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as some of you may know, i am moving to belgium next year for work. for those of you that don’t know, don’t feel bad. i mean, how could you have know? i haven’t updated this thing for nearly a year. but yes! it’s happening. living and loving abroad for at least two years starting january 2014.

the move is a little bittersweet for me. don’t get me wrong, i’m beyond excited for a new adventure. and as far as countries go, you really don’t get much better than belgium. for instance, most of the belgians i know can understand and flip sarcasm just as well as an american. and they do it in a secondary language (i’m sure they can do it in dutch too, but i wouldn’t understand). but that’s a huge thing. they speak english. they are known for chocolates, waffles, beers, bicycles… you know. the finer things in life.

and i’m attempting to learn dutch. i already drink a(n un)healthy amount of beer. i’m not too terribly worried about making friends. having said that and expressed my excitement, i must admit there is a bit of sadness as well.

you see, there is a part of me that will always love and have a loyalty to iowa. sure, our four seasons are brutal. we get mocked for having so much corn growing across this fine and flat state. outsiders don’t know the difference between iowa or idaho or ohio… but the people in iowa are wonderful. we have that “midwestern work ethic” which means we don’t stop until we get the job done and we get it done right. but we not only WORK hard, we play hard too. we are loyal. we’re nice. we’re a little backwards, not on the peak of fashion or the finest, but we are good people. and i will miss that.

so to bring a little bit of home with me overseas, i’m commissioning art off of some of the greatest artists/designers/inspirations i know… my friends. that way i have a constant reminder of people back home and i also get to display some damn good art while i’m at it.

the first piece of art i collected is a piece by my good friend Jon- the title of the piece is called ‘birth.’

i absolutely love it. i originally requested a painting from him about two years ago and jon gladly accepted the challenge. i told him i didn’t care what he painted, i just wanted something unique. i also told him there was no hurry or deadline on the piece, which i think he took to heart. the painting traveled with him for 2 years between three different apartments, and a multitude of people had the opportunity to see it in its different phases. it started out much like a skeleton head, then slowly turned into outlines of fish. then we watched in amazement as the fish became more detailed, and beautifully so. also, the piece is huge, like 27×39″, so i plan to have it be the center piece of my “iowa-inspired” wall in belgium.

birth by jon pearson

birth by jon pearson

fishy fishy2

i’ve known jon for about as long as i have been in des moines. one of my favorite things about this silly guy is that he just does not understand sarcasm. with me being one of the most sarcastic and flippant people i know, i’m not sure how our friendship budded the way it did, but i am so glad for it. he’s one of the most genuine people i know- he is always thinking, questioning, and pushing himself to be better. and throughout the years i think his art has really reflected this.


if you want to check out any of Jon’s other work, you can go to any of the following. he also does commission work (although if it’s anything like mine, it may take awhile). 😉

thanks again, jon! it will be the highlight of my des moines wall.

its a no brainerd.

since I have just started this blog about my travels, it’s a bit unfair to talk about previous trips. but everyone has got to start somewhere (and i didn’t want this blog to be blank until 2012) so i’ve decided to do a bit of retroactive writing.

Brainerd, Minnesota. Couple’s Vacation #1.

a couple’s vacation had been in plan for quite awhile- evan and myself, krista and her husband jordan, and ted and his girlfriend heather had all been itching to get away from work for a bit, to go somewhere fun and relaxing. the original plan was to go somewhere on the west coast, maybe oregon, and get a beach house. as the time got closer (and the funding got smaller), we opted to save a bit of money and travel up to see our friendly neighbor-to-the-north state, minnesota.

i have been to minnesota many a time. in fact, i used to live in burnsville for a bit, but admittedly never really got out much to explore the town. and everyone knows that the twin cities are a guaranteed good time with many things to do… but this trip had a specific purpose: boats, board games (i’m rather unstoppable at board games), and brainerd.

we ended up staying out at a cute little resort about 50 minutes away from brainerd itself. the resort was called auger’s pine view, located on lake shamineau. the town was called motley and it had a pretty sparse population, but it had the quaint feel of small town living, which i love. because we went over labor day weekend to the week after, most people had already left their cabins and boats behind in search of more… fall-y, winter-y… things to do. but the weather was still perfect and the prices were cheaper so we not going to complain.

the trip was a blast. besides the obvious little hiccups that happen when you travel with groups of people who all have different interests and agendas, there was really nothing to complain about. we went biking. we went mini golfing (and regular golfing!). we they went water-skiing, i tried... it was a weeks worth of fun, relaxation, and hell… it was a time away from work. the only problem was it made me want more.