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Days 14-16. Guess what?? No cat photos in this post!!!! (Instead I made a photoset on Flickr of just cat photos…..)

Day 14: January 14, 2013
This photo a day thing isn’t too bad! Even my husband is encouraging me to stick with it and offered to make himself a drink so I could take a photograph of it. Although, now that I think about it, it is more likely that he used my photo project as an excuse to drink………he. used. me.

Here’s a photo of his 50/50 martini. However, you’ll notice that I focused on something else:

Day014

Yep, those are Battlestar Galactica coasters. I have no doubt that BSG fans are creaming their pants right now, but non-BSG fans (like myself) are thinking “blech, those are unsightly coasters!” (and you’d be damn right!)

Day 15: January 15, 2013
Normally our apartment stays pretty warm throughout the year and we have never in the 4+ years of living here have used our wall heater. But lately it has been a bit chilly in LA and the indoor temp finally fell below 65 degrees so we brought out ‘Steeley’, the super amazing portable oil-filled radiator heater! (Yes, I gave the heater a nickname.)

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We bought Steeley when we lived in Long Beach because it got cold down there! Contributing to the frigid temps was the fact we lived in a 1910s-era Craftsman bungalow that had absolutely no insulation. My grandmother recommended buying an oil-filled radiator because it is affordable, portable, safer than a typical space heater, and can heat a room fairly effectively. Additionally I have recently discovered it is kitty-friendly. The only downside is that it uses electricity so if you use it all day long, then your electric bill will skyrocket! I told my husband he can only turn it on if the indoor temp is below 70 degrees. (Note: I am fully aware that I am cheap, but I am not being mean. He has told me on several occasions that his ideal temperature is 65 degrees, but I have learned this winter that apparently that only applies to summer.)

Day 16: January 16, 2013

A photo of my current favorite cookbook.

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No, I am not a vegetarian. I sorta tried to “be” vegetarian for about a week, but I got tired of trying to figure out how to get enough protein. I love soup, but ugh, lentils really make you bloated…I mainly bought this cookbook because I want to eat more vegetables, but I needed more ideas on how to cook them. One of the things that I really like about this cookbook is that Mark Bittman provides a ton of suggestions for how to alter a recipe into different flavor profiles. For instance, I think there are at least 4 different versions of a Tomato Soup recipe. When I first got the cookbook I actually had the thought “I’m going to make every single recipe in here!“……and then I flipped through it and realized that is never going to happen. But I love that I can buy almost any vegetable and then find 10 different ways to make it.

Looking forward to Thursday; word on the street is the temp might reach the upper 70s!!! wooohooo!

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