i helped my father go supply shopping in everett at costco and restaurant depot. i finally picked up a space heater at costco, a bionaire digital tower heater (BCH3620) with oscillation and a remote control ($40). we filled the entire back of the element with supplies. returning home it started raining, supposedly transitioning into some more snow later on tonight (not much though, 1-4"). we stopped off at the korean supermarket in union square so i could get a bottle of tonkatsu sauce and some japanese pickles (i'm going to try making some tonkatsu within the next few days).
i didn't eat all day and quickly tore into the rotisserie chicken i got from costco. afterwards i checked out the space heater. it resembles a small upright vacuum cleaner, except it rotates automatically on its base 90°. as soon as i plugged it in, comforting warm air started blowing in my living room. i can either set the temperature or just have it manually blow hot air (two settings, low and high) into the room until the safety switch automatically turns itself off. there's also a timer feature for auto-restart or auto-off. i had it turned on in the living room, but that probably wasn't a good idea because it was too close to the thermostat so my heat never came on, leaving the rest of my place cold (i guess that could also b a good thing though).
later in the evening, when i retired to my bedroom, i dragged the heater along, like one of those emphysema patients with their portable oxygen tank. in the confined space of my bedroom, the heater worked like a champ, quickly raising it to the desired temperature. it was so hot in there that i stripped down to just my t-shirt and underwear, something unheard of during wintertime, unless i wanted to get indoor frostbite. although advertised with 7 safety features, i'm still worried about the heater setting my house on fire. when i was taking a shower, i was a little paranoid thinking maybe my bedroom was burning. thank god for smoke detectors!