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Aziz, lights!

April 24th, 2017 at 06:41 am

Just thought you guys might be interested in my current experimentation with LED Christmas lights in the car. Having it actually serves a few purposes. First, I love Christmas lights. I think it makes any room look warmer and more pleasant. Second, it serves the practical purpose of room lighting. Yes, the car has its own lights, but only at the front of the car. Last but not least, it doubles as a clear visual indicator that the inverter power is on (or still on). It does all this without getting in the way, and draws very little power at all.

Trust me, it looks warmer and prettier in person than what the picture depicts. Still though, it does feel like something is missing. I would eventually like to try adding some fake ivy and white drapes or some such. In fact, I'm open for suggestions here. However, these are all purely aesthetic considerations that will have to wait until I iron out more pressing issues first.

While I was there, I decided to take another picture of my "laundry room", to help you guys visualize what I am working with:

As you can see, while the trash can doesn't have to be there, it helps to hold the cooler in place so that it doesn't fly into the back of my seat in case of a hard brake.

Speaking of which, I was also going to use the top of the cooler as kind of a small kitchen counter top. However, I also realized that, in the event of a spill, stuff would easily roll off the cooler lid and down the battery area. That would be bad. So, I started to look for a solution of some kind, and decided to try a baking pan.

A baking pan is great because it is very sturdy, can withstand heat, and in the event of an accident, will not shatter or break, resulting in sharp edges.

However, and much to my horror, I later realized that my baking pan was also highly magnetic. That means it may be affected by my induction plate. I double checked online, and the great and powerful Internet proclaimed that just because something is magnetic, does not necessarily mean it would be a problem. It depends. So, I will have to test the induction plate on the pan later, to be certain.


Ok I was paranoid about the prospect of a heating disaster with the baking pan, so I decided to go ahead and test it out right away. Besides, spam and eggs sounded good anyways.

First, I want to state that this is my first time cooking inside the car, simulating a real cooking experience once I am on the road. I have to say, this was a very cramped experience. I can not straighten my head up while doing this. Also, I thought it was amusing that I forgot the spatula and had to walk back inside the house to get it. Also forgot knife, spork, and garlic salt.... Could really use a small cutting board as well.

Oh, but the most important thing is that, NOPE, there was no heat issues at all from the baking pan! This is terrific news. Also, this makes it more interesting and useful as I can mount magnetic objects to the pan.

Anyways, I hope you guys have a nice Monday.

7 Responses to “Aziz, lights!”

  1. Carol Says:

    I like the lights.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, I like the lights. I've always preferred white christmas lights. Your clothing storage is small. But I spent eight days sharing a suitcase with my husband, so I know it can be done.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    You have been so creative with this! The Christmas lights look cool.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Looks like a tiny camper

  5. Tabs Says:

    Just wanted to add a clarification that the lights are by no means done at all. They are just hastily strung up for now to test things out. If it doesn't work, I might even take it down, but I want to eventually string it up properly first to see if it will work.

    LAL, yep! That's the goal. Again, the interior is unfinished. Despite the minimal space, I really want it to look a lot nicer than this.

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Nice 5th Element reference! Wink

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    Another thought after looking at your 'closet'...a piece of plastic or cardboard that could be inserted vertically to separate clean and dirty. When all clean it would be to the far side and slowly move over as you have more dirty than clean. Although packing cubes, which I think someone else suggested, would eliminate that need.

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