Feathering the Nest

Four years ago my husband and I bought a small 1939 Colonial on a street with little churchgoing old ladies who love their gardens and a house where both drugs and sex are sold.
Living just enough for the city ain’t just lyrics.
We spent our meager budget and most of the Spring ripping out hideous yellow and black tile, retiling, painting, knocking down walls, etc…We did much of this work ourselves.
And when we ran out of money and energy we took a break to admire our handiwork.
The frenzied DIY pace began anew when I insisted on finishing out our basement to add a second bathroom before our baby’s arrival.
Let’s just say our contractor was less pressed about the pending due date and took 3 month to complete a 5 week job. He wrapped up just a week shy of Z’s birth, thank God.
Hey, you can have it fast or cheap or good. In this case we at least got it cheap.
But I’m not bitter…
Anyway, we (and by we I mean me) are feeling the DIY bug as we prepare to try for baby #2. I know firsthand how draining and all consuming IVF cycles can be. And, should we get pregnant, I know that months of bedrest as I battle hyperemesis gravidarum are in my future.
So now’s the best time to finish up some DIY projects.
A kitchen upgrade by Mother’s Day is at the top of my list. What I’m going for can be found at the Lettered Cottage blog.
But I’m stumped on how to make our small basement family room–which currently looks like a daycare–look more like an adult space with kid friendly zones. Ideas?

Follow me (Halimah Abdullah) on Pinterest to swap design ideas


About domesticpolichick

My life is a crazy jumble of sitcom-level domestic hijinks and fast-paced political reporting in the nation's capital. Breastfeeding while doing a phone interview with a senator...yep, I've done it and no, I won't reveal the name. Toddler calling a member of Congress on the cell..yeah, that really did happen. Pregnant in high heels on Capitol Hill trying to chase down a particularly grumpy senator, yeah...that was nuts. But what can I say? I'm just one domestic polichick trying to figure out the work-life balance.
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2 Responses to Feathering the Nest

  1. Halimah,
    Read about your having Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Would you be kind enough to please post on your blogs this info about The HER Foundation’s World Awareness Day – May 15th, and our current petition campaign?

    The HER (Hyperemesis Education & Research) Foundation just announced a
    petition campaign to demand that the medical community and Congress
    take action for HG women around the world. They will present the
    signatures to members of Congress on HG World Awareness Day — May 15th!

    Visit http://www.HelpHER.org or http://www.hyperemesis.org today and sign the
    petition. Be sure to ask your family and friends to sign as well and
    forward this email to everyone you know! The more signatures we
    get, the more likely we will get Congress and the medical community to
    listen and finally take action!

    Thank you for your help!
    The HER Foundation

    As a reporter in the DC area, we would very much appreciate any assistance you could offer us to spread awareness about HG and to aid our organization in research and education re this disease.

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