World Baking Day!

I had some excellent news yesterday! After 9 years of annual MRI’s to document the progress of my Multiple Sclerosis, I finally get to step down to every other year! I’ve been pretty stable since I was diagnosed, minus a small hiccup while I was pregnant/breastfeeding my son. I was off my medication during that time so it’s completely understandable that I would have a flare up.

In case you haven’t heard my story, I was diagnosed my senior year of high school. My stomach went numb first and we just thought it was a pinched nerve. When the numbness started spreading to my leg, we decided to go to the doctor. After multiple MRI’s, a little electric shock to my nerves, a spinal tap (which ended up not closing up which resulted in me losing spinal fluid and practically passing out in my classes which sent me back to the hospital for them to inject blood in it to help it scab over), and a lot of blood work, I was finally diagnosed. I will never forget the moment I found out.  Since I was underage, my mother found out first. She promptly called a family meeting in which all of us (my brother, sister, my sister’s husband, my boyfriend, who is now my husband, and myself) found out at the same time. I’m not going to lie, I kind of resented not being the first one to know. I mean it was my condition after all and she was treating it like she was the one going through everything. But what’s done is done and after so many years it doesn’t bother me anymore, but please, if you are a parent, PLEASE tell your child about their condition BEFORE announcing it to everyone else. It will make for a more trusting and less dramatic outcome. =)

Anyway, I’ve been plotting a way to celebrate ever since yesterday afternoon. Imagine my joy when I discovered today is World Baking Day! I seriously LOVE to bake. What I don’t love are the countless pounds I gain afterwards since I’m the only one that really eats sweets in my house. Sometimes I totally wish I was like my husband and could just turn my nose up at sweets, but my willpower is practically non-existent. Sugar is my kryptonite.

I’ve been looking around at recipes all evening to see what I want to make this weekend. It’s the least I can do to celebrate the holiday and my good news, right? My favorite place to go when I’m looking for something new to make is the home economics pamphlets collection that we have digitized. I could spend hours looking at all the old recipes. We have cookbooks, pamphlets, and government documents, all containing something to do with cooking and baking.

Here are a few (you can click on the image to go to the actual pamphlet with recipes):

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We have some pretty great stuff as you can see. The cooking for a man one really cracks me up! It definitely sets the tone that A1 sauce and a slab of meat is the way to win your man over. I really wish my computer/internet would cooperate so that I could share my favorite kind of “eww” ones (ugh! Satellite internet is NOT my friend, y’all). We have one pamphlet called All about Lard and several that are about jello and aspics. They are pretty cringe worthy if I say so myself.

If you get a moment, I hope you can check them out and get ideas what to make to mark World Baking Day, especially if you are a baker like me! Happy baking, y’all!

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Veterans Day

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Happy Veterans Day!

UNCG decided to combine Veterans Day and September 11th this year. Here are photographs from the name reading ceremony that began at 6 this morning and will run until 1ish, and the Field of Honor that has a flag representing each fallen soldier from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. I’m really proud to be a part of a university that acknowledges our veterans and acknowledges the sacrifice that they have made. Thank you to all that served and are serving. You are awesome!

Recipes

We decided to do a “Recipe a Day” earlier this week on Facebook since we have this awesome home economic pamphlets collection. It’s the perfect time to do it since the holiday season is coming up. It was just a way to get people engaged in what we do–community outreach sort of thing. So far we have posted some really bizarre stuff. Continue reading

Bad publicity

Let me start our by saying, I work at a really great institution. I really do. Do I agree with everything they do? Big negative. But I love the campus, I love the department I work in. I love the buzz of the campus. I love working where people are excited about their education (for the most part).

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve had some not so great publicity Continue reading

There’s just something to that old photograph

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(http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ttt/id/34045/rec/2)

You’ve probably guessed it by now, but I have a serious love for some old stuff. Books, pictures, things, you name it, if it’s old I’m going to stop and take a gander or try to buy it, if it’s in my price range, of course. Most of the time it’s not in said price range, so I’m stuck with looking and dreaming and maybe giving whatever it is a nice pat to let it know that I still love it even if it’s not going home with me. Continue reading

Pre-Rosie’s

We all have seen this iconic poster, right?

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(http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/world-war-ii-history/pictures/world-war-ii-posters/poster-by-j-howard-miller-4)

Even though it wasn’t draw to depict Rosie the Riveter, it was a symbol showing women in a male dominated work force during World War II. While women did indeed work outside of the home during this time, most were secretaries or some other type of clerical work. It was far and few between when you saw a woman doing and “man’s” job and even the women who were in traditional women roles would start being an exclusive home maker when they got married and kids came along.

It took having no men available to do the jobs to shake up the rigid lines of the work force and be more inclusive (although the pay definitely wasn’t on equal terms). What I definitely didn’t think about was pre-World War II. The Depression had people scrambling to look for any and all types of work, but even before that there was a need for women to do “men’s” jobs.

I stumbled across this photograph when I was looking for the traditional photograph of the day to use on Facebook for our digital collections:

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(http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/ui/id/49223/rec/1)

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