Director, Social Product Management at Valassis / RedPlum.com. Former Director at Accenture, focused on product managing a mondo web platform product designed for brand / CPG sites. Spearheaded the social media initiative at Sun Microsystems. Mother, wife, avid gardener, & koi pond enthusiast. You can also find me on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, & Facebook.

If I had abundant time on my hands, I would (in no particular order)…

  1. Learn to play that super cool looking acoustic guitar Mr. S got me for Mother’s Day a few years ago. I’d also resume playing the piano & violin.
  2. Resume my volunteer librarian gig.
  3. Spend a lot more time helping out with my father who has Parkinson’s. He & my mom live in another state.
  4. Order a copy of my FBI file. I guess I’m just curious. If you think about it, the contents are depressing either way — a blank sheet may imply one is ridiculously boring, while a full sheet can’t be good either.
  5. Change the light bulb in my lamp that sits on my night stand so I can read when I’m sleepless instead of psychologically evaluating Paula Abdul’s every movement while she tries to sell me ugly jewelry on the home shopping channel.
  6. Finish reading the current stack of books on my nightstand Kindle
  7. Volunteer at the local animal shelter
  8. Perform some “surgery room quality” organization in our basement & closets with the goal being me being much closer to calling myself a minimalist
  9. Learn to be less type-A via meditation & yoga — two activities that I find nearly impossible.
  10. Learn to weld. Seriously. This is a skill that could come in super handy with my gardening obsession
  11. Hang out with friends a LOT more
  12. Participate more in social media meetups
  13. Ween myself from my desk & spend more time offline…a LOT more time
  14. Improve my photography & videography skills
  15. Put those new found videography skills to the test by preserving interesting bits of information about family members via segments like those found on The Interview Project. Super interesting stuff.
  16. Become an urban bee keeper. We have a young orchard & tons of bees. I’m not sure where their hive is, but they seem to like our yard & I want to do my part to nurture the comeback of the bee population in general.
  1. #1 by Cindy Bowlin on March 2, 2011 - 4:32 pm

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    Recruiter, Amazon.com

  2. #2 by Marty on September 19, 2012 - 7:54 am

    You’re in luck, I weld and also rock at organizing and organizational design. Let’s not speak of my FBI file though…

  3. #3 by rickwilliamspga.com on December 7, 2012 - 7:22 am


    Cool list of “things to do”. I’ve always wanted to learn to play the fiddle/violin, but don’t read music, although I’ve played my guitar for 20+ years. Can never figure out which to do first…..music reading or fiddle playing. Sometimes I just like to dive in head first. Much like Social Media stuff.

    Love the urban bee keeping, too!

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