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Journal Entry: Thu Jul 23, 2015, 12:49 AM
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Hell if I know anymore...
  • Reading: Cheaper By the Dozen
  • Watching: Youtube
  • Playing: Puzzle and Dragons Z
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: all the tea


I should never decide something life-changing at night....whenever I do I tend to kick my brain into overdrive and then it fails to shut off. So while I enjoy a quick calming drink lemme bother you all with the new decision I've made. It's huge for me but I'll cover that in a moment.

I strive to succeed in all my endeavors, no matter how crazy they may seem to others. Sometimes I fail and if I do then I accept it and move on for the most part. Sometimes I sulk but that's human nature. What matters most is that I made an honest effort to see total success. I've never mentioned it before and it's irrelevant now because I've grown out of this phase but until recently I hated myself physically. I just despised everything. It caused me to neglect my own body which then made me to hate myself further and so the cycle continued until recently. I've pushed out of that phase and have made a lot of little changes to try and make my attitude and my physical health better. But now it's time to start making major bounds in my lifestyle so I can stay healthy and live longer with my beloved husband, family and friends.

And so I've made a tough decision, I'm going to become a vegetarian! Trust me, I do enjoy my red meats quite a bit, especially with some wine. And I'm not becoming a vegan because there are some animal products I'm not able to give up such as honey, eggs, cheese, ect. But I have several very valid reasons for taking this road.

1: Animal cruelty. Not to get too preachy but the way most livestock is treated before being slaughtered with most of their parts tossed aside carelessly is hideous. Grade A and B chickens are de-beaked because all they're good for are the eggs and they're so smashed together in their homes that if they're not de-beaked they'll peck at one another and that loses the companies money. Another deplorable practice is Veal. You take a calf, not even able to walk and cage it, a rope tied to its neck and pegged into the ground so they can't stand up, they can't move in their cramped homes and are force fed until they're fat and soft, undeveloped muscles just so WE can have the most tender meat ever. I've actually seen this and it's heartbreaking. These are just two of many hideous practices of the modern-day livestock farms. I find myself more and more reluctant to support these kinds of practices. Any eggs I get will be from uncaged chickens, same goes for my cheeses, free roaming, organically fed animals who are treated with kindness. Just because an animal can't speak for itself doesn't mean we have the right to treat it so horribly.

2: Weight loss. I admit it, I'm WAY overweight and a huge contributor to this is bad eating habits. Most people in the US who eat meat often consume more unhealthy fats and eat twice the amount of protein they actually need for each day. Becoming a vegetarian will eliminate some of the more fatty and unneeded foods from my diet, it will clean up my body and replace it with healthy fats (Yes there is such a thing) and nutrients. All of my foods will be organically grown, non-genetically-modified fruits, veggies and grains. I won't need to eat twice as much but I will need to maintain a steady and properly portioned three meals a day with two snacks. Becoming a vegetarian also means I'll be more likely to stay out of restaurants. While they do have vegetarian options, at this stage in the game it's just way too tempting. And without the rich, saturated fats that come with restaurant food, I anticipate my weight to drop back to a healthy level once again.

3: Enviromental footprints. This may seem like a weird one but hear me out. Modern nutritionists and the FDA would want you to believe people who prefer organically grown, non-GMO foods because of the hazardous effect it's had on the environment and our own health are crazy but I've been getting a deeper understanding of how devastating the effect this is having. While I was on vacation, one of my husband's aunts was telling us about the heartbreaking lack of butterflies. This is a woman who gardens like it's going out of style. Her whole front and backyard is nothing but the most gorgeous gardens I've ever seen. From apples to berries to wild herbs to flowers, it's all stunning. Her passion is nature and cultivating beautiful plants. She was telling us about how over the past few years, the butterflies have been fewer and fewer in numbers, "It's like a hole in the highlights of my summers" were her exact words.

The cause? The crops and foods that migrating butterflies depend on as they fly north are becoming toxic to them because of all the genetic modification done to them. They're simply unable to eat anything so butterflies are starving to death and not making it all the way north. And it's not just the butterflies. My friend's sister who is an entomologist and specializes in bees has, through her own studies and the studies of her colleagues, found that bees are starving for the same reasons. The bulk of these genetically modified foods are grown to feed the obscene amount of livestock for our eating habits. It's becoming very destructive to our environment, we're losing our natural pollinators and that will wreak havoc in places most people cannot comprehend nor care about these days because they're focused on the now rather than the future.

4: Cost effectiveness. We are NOT rolling in money and we're trying to buy a house by the end of the year. The cold hard reality is meat is fucking expensive. My husband will not be joining me on this adventure so I'll still be cooking meat dishes for him but with just one person consuming meat, I'll be buying WAY less and our grocery bill will go down. I know it'll be a challenge, I'll literally be cooking two meals every dinner to sate my husband and keep up this new lifestyle but I really do need to be more active so challenge accepted.

 I feel these are very good reasons for myself to become a vegetarian and I'll make it clear that no-one is going to be directly affected by the decision, especially my husband. I can't force decisions like this on others who feel it isn't for them and I totally respect my husband's desire and taste for meat. It's not gonna be easy, chances are I'll have to ease myself into this new eating habit, trust me, easing is best right now because I REALLY love red meats and buffalo wings, but I'm confident I'll make it work and in the end it'll be so totally worth it. What I'll need from friends and family is absolute support. Recipes, tips, tricks and just general cheerleading and positive attitudes will do amazing things for my motivation and confidence in this endeavor. 

I'm also stating what I know about the things I've mentioned above, I'm not gonna say everything I mentioned is an absolute fact, I may have some things wrong, but it's what I know and despite any corrections to my statements I still feel strongly about every point I've made. They're my personal reasons and you're more than welcome to disagree if you like. Also if you've made it this far in the journal, you've totally earned a cookie...because this is a pretty heavy text wall. Anyway my drink is now finished so I'm gonna try that sleep thing again now that it's nearly four in the morning. Until next time!

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Sonic Charries!

This is a list of my current Sonic Characters and their alignment, status, and totem pole placing so you know who's who!

Main Characters
These are the main four characters, the ones I use the most.


Okami the Hybrid Okami ref by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Neutral/antihero
Status- Single
Personality- Sadistic and cruel when provoked, Okami hides her feelings to nearly everyone and prefers to stay quiet, even around her mate. Despite this, Okami won't consciously kill anyone except her creator Shayla and Shayla's Feral Hybrids, out of fear of losing control of her own feral instincts.
Advice- While you can approach Okami without being attacked, be very cautious when speaking to her.

Dreamcast the Fox Dreamcast Reference by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Good
Status- Single
Personality- Caring and motherly to those who are hurt, Dreamcast tends to care a little too much and often gets hurt or manipulated for it. She only wants to see those she loves stay safe, healthy and happy, even at the cost of herself.
Advice- Don't be afraid, she's very approachable and friendly until you give her a reason not to be.

Reena Cobalt Wire (prefers to go by "Wire") Natural Beauty by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Neutral/Evil
Status- In a relationship
Personality- Focused, calculating and unafraid to take action. Wire does tend to hole herself up in her workshop and lose track of time, so she's rarely seen without her boyfriend Unknown Silvertongue (copyright of Kaity-Chameleon). When push comes to shove, Wire doesn't take bullshit and is more than capable of using every weapon she makes.
Advice- Don't be afraid of Wire, she doesn't bite and if you're into tech and tinkering, she'll open up quickly.

Fear and Chase Fear Reference by SleeplesslyDreaming Chase New Design by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Evil
Status- In a relationship with each other
Personality- Cruel, unforgiving and fully believe they can take on anyone. Destroying cities and ruining innocent's lives is their favorite pastime, aside from cuddling each other.
Advice- Avoid at all costs. Don't approach them, unless you want to die on sight.


Haven Guardians
The Haven Guardians are five people chosen by my creatures the Lalasa to help guard and care for them.


Anusha the Chipmunk Anusha by SleeplesslyDreaming
Region- Temperate Haven
Alignment- Good
Personality- Gentle and kind, rarely upset and always willing to forgive. Not a very adept fighter
Status- In a relationship

Enya the Arctic Fox Enya by SleeplesslyDreaming
Region- Arctic Haven
Alignment- Good
Personality- Quiet and cheerful, very few things cause her to raise her voice. Adept at defending her Lalasa but only uses violence if forced to.
Status- Single

Daviana the Monkey Daviana by SleeplesslyDreaming
Region- Tropical Haven
Alignment- Good
Personality- Borderline hyper and extremely defensive over her Lalasa, by far the most aggressive. However will not attack unless a threat is present.
Status- Single

Nova the Fennec Fox Nova by SleeplesslyDreaming
Region- Desert Haven
Alignment- Good
Personality- The gentlest of guardians and the most defenseless out of all of them. Will go to any length to keep her lalasa healthy and happy.
Status- Single


Secondary/Minor Characters

Peanut the Deer Peanut by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- good
Status- Wants a mommy

Kai the sea creature Kai new by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Impish
Status- He's a kid, not interested in love yet.

Carson and Carmen the Polecats Twins ref sheet by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Neutral/Evil
Status: Both are in a relationship, one has a kid.

Oliver Strak Chibi Ollie by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Good
Status: Single

Julian the Cat Julian full body ref by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Neutral
Status- In a Relationship

Connor the Shiba mix Connor Ref by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Neutral
Status- In a Relationship

Rhaloh the Bat Rhaloh Ref sheet by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Good
Status- Single

Shasta the Selkie Shasta Ref by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Neutral
Status- Enslaved

Kiteres the fox More Than Friends by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Good
Status- In a relationship

Zion Alanis and Skyler Ramirez Zion and Skyler by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignments- Good
Status- Love each other very much

Halyn the hybrid (current times) Halyn by SleeplesslyDreaming
Bastard child of Phase
Alignment- Neutral/Evil
Status- She's six, yo.

Suki the Hybrid: Hybrid girl ref sheet by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Undetermined
Status- Not eligible for dating, she's only ten


Charlie Susek Moment of Peace by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Neutral/Evil
Status- Single

Phase the Gecko Phase re-design by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Neutral/Evil
Status-Single

Kalma Makka Kalma's fight by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Neutral
Status- In a relationship

Aisling Na Gealai Aisling by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Good
Status- Engaged

Damien the cat Damien hair down by SleeplesslyDreaming
Alignment- Good
Status- Single

Future/fanchildren

Fala the Diacorn (near Future) Fala concept by SleeplesslyDreaming
Daughter of Kalma Makka and Amoxus (copyright Misty-T-H)
Alignment- Neutral/Good
Status- Baby, she's not allowed to have a relationship yet.


Sadie Silvertongue (Mid to far future) Happy Family colored by SleeplesslyDreaming
Daughter of Wire and Unknown (copyright Kaity-Chameleon)
Alignment- Neutral/Evil
Status- Single

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:iconphineasjamesvinci:
PhineasJamesVinci Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
Hey :D Been so long, how's it been going? :)
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SleeplesslyDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, just moving through a lot of stuff in my life that's eaten up a lot of time.
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PhineasJamesVinci Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Oh ok :) I got worried is all, haven't heard from you in a while, and after one of my friends went inactive for no reason, didn't want to lose another friend, you know? :blush: How have the characters been to? The ones you made on the DA page :)
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SleeplesslyDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah no I disappear socially but I'm always open to hearing from a friend. You can contact me any time, no worries.
They're doing well, I just went through a character inventory, deciding who to keep, store and sell so I've downsized.
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riley12345eye Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oi, where is your adopt acc?
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SleeplesslyDreaming Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
SleeplesslyAdopts, it's the one I used to comment on your page.
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PhineasJamesVinci Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Wow! You really do have a lot of amazing work! :D Definitely earned a llama from me! And ill be keeping my eye open for future works! :D
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SleeplesslyDreaming Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! I'ts always nice to hear that another person enjoys my work!
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PhineasJamesVinci Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Np! ^^; :) See all I can do is write short stories, I can draw well like you can haha :) I took up writing because I couldn't pull off the required skill it takes for drawing the stuff like you do :D

Cant wait to see more awesome work! And I wish you the best of luck in the years that follow :D
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SleeplesslyDreaming Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
pfffffffft hun if you saw the absolute crap I drew in my early days you wouldn't be saying that. Practice makes perfect, as they say. If you're passionate to learn how to draw don't be intimidated by those who are above your skill level. To compare yourself to another artist who has been doing this for years is like trying to compare a caterpillar to a butterfly. The caterpillar is pretty ugly, and it takes some time, but you'll eventually be that amazing butterfly with persistence and encouragement. Don't look at another artist and go "there's just no way, I should give up", look at them like "Wow that's so amazing, I could be like that one day with time and practice." Strive to learn new things and improve daily, only when you give up or choose to remain stagnant will you truly be a lost cause. 
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