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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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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