31 January 2008

Book Worm Part II

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Coffee Royale, Pistachio, and Boysenberry.

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

The bagels, pita, and English Muffins have arrived! We have a fresh stock of all varieties of bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, White, Onion, and Perfect 10) and both types of pita. Come in and get yours today! Great options for Weight Watchers®.


As I mentioned the other day, there is a challenge that one of my friends introduced me to at the turn of the year. I like to put myself behind the 8 ball, so I decided to start a month later. It might take me out of the contest, but I think that the real challenge is held within oneself. To hold myself accountable, I have decided to post my choices here since my other blog is always woefully neglected. :(

To Be Read:

Children of God-Mary Doria Russell

Alice's Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass-Lewis Carrol

Stardust-Neil Gaiman

Mere Christianity-C.S. Lewis

Heaven-Randy C. Alcorn

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I here For?-Rick Warren

Write Better, Speak Better-Readers Digest Association

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets-Sudhir Venkatesh

A Wrinkle in Time-Madeleine L'Engle

Me Talk Pretty One Day-David Sedaris

East of Eden-John Steinbeck

Ilium-Dan Simmons

The first two books on the list are books that I have almost completed. In the past, I was horrible about ready three, four, or five books at a time. While it wasn't a problem in terms of keeping track of what was going on in the books, it did mean that some titles got dropped in the middle or even toward the end. I now have a slightly more focused approach. In preparation for Children of God, I am currently rereading The Sparrow which is the first of the two books.

I found this while I was looking up some of the authors on Amazon.com. This is a technology that I might be able to get behind. I'd have to see it in action first, but the idea of being able to download books for a relatively good price and have up to 200 of them be easily transportable is pretty cool. Plus, there is always the bonus of not having to require all of the waste associated with the normal book making process.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)



(Thanks to my friends who offered their suggestions for good books to read. The blog took forever today. My apologies. It's been one of those days. Tomorrow, I'll post my alternate list for the TBR Challenge.)

30 January 2008

Two Horses?

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Banana, Coffee Royale, Marshmallow, and Boysenberry.

High School Student Day! If you are a high school student, come in today to get a free small yogurt by showing us your student ID.


When I awoke this morning, my wife informed me that John Edwards was pulling out of the presidential race. I asked her if she was sure that it wasn't Giuliani, who I had read last night was considering dropping out and supporting McCain. Assuming that Giuliani does drop out in the next day or two, we will essentially have a two horse race on each side. While I realize that their are still other candidates, the way that the media plays it, we won't be able to forget the two that we are supposed to vote for.

So, Super Tuesday has just become a lot more interesting. There is a big chance that it might not be decided by the time that next Tuesday is over and that the primaries there after, such as the Texas primary, will count for something more than an afterthought. My dream is to see an open convention for both parties. It might be a little less likely now that the field has been narrowed, but it should still be an exciting run to the conventions nonetheless.

Quiz Day: What Type of Fruit Are You?

You Are an Apple

You are strong, powerful, and even a bit stubborn at times.
You have enough strength to help those around you in trouble.

You are adventurous and charming. Many people are drawn to you.
You love life, and you enjoy traveling the world. You enjoy fine food, art, and culture.

People have accused you of being a snob, but that's not accurate.
You do enjoy the best things in life. Unlike snobs, you truly appreciate quality... not just pretend to.
My alternate answer was a banana.

29 January 2008

Book Worm Part I

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Coffee Royale, Marshmallow, and Boysenberry.

Health Club Day! Show us your membership card to a health club or community center and get a small yogurt for only 99 cents. (Limit one per customer.)


I just finished the first two books of the Ender series by Orson Scott Card. This is a series that I was first introduced to in a class in college called American Science Fiction. After reading one of Card's other series, I was interested in giving his most critically acclaimed works another go. I'm glad that I am getting a chance to go back through the books now. If you are a fan of science fiction or just a fan of reading in general, then I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of Ender's Game or The Speaker for the Dead.

About a month ago, one of my friends mentioned a reading list challenge. While I meant to get to it in the first week of the month, I didn't. So, I will put forth my list on the last day of this month. Twelve books in twelve months that I have never read or completely finished. I've got a couple that I have never finished on the list and a few new ones that I am looking forward to going through. Also, I put a couple of classics that I have long avoided. Looks like I am going to need to get a library card.

Puzzler Answer: 2,1,4,6,3,5

28 January 2008

Figure It Out

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Pecan Praline, Juicy Raspberry, and Strawberry Shortcake.

Shipping Monday! Ship anywhere in the lower 48 states for only $6.99. Come into the store today and place an order to be shipped, and we will lower the shipping rate to $6.99.

Great news for Fior difrutta fans (fruit preserves)! We will get in an order on Friday of this week or Monday of next week with the Fig preserves. After a crop failure last year, they temporarily stopped the production of this wonderful tasting product. But, the new crop has been harvested. The new jars are on their way here from Italy.

One note about this upcoming Sunday: We will be open from 12 PM to 4 PM during the day of the big game.


In our Sunday school class yesterday, the topic of the Super Bowl came up as we were waiting for class to start. It seems that I was one of the only ones in there who was rooting for the New England Patriots. I'm not quite sure way so many people dislike the Patriots. I get the whole spy gate thing. I get not liking the coach, but having a lot of respect for what he has been able to do. I guess jealousy explains not liking Tom Brady.

Personally, I'm looking for the Patriots to win for several reasons. First, I really dislike the Giants. I especially dislike the fact that they went through my two favorite NFC teams (Cowboys and Packers) to get to the Super Bowl. Second, I would like to not have to hear about the 1972 Dolphins any more. I think that they are over hyped. Lastly, I like that in a day and age when dynasties aren't supposed to happen in the NFL because of all of the parity, the Patriots have been able to toss all of that out the window. While I wish it was the Cowboys, I'll take a Patriots win and be happy.

Puzzler:

Rearrange the books so adjacent book titles never contain the same letter. Make the leftmost number as low as possible.

26 January 2008

Double Bonus

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Pecan Praline, Juicy Raspberry, and Strawberry Shortcake.

Cake loaves are now available! Regularly $19.99, they are on sale this weekend for $14.99. We're going to throw in tomorrow as a bonus day if we have any left. Don't take a chance if you want one, come in today.

Tomorrow's special is Coke Float Day! All coke floats are $2.99 (regularly $4.62). We've got diet Cherry Coke, Coke Zero, Pibb Zero, or Coke Plus to choose from.


My wife and I have managed to line ourselves up a busy weekend. We've got dinner guests coming over tonight, a lunch with some of the couples from our Sunday school class tomorrow, and a office party with her work on Sunday evening. Not only should this be a fun weekend, but it should also be a good eating weekend. :) Tonight's dinner is going to be one of our favorites, low carb egg plant Parmesan. It's been a while since we last cooked this one, and I am looking forward to eating it again. Of course, lunch tomorrow is sure to be a winner at Berryhill.

Bonus Comic: (click to enlarge)

I couldn't help it. This series is cracking me up.

25 January 2008

Good Coffee?

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Pecan Praline, Juicy Raspberry, and Strawberry Shortcake.

Cake Loaves! Today and tomorrow, all of our cake loaves are on sale for $14.99 (regularly 19.99). Come in and try any of the ones that we have baked for this weekend's sale. If you want a special type, call us at 972.644.2000 and order one for tomorrow.


Green Tip: Coffee was once grown mostly in shaded areas; today, many growers are producing higher-yielding "sun coffee." This practice, which requires extra pesticides and herbicides, can promote soil erosion, and reduces the habitat available to migratory songbirds including wood thrushes, tanagers, flycatchers, and Honduras orioles. To support growers who use sound farming and harvesting practices, look for USDA Organic and Bird Friendly symbols on the coffee package, or for a clear statement that the coffee is shade-grown. [Brought to you by Page-a-Day calendar.]

Unless it hits much latter than expected, I would say that our most recent winter weather warning goes into that thick file called much ado about nothing. A lot of people seem to get really excited when the weather folks call for a wintry mix; however, my 20 years in north Texas have taught me that they are right less than a quarter of the time. In most cases, they are wrong on one end of the extreme or another.

Nevertheless, the cold weather has not deterred my wife and I from working out this week for the second week in a row. It has been really nice getting to go at the same time so each of us has an accountability partner. We actually work out on separate parts of the gym, which means we still get the cool down and shed off the day time that is great to have and hard to come by sometimes in marriage. I've been able to get back up to running a broken mile with one plus mile in walking added on in the last two weeks. Current run pattern: Walk 6 laps, Run 6, Walk 5, Run 5, Walk 6, Run 6, Walk 4 to 6 to cool down. (17 laps equals one mile.) I've got a plan to do more over the next few weeks, but I'm going to try and build on it slowly.

Happy Birthday Wishes to Alicia J. Augello-Cook a.k.a. Alicia Keys. Ms. Keys is a Grammy award winning singer/songwriter. She started playing piano at the age of seven. After graduating valedictorian at the age of 16, she decided to turn down an acceptance to Columbia University so that she could focus on her musical career. It turned out to be a good choice since she has sold over 41 million records and singles in her career. She has also managed to fit in some acting on both the small and big screen. She is also a spokeswoman for the philanthropic organizations Keep a Child Alive and Frum tha Ground Up.

24 January 2008

New Favorite Comic Strip

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Maple Nut, Juicy Raspberry, and Strawberry Shortcake.

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

The bagels, pita, and English Muffins have arrived! We have a fresh stock of all varieties of bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, White, Onion, and Perfect 10) and both types of pita. Come in and get yours today! Great options for Weight Watchers®.


Recently, my wife and I were discussing how the cold weather had changed how we sleep. We were given a wonderfully warm blanket for a wedding present. It does a fantastic job of keeping us warm. Nevertheless, with the temperature dropping to freezing and below the last few nights, we've both noticed that we are crowding in towards the center of the bed. Not that this is a bad thing, because I think that one of great bonuses of marriage is the late night snuggles. I do, however, think it's funny that, with the cold weather, we only only have to turn a few inches rather than a few feet. Who said cold weather was all bad?

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

23 January 2008

R.I.P.

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, German Chocolate Cake, Maple Nut, Juicy Raspberry, and Very Berry.

Tonight, we have our yogurt on sale for buy one, get one free form 6 PM to 8 PM (limit one per customer, no XL).

We are now restocked on our Doctor's CarbRite Diet Protein bars. We also have a new hard candy from Atkinson: Green Apple.


I went home yesterday and was greeted with the news that Heath Ledger had died. It was a bit of a shock to know that one of the great and challenging actors of Generation X was gone. I'm a little bit calloused to these news stories. While I feel it is a tragedy, it is something that I have become sadly accustomed to over the years. I think that, after I came home on April 5, 1994 only to find out that Kurt Cobain was dead, I've been slightly detached from celebrity deaths.

Maybe part of our problem is that we stop seeing celebrities as people. Somewhere along the line because of a death or a misstep, we just begin to expect to be entertained by their lives. I think that we use their lives instead of their products to escape. We forget that they are there to entertain us on the stage or the screen or in the studio rather than the police blotter or TMZ or any of the countless magazines that chronicle their every move. Nevertheless, they are no different than you or me. So, I do feel for his family and loved ones. I feel for the fans that are experiencing the first death of a celebrity that they care about. I also feel for those who are jaded like myself, because we've lost something too.

Quiz Day: Who Should You Vote For?

Who You Should Vote For

Dennis Kucinich: 50%
John McCain: 50%
Mike Gravel: 50%
Ron Paul: 50%
Barack Obama: 44%
Hillary Clinton: 38%
John Edwards: 38%
Rudy Giuliani: 31%
Mike Huckabee: 25%
Mitt Romney: 19%
Don't worry, I'm pretty sure that the results of this quiz are non-binding and not scientific. There are also a little humorous. Also, my results are edited, so feel free to do the same editing job or leave yours as is in the comments section.

22 January 2008

Double Feature

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, German Chocolate Cake, Maple Nut, Juicy Raspberry, and Very Berry.

Today, tell us the secrete word and get a free small yogurt (limit one per customer).

Secrete Word: Clementine

Gnu Bars Update: I have just been notified by our contact at Gnu Foods that the Peanut Butter Flavor and Fiber Bars will not be available until closer to the end of February. They in the kitchen working on an improved recipe for this bar. Of course, this means that we will soon run out of our stock of peanut butter bars, but we will have them back in as soon as the new version is ready.


With our Netflix account now ended, we are in a rush to watch our final three movies. Last night, we watched Stardust. This film has been billed as The Princess Bride for the new generation. While I don't think that it comes close to living up to this heavy billing, it is a good film in its own right.

If you like fantasy films with a twist of romance, this film is probably a winner for you. This movie is darker than I would have thought, but it does a nice job of bringing in the love story to counter the darker themes. It is a story book tale about a young man's journey filled with love and adventure. This is one of those movies that makes me want to go read the book. Movie Rating: 3 out of 5

After we finished this movie, my wife went to bed. I stayed up and watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This film was a 180 from the previous viewing. This certainly is not your typical Hollywood offering. If you like something different, and you don't mind going through a sad journey, then this is a great film. Well acted on almost all fronts. Jim Carey does a fantastic job. Movie Rating: 4 out of 5.

Puzzler Answer: Ached

Bonus: If you are looking for a great air fair for a trip from now until the end of May, check out AirTran.com. They have got $79 air fair to most locations, one way, for the next three days.

21 January 2008

MLK

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, German Chocolate Cake, Maple Nut, Vanilla Malt, and Very Berry.

Shipping Monday! Ship anywhere in the lower 48 states for only $6.99. Come into the store today and place an order to be shipped, and we will lower the shipping rate to $6.99.

We are open regular hours today (10 AM to 8 PM) for Martin Luther King Day.


My wife and I had a busy weekend with the wedding in Houston. The drive down and back combined with the two late nights made for an exhausting trip. But, the wedding was very nice, and it was great to see everyone having a good time. The reception had some fantastic food and a really good band. I'm not sure if it was the music or the open bar that so greatly encouraged people to get out on the dance floor, but there was no slacking on the dance side. There has also never been a better rendition of Journey's Don't Stop Believing ever to be sung by another Kappa Sigma chapter on Earth during a cake cutting at a wedding reception.

Monday Puzzler:

19 January 2008

larry's post!!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Mocha, Toffee Nut, Vanilla Malt, and Very Berry.

Tonight's Special: Buy one frozen yogurt, get one free from 6 PM to 8 PM (limit one, excludes XL).

Tomorrow's Special: Coke Float are $2.99 all day (regular price $4.62).

We are open regular hours on MLK day.


I'm actually in Houston at the posting of this blog getting ready to go to the mall and do a little shopping before the wedding this evening. I can only imagine that I had a great time last night hanging out with my fellow Kappa Sigma brothers. We'll spend the weekend in Houston, but we will be back in time to work on Monday.

I found these facts about plastic bags on the site that I recommended yesterday:

Top Facts - Consumption

# Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year.

# According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year.

# According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. (Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion)

# According to the industry publication Modern Plastics, Taiwan consumes 20 billion bags a year—900 per person.

# According to Australia’s Department of Environment, Australians consume 6.9 billion plastic bags each year—326 per person. An estimated .7% or 49,600,000 end up as litter each year.

Top Facts - Environmental Impact

# Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.

# Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest.

# As part of Clean Up Australia Day, in one day nearly 500,000 plastic bags were collected.

# Windblown plastic bags are so prevalent in Africa that a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting bags and using them to weave hats, and even bags. According to the BBC, one group harvests 30,000 per month.

# According to David Barnes, a marine scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, plastic bags have gone "from being rare in the late 80s and early 90s to being almost everywhere from Spitsbergen 78° North [latitude] to Falklands 51° South [latitude].

# Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation.

There were some other interesting facts listed in there fast facts section. If you're interested in learning more, it is worth the read.

18 January 2008

Papa's Got a Brand New Bag

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Mocha, Toffee Nut, Vanilla Malt, and Very Berry.

Shake It Up! All shakes are $3.69 today (regularly $3.93-$4.62).

We got in a few new options for the Gourmet Cupboard. We have a three new mixes: Peanut Butter Cookies with Pecans, Coconut Pie, and the Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Walnuts. Come in and try some of these easy to use mixes for a great dessert this weekend.


Green Tip: Paper or Plastic? Duck the decision altogether by bringing your own reusable basket or mesh bags to the supermarket. If you go grocery shopping once a week, in five years you'll have kept anywhere from 250 to 1,000 grocery bags out of landfills. (While recycling is good, never using the product in the first place is always better.) [Brought to you by Page-a-Day calendar.]

If you want alternatives to plastic bags, you can now find options at most grocery stores for 3 dollars or less. Keeping these in your car will allow you to grab one for shopping at any store. If you're looking for other reusable bag options, then this is a great site for you. ReusableBags.com.

Happy Birthday Wishes to Kevin Michael Costner. Mr. Costner is a well known actor and director. Several of his films are cinematic master pieces such as Dances with Wolves, The Untouchables, and Field of Dreams. Others are lesser known affairs have had a lasting impact on the film world as well. I hold up Fandango as an example. I had never heard of this film, but I sure know about the website.

17 January 2008

Bulky Environmentalism

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Mocha, Toffee Nut, Vanilla Malt, and Very Berry.

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

The bagels, pita, and English Muffins have arrived! We have a fresh stock of all varieties of bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, White, Onion, and Perfect 10) and both types of pita. Come in and get yours today! Great options for Weight Watchers®.

We also got the LaTortilla Garlic, Onion, Whole Wheat, Sun-dried Tomato, and Rosemary tortillas back in stock. We've been out of these for about a month, but we've got them all available again. This is also a great item for Weight Wactchers®.


We made an excursion to Costco last night to pick up some staples that we were running out of like paper towels and kitty litter. One of the advantages to buying in bulk is of course the price, but it also cuts down on the wast that is generated. In addition, I was very happy to see that Costco is now carrying recycled paper towels and toilet paper. It was almost like a double bonus. So, not only were we able to help the environment, but we also go restocked on the scrumptious sun-dried tomatoes that we were out of. :)

My wife was also kind enough to entertain me by watching the first episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. This was one of my Christmas presents that I didn't really expect, however, was very happy to get. I love this show and all of its cheezy goodness. I constantly am amazed at the way that the show captures the weirdness of the 1970's and catapults it to the the 25th century where Earth gets to spread its new found spirit to the edges of the universe. Campy TV at its best which further proves, not that I need it, that my wife really loves me.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)



(Pursuant to the request from serenitysprings for more hippie cred in regards to yesterday's quiz, I hereby award her two bonus hippie points.)

16 January 2008

Cooling Down

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Mocha, Toffee Nut, Vanilla Malt, and Very Berry.

UT Dallas Day! Show your Comet Card and receive a free small yogurt.


Cool days lay ahead of us. The weather has taken a turn toward the traditional winter pattern. I'm looking forward to getting a few evenings in here that actually move the mercury below 32. While we keep our house pretty cool during the evenings, our comforter keeps us very warm and toasty. I always sleep better when the nights are nice and cool.

Of course, we'll be out of town this weekend for a wedding in Houston. It looks like we'll be driving into a cool rain on Friday. The rest of the weekend is going to be cool and cloudy there. I really only go to Houston for a concert, so I hope my fraternity brother appreciates the sacrifice.

After looking at their wedding website last night, my wife and I realized why everyone thought our registry was so limited. I had to laugh at some of the items that were on the list. I know my friend, and there is no way that he is going to use most of those power tools. We opted to get a his and her gift rather than be known as the ones who got the cordless power caulking gun.

Quiz Day: Are You a Hippie?

You're Not Exactly a Hippie...

While you're not a hippie, you've got the spirit of one.
Like most hippies, you have deep beliefs and unusual interests.

You may not buy into hippie fashions, music, or heavy drug use.
But at heart, you are a free spirit and suspicious of the status quo.


Yesterday's puzzler answer: 5 & 8

15 January 2008

Back on Track

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Mocha, Caramel, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Angel Food Cake.

Teacher Day! All teachers can get a small yogurt for 99 cents by showing their teacher ID card today. Upgrade to a medium, large or XL and we'll take two dollars off of any of those sizes. (Limit one per person.)


The workout routine has started again. After waiting a couple of weeks to let those filled with the New Year's spirit dwindle at the gym, my wife and I restarted our workouts. We kind of got caught up in our first year of marriage and forgot how much we each enjoyed our time working out.

Since we live in Addison, we have a free membership to the Addison Athletic Club. This full scale gym has just about everything that the big boys have. The only real difference is that we would pay a few dollars to attend a class such as aerobics, but we don't have that pesky monthly due to pay. We're mainly there for the the track and the weights; however, I focused on the track to ease myself back into workout shape. Unfortunately, I'm not any good at going easy. So, I might have run a little to hard to quickly. As a result, I'm a little sore.

I did also get around to watching a movie last night. Sunshine, which is directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting fame, is a science fiction thriller set roughly 50 years in the future. The film follows the crew of the Icarus II on their mission to restart the Sun to prevent the extinction of the human race which is caught in a solar winter. Leaving out some slight problems with the physics, the film was one of the better science fiction films that I have seen in a while.

The crew finds itself caught in the usual boredom of extended space travel on a ship that with a mission that has a small chance of success. A fateful decision and a major mistake radically alters everything. As the mission unravels, the crew fights to hold things together against a failing ship and an unknown threat. Sacrifices and hard choices present themselves one after another and call for heroic efforts.

Mr. Boyle does a wonderful job presenting the isolation of a long space voyage and the insanity that can creep upon the crew members in the shadows of the mind. Visually, the film is a fantastic work. A solid cast works to enhance the feeling of loneliness with a bleakness that is tempered only by the hope of success and a stoic need to complete the mission. The final film moves very well in the first three quarters; however, the final act makes a great film change to a very good one. If you want a challenging film, this is a good one for you if you can put yourself into the shoes of the characters. Movie Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5.

Clearly, I have not quite gotten used to the new schedule for the blog. I forgot to post the puzzler yesterday. Mea Culpa. Tickle your brain with this one:


Which two figures are identical? The figures cannot be rotated.

14 January 2008

Giant Letdown

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Mocha, Caramel, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Angel Food Cake.

Shipping Monday! Ship anywhere in the lower 48 states for only $6.99. Come into the store today and place an order to be shipped, and we will lower the shipping rate to $6.99.


Yesterday saw two upsets in the NFL playoffs. The Chargers knocking out the Colts might be the more impressive of the two, but the Cowboys loss to the Giants is definitely the more disappointing loss. The Cowboys lost by not doing the simple things like catching the ball. While I would certainly give the Giants defense credit, I can't help but think of the number of missed opportunities that the Cowboys had during the second half of the game.

Of course, this morning begins the season of discontent with the papers already questioning who should stay and who should go. Unfortunately, regardless of what happens during the off season, the fact will remain that the 13 and 3 Division winning Cowboys didn't get it done. This town is a better place when they win. I would have loved to have seen a second match up between Green Bay and the Boys. I guess I'll wait until the next regular season rolls around. :( Thankfully, pitchers and catchers report in about 30 days. :)

12 January 2008

Mallrats

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, Caramel, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Angel Food Cake.

Today, we have 50% off the lowest marked price on all sale rack items. (The sale rack is located on the lowest two shelves of the white wire frame rack in the middle of the store.)

Tomorrow, we have our coke float special. Coke floats are $2.99 all day long (regularly $4.62).


I am now the proud owner of a new dress belt and a new pair of warm slippers. We went to the mall last night to return a couple of Christmas presents, and I used the credit to get a much needed new belt for Sundays. I think that I am going to save it for dress occasions and continue to use my ratty two-year-old belt for the daily wear. The slippers were just a nice warm shoe for what I hope are cooler days ahead. The only downside is that I've got to find a way to spend the remainder of the credit at some point and time in the future.

If I could transfer it to Auntie Anne's pretzel cash, then I would be happy. Of course, a trip to Auntie Anne's was the final stop at the mall. I had intended to use my buy one, get one free coupon. However, they had a deal that trumped the coupon. Two free pretzels with the purchase of an at home pretzel kit which was $9.95. So, I guess our Sunday school class will get pretzels in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I got a scrumptious pretzel for dessert and one for breakfast. Best breakfast ever!

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11 January 2008

Tips and Info

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, Butterscotch, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Angel Food Cake.

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

We got our chocolate and vanilla icing mix back in today. We also got in a shipment of Galaxy Granola (Cinnamon and Vanilla).


Green Tip: Replace incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescents. You'll recoup their higher cost-they last ten times longer and save up to $30 a year in electricity. Fluorescents use much less energy than traditional lightbulbs. And the less energy we burn away, the less carbon dioxide we produce. Just one compact fluorescent bulb keeps half a ton of carbon dioxide out of the air over the course of its lifetime. (Just remember to recycle them after the are at the end of their lifecycle.) [Brought to you by Page-a-Day® Calendar.}

Happy birthday wishes to Robert Earl Keen, Junior. One of Texas' finest country musicians, Robert Earl Keen graduated from Texas A&M in 1980 and started his musical career by heavily playing the Austin music seen. Still a staple in Texas, Mr. Keen is a favorite among many college students.

10 January 2008

Bye, Bye Veronica

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, Butterscotch, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Angel Food Cake.

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

The bagels, pita, and English Muffins have arrived! We have a fresh stock of all varieties of bagels (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, White, Onion, and Perfect 10) and both types of pita. Come in and get yours today! Perfect for Weight Watchers®.


Last night, we finished Veronica Mars: Season 3. We finished it without even knowing it. When disc five ended, we put in disc six to find out how many episodes were left. To our great surprise, the show was over and only bonuses remained. The season was great with the exception of the abrupt ending. This season ended two episodes earlier than the other two, and the ending left everything open. Unfortunately, we won't get a rap up in season four. So long Veronica. We'll miss you.

I also went to see Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street earlier this week. Out of the 40 or so people who started the movie, four disappeared within the first 20 minutes. I'm guessing that some people don't realize that it is a musical. Or perhaps, it was a little more bloody than they thought. While the movie was quite good, it does take a particular type of person to enjoy it.

The weakest link in the musical would be Helena Bonham Carter in the role of Mrs. Lovett. Her persona fits the character well, but her signing talent does not match that of the others on the screen. Johnny Depp does a wonderful job in his portrayal of the barber who is hell bent on revenge. His talent is acting does out way his talent in song; however, his singing is well done. The star on the song side is the youngest actor, Ed Sanders.

Sweeney Todd is a decent into madness focused on revenge. The blood flows freely, but it isn't exactly a horror film. At the heart of the film, it is a love story. The director, Tim Burton, sets a great mood with it's dark and old time feel. The pacing is well done, but the nature of the show is still likely to keep you squirming in your seat. I was happy to have seen it. Movie Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

09 January 2008

New Day after New Hampshire

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, Cappuccino, Lemon, and Orange Vanilla.

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


Ah, the results of New Hampshire serves up a change in the race to the White House in 2008. More accurately, the win by Clinton and McCain serve to continue the race in both parties. The race is on to claim as many wins as possible before the February 5 primary onslaught. With over 20 states voting by that point, we'll have a better idea of what the final showdown will be. Until then, I'll sit back and enjoy the show. Presidential campaigns are always fun to follow to see who is left at the end.

Quiz Day: Are You a Brainiac?

You Are a Total Brainiac

You're amazingly brilliant. Some would even say genius.
You're curious, thoughtful, analytical, and confident.

You take on difficult subjects because you want to... not because you have to.
No field of knowledge is too complicated or intimidating for you.

You've got the brains to do anything you want.
It's possible you end up doing everything you want.

08 January 2008

Take that tree and mulch it!

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, Cappuccino, Lemon, and Orange Vanilla.

Yogurt Club Bonus Day! All members of the Yogurt Club can get a small yogurt for only 45 cents today. Or, upgrade your yogurt and receive two dollars off of any other size. (Limit one per Yogurt Club member.)

If you are looking for something new to help you in a new year's quest towards better health, then come in and try some of the Chocolite protein bars. These great tasting, as close to a candy bar as I have ever had, bars are only one point for Weight Watchers®. With 9 grams of protein per bar, these are an excellent option for in between meals or before a work out.


As I was driving through the neighborhoods this morning on the way to get my vehicle registration updated, I noticed a number of Christmas trees out on the curbs awaiting pick-up. If you happen to have a natural tree awaiting disposal at your home, try recycling it instead. You can get some mulch for your home landscaping in return. (Click here for a full list of Metroplex recycling locations.)

DALLAS

Drop off trees at five locations through Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free mulch at the Bachman and McCommas Bluff locations after Jan. 1. For more information, call 311. Recycling locations:

•Northwest (Bachman) Transfer Station, 9500 Harry Hines Blvd. (Monday-Sunday)

•Southwest Transfer Station, 4610 S. Westmoreland Road (Monday-Sunday)

•McCommas Bluff Landfill, 5100 Youngblood Road (Monday-Saturday)

•Fair Oaks Transfer Station, 7677 Fair Oaks Ave. (Monday-Sunday)

•Flag Pole Hill, Buckner Boulevard at Northwest Highway (Monday-Sunday)

PLANO

Plano will collect trees at curbside and recycle beginning Wednesday. Apartment residents can bring trees to three sites during regular hours from now until Jan. 9. For more information, call 972-769-4150. Drop-off sites are:

•Carpenter Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road (north of Spring Creek Parkway and south of Legacy Drive, in the far west parking lot)

•High Point Park, 6500 Alma Drive, (north of Spring Creek and south of Seabrook Drive)

•Heritage Yards Ball Fields, 4525 Hedgcoxe Road (east of Coit Road and west of Ohio Drive); open 24 hours

RICHARDSON

Bring trees to the city Service Center, 1260 Columbia Drive, at any time. The city hauls the trees to a recycling center. Or, leave trees at curbside for recycling. For information, call 972-744-4111.

LSU beat Ohio State for the BCS national championship last night in a game that wasn't even that close. I don't have much love for LSU, but I do have a fair amount of dislike for the Big 10. The results of the game pleased me. However, a plus one game would have made for a much better ending. Perhaps the conferences and athletic directors can figure it out this year and put together a partial fix for this broken system. I won't hold my breath.

(Here are the answers to yesterday's puzzler:
At the drop of a hat.
Put your best foot forward.
Get in on the ground floor.
Go the extra mile.)

07 January 2008

Bad Trivia Master

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Chocolate Raspberry, Cappuccino, Lemon, and Orange Vanilla.

Shipping Monday! Ship anywhere in the lower 48 states for only $6.99. Come into the store today and place an order to be shipped, and we will lower the shipping rate to $6.99 for each boxes. (Don't worry, we have large boxes).


The white elephant party proved to be successful this weekend. Though we had to resort to a little spousal trickery, we ended up getting two good gifts. Thanks to Erica, I was able to acquire a new beard trimmer which will come in handy. I'm starting to like the party after Christmas.

Unfortunately, the trip to Trinity Hall was not a successful trivia outing. While we didn't come in last, we weren't anywhere near the top. I'm still convinced that there are some cheaters in the hall. For the record, last night one of the questions was impossible to answer correctly.

Original question: This 1982 inductee to the MLB Hall of Fame was featured on a Wheaties box in 2002, fifty-five years after winning the National League MVP. Answer given last night: Hank Aaron. However, there is no correct answer to this question in its current form. The correctly stated question would have to read forty-five instead of fifty-five. Not that the trivia master cared, but I did point out to him that it was impossible for Hank Aaron to have won the NL MVP in 1947 since that was the first year that the color barrier was broken in baseball.

Monday Addition: I've signed up for the extra calendar from Page-a-Day. I went with Brain Puzzlers. I figured it was a good way for everyone to get there week started. Here is the first installment.

LOST IN TRANSLATION:

These figures of speech were translated by computer to another language, then back into English, with surprising results. What were the original figures of speech?

At the fall of a cap.
March your better leg forward.
Joins when the foundation.
The excess mile goes.

05 January 2008

Green Calendar

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Candy Cane, Toffee Coffee, Lemon, and Orange Vanilla.

Tonight, we have our yogurt available buy one, get one free (limit one per customer, no XL).

I see that there was a spike in blog traffic yesterday. I have no doubt that this is due in part to the email about the coupons. Don't forget to check for them in the future on the first or second of each month. Also, we might be doing random coupons on the blog this year, so check back throughout the month.


This year seemed to throw a lot of people off with the way that the holidays fell. They just seemed to sneak up on people. What happens when the holidays come so quickly? People have post-holiday parties. Tonight, my wife and I will attend our post-Christmas white elephant party with our Sunday school class. When you think about it, this is actually a brilliant move. You get to re-gift any bad gift that was received either over the holidays or at other white elephant parties. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some good gift to come our way.

While shopping some of the sales last night, Erica bought me a new calendar for the store: 365 days of green tips. The neat thing about the calendar, aside from being made of recycled material, is that it also includes a second page-a-day calendar via email. Be prepared for some eco-tips on the Friday entries this year. I'll try and find a good one for the Monday blog as well. We'll start a more regulated blogging routine on Monday the 7th.

04 January 2008

Changes

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Candy Cane, Toffee Coffee, Lemon, and Orange Vanilla.

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

After several problems with the email group over the last year, yesterday was the final straw. For a reason that I cannot find, the email sent out in duplicate with a second copy of per gibberish. On the up side, it is not due to a virus. Unfortunately, if you open your email, you will probably not find your coupons.

Thus, we are going to move to a new method of distribution this year. The coupons will now be posted on the blog along with the calendar on the first or second of each month. You will be able to print out the coupons from the blog by clicking on them and then printing the page. As always, they will be limited to one use per person per month. On the plus side, you don't have to worry about your junk mail deleting them automatically. If you're checking the blog latter in the month, you can scroll down to the blog archive to open up the entry with the coupons and calendar.

January Coupons: (click to enlarge)




One of my primary interests is politics. Knowing this, my wife graciously watched The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer with me last night as our dinner cooked. Sometimes, love is shown by the simple things. I did, however, not stayed glued to TV all night. The great thing about something that you don't have direct control over is that you can just as easily read about it the next day. Today, I think some people woke up to unexpected results. With New Hampshire just around the corner, things are about to start getting very interesting in the 2008 Presidential races. Prepare for a full spin cycle.

If you didn't like the weather over the last few days, you're going to be happy with this weekend. The warming trend starts today and goes through the next few. I'm convinced that we never really see a true winter in this part of Texas. Just once I would like a stretch of two or three weeks with truly cold weather to take out all of the allergens and bugs. There is a plus side to freezing weather even if you don't like it.

03 January 2008

What Day Is It?

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

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

I had a bit of an emergency to attend to yesterday, so the email was not sent to the Friends of Sugarless deLite group. However, you will have it today.


I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things in the new year. I'm doing alright with writing the correct year, but the dates are a little harder. There is something about taking a week off that makes everyday seem like a Sunday. I'm pretty sure that I will be back on track by next Monday. Until that time, I'll just rely more heavily on the trusty calendar.

One of the things that I enjoy doing after the holidays is bargain shopping. I missed out on the crazy after Christmas shopping, so the LED lights will have to wait until 2009. Nevertheless, there are still some pretty good specials out there. In particular, there are the calendar specials. Every year, we get a day-to-day calendar for the store which we use to quiz each other and post on the blog. In the next week or two, I plan on having the new one. This year we get a bonus entry because of the leap year.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

02 January 2008

Happy New Year

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

College Day! Show us your current college student ID and get a free small yogurt today. (One per person.)

We got a surprise shipment of bagels, pita, and English Muffins today. We have all varieties available in the store. Our next shipment will not be until the 11th of January, so come in and get some today if you need them.

The new January calendar is now available for pick-up in the store. Don't forget to check it out for some great savings. (You can also print one from the calendar below.) If you are a member of the email group, the email will go out today with the calendar and coupons for the month of January.

We're back to our regular hours now that the holidays are over. Monday through Saturday: 10 AM to 8 PM. Sunday: 12 PM to 6 PM.

January Calendar: (click to enlarge)

If you're shipping this month and want to save some money, enter THEOCHO for your coupon code at check out and save 5 dollars off of any order over 60 dollars. (Valid for on-line purchases only.)



After a relaxing week off of work, I'm back. I'm not sure what it is about the first day back to work after a long vacation, but it wasn't easy getting out of bed today. The holiday's went well for our family. It was nice having both of our families in town this time and getting to spend extra time with them together. While it was a little crazy driving all over the metroplex, it sure beat having to drive half way across the nation.

Now that New Year's day has come and gone, everyone can get back to their regular schedules. One of the things that I know my wife and I are going to get into our plans for this year is a steady work out routine. We've got the gym membership, now we just have to find the will power. I'm looking forward to getting into a running routine again. Of course, I'm also dreading it.

(Thanks to Stacey for doing a wonderful job filling in on the blog while I was away on vacation.)