30 August 2008

Ah, Football Season

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We are open from 12 PM to 6 PM on Monday (Labor Day). The calendar and coupons will be posted on the blog on Monday.


Last night, Erica and I rediscovered why it is so much fun to live in our apartment during the school year. As we sit right across from the football field at Trinity Christian Academy, there is a bit of noise during game nights. It wasn't too bad because we went on a little mindless shopping at the grocery store after yoga. We didn't get home until close to 10 PM, and the games normally only run until 10:30 PM or 11 PM. Nevertheless, the blackout curtains helped to make it a more pleasant evening by blocking out the light and some of the noise.

So what does one do while a football game is going on next door? We put on a few classic Doctor Who episodes that comprise the story line, The Genesis of the Daleks. We got the DVD on rental from Netflix verse our regular Doctor Who source which is our friend Harold. It's Erica's first experience with the older Doctor Who shows. I think that she took fairly well to it. We'll finish the last three episodes on Sunday or Monday.

The other big news of the weekend is the start of the football season. High school, college, and the NFL all start this weekend. It's a big time for football fans. I'm not a rabid fan of the NFL, but I do like the college game. Like most things that are on TV, I tend to follow the results more than I do the games themselves. Since most of the big game action takes place on Saturday afternoons, I miss a lot of the good games anyways. Therefore, I follow the action via ESPN and their news.

29 August 2008

Speeches and Picks

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We will be open on Labor Day from 12 PM to 6 PM.


Green Tip: Families share the need to get kids to and from school. Now's a good time to work out a fuel-saving car-pool plan with other parents in your neighborhood. Besides saving gas and greenhouse emissions, carpooling reduces the wear on cars and helps them last longer. [This tip brought to you by Page-a-Day calendar.]

Senator Obama finished out the convention last night with his acceptance speech. While I was not completely wowed by the speech itself, the spectical of 70,000 plus people filling Mile High Stadium was quite neat to see. I did think that the speech was an interesting departure in some ways from previous acceptance speeches put forward by the Democratic candidates. It will be interesting to see how Senator McCain responds in his acceptance speech.

My wife, who doesn't like the tic-for-tat of the political cycle, was kind enough to stay up and watch with me. She was even kinder to listen to me share my opinion about the speech afterward.

In an effort to stem any rise in fortune to the Obama campaign that might result from the finish of the Democratic Party Convention, Senator McCain released his pick for the Vice-President today. As expected, the choice was a bit unconventional. He has chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. McCain's choice makes a little history of its own by marking the first time that a female has ever been chosen as a Vice-Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. It is also the first time that an Alaskan has been nominated on a presidential ticket for either party.

Happy Birthday Wishes to John Sidney McCain III. The presumptive nominee of the Republican Party turns 72 today. Senator McCain has served 22 years in the Senate and 4 years in the House. He was also in the Navy for 23 years where he served as a Naval Aviator. Next week, he should accept his party's nomination for President of the United States of America.

28 August 2008

Historical Perspective

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The bagels, pita and English Muffins have arrived. We have received a fresh shipment in of all varieties (Blueberry, Sweet Wheat, Cinnamon, Onion, White, and Perfect 10). Come in and stock up today for your Memorial Day weekend.


A measure of history was made yesterday at the Democratic National Convention. Barack Obama became the first African-American to become the nominee of either major political party. In a day that was filled with choreography that would make the finest of dance instructors proud, the nomination went quickly and smoothly when Senator Clinton called for everyone to unite behind Senator Obama for the nomination.

I have to say that I was mildly upset. I was hoping for a slightly better show of fireworks, but the party faithful seem to be falling in line. While their might be a good show on the Republican side, I doubt it. They seem to be pretty good about putting on a straight line show.

The convention will close this evening with Barack Obama's acceptance speech which will be given outdoors. (It happens to fall on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.) I tend to only catch bits and pieces of each convention, but I do always like to catch both the Republican and Democratic nominee's acceptance speeches. That's what I get for being a political junkie.

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27 August 2008

Slow Days

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You can tell that school is back in session. It always gets a little bit slower in the store when the school year starts back up. I guess it is something about getting back in to a new rhythm. After a couple of weeks, things seem to get back to normal around here. Then, we get caught up in all of the holiday preparations. In the meantime, we'll get some side projects done around here while we have some extra time.

Quiz Day: What Your Bed Says About You.




What Your Bed Says About You



Outward appearances are a concern of yours, but not your primary concern. You try to take care of yourself and your home, but it's not an obsession.

You try to be an organized person, but you often fall behind. Certain parts of your life tend to fall into chaos.

You are very low maintenance. You tend to go with the flow, and you're easily pleased.

In relationships, you tend to kick back and let the other person be in charge.

You tend to be a dreamy, head in the clouds type of person. You think in terms of possibilities.

You are a traveler. You are comfortable anywhere, and you rarely feel homesick.

26 August 2008

Laboring Away

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We've come to the end of another month, and I am getting ready to make the calendar and coupons for the month of September. I've also got to get the work schedule done for the staff. As I was sitting down to write up the schedule, I remembered that Labor Day is Monday. Sugarless deLite will be open from 12 PM to 6 PM that day, but I won't be here. It's one of my automatic two day weekends that I get, and I always look forward to those.

I think that we are just going to have a lazy Labor Day weekend since both my wife and I are off of work. I'm going to try and get most of the house work done ahead of time. We might be do for a nice dinner date. Either way, it's just nice to have the extra day off.

Usually, the Labor Day weekend and the first weekend in November are the last two weekends that I take off before the main holiday crush. This year there are a few other things on the horizon, like a wedding in October, that will change this up a little. Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to the break on Monday.

25 August 2008

Bye, Bye Beijing

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Now that the Olympics are over, I'll have to find something else about which to blog. Sports always make for an easy blog entry. I enjoy most sports which makes them easy to write about. Most of the blogs are really just recaps anyways. Hence, there is little thought about what topic or how to talk about it. I would hate to bore everyone with constant sports coverage, and the writers at ESPN do a better job anyways. So, its back to the boring recaps of my everyday life.

This weekend reminded us that it was indeed still summer time. The heat returned after we had a wonderful stretch of cool, almost fall like, weather. Thankfully, it was not too hot, and the temperatures seem to be content to stay in the mid-to-upper 90's for the next week or so. It also looks like we might get some rain for Labor Day (next Monday). Still, that relief pattern in the middle of August was awesome.

As I was thinking about the cool weather stretch this month, I had this thought: We are only about months away from Christmas. While most people might not give much thought to Christmas until October or November, the retail business has trained me to think differently. In fact, our first shipment of packaging for the holidays will come in within the next 3 or 4 weeks. That also means that it is time for me to start Christmas shopping.

23 August 2008

New Game

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The Olympics are getting ready to come to a close, and a new game is getting ready to take the place of this grand sporting event. It's a game that combines the best of a marathon, the tenacity of boxing, the skill of the balance beam, and the showmanship of synchronized swimming. That's right; it's election time.

With the conventions just around the corner, the first salvo was fired today. Barack Obama has chosen his Vice-Presidential candidate and is announcing his choice in a press conference later today. Senator Joe Biden will be announced at 2 PM today at the state Capital in Springfield, Illinois.

Next week, the Democratic Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado. While that week will probably belong to the Democrats, the Republicans will be close behind them with their convention at the start of the September. Then, it is a mad rush to November 4, 2008. With the polls showing both candidates in a dead heat, it should make for an interesting election cycle.

Interesting facts about the upcoming election:

The 2008 election marks the first time since the 1928 election in which neither an incumbent president nor an incumbent vice president ran for their party's nomination in the presidential election.

It's the first time since the 1952 election that neither the incumbent President nor incumbent Vice President is a candidate in the general election.

The 2008 election is the first in which the Vice President is not a candidate for either the presidency or the vice presidency since Nelson Rockefeller in 1976.

Assuming that both of the presumptive nominees from the Democrats and the Republicans secure their nomination from their respective parties, it will be the first time in history that the two main opponents in the general election are both sitting Senators.

Either candidate would become the first president born outside the Continental United States, as Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and McCain was born at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, a US naval base.

22 August 2008

Age Limit?

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Green Tip: Think your electronics and appliances are turned off? Probably not. Hair dryers, phone chargers, TVs, computers and other devices use energy for display clocks and memory chips all the time. These hidden energy drains account for 5 percent of total domestic energy consumption and send 18 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. Unplug them-or make it easier on yourself by connecting them to a surge protector and flipping the switch off. [This fact brought to you by Page-a-day calendar.]

The FIG and the IOC is facing an Olympic size task in their inquiry into the age of He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan, Li Shanshan, Deng Linlin and Yang Yilin. He, who is the at the center of the controversy, is suspected to be 14. It has widely been reported that the Chinese team might feature several underage gymnasts. If the real age is 14, then the Chinese team would have to forfeit their team gold and the gymnasts would loose any individual medals.

I'm not really sure that the IOC is brave enough to not sweep this one under the rug at the games if something is found. It's pretty hard to pull an an athlete out from the home team. It's even harder when it's a whole team. The amazing part of this story is how much has information has apparently been found on Internet databases that the Chinese government did not sufficiently sweep clean.

21 August 2008

School Time

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UT Dallas Day! UT Dallas starts back-to-school today. To lessen the pain, we're offering a free small yogurt to any UTD student who shows us their student ID at check out.


The Olympic glory is starting to fade a little. My main interests in these games were the swimming and the gymnastic compotetions. I've now got my free time back since those have been completed. I still follow the news in print, but I am no longer glued to the TV. Nevertheless, the games did manage to increase my television (non DVD's) watched time to about 31 hours this year. Twelve hours of Olympics is enough.

With my craving for Olympic coverage fading, I've been able to get some things accomplished this week. It's been a week devoted to getting my car back in top shape. It's got four new tires and will soon have an oil change and an alignment. Cars are such a great joy to own. I am hoping that we are done with all of the fixes and repairs to the cars.

The other thing that I have been able to do this week is to finish up Dragon Quest VIII. After logging in over 100 hours of game play over the last 10 months, I finally beat the game. I very much enjoyed the game, but the ending was a little lame. It would have been nice to have a better ending after that type of time investment; however, the game play that lead up to it was enough to put it into the category of highly recommended.

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20 August 2008

Un-Timely

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Sonny Bryant's is having a birthday special today. You can get any of their BBQ sandwiches for only $2.99 (limit two per customer) today. This is for all of their locations in the metroplex. If you're a BBQ fan, this is a great lunch or dinner option.

One of the unfortunate things about having the Olympics halfway across the globe is the issue of time. Apparently, I blogged the results yesterday before the events aired on television. I've been pretty careful not to do this, but these things do happen. In our 24/7 information world, it is harder and harder to be a sports fan that sequesters themselves aside to watch the game later.

Quiz Day: What Role Do You Play?




You Are the King



You are natural leader. You like to rule, and people like to be ruled by you.
You handle responsibility well. You enjoy providing for those who are loyal to you.

You master anything you try, and you refuse to accept failure as an option.
You're especially good at developing strategies and delegating tasks.

You are a total perfectionist. Your standards are hard to live up to.
However, you are also very generous ... at least to those in your inner circle.

19 August 2008

Golden

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Shawn Johnson got her gold yesterday on the balance beam with a winning score of 16.225. In the last event for the women, she went out and gave a stellar performance to get her a gold medal to go along with her three silvers. Her teammate Nastia Liukin got the silver. The two medals put the USA team above the Chinese team with 8 medals to 6 medals. Congratulations ladies.



Also, Jonathan Horton from Houston took the silver medal yesterday in the high bar competition. He was just barely edged out by China's Zou Kai. A little spark plug of his own, Jonathan flew around the bars and put on a spectacular routine, but the new scoring system gave the edge to Zou because his routine had slightly more difficult elements.

Now we move on to a lot of the team sports such baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball and the like that have now moved out of their preliminary rounds. There is also a bit of track and field taking place. The USA men's team has already provided one sweep in the 400-meter hurdles. There's less than a week left, but there is still a lot of action to come.

18 August 2008

The Ocho

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We have received a shipment of Gnu bars and PB2 today.


The Olympics, which started on 08-08-08, ended with 8 gold medals for USA swimmer Michael Phelps this weekend. His dominating performances along with amazing finishes in two races produced a new level of champion. Congratulations to his teammates in the relays who all performed at their top levels to secure three gold medals. Congratulations to Mr. Phelps for his unbelievable determination. (In case you missed it, here is a link to video for all 8 races.)

Now that the Michael Phelps show is finished, we can see that there are actually other Olympians on team USA. Two of them with a lot of focus on their performances are Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin. Both are putting on wonderful shows at the Olympics, but both came up short yesterday. Albeit, the shortfall was not of their on doing. Ms. Liukin took silver in the uneven parallel bars because a the new scoring system that does not allow for ties. Ms. Johnson took silver in the floor exercise with a routine that probably would have won her gold if she had gone later in the rotation instead of first.

I've watched gymnastics for a long time now. I've got to say that I am not a big fan of the new scoring system. It does take away from the sport to not have the "Perfect 10" performance. While I do understand some of the changes, I don't like the fact that everything has to go to a tie breaker. I'm not sure why a sport that tries to pride itself on artistry has to have an absolute winner when two are initially deemed worthy.

Nevertheless, both of these young ladies have carried themselves very well despite the hardships and some slight disappointments. I've got to say that I heart Shawn Johnson because of her unending smile and cheer that she has not only during her performances, but also the performances of her teammates and competitors. Even as the gold was taken from her by the last person to go last night, she cheered her on. To a large degree, this shows more Olympic spirit than any gold medal.

16 August 2008

Will To Win

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Phelps looked human last night for most of the 100-meter butter fly, but he put in a superhuman effort to win. He touched ahead of Cavic of Serbia by 0.01 seconds. That's as close as it gets. It's possible that Phelps is starting to get a little tired. Or, it's possible that other swimmers such as Cavic are starting to get a little tired of Phelps winning. However, it didn't matter when the scoreboard flashed. Phelps had won his seventh gold and tied Mark Spitz's record. With one more race and win, Michael Phelps will be the only Olympian to win 8 gold medals in one Olympic games cycle.

In other Olympic news, Usain Bolt of Jamaica destroyed the previous 100-meter dash record on his way to gold. I should say that he would have destroyed it. While he lowered the mark to 9.69 from 9.72, he would have had an even lower mark if he had not started celebrating before he crossed the finish line. Put me under the school of thought that says you should finish and the celebrate. He might have shaved even more of the record if he had kept his form.

Phelps in the top lane just out touches Cavic for the gold. Talk about a photo finish. What an amazing race!


While Usain Bolt's actions at the end of the race would be more of a poor decision rather than poor sportsmanship, Ara Abrahamian, a wrestler from Sweden, learned that poor sportsmanship can be costly. The IOC stripped him of his bronze medal today. After winning the bronze medal match, Mr. Abrahamian decided to show his displeasure at a disputed call from a previous match by taking his bronze medal off his neck, tossing it onto the mat and then walking off the mat. He later refused to participate in the medal ceremony. Bad call.

15 August 2008

Going Commando

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Cake Loaves Weekend! Ask for the special to get your cake loaves for $14.99 this weekend (regularly $19.99). If you need a particular variety for Saturday or Sunday, please have your order in by 5 o'clock today.

We got in our shipment of Galaxy Granola today. We have both the Not Sweet Vanilla and the Not Sweet Cinnamon granola on hand.


Nastia Liukin from Parker, Texas has brought the all-around individual gold medal for womens' gymnastics back to Texas for the second time this century. Help us celebrate her big win for the USA and Texas by telling us her overall first place score today before 5 PM. The payoff, you get a free Chocolite chocolate or protein bar. Happy hunting!


Green Tip: Yes, You Can! Aluminum cans are a recycling success story; there's nothing like an economic incentive to motivate change. While you won't get paid for steel cans, in many places you can recycle them through curbside pickup. So, empty them, rinse them, put the lids inside, and mash them flat if you local recycling authority prefers that. According to a steel industry organization, every ton of steel that is recycled conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore and 1,400 pounds of coal. [This fact brought to you by Page-a-Day calendar.]

We went to the Tippery Inn last night to celebrates a friends birthday and take in a little pirate song action compliments of the Bilge Pumps. One of the pirates, Phil, was getting ready to cut off his hair for Locks of Love. So, in addition to the normal pirate ditties, there was also a competition to determine what type of haircut Phil would receive. One dollar equaled one vote and all proceeds went to Locks of Love along with the hair. Our table's vote won. Poor Phil will be bald and might look a little bit more like an army man rather than a pirate, but several children will benefit from his donation and our votes.

I did get to watch some of the Olympics on the sports bar side of the Tippery last night. Phelps is now six for six. The womens' gymnastics all-around competition also saw a little history of its own. For the first time in Olympic history, the first and second place finisher in this event came from the same nation. Both young ladies put in great performances. Congratulations to Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson.

14 August 2008

On the Homefront

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As mentioned yesterday, the bagels were not shipped this week because of a line issue at Western Bagel. We do have plenty available in our store for this weekend.


The management group that has taken over our apartments seems to be doing a lot of things to improve them. In addition to giving a half month of free rent for lease renewals, they have undertaken an exterior upgrade project and are building a new fitness center. They are also more responsive to the needs of the tenants. And, the new manager of the property will actually speak with the residents. The last point is the one that was the kept us at the apartments.

The one problem that we are having, however, is with our air conditioner. The ants have eaten through the coil again. This marks the fifth time that this has happened in our 12 months. When we get home today, we both have high hopes that the AC will be fixed. The last two evenings have been a little warm in the apartment. Thankfully, the last few days have not been excruciatingly hot so the apartment has not been warmer than 84 on the lower level.

Happy Birthday Harold.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)



Bonus:

13 August 2008

5 for 5

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Bagel Note: Western Bagel is not shipping this week. Their production line is not running. They should deliver next week. We do have a good number of extra bagels to get us through the weekend, so don't feel shy about coming in to pick up your breads.


If you've been following the Olympics, then you know that today's title doesn't refer to an Arby's special. Rather, it's all about Michael Phelps' five gold medals in five tries with 5 World Records to go along with each medal. It's about a person who is competing at such a level that it would be scary if it wasn't so much fun to watch.

Aside from his two new world records, one of which came in the 800M freestyle relay where the USA team turned in a sub 7 minute time for the first time in history, he also became the sole leader in individual gold medals when he collected his 10th and 11th. His 10th came on a race where he had a goggle malfunction that slowed him down. Still, he managed a World Record and an Olympic gold.

Quiz Day: What Kind of Tea Are You?




You Are Iced Tea



You are very active and energetic. You enjoy keeping busy!
You can handle difficult tasks well. You do what needs to be done without a lot of fuss.

You are casual, welcoming, and unpretentious. You are approachable and friendly.
And while you are laid back, you aren't sloppy. You are poised and understated.

12 August 2008

Olympic Glory

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Over the last year, we have been doing as much as we can to reduce our waste at the store. We have switched to recycling or reusing the cardboard boxes that we get into our store. We've recycled or reused close to half a ton so far this year. We also have made an effort to recycle the cans and bottles that are used by the staff during the day.

Now, we're letting you help. Our monthly calendar that was previously available at the check-out counter and on our blog will now be available exclusively on our blog at the beginning of each month. We will keep a copy on the counter so that you may always check it when you come in to the store, but if you are looking to plan out your month ahead of time, give the blog a check. You can also scroll down on the left hand side and find the first week of the month in the archives to locate the calendar for the month.


I got home in time to watch more of the Michael Phelps show last night. There were also some other amazing races by the American swim team to boot. Natalie Coughlin and Aaron Peirsol (both in 100 back) took home gold medals. Natalie became the first woman to ever successfully defend here Olympic title. As the Olympic coverage often does, it switched back and forth between two events. Swimming traded places with the men's gymnastics coverage. I was already sucked into the latter by the time the swimming coverage was finished.

Team USA, which had suffered so many injuries leading up to the Olympics and had zero former Olympians on the team, was in the midst of doing something special. It looked like they would take a silver home on a gutsy combination of heart and talent. In the end, they took the bronze after a few mistakes let the Japanese team pull ahead and put them within striking range of Germany. This made the last few pommel horse routines by the German team much more interesting.

Nevertheless, a team that no one considered a medal contender came out and gave it their all. When the final scores where announced, you could tell from the roar of the home crowd that China had taken the gold, but you could see from the reaction of team USA how much the bronze meant to them. Congratulations on an great performance by the team as a whole. A special nod to Jonathan Horton who seemed to keep everyone together and focused and cheered on. Also, a shout out to Sasha Artemev and his very clutch performance on the pommel horse that secured the bronze for Team USA.

11 August 2008

Best Finish Ever?

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My friends and I played trivia last night at Trinity Hall, but I found myself frequently distracted by the Olympic coverage that was on the big screen directly in front of me. During trivia, the women's gymnastics team looked very human with mistakes that seemed to compound each other. However, they pulled it together in the end and qualified for the team finals in second place behind the host team.

When we got home from trivia, the 400M freestyle relay was just getting ready to begin. What a race it was! The build up to the race saw the French team saying that they were going to "smash" the American team. The finish saw team USA coming from behind in the last 25M to just pass the French and to destroy the World Record by 3.99 seconds. In fact, the top five teams all beat the previous record. That's how fast the field was running.

In the final 25, I admit that I was screaming at the television. All of the hype leading up to the match talked about how hard it would be for the American team to defeat the French. The commentators during the match continued to pound home the fact that America was the favorite for second, not first. However, the final 25 is the reason why you watch the race. Awesome. Congratulations to the entire team. Especially to Jason Lezak for his record 46.06 second split that clinched the come from behind victory for team USA.

In Other News: Scientist Closer to Invisibility Cloak

09 August 2008

Swimming Up Stream

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Michael Phelps has started his quest for Olympic Glory. He is attempting to win 8 gold medals over the next 17 days. Already, he is one of the most impressive athletes on the planet, but this could put him into a category all by himself. He would be, in my opinion, the greatest athlete of all time with 8 wins in these games. This would bring his total to 14 gold medals.

Even if he does not get all 8, it would still be unbelievable to have him win 6 or 7 more golds. However, it is not an easy task. ESPN has an article that handicaps his quest for 8. In reading it last night, I realized just how hard it is to do what he is attempting to do. I don't follow the Olympics very closely, but I will follow this journey. So, if you're not doing the Tivo thing and trying to stay away from all results, you can find out about his first heat for the 400 IM here.

On the Yoga Front: Yesterday hurt. Both Erica and I woke up sore today. The yoga was taken up a notch with some poses that focused on my weakest areas. My knees are always trouble spots and a couple of the poses presented significant issues for me. We discussed after the session how good it was to have the differences in the routine, but it does lead to a bit of pain. Of course, as the month moves forward and the next month comes, we'll be a little more flexible.

08 August 2008

Who 2

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08.08.08-The Olympic Games Begin! Check the blog during the Olympic Games for occasional blog only special. There are no set dates for these special. They will occur randomly throughout the games.


Green Tip: Sooner or later, all batteries, even rechargeables, bit the dust. When they do, you'll want to keep them out of the landfill, where they may leach acids and heavy metal pollutants into the soil and groundwater. Look for centers that recycle them instead, and buy only the types that you know your center handles. Do Your Part: The Earth 911 website includes an easy-to-use locator for batter recycling sites. You can search by town or zip code for a location near you. [This fact brought to you by Page-a-Day calendar.]

We finished season two of Doctor Who last night. It was sad. Overall, the season was very good. The new doctor, David Tennant, did a great job. I did think that some of the individual episodes where not quite as good as the first season, but they had some gems as well. The ending was a bit of a crusher.

I think that Erica is rather firmly hooked on the show. She's even shown interest in watching the bonus material. The real trick for us both, however, will be accepting the changes that are coming in season three. It's always hard to shift gears with new characters. Hopefully, the stories will be good enough to draw us in. The series hasn't let us down on that front so far.

Happy Birthday wishes to The Edge a.k.a. David Howell Evans. The Edge is the lead guitarist for U2. Known as one of the most influencial guitarists in rock, The Edge has been with U2 since the beginning. In addition to playing the guitar, he also plays the keyboard, contributes to vocals, and has written songs for the band as well.

07 August 2008

In a New York Minute

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If you're a member of the Yogurt Club, then come in today and use your card to get a small yogurt for only $1.27. Or, upgrade your size and we'll take $1.50 off of any size yogurt. (Limit one discount per card.) If you're not a member of the Yogurt Club, ask us how to join and start saving over 15% off of your yogurt purchases.

The bagels, pita, and English Muffins are in stock. We have all varieties available. Come in today or tomorrow for the best selection. Don't forget the bonus buy pricing.


Brett Favre has left the building. It seems that after months of coverage, this story is finally going to end with Favre getting traded to the NY Jets. I don't really care anymore. I started to loss respect for Favre when he wanted back. When you retire from a job, you should stay retired. When you leave a team that you have been with for 14 seasons, you don't turn around and put them in the position that Favre did.

His stature has gone from an icon to that of your average selfish sports star who is convinced that their is an I in team. (Even I can spell that one.) So, he gets to play again. It won't matter much to me. Sadly, I'll never get that jersey that I wanted because the number 4 in the green and gold doesn't mean what it used to. Just another player with really big numbers and an even bigger ego. Maybe New York can contain it. Welcome to the AFC.

06 August 2008

Buzztime

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Parfait Day! All parfaits are on sale today for $2.99 (regularly $3.99). Ask us for the special and save 25% off of one of our most popular low calorie desserts.

Yesterday, we got in a massive shipment of the Baja Bob drink mixes. We now have every variety on hand. (We got in lots of the Original flavor.)


We tried a different type of trivia last night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Plano. The trivia, run by National Trivia Network, is called Buzztime. Each of us competed as individuals with an electronic device that records the answers that are imputed and instantly shows the results on the screen. It's fun to see your name pop up on the screens when you're winning.

The nice thing about the trivia is that, while you are competing against everyone else at the location, the location as a whole is competing against the other locations that are participating. There are a few downsides to this type of trivia. The first is that it is very fast paced with few breaks. This makes it hard to eat. The second is that it is continual. There is no set start and stop to it which means that it is hard to pull away from. However, it would be a perfect form of trivia to play from your home if you could have a pause button between rounds.

Quiz Day: Do You Live in the Past, Present, or Future?




You Live in the Present



You take things one day at a time.
And it turns out, that's a pretty great way to live.

You aren't consumed by the past, and you're aren't obsessed with the future.
You live in the now, and you enjoy each moment.

While most people don't live in the present enough, make sure you don't live in it too much.
It would be a mistake to forget your past or neglect to plan for the future.


Related Article (with bonus quiz): People's views on time affect health, wealth, relationships.

05 August 2008

Pepper Roast

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Cone Day! All cones are only $2.08 today (regularly $$2.77) when you ask for the special. Come in and grab a cone to cool down on this hot summer day.

We have gotten in our shipment from California Pepper Plant. We now have our Chipolte sauce back in stock.


Sometimes, I see recipes in the Eating Well magazine that we carry in the store that look really good. I usually like to try these at home. We have discovered a few staples to our monthly meals by flipping through the pages of the magazine. I decided to try the roasted bell pepper recipe that was in last months edition last night.

Roasting the peppers at 450 in the oven and turning them every 7 minutes was easy. Letting them steam for 10 minutes was simple. Cutting and pealing them over the course of the next 20 minutes was not so much fun. The upside is that we have some wonderful roasted bell peppers for dinner later in the week. The downside is that my back wasn't really feeling the greatest. Nevertheless, the meal should make it worth the while.

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04 August 2008

Early Morning

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Cake Piece Special: Come in and ask for the special to get any cake piece for 50% their regular price (limit 2).


The good thing about running in the morning is that, if you wake up early enough, it is actually tolerable. Unfortunately, I was was only up early enough for the first part of my run. By the second stretch, the Sun had started its climb and the temperature started to rise. Nevertheless, the run went well and it should be part of my new morning schedule which I am slowly adjusting to.

Sunday ended up being a bit more relaxing than we planned as both Erica and I slept through our alarms on Sunday morning. The rest of the day was spent in Arlington celebrating Erica's grandfather's birthday. We had a wonderful dinner at the Candlelite Inn and then relaxed at her parents home. After we got home, we did a little house keeping and finally got both of our diplomas hung. The evening finished with and episode of Doctor Who leaving us with only 6 more to go in the second season.

Puzzler: Count Me In



How many time does the following shape appear in the box above?

02 August 2008

Inflexible

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Sierra deLite bars are on sale today! Come in an get one of these ever so tasty trail mix bars for only $3.25 when you ask us for the sale price (regularly $4.50). If you already know how good they are, then stock up by purchasing multiples. They keep great on your counter for up to 5 weeks and they are perfect in the freezer for several months.


I'm not quite sure how long it has been since I've done yoga, but I know that it has been at least 16 months. Last night, Erica and I went to class. It was her first session. She said that she enjoyed it. Of course, she starts with a more flexible body than mine. While I enjoyed it, the time off translated to a return to my pain days. Thankfully, I've continued to do some of the positions in the off months, but most of the ones dealing with the legs just went to show how much I needed to continue the yoga.

Here is Yoga Bush displaying one of the positions that I find the most painful.


Our other big accomplishment this week was not as laudable as starting a new exercise routine. We did, however, manage to finish off the last season of Arrested Development. It's hard to say whether the show got weirder and a little worse because they new they were getting canceled or if they were heading in that direction to begin with. It finished with a strong episode, but the three leading up to it were less than steller.

The season as a whole was bellow the quality of the other two. Indeed, the first season was the superior to the other two. As they pushed the envelope, the show started to loose some of its charm. Nevertheless, the three seasons together make for one of the funny shows to have aired on Network television.

On the blog front:

The eBay link and Apparel link have been removed from the Virtual Sugarless D links. The apparel store has been close and the eBay products have been moved to sugarlessdelite.com.

The CNN link has been moved from Boredom Busters to Enlightening Locations.

A link to Jango, the music site that was blogged about last week, has been put under Boredom Busters.

As the November election approaches and the rhetoric on both sides begins to heat up, I have added a link to FactCheck.org under Enlightening locations to help everyone sort out the facts from the fictions that are presented by all of the parties.

01 August 2008

Big Deal

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Shake Day! Come in and get one of our great shakes for only $3.69 when you ask for the special today (regularly $3.93-$4.62). Pick from over 20 different varieties to help you beat the heat.

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Green Tip: Keep a plant on your desk. House plants can abate rising levels of indoor air pollution at the office. Research from NASA shows that many plants are useful in absorbing harmful gases, cleaning the air in modern buildings. Do Your Part: For a list of the ten most effective plants for removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon dioxide, see this site. [Brought to you by Page-a-Day calendars.]

I stand corrected about Manny Ramirez not being traded. In a three way trade that most of us who follow baseball never thought could happen, Manny got sent to the Dodgers. This additional bat should help the Dodgers as they fight for the NL West playoff spot. I would say that this puts them as the odds on favorite for winning this division.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox unloaded a big time problem in their clubhouse, but have taken a hit on offensive side. Between this trade and the trades that the Yankees have done in the last week, I would say that the AL East is looking more like a push between the Yankees, Red Sox, and the Rays. Personally, I would love to see this trade back fire on Boston.