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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I can feel the love all around me...

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go hiking more often (read all 4 entries…)
Montezuma's Well

Went hiking down Montezuma’s Well. It was pretty cool with the small housing located in the rock. They had to be small indians to live in there and very agile to get to some of the places. Pretty cool place. Also we to another spot very close by and see some pretty cool hieroglyphics.

Of course….. I need a camera again!! :( But the trip was way awesome!

Make a list of 100 movie quotes (read all 53 entries…)
The Departed

No tickey, no laundry!

plant a vegetable garden (read all 9 entries…)

Ahhhh…. My garden is beautiful and will get more so as the spring/summer continues. The bok choy did well, but was very bitter so… I won’t do that again, until I read up on it more.

The strawberries are coming in good! I have a small green chili developing as well as a very beautiful eggplant that is almost 5 inches!! I have eaten beats and spinach! I have green and yellow squash, water melon, jalapinos, tomatoes, bell peppers, sunflowers, rosemary, chives and leeks growing as well.

I think this will have to be my summer spot and the winter one I will have to try somewhere else.


I want to visit Phern (read all 3 entries…)

I am here. NC is very beautiful, green, large lawns with no fences, quiet. The visit is going nicely! This is the farthest from home that Ive ever been (as a mom- not including the teenage years in AK. Now I can say I have been on the East Coast, the West Coast, as far south as Mexico and as far north as Canada and Alaska! And the best bonus Im getting to visit a very good friend that I haven’t seen in many, many years!

Eat clean and healthy (read all 5 entries…)
going to revamp...

My cubbards that is, as soon as I get back from NC. Stock them with dried beans, brown rice and pasta, oatmeal, nuts and begin grinding my wheat berries and my chick peas for flour. The oat flour… way too sticky. If you notice when you eat oatmeal sometimes it is thick like honey and tends to stick and be gooey. Not good for replacing the flour.-going to replace with chickpea (garbonzo bean) flour next.

I want to visit Phern (read all 3 entries…)
One Week!

I will be there in one week!! I am so very excited! Nervous, but excited. I have not seen her in a very L O N G time!! Yay me!

Take childbirth classes: 3 total
The classes...

I took them with each pregnancy. I just wanted to learn something new. Always so worth it to learn all you can. Even some seemingly useless info comes in handy once in awhile!

plant a vegetable garden (read all 9 entries…)

Is bok choy supposed to have flowers on the top of it? I dont see the thick celery looking stalks just yet either.

I want to be a better mom (read all 7 entries…)

Im a good mom already. Not perfect but good. So I am so done with this goal. I could leave it on here forever! I am going to be a mom forever…. so I will just keep trying to be the best that I can be and try not to swear so much (bahahahahaha!!!!)

plant a vegetable garden (read all 9 entries…)

Who knew how hard it would be to get food to grow!! Crazy!! So when I planted the ‘good stuff’ spinach and all that…. the STUPID area that had SO MUCH SUN in the summer that I couldn’t get things to grow had absolutely NO SUN in the winter!! It is just now starting to get sun on the north side of the garden area and some bok choy is starting to come up (after all this time) so I replanted everything. So frustrating!!

Most of my salsa garden died in the freeze we had. Humph! I am reading and re-reading Garden Guy- he is a local here and knows our climate, so….. on we go for another try!

I want to play in a poker tournament (read all 3 entries…)
Las Vegas Baby!

I am heading to Las Vegas for a family reunion in May! Woot! What a better place to sit and play a few hands of Texas Hold’em!! Especially if they have like tournament tables, you know, pay $30 or so and play until your chips are gone. Then I don’t have to worry about big ballers coming in and knocking me out right away!

If they have those… I am set!!

Read more books (read all 12 entries…)
I have completed this goal!

Well I am so back on track with reading. I even bought a Nook! I had a Kindle at first, but then traded it in; mostly due to the fact that I could not download my e-text books and be able to read them on the Kindle, they were “protected” and not accessable. I like the Nook. It holds all my e-text books so I don’t have to drag my laptop with me everywhere! I can check out books from the public library right from my home and I don’t have to worry about losing them or late fees. And I can get free Nook books on Fridays from Facebook!! I still love paper backs and have read so many great books these past two years (yes I think it has been that long!)- I recommend The Hunger Games! A great trilogy!

So, this goal is complete!

I want to visit Phern (read all 3 entries…)

I have my plane ticket. The very first plane ticket I have ever purchased on my own! I will be gone for almost a whole entire week! I can not wait to catch up, hang out and visit!! Woot! Woot!

Read more books (read all 12 entries…)
I am so back on track!

I am trying to have a book in hand all the time now. I like the distraction from every day life!

May I suggest the Hunger Games as some good, light reading!! It is a series of three. I have read the first two and the third sits on my shelf until I am finished with Loving Frank (a fictional story about Frank Lloyd Wright- although I wonder how one can right a fictional book about a non fictional character? I am going to have to research this a little for fun when I am finished).

I have list upon list of books that I wish to read. I think that is the hard part! Getting started with the habit and then keeping something in mind to read next!

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 96 entries…)
It's been awhile!

I am grateful that the depression has lifted! Whew what a time and it lasted for a very long period this time, a couple of months. The change in the seasons usually lifts me out of it and Im grateful that it is happening now!

I am grateful to be with just me and my family these days. No distraction from a man or a relationship to keep me from my self discovery and physical goals. I do look forward to a relationship someday, maybe next year. Who knew that I could do this, right? Wow! A huge discovery in itself!

I am grateful for work being done on my house from the weatherization being done, to the “fall” deep cleaning, to the gardening. It is hard to feel like doing much when it is so hot out!

I am grateful for the every-other-week break that I am getting from the kids! I have been so overwhelmed and stressed and this is a much needed break!! I get a break from “mom- responsibility”, a break from homework, a break from the added chores. It really is a blessing. It has only been this month, but I can already feel the relief and I am beginning to enjoy my weeks with them more!

For school going so good.

For the awesome weather that adjusts my attitude and outlook!

Eat clean and healthy (read all 5 entries…)
I have discovered something!

One of the things that is not supposed to be healthy is white flour. That is the first thing that she suggests in her book. I agree. They process it to the point that there is no nutrional value in it or very, very little. And depending on the bleaching process could actually have chemicals. So what’s a poor mom to do? And Im all for whole wheat, but truely it takes some getting used to and it is harder to convince picky kids!

I have found out that you can make flour!! EASILY! Im so excited! I have not tried a recipe yet, but I am going to this weekend to see if there is a drastic difference! You can make oat flour and replace your white flour with it cup for cup! All you need to do in grind whole oats in a food processor! who knew?! I also don’t like garbonzo beans (chick peas) but bought a bag thru a co-op (you dont always know what you are getting) and found out that I can grind and use this as flour too! OR make hummus. Now I am picky about hummus, it is not all good, but if I make my own….. hmmmmm Im soooo excited!

If this works out AND if I get the approval from my kids, I will post a recipe from time to time!

I have to say… I am really trying to eat better/ healthier, but I won’t be able to give up my monthly gravy and I like things to taste GOOD, so we will see how this works!!

plant a vegetable garden (read all 9 entries…)
Winter time!

I am excited to have actually planted something! The pumpkins were too early for Halloween earlier this year, they did not have enough shade in this AZ sun and I planted the corn too late to produce and to shade the pumpkins. So I have learned something about that. I have a different area, with more shade in which to begin again in the spring.

Right now tho I have planted leeks, beets, bok choy and spinach! I am sooo excited. I have also transplanted a salsa garden into pots, jalapeno’s, green chili’s, tomatoes, green onions and cilantro! We will see how well they do this winter. I think normally those things are summer time growers but we will see.

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 96 entries…)

for the fire we must all go thru

for my comfy bed that I dont want to get out of these days

for the moth that no one helps out of its cocoon, for it strengthens their wings even tho its a struggle

for Netlfix

for being smart enough to know that this is all only temporary!

Make a list of 100 movie quotes (read all 53 entries…)

You want a Rolls Royce? You don’t come here, you go to England or where ever the F they make it. You want champaigne? You go see the French. You want money?; find a Jew. But if you want dirt or scum burried under a rock somewhere or some secret nobody wants nobody to know about, there is only one placed to go, right here, Hell’s Kitchen. It is the lost and found of shit, they lose it and we find it. Forget about it baby.

post quotes I like (read all 31 entries…)
Stephen King...

Monsters are real, ghosts are real too, they live inside us and sometimes they win.

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