Mad Like Alyce

Friday Replay January 29, 2017

Hey Guys! So, its been two weeks since I have last written, and it has actually been pretty fabulous. I think we all need to take a break sometime. There is a lot of pressure to keep a consistent schedule, but sometimes that isn’t realistic. I’ve been focusing on physical therapy for what they have now determined was a torn labrum, which is a piece of tissue inside your shoulder socket. Treatment includes forcing my pectorals and trapezius to relax, since they were over-strained from guarding, which is holding your arm, or any body part, in a position to reduce pain (and I had no idea I was doing it!).

But I think with everything in life, we have to take a breather, get recharged, and find our center. I’ve been doing a TON of research on new costumes (seriously so excited), finally got my great aunt’s old sewing machine up and running and I’m really excited to try some new things.

Back to the Music

In addition to everything, I’ve been getting back to some of my old favorite songs. I used to drive 30 minutes one way to work, and would crank my music so loud that it vibrated in my chest. Although it’s not idea for my ears, I love love love being consumed by a song when alone in my car. I can simply surrender to the music and let my mind wander. While I listen to music all day at work, it has been wonderful to re-immerse myself in this pastime. Here is a peek into some of my favs in a Sunda edition (sorry, still recovering from a sinus infection) of Friday Replay!

Thoery of a Deadman

One of my top 5 favorite bands ever, I love just about everything they have done. Lately, I’ve been more into their rage-y tracks (not sure what to read into that) but ever since I heard Santa Monica in 2005, I was helplessly hooked and have bought everything they made since. I’ve even seen them live three times! I also love love love their raw cover of “Hallelujah,” video below.

Shinedown

SO MUCH GOOD MUSIC! Another of my top five favorites. If you are new to Shinedown, they have a great mixture of harder rock and more beautiful ballads. You must listen to: Sound of Madness, Enemies, I’ll Follow You, The Crow and the Butterfly, and Her name is Alice (of course!!!). Seriously, anything they have done.

The lead singer, Brent Smith, is also featured on an Apocalyptica track, Not Strong Enough (video below). Make sure to get his version as they have a few out there with other featured singers, but trust me, Brent Smith has a voice of an angel and you will NOT be disappointed.

 

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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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  • I didn't want to say anything, then... or even now. But what someone else decided to do became a part of who I am now. A part of the damage I will always carry. My voice may have been small while I put myself together. Until I learned that the part of me that I am proudest of, the strength in me to overcome, is something you will never take. #metoo
  • Should have known #fridaythe13th would be the PERFECT day to start shooting my next project. You guys... I can't even begin to say how excited I am to share it with you, but for now, a quick peek.
  • Even in death, #pumpkinspice is life! Zombie walks are popping up all around the country, and if you want to wear your costume early as a "zombie" but don't want to actually damage the costume, this basic zombie is perfect! Or for me, it's a casual October Saturday....
  • Do you get to 3pm and feel like a total zombie without a caffeine jolt? Hey, me too! A playful take on the #basic girl, this is a tutorial that can give your costume zombie chic without the wounds and gore. Grab that #pumpkinspice latte and tackle those next few hours like the newly undead!
  • Brains... it's what's for dinner! Damir and I are at a place where he no longer questions brains in the fridge. #relationshipgoals #halloween #brains #brain #sfxmakeup #sfxmakeupartist
  • The easiest surgery recovery! If only I would bounce back from the real surgery as fast... instead of 6 weeks in a sling. This video shows just how easy these gel prosthetics are to remove, as opposed to spirit gum or pros-aid which require remover products.
  • After a year of having an injured shoulder, I am finally going to have surgery! For real... not this tutorial. But it IS inspired by my upcoming surgery, and the tutorial also contains a bit of a PSA on how you need to always keep fighting for your health and find a doctor who will fight with you. A MRI mistake lead to 9 months of additional pain, frustration, and medical costs. I'll get to spend this Halloween relaxing at home (in a sling) watching scary movies! Tutorial on the blog, link in bio!
  • Bruises are a great way to add interest to any Halloween costume, but I actually appreciate them for their behavior based on anatomy. They layers and shape you give your bruise are what can make you average injury go from "ouch" to "wow!" And just a slight change in these layers can show healing, or signs of deathly rot. I love making makeup bruises, mostly because I never recall how I get them in real life... I just run into things a lot apparently. The tutorial is on the blog, link in bio!
  • When you find the perfect coat in a consignment store to play Georgie from IT. But you know me, this coat would be ruined with sfx makeup and $50 was just a bit more than I wanted to spend. #cosplay #it #stephenking #halloweenmakeup #halloween #pennywise #georgie

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