To Narnia

Reading, it has been my passion and hobby since I was little. During my college years, I definitely slowed down to almost non- existent  reading. Now that I am finding myself on a better schedule and have some spare time for frivolous things, I am reading more.

Lately I have been rereading The Chronicles of Narnia. A series I read as child and felt the need to revisit.

Man am I glad I did so! Rereading this series as an adult has been great! Not only do I appreciate the literature a bit more but being able to dive into the adventure makes me feel like I am Lucy coming back after all those years. (Which it almost is…. except I am not Lucy, I am Manda and I am not a High Queen of Narnia 😦 sad) BUT! I can pretend to live it.

**Choose any one of the ‘I have lived a thousands lives’ quotes about readers and insert here** (seriously any number will do. I hear George R.R. Martin’s is good)

Rereading Narnia has also provided a nice escape from the dreaded Facebook and all the politics. For whatever reason, I am drawn to just aimlessly browse my Facebook feed for hours. Anymore, I am just upset at all the crazy politics. So I get my escape in Narnia!

Lets just take a second and appreciate the writings of C.S.Lewis. I am not sure if it is because I am not an English teacher and encourage my students to look for different elements or just because I am older and notice things more (or maybe I noticed it before and just didn’t remember 😦 ) HOWEVER! The Chronicles of Narnia are well written, like a storyteller telling a story.

The telescope of view is always changing and the many layers to the story that get unraveled. While I would say that most of the books tend to be a bit bottom heavy. i.e. most of the excitement is occurring at the end of the book. It pulls you through the story and to the end. C.S Lewis has built a trust that you rely on, that the story will be worth it. 

The lessons to be learned within the pages are also of importance. The best one I believe, is that there are consequences for our actions. Seen throughout each of the books, this theme presents itself in a variety of ways. While each of these lessons are taught in a very subtle way, it is still taught. Makes the heart happy.

I will continue to read the series and be more enlightened as I go. Currently in the middle of Prince Caspian.  Now this one truly has you hooked.

Just my two cents anyways!



Starting a Blog

Starting a blog.

First of all, all of the tips and tricks out there are crazy! I realize you have to begin with the end in mind, however; after scouring Pinterest post after Pinterest post I finally just decided to jump feet first! What is going to happen, it fails?? Then what?? My blogging days that barely started are over…. Oh well!

Coming up with a blog name is hard and challenging. Kudos to all those people out there who are creative and well crazy. For reals though.

I am hoping my approach is going to be realistic look at life. Like as a second year teacher… there is no way my classroom or activities are going to be that squared away, BUT I will sure try my hardest!

Nor will my dinners look that nice… for real though, you are just going to eat it.  Why spend half the time making it look amazing just so it can be eaten and look …. Well, not so amazing.

I do understand and could try and appreciate the thought though. Like you put all this time and effort might as well make it look good. Plus other people are going to respond better to that…right? Right.


Here is my plan:

  • Get my life on track.
  • Get healthy
  • Organized
  • Be more consistent.

My hope is that my giving this stuff a purpose (by informing the imaginary world of blogging about all my comings and goings).

Let’s see how long this last!

–Makin’ It Work


Special Thanks to the lovely ladies who helped name my blog and whom I am sure will be next to me on all my Misadventures! XOXO