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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  • 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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