While I don't think I'll ever go full blown vegetarian, I've been drifting in that direction more and more over the years. The motivation is for ethical reasons, from the environmental and economic impact of factory farming to the fact that while I don't really think there's anything outright wrong with eating animals in moderation, I do have a hard time reconciling the idea that animals are fit for food but that they're also independent beings with thought processes and emotions and that we really don't appreciate the enormous significance of life. In case anyone is curious, I also don't think we give plants the respect and value that they deserve either.
All of that said though, for the past year or so, I'm slowly getting more and more turned off by raw meat. While it never used to bother me, I now can't really stand the smell of raw chicken, raw beef, etc. Seafood and pork are probably the worse. As much as I hate the smell, I hate the sensation of touching raw meat even more. Ick. So on a practical level, whenever I have to cook something for myself, meat's kind of off the table just cause I don't really wanna deal with it.
This year, we've only been mildly successful at growing peppers. I say mildly, because we saved some seeds from last year and this year they've given us what I can best describe as flavorless sweet peppers. There's no flavor, no spice, not much of anything. We're still enjoying them, but it's kind of disappointing. That said, one of our pepper plants had someone enjoying them quite a bit. A few very voracious little caterpillars. Somehow they proceeded to eat not only every single leaf on one of the plants, but every single pepper as well. There's notting left but stems. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I never would have believed it.
In addition to Millcreek releasing both Ultra Q and the first Ultraman, Diskotek Media is releasing a series from the Metal Heroes Franchise called Space Wolf Juspion. Once again, I'm struggling with my fear of missing out in getting these shows. On the other hand, the more I look into them, the more I see things that I think "Okay, that's kind of cool," but also things that make me think "This is really too weird or cheesey for me." So, I dunno. I don't want to waste hard earned money on something I won't like. Man, I really miss comics and cartoons sometimes. Sometimes I think I should take up writing or take drawing more seriously or something. To make the kind of stories I'd like to read.