Wisconsin, WI

This weekend I embarked on a four-hour road trip through Wisconsin by myself.  It was the first time I had ever driven that far by myself, and it was amazing.  Probably one of the top ten best things that I've ever done in my life - and it was as simple as packing all of my stuff, making some mixtapes, and hitting the open road.

Driving through the rolling hills of pine and farmland, I developed an overwhelming love and adoration for Wisconsin.  It truly is one of the most beautiful states.  I drove through what is called the Blue Hills and Chippewa Valley area of Northwestern Wisconsin.  
Try to picture winding desolate roads through deep ravines through green pine trees, dappled with farms and feilds and Amish communities and towns with handpainted watertowers.
There may be places where I will move, but my heart will always remain in Wisconsin.

My road trip video with Bon Iver playing in the background. Only fitting.

I drove to my family's cabin in the Northwoods.  It's more like a cottage and less like a cabin.  And when I say cottage, I really mean shack.
 The cabin was built nestled into the woods by a lake in 1938 by my great grandfather John.  It consisted of a stove, mainroom, and outdoor latrine.  Later, in the 1950's, a room, porch, indoor bathroom and loft was erected.

It's not much, but its where a lot of my childhood was spent.  My father recalls laying the granite walkway that leads down to the patio and boathouse.  It is gorgeous red granite, although it was placed smooth-side-up so this made the steps very slick and made for many scars on my knees.

Let me now share with you some vintage treasures from the cabin!  Enjoy!

This lamp is one of a set.  My Grandpa named them Veronica and Matilda, to which I only learned later were the names of his Aunts.

End Semester: Begin Winter Break

Have not updated in a while, and I'm sorry for that.
This semester kicked my ass and rightly so. But I persevered and I'm done. Woot.

On the agenda for Christmas Break:

-Redo packaging projects for portfolio finalization
--Write On! @ UPS
--Vinyl Cuts of Wine Logo for GOON (Pictures up soon!)
-Reprint Self Promotional Postcards because UPS fucks everything up
-Get resume together
-Start work on pro-bono Disc Golf Club course logos (whoops, sorry Jason)
-Start sniffing out Austin
--Jobs (if there are any)
--Graphic Design Scene
-Snowtubing with friends at the Badlands!
-Celebrating Michaela's Birthday
--(Remember to buy gift)
-Celebrate NEW YEARS! YAY!
-Relax a bit

Looking back on 2009, I feel that it was a year that I wasted. There were a lot of things on my 2009 TO-DO LIST that I didn't do. I feel sore about these unaccomplished things.
But I guess what the year starts over. So we can too.
I hate New Year's Resolutions. I always make a pile of them and never follow through, or always procrastinate them. Or maybe it's because I put too much thought into them, and thus, too much pressure on myself to fulfill those goals.

So maybe I'll make just one? An easy one.

Be Happy.

Here is my yearly soundtrack:

2009 Soundtrack

January: Death to the Tinman Soundtrack- Dan Romer

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February: Skinny Love - Bon Iver

March: (Double Month) Landlocked Blues - Bright Eyes +

Closer - Kings of Leon

April: Let Me Sign - Robert Pattinson

May: Computer Camp Love- Datarock

June: Sleepyhead - Passion Pit

July: I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

August: She Wolf - Shakira

September: Electric Feel - MGMT

October: Home - Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

November: The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson

December: Vagabond - Wolfmother