Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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fungus_finger in Austin is doing 23 things including…

Quit Smoking

39 cheers


fungus_finger has written 6 entries about this goal

Four weeks! (or there abouts)

Two more weeks of the “Step 2” patches, then it’s on to the “Step 3” patches.

Almost messed up this morning.

Using The Patch, my morning routine goes something like this: Remove yesterday’s patch, clean off adhesive with an alcohol swab, shower, do other morning things, etc, put new patch on, get dressed. This morning, however, I forgot to put on a new patch and I didn’t realize it until I was almost all the way to work. At first, I thought, “Maybe I can just rough it and go without one today.” But then I thought about people who take anti-depressants… sometimes they’ll feel like they’re doing so well that they don’t need to take their medicine anymore, so they’ll quit and all hell will break loose. I decided that nicotine is probably very similar. I didn’t want to turn into the Incredible Hulk at work, so I stopped and bought another week’s supply of the step 2 (14mg) patches. I’m going to need them anyway, so it’s not like I’ll have extra.

A bit of weekend slippage

Well… not really weekend slippage, since it was yesterday. But still slippage. I was doing a lot of work around the house yesterday (installed a new pre-hung door, did some more work on my tallbike) and was really sweating. I got so sweaty that I sweated off TWO nicotine patches. After having the second one stuck to me for only two hours or so, I got pissed off and tried to ride it out on my own. That didn’t work so well. I ended up having three cigarettes from about 6pm until midnight, mostly to spare my family the terror of a nicotine-deprived me.

But now I’ve hit the reset button and I’m back on the patch today. :-/

Nonstick-otine patch and Patch Dreams (day 2)

Has anyone else tried the patch? How well did it adhere to you? I was working on a project in my backyard yesterday, looked down, and saw my patch on the ground. The dang thing had just fallen right off. It’s a good thing I saw it before my dog did.

Also, I’ve been having vivid dreams the last two nights. I guess this is because my mind is still being stimulated by nicotine even though I’m sleeping.

I started The Patch today

I started on the Habitrol patch today. I’m still kinda jonesin’ for a smoke, but I’m not angry about it like when I quit cold turkey. The instructions say to place the patch on a “clean, dry, and hairless area on the arm or upper body.” HA! On my body you can really only get two out of the three. It’s actually on my left side, right below the side of my left mantit. Wish me luck!

I need to quit

I’m starting to worry about my heart more and more. If I keep smoking, I wonder what would kill me first? Cancer or heart disease?

fungus_finger has gotten 39 cheers on this goal.


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