So, I cheated.
This sweet little corner of the internet that I call my own is usually reserved for strictly words, because pictures take too much time and editing and feel like work, where as words usually flow through me like a freshly opened mild sauce packet on a hot Cheesy Gordita Crunch or like a billowing unicorn mane in the breeze or even like a rushing, raging river that you definitely struggled to ford in the popular computer game, Oregon Trail. What I mean to say is: writing is kinda my thing.
Anyway: I cheated.
Writer’s block has been taking over my 5’3 3/4″ (to be exact) frame like a plague lately, and I can’t seem to finish a sentence without my brain trailing off in 8 different directions, so rather than chastise my lack of words, I just channeled my millennial nature and decided to say “Why use words when you could use video?”
So, here’s the last month-ish of my life, written through an iPhone lens. It’s certainly not going to win any Oscars, but sometimes you just need a new creative outlet when your usual go-to is shaky or running low or just not flowin’.
Octoberish from Kelsey Manning on Vimeo.
I love Motown music. I gushed about this over Christmas, about the fact that Motown-esque music can make any moment better and instantly make you wanna dance with the ones you love. Now, I’m not one to post just a video for a blog post, but I felt it was because,
THIS. IS. THE. BEST.
This video makes me believe in the good of the world. This video makes me believe that everything isn’t lost, that there are people fighting to redeem the greatness on our planet. This video makes me believe in the magic of music, specifically the saxophone and tambourine. I want to live inside this video, because it is one of the most joyful things and proof that ANY SONG can be saved by Motown, no matter how bleak or annoying.
Yes, even Nickelback.
I always forget what a fantastic invention the telephone is.
And honestly, if the Lord has spoken to me this week it has been directly from my little cellular device. I have had more influential, comforting, reassuring phone conversations this week than I hardly know what to do with. They’ve been everything from hard and upsetting to easy and hilarious, but all things I needed to hear.
I have always been really bad about answering my calls and text messages in a timely manner, but I think being away from home has cured me of that*. I know it’s not a rocket-science-revelation, but just the sound of a familiar voice puts me right at ease.
*It also helps that my ringtone is Prince. The Purple One makes every call that more exciting.
“We are on the edge of glory, baby. In fact, I’m the MAYOR here on the Edge of Glory!”
-Mom, declaring our location to everyone in Target who was wondering
(Ps, Along with this quote, I love Gaga, no matter what anyone says. My heart is so excited that Clarence Clemons from my favorite E Street Band plays with her on the new album! Although this version of the song has no saxophone, I adore it, simply because it proves that she is so talented, even without the costumes and “controversy”. Just her and a piano and a thousand little monsters singing along. Enjoy!)
In case you didn’t know,
IT’S SPRING BREAK!
This is the time when college students like myself are supposed to be irresponsible, right?! What is this lion up to? Look out, world!!
Okay, so I’m not in Seaside Heights, but I am enjoying my break. While this holiday is normally assuredly meant for college students like myself to make poor decisions, yell “woo!” and come back with sunburns, if that is the case, I will be leading a rather less-than-normal week. What’s in the plans? Who knows, honestly! But I can assure you that I’ll share with you, internet. (So kind of me, I know.)
So what has Day 1 of this magical holiday held? Well…not a whole lot that translates into excitement. You see, when I’m at school, I’m surrounded by people so I never really get much done. When I’m home, though, I can take that usually-booked free time and accomplish things on my to-do list, which includes APPLYING FOR INTERNSHIPS. This lion is growing up! My summer is currently banking on working somewhere, hopefully that has a great reputation and would be fun. However, because I’ve been typing cover letters and applications for summer internships all day long (cross your fingers and pray that this lion is hired!), I’m sparing you more typing and giving you a video instead of my CRAZY spring break so far. After all, internet, if I know anything, it’s that you love videos, especially featuring pugs with breathing problems. Enjoy!
(Sadly the Jersey Shore photo may have been altered. Slightly. Original photo credit: here.)