31 August 2007

Bright Idea

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Caramel Fudge, Toffee Coffee, Very Berry and Banana Macadamia Nut.

If you are a Yogurt Club Member, you can come in and get a small yogurt for only 45 cents when you pay with your yogurt card. Or, get 2 dollars off of any other size yogurt. If you are a regular yogurt customer and not yet a member, join today and start saving over 15% off of your yogurt purchases.

We have the new calendar for the month of September in the store and it will be posted on the blog tomorrow. Also, our email will go out tomorrow, so don't forget to check your inbox for additional savings.

I consider myself to be decently green. That is to say that I am conscientious about my choices in the type of car that I drive and the things that I shop for at the grocery store. I also use compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in the house. I've been using them for the last four years in the home. If you are not currently using them in your home, I would encourage you to use them and start enjoying the savings on your energy bill.

In those years, I've only had one bulb that I've had to throw away. Little did I know that CFLs contain a small amount, approximately 5 mg, of mercury and should therefore always be recycled and never thrown out in the household trash. I was amazed to read this in the Green Mountain Energy newsletter.

Recycling Locations


One little extra tidbit about CFLs: If every U.S. household replaced the incandescent lighting in their five most frequently used fixtures with CFLs, the nation would save the electricity equivalent of shutting down 21 power plants.

Friday in the News: In 2004, it was reported that there is something that we absolutely must have to lose weight or keep our weight down: Sleep. Several studies reported that big, healthy portions of sleep are a key element in efficient metabolism, appetite control, and muscle-to-fat ratios. (This story brought to you by the WWDTM daily calendar.)

Happy Birthday Wishes to Jeffrey Nero Hardy. Jeff Hardy is a professional wrestler and is the second half of the Hardy Boyz tag team. Back when I watched wrestling in the late years of the last century and early years of this one, the Hardy Boys were one of my favorite teams. Yes, I know that wrestling is fake and little more than a male centric soap opera; however, the things that Jeff and his brother did during their matches were as athletic as they were insane. I was almost always assured an oh my goodness moment during each match trying to figure out how they avoided death while jumping 20 feet from cages and ladders onto chairs or tables or floors while twisting and turning all the way down. Want a free mini (4 oz) yogurt? Tell us the name of Jeff Hardy's home state.


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 33


30 August 2007

The Little Things

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Caramel Fudge, Grasshopper (Mint), Very Berry and Banana Macadamia Nut.

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

We got two new products in yesterday from Heart of Texas Specialties. The first is called Spicy Tex Mix and is like a Chex Mix with peanuts. The second is called Chili Lime Peanuts. They make perfect snacks on the go. You can find these at the register.

The English Muffins, pita and bagels have arrived. All varieties of the bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White and the Perfect 10) are available. Come in today to get the best selection.

Labor day: We will be open from 12 PM to 6 PM.

Life can present little frustrations. The great part is that it seems to present them all at once. I've found the best thing to do is take a deep breath and a step back. I like to give it a little time before I charge in so that I'm in the right frame of mind. And so it was, that while I was paying bills last night, I was given a few of these frustrations to deal with. I organized them to take down one by one today.

The nice thing about taking the breather is that you start to see that most of the frustrations are not that bad. As I started to go down the list today, I realized that most of the things that I thought were going to be the fight were pretty easy. Most of the time, the little things are meant to simply build character. It is how we handle them that matters. Nobody ever wants the challenges of the frustrations, but they can be good for us in the long run.

If you want a great review with a few good laughs for the Bourne Ultimatum, read this.

Don't forget to check out Eisley tonight on the Conan O'Brian Show. I'm actually going to mess with the old rabbit ears tonight so that I can see their performance. Although I wish it was longer, the new album is great. They will be performing Invasion.

College football starts tonight. I am very excited. I don't care much for the NFL, but I do love following the college football season. If you got a team that you're cheering for, leave a shout out to them in the comments section. Go Longhorn!

Comic: (click to enlarge)




Today's Winning Number: 118


29 August 2007

Mistaken

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, German Coconut Coffee, Grasshopper (Mint), Peach and Pina Colada.

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

We have had some questions about the German Coconut Coffee flavor. It is not a new flavor and will not be run again unless people start beating down the door for it. It is the result of a mistake that was made while mixing the batch for the machine. The flavoring vial for German Chocolate Cake was mixed with a neutral bag rather than the chocolate bag.

Speaking of mistakes, I made one yesterday when I posted the blogger number. You will see two winning numbers today. The first one is the winning number from yesterday. The second one is from today. If you have either of the two numbers, make sure that you come in to redeem your 10 dollar shopping spree.

I've spent the last few days updating the websites with new products and multiple order pricing breaks. The start of school always means that we have a slow week or two while people get into their new routines. As I have stated before, this gives me a great opportunity to get the little things accomplished that often get pushed to the side. Get ready for a couple of new things from Sugarless deLite in the month of September.

I noticed that someone came looking for the quiz yesterday. The new quiz day for the work week is on Wednesday and the comic has been moved to Thursday.

Quiz Day: Dead or Alive? (The Celebrity Version)

My score was 7 out of 10. You can leave your score by posting a comment. Good luck.


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 74 & 98


28 August 2007

Back to School

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, German Coconut Coffee, Grasshopper (Mint), Peach and Pina Colada.

Today is Teacher Day! If you work at a school in the area, come by today and show us your ID to receive a small yogurt for only 99 cents.

The upgrade to the 100 Days of Blogger program for the month of September should make the game a little bit more interesting for everyone. As I mentioned yesterday, we will add a skins format to September that will see the prize increase each day that it is not claimed. Each day that the prize is unclaimed, we will add two dollars to the base prize. For Example:

If no one claims the prize September 1st through September 5th, the prize that would be eligible for redemption on the 6th would be 16 dollars.

Base prize of 10+2+2+2=16 Dollars (note that Sunday is excluded since a number is not chosen on Sundays.)

The skins will be added for each day that goes unclaimed, and the current prize amount will be posted after the yogurt flavors each day. However, to claim the escalated prize, you must tell us the correct daily amount. Using our example, you would need to tell us that you are claiming the 16 dollar prize for the day. If you do not know the current prize number, you will still receive the 10 dollar prize. If there are any questions, please leave a comment and I will be happy to answer them.

You could tell that yesterday was back to school day. The whole day had a different feeling to it. Also, we saw several relieved mothers coming in for a mid-day shopping trip who were able to take their time and sit down to enjoy their yogurt. And so, the craziness of summer and the back to school rush will drift behind us as we all set in for the new routine that each semester brings. Good luck to everyone in school, and congratulations to the parents on a much deserved break.

Here is an article that I found this morning from the MSN site that I thought was interesting. It seems some times like there is a lot out there about what to do and what not to do; however, this is a simple list of ten great things to add or to substitute into your current diet.


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 73


27 August 2007

Strange But True

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Mocha Fudge, Butter Brickle, Peach and Pina Colada.

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.

We got in a shipment today with several varieties of the Low Carb Enchantment cookies, several varieties of the Fior diFrutta, and a new 50/50 pie shell.

As I mentioned on Saturday's blog, we are going to make some changes to the 100 Days of Blogger for the month of September. Don't worry, you're going to benefit from them. Starting September 1st, we will add a skins format to the promotion. A portion of any unclaimed prize will be added to the following day. We thought that this would be a fun new aspect to the game. Tomorrow, I will give a break down of the bonuses.

This weekend, my wife and I rented and watched Stranger than Fiction. If you haven't seen this film, I would certainly recommend it. This is an atypical Will Farrell movie, but it is one of his best works. The acting is excellent and the story is very well developed. At the end of the film, you actually feel like you have spent quality time getting to know the characters and that your investment has been well rewarded. Movie Rating: A-

We also went out with our Sunday School class for dinner Sunday evening. In our 6 months of being involved with this class, this is the first time that we've actually gone out with anyone from the class. This is partially our fault as we like to go home and cook after church and sometimes throw in the ever popular Sunday nap time, but it is also something that seemed to be lacking over the summer. Of course, summer schedules often seem to make this kind of thing harder.

The class has started this year (it seems like we never really stop defining our years by the school calendar) with several fellowship events which has been nice to see. I think it is good to know those around you whether it is your neighbors, your fellow church goers, your classmates, or your customers. The world seems to have in many ways set itself up against this core part human interaction over the past 100 years. Sometimes we have to fight and schedule and take the extra effort to spend a little time getting to know one another. It was great to be able to sit down and talk with everyone over dinner.


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 2


25 August 2007

Fresh Linen

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Mocha Fudge, Butter Brickle, Peach and Pina Colada.

Today and tomorrow, the cake loaves and Pumpkin breads are on sale for $14.99 (regularly $19.99). Come in and get them while their hot.

Here is an odd one for you. One of my favorite smells is the smell of fresh laundry being carried by the evening air on a cool fall night. Last night, I took the trash out around 2 in the morning and caught a whiff of some type of detergent in the air. While it was not a cool fall night, it did trigger the memory of the smell that was frequent to my travels through the apartments at UT Dallas during my evening rounds.

It's kind of funny to me how things don't have to be spot on to trigger a memory. They just need to be close enough. The mind is a crazy thing sometimes. It's not just smells either. A sound or taste or a visual image can all bring back a memory of time past. Sometimes the memories are a clear window to the past and other times they present themselves so strongly that you get deja vu. Hopefully, most of the memories simply bring a smile.

Saturday Distraction: How Nerdy Are You?








You are most like:


Your cranial ability differential has a strong left bias



You're a real purist nerd. Not distracted by the 1337 wannabe's. Face it - you probably even got the joke in the title of this result.

Keep up the nerd factor - it will likely land you a great job one day or at the very least help you take over the world in less time than you had originally predicted.


 




Today's Winning Blogger Number: 39



In the next few days we will announce some exciting new changes to the 100 Days of Blogger promotion. Don't forget to keep checking.

24 August 2007

Cake Loaves Coming Up

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Maple Nut, Butter Brickle, Peach and Pina Colada.

Parfait Day! All parfaits are $2.99 all day long (regularly $3.69).

Tomorrow and Sunday, we will have our cake loaves on sale for $14.99 (regularly $19.99). If you know that you would like a particular type, please call and order today for this weekend. 972.644.2000.

Friday in the News: In a letter to www.poynter.org, John Kroll responded to the news about the death of Elisabeth Kuber-Ross by saying, "Really? Darn! What if...Sigh. OK." The Swiss-born psychiatrist, who died at the age of 78 in 2004, humanized the treatment of the terminally ill and helped to inspire the hospice movement. Her 1969 bestseller, On Death and Dying, identified the five stages of the dying experience: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. (This story brought to you by the WWDTM daily calendar.)

Happy Birthday Wishes to Orson Scott Card. Mr. Card is a well know science fiction writer. His best known work is Ender's Game which is considered a must read for many science fiction fans. He is also the author of the Alvin Maker tales which is an alternative history series that I am currently reading and very much enjoying. One of the best classes that I took in college was called American Science Fiction because it introduced me to Ender's Game and Orson Scott Card. Want a free mini (4oz) yogurt? Tell us which nation Mr. Card went to for his LDS mission.

(Honorable birthday mentions: Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint (Ronald Weasley in Harry Potter), David Khari Webber Chappelle, Reginald Wayne Miller (scored 8 points in under nine seconds in the most amazing scoring display that I have ever seen in basketball), Craig Kilborn, Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr., Steven Robert Guttenberg, Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and Harry Max Markowitz.)


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 83


23 August 2007

Positive Rangers History

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Maple Nut, Butter Brickle, Peach and Pina Colada.

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

The English Muffins, pita and bagels have arrived. All varieties of the bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White and the Perfect 10) are available. Come in today to get the best selection. (They came in late, but they're here.)

Last night saw an new one for the records book in the American League. The Rangers now hold the record for the most runs scored in a single game. When the first game of the double header ended, this was the box score:



While they missed setting all-time the major league record by 8 runs, they did set the modern day record. This is a mark worth remembering. After several showings of futility in their last few games, the Rangers showed up in a big way last night. Congratulations to the team on a spectacular performance.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)




Today's Winning Blogger Number: 61


22 August 2007

News Bits

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Maple Nut, Butterscotch, Peach and Pina Colada.

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

There were just to many news stories today to pass up offering some of the choicer cuts:

*Bears Eat Man at Beer Festival

*T-rex Could Outrun David Beckham

*Feline Memories Found to be Fleeting

*Google Earth Gazes Into Deep Space

*A neat website for the environment: Green Yahoo

If you have not been out in the early morning in the last week or two, the hurricanes have brought some pleasant temperatures to this hour and the later evening times. I'm starting to get excited about the coming of fall. I just hope that we don't see a return to the 100's in the meantime.

Quiz Day: What Kind of First Impression Do You Make?

You Make a Great First Impression

You can handle almost any social situation with grace, even the tricky ones.
Strangers often find you charming and interesting. You are often remembered fondly.
Even if you're not naturally outgoing, you can make conversation with anyone if you need to.

Whether you were born this way or had to work to get here, you are definitely charismatic.
You're popular and well liked. People definitely look forward to being around you.
Your social connections bring you a full and rich life. You understand how important it is to make a lasting impression.



Today's Winning Blogger Number: 18


21 August 2007

21.6

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Maple Nut, Butterscotch, Candy Cane and New York Cheesecake.

Today is UT Dallas Day! If you are a student or employee at the University of Texas at Dallas, you can get a free small yogurt by showing your ID card.

The new Gourmet Cupboard mixes that we got in last week have had a good start with several positive reviews from customers who have tried them. We did have a good question last week about the basic nutritional information for the products. All of the products are sweetened with Splenda® and have no sugar alcohols. The small mixes for the pies appear to be low carb, however, none of the mixes are low calorie. All of them are fine for diabetics. On the inside of most of the labels, you can find the nutrition information for the mix.

I forgot yesterday to blog about the restaurant that my wife and I ate at this weekend. Topz in Addison is a fantastic burger place with healthier options for this American treat. With options ranging from the delicious Black Angus burger to vegetarian friendly fare, this is a place where all of your friends can sit down and enjoy a meal. My favorite part of the meal had to be the sweet potato fries that were baked instead of fried. Mmmmmm. Great meal options at a good price (5 to 10 dollars) make this place one that is guaranteed repeat business from us.

On a personal note, I've started to build my new computer...sort of. I picked up a new 21.6 inch Samsung LCD monitor last night at Circuit City. I was planning on getting this at Christmas time; however, the deal that was available to me was too good. This monitor is a thing of beauty and allows for two full size documents to be displayed next to each other at the same time. I clearly did not need this monitor, but it sure is nice to have. :) Now the first piece is in place, so I will start planning out the rest of the build list for the Farq 2.0 computer, 2008 edition. Until then, I will simply enjoy playing games on my old 800 MHz P3 machine with the lovely new monitor which is almost too big.

Lovely!


Quiz Day has been moved to the Wednesday blog entry.


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 30


20 August 2007

Shaken and Stirred

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Maple Nut, Butterscotch, Candy Cane and New York Cheesecake.

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.

I went and saw the Bourne Ultimatum yesterday with a friend. It was one very busy movie. The finally movie in the trilogy, although I'm sure that the suits are already trying to plan another one because of this film's success, finds Jason Bourne hunting his way back to the place that he began in an effort to find out who he is. The fast pace of the movie does not let up from start to finish as the viewer is pulled and dragged right along for the ride which is accentuated by the use of unsteady camera work. At the end of the roller coaster that takes you from Moscow to Europe to Africa and finally to New York, you simply exhale.

The Bourne Ultimatum is a well done film. It is not as smart as the first two, however this works. This film is all about a chance run in that leads to Bourne's fantastic case to his identity. It closes the trilogy with a nice if not too neat ending. If you've seen the other two, go see this one. Just be prepared for the shaky camera. Movie Grade: B+


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 125


18 August 2007

Hurricans, Gotta Love Them

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Maple Nut, Butterscotch, Candy Cane and New York Cheesecake.

Birthday Celebration Specials: (Last Day)

Large Yogurts: $1.99 (limit one per person)
Chocolates: (marked by the green dot) $9.99 per pound
Millennium Pies: $12.99 (limit one per person)
Cream Pies: $12.99 (limit one per person)
Chocolate Loaves: $12.99 (limit one per person)

Sunday Special: Coke Floats are $2.99 all day long ($4.62)

It's amazing what a difference a few days can make when it comes to the weather. Ever since the skies opened up Thursday night, the heat has subsided somewhat. I no longer feel like the life is being sucked out of me when I walk outside in the morning. The great thing about hurricanes on the Texas coast is the rain and cooling that they often bring to Dallas. The forecast shows the next 10 days under 100 degrees. :)

Saturday Distraction: What Color Crayon Are You?

You Are a Green Crayon

Your world is colored in harmonious, peaceful, natural colors.
While some may associate green with money, you are one of the least materialistic people around.
Comfort is important to you. You like to feel as relaxed as possible - and you try to make others feel at ease.
You're very happy with who you are, and it certainly shows!

Your color wheel opposite is red. Every time you feel grounded, a red person does their best to shake you.



Today's Winning Blogger Number: 55


17 August 2007

Celebration Part II

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Devil's Food Cake, Butterscotch, Candy Cane and New York Cheesecake.

Birthday Celebration Specials:

Friday (17th) and Saturday (18th) Specials:

Large Yogurts: $1.99 (limit one per person)
Chocolates: (marked by the green dot) $9.99 per pound
Millennium Pies: $12.99 (limit one per person)
Cream Pies: $12.99 (limit one per person)
Chocolate Loaves: $12.99 (limit one per person)

After returning home soaked from the downpour last night, I finally got around to installing the new programmable electronic thermostat in the apartment. It might have been the cooler weather brought in by the hurricane, but it sure did seem cooler in the morning than it has in a while. With the new thermostat, the guess work has been taken out of the temperature. As a bonus, it is programmed to go up to 83 while we are both at work and back down to 79 when we get home. I now feel, for the most part, that our move is complete.

Friday in the News: In 2004, Queen became the first rock band to be given the official seal of approval in Iran. The flamboyant Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was proud of his Iranian ancestry and supposed Zoroastrian origins, which made Queen very popular in Iran, but until recently not popular with authorities. A CD was released "without the love songs," and has been a huge hit. (This story brought to you by the WWDTM daily calendar.)

Happy Birthday Wishes to Robert Mario De Niro Jr. Mister De Niro is an A-List celebrity with some classic films to his credit: Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver, The Godfather II, Ragging Bull, The Untouchables, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, and Meet the Parents to name a few. He is currently in Stardust which opened a few weeks ago to positive reviews. Want a free small mini (4 oz) yogurt? We'll make you an offer that you can't refuse. Name the film performance from De Niro that is one of only four to win an Academy Award for working in a foreign language.

Honorable birthday mentions: Belinda Carlisle (one of my original crushes), Sean Penn, Donnie Wahlberg (NKOTB) and Jorge Posada. Also, the Compact Disc is 25 years old today.


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 73


16 August 2007

Half.com Marathon

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Devil's Food Cake, Grasshopper (Mint Flavor), Juicy Raspberry and Banana Macadamia Nut.

Tonight, we have our buy one, get one free yogurt special from 6 PM to 8 PM (limit one, no XL).

The English Muffins, pita and bagels have arrived. All varieties of the bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White and the Perfect 10) are available. Come in today to get the best selection.

Tomorrow: We will have our second birthday celebration weekend. This is the final weekend to celebrate our 18 years of business. We have some different specials to help everyone get in the festive mood.

Friday (17th) and Saturday (18th) Specials:

Large Yogurts: $1.99 (limit one per person)
Chocolates: (marked by the green dot) $9.99 per pound
Millennium Pies: $12.99 (limit one per person)
Cream Pies: $12.99 (limit one per person)
Chocolate Loaves: $12.99 (limit one per person)

Bonus Offer: Bring in a Sugarless deLite collectible (old/new) & receive a free large yogurt. (Wear your t-shirt or bring in your other items to redeem.)

If you know that you want a cream pie, Millennium Pie or a Chocolate Loaf, please call us at 972.644.2000 to place your order for this weekend. Your guaranteed to get what you want when you order.

After three or four hours spent at the computer last night, I finally have most of my movies listed on Half.com. My hope is that, over the next 6 months, I will be able to sell around 3/4 of them. Christmas time is always a boon on Half.com, so I am prepared for the major holiday. I do wish that the site had an option to type in titles since several of the movies that I had to list were not recognized by their ISBN or UPC. Nevertheless, I feel quite accomplished this morning, and it will be nice to see some of the DVD's begin to trickle out of the house. (As of this morning, I have already sold two.)

Thursday Motivator:

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.-Marcus Aurelius


Today's Winning Blog Number: 109


15 August 2007

Eisley Concert

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Devil's Food Cake, Grasshopper (Mint Flavor), Juicy Raspberry and Banana Macadamia Nut.

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

My wife and I ventured to the House of Blues last evening to watch Eisley in concert. It was the first time that I have been to the HOB. Having been to both of the new Dallas concert venues, the Palladium and the HOB, I give the nod to the HOB as the better of the two. Set up in a grand theater style, the HOB helps to bring you into the show. The floor seating was a nice change of pace, but I am sure that would depend on the style of music and the age of the ticket holder. (Old folks like me don't mind sitting down.) One big bonus for the HOB is the fact that you can avoid using Ticketmaster by purchasing the tickets at the box office. (Great Savings!)

Review: The concert itself was very enjoyable. The acoustic sets allowed for an intimate evening with the two performing bands. The opening band, Wesley Jensen, held a nice surprise. Aside from being a good band in their own right, they had the youngest DuPree sister join them on stage and sing on their final three songs. While she was clearly a bit nervous, her voice was outstanding. It is amazing to think that she is not in Eisley because she can clearly hold her own with her sisters.

When Eisley took the stage, they received a warm home town welcome. Since they are based out of Tyler, Dallas is their adopted home and a lot of their family and friends were at the show. The band is comprised of three sisters, one brother and one male cousin and the family chemistry shows with a cohesive band on-stage during the performance of their songs and playful family banter between. Since we last saw Eisley in concert two years ago, they have grown and now have a much stronger stage presence.

They played a nice mix of their new material from their album, Combinations, that was released yesterday and the first album. In a one song encore, they played one of their oldest songs off their first EP which was great for the long term fans such as me. The crowd was very receptive and could be heard singing along to several of the older songs. The performance of Invasion, which is the first single off the new album, showed that Eisley can be a force to be reckoned with even in an acoustic setting. Overall: B+

*If you want to check out Eisley, they will be performing Invasion on the Conan O'Brian show on August 30th.

Wednesday Comic: (click to enlarge)




Today's Winning Blogger Number: 12


14 August 2007

Gone Phishing

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Devil's Food Cake, Grasshopper (Mint Flavor), Juicy Raspberry and Banana Macadamia Nut.

Teacher Day! All teachers can come in and get a small yogurt for only 99 cents. Just show your ID for today's special.

We got in a new line of baking mixes today from The Gourmet Cupboard. This new line has no sugar alcohols and some of the mixes are even no bake. Of course, all of the mixes are sugar free. We have several different varieties available: Peaches and Cream Pie, Cobbler, Peanut Butter Pie, Lemonade Pie, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Pie, Chocolate Cheesecake, Snickerdoodle Cookie.

We get a lot of different emails at the store. My favorites are the phishing schemes that come across. While some of them are slick productions that are almost identical to the real deal, others are like the two that come across the wire today. I'm pretty sure that these two PayPal phishing schemes were created by someone as a junior high computer programming project. (I will grant that the programs written now are a long way removed from the programs that I wrote in Basic language at North Junior High.)

While I'm sure that everyone has heard this at some point and time over the last few years, the best way to avoid getting scammed is to not click on the links provided in the emails. When we do get a snazzy one in the Inbox that looks like it might be legitimate, I'll open a new window in the browser and log in by entering the web correct web address for the site. Once I am in the site, I check to make sure that the message is not repeated there.

Quiz Day: What Does Your Pizza Say About You?

What Your Pizza Reveals

Your appetite is pretty average. You don't go overboard - but you don't deprive yourself either.

You aren't particularly picky about pizza. It's so good... how could you be? You fit in best in the Western part of the US.

Your taste is rather complex and sophisticated. You consider yourself a gourmet - and a bit of a snob.

You are eclectic, stylish, and totally random with your choices.

You are definitely unique and artistically inclined. You should consider traveling to Prague.

The stereotype that best fits you is emo. You think you're special... and you kind of are.



Today's Winning Blogger Number: 99


13 August 2007

When God Sends a Smile

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, German Chocolate Cake, Grasshopper, Juicy Raspberry and Banana Macadamia Nut.

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.

I started a minor upgrade project on the blog on Saturday. I went back and began labeling the previous posts. You will see labels for each entry at the bottom left corner of the entry. I'm trying my best to not go crazy with the labeling, so I have instituted a three label maximum. There are about 16 different categories and that number might grow to 20, but I am also trying to minimize the number of categories as well.

Some days aren't the best even if they are not explicitly bad. Yesterday, my wife and I woke up about 30 minutes later than we normally would for church and arrived right at the start of Sunday school. After church, we headed downtown to the House of Blues to get tickets for the Eisley concert on Tuesday. (Of course these tickets could have been purchased through Ticketmaster; however, we saved 10 dollars after gas was factored in by avoiding the monopolistic monstrosity.)

She called her mother, who has been in the hospital for the last week, on the way to downtown. It was apparent that her mom was having a rough day and that understandable makes anyone uneasy. Though we talked about it a little on the way down there, it wasn't the talk that helped calm the unease. Instead, it was the elephants holding each others tails with their trunks that we saw walking only 100 feet away from us right in the middle of downtown Dallas. :)

After a trip over to Arlington to visit with her mother, we headed back up to the store for our Spring/Summer employee dinner. With a good portion of the day spent driving around, it was nice to sit down and enjoy the meal at Celebration. I may have eaten too much, but it was just such great food.


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 67


11 August 2007

Where'd the Rain Go?

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, German Chocolate Cake, Coffee Royal, Angel Food Cake and Strawberry Shortcake.

Cake Loaves are on sale today and tomorrow for $14.99 (regularly $19.99). We have Pumpkin Breads, Chocolate Cake, Pound Cake, Carrot Cake and Italian Cream loaves. Come in and get one today.

The heat is here to stay. Just a few weeks after the monsoon season finished, we have finally arrived at our standard Dallas summer. The forecast for the next week shows 100's across the board. I'd say that we are looking at one more month of the super hot stuff. Even though it always seems that the cooler weather doesn't come until the end of October, there is something about the return to more spring like temperatures at the end of September and beginning of October that I find refreshing.

Saturday Distraction: Are You Prejudiced?

You Are a Little Prejudiced

You can't help but judge people a little based on your personal biases.
But you tend to be aware of your prejudices, and you fight them the best you can.
Most people are more like you than they'd care to admit... but it doesn't mean you shouldn't change.
Remember to take each person as an individual. It's not fair to judge someone based on their background or subculture.
I actually had to change an answer to get this result. Originally, the result was zero prejudice, but I didn't think that was correct. I think almost everyone has a little prejudice in them.



Today's Winning Blogger Number: 58


10 August 2007

Viva la RJ

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, German Chocolate Cake, Coffee Royal, Angel Food Cake and Strawberry Shortcake.

Today is Parfait Day! All parfaits are on sale for $2.99 (regularly $3.69). If you haven't tried these delicious treats, then you are missing out on one of our best dessert items. They are only 3 Points for Weight Watchers® and are a great low fat, low calorie option.

Today's entry is really more of a plug. Go to RJ Mexican Cuisine downtown in the West End. My wife and I went there for dinner last night to celebrate her new job. Though we have been there three other times, we were both once again amazed with the quality of the food. They have an outstanding menu, and the food does not disappoint from beginning to end.

Friday in the News: In 2004, a company called LifeGem started offering to take the remains of a deceased love one and transform them into a diamond ring. The glittery fashion accessory costs from $4,000 to $17,000. (This story brought to you by the WWDTM daily calendar.)

Happy Birthday Wishes to Angela Michelle Harmon Sehorn. Angie Harmon is a Dallas native that saw her television career take off in the mid-90's with Baywatch Nights and Law and Order. Her character on Law and Order, Abbie Carmichael, was my favorite assistant prosecutor. Want a free (4 oz) mini-yogurt? Give us the name of the high school from which she graduated.


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 32


09 August 2007

Reduce, Reuse, Buy Chinese

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Caramel Fudge, Coffee Royal, Angel Food Cake and Strawberry Shortcake.

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

The English Muffins, pita and bagels have arrived. All varieties of the bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White and the Perfect 10) are available. Come in today to get the best selection.

Yesterday after I finished work, I went to Kroger for a small shopping trip for some fresh vegetables for the stir-fry that I was going to cook for dinner. I have a large insulated shopping bag that I typically use for our grocery trips. However, it was at home since still has a few items from the move. Upon reaching the check out line, I noticed that Kroger is now selling small reusable shopping bags. The non-insulated variety was 99 cents.

I bought one and was able to fit my groceries for the trip into the bag. Two loaves of bread, one 2 liter of diet caffeine free cola and the vegetables for dinner. I left the store feeling good about my new reusable shopping bag that was boldly pronouncing that I had made my purchase at Kroger. I felt good that I was in my own way doing a small part to help the environment. I was filled with all kinds of warm fuzzy feelings.

Then, it dawned on me that the bag that I had just purchased was 99 cents. My mind clicked through the variables and left me with a conclusion that I confirmed by checking the inner label...Made In China. In my effort to contribute to the salvation of the planet, I had purchased a bag made out of polypropylene in a sweat shop, transported half-way around the world and then distributed on trucks to the far corners of our nation. It tempered my warm fuzzy feelings, but I did enjoy the irony.


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 40


08 August 2007

College Bound

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Caramel Fudge, Coffee Royal, Angel Food Cake and Strawberry Shortcake.

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

Over the last year, we have been privileged to have the opportunity to get to know some of the students at Trinity Christian Academy. The senior class of 2007 has shown us great support. As they are getting ready to leave for college over the next few days and weeks, we would like to wish them the best. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thinking back to my time at college, I've come up with a few helpful hints for the college bound:

1. Always remember your old friends from back home, but don't forget to make new ones where you are.

2. Get involved. Whether it is with a club, student government, a sorority or fraternity (Go Kappa Sigma), a sport or a church group; become active in your college community.

3. Take the opportunities that are handed to you. If you have a chance to study abroad, go. If you have a chance to run for office, do it. Look for opportunities and seize them.

4. Take pride in your school. If it is not the right fit, transfer. If it is, wear your colors boldly. (I am proud to where the green, orange and white of the mighty UT Dallas Comets.)

5. Seek to improve the faults of the school as each one will have them. Leave knowing that you made a difference instead of merely existed.

6. Be thankful for the strengths of the school and build upon them further. Support what is good and challenge what is wrong.

7. Be aware of your rivals and always root against them on the field, then shake their hand after the game is over. After all, the Sooners and Aggies are fine people too.

8. Call your parents. They will want to know what is going on in your life. Every once in awhile, when you're on the phone with them, make sure to thank them for all they have done.

9. Take classes not in your major. You might end up with a fun minor or just have experiences and education that you might have otherwise missed. Get outside your comfort zone.

10. Always remember where you have come from and who you are, but be happy with where you are and where you are going.

The college experience might change some views and challenge some convictions, but the strength provided to you by your family and friends in your youth will always be there. At the end of it all, the hope is that you can look back on who you were and smile at who you become. Enjoy your college years!


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 1


07 August 2007

We've Got the Hook Up

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Caramel Fudge, Chocolate Banana and Peach.

Today, we have a free small special for all Trinity Christian Academy and JJ Pearce students. Get ready to start your school year off right with a little yogurt from Sugarless deLite.

The 100 Days of Blogger promotion is going well. With almost 100 players in the game now the odds are surprisingly good. You've got about a 1 in 4 chance of being picked in the month. So, if you haven't won yet, keep checking. If you do win, make sure to come in the same day to redeem your 10 dollar shopping prize.

I was able to get the washer and dryer hooked up without any significant problems last night. Unlike last year, I double checked to make sure that the clamp was tight on the drain hose for the washer and was thus able to avoid a repeat of a miniature kitchen flood. With the laundry area set up, we began to tackle the pile of laundry that had accumulated over the past few weeks.

Additionally, all of the major insurance policies are now in place. There are so many insurance policies. I'm pretty sure that going through the process of setting up insurance for health, auto, home and life is a perverse modern day equivalent of a young warrior going out to their first battle. The survival and victory* at the end of the process is what marks our final ascent into adulthood. :(

If you’ve every wondered just how odd the whole insurance thing is, then remember, at the end of the day, a life insurance policy means that you are betting against your own survival and the massive company is betting for your survival hoping you live out your 30 year term. I found this thought comforting when I set up my policy last year.

*Gaining the right to pay money to a company so that you can then hope that you don’t ever need to use the policy that you just bought.


Today’s Winning Blogger Number: 81


06 August 2007

We've Only Just Begun

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Caramel Fudge, Chocolate Banana and Peach.

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.

We had a great response to our birthday celebration this weekend. Thank you to everyone who came in and wished us a happy birthday. (One of our longest term customers even brought us a super cool card that plays the Star Wars theme song.) Eighteen years is a long time and we plan on being here for another 18 as well. We will celebrate again on the 17th and 18th of this month with a few new specials for everyone to enjoy. Stay tuned.

We did receive a shipment of Chocolite and Curb Bites in this weekend. These chocolates are great for Weight Watchers® at one point for two pieces and they are also perfect for low carb lifestyles at one carb per piece.

I noticed on the comments left on Saturday that I had mistakenly put months instead of weeks in regards to what composed a year. All I can say is that sometimes when you’re in the middle of a move, it seems like months rather than weeks. We had some issues at the new place with the AC this weekend and that makes for a long weekend. The final verdict was that ants had eaten through the connector cables in the AC unit. I'm fine with whatever caused it as long as it doesn't heat up again.

I saw this story in the news this morning. I thought it was a funny idea. I also noticed that I am not the only one who has typos in their postings.

"They will be prohibited from discussion the armband, including the violation that earned them the hot pink accoutrement."

It makes me feel better when a major news organization has a good sized grammatical mistake in their posting.


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 27


04 August 2007

The Celebration Continues

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Banana and Peach.

Our birthday celebration continues today:

Small yogurts: 99 cents (limit one per person)

Chocolates: (marked by the green dot) $9.99 (per #)

Pecan Pies: $12.99 (limit one per person)

Cream Pies: $12.99 (limit one per person)

Pumpkin Breads $12.99 (limit one per person)

Bonus offer: Bring in a Sugarless deLite collectable (old/new) and receive a free large yogurt. Collectable Examples: Buffalo Wooden Nickels, Water Bottles, T-Shirts, Frisbee, Mugs or other Sugarless deLite items.

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

I'm looking forward to next week. I think that next week, I will be able to relax and enjoy the fruits of my labor. The house is almost together. We've got to make another trip to Lowe's to finish setting up the dryer and get a clamp for the drain hose of the washer so that we can take care of the ever growing pile of laundry. There are a couple of knick-knack boxes to go through as well. With a couple of hours on Sunday, we should be able to finish all of this.

That's the thing about an apartment when you move each year, you effectively live in it with a proper set up for only 49 or 50 months out of the year. The first week, you are moving in and the last we you are moving out. Of course, the 50 in between work pretty well and the apartment is and has been beyond functional for the last few days. Next week, it will be a complete home.

Saturday Distraction: Are You More Yin or Yang?

You Are More Yin

Feminine
Devoted
Forgiving
Fall
Winter
Afternoon
Moon
Time
Passive
Metal
Honey



Today's Winning Blogger Number: 52


03 August 2007

Eighteen Years

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Banana and Peach.

Today and tomorrow, we have our birthday specials in the store to celebrate our 18th year of serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the nation. Here are the birthday specials:

Small yogurts: 99 cents (limit one per person)

Chocolates: (marked by the green dot) $9.99 (per #)

Pecan Pies: $12.99 (limit one per person)

Cream Pies: $12.99 (limit one per person)

Pumpkin Breads $12.99 (limit one per person)

Bonus offer: Bring in a Sugarless deLite collectable (old/new) and receive a free large yogurt. Collectable Examples: Buffalo Wooden Nickels, Water Bottles, T-Shirts, Frisbee, Mugs or other Sugarless deLite items.

Friday in the News: According to a study in the journal Public Health, if you live in the suburbs, you’re likely to die as much as four years earlier than your city-dwelling friends. Suburban Americans tend to have the same health profile as a city dweller that’s four years older, mostly due to the fact that suburbanites never walk anywhere. (This story brought to you by the WWDTM daily calendar.)

Happy Birthday Wishes to Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez a.k.a. Martin Sheen. More recently known as the President from the TV series the West Wing, Mr. Sheen is perhaps best known for his role as Captain Benjamin L. Willard from Apocalypse Now. He is a political activist but says that he has no aspirations of running for an office. Want a free small (7oz) yogurt? Give us the name of the weapon that smells like victory in the famous line from Apocalypse Now?


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 65


02 August 2007

Do We Have a Problem?

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Banana and Peach.

Tonight, our yogurt is buy one, get one free from 6 PM to 8 PM.

The pita and bagels have arrived. All varieties of the bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White and the Perfect 10) are available. Come in today to get the best selection. The last few weeks, they have gone very quickly.

I sent the emails out last evening to the group; however, only one of the verification emails went through so I recent the other batches this morning. Hopefully, these will go through. It seems that the email is my once a month headache. Although, the trouble seems to come in bunches. A few months of trouble and then a few months off. I love technology. :-{


Today's Winning Blogger Number: 75


01 August 2007

The Home Stretch

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, Butter Pecan, Banana and Very Berry.

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

The last two days haven't exactly been the most restful days of vacation that I have ever taken, but they have been some of the more productive ones. The move is complete in so much as we are out of the old place and into the new. We still have some boxes to unpack, but the furniture is set up and the kitchen is in order so it feels more like home.

I'm sure that over the next few evenings, we will proceed to unpack the remaining boxes that need to be sorted through and compile our new collection for Catholic Charities. It's amazing how much you notice the amount of things that you have when you have to move it all. It's more amazing how much you don't need the things that you have.

August Calendar: (click to enlarge)
Save on shipping this month will all online orders at sugarlessdelite.com by entering the code 18YEARSOLD. This code will take &6.50 off of any order over 65 dollars (total minus taxes, shipping & store wide discounts.)



Today's Winning Blogger Number: 57