Mad Like Alyce

I love searching the web and finding new things, especially from my favorite blogs! It’s something I may do a few times throughout the day for 2-3 minutes when my back pain gets really bad, and it helps me regain my focus. For me, this is part of a Distraction Technique taught at the PRC.

Distraction: A technique that can be used to refocus you mind from the pain (or frustration) to allow your mind and body to relax and become calm. Often, when we are hurting, we can get really wrapped up in how bad the pain is, and how much we want to go home, or outside, or anywhere but where we are right now! Anything to make the pain go away. And focusing on this pain can in turn make us breathe more shallow, hold ourselves more stiffly, and increase our overall agitation. If you are trying to slog through a task at work that makes you want to beat your head into the keyboard… that agitation can grow tenfold.
By distracting ourselves with something we enjoy, we can break that cycle, and give ourselves the ability to (try) to take control of the situation and approach the task at hand with fresh eyes, even if it is something as mundane as scrubbing the bathroom or getting through the next hour.

This concept isn’t just a thing for people with chronic pain. Countless articles have written about the benefits of allowing employees to view personal sites, email, or even Facebook during the workday for short periods of time as it helps prevent mental fatigue and leads to greater productivity overall! Tell that to your employer next time you get caught shopping online for shoes…

Useless Fun Facts

I have always considered myself to be a vault of useless information, and can be quite a bit of an information hoarder (Input is my #2 strength in the Strengths Finder 2.0). I love finding a new t-shirt, a recipe, a new artist, and somehow, I have found myself finding a lot of cat themed items. Now, I am 100% of a dog person, but my friend Sarah is a wonderful crazy cat lady and I often share my cat crazed finds with her.

You GUYS! …Cats!

And you might not believe me, but cats kind of rule the internet…  there’s a lot out there. And without realizing it, I was sharing something with her at least twice a week. It dawned on me, I have stumbled upon an unintentional hobby. What, might you ask, is an unintentional hobby?

Unintentional Hobby – Noun.

  1. An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time that they were not initially aware of. Similar to a habit, which is simply a routine that goes unnoticed, but one that that brings joy.
  2. A hobby one simply stumbles upon and continues without making the conscious decision to do so.

Not that this is actually a term, but the thought of an unintentional hobby really intrigued me. Have you ever realized that you have one? Perhaps it is a collection of antique rings that you find you have started to collect, or that you always have interesting scents lotions to use at your desk?

As for my hobby, here are some of the recent cat finds I had sent to Sarah in the past few weeks:

This Ms. Cat illustration

ms cat

This sweater from Culture Flock Clothing

take naps pet cats

And one for dog lovers!

This crazy cat lady t-shirt

stay at home club

This shark cat bed

shark cat bed

This Mew-tiful dress!

spread the mews


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!


  • How appropriate that I dressed up as Sally at the haunted house last night, because I was featured as Sally on @liquidcosplay in the same day... Halloween no less! I love love love this costume, and it’s the one that got me started in cosplay and makeup. #halloween #cosplay

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  • You would think that I would have done makeup on all of my family at this point, but sadly that is not the case, however, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do my brother's makeup after the haunt had opened Saturday night! He managed to pull together an incredible maroon clown outfit, and I am really pleased how the makeup looks! I personally like the messier clowns, and it worked well to have brighter pink-ish hues toned down by smudges of black and watering down the paint overall. 
#clown #clownmakeup #hauntlife #hauntedhouse #halloween
  • My first ever zombie for Halloween was a shotgun bride, and although it was a real bridal gown with real shotgun damage, I just used 3 or 4 latex bullet wounds. It was fun, and a great introduction to using prosthetics, but it wasn't really accurate to what I would have had for damage with an actual shotgun wound. So years later, I made up for it by re-creating a more realistic wound of where the shoulder and partial face would have been torn up by the blast. Personally, this is my favorite zombie creation to date! #zombie #zombiemakeup #zombiebride #shotgunbride #zombiecrawl #woundmakeup
  • Ready for my closeup!!! Getting ready for Sioux Falls Zombie Crawl tomorrow!!! #zombie #zombiemakeup #zombiecrawl
  • OK you guys, this is where I love the internet. I created this zombie 2 years ago and had (kind of) forgotten about it until just this week when someone re-created it... and she is on the other side of the globe! Seriously, it made my my entire day/week/month, and reminds me why I love doing this. <3 <3 <3
#zombie #zombiemakeup #zombiecrawl #halloween2018
  • Its GO TIME PEOPLE! T-Minus 7 days to HALLOWEEEEEEEEEEN. Im running on fumes and caffeine, but it is 100% worth it. I love working at the haunted house, and am beyond thrilled about this coming weekend. I still have 2 costumes to finish and 2 zombies to do, plus some donut deliveries (a great fundraiser... friends scared of clowns? Send them donuts a-la-clowns). One more look at this first clown because I was obsessed with this wig from Rockstar wigs... I WILL find a way to use it again in the near future. #hauntlife #hauntedhouse #clowns #halloween2018
  • I had a request to recreate a clown mask as a makeup so it wouldn’t be as hot to wear in the house (swipe to see said mask), and it was quite the learning experience. I made this about a month ago when I was still trying to use the cream paints that the haunt had, though I’ve since decided to buy more of my own water paint to use on my actors. The base here was the basic white clown grease paint, and while I loved the coverage, it felt awful to wear, and it was incredibly difficult to add fine details with cream paint or shadows. So my first and last grease paint clown! 🤡 I still think it’s important to share our failures as well as the successes... this is still far better than what I might have created even just a year ago! #clowns #hauntedhouse #halloween
  • Hey Guys! I've been quiet on Insta so far this October, but its because IM SO BUSY and i'm pretty much in Halloween Heaven. Between finishing my first commissioned costume (its super simple, but I completed foam armor for the first time!!!) and doing makeup at the haunted house, i've hardly had time for sleep... and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
This is one of my first clown practice runs. I tried doing 30 minutes or less, and initially I wasn't planning on posting. Having a few days of the crazed makeup chaos that is getting ready for house open under my belt, I have a new appreciation for what details you can and simply cannot complete in such a short time period, and kind of like the grunge this clown pulled off. Not everything you will create is perfect, but thats how we all learn! #clowns #hauntedhouse #halloweenmakeup #halloween2018
  • I think this barrel look could make a great clown character.... am I going over to the dark side and starting to like clowns?!?! Only time will tell, and there are still 20 days until Halloween! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel


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