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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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New Isabella in Augusta is doing 38 things including…


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New Isabella has written 6 entries about this goal

Time's still flying!

Now it’s 2 months since I started hemming my pants. It was too hot back then to wear long pants, but now it’s cooler, and I was looking in my closet thinking, “I could really use a new pair of pants or two.” Duh!

Time to get busy with this goal before summer comes back around again!

My, how time does fly! (I guess that means I must be having fun, right?)

It’s 13 months since my last post under this goal. About a week or two ago, I got those two pairs of unhemmed pants out of the closet and laid them on the bed, along with two pairs of the proper length, so that I could measure the length of my inseem and mark up the ones to be hemmed. They laid there on the bed collecting cat fur until this morning, when I finally made a start. I marked one pair up this morning, and made a start on the 2nd pair. The two hemmed pants are back in the closet where they belong, and the two to-be-hemmed ones are on the ironing board, relatively safe from the cat fur. Yay!

Very slow and very tedious progress...

After a couple hours of work tonight, I’ve finished sewing half the hem of the lining.
Now I remember why I don’t like sewing. It makes me feel like I have two left hands (and I’m not left-handed). For some reason, the material of this skirt is more difficult to work with than the last one. I keep thinking, “what if I spend all this time, and at the end it doesn’t come out right?”

Then I’ve spent a couple hours wasting my time sewing, instead of wasting my time surfing the internet, or reading, or the dozens of other ways that I find to waste my time. Oh, well. No harm done. And then there’s always a chance that it will come out just fine after another evening or two of work.

Problem solved...

I was having trouble figuring out how to mark up the hem on skirt #2. I used a lead pencil on skirt #1, but the material of skirt #2 is too dark in color, and I couldn’t see the pencil marks. I tried several other ideas that didn’t work, but I finally remembered that I had a white pencil, and that seems to work. Even though skirt #2 has a lining (2 hems required), I hope to finish it this week.

Babystep #1: Find something to measure with.

Arrggghhhh. Where is my tape measure?

Note to self:

See Have a place for everything and keep everything in it’s place!

I found the tape measure, and some pins, and pinned up the first skirt.

The good news: The new length looks good. :)

The bad news: I’ve gained some weight since the last time I tried the skirt on. :(

Still to do:
(1) cut off excess material. DONE 6/1
(2) iron. DONE 6/1
(3) sew the hem. DONE 6/4
(4) repeat for 2nd skirt and 2 pairs pants. Working on 2nd skirt lining
(5) stop eating so much pasta & go walking more often. Some progress
(6) put away the tape measure and the pins in their proper place.

I've got 2 pairs of pants and 2 skirts...

...that need to be shortened. Or, if I can’t hem them, I need to give them away.

I think I can hem them. The question is, am I willing to do it?

New Isabella has gotten 19 cheers on this goal.


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