Monthly Archives: November 2008

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today is a day of reflection.

Here we are at the beginning of the holiday season.  There is a lot to be happy about and a lot to be sad about.  Life is so overwhelming at times and yet so fleeting.  I know I will try to slow down, relax, and take the time to look from a different point of view.

I <3 MB —-  big hugs, girl.

{no safe job}

yes, there is not a safe modeling job in the Burgoon household……

it is true that I do not care if your short day resembles everyone else’s regular day.  You still must be my model.

{starlet o’paula}

{flare for drama}

yes, it is true.  Our dramatic side is starting to come out……

{cool cool stuff on the horizon……..}

I am working hard in my photography room……  what do you think will be emerging soon???

{grand illumination}

Yesterday night was the Grand Illumination of Norfolk.  This official start of the holiday season is marked with the lighting of the downtown buildings and a parade down Granby Street.   And BRRRRRRR was it chilly!

I cannot believe yet another year has passed.

{not all models are cooperative}

mom’s job can be soooo uncool at times.  Especially compared to dad’s.

{winter is the time to hide indoors….}

Yes, it is that time of year suddenly.  Time to hide inside as it is FAR too cold for me right now.  So back into the ‘studio’ I go.  Practice practice……

{the AMERICAN way}

Two weeks living in a Dutch household this past summer was a life-changing experience.  Ian and I have both been rather disappointed by the American way of life since we returned.  Why is it that more is better, bigger is preferred, status precedes over home and happiness.  It doesn’t take a scientist to see that our country on the whole is stressed, sick, and in miserable shape.  We pop a pill to fix the symptoms but ignore the gaping wound that is causing us the pain in the first place.

The complicated life is not necessarily the happy life.

{If change can happen it must start with the individual}

We are making some life-long changes in the Burgoon household.  We are slowly trying to reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ we consume.  Don’t get me wrong.  We will ALWAYS be a tech-driven family.  But at least we might FOCUS our energy and our money toward what really matters to us.  The cable television gets disconnected this weekend.  It is essentially the first time in my life I am taking this drastic step.  With the advent of high-speed internet, computers, and Netflix, there is no longer a need in our eyes to pay outrageous sums of money per month for the ability to watch basic TV.  We would rather put our money toward the technology at our fingertips.  We just have to take the step to actually FOLLOW THRU with it.   It is a very slow process to start to reign in the addiction to consumerism and all the empty Americanisms we do every day that we take for granted.  We may never be there 100%.  But we are trying.  And, I truly expect that going cold-turkey without cable will NOT be such a big compromise.

Another example is food.  Today I watched Super Size Me on instant download thru Netflix, the film by Morgan Spurlock where he did an experiment to see how his health would be affected by consuming nothing but McDonalds meals for 30 days.  By the end he had gained a substantial amount of weight and was on the verge of a heart attack and liver failure.  He was in HORRIBLE health.  Appalling.  And, while it is true that most of us do not consume McDonalds on that regular basis, I cannot help but wonder what the effect is of the massive amount of chemicals and processed foods we DO live off as a whole.  What are we feeding our kids?  What are they eating at school?  I have changed my ways.  I successfully quit my lifelong addiction to soda a couple of months ago.  I cook my son a good, solid breakfast every morning and I have to wake up no earlier to do it.  I am very careful about what I put in his lunch and I encourage him to skip what they are serving at school.  And, dinner is almost always based on whole ingredients.

I believe that once you are aware of the ways our lives are steered by commercialism and consumerism, it is hard to not just follow the path without questioning WHY.  I wonder what crisis will have to occur before our country recognizes that as a whole?

{no turn – get churned thru the street of commercialism….}

{port holes}

sit I can’t seem to get myself away from my desk lately to capture something NEW and DIFFERENT, I will dig into the vast PRB archives…..

i have a new fascination.  port holes.



{misty nightscape}




i know it is time to head out the door.  sometimes i am just stuck.

{old fashioned}

finally found a good use for that horrible seamless paper……  thanks jen!  **smooch!**

[wear] your art

My dear friend, Carrie, is quite the talented girl.  For the past year she has been perfecting her unique line of jewelry.  Each piece is hand-crafted and has a special hidden past.  I have never fallen in love with a style of jewelry so quickly — and I am not just saying this because she is my friend!  It truly appeals to me.  Her designs are big and bold.  Each creation is different and quirky.  It is a mystery how the glaze will fire — what finish and even what color.  The textures come from all sorts of different sources.  Never will a piece be duplicated.  I adore pondering the past life of my wearable art.

Carrie is showing her work at local shows – just in time for holiday gift shopping!  Please drop me an email for her next show!

Here is some work we did together.


Halloween is such a fun holiday.  Walking around after dark and seeing all the scary costumes – meeting the neighbors – lots of laughs.  And, how fabulous that Halloween fell on a Friday this year.  It was the perfect start to a family-filled weekend.

{springboard}  Evan was the hit of the neighborhood in his home-made robot costume.  While I love the photos I took, nothing can capture how fun it was to see him bobbing down the road in his nearly-traffic-stopping costume.  And, the best part was that it was self-lit.  When we got hung up in a conversation it was simple to pick him out of the darkness two doors down.  The robot had places to be and people to see.