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The Story of the Lisabear.

Blogging has been scarce in apartment 513.  Mostly because it a flurry of activity, no not for holidays, but for one big FAT holiday around the world.  But  in the spirit of moving I am finishing projects.

In January 2009 Tompaul left to go to England/Sudan.  It was extremely traumatic for me.  Not because he left (he does that occasionally) but because he went to Sudan (freaky) and because I had just burned my hand (third degree with cellulitis).  I couldn’t see patients.  I was a MESS.  I think only a very few people (my family) know exactly how bad it was.

Tompaul felt bad too.  One night he wrote me a story, which I read every day.  So for Valentine’s day that year I decided to illustrate it.   Now you may be saying, “Lisa, you can’t draw.”  Nope.  But I can create things out of paper. I just finished the very last page yesterday.  Everything (except for the handwriting of the story and the pupils of the bears) below is made out of paper.

Without further ado I bring you the Story of the Lisa Bear.   Written by Tompaul Wheeler and illustrated by Lisa Hermann.

Retro Viewing

Earlier this year Tompaul had a war with Comcast.  Essentially we made the decision to forgo cable internet and basic cable viewing.  Instead we now get our internet through a local company called port.

Our tv?  Well we use this thing called an antennae.  Crazy aye?  Of course we still watch our Colbert and Daily Show online…and with the money saved we got us some Netflix.  The most exciting bit?  Retro tv!

Right now Tompaul and I are making our way through Red Dwarf.  Tompaul apparently watched this as  young lad and has subsequently dragged me into the mess of it.  It’s a combo of 80’s crazy, british humor, sci fi and laugh track. What more could a girl ask for?  A cat that is now humanoid?  CHECK!

Meaning of the Mix

My favorite thing about iTunes is how easy it is to make mixes.  Tompaul and I have been making each other mixes for as long as I can remember…definitely since we started dating.  I am not even sure how many in all we have made.

In truth the only other person I have made a mixes for is my friend Myntha.  No wait…I made one for Mary Heather called Pink Rain.  I think in all I have made Myntha  about 4 mixes. Out of Apathy, Bitter, Sweet, and Winter: Death of Reverence.  And now Broken.    I make music mixes when I am feeling good.  If I am making a mix it means I am in tune with my soul, my id etc.  When I am feeling intellectually constipated my music mixing ability stops.  It goes into hibernation…unused.  I feel that when I make a mix I have something I want to say.  When I am overwhelmed with work, residency, I have nothing to say.  My brain is silent.  Since starting fellowship I have mede a total of two mixes Broken and Longing.  I am also working on a mix I started quite a while back.

So here I present Broken:

1.  Ambulance –  Eisley
2. Rise Up – Diane Birch
3. World Spins Madly On – The Weepies
4. Love the Way You Lie – Eminem
5. Mess Of Me – Switchfoot
6. Hero – Jars of Clay
7.  The Wanderer –  Johnny Cash (w U2)
8.  Fighting Furies – Charmaine
9. Fix You – Coldplay
10. Forgive Me – Jars of Clay
This is Longing.  The full title is Longing: Songs of A Time Travelers Wife. I compiled it while Tompaul was away.  It’s a tale of waiting, bitter sweet.  It was the space I was in when starting fellowship, living in a new city and waiting for Tompaul to come home.  He was gone almost a month and while I was waiting I had alot of heavy things on my plate. Job search, Noelle being ill and the uncertainty of that etc.

Longing:  Songs of A Time Traveler’s Wife

1. World Spins Madly On – The Weepies
2. Swallowed In The Sea – Coldplay
3. Hometown Glory (Radio Edit) – ADELE
4.  Mirrors & Smoke  – Jars Of Clay
5. Shiver – Coldplay
6. Vegas Baby – The Weepies
7. Girl Named Tennessee  – Needtobreathe
8. Hey, Soul Sister – Train
9. Birdhouse In Your Soul – They Might Be Giants
10. With Or Without You – Grits
11. Gotta Have You – The Weepies