chapters had my heart fluttering. It takes a lot to do that. Layken and will blow.my.mind. > > You have such an amazing talent. Thank you for sharing it with the world (just don’t return to the world of ninja fighting anytime soon, I want more books!!!!). > > Sorry for being so demanding, I mean if you want to be a ninja instead of making my life better with amazing books then by all means.

XXXXXXXXX

lol.  What a perfect e-mail at a perfect time of paranoia.  Of course I read it out loud to my husband, and immediately thanked this reader for her sarcastic e-mail that saved me from the realm of professionalism.  ;)

Now, back to kicking bad-guy ass!