Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Holidays - My Facebook Has Been Disabled.

Well, it's happened. I was in the middle of responding to an old friend I recently re-connected with on Facebook when suddenly I was logged out. When I tried to log back in I got the following message:

Account Disabled

Your account has been disabled by an administrator. If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our FAQ page here.

Just earlier, I had written on the wall of an event I created to respond to a few people that had misunderstood what I was offering. I got a stern warning that I was spamming... WHAT?!?!?!?!? Then I tried to send a friend request to a girl who had signed up for my fan page...Again a stern warning: You are approaching your friend request limit, you will be blocked!!!! Then this.

I miss my facebook. I miss seeing Gary Fong's mobile uploads, I miss my friend Wendy and her twittering and Julie flinging Flair my way. I miss the picture of my friend Keith kissing the Stanley Cup. I miss the the long lost friends and clients that came looking for me on facebook because they still wanted a relationship with me.

Did I abuse the privilege as I seem to be accused of? I don't networking is a new species of animal. I truly believe that web 2.0 is the wave of future communication, for personal relations, for business. We are all feeling our way through it and sometimes blundering through it and the new etiquette it demands.

It's been 2 days since I was vanquished from my own personal circle of 802 friends ;-) Do I still want my facebook account? Absolutely. Will I get it back? Maybe not. I've written to facebook and prostrated myself in the hopes they will have mercy and re-instate me (I read on the internet that was a good thing to do). Some people have gotten their accounts back because their friends wrote to facebook asking for their friend back and twittered the cause (hint, hint). And if someone wanted to start a group to petition to bring me back on, well, just know that you would have my undying gratitude and of course I would throw myself in front of a bullet to save you or start a petition to get your facebook back, which ever situation came first.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Friends and Fire

Our good friends B. and M. lost their home in the Tea fire in Santa Barbara last week. The house and all it's contents literally melted in the intense heat destroying decades worth of treasured items collected. I can't imagine the loss. It's got nothing to do with stuff... stuff can be bought again. It's the "stuff"...the finger painting done by the 5 year old that just graduated college, glass bought in Venice, 50 year old Christmas ornaments, wedding photos.

On Sunday we went shopping. A skillet to start the kitchen over, some treats to stock the pantry. We shopped through our Christmas ornaments, too, sharing the memories we've collected through the years with our good friends.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tod O'Driscoll Headshot

Recently I got to break bread with a good friend of mine and create his new headshots.

Tod and I met for breakfast at Sal's Omelet House, a little diner on Thunderbird and 32nd Street in Phoenix. After breakfast we searched the strip mall for a gritty grungy background and found this great wall at a car repair complete with two homeless guys on the other side of the wall (they enjoyed watching us work!). Thanks Tod for being such a great subject!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

HA! I did it!

Got my 101 goals list extremely hard after about 75, either I'm not very goal oriented or I've done alot of what I've wanted to do ;-)

Keep an eye out here on the blog. I'll be sharing my goals list a little at a time and as I complete each one I'll let you know how it went, too.

Friday, November 21, 2008

101 Goals in 1001 Days

Last night I attended a marvelous program at one of the networking groups in the area. The speaker was Melissa Jill Hester, one of the really fabulous photographers here in Phoenix. This was a different kind of talk. While the second part of her program was photography related, the first was on goal setting. Melissa is taking part in a current trend "101 Goals in 1001 Days".

I'm so intrigued....I'm going to do it, too.

Melissa was kind enough to not only to share her 101 goals, but suggest that the audience steal any of her goals that looked good. So many of hers were so good that making my list is going to be really easy ;-)

I thought it would be fun to share the goals here along with how I do. So here are my first ten. As I work on it, you can watch the progress of making my final list on my TADA LIST.

1. Blog twice a week.
2. Hike once a month
3. Read 25 books that will change my life
4. Learn how to make broccoli-cheese strata
5. Improve the packaging of my products
6. Go Snowshoeing
7. Do a Trash The Dress session
8. Donate 10 pieces of clothing I'm not using
9. Make 1000 friends on FaceBook
10. Get a wedding published in Arizona Bride Magazine