So this bit of weirdness is a farewell.  I have been instructed by my naturopath to give up sugar.  Bye, bye VooDoo Doughnuts, cherry pie, chocolate cake, butterscotch pudding!  Bye bye Junior Mints, Turkish delight, gummy bears!  You were wonderful, and I loved you well.

I’ve stocked my pantry with dried fruit, and I’ve got these fine words to live by:

Badness you can get easily, in quantity: the road is smooth, and it lies close by.  But in front of excellence the immortal gods have put sweat, and long and steep is the way to it, and rough at first.  But when you come to the top, then it is easy, even though it is hard.

Hesiod, Works and Days