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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  • The top 9 for madlikealyce! It has been a fantastic year, trying out all kinds of new things and really expanding on my love for makeup and cosplay. Thank you to all of my AMAZING FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS who have been with me on this journey. I can wait until my shoulder has healed enough to get back to it, I have a whole LIST of things I am dying to try! In the meantime, I’m at least back to writing on the blog, so make sure to check me out there, Link in bio. ❤️ you all!
  • Sick day snuggles. But at least it’s my first day out of the sling! #countdownisover #pitbullsofinstagram #pitbull #drinkallthetea
  • My new favorite IG account... u need to scroll through these posts! #Repost @iamtheswimreaper (@get_repost)
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Lol #justbeingbasic
  • Bahahahaha too funny not to share! #followyourdreams #freddykrueger
  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
  • When your sling gives you a full blown chronic pain flareup. Laying on the floor with my legs up to help take pressure off my lower back, and mystic seems pretty concerned. Good thing I have episode three of the @girlinspacepodcast to listen to!If you haven't started listening to this audio drama, you need to check it out ASAP! #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #lifeinasling #girlinspace #findme
  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween

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