31 December 2007

Say Goodbye To 2007



Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Candy Cane, Coffee Royale, Strawberry Shortcake, and Egg Nog.

December 31st: 10 AM to 4 PM
January 1st-Closed
January 2nd-back to our regularly scheduled hours

Here it is... we have made it through another year. All the events of this year can now become nostalgia in the annals of 2008.

Ricky and Stacey have a few words to publicly say as this year closes.

To our staff of Sugarless deLite- We thank you for your efforts and loyalty through the past year. To Stephen (Macgiver Falcone), Wylee (too cool for an alias), Larry (the official Dude Man), and Dalton we thank you for being part of this crazy family. To Tim, your genius creativity in the bakery is known by many. To Brad, the master manager of this domain-your efforts, guidance of our staff and juggling of the many hats you wear very well is appreciated,especially when things get "ganza meshugah", which is often.

To our customers-without you, we wouldn't be here. We appreciate your patronage, your loyalty and we will do our best to make sure our products are always first quality.

For the last trivia of the year,it is only fitting to take a look at "Auld Lang Syne"

Auld Lang Syne" is a song by Robert Burns. (1759–1796).The song's (Scots) title may be translated into English literally as 'old long since', or more idiomatically 'long long ago', or 'days gone by' (Wikipedia). I will end this year with the rendition and translation of AULD LANG SYNE.

Verse 1
Should old acquaintances be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?
Chorus
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld Lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

Verse 2
And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne

Verse 3
We twa hae run about the braes
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit
Sin auld Lang Syne
Verse 4
We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne

Translation:
Verse 1
Should old acquaintances be forgotten
and never remembered
Should old acquaintance be forgotten
For old long ago
Chorus
For old long ago, my dear
For old long ago
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For old long ago
Verse 2
And there is a hand my trust friend
And give me a hand of yours
And we will take of a good drink/toast
For old long ago
Verse 3
we two have run about the hills
and pulled the daisies fine
but we've wandered many a weary foot since old long ago
Verse 4
we two have paddled in the stream
from morning sun until dinnertime
but seas between us broad have roared
since old long ago


On a very serious note.... We want everyone to have a great time this New Years Eve. Have fun, get crazy, BUT
" If you Drink...DON"T DRIVE!
"If you are Driving.... DON"T DRINK!

It only takes one second of recklessness to ruin yours or someone else's life.

Happy New Year............See you 2008!

29 December 2007

Time Marches On

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Candy Cane, Coffee Royale, Strawberry Shortcake, and Egg Nog.

Hours for This Weekend and Upcoming Week

December 29th: 10 AM to 6 PM
December 30th: 12 PM to 6 PM
December 31st: 10 AM to 4 PM
January 1st-Closed
January 2nd-back to our regularly scheduled hours







Coming to you from the Beaches in my Mind

Sitting here in my hammock, swaying in the breezes of Seychelles, sipping on a sugarfree Baja Bob's Desert Lime Margarita chased down by a Sugarless deLite chocolate truffle, and watching the sailboats drift by.......

Oh, sorry. Got caught up in that daydream again.Sounded good, didn't it? Well, you CAN get the margarita mix and the chocolate truffles from us. However, if you get to Seychelles, i would not put up one argument if you take me and my husband with you. We won't bother you at all.



OK, I admit, it is the Saturday before New Years Eve and I am ready to put this year to bed and start on the next. But... before we do that, a little nostalgia. For those of you who are cowboy fans, this was your year. Romo is no longer just the name of some italian restaurant. If the cowboys win the superbowl, we will help you celebrate with a celebratory deal from yours truly, Sugarless deLite. Stay tuned for that in 2008.



If you are bored, there are lots of dogs and cats to adopt at your local shelter. However, please be sure you are willing to give them the care and attention they deserve before you adopt.There is nothing like a nice furry smile to come home to after a long day at work. They are wonderful de-stressors. If you tote them up to Sugarless deLite, I will make a special trip to your car and pet them.I will even bring them a taster cup of frozen yogurt. I love to have my day broken up with a "dog fix". This is the only time I can tout the pleasure of pets. My manager is less than enthusiastic about the idea of pets which is why I am glad he got married because his wife brought Wilson, the cat into the marriage.Maybe Wilson will straighten him out.

Speaking of our manager..... I know you are checking my blogs so don't think I don't know that.I bet you didn't think I knew how to add pictures.And yes, I really like doing them even though I do not know how to add your fancy quizzes yet.BUT... you WILL have to show me how when you return. I do hope you are having a good vacation while I am running rampant I may even start my own personal blog.

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my dad's 81st birthday. Have a good one, Dad.

28 December 2007

It's Sunny and another Day in Sugarless delite Paradise

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Candy Cane, Coffee Royale, Marshmallow, and Egg Nog.

Hours for the Remainder of the Year:

December 26th-December 29th: 10 AM to 6 PM
December 30th: 12 PM to 6 PM
December 31st: 10 AM to 4 PM

A Word about Bagels...
Because of the holidays, we are expecting bagels Monday,December 31st. Bagels should be back on schedule the following week.We will keep you updated.


Liberate Your Libations
New Years Eve is Monday! Stock up this weekend with Margarita, Pina Colada, Martini, and Mojito Mixes to help you celebrate.




The year is drawing to an end. Time to start making your New Year's resolution list if you are into that sort of things. Mine are simple-don't do anything newsworthy because they only print the ridiculous, the bad,embarassing and the inane or insane. My husband's list never changes.He wants the Atlanta Braves to win the World Series this year and every year.Our den is the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame inner sanctum. From the floor to the ceiling, the Braves are celebrated down to the wallpaper. This man is an Atlanta Braves Cult Icon. tomahawk and all.

49 Days to the Pitchers and Catchers Report.

Happy 98th Birthday Aunt Syd
Yes, my Aunt Syd is 98 years old today. She is the "matriarch extraordinaire of my family. Standing at 4ft. 8 inches of pure joy. Yes, I adore her and wish I could be with her in New York.

27 December 2007

Post Christmas, but We are Here!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Grasshopper (Mint), Pumpkin, Marshmallow, and Egg Nog.

Hours for the remainder of the year:

December 26th-December 29th: 10 AM to 6 PM
December 30th: 12 PM to 6 PM
December 31st: 10 AM to 4 PM




The Dallas arboretum is featuring "The Amazing Chocolate Tree" until January 6th. Everything you wanted to know about where chocolate comes from and how it is harvested. OR.... you can come to Sugarless deLite and get yourself some of the best chocolate without sugar right here. It is already harvested, made, and ready to melt in your mouth.

We have plenty of freshly baked items coming out of our kitchen or how about a Pumpkin or Egg Nog shake? Sound good! that is because it is.

Happy Birthday to our Aunt Jeanne who is still 29.

26 December 2007

Happy Boxing (or Boxer) Day

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Grasshopper (Mint), Pumpkin, Marshmallow, and Egg Nog.

Hours for the remainder of the year:

December 26th-December 29th: 10 AM to 6 PM
December 30th: 12 PM to 6 PM
December 31st: 10 AM to 4 PM

The manager is out galavanting or maybe sleeping late. He deserves a vacation.
However, the rest of us are here and at your service.
If you forgot someone on your list, we can still make their holiday special with scrumptious goodies. Pop in and have a look. Still can't decide? We have gift cards!

While you're at it, get yourself a treat.Peruse our bake case, chocolate case, or let us make you a shake, cone, or cup of our delicious frozen yogurt.





Boxing or Boxer Day-A short History Lesson

According to Wiki-pedia-It was the day when people would give a present or Christmas box to those who had worked for them throughout the year.

* In England many years ago, it was common practice for the servants to carry boxes to their employers when they arrived for their day's work on the day after Christmas. Their employers would then put coins in the boxes as special end-of-year gifts. This can be compared with the modern day concept of Christmas bonuses. The servants carried boxes for the coins, hence the name Boxing Day.

* In churches, it was traditional to open the church's donation box on Christmas Day, and the money in the donation box was to be distributed to the poorer or lower class citizens on the next day. In this case, the "box" in "Boxing Day" comes from that lockbox in which the donations were left.

Have a Great Day. Make it better by stopping by Sugarless deLite

25 December 2007

It's Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas to all our customers! We hope your Christmas Day is filled with all the joy, peace, and prosperity possible. In the spirit of this holiday, we would like to thank you for your support during the year. We are grateful for all our great customers and look forward to serving you in the new year.

While our manager is taking a well deserved vacation, I will be blogging through the week. I spent my morning at my volunteer job at Childrens.To all my friendly staff friends at Children's Medical Center, I wish you all a safe and great holiday.

We will be open tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM.

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Grasshopper (Mint), Pumpkin, Marshmallow, and Egg Nog.

Hours for the remainder of the year:

December 26th-December 29th: 10 AM to 6 PM
December 30th: 12 PM to 6 PM
December 31st: 10 AM to 4 PM

24 December 2007

Zero Hour!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Grasshopper (Mint), Pumpkin, Marshmallow, and Egg Nog.

We Are Open! 9 AM to 4 PM today. We will be closed tomorrow for Christmas.

Hours for the remainder of the year:

December 26th-December 29th: 10 AM to 6 PM
December 30th: 12 PM to 6 PM
December 31st: 10 AM to 4 PM

Last chance to shop. We have baked some extra pies for you, and we have plenty of chocolates and sweets available for you. While you are in the store, don't forget to get your stocking stuffer items.


After going to church and brunch, my family and I split ways so that I could work and they could do some shopping. We met up afterwards to see the new National Treasure movie. If you can stomach a bit of a stretch from the plot and about 20 minutes of unnecessary movie time, this is one that would make a good holiday film for the family.

If you've seen the original, this one follows the same formula. The same characters return with a different treasure and a different bad guy. We get more "history" and few more family members to throw into the mix. The story suffers from the extended chase, but overall the movie is relatively well paced and has ample amounts of humor. The PG rating would be appropriate for most children and is not insulting to adults. Rating: 3 stars out of 5 (For the record, I gave the original 3 1/2).

I do freely admit that I am excited to be finished with work today. I will take off the next week to spend time with my wife and my parents, who are in town from Atlanta. Since I'll be in town this time, I might still write the blog entries or I might just had them over to some one else. We'll surprise you.

Merry Christmas!

22 December 2007

2 or More

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Grasshopper (Mint), Pumpkin, Marshmallow, and Egg Nog.

Cone Day! All cones are $1.85 (regularly $2.77).

We are no longer accepting additional orders for the bakery. We will bake extra pies and cake loaves, but it is a good idea to come in early to make sure that you can get something if you don't have an order.

After today, we will be down to the final two shopping days before Christmas. We will be open extended hours tomorrow and our hours will be shorter on Monday.

Sunday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Monday: 9 AM to 4 PM

While you are in the store, it is a good idea to pick up a calendar so that you will know the hours for the last week of the year.


The Festivus celebration was wonderful. We managed quite a good showing of grievances and, as the Festivus cheer spread, to include the staff of Bavarian Grill. The friendly banter between our table and the accordion player was enjoyable. Moreover, the annual hiding of the Festivus pole was an enjoyable feat of strength, albeit of the mind. Thanks to Summer and Corey for hosting yet again.

After the Festivus activities, I learned an important lesson about owning a cat-don't role over on it while sleeping on the couch. I'm not sure if I awoke to the horrible scream of the cat or the claws that were digging into my arm. Either way, it was an unpleasant way to awake. I'm sure that Wilson, the cat, would second that viewpoint. The only upside to it is that the incident woke me up enough to finish the book that I was reading.

"Meow, Meow, Meow...Merry Christmas."

21 December 2007

3 Point Play

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Grasshopper (Mint), Pumpkin, Peanut Butter, and Pina Colada.

Today, JJ Pearce and Trinity Christian Academy students can get a free small yogurt by showing their student ID. What a great way to start the holidays.

Three shopping days left after today. Don't forget to come in and pick up all of your sugar free needs while your in between your holiday shopping errands. If you need a bakery item, we are happy to take your order. We are, however, no longer accepting cake or cheesecake orders until after Christmas. We are excepting orders for pies and pumpkin breads.


Happy Birthday wishes to Samuel Leroy Jackson. Mr. Jackson is a well known actor who has been in movies that range from the critically acclaimed Pulp Fiction to the critically paned Snakes on a Plane. Over the years, he has built himself a fantastic body of work. My personal favorite film is the The Long Kiss Goodnight. (What's your favorite Samuel L. Jackson film?) Mr. Jackson was also involved in the civil rights movement in the 60's and 70's and had joined the Black Power movement before his mother sent him to Los Angeles.

Honorable birthday mentions: Chris Evert-American women's tennis player, Ray Romano-actor and comedian, Mike Alstott-NFL player, Joe Paterno-Penn State head football coach, Kiefer Sutherland-Canadian actor (real name: Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland)

20 December 2007

Final Four

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Pumpkin, Peanut Butter, and Pina Colada.

Parfait Day! All parfaits are $2.99 today (regularly $3.69). It is not a bad idea to call and order these. They tend to go very quickly when they are on sale.

The bagels, pita (wheat and white), and English Muffins have arrived. We have received our shipment and have all varieties of bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White, and Perfect 10) on hand in the store.

The bagel shipment will be a bit off for the next two weeks. Next week, we will receive our shipment on Friday instead of Thursday. The first week of the new year, we will not receive a shipment. It's not a bad idea to stock up.

Today is the deadline to order for the holidays. Unlike Thanksgiving, we are usually able to fit in a few more orders after the deadline, but it is always best to get an order in early if you know that you need one.


Some of you might be starting your weekend early or taking off the remainder of the year starting today or tomorrow. If any of you are traveling, I hope you have a safe trip. We'll work away to help make the holidays a little sweeter for anyone who is staying in town. With only a few days left, we're into the crunch time.

We stay very busy over at the store, and I spend most of my hours of the days up here in the week before Christmas. Nevertheless, I'll head out a little early tomorrow evening to head to the Bavarian Grill for the Festivus celebration. A group of my friends through a Festivus party each year here and gather together a host of people for the traditional airing of grievances and feats of strength. A fun time is sure to be had by all.

Thursday Comic: (Click to Enlarge)

19 December 2007

Number 5 Is Alive!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Butterscotch, Chocolate Banana, and Pina Colada.

Yogurt Special! Buy one, get one free from 6 PM to 8 PM (limit one, excludes XL).

There are two more days until the holiday orders are due for bakery items. We are still currently accepting cake orders as well as pies, cheesecakes, and pumpkin breads. Don't forget to order.


My holiday shopping is done, and I am getting ready to hunker down for the long hall of the next several days. While I'm looking forward to vacation and time with family, I do enjoy the time that I get to spend helping people find the perfect gift. For as busy as everyone gets this time of year, most of us seem to stay in pretty good moods. It's one of the things that make the holidays special. I just think it's better if we don't forget to slow down a little and be thankful for what we have.

Quiz Day: What Do the Holidays Mean to You?

What The Holidays Mean to You

For you, the holidays are a very spiritual time. You have as much holiday fun as everyone else - but you never forget what you're celebrating.

You celebrate the holidays in a minimalist style. You are likely to only give one great present and decorate your house with a few special items.

During the holidays, you like to feel cozy and comfortable. You're happy to stay inside with a roaring fire and a warm drink.

You think the holidays should be comforting and relaxing. You don't like the holiday rush... you just like the simple pleasure of the holidays.

Your best holiday memories are warm and intimate. You remember special moments more than gifts or parties.

(Bonus Points to the first reader to name the movie from which today's blog entry title comes from.)

18 December 2007

6 to Go & 1 Week Away

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Butter Brickle, Chocolate Banana, and Pina Colada.

Shake Day! All shakes are $3.69 all day long (regularly $3.93-$4.62).

We had a lot of orders go out yesterday. We're sending more today, and we will ship through this Friday. We will be happy to expedite your shipment if need be. Also, if you live in the area and need a bakery item for Christmas, don't forget to place your order by this Thursday, the 20th.


After a busy day at the store, I went for a relaxing journey to the mall. Crazy? Maybe, but the mall wasn't that bad. While it was busy, I managed to walk through the crowds without to much of a problem. I got some of my favorite pretzels at Antie Anne's and then continued on to my destination. I kind of wondered around in that over tired haze after I completed my shopping goal. It's an odd form of decompression, but it worked well. It's nice being on the other side of the counter wishing someone else a Merry Christmas.

Of course, there are six days left to shop for your loved ones. By next week at this time, we will have already unwrapped most of our presents with our families. My wife and I are going to have a Christmas trifecta. We will celebrate with her family on the 24th, my family on the morning of the 25th, and each other on the evening of the 25th. There is nothing like spreading the joy of Christmas around.

A bit of this joy came early this year in the form of my Christmas present to myself. After a few months of waiting, my Radiohead in Rainbows box set has arrived. :) :) :) I'm debating on just putting it under the tree for myself or opening it up tonight and giving it four or five listens. Either way, I'm very excited to have it and am looking forward to hearing the eight additional songs and seeing the artwork on the box.

17 December 2007

7 Up

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Butter Brickle, Chocolate Banana, and Pina Colada.

Cone Day! All cones are $1.85 all day long (regularly $2.77).

Everyone has one week left to take care of their Christmas shopping. We're going to be busy in the store today with the mail orders for the holiday season. If you need something shipped, come in today and place your order. All orders that go out today will be there in time for Christmas. We will also ship throughout the week, so if you find yourself running late, we can still help.

15 December 2007

Number 9, Number 9, Number 9...

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Butter Brickle, Chocolate Banana, and Pina Colada.

Tonight, our yogurt is buy one, get one free from 6 PM to 8 PM (limit one per person, excludes XL).

Tomorrow, we will have our coke floats for $2.99 (regularly $4.62).


The next to last shopping weekend of the season is here. We're going to have a lot of people coming in today, but don't be afraid to join them. Personally, I've only got one person left for which to shop. I took the responsibility of shopping for my mom, and my wife is going to shop for her dad. I figured it was a fair trade. I'm looking forward to getting finished and wrapping the presents.

In the meantime, we have been stalling by watching the final season of Veronica Mars. The show is proving to be a winner once again. The sharp writing is still enjoyable and refreshing. The character development, which has always been a strength of the show, is moving along at a nice pace again. It makes me a little sad that this show is off the air, but I am glad to see that its last season is starting off strong. I'm anxious to see how it ends. Once again, this show is well worth checking out. If you've got someone that you need a last minute holiday gift for who likes TV shows with a little bit of mystery, I recommend picking up season one of Veronica Mars for them.

The upside to all of the weird weather over the last few days is that it seems to be over. While today is going to be cold with a freeze tonight, we are getting into a more normalized cool pattern. It always makes me laugh when I think about weather in the 50's and 60's being normal winter weather, but that is what we get here in north Texas. Thankfully, it looks like we are going to avoid most of the icy and wet stuff until at least after Christmas. So much for a white Christmas.

14 December 2007

Ten (One great Pearl Jam Album)

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Butter Brickle, Chocolate Banana, and Pina Colada.

Teacher Day! All teachers can come in and get a small yogurt for 99 cents today, or you can upgrade to another size and receive $1.46 off of your yogurt. (Limit one per person, please show your teacher ID.)

We've had a very busy week up here with mail orders. While mail order Monday still looms on the horizon after this weekend, we managed to get a pretty good head start. If you need us to ship something for you for the holidays, please come in and order this weekend or place an order online. We will be happy to make someone happy for you with a gift from Sugarless deLite.


Happy Birthday Wishes to Dani. Dani is my wonderful sister-in-law who is turning 20 today. We hope that you have a fantastic birthday, and we look forward to seeing you over Christmas.

(Honorable birthday mentions: Vanessa Hudgens-singer/actor of the High School Musical variety, Patty Duke-singer/actor, Cliff Williams-bassist for AC/DC, Craig Biggio-Houston Astros baseball player, Beth Orton-singer/songwriter.)

13 December 2007

Eleven

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Butter Brickle, Chocolate Banana, and Pina Colada.

Secret Word of the Day: Mistletoe. Say the secrete word and get a free small yogurt today (limit one per person).

The bagels, pita (wheat and white), and English Muffins have arrived. We have received our shipment and have all varieties of bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White, and Perfect 10) on hand.


For the second time in a week, my wife and I ate at Kenny's Wood Fired Grill in Addison. This is not a place that we would normally stop into, but we had two 50 dollar gift certificates. Even though it would not have made it on to our to try list based on curiosity, it is a fantastic restaurant. If your looking for a great place to go for a date or a relaxing evening out, this dimly lit chophouse is an excellent choice.

The average plate will run 20 to 25 dollars, and the food is not going to be massed on your plate. Rather, the gourmet style presentation might look small when first delivered to your table. Nevertheless, the food is so rich and delicious that you'll be full before your last bite. Each of the two trips saw us ordering seafood much to our stomachs delight. I would defiantly recommend trying Kenny's if you are looking for somewhere to spend a special evening.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

Barry "Rudolph" Bonds tries out for a new team.


The Mitchell Report is coming out today at 1 PM. For those who do not follow baseball, this report is the tell all about the steroids scandal. However, it is bound to be anticlimactic because most people are just ready to move beyond the scandal and enjoy the game again. Unfortunately, the level of use seemed to be so high that any big names won't be surprising. It will be sad to see some of the names on the list, but I don't think that we are going to have anyone calling out, "Say it ain't so."

12 December 2007

12 Days Till Christmas

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Butter Brickle, Egg Nog, and New York Cheesecake.

Yogurt Club Day! If you are a member of the Yogurt Club, then come in today and get a small yogurt for only 45 cents. Or, you can get 2 dollars off of any other size (limit one discount per card). If you are not a member of the Yogurt Club ask us about it and join today to start saving.


Christmas is only 12 days away after today. This fact got me thinking about the 12 Days of Christmas song. (The only good version of this song belongs to the Muppets and John Denver.) I've always assumed that the song refers to the 12 days before Christmas; however, it is actually an event that starts on Christmas Day and concludes through the morning of Epiphany on January the 6th. The link will take you to the Wikipedia entry for anyone who would like to read more. I found it interesting.

One thing that I did know about the 12 Days of Christmas song is that it is used as an economic indicator:

Since 1984, the cumulative costs of the items mentioned in the song have been used as a form of economic indicator. This custom began with and is maintained by PNC Bank. Two pricing charts are created, referred to as the "Christmas Price Index" and "The True Cost of Christmas." The “Christmas Price Index” is an index of the current costs of one set of each of the gifts given by the True Love to the singer of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas." The “True Cost of Christmas” is the cumulative cost of all the gifts with the repetitions listed in the song.

Although initially intended as a amusing form of economic trivia, trends have emerged. The Christmas Price Index has often increased or decreased at a rate consistent with the other CPI - the Consumer Price Index, a widely followed measure of inflation produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The total costs of all goods and services for the 2007 "Christmas Price Index" is $19,507.19, an all-time high. The original 1984 cost was $12,371.36.[1] Over the last 22 years, the prices of services in general have increased, while the price of goods has decreased. In the 1984 Christmas Price Index, goods were by far the more expensive component of the index. Today, services are a much bigger piece of the Index. (Wikipedia)

Quiz Day: What Color Christmas Tree Should You Have?

You Should Have a Green Christmas Tree

For you, the holidays represent tradition and memories.
You tend to do things the same way each year. You find your holiday customs comforting.

You enjoy all of the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of Christmas.
You can't imagine getting any joy from an artificial tree.

Your green tree would look great with: Classic ornaments

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

What you should bake for Santa: A gingerbread house

11 December 2007

Lucky 13

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pumpkin, Marshmallow, Egg Nog, and New York Cheesecake.

Shake Day! All shakes are $3.69 all day long (regularly $3.93-$4.62).

There are only thirteen days left to shop at Sugarless deLite before Christmas. We will be closed on Christmas day. Also, our holiday hours are a little bit different than normal at the end of the month, so make sure to check the calendar out. The hours start to change on the 23rd (open from 10 AM to 6 PM) and the 24th (open from 9 AM to 4 PM).


After a couple of day of feeling under the weather, my body seems to have recovered from whatever ailed it. It was fortunate that I was not feeling well on a weekend that I had off already. While I was sick, I was not so sick as to miss the graduation celebration. I just ended up sleeping a lot afterwards. Now that I am feeling better, it is full steam ahead until Christmas. :)

There is more good news for the Mediterranean diet. It seems that strictly following this diet and adding moderate exercise five times a week for 30 minutes a day can significantly add to your lifespan. The great part about the moderate exercise is that it includes activities such as walking and gardening.

Since I lean toward eating this way, it is good news. However, another study is calling for me to give up bacon to avoid cancer. This, I do not like. We've managed to switch to a much more vegetarian lifestyle at our home. But, we both still love bacon. I'm hoping that once every month is OK. There is only so much that I am willing to give up for a healthy lifestyle.

10 December 2007

2 Weeks to Go

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pumpkin, Marshmallow, Egg Nog, and New York Cheesecake.

Cone Day! All cones are on sale for $1.85 all day (regular price $2.77).

We're getting into crunch time now. We've got 14 days of shopping left until Christmas day. If you haven't figured out what you're giving your loved ones, come by and see all of the goodies that we have for them this year. Don't forget that we ship all over the United States. We will be able to guaranty any shipment as long as we ship it by the 17th of December. Also, don't forget that the deadline to order your Christmas pies is on Thursday the 20th.

We're going to be busy up here through the end of the holiday with shipments, special gift arrangements, baking, and shoppers. We're ready for it. We want to make sure that everyone gets what they want for the holidays, so just let us know what you are looking for when you come to the store. Or, shop on-line at www.sugarlessdelite.com.


I hope that everyone enjoyed last week's entries. It was one of the most fun weeks that I have had writing the blog. Hopefully, it will give a few extra ideas to anyone who is looking for a charity to support. Of course, there are many more charities that do a lot of good, but these were a just a few that I felt should be highlighted.

Graduation went well this weekend. We celebrated with a lazy weekend at home as the cold front moved into Dallas. It was nice to have the weekend to spend time together and enjoy the accomplishment. I know that she is happy to be finished with school and is ready to move on to the next phase in life.

08 December 2007

Graduation Day

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pumpkin, German Chocolate Cake, Grasshopper (Mint Flavor), and New York Cheesecake.

Today and Tomorrow: Cake loaves are on sale for $14.99 (regular price $19.99).

This is Erica, I am Brad's wife, he won't be in today because he is attending my graduation from the University of Texas at Dallas. I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!

07 December 2007

Remember Pearl Harbor

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pecan Praline, German Chocolate Cake, Grasshopper (Mint Flavor), and New York Cheesecake.

UT Dallas Day! All students, teachers, and staff can get a free small today by showing their UT Dallas ID. (You can get one even if you are graduating tomorrow.)

I haven't talked much about it, but the shipping deadline is coming up quickly. In order to guaranty your shipment for UPS ground, we need to have your order placed by the 14th of December. We have a day or two buffer, but it is strongly recommended that you order as early as possible. We are happy to hold orders until closer to Christmas. Just leave a comment on your order to let us know.

We've gotten in our shipment of Judy's. We are restocked on all of the brittle and also have a new mixed nut brittle just in time for the holidays.


Today's Charities:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease within the decade through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

For The Michael J. Fox Foundation, there is one clear measure of success: delivering patients better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson's disease. We've developed a targeted approach to research funding that helps us identify and prioritize the patient-relevant science that will allow us to reach our goal.

STEP ONE: Charting the Course-MJFF's Global View
We tap leading specialists from around the globe to help us maintain a comprehensive view of the field and determine the research areas that hold the most promise for improving diagnosis and treatment of PD. In 2006 we convened over 350 top researchers from academic and industry labs all over the world for meetings to set strategy and future direction. Our meetings lead directly to funding initiatives, new collaborations and other action steps that will move the field forward faster.

STEP TWO: Homing In On Translatable Science-MJFF's Research Selection
The Foundation's scientific staff and expert advisors review proposals from researchers around the world. What are they looking for? The ideas that are most readily translatable into new treatments, the teams that can execute those ideas, thoughtful and realistic work plans, and outcomes that can take us closer to our goal: delivering better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for PD.

STEP THREE: Speed and Accountability-MJFF's Research Process
As soon as we identify the research proposals best aligned with our patient-relevant goals, we eliminate red tape to get funding to scientists as quickly as possible. We fund projects fast - in most cases, within two months.

But the Foundation's involvement doesn't stop there. Our scientific staff and advisors stay closely involved as research teams carry out their projects. We establish milestones and evaluate outcomes and progress, troubleshoot problems if they arise, and work with the team to set future directions. We believe our interactive approach is the best way to ensure accountability.

STEP FOUR: Moving Forward-How MJFF Capitalizes On Results
When we learn of promising findings (whether or not they resulted from research we funded), we work quickly to identify and partner with researchers equipped to further develop those discoveries in pursuit of the ultimate goal: improved treatments for Parkinson's patients.

Science is risky by nature, and not all of our research leads to positive outcomes. But even negative outcomes are useful for informing our next steps. Everything we learn helps us prioritize the next promising areas of focus, and the process starts again-one step closer to our goal.

Since we began in 2000, the Foundation has funded $98 million in Parkinson's research, either directly or through partnerships. And every one of those dollars has helped us learn more about the disease, develop better treatments for patients and, ultimately, get us closer to ending Parkinson's. (Text taken from MJFF website.)

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda.

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. (Text taken from HFHI.)

We would like to send a thank you out to the men and women of the military. Pearl Harbor day should remind us all of the bravery that they exemplify daily. We appreciate your service to our country.

06 December 2007

Comedy is in the eye of the beholder.

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pecan Praline, Peanut Butter, Grasshopper (Mint Flavor), and Very Berry.

All Parfaits are $2.99 today (regularly $3.69).

The bagels, pita (wheat and white), and English Muffins have arrived. We have received our shipment and have all varieties of bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White, and Perfect 10) on hand. Come quickly, several mail orders have already laid a big claim.


Today's Charities:

Ronald McDonald House: The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (RMHC®) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. RMHC fulfills its mission by creating innovative, effective programs that address targeted needs, and by supporting these programs and other activities conducted by its local Chapters worldwide. RMHC also awards grants to other nonprofit children’s organizations that positively impact the health and well being of children around the world.

RMHC has three core programs that help families in need: Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®. As the most well-known program, Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

The second major program, Ronald McDonald Family Room, extends the comfort of a Ronald McDonald House into the hospital. Often located steps away from pediatric and intensive care units, a Ronald McDonald Family Room provides a place to enjoy a warm meal, talk with other parents and relax.

Through relationships with local clinical service providers, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile programs bring cost-effective, high-quality medical, dental and health education services directly to underserved children in rural and urban areas across the globe. (Text taken from the Ronald McDonald House website.)

The Conservation Fund: The Conservation Fund is the nation’s foremost environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s most important landscapes and waterways for future generations. The Conservation Fund pioneers a balanced, non-advocacy, non-membership approach to conservation, one that blends environmental and economic goals and objectives. Since its founding in 1985, the Fund has helped its partners safeguard wildlife habitat, working farms and forests, community greenspace, and historic sites totaling nearly 6 million acres nationwide.

The Conservation Fund is recognized annually as one of the nation’s top environmental organizations by two charity watchdog organizations, American Institute of Philanthropy and Charity Navigator. The Fund's commitment to donors and to fiscal responsibility is a core value that guides decision-making at all levels.

The Conservation Fund forges partnerships to conserve America’s legacy of land and water resources. Through land acquisition, sustainable programs and leadership training, the Fund and its partners demonstrate balanced conservation solutions that emphasize the integration of economic and environmental goals.

Protecting America's Land Legacy: Central to our mission, The Conservation Fund partners with government agencies and nonprofit organizations to acquire and conserve land across the country—forever protecting wildlife habitat, working landscapes, recreation areas, community green space and historic sites.

Strengthening Conservation in Local Communities: The Fund works with the public and private sectors to demonstrate sustainable solutions to complex natural resource issues through land-use planning, natural resource-based economic development and the application of innovative scientific research and technology.

Training the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders: Through its courses, workshops and seminars, the Fund provides collaborative learning experiences and approaches for diverse constituencies to constructively address conservation objectives and achieve on-the-ground results.

Providing Turnkey Conservation Services: Offering turnkey solutions, The Conservation Fund delivers real estate, strategic conservation, mitigation and land advisory services to corporations, private landowners and communities nationwide.

Recognizing and Funding Excellence in Conservation: In honor of champions of the environment and to encourage and support local conservation successes, the Fund partners with corporations, foundations and individuals to recognize outstanding leadership in conservation through award and grant programs. (Text taken from the Conservation Fund website.)

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

05 December 2007

Don't have a cow, give a cow.

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pecan Praline, Peanut Butter, Grasshopper (Mint Flavor), and Very Berry.

Yogurt Special! Our yogurt is buy one, get one free from 6 PM to 8 PM (limit one, excludes XL).

We got in our shipment from Dixie Diner yesterday. We are restocked on all of their mixes including the Ginger Cookie mix, the Angel Food Puffs mix, and the Caramel Overload Brownie Mix. We've got their crackers and pita chips back on the shelves. We also got in a couple of new items form them: Apple Cinnamon Hot Cereal (like oatmeal), Pancake and Waffle mix, and Carrot Muffin Mix (this should be called Coconut and Carrot Muffin Mix).


Today's Charities:

Heifer International
: Today the organization is known as Heifer International and gives gifts of sheep, rabbits, honeybees, pigs, llamas, water buffalo, chicks, ducks, goats, geese and trees as well as heifers. As of 2006, these animals and plants have been distributed in more than 125 countries around the globe. Each gift perpetuates Heifer's interest in agroecology and sustainability.

Heifer International is mainly funded by alternative giving: Donors may purchase "shares" of a gift or pay for an entire animal. Heifer International's listed price includes the purchase price of the animal itself, as well as the cost of its veterinary care and transport to the village. The recipient family's training in animal husbandry, sustainable agriculture techniques and business practices are also rolled into the listed price.

Today, rather than shipping animals overseas, the organization purchases them in the country they are destined for. This puts money into the local economy, reduces transportation costs and promotes better health for the animals because they are already accustomed to the local climate, food and diseases.

Heifer International works to ensure that the gift of each animal will eventually help an entire community to become self-sustaining. Animals such as goats, water buffalo and camels are "seven M" animals: they provide meat, milk, muscle, manure, money, materials and motivation. Once its immediate needs have been met, a family is free to sell any excess at market. Heifer International provides a breeding animal along with the gift animal so that it can produce offspring. Participating families are required to "pass on the gift", that is: they must give at least one of the female offspring to a neighbor who has undergone Heifer's training. In time, that neighbor will pass along one of the offspring of its animal, and so on. (Text taken from Wikipedia.)

Soldier's Angels: Soldiers' Angels was started by a self-described ordinary mother of an ordinary young man turned hero, Sgt. Brandon Varn. Brandon was deployed in Iraq and has since honorably completed his mission and has returned back to his proud and loving family.

In the summer of 2003, he wrote home expressing his concern that some soldiers did not receive any mail or support from home. Being a caring and loving mother, she decided not to allow a situation like that to continue. She contacted a few friends and extended family to ask if they would write to a soldier or two. Within a few short months, Soldiers' Angels went from a mother writing a few extra letters to an Internet Community with thousands of angels worldwide.

With more and more merchants donating services, money and items for packages, the Angels reorganized as a 501 c 3 non-profit so all donations would be tax deductible. Soldiers' Angels currently supports tens of thousands of American Service Members stationed wherever we raise our nation's flag, and that number continues to grow daily. Soldiers' Angels are dedicated in supporting our military during and after their deployment.

In December of 2004 a worldwide support forum was created in the hopes of providing a place where the needs of our heroes could be fulfilled. (Text taken from Soldier's Angels website.)

Quiz Day: How Much Do You Know About Christmas?

You Know a Lot About Christmas

You got 9/10 correct

You know tons about the history and traditions surrounding Christmas.
When you celebrate the holidays, you never forget their true meaning - or all the little fun details.

Random Christmas fact: Most Christmas trees are edible. The needles are a good source of Vitamin C.
The random fact might help explain why cats like to eat trees.

04 December 2007

D'oh!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pecan Praline, Caramel Fudge, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Very Berry.

Shake it up! We've got our shakes on sale for $3.69 today for all varieties (regularly $3.93-$4.62).

I noticed a couple of mistakes on yesterday's mailer. The first was a grammatic error in the first sentence. The second was a little more important. The coupons should all read 2007 for their expiration and not 2006. Mea Culpa. I guess that is what I get for cutting corners. Rather than tie everyone's inbox up with another email, we will honor the coupons will as is. Don't forget to use them.


Today's Charities:

Kiva.org: Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.

Kiva partners with existing microfinance institutions. In doing so, we gain access to outstanding entrepreneurs from impoverished communities world-wide. Our partners are experts in choosing qualified borrowers. That said, they are usually short on funds. Through Kiva.org, our partners upload their borrower profiles directly to the site so you can lend to them.

Kiva is using the power of the internet to facilitate one-to-one connections that were previously prohibitively expensive. Child sponsorship has always been a high overhead business. Kiva creates a similar interpersonal connection at much lower costs due to the instant, inexpensive nature of internet delivery. The individuals featured on our website are real people who need a loan and are waiting for socially-minded individuals like you to lend them money. (Text taken from the Kiva.org website.)

Network of Community Ministries
: Network was started in 1986 by what was then the Richardson Ministerial Alliance in response to the increasing number of people coming to the churches for help. We started with 32 member organizations - 22 were religious organizations and 10 were social, civic and service groups.

BASIC PHILOSOPHY

We’re here to be a bridge for people - to help them over a difficult time.
We never do anything for our clients that they can and should do for themselves.
We provide short-term assistance for long-term independence.
Not being able to feed your kids or pay the rent isn’t a “problem,” it’s a symptom.
Our job is to find out what the problem is, what the client is doing to avoid this problem in the future, and how we can work together with the client to get them back on their feet.
We empower, not rescue.
We don’t judge, but we do evaluate.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE INCLUDE
Food
Clothing
Limited Financial Assistance for:
Rent and Utilities
Night School & Summer School Tuition
Prescriptions
Counseling/Medical
Child Care
Bus Tickets (local and long distance)
Gasoline Vouchers
(Text taken from the Network website.)

While it is better to give than to receive, it's alright to be happy when you receive something as well. I was joyful to see this email in my email from Radiohead yesterday:

Hello,

Just to let you know…Your “In Rainbows” discbox has now left w.a.s.t.e. in the UK. You can expect delivery of your discbox in the following estimated times.

UK 1-8 days
Europe 1-14 days
Rest of World 5-18 days

Wherever possible (especially to customers in the USA), we’ve sent these by road and sea. December is a busy time of year for postal services globally, so please be patient. We thank you for your custom and hope you enjoy your discbox when you receive it.

Best wishes.
us @ w.a.s.t.e.

(Merry Christmas to me!)

03 December 2007

Give It Away

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pecan Praline, Caramel Fudge, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Very Berry.

Cone Day! All cones are $1.85 all day long (regularly $2.77).

If you are on the email group, don't worry about not getting your email yet. The email is going out today, so everyone should have it in their inbox by this evening. Sorry for the delay, it's that busy time of year.

Hanukkah starts tomorrow and Christmas is right around the corner, so don't forget to come in and get some sugar free treats for your loved ones. We've got some great new offerings this year. Also, if you need to ship for the holidays, you might want to have your shopping done by the 13th to make sure that we can get it out without any problems for you. Sugarlessdelite.com now has all of our holiday options. Let us know how we can help make the holidays a little sweeter for you.

I'm going to post two charities each day this week to share some options for giving for the holiday season and year round. Given the large number of charities that are out there, I will not even come close to making a scratch, but maybe you will see something worthwhile. If you have one in which you are involved, please feel free to leave a comment on our blog.

Catholic Charities USA: Catholic Charities agencies throughout the country are an integral part of the safety net that keeps people from utter destitution. We provide a continuum of services—food, shelter, supportive housing, clothing, financial assistance, and other forms of help—that give people a leg up when life has knocked them down.

However, our commitment goes beyond meeting peoples' daily needs. We also strive to strengthen families and build stronger communities by offering a variety of other programs such as counseling, immigration and refuge services, adoption, disaster response, child care, employment training, supports for seniors, and much more.

Catholic Charities services and programs, not only help people in their most difficult moments, but also empower them to take charge of their lives and engage in determining their futures. In short, they provide help and create hope. (Text taken from the Catholic Charities website.)

Feral Friends: To provide assistance to feral cats to ensure they have an opportunity for a safe, healthy existence and be the link to permanent, loving homes for the domesticated cats we rescue.

To accomplish this mission, we have three, vital programs that work in
unison to offer assistance to the cats and kittens of our community: Race to Reduce Litters (feral), Rescue and ReHome (adoption), Lost Cat Recovery Program. (Text taken from the Feral Friends website.)

Some college football programs where feeling charitable this weekend as well and gave up their spots to the big bowl. This has been one crazy year in college football. Unfortunately, the BCS is going to supply us with another stinker of a game: Ohio State and LSU. I can't wait to not watch this one. Of course, the problem of the BCS could be solved with a playoff system or a simple plus one system, but I won't hold my breath.

01 December 2007

A Song & Dance

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Caramel Fudge, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Very Berry.

Tonight, our yogurt is buy one, get one free from 6 PM to 8 PM (limit one, excludes XL).

Tomorrow, we have our coke floats on sale for $2.99 (regularly $4.62).


Christmas Order Form: (click to enlarge)



December Calendar: (click to enlarge)

If you are shipping to someone for the holidays and want to save a little money, then enter in our shipping code when you check out from sugarlessdelite.com and save 5 dollars off of any purchase of 65 dollars or more. December's shipping code is BRIGHTSTAR.


My wife and I watched High School Musical last night. I will freely admit that I am the one that made her watch the movie. I like musicals, and I am not ashamed to say it. We grew up watching musicals in my house which is probably because my mom grow up watching musicals on the big screen. As my wife will attest, I will frequently break out in song. If my song is left unchecked, I dance. I know that some people find it embarrassing, but I think it is somewhat natural. (If you ever want to test this, just track me down in a store that is playing Prince.)

The movie itself is like a sanitized Grease for a new generation. It is, like most musicals, cheezy. Of course, the perfect Disney world set-up adds another layer of cheese all together. Despite all of this, or perhaps because of it, I think that Disney actually did a great job with this film. This is a fun movie. I'm not sure that I won a convert, but at least she said that she thought it was cute and enjoyed the film. If you're looking for a fun family film and can put up with or enjoy a certain degree of cheeziness, I recommend this one. Best songs: Stick To The Status Quo and Breaking Free. 3 1/2 out of 5

30 November 2007

It's not really trading per se...

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Caramel Fudge, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Vanilla Malt.

Today is Teacher Day! All teachers can get a small yogurt for only 99 cents today by showing their ID. It's our way of saying thank you to those who help shape our future.


Friday in the News: In 2006, we learned that Dr. Thomas Harvey of the University of Kansas Department of Anatomy had custody of one of the most famous brains in the world. The Wichita-based pathologist kept Einstein's brain in two Mason jars hidden in a cardboard box. When Harvey moved to Missouri, he took the brain with him. According to Johnny Carson, it must have been Einstein's because "it was smart enough to get out of Wichita."

Happy Birthday Wishes: Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark. The oldest bopper around, Dick Clark is still rocking after all these years. Getting his major brake as the host of American Bandstand, he later went on to host the Pyramid game show and the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve on TV and has also done the Top 40 show on the radio. He has become a cultural reference for his youthful apperance that he has maintained over the years.

(Honorable Birthday Mentions: Sir Ridley Scott-director, William Michael Albert Broad (Billy Idol)-musician, Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson-football and baseball player, Benjamin Edward Stiller-American comedian and actor, Iván Rodríguez Torres-baseball player, and Elisha Ann Cuthbert-Canadian actress)

We're starting to get our Christmas shopping done. My wife and I have each finished shopping for one another, but we still have the families to finish. As of right now, we've got 2 out of 8 eight done. I'm hoping that we can get another couple finished up this weekend. I'd like to be finished before the 10th because that is about the time that I start getting jammed at work.

While I was out doing some shopping last night, I was finally able to use my movie bucks that I had gotten when I took some movies to Movie Trading Company. I don't think that I will trade any more movies with them. The value that is given is ridiculously low. On the other hand, these were movies that I was not able to post on half.com, so I guess I can't complain about the fact that it took about 12 movies to trade for one video game. At least I have Final Fantasy XII to play after I finish Dragon Quest VIII. Unless I get something cooler for Christmas. ;)

29 November 2007

V for Very Good

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Coffee Royal, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Vanilla Malt.

Tonight, our yogurt is buy one, get one free (limit one, excludes XL) from 6 PM to 8 PM.

The bagels, pita (wheat and white), and English Muffins have arrived. We have received our shipment and have all varieties of bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White, and Perfect 10) on hand.


I just got finished watching V for Vendetta. Several of my friends love this movie and it has been highly recommended. I had planned on seeing it in the theater but did not get around to it. Thankfully, I remembered to put it into our Netflix box, because this film is well worth seeing.

Set in the not to distant future in a not so jolly old England, this film struggles with the question of what is a terrorist and is terrorism justified against a one party fascist state. I really don't want to give to much away; however, I will say that, if I ever taught a civics class in high school, I would have my students watch this film. Like many good films, it makes you think. While it is entertaining, the real entertainment comes after the film is over and you are left with more questions than answers.

The film is well acted and has a steady pacing that keeps the viewer interested. The action is a bit over the top as an ode to the story's graphic novel origins. Visually the film is somewhat dark and menacing and echoes the overall theme of the government under which the citizens live. Nevertheless, occasion bright colors are used to juxtapose the hope that future can hold. 4 out of 5

File this one under a story that only a baseball fan and an economist could love: Dollars Make Sense. (This is right up my ally!)

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

28 November 2007

Little Red Kettle

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Coffee Royal, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Vanilla Malt.

Shake it up! All shakes are on sale today for $3.69 (regularly $3.93-$4.62).


At shop after shop, the sound of the Salvation Army bell rings loud and clear this time of year. I end up spending a bit more this time of year since I put a dollar in each one that I come across. One of the greater joys that I have found in the last year or two is the joy of giving. Of course, the holiday season is often one that focuses on giving and many charities do a large portion of their fundraising this time of year. The need is, however, is great.

There are many wonderful organizations that have needs this holiday. The wonderful thing about giving to charities is that there are so many to choose from throughout the year. We've got a list of charities at home. I am going to go through the list a post two each day next week. Who knows? There might be something interesting on there for you.

Quiz Day: What Holiday Are You?

You Are New Year's Eve

If there's one thing about you, it's that you really know how to party.
You enjoy being the center of attention, and you love to dress up and go out.
Friendly and fun loving, you're always up for another toast... or another cocktail.
You definitely get a party started. And it's really not a party if you're not there.

What makes you celebrate: The promise of a few free drinks and a wild party.

At a holiday get together, you do best as: The bartender

On a holiday, you're the one most likely to: Wake up the next day not knowing how the night ended

27 November 2007

Photography

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Coffee Royal, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Vanilla Malt.

Cone Day! All cones are $1.85 all day long (regularly $2.77).

We've got Christmas mostly set up in the store. For the next few days, you can catch a few early bird specials that are out there. Also, if you need something set up or shipped out for Hanukkah, we will be more than happy to take care of that for you. Hanukkah is December 4th-December 11th this year.

One of my responsibilities at the store is the maintenance of the on-line store. Today, I am taking care of the final holiday details. I came in a couple of hours early to take photos for the front page. I hope to be able to report that Christmas and Hanukkah are up on the front page as of tomorrow. To change the front of the page, we unfortunately have to call our web manager which can take a day or two to switch things over. Nevertheless, we should have it up and ready by the end of the work week.


In addition to photography for the store, I got to take some of the cat dressed up in a Santa hat last night underneath our Christmas tree. I'm hoping that they turned out well. The cat, while unappreciative, was cooperative much to my wife's surprise. We're going to get a digital disc of the photos. You can be assured that, if there is a good one in the bunch, I will post them on the blog.

My wife's final went well. We went out to celebrate at Topz burgers. There is something about that place that makes you want more when you finish. The turkey burgers are just that good. One of these days, I am going to branch out and try something else on the menu, but the turkey burger with cheddar cheese is a hard one to turn away. Of course, the sweet potato fries make the combo something extra special.

After the yummy burgers, we went to do a little shopping and came away with a pretty good deal at one of the stores. However, we were let down by Bed, Bath and Beyond. Out of all of the candles that they had, none of them were soy based. :( Because we have some cool winter candle holders that are looking to be filled, this led me to do an online search for soy candles. Here is the best website that I found. The only problem with shopping online is that you don't get to smell them before hand. Both of us are picky about the smell of the candle.

If you are not familiar with soy based candles, they are a much cleaner burning candle. Assuming that they are made with 100% soy and a cotton wick (some "soy candles" don't use these), they are a great alternative to paraffin wax which is petroleum based. While they are a little more costly, they do last about 30% longer than traditional candles. They have a nice strong flavor that is not overpowering. After picking one up this year on our honeymoon, I have become a convert.

26 November 2007

Final Final

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Coffee Royal, Pumpkin, and Egg Nog.

Bonus Shipping Day: Ship anywhere in the lower 48 states for only $3.49 today via UPS when you purchase 75 dollars or more at our store. If you have a couple of other items like DVD's or books, we will be happy to put those in for you as well. Remember, we won't have shipping days in December, so today is your last chance to get out a shipment for a fantastic price.


I got out early on Saturday from work which allowed my wife and I to run to Bed, Bath and Beyond and pick up some curtains. After a little bit of debate, we opted for a nice blue tone. With time to spare, we set about putting up the curtains later that evening. The installation process went fairly well. Far from being just a simple household accent, these curtains are insulated and block most of the cold north draft from our downstairs window. They also double as a black out curtain and create a perfect nap environment for the couch. :)

Our household work not done, we set about taking care of Christmas decorating after a lazy Sunday afternoon of stew making. The tree is up and lit. The candle holders are all in place. Now, we just have to find room for the nativity scene. I hope to have the stockings up in the next week or two, but we have had a little bit of trouble agreeing on a stocking set so far. It seems like every option that is close is just not quite right, but I am sure that we will find some that work in time for Christmas.

Of course my wife will give herself an early Christmas present this year when she finishes school. She dislikes school as much as anyone that I know. Tonight, she gets to take her last final. After her final tonight, she has only on group presentation standing between her and graduation to the real life. Personally, I would have loved to have stayed in college, but I know that she is very excited to be finished with college. Good luck today.

There was also some college football played this weekend. While the Longhorns let me down for a second year in a row, the Tigers did pull off a wonderful victory against Kansas. That victory scrambles the rankings once again. My top 25.

24 November 2007

Going after the booty.

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Candy Cane, Egg Nog, Pumpkin, and Marshmallow.

Tonight, we have our buy one, get one free (equal or lesser value, limit one, excludes XL) for our frozen yogurt.

Tomorrow, we have a bonus cone day. All cones are $1.85 all day long (regularly $2.77).

Also, our Pumpkin Pies are $9.99 for today and tomorrow! Come in and get a steal.


Last night, two of my friends hosted a game night at there house. One of the things that I like about playing games at their house is that they almost always have new games of which I have not heard. The game of the night was Loot. This piratical game is a fun and easy game to pick up. Great for kids or kids at heart, you play to capture merchant ships on the high seas. If you're looking for a game for your kids that you might like playing with them, I recommend picking this one up and putting it in the stocking.

Periodically, it strikes me that I am getting older even though I try to fight it. Last night on the way home, I found a new oldness standard: When you know all of the songs on the classic rock station, but less than half of the songs on the new rock station. I realized as I was singing to song after song on the classic rock station on the journey home that, while I have always liked the classic rock station, I now like it much better than the EDGE.

23 November 2007

Black Friday

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Candy Cane, Egg Nog, Pumpkin, and Marshmallow.

Friday Blog Special: We've got some extra pies from that were baked on Wednesday for the holiday. For today only, we will have our walk-in pies available for $12.99. If you didn't get enough for Thanksgiving or you have guests in through the weekend, these pies are great for you. Just come in and tell us that you want the blog special.

Our bakery is busy catching up from the holiday. Nevertheless, we do have a fair amount of our regular selection available. Parfaits are back in stock, and we are working on cakes and cake slices. We are also taking orders for cakes again. If you need a bakery item for your weekend guests, call us at 972.644.2000 to place an order for tomorrow.


Hopefully everyone was able to enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday. I had a pleasantly lazy day. My wife baked the Dixie Diner low carb Carrot muffins for breakfast. While they were quite good, we both decided that they should be called Coconut & Carrot muffins since coconut was the first ingredient. After a few hours of video games, we headed over to her parents house where I watched the Cowboys destroy the Jets with my father-in-law and her grandfather and she got to catch up with her mom and sister. Afterwards, we had a wonderful dinner with the family.

The coolest part of yesterday was the weather. The snow that came down over in Arlington provided about 15 minutes worth of quarter size flakes. There is just something that is nice about having cold snow on the holidays. It seems right. It was also nice to see it disappear. I would not have enjoyed driving home as much.

21 November 2007

Come and Get Them!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Candy Cane, Egg Nog, Pumpkin, and Marshmallow.

We are open today from 10 AM to 4:30 PM for pick-ups. We cram a lot into these few hours. While we are very busy, we are never to busy to help you. If you come in today, there will be plenty of people to help. We have baked extra items and will have some available for walk-in; however, if you know that you need a bakery product and do not currently have an order, it is best to call us so that we can put your name on one. 972.644.2000.

We will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Friday at 10 AM. Don't forget to check the blog for Black Friday specials.

Happy Thanksgiving from Sugarless deLite!

(I'm very happy that I'm finally getting my cooler weather.)

20 November 2007

PIES!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Candy Cane, Egg Nog, Pumpkin, and Marshmallow.

Cone Day! All yogurt cones are 1.85 all day long (regularly $2.72).

We still have some pies available. Call us at 972.644.2000 if you need one for today or tomorrow. Remember, we will be closed on Thanksgiving day and we close at 4:30 PM tomorrow.



Hey fellow Sugarless Delite fans, this is the owner's daughter subbing for the amazing blog master. I am in from sunny Florida celebrating Thanksgiving with my family and Sugarless Delite. The store is hustling and bustling today with people picking up their pies and other goodies for the holiday. I suggest coming in and checking out what we have to offer before it is all gone. Sugarless Delite is where it's all out so we'd love to see you come in!

Have a great Tuesday. Peace out!

19 November 2007

Start the oven!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Candy Cane, Egg Nog, Pumpkin, and Marshmallow.

Today, you can ship to any of the lower 48 states (UPS ground only) for $6.99. Come into the store and pick out your items, then let us ship for you for the lower rate.

The ordering deadline was yesterday for Thanksgiving; however, we know that it is an early Thanksgiving and that this has caught many people off guard. We are still able to take orders for all of the items on the Thanksgiving bakery list, but the selection is limited. Please call us as soon as you know that you need an order so that we may best serve you. While it is possible to walk in the store and pick out something, it is better to order it so that you know that we will have it standing by for you and your family.

If you are looking for cookies, brownies, Sierra deLite bars or cheesecake brownies, then the best thing to do is to come into the store either today or tomorrow. By Tuesday afternoon, many of these items will be gone and will not reappear until after Thanksgiving. Of course, we also have some of our holiday specialty bakery items like our shortbread cookies and Cranberry deLite bars (the best bakery item that we do in my opinion) that are available for a short time this week.


Thanks to a very nice customer, my wife and I were able to go and enjoy a playoff football game at TCA this weekend. While we had a wonderful time at the game, the Trojans were not able to pull out a victory over St. Pius. TCA finished its football season at 8 and 3 for the year. Congratulations on a great year gentlemen. It was fun to take a step back and go to a high school football game again.

Speaking of the American game of football, the Cowboys found a way to win last night. This moves their record to 10-1 on the year and puts them in a wonderful position to claim the NFC East. They didn't always look impressive, but they did look good when it counted. Terrel Owens had an outstanding game and might actually have managed to develop into a team player in the last two years. It is possible that this team has what it takes to be a serious contender for the NFC crown. Although, I think that the Patriots are probably the favorites to win it all this year.

As an added bonus to everything, OU lost this weekend which put Kansas and Mizzou into the number 2 and number 3 slot in the BCS rankings. My top 25.

18 November 2007

Order Up

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Grasshopper (Mint), Pumpkin, and Marshmallow.

Today is the last day to order your holiday pies and be guaranteed your choice of our pies, cheesecakes and pumpkin breads. If you need to place an order, 6 o'clock is the ordering deadline. We will try to accommodate you after the ordering deadline. Just give us a call at 972.644.2000 to place your order. Make sure that everyone is happy for the holidays.

17 November 2007

Here comes the bakery.

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Grasshopper (Mint), Peach, and White Chocolate Raspberry.

All parfaits are only $2.99 today (regular price $3.69).

Countdown: After today, there is only 1 day left to order your pies, cheesecakes, or pumpkin breads from Sugarless deLite. Don't forget to give us a call today or tomorrow at 972.644.2000. If you are unsure of what we are offering, please see the order form below: (click to enlarge)




That's it. We are in the home stretch now with our bakery orders. The bakery is no longer excepting orders unless they are for Thanksgiving and from the Thanksgiving order form (see above). Over the next 4 days, the bakery will produce over 700 bakery items including your holiday order if you have placed one. If you have not placed an order, you may do so and receive the pre-order pricing up until 6 PM on Sunday the 18th (tomorrow).

Any orders that are placed after that time will be considered late and subject to a slightly higher rate. While we will strive to accommodate everyone, we cannot guaranty the availability of an item unless it is pre-ordered. If you are looking for walk-in items like cookies, brownies, Sierra deLite bars or cheesecake brownies, it is a very good idea to come in this weekend. The supply of these bakery goods will quickly dwindle after Sunday, and we will not produce more until Friday the 23rd.

Meanwhile, the staff has been very busy this week preparing for the Christmas holiday season. If you would like to do some early shopping, we are ready for you. Many people put off their purchase of chocolates and candies because of perceived freshness issues; however, we received our chocolates and candies direct from the producers within the last few weeks and have hand made each assortment for you. The gifts will be fresh for several months to come, so shop early if you want and cross one more thing off your list.

16 November 2007

Fun Facts and Stuff

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Cappuccino, Toffee Nut, Peach, and White Chocolate Raspberry.

Today, students at JJ Pearce and Trinity Christian Academy can get a free small yogurt by coming in and showing their student ID. (Limit one per student.)

Countdown: After today, there are only 2 days left to order your pies, cheesecakes, or pumpkin breads from Sugarless deLite. Don't forget to give us a call at 972.644.2000. The bakery items will be more expensive if they are ordered after the deadline.


Friday in the News: It could become the new definition of an oxymoron: a Beauty and the Beast marriage of the all-time hands-down favorite snack food to a food that inspires disgust in most of the civilized world. What is this strange concoction from Scotland? Haggis Chips! The Raeside family began turning potato crops into flavored chips in 2004 and business is booming. Other flavors include smoked salmon and sea salt, but haggis is the big seller. (I love my people.-Brought to you by the WWDTM calendar.)

Happy Birthday Wishes to Shigeru Miyamoto. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Miyamoto, you might find yourself familiar with some of his games that he has created: Donkey Kong, Mario, the Legend of Zelda, and Star Fox are just a few. He is often referred to as the "Father of Modern Gaming." His creation of Donkey Kong in the early 1980's solidified Nintendo as a driving force in the booming gaming industry and spawned many future titles. Mr. Miyamoto is currently over seeing the development, production and marketing of the Wii gaming system.

(Honorable Birthday Wishes: Diana Krall-Canadian jazz pianist and singer (one of my favorites), Maggie Gyllenhaal-American actress, Dwight Gooden-Baseball player.)

15 November 2007

Hat in hand

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Cappuccino, Toffee Nut, Peach, and White Chocolate Raspberry.

Tonight, our yogurt is buy one, get one free from 6PM-8PM (limit one, no XL).

The English Muffins, pita (regular and whole wheat), and bagels have arrived. We have the following bagels available: Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White and the Perfect 10. We will not get a shipment in next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, so we have ordered extra. If you need some for next weekend as well, it is a good idea to stock up now.

Countdown: After today, there are only 3 days left to order your pies, cheesecakes, or pumpkin breads from Sugarless deLite. If we can help make your holiday more special, give us a call at 972.644.2000.


Apparently, A-Rod has decided that his agent made a big mistake. The preliminary reports are saying that Alex Rodriguez will sign a 270 million dollar deal with the Yankees. While this would be a ridiculous amount of money and the biggest contract in sports, it would also be less than he would have gotten if he had not opted out of his original record setting deal. There is a great article written by Buster Olney of ESPN about the potential deal.

I'm not really all that happy that the Yankees are going to have A-Rod again because I think he is a curse. But, I am glad that Scott Boras is going to have to eat crow over his mishandling of the contract. I am in favor of anything that damages Boras and forces him to take hits on his contracts. I'm also betting that most of the owner are happy that they don't have to enter the bidding on A-Rod this year. My great hope is that A-Rod will now find a way to be the monster in the post season that he is in the regular season. With two or three rings on his fingers, the contract might be worth while.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

14 November 2007

All bottled up.

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Cappuccino, Toffee Nut, Peach, and White Chocolate Raspberry.

Shake It! Today is shake day. All shakes are $3.69 (regularly $3.93-$4.62) all day long. Come in and enjoy one of our specialty shakes or make your own combination.

What we got in today: Kitchen Table Bakery Crackers, Heavenly Dessert Meringue Cookies, Kettle Korn Poppycock, and several varieties of Walden Farms including the Marinara.

Countdown: After today, there are only 4 days left to order your pies, cheesecakes, or pumpkin breads from Sugarless deLite. If we can help make your holiday more special, give us a call at 972.644.2000. Due to additional demand, we will charge extra for orders that are not pre-ordered this year. Make sure to get your order in and save some money.

One of the things that I started doing a few months ago was reusing my water bottle at work for one to two weeks at a time. While I had previously been using the same bottle throughout the day, I extended that out to the course of one week at first and now two to three weeks. We do the same thing at home as well. Now, we're ready to take the next step.

This week, I found an interesting article about the ubiquitous water bottle. I think that most of us over the years have been trapped by the Madison Avenue way of life and that bottled water is one of these things. To be sure, it is convenient to be able to carry water with you on the go; however, there are, and have been for thousands of years, alternatives to the plastic bottles that we tote with us in the modern era. Additionally, some of the alternatives don't suffer from the chemical leakage that plastic bottles do. Regardless of whether you choose to switch to a new long term water bottle such as the Klean Kanteen or just choose to use less and recycle more, it's a good step to take to helping everyone live better.

Speaking of bettering the earth, the City of Dallas is sponsoring a recycling roundup this weekend at Fretz Recreation Center (6900 Beltline) and Kiest Park Recreation Center (3080 S. Hampton) on Saturday the 17th from 11:00AM-5:00PM. Well beyond the standard recycling drive, this one will also except electronics, books, clothes, shoes, plastics, tires and more. So, if you have an old TV, monitor, DVD player or a mound of clothing that you never wear any more, make a run down to one of these two locations this weekend and do some good.

Quiz Day: What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

What Your Handwriting Says About You

You are highly energetic. You are a passionate, intense, vigorous person.

You are very extroverted and outgoing. You are loving, friendly, and supportive. However, you are also manipulative and controlling at times.

You are very detail oriented and meticulous. You are a careful thinker and a true intellectual.

You don't a lot of space, and you prefer to spend time with others. You are a little nosy and intrusive. You sometimes don't give people enough space.

You are conservative, old fashioned, and a little stubborn. You are resistant to change.

You are a good communicator. You work hard to get your ideas across effectively.