Administrative Professional Day, Pigs in a Blanket Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
April 24, 2013

Fairy Red

★~ Today’s Quote:  It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office. ~Shirley MacLaine

★~ Administrative Professionals Day :


Administrative Professionals Day highlights the important role of administrative professionals in all sectors of the modern economy worldwide.

During World War II, there was an increased need for skilled administrative personnel, particularly in the United States. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers in the field. The association’s name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.

★~ Pigs in a Blanket Day:


FUN! Pigs in a Blanket, Pigs In a Dressing Gown (Würstchen im Schlafrock-Germany)  and Pig on Moses Ark (Moshe Ba’Teiva-Israel)are yummy little hotdogs or breakfast sausage links wrapped in a pancake or biscuit and cooked until they are golden brown, So Good, Gobble, Gobble. Enjoy.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1800 – Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.

♥~ 1849 – The New York Knickerbockers became the first baseball team to wear uniforms. The ball players wore blue trousers, white shirts and straw hats. Sharp!

♥~ 1970 – On the cover of LIFE magazine: Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell.

♥~ 1979 – Ray Charles’ Georgia On My Mind’ was proclaimed the state song of Georgia.

★~Born Today:

Shirley MacClaine

♥~  1880 – Grideon Sundback, the inventor of the zipper. Read more below.

♥~ 1905 – Robert Penn Warren Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist: All the King’s Men [1947], poet: Promises: Poems, 1954-1956 [1958], Now and Then:Poems, 1976-1978 [1979]; 1st official poet laureate of U.S.; died Sep 15, 1989

♥~ 1934 – Shirley MacLaine (Shirley MacLean Beaty) Academy Award-winning actress Terms of Endearment [1983]; Emmy awards: Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now [1974], Gypsy in My Soul [1976], Shirley MacLaine… Every Little Movement [1980]; Irma La Douce, The Turning Point; sister of actor Warren Beatty

♥~ 1942 Barbra (Joan) Streisand Grammy Award-winning Best Female Pop Vocalist [1963-1965, 1977, 1986], Best Songwriter [1977]; People, The Way We Were, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers; Academy Award-winning Best Song [1976: shared w/Paul Williams]: Evergreen [Love Theme from A Star Is Born]; Academy Award-winning Best Actress: Funny Girl [1968]; I Can Get It for You Wholesale, The Owl and the Pussycat, Hello Dolly, Funny Lady, The Way We Were, Yentl; actress/director: Yentl, The Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces

♥~ 1942 – Richard M. Daley, Former mayor of Chicago.

♥~ 1953 – Eric Bogosian actor: Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Witch Hunt, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Special Effects; actor, playwright: Talk Radio, Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll: Eric Bogosian

♥~ 1964 –Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ (Cedric Kyles) comedian, actor: Back to School, Flash, The Honeymooners, Be Cool, Man of the House, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

♥~ 1977 – Eric Balfour actor: Arresting Behavior, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, What Women Want

♥~ 1980  – Danny Gokey, Singer (“American Idol”)

♥~ 1982 –  Kelly Clarkson, Singer (“American Idol”)

★~ Good To Know:  Zipper


★~ Grideon Sundback was born Småland, Sweden; after he had finished his studies he moved to Germany, and in 1905 he emigrated to the U.S. Working as an engineer for the Universal Fastener Company in Hoboken New Jersey, Sundback perfected the old idea of a fastener based on interlocking teeth. His “Hookless No. 2″ invention was essentially the modern metal zipper, with each tooth having a dimple on the bottom and a nib on the top, which made the zipper strong enough for everyday use. Sundback patented his invention in 1917.

♥~  Initially, boots and tobacco pouches were the primary use for zippers; it took another twenty years before they caught on in the fashion industry.

♥~ About the time of World War II the zipper achieved wide acceptance for the flies of trousers and the plackets of skirts and dresses.
Thousands of miles of zipper are manufactured daily.

♥~ Look at your zipper. See the initials YKK? It stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the world’s largest zipper manufacturer.

★~ Sometimes zipping it up or down is easier said than done. Here are a few tips. 

♥~ The Zipper Is Stuck:  Avoid using your teeth, or the teeth of a loved one. Grab a graphite pencil and rub the pencil tip on the teeth of  the zipper. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to move on to a lubricant. Windex is good because it’s not oil-based, but you can also use bar soap, or lip balm. Slowly apply the the lubricant to the teeth to the zipper, then inch the zipper up or down, reapply, and continue until the zipper is free, free AT LAST. This is especially handy when the zipper is stuck in the fabric.

♥~ The Teeth Don’t Close (or They Keep Popping Open): Sometimes the above trick of using a pencil (or a bar of soap) will smooth out the teeth enough so they’ll work again. If that doesn’t work, the slider might not be working properly. First, double-check to make sure a piece of cloth or thread isn’t stuck in the zipper. Next, look at the individual teeth. If any of them are sticking out, grab a pair of pliers and move them back into place so they’re all straight. If the teeth are straight, and clean, take a look at the slider itself. Over time, the slider starts to come apart, and when that happens it stops clinching the zipper teeth together. Grab some pliers and try closing the slider together until it catches the teeth again. If that doesn’t work, clench your teeth and replace the zipper.

♥~ The Zipper Won’t Stay Up:  While not stylish these quick fixes have been known to save the day until the zipper can be replaced. The easiest is to slide a key ring through the zipper pull and over your pants button.  If you’d prefer a little more flexibility, you can also try a rubber band.

♥~ The Slider Broke Off:  Take the broken slider off with a pair of  pliers and reattach the new zipper slider by sliding it back onto the teeth. Replacing the slider is usually pretty simple.

♥~ The Zipper Pull Broke Off:  Poke a paperclips, keyring, or even bread tie slide through the tab of the slider and twist. A temporary or permanent (depending on how fashion conscious you are) for fixing a pesky problem.


Conversation between Cole and I last night:

Cole: Mom, Pat and I are going to go out for a little bit. Get a shake or something

(I wasn’t born yesterday,under a mushroom, or married to Joe for nothing)

Mom: A Shake? Really?

Cole: No, really Mom, I’m going out to smoke weed, and see if I can pick up a wench for a quickie.


I would stay and chat longer, but on that note I shall leave you to write more shoe reviews. Yes. More.

Have a winsome Wednesday,

Odd Loves Company!


P.S.: No you are not losing your mind. If you stopped by earlier and saw this post and your comments from last year. I inadvertently picked up last years post when I posted this years post. Really, why is less important, I think, than reassuring you that I may be losing my mind, but you are just fine! Everything is fixed now, I hope.


10 thoughts on “Administrative Professional Day, Pigs in a Blanket Day

    • Yep. I just picked up last years post, which I use for reference for this post. Sheesh. People will think they fell into the Twilight zone and you were worried about a few misspelled words!

  1. Morno,
    Ok, I came by earlier but I had already left a comment saying I did not feel well. I was confused. I checked back just to see if I was losing my mind. Glad to know it wasn’t me. I am taking everyone to lunch today. We do the same thing every year. Along with a gift certificate, and a day of Friday, our right arms all seem to be feel appreciated.
    Good tips on zippers the one on my jacket gets stuck all the time.
    Have a good one

    • It was me :-D. I even confused myself. Give the zipper tips a try and if it doesn’t work for you….hi ho off to the dry cleaners you go.

  2. handy zipper tips. good to know!
    haven’t had pigs in a blanket for a very long time. maybe some time soon.
    in the 50s today & i’m liking it. a gift i tell anyone who would listen.
    has chicago dried out yet?
    good day!

    • I would listen! And agree. Weather is suppose to change. Yes, Chicago is drying out. Funny, in non flood areas the ground absorbed the water very quickly. We had an awful drought last year and are just above our average level of rain fall. It just all came at one time

  3. The zipper on one of my jackets was stuck — wouldn’t go up, wouldn’t go down — so, despite all the free information online (most of which I tried!), I had to carry the coat to the dry-cleaners for repair. Now it’s better than ever!
    Cole really said that?! Hmm. . . .

    • Once in a while you have to hit up the professionals. I’ve had lucky with the pencil, and I have used a bread tie as a zipper pull.
      Yes, Cole did say that, but he knows I am not worried and my questions are more of a tease.

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