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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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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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  • William Faulkner said to “it’s hard to kill your darlings” meaning it can be difficult to critique your own work, especially if you put a lot into it. Stephen King went on to say you should put your work away for six months to a year before editing so you can clearly evaluate. I’m really glad I looked back at this one. Even without the wig, I think it’s striking. #hauntmua #sfxmua #stevenkingismyhero #skullmakeup
  • I’m going through old pictures and ran across this one. I remember not really being happy with this look, and sure, the lines could have been cleaner, but I still really like this! I think we should always go back and look at work a year later... even if it really want good, it shows us just how far we have come in so little time. #skullmakeup #hauntmua #sfxmua #personalgrowth
  • I often do a look that I’m just not all that happy with afterwards, as is with this “halfway to Halloween” clown I created back in.... May? Looking at it now, I don’t know what it is exactly it was that I didn’t like... maybe I just needed a orange wig? I almost like a progress pic more than the finished product. What do you think?#clowns #clownmakeup
  • Throwback to my first actual clown makeup! The eye shapes were inspired by a few looks by @totalnightmaretravis, and i was incredibly excited about this wig! The Rhapsody Short by @rockstarwigs is probably the most fun wig to wear that I currently own. I only have red, but am heavily considering another color for my collection.
Happy National Clown Week! #justclowningaround #clowns #scaryclowns
  • Happy National Clown Week! A year ago, I wasn’t a big fan of clowns, but I practiced so many clown makeups that I eventually came to find them to be one of my favorites, and even created my own clown character. This is the first actual clown makeup I recreated based on @grave_digger_the_clown for last year’s haunt. Turned out a lot prettier than he is, no? 😉
#clownsofinstagram #hauntmua #clownmakeup #clowns
  • One last look at this (insightful? Revealing?) makeup! I actually really loved the eyes by themselves, and they took a good 2 hours themselves. A good challenge in trying to make a flat art of round objects translated on a curved surface! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #eyes #makeupartist #inspiredbyart
Inspire by art by @xsullo
  • Eye see you! I also understand I’m not funny, it’s ok. 😂
This was actually a fun challenge, eyes are really complex and took nearly 2 hours to get them where I was happy. Of all of this, I’m really proud of the detail I was able to get in the irises of each eye, and my blocked eyebrow almost completely disappeared! This actually looks amazing compared to the first time I blocked them out. Yay for progress! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #horrormakeup #horrorart 
Inspired by art from @xsullo
  • I love finding inspiration in new places, and when @bearded_horror shared artwork by @xsullo a week or so ago, I knew I had to give it a try as a makeup! Seriously, such amazing art. I hope I did it justice! Check out their profile to see even more incredible works and compare to the original.
  • After this photoshoot im not sure how to go back to my plain black background... I mean if there isn’t ominous fog in the background, does it really even count?!?! #fogmachine #clownmakeup #scareactress #hauntlife #evietheclown

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