31 December 2008

The End

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, German Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter, Candy Cane, and Egg Nog.

Double Bonus Day! If you are a Yogurt Club Member, come in today to recharge your yogurt card for 50 dollars or more and get a 20% bonus, instead of the usual 10%, added to your card plus a free small yogurt. If you are not a club member and want to start today, we'll give you the same bonus as well. Don't miss out on this great savings opportunity.

Open from 10 AM to 4 PM today. We will be closed on New Year's Day. This is the last day for the end of the year specials.

The year 2008 has come and gone. I still remember when the 2000's were approaching and everyone was afraid of Y2K. Now, we're getting ready for our last year in the aughts. Before we get there, a look at my 2008:

January: First hospital visit. I begin playing Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy which was a Christmas present from my in-laws. (The game rocks!) I put up my TBR list at the end of the month. This was a list to be thwarted at every turn by other books, video games, conversations, the Internet, and general laziness. To date: 4 of 12 books have been completed.

February: NY Giants win in a last minute drive over the 18 and 0 Patriots team that everyone had anointed as the best team ever. The Patriots quickly become the best team ever not to win a Super Bowl. Eli calls his brother Payton to tell him that their tied and his father Archie to gloat. Become a KERA member. I begin my work with the Obama Texas primary campaign.

March: Erica and I celebrate our first year of marriage. Texas primary and caucus are held. I'm voted as a delegate to represent Precinct 1602 at the Senatorial level. Erica gets a career type job. She turns 23. I am voted to represent 1602 for Senator Obama at the state convention. We begin to discuss my job and possible career options. Bear Stearns collapses.

April: Stupidest investment idea ever. I hope this is the only time I have to say this. Thankfully, we don't have a lot of money with which to be stupid. Second hospital visit. My version of an April Fools financial month. Begin floating the idea of shorter hours at the store.

May: I turn 30. Once again, I attempt to play the cowbells at Bavarian Grill. Once again, I fail. I find that 30 is not much different that 29, but it does seem more adult. Time to start making adult decisions. Fun. Start looking at houses again. Finish Dragon Quest VIII. Start Final Fantasy XII. Thankfully, my adult decisions will still include video games.

June: Go to Austin with my friend Sharron to the State Democratic Party Convention. We both feel a little odd since neither of us are democrats, but we manage to have a great time anyways once the convention is over. Erica and I vacation in Pensacola. Thanks to the government stimulus package, the trip costs us hardly anything. Decide to develop a exit strategy from Sugarless deLite. Begin tracking the 6PM to 8 PM sales.

July: Sprouts opens. Brave employees stand out in the heat and pass out coupons in the heat. I announce to Rick that I will be leaving the store with an eye towards the end of October. Continue to track the 6 PM to 8 PM sales. Decide not to buy a house again which gives us more time to save up a full 20% for the down payment and more flexibility on a chose of where to live in the future. Cease daily operations on the Sugarless deLite eBay store. Remove Sugarless deLite apparel link from the blog.

August: Financial markets start to get crazy. Staff turn over requires longer hours from me. Tracking of evening sales ends half-way through the month. The answer to shorter hours is definitive. Our friends at church have their first child born to them a few months early. (The child is healthy and well after a few weeks stay at the hospital.)

September: Meet with the Navy to take the OCS test-pass. Decision is made to go to shorter hours at the store after Christmas. I take a weekend trip to visit with my parents. I begin working Wednesday nights. Both of my banks fail or are sold in the span of 3 days. Bye, bye Wamu and Wachovia. Hello Chase and Well Fargo.

October: Decide to stay at the store through the Christmas holiday. We go to a wedding in San Antonio for Erica's best friend, and we deliver yogurt while we are there to some of our very good customers. I started my Boot Camp workout sessions and discover a new level of pain, but, oddly, I feel better about myself. Both Erica and I participate in early voting. My ballot, as usual, was a bizarre mix of every party. Attend the annual Halloween party with the Vortex (college friends). We all decide that we have gotten old. My good friend Jeff has his first child. Decide to move out of our apartment early. Markets go absolutely bonkers.

November: We make our second trip of the year to Eureka Springs and take our third vacation overall. This is our Christmas present to each other. We watch the election results roll in at the Balcony Bar in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel. (While in Eureka Springs, I once again dream of picking up and moving there to try our hand at the slower life of a retreat town.) Find a fantastic safe place to park our savings with a 4% return. My good friends Matt and Tiff have their first child. Decide that Erica is in charge of all future baby gift buying since I tend to go overboard.

December: I announce to the staff that I am leaving at the beginning of January. Decide to get into coin collecting and start with the presidential coin sets. We slot in five different White Elephant parties for the month. Computer crashes at work. All attempts by the staff to fix it fail. Dr.PC does the job. Erica and I attend the annual Festivus celebration at Bavarian Grill. Sharron and I hide the Festivus polls in plain sight. Polls are now located in three places throughout the dinning room.

Erica and I have a toned down Christmas with the relatives, and I enjoy the fact that it was more about time with the loved ones rather than what the loved ones got us and what we gave them. (Although, the loved ones did a very nice job of sticking to the list this year. Kudos.) Decide against moving this month. Maybe next month. Maybe not...We might finish the lease which runs through July.

Start new store hours after Christmas day. Announce that I am leaving the store on the blog. Worked the store by myself to finish the year. Finish writing the year in review about 3 hours late due to an extremely busy day to finish the year. An odd finish to a very odd year.

Quiz Day: How Much Do You Remember About 2008?

You Remember 90% of 2008

You were paying attention during 2008.
And you remember what happened really well.

You'll be able to talk about 2008 for years to come...
Even when most people have forgotten what went down.

30 December 2008

Almost Over

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

Cone Day! All cones on sale for only $2.08 (regularly $2.77).

There are only two more days left on the bonus specials that were posted on Sunday. Remember that our hours are 10 AM to 6 PM today and 10 AM to 4 PM tomorrow.

I'm getting ready to finish the breakdown of Christmas over the next two days, so the store should be back to its normal setup by the weekend. We remain pretty well stocked on most items; however, there are a few items that we are running low on or are no longer in stock. Most of these items will be back in by the end of the second week in January.

The crazy thing about the holidays is that they always play havoc with the shipping. One item of note is the Western Bagel shipment. We will not receive one this week. But, we should have enough for those of you who come in early. Next week, we will back to the regular Thursday deliveries.

The year is coming to a close. Tomorrow, I'm going to post a little year in review. Items of note to me in the year 2008. I know that you can't wait for that one. Really, it is just a way for me, thirty years from now, to remember the things that seemed important to me in 2008. I've got a feeling that only a few things will actually stick with me over the years.

If you would like to contribute your own review, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below this entry or tomorrow's.

29 December 2008

No Playoffs This Year

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

Sierra deLite Day! All Sierra deLite (and Cran deLite) bars are on sale today for only $3.25 (regularly $4.50/limited to quantity on hand).

I'm leaving the Red Kettle up for another three days. I'll take it down on January 1st. I've been a little surprised to see that the only action on it has come from my family. However, there is still a chance to contribute and have it count towards this years taxes.

Speaking of this years taxes, the first batch of software bundles came out this week encouraging people to by either TurboTax or TaxCut. It never ceases to amaze me what you can get for free if you're willing to put up money for the 6 to 8 weeks that it takes to get the rebates. For the last few years, I've gotten all of my anti-virus software free by buying it in conjunction with my tax software. I've also gotten Quicken and Microsoft Money for free too, but I never seem to get around to using them.

Well, the Cowboys played like boys among men in their game yesterday against the Eagles. I'm just glad that I was at work. Beyond checking the score a couple of times, I invested no other time in the game. The team that was supposed to compete for the Super Bowl turned out be nothing but a major disappointment. This time the blame goes to everyone in the organization. This is one of the worst seasons I can remember. Thanks Cowboys.

28 December 2008

Crazy Specials

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

Coke Float Day! All coke floats are on sale today for $2.99 (regularly $4.62).

Bonus Specials: (Through December 31st, 2008 or while supplies last.)

*Sale Rack-30% off lowest marked price. (White bookcase along the blue wall.)

*Traditional Crust Pecan Pies and Millennium Pies-$16.99 (regularly $21.99)

*Small Cherry Cordial Boxes (9 Count)-$9.99 (regularly $12.99)

*Pumpkin Breads-Buy two loaves for $29.99 (regularly $39.98)

*Gold Chocolate Boxes (24 count)-$21.99 (regularly $26.99)

*Candy Canes-$3.50 (regularly $4.99)

All you have to do is ask for the bonus special when you checkout to receive the discounts.

I'm your host for the next week. While everyone else is off on vacation, I'll man the store. Thankfully, the new store hours make that a pretty manageable task. The upshot for you is that I decided to run some store specials. For the rest of the year, you can get some pretty good savings.

Of course, today will probably be a slow start since the Cowboys are playing an early afternoon game. It's do-or-die for the Boys again. However, this is their last chance. I'm torn on whether or not I'd like to see them get to the playoffs. At this point in the season, I'm convinced that a trip to the playoffs would probably just be another disappointment. But, anything can happen in the playoffs so a spot wouldn't be all bad.

27 December 2008

2 Weeks Notice

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

Gnu Bar Special! Buy 3 cases of Gnu Flavor and Fiber bars and get a free 15 dollar yogurt card.

After a relatively busy holiday season, we're into the new schedule at the store. This was one of the big changes that I mentioned in a blog entry at the beginning of November. The only thing not mentioned in that blog entry, because I requested that it wait until after the holidays, is that I will leave the Sugarless deLite after the start of the new year.

We've been working on the transition for the last few months. There is never really a good time to leave a store that you've worked at for 10 1/2 years, but I figured the start of a new year was as good as any. It has been my pleasure and honor to work for Rick and Stacey over this last decade. Truly, you cannot find nicer people to work for and work with. It will be like leaving my family in a way. Although, I might pop in from time-to-time to check up on everyone.

One of the thing that I will miss the most is the daily blog. Buy the time I leave on January 9th, I will have contributed about 850 entries to this blog. In no small way, the entries have been a way for me to share a bit of myself with everyone else. As I have noted several times, however, they have also been written at the expenses of my personal blog. If in the future, anyone finds themselves curious to know what I am up to, you can always check over at GreenEagles. (Fair warning: It's usually more about politics and economics than everyday, but that might change with the down time. At the very lest, I'll put a Wednesday quiz up for anyone who wants to check.)

Over the years at the store, I have had the good fortune of getting to know many of you. Many of you have become a joyous part of my week. I thank you for your kindness and your friendship. After all, it is customers like you who really make this store work. I wish everyone the best of luck.

It has been a wonderful experience managing the store over the last 5 1/2 years. I have been given an opportunity to manage under extremely different business conditions and have tried to make the most of it for the store, the ownership, our employees, and myself. It will not be easy leaving the store, but it is time for me to move forward. I'm not 100% sure where I will go next, but I know that God will provide an answer and that I have a wonderful, supportive wife beside me for which I am most thankful.

26 December 2008

New Store Hours!

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

Today, we start our new store hours. We will now be open from 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday and will continue to be open 12 PM to 6 PM on Sundays.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday break. If you have family in town, bring them by the store. We love to see new faces. I'm out of the store today, but will be back in tomorrow to man the store through the remainder of the year. Stephen and Wylee are in to take care of your needs today.

Remember that we start our new store hours today. On December the 31st, the hours will be from 10 AM to 4 PM. That is the only variation to the new hours. Also on the 31st, we will have a double bonus day for Yogurt Club members. If you recharge or charge a Yogurt Club Card for 50 dollars or more, we will give you a 20% bonus on the charge value instead of the normal 10%. Of course, you still get the free small yogurt as well.

24 December 2008

Christmas Time!

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

Open 9 AM to 4 PM today. Come in and pick up any of your last minute holiday needs.

Closed on Christmas Day.

Open on Friday the 26th from 10 AM to 6 PM. New store hours begin.

While I know that Christmas isn't until tomorrow, I wanted to make sure to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. We hope that everyone has a safe and healthy holiday with their family and loved ones.

Also, the kettle is still accepting donations. I've decided to leave it on the blog until the New Year. If you'd like to make a donation, just click on the red kettle to the right of the entry to start the process. Any amount is appreciated, and all proceeds go directly to the Salvation Army.

Quiz Day! I figure that some people might have the day off today and therefore have a little extra time on their hands. With that in mind, here are a few bonus quizzes for the day:

What Type of Holiday Cookie Are You?

You Are Biscotti

You are a very direct, honest person.
You don't have time for dramatics or emotional pleas.

You feel most comfortable in the intellectual realm, especially with science and technology.
You are good at understanding difficult subjects. Understanding people? Not so much.

What Does Your Christmas Say About You?

Your Christmas is Modern

Your wish for the New Year is more happiness.

For you, Christmas is a spiritual holiday. You can't separate it from your beliefs.

You are patient when it comes to Christmas. You don't celebrate too early, and you don't like seeing holiday decorations in October.

You like Christmas traditions, but you're not uptight about them. You do things your way.

You are flexible about how you celebrate Christmas. You are just happy to be around people you love, no matter what you're doing.

You love Christmas. You enjoy almost every aspect and tradition of the holidays.

You give a big during the holidays but nowhere near as much as you'd like to.

The Wrapping Paper Test

You Are Responsible and Orderly

You approach the holidays in an orderly, organized fashion.
You work from a checklist, and you get everything done early.

Enjoying the holidays is important to you, and that means getting your chores done first.
Only then can you truly relax and kick back. (Though relaxing for you is still pretty high strung!)

Of all the types, you are the most likely to have a perfectly wrapped present.
You are also the most likely to get someone the perfect present... one they didn't even know they wanted.

23 December 2008

Fixed in Time for Christmas

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond (later today-Marshmallow), Chocolate Banana (later today-Pumpkin), Candy Cane, and Egg Nog.

Yogurt Cones! All yogurt cones are on sale today for $2.08 (regularly $2.77).

Just a reminder for everyone, we will be open from 10 AM to 8 PM this evening and from 9 AM to 4 PM on Christmas Eve. If you need to order a cake or pie for Christmas, we can still take orders for tomorrow for pick up between 10 AM to 4 PM. 972.644.2000

After a few days of scrambling around because of computer issues, we finally got our main terminal back today. Thanks to Doctor PC who fixed it at a very reasonable price. If you ever need a computer fixed, I'd certainly recommend Doctor PC in Richardson vs. the big boys at a chain store. He fixed it for about a 1/3 of the cost that the others wanted to charge. If you need his services, his number is 972.235.DRPC (3772).

22 December 2008

3 to Shop

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Chocolate Banana, Candy Cane, and Egg Nog.

Shake Day! All shakes are only $3.69 today (regularly $4.62). Come in and enjoy a great holiday flavor shake today.

While yesterday was the deadline for ordering bakery items, we've extended it through today for anyone who forgot. If you need a bakery item, give us a call at 972.644.2000.

We're down to our final three days of Christmas shopping now. If you still have a diabetic, low-carber, or Weight Watcher in your family to shop for, we've got what you need. Check out our wide variety of bakery goods and chocolates for your loved ones.

I'm in the process of doing several things at our home. The first is getting packed to move on the 26th. The second is putting together a wooden puzzle for my sister-in-laws birthday present which I'll give to her on Christmas. This thing is a little more complicated than I thought it would be. I'm about half way through now, but I think it's going to get harder. Still, it should look pretty cool when it's finished.

The packing has gone very well. For the most part, we are finished now. We'll be able to relax tonight after getting a few more boxes done. Then, it will just be moving the stuff from Addison to Plano. It should be a pretty easy move. I'm just looking forward to getting it done and getting out of our current apartment.

21 December 2008

Shopping Times

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Chocolate Banana, Strawberry Shortcake, and Juicy Raspberry.

We have Coke Floats on sale today for only $2.99 (regularly $4.62).

Today is the last day to place orders for the Christmas holiday. If you need a bakery item, please call us at 972.644.2000.

We are open regular hours up until Christmas Eve. This means that we will be open from 12 PM to 6 PM today and 10 AM to 8 PM on Monday and Tuesday. We will be open from 9 AM until 4 PM on Christmas Eve. Please remember that we will be closed on Christmas.

Also, we are shifting to our new store hours on the 26th of December. The new hours will be from 10 AM until 6 PM Monday-Saturday and 12 PM to 6 PM on Sunday.

20 December 2008

Holiday Order Deadline

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Roasted Almond, Chocolate Banana, Strawberry Shortcake, and Juicy Raspberry.

Today's Special: Yogurt! Buy one frozen yogurt, get one free from 6-8 pm (excludes extra large size, limit 1 per customer)

Don't forget to order your Holiday Cakes and Pies. Tomorrow is last day to order, please call 972-644-2000 and we will be happy to place your order.

19 December 2008

Crunch Time

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Butter Brickle, Chocolate Banana, Strawberry Shortcake, and Juicy Raspberry.

UTD special! If you are a student or employee of UT Dallas, you can come in today and get a free small yogurt when you show your ID. If you are a visiting student from another college in town for the holidays, we'll extend the offer to you as well. Merry Christmas!

Need a pie or cake? Come in today or call us at 972.644.2000 to place an order with us.

We're coming up on crunch time for a lot of charities. I know that there are so many people looking for help this year and that there are a lot of charities to choose from. If you need one to make small 5 or 10 dollar donation, the red kettle to the right of the blog entry would be a good one. We're currently at 45 dollars. The goal is $125. Remember, all donations are tax deductible.

We're also into crunch time at the store. This is our busiest stretch of the year. We've got extra staff on hand, so we should be able to help you without any problems. If you need us to set up any gift baskets, I'll be happy to set those up for you. Just look for the really tall guy.

18 December 2008

One Week

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Butter Brickle, Chocolate Banana, Peach, and Egg Nog.

Brownie Special: Buy 2 brownies for only 5 dollars. (Limit 4) This is a great stocking stuffer.

If you need to order a cake or pie or cheesecake for Christmas, please give us a call at 972.644.2000.

Also, we can still get mail orders out for the holidays. If you need something to go out, give us a call or place an order online.

It's been an eventful few days up here at the store. In addition to the slight ice that we got on Monday/Tuesday, we also had our main computer go down. And, it went down hard. A hard drive failure made for a little more work than I planned. After a long evening, I realized that it might be beyond my level of expertise.

While I'm going to give it another attempt, it looks like we might be upgrading our computer at the store. Thankfully, there is a backup laptop that we were able to get all of the necessary programs onto yesterday. So, it was a scramble, but we were able to send out all of the mail orders yesterday without any significant issues. That's the good thing about having backups.

Outside of the store, I managed to successfully navigate the third White Elephant party with a great score. We're now 60% of the way through. We've got the biggest one of the year this weekend. Typically, the fraternity party has anywhere from 30 to 40 gifts in the exchange. Good times. I'm ready for this one.

Throw in the Festivus dinner at the Bavarian on Friday and the seven straight days of work and there is a pretty busy schedule ahead of me. Did I mention that we are moving on the 26th? I'll have to find sometime to pack as well. This should be a pretty interesting Christmas.

Thursday Comic: (click to enlarge)

17 December 2008

Time to Ship

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Butter Brickle, Chocolate Banana, Peach, and Egg Nog.

Don't forget today is the last day to ship safely for the holidays. We can get your shipment there after today, but it does become much more expensive. If your shipment is going in Texas, we can safely ship through the 22nd of December. If you need to place an order, go online to www.sugarlessdelite.com or give us a call at 972.644.2000.

Quiz Day: What Does Your Home Say About You?

Your Home Says That You Feel Unsettled and Free

You come across as somewhat intellectual. You can be quite insightful at times.

Your hygiene is passable, but you may be hiding some dirty secrets.

You are a very domestic person. You enjoy decorating, cooking, and making things homey.

You are not a nurturing person by nature, but you can easily take care of someone you truly love.

You don't feel settled in your life yet. You are scrambling to figure things out.

You are a very self sufficient person. You can get along well without much help.
Your friends see you as honest, humble, and responsible.

16 December 2008

Yes, We are Open.

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Butter Brickle, Chocolate Banana, Peach, and Egg Nog.
Today's Special: Cone Day! All yogurt cones are $2.08 (regularly $2.77).

Sugarless deLite will be open today from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. We will be closing early due to weather conditions. Please drive safely and stay warm.

15 December 2008

2 of 5

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Toffee Coffee, Chocolate Banana, Peach, and Egg Nog.

Sierra deLite Bar Special: All Sierra deLite bars are on sale today for only $3.25 (regularly $4.50). Come in and get some today. This is a great item to send along with any holiday gift.

If you need to send a gift for the holidays, make sure that you call us at 972.644.2000 or stop in the store to place your order in the next few days. If we have an order in by Wednesday, we won't have any problem getting it out for the holiday.

Also, we are accepting bakery orders through the 21st of December for Christmas week. Please remember to place your order. We do still have some limited availability to bake cakes, but get your order in early if you want one of these.

The first two round of White Elephant went very well. We managed to get a gift at the office party on Saturday night for the Sunday School party on Sunday night. Since we already had a gift ready, it gave us two entries for Sunday night. Thankfully there were two wonderful gifts to get. Both of them work very well combined for another gift at one of our remaining parties. Some one is going to be very happy that they get this gift.

The weekend went by in a bit of a blur. I would imagine that the next two weeks will be much the same. But, I always enjoy getting to see so many friends at once during the holiday season. While it is tiring working retail during the holidays, the evening gatherings do help to keep me charged up for the holiday season. Additionally, the White Elephant parties are almost always good for a laugh.

13 December 2008

Speaking Out

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pumpkin, Toffee Coffee, Peach, and Very Berry.

Chocolite Bars: Buy 3 Cases (48 bars), get a free 15 dollar yogurt card.

Two weekends left for your holiday shopping. One of our customers just asked us if it would be OK to pick the chocolates and other snacks up now or if she should wait. The answer is now if you want to make sure that we have it. Unless you are planning on giving bakery items for Christmas, the other gifts will all be fresh and good for Christmas.

I looked last night at new speakers for our computer at home. Boy, does this get confusing. After three hours of research, I came to the conclusion that if you're not looking to spend a lot of money, you're going to end up on the short side of sound on either the high, mid, or low range depending on the set.

The good news is that many of the middle priced speakers ($50 to $100) actually seem to get pretty good reviews despite their reported shortcomings. Since we're really looking for something to listen to music with first and play games second, that does help to narrow it done. If I can make it to Fry's or Best Buy to give some of the units a listen, I might be able to make a decision this weekend.

I look at these as a type of Christmas present to us. Although the speakers we have now are good enough to play games with and listen to music while we are at the computer, the new ones will allow us to fill the room and possibly more with music. For this, we need a little more power than the current 12 Watt system. I am, however, trying to be good and not go overboard.

12 December 2008

The Elephant in the Room

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pumpkin, Toffee Coffee, Peach, and Very Berry.

Blogger Special: Come in today and tell us the special word to get a brownie (any bakery item at $3.49) for free when you buy another brownie. Special word: Nutcracker.

Two holiday reminders:

1) If you need a holiday bakery item, you can check the list in the previous post and give us a call at 972.644.2000 to place an order.

2) If you need something shipped for the holidays, please place your order by this weekend. To assure shipment in time for the Christmas without expedited shipping, we must have the orders in by December 16th. You can call the phone number above, or shop us online at sugarlessdelite.com.

This weekend traditionally starts the true busy time at the store. The 12 days of Christmas is normally the 12 days of busy at Sugarless deLite. The same is true outside of the store as well for us on the social front. Last night, we laid out our White Elephant gifts. We've got five different parties in the next few weeks, so we had to do some planning this year.

The good news is that we'll have a good chance to get rid of any really bad gifts that we receive at the first few White Elephant parties. Nevertheless, we'll probably just add them to the gifts that we already have. Since we're moving in a few weeks, we've go no interest in holding them until next year. If you're going to be at one of the parties, beware.

Aside from the two parties this weekend, we also have a baby viewing for Matt and Tiff's new child. You might remember Matt as the former manager here at the store. They had their first child towards the end of last month. Throw in a dinner tonight with my sister and brother-in-law along with two discs of Doctor Who to watch, and we have a very busy week ahead of us.

It seems that the holidays always speed things up. It kind of makes you wonder why we tend to compress everything into a 40 day period. I have to think that it would be better if we all breathed a little bit deeper and slower and spaced things out over the course of the year. The funnies thing about the holidays is how people tend to go into a shell afterward for a few weeks to catch their breath. At least the food is good.

11 December 2008

The Early Birds Gets...

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Pumpkin, Toffee Coffee, Peach, and Very Berry.

Parfait Day! All parfaits are on sale today for only $2.99 (regularly $3.99).

We've got 10 more days to go until orders for the Christmas holiday are due. If you need to order a cake, please make sure that you order early. While we can do cakes for this holiday, we do still get backlogged sometimes. Just give us a call at 972.644.2000 to place an order.

Christmas Order Form: (click to enlarge)

After going to bed at a ridiculously early time last night, I awoke with my wife to cook her breakfast this morning. The only real problem with waking up at 6 AM is that I don't have to get ready for work until around 9:20. Erica left for work at 6:40 and, left with 2 hours to burn, I decided to play a video game. (This particular game is one of the main reasons that I'm so far behind on my TBR list.)

I like playing video games. I love to play them in the evening after a day of work and after my wife has gone to sleep. It's a nice way to relax and unwind from the day's labor. But, I'm unsure about playing them first thing in the morning. I felt like a bum. It just didn't seem right. I did, however, accomplish a thing or two in the game.

I'd love to get Final Fantasy XII finished and then move on to the TBR list, but I think that I should probably just put the game aside and crank out some books. I've definitely put myself in a position where I will not finish my TBR list until the end of January. If I can get through East of Eden, I've got a couple of smaller books that I can crank out. At least I'll have more free time after the holidays are finished.

Comic: (click to enlarge)

10 December 2008

What? Who?

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Toffee Coffee, Caramel, Peach, and Very Berry.

Yogurt Club Day! If you're a member of the Yogurt Club, you can come in and get a small yogurt for $1.27 when you use your club card. If you don't have a club card, ask us how to join and start saving today.

All geared up for trivia last night, I was a little disappointed upon my arrival at the Flying Saucer to see that the evening's games had been canceled. Thankfully, my friends managed to make it a worthwhile outing. One thing that I almost always enjoy about going out with my friends is the quick wit and banter that takes place. It's a relaxing way to spend a cold evening.

Before the trip to the non-trivia evening, my wife and I watched the first episode of Doctor Who Season 4. It looks like this season is going to have a little more intrigue in it. If we time it right with Netflix, we should be able to get through the whole season by next weekend. I'm looking forward to getting through the whole season and seeing how the show sets up the next season.

One of the things that British television does very well is to control the number of episodes per season. Clocking in at 12 episodes plus a Christmas special for each season, the smaller number of episodes allows for the for the writers to develop stories and an overall season arc that doesn't get lost. It is similar to the advantage that cable shows have here over their broadcast brethren.

Quiz Day: What Kind of Sweater Are You?

You Are an Argyle Sweater

You are contemplative, brainy, and serious.
You don't take much lightly - life is too important for that.

You are a very determined person. You don't let anything stand in your way.
You think out your actions and act deliberately. You don't waste time, money, or resources.

09 December 2008

Wild Weather

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Toffee Coffee, Caramel, Peach, and Very Berry.

Cone Day! All cones are only $2.08 today (regularly $2.77).

We're getting so close to Christmas that I can taste it. Literally! The bakery has been baking some of our holiday favorites like the shortbread cookies and the Cran deLite bars. Of course, the pumpkin breads are a constant too. If you need to put in a bakery order for the week of Christmas, don't forget to order soon. The deadline is 12 days away. If you need an order, we can be reached at 972.644.2000.

The Salvation Army kettle has had some additions made to it. We're sitting at 45 dollars out of 125 now. If you've clicked on the kettle to the right and were daunted by the size amounts, pick the other option. Any amount helps us get to the goal. So pick other and chip in 10, 5, or even 1 to help get the kettle filled. Thanks!

One of the things that bothers me the most about Dallas is the weather. Most of the regular readers probably know that I really don't like the heat. However, I also don't enjoy what passes for winter here. The main problem is not necessarily the gorgeous days like today. Rather, the issue lies with the fact that one day will be like this and the next will be 40 degrees with a blistering wind.

I'd like a bit more consistency to the weather patter. Over the course of an average winter, I think that we only have a about a three week stretch were it is constantly chilly. Rarely do we actually get a sustained cold streak which is what the Minnesotan in me really desires.

Either way, it would be nice if my sinuses did not have to fight the cold/warm/cold cycle in which we always seem to be caught. It would also be nice if we got a little snow on Christmas day, but I won't hold my breath for either. Maybe one day I'll get a good old fashioned winter again that will make me pine for the days of a Dallas winter.

08 December 2008

Programming Problems

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, Toffee Coffee, Caramel, Peach, and New York Cheesecake.

Shake Day! All shakes are on sale today for $3.69 when you ask for the special (regularly priced at $4.62).

If you need to send something to a loved one for the holidays, start thinking about it this week. We're calling our safe send-by-date December the 15th. This is the last date that you can send a package to any of the lower 48 and have it there on time with UPS Ground shipping. If you're sending to Texas or one of the neighboring states, then you can always ship later, but it is better to do it early.

I should begin this rant by saying that, ultimately, this one is my fault. But, it won't stop me from voicing my opinion on the matter. At issue is the governments program to hand out $40 coupons to purchase converter boxes for analog TV sets. First, I think that it is ridiculous that the government is paying a portion of this; however, I'm not going to turn down free money.

The main problem is the way that the program has been implemented. Once you have signed up for the coupon, they send it off to you and it arrives at you're home in 4 to 6 weeks. The coupons are only good for 90 days. The 90 days, however, start from your order date. This means that when the coupon arrives at your house, you have about 6 weeks or so to go and get a converter box.

Again, it's my fault for not checking the date on the coupon when it arrived. Nevertheless, it was disheartening to pick up the coupon yesterday to see that it was dated 12/3/2008. It seems to me, given the lag between the shipping time, it would make more since to date the coupons to expire at the end of the month rather than a specific date. Of course, no one has ever accused our government of being efficient.

The Cowboys laid an egg in the last 7 minutes of the game last night. After putting on a great performance, they forgot to close out the game. If Romo is going to be the quarterback of the future, I sure hope that he learns how to win in December and beyond. Four picks does not make for a winning game.

The BCS came out and Texas got the short end of the stick. The stick was only 0.0181 BCS points short. The Longhorns do have another outside shot at winning a split national title with a dominating performance at the expense of Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. This would also have to be followed by a marginal victory by the Florida Gators at the expense of OU. Of the BCS bowl games, these two look like the best of the bunch. The next in line would have to be the Penn State and USC match at the Rose Bowl.

Bonus: The "new" TV is working out well. Christmas shopping is done!

06 December 2008

Craigslist Victory

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, French Vanilla, Butterscotch, Peach, and New York Cheesecake.

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

We decided a few weeks ago to go with a standard used television set. While this means that we'll have to pick up a converter box for the switch over next year, the price on a used set was just too good to pass up. We we're able to get a gently used 30 inch flat screen Panasonic that works really well in our apartment. Moreover, it will be a perfect fit in the new place. This one will hold us over for the next few years. By then we should see some new technology on the HDTV front. And, I'm hoping that the OLED technology will be cheaper.

My first experience with shopping on Craigslist ended positive. However, there was a period of slight frustration with trying to contact several different sellers. I'm not quite sure why I wasn't contacted by the first two that I tried, but I'm glad that it ended with the TV that we got. The third person was a charm to deal with. It was a very easy transaction.

Now that we have taken care of the TV, it's time to get ready to move. We're out of our lease at our current apartment complex and are getting ready to move up to Plano at the end of the year. While I'm not looking forward to the move itself, I am looking forward to getting settled into the new place. I think that the new layout will work much better for us.

05 December 2008

Morris' Return

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, French Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Peach, and New York Cheesecake.

Cake pieces at 50% off when you ask for the special. (Limit 2).

I've got the kettle up for the Salvation Army on the blog. Unfortunately, the widget for the dynamic kettle is too large for the side of the blog. If you want to check the progress, you can see it down at the bottom of the blog. Right now, we're at 20% of the goal.

I also added a widget to the side for a Carbon Offset. The first 24 people to go to the site from this link can get a free carbon offset for one day. As a bonus, you can then gift out 5 more offset to friends and family. A free and easy way to do something good for everyone.

It feels more like the holidays up here at Sugarless deLite now that Morris the Moose is back in the store. If you've been in the store this time of year, you've probably seen the 2 1/2 foot moose dressed in his holiday best. He's been a holiday staple at the store for the 5 years that I've managed.

The best part about old Morris is that he always seems to stand in an area where he is in my peripheral vision. This means that, unless I am thinking about it, I often mistake him for a customer. Thankfully, I am not the only one who does this. Yesterday, I heard Stephen telling Graeme that Morris startles him at least once a season. Oh, the crazy hi-jinks of the Christmas moose.

Comic: (click to enlarge) Because I forgot yesterday.

04 December 2008

Kettle Time

Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, French Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Raspberry Cheesecake, and New York Cheesecake.

Brownie Special: Buy any 2 brownies (items priced at $3.49) for only 5 dollars today. Mix and Match. Limit 4.

There are only 20 more shopping days left until Christmas. I'm happy to say that my wife and I are almost done. We'll finish up by this weekend. We've just got to make a trip to Costco to get her grandfather's gift and a quick trip to the mall to get some gift cards for a basket. Soon we'll just have to sit back and wait to give.

In the meantime, we'll just have to make due by doing some charitable donations. First on the list is the Network. This is Richardson based program that focuses on providing temporary assistance to families in crisis. The next one will involve a shopping trip this weekend to a shoe store for the Soles4Souls charity. Of course, there is also the continual dollar drops at the Salvation Army red kettles as well.

One of the things that I started doing a few years ago was keeping dollars on hand when I went on shopping trips for Christmas. Each time I go into a store with a Salvation Army bell ringer, I put a dollar into the kettle. My wife also does the same thing. Over the course of the holiday it does add up, but it more importantly adds up for the Salvation Army and the work that they do.

This year, we've started a virtual kettle on the blog. It has a goal of $125. To get things started, Erica and I have donated the first 25 dollars. This means that we just need to average 5 dollars a day for the next 20 to get to the final 100 before Christmas. So, if you have 5 dollars or any other amount that you would like to donate, you should see the kettle link to the right of this blog entry. Just click on the kettle and follow the directions. (It is a tax deductible donation.)

03 December 2008


Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, French Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Egg Nog.

50% off the lowest price on all items on the Sale Rack. This is the last sale rack day until next year, so come in and get some great savings.

Well, it took about 4 and 1/2 hours yesterday, but I finally got the KIS program installed. Once I found the right program to remove the reminants of McAfee, it was a relatively simple process. Finding the right program was not. After I got the work computer up and going, I went on to the laptop computer and a home computer. I felt like I was working in IT yesterday. The good news is that it is all working well and the program, once installed, is easy to use.

All told: 10 hours spent upgrading 3 computers.

Quiz Day: Cupcake Test!

What Your Cupcake Says About You

At parties, you stand out from the crowd. You're a fairly unusual person, and you can't hide it.

You have lots of restraint in your life. You never are victim to your desires.
The most important thing in your life is fun.

You are laid back, flexible, and easy to get along with. To know you is to care for you.

Bonus! Are You Ready to Be a Parent?

You Are 64% Ready to Be a Parent

You are mostly ready to be a parent, though you could be better prepared.
If you had a kid tomorrow, things might be difficult at first - but you could pull through.

You don't have to be an ideal parent, but if your life was in better order, it would help.
Make yourself a plan of how you'll raise and pay for a kid. You'll feel better if you have all your ducks in a row.

If you're already a parent, you're probably doing a good job.
Even if things aren't perfect, you're making the best of it.

02 December 2008


Yogurt Flavors: Chocolate Decadence, World Class Vanilla, French Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Egg Nog.

Cone Day! All cones are only $2.08 today (regularly $2.77).

I didn't plan on starting my day like this, but I'm currently fight with the Kaspersky Internet Security installation program. Despite the fact that I can't find any remnants of McAfee after going through the removal program and then hunting done the hidden files, the new security suite is convinced that it is still on the computer. It looks like my 30 minute project has turned into an all day affair. Joy. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm open to them.

01 December 2008

Recovery Week

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

Sierra deLite Bars: Come in today and ask for the special to get your Sierra deLite bars for only $3.25 (regularly $4.50). The offer extends to the Cran deLite bars too. If you have not tried the latter, your missing out on our single best bakery item in the opinion of over half of our staff.

Bonus Blogger Special: Come in today or tomorrow and ask for the bonus blogger special to get a Chocolate Creme pie or Coconut Creme pie for only $7.99. (While supplies last.)

December Calendar: (click to enlarge)

December Coupons: (click to enlarge)

Christmas Order Form: (click to enlarge)

As is the case each year, this week is a week of catch up for us at the store. It's time to restock the shelves after a busy Thanksgiving rush and to finalize the Christmas preporations. It is a slower pace this week, so we'll have the time to get everything done. We've got orders in for Hallman's BBQ, Walden Farms, Chocolates, Candies, and Baja Bobs.

One item that we will unfortunately not have back in stock until next year is the Dark Cherry Cordials unless we can find an alternate source. The manufacture will not be able to make more until the start of the new year due to poor cherry quality. We are trying to find other options.

It was an exhaustive search, but Erica and I were able to find quality matching stocking holders. It was a fluke find at that. In the last moments of our shopping mission, we came across them. We're now set for the next decade. :)

Yesterday was not all good, however. The BCS rankings came out and doomed Texas to sitting out the Big 12 Championship game. For once, however, I'll leave the flawed BCS out of the equation. Out of the big six conferences, only the system in the Big 12 would have put Oklahoma in the championship game. All of the other ones would have put Texas in the game. It seems like the Big 12 never factored in having so many good teams at one time. The lack of foresight is troubling and costly if you are a Texas fan.

Of course, if Texas had been chosen under the same poor tiebreaker system, Oklahoma fans would have had a great argument. Both teams deserve to play but can't. Moreover, both teams deserve a better tiebreaker system. While Texas still has a shot at playing for the national title, it is an outside shot that depends on the Tigers defeating the Sooners in the championship game. I hope that the Big 12 fixes this obvious oversight in the off season.