Mad Like Alyce

Off the Shelf: Taking a break from the chaos

So, it’s been awhile, and a lot has been happening!  What, you may ask? I moved… Again! I finally got out of my walking boot, and have been going to physical therapy, setting up the new apartment, Damir’s Dad is finally here from Bosnia, and I’m packing for a week long trip out West to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation… which covers the big stuff.

Add all of that to the little things like working late, working on the Pit Bull Rescue website, and shooting and editing footage for the site, plus the million other projects I have on the site, it had gotten to be a bit much. So much that lately, I have been so wiped that I simply cannot bring myself to pull up my computer in the evening. For this I apologize.

Of course, my best stress reliever is reading, so I have made sure to at least be reading a book while I have been passed out on the bed/couch/floor/anywhere. Its perhaps the best way to completely hijack my stressed out mind and transport it to a wonderful world of someone else’s creation and disappear into their story.

Dreams & Shadows

dreams and shadows

By Robert C. Cargill

This was a wonderful book I had read a few years past, and although I had been yearning to read it again, I simply could not remember the title or author. Thank you Google! I was able to search for the key points in the plot line and find the summary via Amazon (Thank you Amazon!).

This story is a fantastic dive into the supernatural otherworld of the Fae and includes beautiful back story elements on histories of the Jinn. This tale is a beautiful weaving of characters battling a fate that was sealed years prior. Overall, if you are interested in fantasy at all, this is worth a read.

The Secret Place

the secret place

By Tana French

This was a great crime solving novel that included some interesting elements of magic as well. It all starts with a pinboard in an all-girls school allowing them to place their “secrets”. In my opinion, the magical element was a bit unnecessary and ultimately didn’t play as large of a part as it could have.

The beauty of the story is in the incredible rush of emotion surrounding love. Love of a career. Love of a purpose, Love of a friend, and mostly, first Love. The author captured the hormonal and intoxicating pulse of young love in a way that made me so incredibly wistful and nostalgic. Again, a highly recommended read.

Horrorstor

horrorstor

By Grady Hendrix

This was definitely a novelty read, and I only picked it up due to the unique cover. Set in a Knockoff IKEA store called ORSK, the author uses a very unique storyline and plays off of the Sweedish naming conventions of products and the happy go lucky atmosphere while the plot grows continually darker. I felt that I started rushing this one simply to get it done, but overall, I enjoyed the read. Not something to run out and buy, but if you see it on the library shelf, go ahead and take a look.

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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!

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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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