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What exactly does “Playing God” mean?

Published May 20, 2015 by ABadKitten

The title is misleading. It means a lot of things. Too many things. But lets just focus on one thing, a piece of a thing, a whisper of a thing:

Why is everyone so quick to squish a bug? Why, rather, am I so opposed to it?

There are many answers to both questions. Probably more than I would be able to think of in the few moments that I would attempt. I just started wondering at it, not as deeply as I normally would have gone, in the random moment that I noticed a teeny tiny black beetle crawling up my white bathroom wall. For a mere flash of a moment I questioned, “Crush it?”, then immediately my feeling shifted to “I’ll it to move outside.” The first question, as it crossed my mind, startled me slightly because a) as far as I could tell, the tiny little beetle did not pose any threat to me and b) I am the type of person who feels immense guilt at harming another creature, bugs included. Unless, of course I’m pitted in an unfortunate battle of life and death against this creature and survival depended on my actions and/or choices. However, that is a completely different circumstance that I’m writing off now as a “No need to approach” subject because it has nothing to do with my personal feelings towards harming or killing another creature.

That being said, the fact that the solution was instantly to kill it was still the first though in my mind. Why is that?

~*- 99% of the people I know are either afraid of bugs and/or disgusted by them. The typical response to something you are disgusted of: get rid of it/get it away from you. The typical response to something that frightens you: get rid of it/get it away from you. So, there’s that. However, I was neither frightened or disgusted by it so this wouldn’t apply.

~*-Bugs do not belong in your house. Eliminate them if they attempt to enter. Not only did that sentence sound, to me, like something that would either come from the mouth of a power-hungry Monarch or General or some paranoid shut-in…but I’m 100% okay with a bug or two in the house once in a while. Granted, I will promptly attempt to peacefully relocate them outside my personal living space which I do not wish to share with said bugs, but it’s understand able that small things that live outside may make their way into my living space from time to time. To think anything other seems very foolish to me which, once again, does not answer my first question.

~*-It’s ugly, scary, moves too fast, and for the love of god WHERE DID IT GO? Right, this really only applies to spiders for me or any other thing that can actually bite, sting, or in someway make me feel pain or discomfort. I’ve seen some pretty ugly dogs in my time, but I will still pet, feed, and cuddle the living hell out of them. I’ve also seen some pretty unfortunate looking humans in my 20+ years but I have never refused to talk to or acknowledge them. Doesn’t apply.

~*-I’ve been trained to/am used to being either told or seeing other people immediately kill them to be rid of them. There we go. Not everyone feels the same way I do considering “They’re only bugs” so generally, it’s squashville. Plus, I didn’t always have quite the intense abhorrence of causing harm to anything smaller than the smallest animal. The fact that bugs crawled their way into my heart was something that took quite a while because…well…they’re ugly, scary, they move too fast and for the love of god WHERE DID IT GO?

Why am I so opposed to squishing something as seemingly-insignificant as a bug?

~*-I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 14. My reasons seemed pretty simple to me: The thought of putting a dead animal in my mouth disgusted me. The thought of consuming something that had the ability to produce a family and love something else did not sit right with me. Every time I saw roadkill I thought “That’s dead. It’s going to be dinner,” and I related it to my own dinner. Meat was never tasty to me in the first place. I love animals more than any other thing in the world, meaning hurting one or thinking about one suffering is absolutely unbearable to me. I was fresh into High School and a teenager, so doing something my family didn’t want me to do seemed like the way to go. Plus, the judgments of people around me for making a choice about my body (which I STILL don’t understand, by the way…) didn’t bother me.

~*-I already stated that hurting an animal is unbearable to me, as is the thought of the suffering. It brings me to tears, makes me physically sick, and ignites a rage in me that is rather terrifying as I’m typically a peaceful person, non-confrontational person. I’m pretty sure that grew into “It has eyes, it walks around, and might have a teeny brain. Maybe it has a family. What it if has tiny eggs in it’s tiny home? It’s trying to live it’s tiny life. I’ll just let it be” which people close to me think is adorable and people who don’t know me think it stupid. It is what it is.

~*-Every creature has some type of significant purpose in the way this planet and our environment works. If I don’t have to destroy it, why bother disrupting it? If it was a rabid raccoon going after a small child, I would shoot it without a second thought. If I was collapsed from exhaustion, about to feel the strike of a cobra, and some passerby kicked it across the ground, I wouldn’t accost them in anger. I understand there are time of necessity and unavoidable actions for one reason or another. However, if it’s not necessary, I’m not doing it. Why? Because I’m a lover of my planet and I have a deep respect for nature, the environment, and all things living.

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Since I’ve been vegetarian since I was 14, I’ve pretty much heard all the nasty rebuttals and arguments to every single feeling, opinion, choice, action, and reason I have for being so. I would never tell another person to become vegetarian or vegan. I would never intentionally make someone feel bad for their choice to eat meat. I’ve never once refused to make something for my boyfriend or force him to only eat what I eat (except vegetables in general because they’re healthy for you). A large amount of other people, however, seem to think that my personal choices are stupid or offensive. Why is that, exactly? If I don’t want to kill a spider, but would rather put it outside so it can continue living (or dying…or what ever it was doing), why is either stupid? If I value something different than what other people value, why is it stupid? It’s not, and it has taken quite a while for me to realize that after years of being embarrassed when someone found out I was vegetarian because I was unsure of how they would perceive me.

The argument that “You eat plants which are living, so you’re a hypocrite” doesn’t even make me mad anymore. It makes me sad and judgmental. Sad that this person has gotten so upset by my diet that they had to find a reason to make me feel smaller about it. Judgmental because this person is trying to make me feel smaller about something I personally feel strongly about and does not, in any way affect them, their daily life, or their greasy Burger King burger. I never said I am a vegetarian because I don’t want to eat something that is living, and anyone who is vegetarian or vegan who has said that (hopefully) means something different. I do. Otherwise, we would be dead because rocks, clay and bleach are not part of any type of diet that could keep you alive.

I realize this has evolved into something completely different than my thoughts about an insignificant account with a little black beetle, but that’s pretty much what always happens when I write. That is why I write. I thought about killing the beetle because that is what I have been trained by society to do. I did not kill the beetle because I don’t feel killing without reason is necessary. The end.

My coffee cup is empty and the bread I left of my deck for Mama and Papa bird is now gone, so I need to get off the computer and fix both of these horrific issues.

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50 Facts About Me

Published November 20, 2013 by ABadKitten

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Sometimes writer’s block is hard to get over. Since finding 50 facts about myself is so incredibly difficult, this is always a sure-fire way for me to knock down that wall. Aaaand…GO!

  1. My nickname “Kat” comes from my middle name, Katherine.
  2. I’m a store manager at a GameStop.
  3. Here’s the main things that terrify me: Clowns, cows, any bug missing a leg or some other part of their body, the ocean, anything that lives in the deep of the ocean.
  4. My irrational fear of cows comes from back in my childhood, when I was feeding a horse sugar cubes. I looked away and looked back to see a cow taking it from my hand which then promptly bit my finger and moo’d loudly in my face. The horse had bolted, which had me thinking this was a cow from hell…where they all probably come from.
  5. I’m a vegetarian (not because I’m afraid of Satan’s cows) and have been for 10 years this Thanksgiving.
  6. My reasons for being Vegetarian aren’t necessarily related to Thanksgiving. That’s just when I decided, at age 15, that eating a dead bird that’s stuffed with herbs and soggy bread isn’t for me. Nor is eating any other dead animal, for that matter.
  7. I’m also a passive-aggressive vegetarian, meaning I don’t care what you choose to eat– this is my choice, not yours. The only time I get out-spoken about my choice to go without meat is when people try to “trick me” into eating meat or get nasty to me about my personal choice, unprovoked.
  8. I haven’t believed in God since the third grade when my grandmother died from breast cancer.
  9. I’m completely, 100% obsessed with scented candles.
  10. Come 11/22, I’ll have a total of 5 game consoles. WiiU, 3DSXL, Xbox360, Xbox One, and PS4. I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM. (Yes I do.)
  11. Like a typical American, I drink way too much coffee.
  12. I’m most happy in an over-sized sweatshirt and underwear, hair flying wild and free.
  13. Anything with lace is something I need in my wardrobe. I’m obsessed with and fascinated by lace.
  14. If I could find a wizard who could cast a spell transporting me to Middle Earth as an elf of Mirkwood…I would sacrifice Lambchop to do so.
  15. Fantasy is a genre I’ve been in love with since as far back as I can remember.
  16. Oh, yeah I’m a huge nerdy dork–and I love that about myself.
  17. Fall and Spring are my favorite seasons. (Real original.)
  18. I have constant conversations with myself. In a non-psychotic way.
  19. If I could lay on a hill all day every day and get paid to look at the sky, night and day, I could die happy. I love the sky.
  20. Alice and Wonderland is my favorite Disney movie…
  21. …but Belle from Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney princess.
  22. I’m 96% Italian…
  23. …but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from looking at my pale skin. Being vegetarian took away my year-round tan. A small price to pay for my choices. :]
  24. As of right now, my favorite song is My Demons by Starset.
  25. I used to be a huge fan of WWE, but since getting promoted I haven’t had the time to watch as much so I’ve fallen out of the loop. I’m sad.
  26. I still love CM Punk, Randy Orton, the Undertaker, Kane, everyone in the Shield, and the Big Show. That won’t change.
  27. I’ve also pretty much been in love with AJ since she entered WWE.
  28. I’ve only had two serious relationships in my 24 years. One that wasted 7 years of my life, but brought me to my current (recently) 2 year relationship.
  29. For the past two Halloweens I’ve dressed as a pirate captain.
  30. Christmas is my favorite holiday. Halloween comes in at a close second.
  31. I’m a charity/donation fiend. Anything I can do for charity I will gladly do.
  32. On that note, I’ve been told repeatedly that I’m too kind for my own good. That’s wrung true more often than not, unfortunately.
  33. I’m so soft-hearted that I can’t even kill a nat without feeling heartbroken. It’s a problem.
  34. I used to write three times a day on Xanga.com , a blog on which I had a giant plethora of readers…and then stopped for almost a year. When I finally went back, it almost got shut down and turned into an expensive pay-to-write-here website. Hello WordPress.com!
  35. In high school, every outfit I wore was mainly black.
  36. I’m in love with nature and the outdoors.
  37. Too bad I’m so sensitive to the cold. Otherwise I would be outside every chance I get during the cold months.
  38. During Hurricane Sandy, my entire area was without power for 2 1/2 weeks. Since we had no heat, water,  or electricity and it was winter, I stayed with my boyfriend for the duration of it.
  39. I’ve always wanted to work with animals. I would love to be a vet, a vet tech, a trainer…what ever.
  40. I give amazing advice that I, myself, never seem to follow.
  41. I’m horrified by the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz.
  42. When I was younger I used to: dance (ballet, tap and jazz), play soccer, play tennis, run track, play piano, sing, and kickbox. I do none of that now and I miss it all terribly.
  43. My apartment does not allow pets which is, basically, a death sentence for me. (I didn’t really have any other choice but to move here at the time…)
  44. Even now I can’t have a bed that has any type of open space under it. You never know what could be under there…
  45. I used to draw a lot in middle school and high school but have since stopped and lost all of my skill.
  46. Writing also used to be a part of my daily routine and I wrote some amazing things. I’ve lost that, yet again, but I’m trying to mend that part.
  47. I love interior design. If I had the money to do all that I’ve imagined in my head, I could have an awesome career.
  48. My collection of LOtR things used to include a life-sized standee of Legolas, all of the magazines from the fan club, book marks, trading cards, notebooks, folders, pencils, empty candy boxes, books of quotes and fanfiction, and drawings (though I’m probably leaving some out!). Now, it’s down to the collector’s edition movie sets, my writing (because I will never get rid of that) and one bookmark of Legolas because I still think it’s to sexy to toss.
  49. I’ve had a total of 5 cars. A dynasty, a ’99 mercury cougar, a ’96 mercury cougar, a nissan sentra and my current hyundai accent which is my first brand new car that I bought and pay for all on my own. Yes, I’m quite proud.
  50. My favorite color is purple. What a lame note to end on.

So there. That wasn’t as painfully hard as it usually is. Doing silly things like this is always a good way for me to break down the walls of writer’s block. Plus, I love having to dig deep inside myself and pull out random things that I normally wouldn’t think twice about.

Maybe I’ll actually be able to write something legit now.

Being meat-free on 4th of July!

Published July 2, 2011 by ABadKitten

It’s Independence Day weekend! That means vacation (except for me and a few other unlucky people…), barbeque, family/friends, booze, and fireworks. I love it all, even the barbeque. Being vegetarian, my friends and family always get slightly awkward when inviting me to a barbecue because they have no idea what to make me. It’s usually salad, the sides and “Please, just let me know what you’d like. I’ll make it for you! ” Even though I don’t eat meat, I’m fairly easy to please when it comes to a barbeque. Plus, my choices are pretty tasty so I’m not the only one who indulges in my healthy foods!

It’s very easy being a vegetarian around the holidays. It’s also very healthy.

*Veggie Burgers (Default #1)*

These are the normal default for any barbecue or festivity I end up attending. Morning Star Farms is my favorite brand and other people seem to enjoy it as an alternative to meat burgers, too.

Grillers Prime Nutrition Facts (Serving Size: 1 patty):                                      

Calories: 170

Fat: 9g

Cholesterol: 0g

Sodium: 390mg

Potassium: 160mg

Total Carbs: 4g

Protein: 17g

 

*Veggie Dogs (Default #2)*

Otherwise known as tofu dogs, I actually prefer these. I go for Smart Dogs or a kind specifically called Tofu Dogs because they’re healthier and I think they taste the best fresh off the grill.

Smart Dogs Nutrition Facts (Serving size: 1 link):

Calories: 45

Total Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 290mg

Total Carbs: 3g

Protein: 8g

 

*Grilled Pineapple and Coconut*

 

Now it gets more fun. I found this recipe online a while ago and it’s to die for.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp dark rum
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 or 5 slices fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Directions:

Whisk together the honey (or agave nectar), rum and lemon juice in a wide dish. Add the pineapple and coat well. Allow the pineapple to marinate for at least one hour in the refrigerator.

Lightly grease your grill and fire up to a medium heat.

Coat the pineapple with coconut on both sides, pressing the coconut into the pineapple to get it to stick.

Grill on both sides for about 8 to 10 minutes.

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*Grilled Artichokes*


For anyone who loves these tasty things, this is a must try!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons
  • 4 large (3-3 1/2 pounds) artichokes
  • 1 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. To prepare artichokes: Fill a Dutch oven with water; add the juice of 1 lemon. Trim leaves from the top of an artichoke. Remove the outer layer(s) of leaves from the stem end and snip all remaining spiky tips from the outer leaves. Trim an inch off the bottom of the stem and use a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous outer layer. As each artichoke is prepared, drop it into the lemon water to prevent it from turning brown.
  2. When all the artichokes are prepared, cover the pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the base of the stem can be pierced with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium. Slice the artichokes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke and first few inner layers in the center until the bottom is revealed. Brush each half with oiland sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the artichokes until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter, squeeze half a lemon over them and garnish with the remaining lemon half cut into 4 wedges. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

    Variation: For boiled artichokes, add 5 minutes to the cooking time in Step 2. Serve whole or cut in half and scoop out the chokes.

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*Grilled Eggplant and Portobello Sandwich*

This is one of my favorite recipes from this website and one that I’ve made for myself and some friends quite a few times.

 Ingredients:

  • 1 clove(s) (small) garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup(s) low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon(s) lemon juice
  • 1 medium (about 1 pound) eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 large portobello mushroom caps, gills removed (see Tips & Techniques)
  • Canola or olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
  • 8 slice(s) whole-wheat sandwich bread, lightly grilled or toasted
  • 2 cup(s) arugula or spinach, stemmed and chopped if large
  • 1 large tomato, sliced

 Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Mash garlic into a paste on a cutting board with the back of a spoon. Combine with mayonnaise and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Coat both sides of eggplant rounds and mushroom caps with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Grill the vegetables, turning once, until tender and browned on both sides: 2 to 3 minutes per side for eggplant, 3 to 4 minutes for mushrooms. When cool enough to handle, slice the mushrooms.
  4. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons of the garlic mayonnaise on each piece of bread. Layer the eggplant, mushrooms, arugula (or spinach), and tomato slices onto 4 slices of bread and top with the remaining bread.

    Carb Servings: 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat. Carbohydrate Servings: 2. Nutrition Bonus: Potassium (22% daily value), Folate (20% dv), Magnesium & Vitamin C (18% dv).

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If you end up heading over to the website I’ve been linking, check it out! They have amazing recipes on there!!

 

 

There are millions upon millions of different and healthy  meatless recipes out there and you don’t have to be vegetarian to try them! They’re healthy and delicious and extremely fun to make. If you feel like trying something different this year, bring along a few of these dishes and watch your friends and family devour them.

 

What yummy recipes do you bring to your 4th of July bash?

Happy 4th of July everyone!

 

 

 

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