Could I BE Any More Random?

If you read the title of this post (above) with a Ross-Gellar-from-Friends  emphasis then you and I are on the same page.  Welcome!

I really have to apologize for the complete ridiculosity you are about to read. (Go away, Spell Check. I can make up words without your permission.  RIDICULOSITY!)  The reason for the apology is that this post is  embarrassing in its self-deprecating, self-aggrandizing, vending, non-making-sense ways.  So, sorry.

Before you click away!  At least quickly scroll down to view #1, #4, and #7.  Unless you are a man, then skip #7.  If you are a Sony employee, go directly to #6.  Did you hear me, Joseph?!  I said directly!


I NEED HELP MANAGING THE CHAOS!!!  More specifically, I need help getting a chore system down (both for myself and the kids) that will physically remove the nag from my voice.  Just take it right out of there.  Begone, Naggy McNaggerton!

If you have system that you use, would you share a link to your blog or another site where I can learn more? I am hoping to get enough ideas to write a whole post reviewing them and then sharing (what is sure to be) our success.  VISIT THE COMMENTS BOXES NOW!  (Sorry for the yelling.  Can you tell I’ve had a rough day?)


This week I took yet another break from Facebook (now Twitter, too).  It is always difficult to begin, but I experience such graces in doing so.  More time with the kids, less mental clutter.  Not less actual clutter, though.  That piles up regardless (see #1).  I’ll go back (I always do) but it really was a much-needed breath of fresh air.


In the meantime… I made an “about” page of sorts for the blog.  Click here (or on the Globetrotters tab above) to see the photos of my cuties and their descriptions.

I also made a Homeschooling tab with links to all my posts on homeschooling.  Do any of you bloggers know how to turn it into one of those pages that actually displays photos and snippets of the posts themselves?  Maybe only on WordPress?

I’m not content with how the blog looks yet, but at least I’m making progress towards more organization. “Progress not perfection in 2007.”  (That was my motto back then.  And since I haven’t made up a new motto, I still use it.  It won’t rhyme again until 2027, but hey… you don’t mind, right?)


This is my favorite video of the week.  Please please please go watch this inspiring family if you haven’t already.  I’ve watched it at least 5 times and it give me chills and makes me tear up every time.  Thank God for these incredible people, and everyone like them!

At 2:10 Mr. Dennehy (adoptive father of all the beautiful kids in the video) says:

“It took me decades to figure this out.  There is no physical thing you can buy that’s actually going to give you true peace and happiness.  And the pure joy that comes from the rescue and a ransom of a child’s life is probably the most satisfying thing you can imagine.”

He had me at “ransom.”


All the photos from the Globetrotters page were taken in Manual mode!  I am having so much fun with my camera.  Here’s another one I love.

That’s my gorgeous niece, just in case you were worried I was stalking other people’s kids.  I think I have permission to photograph her.  Ain’t she purdy?  She gets those almond eyes, pouty lips and creamy porcelain skin from me.  Oh, and she’s also intelligent and funny and has the absolute best  taste in godparents.


Have you read Cari’s blog this week?  She is threatening offering to sell ad space on her blog in exchange for a pair of pink cowboy boots.  Oh, pardon me.  A pair of Pink Eagle boots from Old Gringo.  Very smooth, right?

Me, I’m more of a flip flop gal.  But I am totally pro this move.  As in, I support her 100%

Since I firmly believe in the idea of not needing to reinvent any wheels, I would like to announce that (in accordance with my recent obsession) I will happily sell out all the ad space my little blog has in exchange for this:

Just think of it, Sony!  Product placement in practically every single post, highlighting slightly-better-than-a-7-year-old-took-them photos! Of my cute kids!  Sounds like a deal you shouldn’t pass up, Sony Management.  Just sayin’.


Aaaaaand, if that wasn’t random enough…

I have something to sell.  And it’s not gross or anything, but it really only applies to a very niche market:  NFP (Natural Family Planning) users.

So if you are a man, or squeamish about talking about fertility, or my dad (yes he is a man but I wanted to be very clear) scroll down to the comments section.

All you brave souls: Do you know anyone who wants a used Lady Comp fertility monitor?  It needs a new sensor (temperature taking thingy), but otherwise is in great condition.  I’ve had it since 2007, but it’s only been used for about 2 years.  (Hello? Two pregnancies in the intervening years and no, neither were a result of error on the part of this bad boy.) I can wipe all the memory and it will be in great shape for a new user.  Here is more about the Lady Comp and here is a link to the manual.

These go for a cool $485 on Amazon but I am willing to give a rock solid deal.  Shoot me an email at micaela DOT darr AT gmail DOT com if you or someone you know is interested.  And hey, maybe I’ll put the proceeds toward my new camera lens and thereby remain a (poor) blogging purist with no ads.  
UPDATE: The Lady Comp is SOLD!  Oh, the power of the Internet!

Head on over and visit Jen to read some other quick takes, most of which have less randomness and ridiculosity.


  1. Hi Micaela!

    Just stopping by from Conversion Diary…oh so late in the evening 😉 I wanted to drop a link from my blog about your #1. It’s a link to a series, really where some guest posters shared ideas on how to clean house, etc with toddlers underfoot. I’m guessing this would work with children of all ages too?? I believe there are 4 posts in all that tackle this subject.

    It might be worth a look! I know I always like to glean certain ideas (if they pertain to me) when I can. So sorry for your rough day…I hear you there 😉

    Blessings to you!

  2. Micaela, there is no such thing as a chore system that works!!! Once you accept this, you will be able to make peace with the chaos of your house. And if you happen to stumble upon some mythical chore chart of the gods, for heaven’s sake, don’t share it!! Being convinced there’s no solution means I can continue to avoid the problem. Thank you.

    • You know, Kelly, I remember my mom going through many many different systems when we were kids. And she is one of the most organized people I know. So you are probably right. Oh, and I love your denial tactic. I use that one often.

  3. KMantoan is right. Chore systems don’t work, but wouldn’t it be cool if they did! Simply write the words, “Scrub the toilet!” and via some Disneyan wonderworking, the toilet is left sparkling. What we’ve actually done is compile a list of jobs that must be done every day or the house starts to look shabby. We split the list of jobs among us according to ability, from the 4 year old to the 44 year old, and we have 45 minutes to do it in. If anyone (including me) finishes before that time, it’s FREE time. It took about 6 weeks to get the kinks and the wailing and gnashing of teeth worked out of the system. Now the kids finish before me almost daily. If I were to do it all, it would take 45 minutes a day, but most of my work is done in 15 minutes and I spend the rest of my time coaching and praising or threatening and complaining, depending on the day in question. Thank you for the blogpost idea, though. I’ll link it when I write it.

  4. Hi Micaela! Stopping by via Conversion Diary… I really like what you said about Facebook/other-media-sites and the graces that follow. I’ve found that to be very true myself. I’m a homeschool grad currently working my way through college and Blogging about my adventures with kiddos from a nearby Montessori School at I might, in the near future, write a bit about my personal homeschool experiences (and, perhaps, dreams for the future?), but presently simply enjoy reading about others’ experiences, since I can relate so well to their stories. Thanks to my younger siblings, my family is still known as “Catholic Homeschoolers” :-). Also – my Dad is a Deacon and we’ve invited my Blog readers to submit questions via my Blog for him to answer and publish on my Blog. You’re certainly welcome to visit anytime!

    Your family will be in my prayers! God bless you!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Sarah Therese. (Therese is my middle name, too!) AND, I was homeschooled. AND I love Montessori principles! AND my dad is a deacon!

      OK, not really about the deacon thing, but I’ve actually always wondered why he wasn’t. Too busy, I suppose. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I will certainly visit your site soon. 🙂

  5. Ah chores… I intend to get my boys into a chore routine, but I just can’t make them do chores, when I can’t keep on top of my own. I keep thinking that if only I can get everything cleaned up for once, we can start fresh and everyone can easily keep on top of everything, but I know that’s just a pipe dream. Ah well. One of these days I’ll have a routine, and a chore system in place, and a beautiful homeschool room, and a backyard, AND my sanity! One of these days…