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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: August 20, 2008 12:57:14 PM
Me and food, we've got some issues, yo.
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(I'm not able to tolerate a lot of the information very far, as it is often delivered in an extremely graphic way that I just can't handle.  Would really, really like to be better informed, but it's hard to be well-informed about something that seems to be generally too ugly for me to hear about at all.)
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I have a friend who's giving me a hard time about it. 

"Me and food, we've got some issues, yo."  could possibly be my new favorite quote : )

As for finding information that won't give you visual nightmares, I'd suggest turning to books.  Due to the graphic nature of animal cruelty, hearing about it can naturally be upsetting.  I've been vegetarian for years, and just last month saw an incredibly graphic documentary on YouTube... I had nightmares for awhile.  I felt better informed, but the graphics were a bit too much for my belly.  I feel I don't need to be scared into believing something, just convinced of it's merit.  So, instead of videos I turned to my trusted Philosophy section of Borders book store.  Right now I'm reading, The Ethics of What We Eat.  It's a very interesting book that explores various lifestyles of people omnivorious, vegetarian, and vegan.  It goes into factory farming with enough detail to make you knowledgable, without showing you visually the processes that offend.  I found a nice bonus in the fact that it does touch in on the economic side of things.  It'll show you the backround of companies like Kraft and Wal Mart, and how saving pennies first hand can cost dollars (and morality) down the line.  Gooooooood book, good book.
As for your friends:  They probably won't understand you're reasoning.  Not because they can't, but because it's not reasonable for them.  I have some friends who are in that same frame of mind, and others who'll make vegan meals for me and my boyfriend. : )  It just depends on a person's nature, and how open they are to vegetarianism/veganism. (I have some friends who watched that same documentary, and then told me they saw nothing wrong with it...  Trust me, the scenes in that film were debilitatingly depressing.  Some people can justify anything.)
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: August 20, 2008 12:22:16 PM
My stepdaughter, who is 13, watched some videos on the PETA website a couple weeks ago and since has claimed to be vegetarian.  She says it's because of the animal cruelty thing.  Well, not being vegetarian myself, I'm trying to be supportive but finding it difficult sometimes.  I can understand vegetarian for healthier eating, but if she's doing it for the animal rights issues shouldn't all dairy and eggs be out, too? I'm asking this because all she's eating is Boca burgers and mostly junk (french fries, chips, fruit loops, etc.) and has no issue downing ice cream, cheese, and chocolate milk...other choices have been offered (for example: spaghetti marinara) but she'd rather eat waffles. 

Any opinions would be helpful.  Thanks.
Like MMD32 said, a proper vegetarian diet can take awhile to adjust to.  I've been vegetarian for years and I'm still learning the difference between organic and healthy : /.  If your daughter is becoming a veggie for animal rights, then eventually she may cut out eggs and dairy.  It took me awhile to realize that animals don't have to die to suffer for my meal.  When I can (I'm but a poor college student trying to stay in budget), I shop from local farmers.  You would know what the animals are going through, whether growth hormones are being used, and you would help boost your local economy.  It sounds like she's still in an adjusting phase, it's hard to go cold turkey (pardon the expression) for someone whose eaten meat their whole life.
As for the animal rights/activism, if you have any concerns about that- just have a talk with her.  Give her the information she needs to make informed choices, and trust she'll know whats right for her.  (On a personal note, I'd suggest moving away from the PETA bandwagon.  Their hearts were in the right places, but looking into their spending reports suggest otherwise lately.  Too many big name CEOs needing sports cars.  They tend to talk a lot, and use a few too many scare tactics for my taste.  I'd encourage her to volunteer at the local animal shelter, if she wants to give her time away.)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cactuars on my head! on: November 07, 2007 08:59:53 PM
Sooooooooo adorable.  I'd make a Mog/Moogle hat- - just for the red bobber thing.  I heart the Cactuar, very well done.  : )
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: I made a mini "Yip-yip" alien! on: October 28, 2007 08:40:25 AM
If by 'encounter' you mean autographed picture of Jerry Orbach, then yes, I remember.

I honestly don't know which is more awesome, the Yip Yip, or the fact that you posted a picture of Jerry with the Yip Yip.  All I know is that I want to be your friend.  : )

Very cool.  I heart everything about this post.  You have a very well made Yip Yip, uh-huh uh-huh.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Labyrinth's Ludo Puppet (with process) on: May 06, 2007 09:05:42 PM
 Shocked... Want to make me a Jareth puppet?

Just kidding... sorta.

Fantastic Ludo.  I'm also a huge worm fan.  Clicking- "This Rocks" right now...
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Toys, Dolls and Playthings Challenge! on: May 06, 2007 08:56:01 PM
i'm expecting at least one liopleurodon!

No, a magical liopleurodon! Right, Chaaarlie?  Wink

I can't wait to see what people come up with.  This will be a nice challenge.
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Excuse me?!?! Dumpster Diving on: March 16, 2007 11:01:05 PM
I feel that everyone, especially poor college students, should learn the art of diving (and do it at least once. Grin)  My friends scope out the local industrial parks and malls- and always come back with something.  Everything from computer desks and clothing chests- to chips, donuts, and flowers.
...I remember one night we picked up at least forty bouquets of flowers (including the expensive red roses) and proceded to hand them out at a nearby McDonald's.  A local floral distributer is only open Monday-Friday.  Any flowers/bouquets left on Friday are thrown out, because they won't last the weekend.  We like to salvage them, and make others smile a little.  Smiley Cheesy Smiley
I would like to mention that diving is illegal in some places, but special care should be taken even where it is legal.  Businesses tend to frown on diving because of the mess bad divers leave behind.  Good divers should be sure to leave the area nicer than when they found it, and not damage personal property.  No damage to the dumpsters.  No debris should be outside the dumpster.  This being said I highly recommend gloves, an air freshener, a flashlight, and a speedy means of transportation (incase of conflict.)  Always scope the area prior to diving.  Notice trash compactors.  A trash compactor typically means you won't find much in the dumpster (unless you are REALLY lucky and someone doesn't do their job right.)
Hmmm.  Now I wish I had hit that floral shop tonight... Maybe next week eh?  And a trip to the chip distributors might be in order.  Btw, to those of you near a Dunkin' Donuts bakery- they throw out 50 lbs bags of 'reject' donuts.  The bottom of the bag is squished to heck, but the ones near the top are perfectly fine.  To those who shudder at the thought of food/produce from a dumpster- I understand.  But typically these things are thrown in bags that are placed in boxes, that are arranged in the dumpster.  Unfortunately the boxes have a disclaimer on them, making it illegal for people to take them... Not that it matters.  Most people can't even lift that many donuts.  I say take what you want, close the box back up, and go.  Smiley  Who can say no to free donuts?
Happy Diving!  If I ever get a great haul, I'll post back.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: teenage mutant ninja turtle hat/masks TMNT on: March 11, 2007 06:32:48 PM
I can honestly say I think your hat/masks are too awesome for the new movie (cause who can beat the original?)  Fantastic idea, sounds like something my friends and I do... Wearing these would make the movie worth seeing.  Smiley  My hands are itching to try these...
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: manga characters amigurumi? on: February 14, 2007 12:57:24 PM
Sorry this is a wicked late response.  I've yet to see any FMA crochets, but I'm dying to make one.  If you ever make one, post back- I'd love to see it!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: QUIMERAS, CHIMERAS, CHIMAERAS on: February 14, 2007 07:33:02 AM
Hehehe, oh goodness FMA-fandom can lead us to some strange crafty places huh?  Love the chimeras!  You've given me some thoughts for that old TY beanie baby collection collecting dust up in the attic.  I've been trying to decide what to do with it for ages, and this is the first idea I *really* like.  Muahaha.
Oh sad thought... I could probably make a Nina  Cry.
Thats it, now I have to.
Thanks for posting- today's snow day will not be wasted.  Smiley Grin Roll Eyes
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