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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.

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get the car inspected (read all 2 entries…)
done, done, done!!

It was difficult to get up and be at the glass shop by 9:00 am on Friday. I am not a morning person and I drank way too much wine the night before but I made it. I walked home, got a blister on my foot from my sandals to boot. It was ready by 12:30 and I was walking back to the garage. (running shoes this time) The damage $169.

Off to the garage/inspection station. They changed the muffler. I must admit it was making a lot of noise. I am sure he overcharged me and I hate a man who won’t look you in the eye when he is telling you the price for something. But he was willing to give me the inspection sticker after this work so I went with it. So $316 later, I have the inspection sticker and that is really all that matters.

Off to the police station. The looked at the inpsection sticker, they took my warning and said they would take care of it. Now the car is good for the year. I am relieved.



go through the rest of my papers before the greenday shredfest at work
pulled out the box

looked inside for 2006 files that I thought I needed to go through and alas, I had already done them so there was nothing to go through! Yah!

I brought my box of shredding down to the worksite and did my part for earth day and recycling and all that. That damn box has been sitting in my livingroom for over 5 months so I am really happy to see it gone.



get the car inspected (read all 2 entries…)
the possible expense scares me

to the point of depression! Really! I sat here this morning hemming and hawwing about getting the windsheild replaced. What happens if there is a bunch of other stuff wrong wtih the car? I cna;t afford this with the lawyers bill coing due at the end fo next month and ust gettng caught up on the bills. I got to the glass place and I was late, I hate being late but I was on the fence about the whole thing to begin with. It ended up that they had a person call out and because I was late they were unable to replace the windsheild. Okay. I took that as some sign.

Later I had an appointment at the garage to have the inspection done and told the guy about the windsheild but wold he still look at it and see if there was anything else that the car needed. I have a lot of rust on the wheel well as most older Hondas do and I was worried that I would have to spend a day with the Bondo before it would pass. He came out to tell me that it looks like I have a problem with my muffler, which I suspected given the noise it was making. $300 he said. Okay, not happy about that but I will manage. I have an appointment for that right after the windsheild.

I was pulled over twice in one week about my inpsection sticker being overdue and I only have until tomorrow to have it inspected and brought to the police station for verification so that warning doesn’t turn into a fine. Looks like I will make it.

I grew up poor and it is not fun. Even when I was first married and we rolled pennies to buy milk it was still not romantic. It came to pass that I enjoyed a much better lifestyle when I married my second husband. It was nice to not have to worry how I was going to pay for car repairs. But since I have left him and things are sometimes hard on my one income I have a great sense of accomplishment as I manage these irritating expensive issues. I am making it through and that feels good in the end.



make 2008 a pivotal year (read all 3 entries…)
What would make 2008 a pivotal Year?

The goals that I feel need to be completed to make this a pivotal year are

filing bankruptcy
being at my appropriate healthy weight
accomplishing 15 goals on the clean sweep
being caught up on my bills
finding a therapist and working on some issues to make my life bettergoing back to school, if only for one class
finishing the scarves
meeting my brotherpassing my motorcycle license course



find a lawyer (read all 3 entries…)
hmmmm??

I was at the oral surgeons office the other day for my daughter, $2000 to have three wisdom teeth pulled out, my share was $600. I thought about seeing a different dentist. I mentioned it to my daughter that the two receptionists, one nurse ti take us to the room, one to pull up the files, one to return to the other one wwho told us how much it was going to cost was what we were really paying for. We were also paying for the new building, new carpeting, new furniture and beautiful setting and its views out the window.

Well, seventeen year olds don’t take that into consideration and certainly didn’t believe a word of what I was saying. Oh well.

What does this have to do with finding a lawyer? Well, I certainly didn’t want to pay for those things with a lawyer as well. I don’t have “lawyer insurance” to help out with the bill like I have dental insurance. So I looked at finding a lawyer that I would be paying for his services and that is all. The sherrif who served me with those papers last week suggested a couple of names. I called one and left a message asking for an appointment in the morning, any of the following three days and if they could leave that information on my answering maching please because I work nights and sleep during the day, thank you. They left me a message to call them, nothing more, no explanation that they are out certain mornings or anything.

Apparently they didn;t listen to my message very well.

So let’s try another. I called the other name the sherrif recommended and got a real live person on the end of the line who made me an appointment for a few days later. I had to drive to another town to see the guy but I was in a hurry to get this thing resolved. I arrived at the office on time and went in. His office was in an old brick building on main street. When you open the door you immediately had to walk upstairs, there wasn’t a receptionist or fancy furniture, just a few couches and paperwork on the table. The only person in the office was the lawyer himself and he was on the phone. He came and asked me a question or two and told me he would be back in a minute so plase just fill out this paperwork. Ten minutes later I was in his office. We got down to business talked the talk and settled on a price for the whole thing. I don’t feel like I am paying for an elaborate office and staff and I feel somewhat confident that he can handle my situation.

I hope I was right in my choice.



buy new hiking boots (read all 2 entries…)
Keens

a mid line pair for light hiking with a nice wide toe box and a great tread, with medium torque, not too high or too stiff stiff. I like the way they look and the way they feel on my feet. I would like to buy some nice thin wool socks as well. I am really happy about my purchase. I saw a nice jacket there at the same time, it was on clearance but it was almost as expensive as the boots. EMS, not the cheapest place to equipment.

I am really happy about this purchase. I need to update my long trail guide and plan a few short hikes to break my feet into the boots.



join the green mountain club (read all 2 entries…)
Friday

at EMS there was a sign up event where you get 10% off of your purchase by signing up for a membership. I signed up and have already got a call about some volunteer events. I guess time will tell if it was really worth it or not.



find a lawyer (read all 3 entries…)
Left messages

with a lawyer this morning. I said that I needed an appoiontment, preferably in the morning. I asked that they leave me a message was to when my appointment will be as I work night shift and sleep during the day. I woke up at 5:00 after going to bed at 10:30 and found a message, Not with an appointment time but with a message to call them back. I don’t get it, what did they not understand? I guess I will be calling them and a few others tomorrow.



join the green mountain club (read all 2 entries…)
friday April 18th

the Green Mountain club is going to set up shop at a local outdoor store where I had planned on buying my hiking boots. If you sign up to the club that day, you get a 10% discount on any purchase. Sounds like a plan to me. Two birds with one stone they say. (I don’t like the idea of killing birds at all but I couldn’t think of a better phrase.)



make 2008 a pivotal year (read all 3 entries…)
well it is looking good

I wish I had not deleted some of my previous goals because so mnay of them are coming to pass. I wonder if I kinda put it out there and life brought it to me. I think so.

I had deleted the goal of finding my brother who was put up for adoption and here it is that we found him.

I had deleted quiting my second job and I have left for a long term leave of absence.

I had deleted the goal of buying a Zune and I just got one.

I had deleted quite a few goals that seemed to have come back into focus and had to add them to my list again because I realized that they were now going to happen anyway, like claim bankruptcy, learn to ride a motorcycle, fly a kite. That is a good thing.

So I see that 2008 is inevitably going to be a better year. I see a lot of changes and a lot of goals that will be accomplished this year. I am very optimistic about how this year will end.



find a lawyer (read all 3 entries…)
sheriff came a knocking

with nice papers in hand. I am getting sued for an outstanding debt. Like I told the sheriff I still don’t have the money to pay. He told me what will happen if and when I go to court, he offered up the option of bankruptcy which I had originally thought of to begin with.

He was one hot looking sheriff though. WOW! Six foot something, broad shoulders, fit body, sandy hair, nice face and warm eyes.

A little good with the bad. Gotta look on the bright side.

Well, I have 20 days to contact the court and the lawyers office that is suing me. I need to make a decision, do I claim bankruptcy or do I go to court and see what happens and perhaps have them seize part of my pay? I am thinking bankruptcy as it will give me some closure and peace of mind.

nervous about the whole thing.



buy new hiking boots (read all 2 entries…)
time

have the money but not the time to get to the shop and pick them out.



sign up for a motorcycle class (read all 2 entries…)
sent the check today

just waiting for the acceptance letter and then I will head out and buy some good leather riding gloves. I am taking the class with a girlfriend and she sent out her registration form in today as well. We are excited about being motorcyle babes! Ha!

June 26-29th the date won’t come soon enough.



buy a new ironing board
about time

the legs had fallen off of the old one and propping it on a couple of chairs was not the safest thing to do or the easiest.



stop complaining about that one issue (read all 5 entries…)
I think that I have finaly managed to do this.

It has not been easy and I think that at this point any complaints I may have can be written in my journal. It is not all roses and sunshine but it is better. I am feeling disconnected from the issue and that is making it better.



sign up for a motorcycle class (read all 2 entries…)
Have my date picked out.

I am on vacation at the end of June. I took that time off becuase it is Canada Day and I wanted to make it home for fireworks and festivities this year. That weekend is also one of the dates that is available for the Basic rider course at the DMV. It consists of 18 hours of classroom and on bike training. I called a friend who was also looking into taking the class and we are hopign to be able to go together.

I am so excited!



get to work on time (read all 3 entries…)
late once in the last two weeks.

15 minutes to Sears the other day. I set my alarm for 7:30 pm instead of am. It is one of those things you tend to make misteakes with when you regularly work the night shift.

I gotta admit though, I am much better.



Do What Must Be Done (read all 5 entries…)
lots to do still

but there is a plan. I was looking over that Clean Sweep program and it truly incorporates everything that needs to be done in one list. There are a lot of intermediate steps, a primary steps invovled but I think that it encompassses everything that “needs” to be done, and maybe even a few things that I just want to do as it talks about Personal fulfillment as well. That goal has replaced this one.



stop complaining about that one issue (read all 5 entries…)
ten days

I give this goal ten more days and I think it will be gone as well.



make a dentist appointment for Sarah (read all 2 entries…)
done

happy to say that I am making all kinds of deposits in that old emotional bank account with my kids this weekend.



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