Mad Like Alyce

Off the Shelf: Waves in the Desert

After moving to a much smaller apartment, I had to part with a good portion of my personal book collection. I just didn’t have room! Don’t worry, they all found new homes 🙂

That being said, I started to realize just how much I re-read books. With a much smaller selection to choose from, I unfortunately found myself struggling to find something new… I am such a die-hard lover of real books, but lately I have had to accept just how convenient it is to be able to download digital books. I had only previously used my tablet to download books when traveling. I managed to finish nearly 5 books in a week when I went to the Dominican Republic… a total of 8 hours of layover and 10 hours flight time one way made it pretty easy, but I digress.

Viva Las Vegas

Back in February, I headed off to Las Vegas for a work conference. It was my first time in Las Vegas, but with my energy struggles paired with it being a work trip, I didn’t go out too much. We did walk up and down the strip, manage to get lost at Caesars, and hit up an amazing bowling alley, but ultimately, I was glad when we were boarding our flight home. I was down to the last 10% of my current book, and on a whim I downloaded another 3 onto my tablet from Amazon from the $3 list and a book is an impulse buy you will almost never regret… as I soon discovered.

Ocean Themed Reading

While it wasn’t intentional, all three books were ocean themed, and I lucked out that all were pretty decent reads, as my 3 hour flight home to Sioux Falls, SD ended up taking nearly 18 hours longer than planned. A blizzard that we were supposed to beat hit before we landed, and after an about 45 minutes of circling, the pilot re-routed us to Des Moines, IA, where we ended up spending the night. Thankfully, I was able to entertain myself with these!

The Widower’s Wife

By Cate Holahan

This was indeed a great thriller! While I thought that there was an undeveloped love in a secondary back story that the author did a great job of building and never followed through on, this book kept me guessing up to the end. Even when you think you know what is going on, she will throw a great twist into things. Definitely a good read.

All the Breaking Waves

By Kerry Lonsdale

This was a typical lost love story, but had some really beautiful twists in it. A bit of past romance, a bit of psychic powers, a mother’s love, and mermaid tears. Well written and a quick read, perfect for a weekend.

Everything We Keep

By Kerry Lonsdale

It was a coincidence that I happened to select two books from the same author, as I was quickly downloading them before I had to put my tablet in airplane mode. That said, this was a completely different read from the “All the Breaking Waves.” Dealing with psychology and the process of discovering yourself after loss, this book hits it hard from the first chapter to the very end. Totally different dynamic, and just as good. There is also a sequel coming out, so I read this one just in time!

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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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