Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year From Sugar & Spice, Plus A Big Announcement!


Happy New Year! I hope that everybody will have a fantastic time ringing in 2010. I do hope that all of you who celebrated Christmas had a wonderful time this year.

I'm still without a cable modem. I've been doing a lot of soul searching lately, plus I've been talking to my sister. We've decided to give up the internet at our house for the time being. Money is really tight right now. It doesn't seem to be getting any better any time soon. We are giving up both our high speed internet and our digital cable service. We are just going to keep basic cable. That will save us some money every month. We are always looking for way to cut expenses.

I am putting this and my other blog on hiatus for the time being. I had been mulling doing this anyway before the situation with the cable modem arose. The modem dying just sealed it for me.

I've got a lot of things I want to try to work on in 2010. The last few years of my life have been rather rocky. Plus I will turn 40 in 2010. That's one of those milestone birthdays. There are some goals I'm setting for myself that I want to accomplish in this year.

I really want to get back into shape. I've gained a lot of weight over the last few years. When I'm stressed out, I eat a lot. I've been stressed out so much due to work and other factors. I want to start eating better and working out again.

I also want to try to find another job this year. It's not getting any better at work. I'm thankful that I've got a job when so many others are still out of work. I still would like to figure out something else to do. I'm not getting the hours or the pay I was a few years back. It's been a real struggle.

I want to work on my spiritual life as well. I'm not sure if it's because I'm getting older or what, but I've been thinking about spiritual matters a lot lately. I plan to start going to a house of worship in a few weeks. I want to work on my relationship with God. Plus it will give me a chance to be part of some community and something greater than myself.

I have so much enjoyed doing both my blogs. I've had a lot of fun. I've meet a lot of great people. I'm going to miss it. But I feel like I need to take this break for now so I can concentrate on some other areas of my life. Blogs tend to take so much time and energy. I need to focus that instead on improving my life. I'm not saying I'll never come back. I may be back in a month or it could be six months or more. I'm not sure. Thanks so much for all the support and friendship you've all given me since I starting blogging. It means the world to me. I care about you guys a lot.

I'll be able to get on the internet a few times a week at my grandmother's. I plan to keep my pages on Facebook and MySpace. For those that I'm friends with on either, we can keep in touch there. If you are on either of those and we are not friends yet, I hope that you will become my friend. I do want to stay in touch.

I hope all of you will understand what's going on. Please don't be upset with you. This is just something I need to do. My sister Stephanie is taking a break from her blog Chic Femme as well. I'm not sure how long her break will be. It could be shorter or longer than mine. She's working on getting into graduate school.

Take care. I wish you all the best in 2010. God bless you all. Cheers!


Bob Probst said...

Sorry to see you go but I wish you all the best. Your blog is always a "must read" for me. I'll keep you in my feed reader and will look forward to your return.

I hope your new year is a productive one. Make sure you stay busy.

Master Tiberius said...

I will miss your posts Keith but I know how important is to focus on what you have shared with us. Best of luck in the New Year!

Neil Fulwood said...

Hi Keith,

Thanks for visiting my blog earlier today and commenting. Have a Happy New Year, take the time away from the blog that you need, and good luck at working towards those goals you've set yourself. I'm sure it will take determination and personal discipline, but I really admire you for your clarity of thought and your decision to improve things for yourself.

All the best,


Jennifer Fabulous said...

Oh no! Awww Keith I'm really going to miss you. But yes, you definitely deserve a break and what better time to do it than the new year! :) I hope you enjoy your time off (but I am secretly hoping you will be back soon, hehe).

I sent you a myspace message about my new temporary facebook profile. I hope you will friend me so we can keep in touch on there. So hopefully this isn't a long goodbye for us!

Oh, and I love your goals for 2010. They are wonderful and I have no doubt you will achieve all of them. It looks like '10 is going to be a milestone year for you and that's NOT just b/c of you're turning the big 4-0!! xoxo!!

Mrs. M. said...

oh no Keith i am so bummed! I saw "Big Announcement" and i thought you might be moving to a dot com. I am so sorry to hear that you are putting the blogs on hiatus. Of course i am sad but i dont think anyone will be angry with you. you've done such an awesome job at putting a smile on everyone's face who can hate on you for that? I do hope you find and get all the things you are looking for, and that you do decide to post at least periodically. And by all means do not be a stranger. i insist that you email me to let me know how things are going. i know how much you love TDL and S&S, so im sure you did not come to this decision lightly. All the best, and hope to hear from you soon!

Grumpy old man said...

Wow Keith, I am terribly sorry to hear this, but I do understand, I was there not too long ago.

I can only wish you everything of the best, I hope that you will find a better job soon, and that your blog will be back to life in no time. I am sure I speak for all your readers when I say we will surely miss you a lot!

About the spiritual life, you cannot do better than to get that in order, we never know when our number is up and if we go unprepared, it means hell... so I wish you well in that aspect also. I will see you on facebook, so best wishes and may the new year bring you health and a better income.

See you soon again!

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

This is a sad new for all your fans Keith... But I do understand, I'm in a way very happy that you are on your spiritual walk in life. All the best to you & your sister! God is good all the time & He'll provide all your necessary needs~ Continue to believe dear friend! Hope to see you back again very soon ok! Much love to you as always!! xo & Happy New Year~

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

ps:Thank you for everything!!!

Vertiginoso said...

I Franklly think that this kind of "cyber break" can be necessary to better coming back, even in an undeterminated Time . . .
ps: I warmly wish you an Excellent New Year's Eve, with all my Best Wishes for 2010 !!!

à Bientôt, Antoine

Vertiginoso said...

I Franklly think that this kind of "cyber break" can be necessary to better coming back, even in an undeterminated Time . . .
ps: I warmly wish you an Excellent New Year's Eve, with all my Best Wishes for 2010 !!!

à Bientôt, Antoine

chocolategirl64 said...

wOw that's some list and well done you for getting as far as outing it to the blogosphere!
with that kind of positive outlook you'll achieve it all ~ and if you don't ~ it doesn't matter because you have intention :
good luck in 2010 ~ may all your dreams be realised :
but please pop back and tell us how you're getting on!

❤ & peace ~~~ Dee

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

You are going to be greatly missed, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Have a great New Year and here's to hoping that the job and money situation gets better. Good luck and take care!

Gabbi said...

Happy New Year Keith! I left a long comment in the Lounge :) But yeah... I understand completely and wish you lots of everything good in 2010!!

Shell said...

Keith, I wish you all the best for 2010. 40 was a big turning point for me as well. I do hope you'll return sooner rather than later.
Happy New Year.

Scott (gotankgo) said...

Take care of yourself Keith; changes aren't always easy, but they're worth the effort and it sounds like you're on track with plans. I wish you the best of luck as you move forward into 2010. Hope to still see ya 'round the interweb now and again. Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

We love you Keith! You'll be missed but the blog can wait when you have a lot of important goals to reach. I'm sure you will make them all happen. The Sexy Armpit wished you all the best!


Sorry to be losing your blog.

Hope to see you online again soon.

Daniela said...

Keith, come back whenever you are able to. We'll all miss you but your life means more than a blog post. I hope that you are well and I wish you the best in every single thing that you set your mind to accomplish.

Take care!!

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Steve Langton said...

I admire you for setting such clear and admirable goals. I hope you can restart blogging sometime in the future and look forward to staying in touch via Facebook and Twitter. Stay strong and well and hope to see you posting again soon.

All tbe best from your friend in the UK

noone said...

sorry to hear that you gotta go for a while, you're right blogs do take up a lot of time and energy. I hope everything will work out to be pleasing for you in 2010! Take care!!

Unknown said...

ah i'm sorry to see you go but i understand why. i hope you find happiness in 2010 x

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Unknown said...

Hey Keith. So sorry to hear about your troubles but it is good to hear that it seems like you've got a game plan. I certainly respect and appreciate your decision to take some time off from blogging and sort things out. I wish you all the luck in the world and I hope things work out for you, my friend. I've enjoyed both of your blogs very much and always appreciate your comments on my own blog. Take it easy.

Keith said...

Wow, Keith... I really hate to see you go. I've enjoyed your blog for over a year now and have truly enjoyed swapping comments. I always look forward to your posts and thoughts but I understand about the time requirements and intense efforts a blog can take.

I wish you good luck in your future efforts. I too am making much less than I did before the economy collapsed but I've never been happier. While I'm barely making ends meet, I work for a nice boss and love my work environment. I hope you find a job that's rewarding and challenging.

I have to admit my first reaction was one of selfishness and I didn't want you to go but I do want you to be happy, my friend. Even though we've never met face-to-face, I do consider you my friend, Keith.

So, goodbye for now and God bless. Don't be a stranger.

Melanie's Randomness said...

oh dear I'm sorry to hear this. Do what you gotta do hun. I wish you the absolute best for the year & a smile. Happy New Year! Cheers!

PTA Transit Authority said...

Maintain Keith. All the best and a Happy New Year! Thanks for all, Richard.

Yum-Yum said...

Good luck in your future endeavors, Keith. I really appreciated all the positive feedback you left in my blog over the past year.

Siru said...

I wish all the best for you! These are hard times and I understand that your real life has to go first and I wish you all the best! Happy new Year 2010! I wish it will treat you well!

juliet xxx

~kristie~ said...

hope 2010 is your year!

michelle_ said...

happy new year to u too keith !
marvelous blog post !
keep me updated with ur new posts :D id love to check 'em out !

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AX80 said...

Hope you're back soon! Happy New Year's anyways!

Ash Fox said...

I wish you all the best, Keith. We will all miss your blog, but it sounds like you are on the right track to being happier and healthier. Happy New Year! Hope all your wishes come true!!!

The Sydney Girl said...

we will all miss you - i think it's a great thing you're doing for yourself!!!

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Unknown said...

You really do have a great blog here. I have a blog myself which brings inspiration and guidance to people all around the world. Life is hard enough, and I hope my site can contribute anything positive to someone's day.

I'd like to exchange links with you to help spread some traffic around between each other. Please let me know if this is possible. Until then, keep up the good work.


AraSoles said...

my dear friend
ur two blogs is such a joy for me
i will never forget ur support and ur kind words and comments
i am getting closer to the same age so i think i can feel what u feel
i wish u can achieve all that u plan for
i wish u all the best my friend

Nuheila said...

I wanted to stop blogging also.I took a few days break and i came back.So i do understand your decision,sometimes there is more important things in our life.I wish you could find some other job.Hopefully this year is better for all of us:)Say hello to your sister Stephanie and hugs for both of you!


Christopher Pinto said...

Hey kiddo, hope everything goes you way. As Frank says, you're ridin' high in April, shot down in May, but you'll be back on top in June. Hang in there, we'll see you in a few ticks. You're always welcome for a drink at the Tiki Lounge.
-Tiki Chris P.

molly said...

good luck with your hiatus keith! have a wonderful 2010 :)