Monday, January 30, 2012


Orchestra rehearsal for the Buffalo State Philharmonia starts again tonight.  I've enjoyed the break, (we've been off since Thanksgiving - love a college schedule!) but I'm ready to get back into it.  This is the 2nd orchestra I've played with since moving to Buffalo, as I played with the Amherst Community Orchestra about 4 years ago. I stuck with them for about 4 or 5 concerts. They were well supported by the community and had a long running organization. However, it wasn't a good fit for me for a lot of reasons, including it's location.

"Hipster Mozart" via the web

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Viola jokes

What's the definition of a minor second?
Two violists playing in unison.

What's the difference between a washing machine and a violist?

Why shouldn't violists take up mountaineering?
Because if they get lost, it takes ages before anyone notices that they're missing.

More here!!!

I play viola.  I was recently called "the other bad violist" in reference to my college years. I was never trying to be a performance major, but still - ouch.  Yet, I've kept playing for all these years for fun; which is so much better than playing for school.  I try to play most days, which is better than not playing at all.

I wasn't too sporty as a kid.  After junior high I was done with organized sports (until I tried an adult kick-ball league at age 25 that confirmed I still suck!)  I played music.  I started piano lessons in kindergarten and took lessons all the way through the end of high school.  You'd think I could play both hands at one time after 12 years.  I wasted those years.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Is it Ombre or Dip Dye?

Hair!  You might have noticed from my profile picture that I am sporting some hot pink hair!

But I've only dyed the bottom halves.  Well, it's all dyed, as my exact hair color is unknown, but I can confirm that the true color is somewhere between mousey and blah.

Artsy Fartsy

Adam and I enrolled in an acrylic painting class about 3 or 4 years ago.  We have been regulars in the course ever since.  We befriended both the instructor, Rob Lynch, and the studio, Buffalo ArtsStudio.  Besides being a great social outlet, the class has made Tuesdays my favorite day of the week!

Before every new session, I scour all my favorite art links for references and inspiration.  For the first couple of years I’ve been copying other artists' paintings to work on in class.  I took some art deco design ideas from this book:

From Dover Publications

And painted these:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This Blog is Fresh!

Hello! Thanks for visiting “More Charming in Person”. I’m Molly and this is my first post on my new blog.

Hi there!

Why did I name my blog More Charming in Person? I’ve used this phrase to describe myself for at least a decade. When emailing, social networking and instant messaging were shiny and new, I wanted to jump in and be everyone’s witty and popular online friend! Yet, I found it really tough; I would constantly second-guess my responses and write and rewrite all of my profile info. I was afraid of sounding cliché, annoying or worse: dry and boring. I lost my “edge” and my confidence sank when logging-in.

 I am a true extrovert and I love nothing more than a good face-to-face conversation. I use a lot of facial expression and body language when conversing and find that visual and physical feedback is essential for a gratifying colloquy. I gain energy from sharing stories and observations. I love to listen to others talk about their own family and relationships, travel adventures, eating habits or even work drama and I tend to ask a lot of questions. Sometimes I want to tread lightly and venture into personal issues and the best way to talk about personal things is in person.

 The spontaneity that accompanies verbal conversation adds to its intimacy where as typing it out makes communication permanent and predictable. When I speak I dangle my participles, spoil my tenses and “run-on” my sentences without flinching. I’m not a grammar-holic and I’m sure I misuse punctuation and sentence structure all the time. But, I try to pay attention to the nuances of the written language when I type because it’s easier to read. DON’T U HATE WHEN PEOPLE WRITE IN ALL CAPS? OR USE TXTING ACRONYMS 4 REAL WORDS? It’s hard on the eyes and on the flow of the story. However, everything I type (and retype) is deliberate and intentional and therefore not as charming as real words that come with a smile and a hug.

 So, why would an extrovert want to stay home and write a blog? I’ve always enjoyed writing but needed an outlet to practice it. I’d love to write a novel someday, but first I have to just write every day. I have been looking for a quiet-time activity; something that forces me into some introverted special “me” time (other than mindlessly surfing the internet while drinking wine and horking my spinal alignment). To find new music, arts and crafts, and style ideas I turn to the interwebs – don’t you? Although I do read browse online magazines and all types of brand names shopping sites, I prefer to find inspiration from all kinds of personal “hobby” blogs rather than from big corporate sponsored websites. So, my goal of this blogging experiment is to foster a writing hobby and boost my electronic-persona confidence all by sharing my thoughts and inspirations on More Charming in Person.

 With a smile and a hug,