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WIN a Blog Job: $30,000 for 6 months! October 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor, Word Play.
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220px-Congrats_bqtAlannah (Here Be Dragons)  alerted me to Nature Made’s search for a Good Mood Blogger to blog about my favorite topic . . . staying in a Good Mood.

Thanks, Alannah!

In exchange for writing 5 posts a week (250-500 words a post) for 26 weeks, the Good Mood Blogger receives:

* $5,000 a month for 6 months
* a new laptop
* some good press!

Not bad.  Not bad at all.

The contest is open to residents of the 50 states, and Phase 1 voting runs from now through November 10th.

At that point, the 20 bloggers with the most votes move into the finals AFTER submitting a video explaining why they should be the next Good Mood Blogger.

That’s the hang up for me.

If  I made it into the finals (after pestering friends to vote for me every day for 3 weeks), I don’t have the equipment, desire, or know-how necessary to direct, shoot, and submit a video starring . . . me.

Pluto-RollerskatingNot my cup of tea.

But . . . with enough Tequila . . . anything’s possible.

So, I may decide to enter.

Translation: I may still be bugging you for your support. 

Whether or not I apply, I wanted to let you all know about the contest (Good Mood Gig 2).

Voting started last week, October 13th.  Four applicants already have 1000+ votes in Phase 1 (the popularity portion of the contest).

One person, currently in the top 20 (out of 400+ submissions) has at least  seven typos in her application.  Seven!  I lost count at seven; there may have been more.   

But she’s got friends willing to vote for her, typos and all, and that’s what counts during Phase 1 ~ lots of friends who Twitter and Tweet.

To apply:  Good Mood Gig 2

Down The Blog Hole October 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, People, Word Play.
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Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit like Alice.

In Wonderland.

I subscribe to a number of blogs, and read them regularly, often daily.

These beloved bloggers refer to other blogs in their posts (through the giving or receiving of awards, links to related articles,  posts by guest bloggers, or re-blogging posts).

Even if my favorite bloggers remain silent, blog titles on side bars catch my eye, screaming out,  “Read me!,” with the same frequency as the Red Queen’s pronouncement, “Off with her head!”

However it happens, while reading one blogger’s blog, something inevitably catches my attention and, like Alice chasing the White Rabbit, I head through yet another cyber-door to see what waits for me there.

Emerging on the other side, I find still more cyber-doors clamoring for attention (“Read me!” “Eat me!”  “Drink me!”) . . . each leading to yet another blog with still more cyber portals to explore.

170px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_02In time, I come full circle, returning to familiar territory and morphing back to my regular stature.

Glancing at the clock, I notice that hours have passed as I chased White Rabbits (and Pink Elephants) about.

I need a pill that stops the clock in real time so that I can explore as many Blog Holes as I want without racing breathlessly back to reality chanting, “I’m late.  I’m late.  Late for an important date.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Blogging: A Waggish Waste of Time * The Black Hole of the Internet (Maggie Madly Writing) * Great Blogging Tips (WP Daily Post)

Rustic Lasagna October 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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We enjoyed a rustic vegetarian lasagna last night made without pre-boiling the noodles.  Delicious, easy, filling, and nutritious.

Rustic One-Step Lasagna

Lasagna ~ Public Domain Clip Art

8-16 oz. lasagna noodles, uncooked
15-32 oz. ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
10 pkg. frozen spinach, squeezed dry
16 oz. mozzarella, grated
2-3 carrots, grated
28-32 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 13 x 9 (or larger) baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella (reserve 1 cup), grated carrot, and spinach.  Mix well.

Note:  if you love ricotta cheese, or are using a larger pan with more noodles, use 32 oz.  Otherwise, 15 oz. is plenty.

Mix spaghetti sauce with 1 cup water. Spread 1/2 cup on bottom of prepared baking dish. Place dry lasagna noodles side by side on top of sauce ~ noodles should almost touch, but not overlap.

Note: in a 13×9 pan, 3 noodles will fit across in each layer.  If you have a slightly larger pan, you may be able to fit 4 noodles across, and one at the end, for a total of 5 noodles per layer.  If so, stir another 1/2 cup of water into the spaghetti sauce before continuing.

Spoon 1/3 of the cheese mixture over noodles and spread evenly. Spoon 1/3 of the tomato sauce over the cheese.  Repeat layers twice more: noodles, cheese mixture, sauce.

Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake one hour. Remove foil, sprinkle with reserved mozzarella, and bake 15 minutes longer until noodles are tender. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.


1. Sauté zucchini and/or summer squash with onion and/or green pepper. Add to spaghetti sauce before layering.

2. Substitute frozen broccoli for the spinach.

3.  Substitute cottage cheese for ricotta.

Note:  I try to finish both the cheese mixture and sauce while doing the top layer, but sometimes you run out of pan before you run out of ingredients.  If so, be creative with any left-over ingredients: lasagna roll ups, stuffed shells, baked ziti, spinach rice casserole, etc.  

Fun With Numbers: Sequences ~ Answers October 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in People.
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Huey,-Dewey-And-LouieAs promised, here are the answers to  Fun with Numbers: Sequences posted yesterday:

1)  1  4  9  16  25 36  49  64  81

These numbers are simple “squares” from 1×1=1 through 9×9=81

2)  3  5  8  13  21 34 55 89 144

This sequence requires adding the preceding two numbers to determine the next number in the sequence:

5+8=13, 8+13=21, 13+21=34, 21+34=55

3)  8  27  64  125  216  343  512

These are all cubes, from 2x2x2=8 through 8x8x8=512.  But see Loreen’s comments on Fun with Numbers: Sequences for an interesting pattern she observed. 

4)  3  6  10  15  21  28  36  45  55

This sequence adds increasing integers (3, 4, 5, 6 up to 10) to the preceding number:  3+3=6+4=10+5=15+6 =21+7=28+8=36

5)  2  4 8  16  32 64  128  256 512

Multiply by 2 all the way through the sequence, ending with 2 to the 9th power:  2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2=512

6)  1  4 7  10 13  16  19  22  25

Add “3” all the way through the sequence.

Mickey-OK7)  3  9  27  81  243  729  2187  6561

Multiply by “3” all the way through the sequence, ending with 3 to the 8th power:


So, how did you do?  Are you going to give Einstein a run for his money in the math department?