On a suggestion of a friend, we created a new level of involvement for our garden party this year: The Flip Flop! Five fun & fabulous women signed up to show their support. I’d love for you to meet: [Read more…]
Question: What is pint-sized, perky, and always professional?
Answer: Mary Barry, Business Development Officer and one of Frederick County Bank’s most recognizable faces!
FCB prides themselves on being a “true community bank with personal connections to the ones we serve.” I’ve seen first-hand the personal connections Mary has formed with her FCB clients on numerous occasions when we’ve been out and about in Frederick. It’s like being with the Mayor! She knows everyone and you know immediately that she is well liked and respected by the clients she serves.
Slated to be co-chair for The 2015 Catoctin Affair, Mary, like many of her colleagues at FCB, donates countless hours to community service and projects that improve the quality of life in Frederick County. Most recently, she was named as a Paul Harris Fellow, one of the highest forms of recognition from the Carroll Creek Rotary, for her commitment to the community and her profession.
Frederick County Bank is a full-service commercial bank with headquarters in downtown Frederick. Founded in 2001, the bank holds over $330 million in assets and supports five bank centers within the Frederick County community. True community banking for both personal and business clients.
Thanks to Frederick County Bank for their support providing new shoes to local children in need. Look for Mary at the registration table the night of the party! My fellow Gemini friend will be wearing green and you can bet she’ll be perky!
Have you ever noticed that when you walk through a store with nothing particular that you need or want, you see a ZILLION things that catch your eye? But on the ONE DAY, you go shopping for something very specific in mind, ya get nuttin’ honey!
Today was that day. Next Friday evening I’m hosting a “Must Love Shoes” garden party here at my house. And I have nothing to wear. Really….I don’t. I know women say that all the time but I really have nothing…..suitable. What I normally wear when I’m out in the gardens is a pair of old silk Nike shorts my 28 year old son wore when he played middle school soccer, a stained, stretched-out tank top, and slip on leather shoes I can get in and out of quickly when I need to walk back into the house. I have nothing that says “I enjoy sipping wine with my friends in the gardens on a beautiful summer evening.”
So, today I went shopping for “the dress.”
I did everything right which should have increased the likelihood that I would be successful in my hunt for “the dress.” First, I met my friend, Dawn, for lunch. She always puts me in a good mood. It’s important to be in a good mood when you have to be successful shopping.
Second, I ate salad and drank water, reducing the chances that I’d feel full and bloated. Feeling full and bloated is the ultimate buzz-kill when you’re shopping.
Third, I went with no preconceived notion of what this dress would look like.
I failed. The Retail God is obviously a man and he is in cahoots with my husband who always says “you have an entire closet FILLED with stuff. Wear something you have.”
I learned a few things today during my unsuccessful mission.
1) I have hips. (Actually I’ve known that for quite some time!) Cute dresses in the Junior department were made for skinny young girls with no hips or women my age who say mean things like “I was so busy today, I forgot to eat.” I leave it at that.
2) Waiting until one week before an important event is just plain stupid. I just can’t handle the pressure.
3) Waiting till the end of the summer season thinking you get something cute PLUS a good deal, is also stupid. You either get cute or a good deal, but never both.
4) Maybe there IS something in my closet. Guess I’ll have to go shopping in there this coming week.
My husband will be happy.
I hate it when he’s right.
ps – If you did not see the invitation to the event and would like to attend, check out the current events section of the “Must Love Shoes” website for details and contact information to RSVP.