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'm doing 10 things
 

How I did it
How to make 43 offers on Freecycle
It took me
1 year
It made me
Ebullient


How to survive and thrive after Windstorm 2008
It took me
30 days
It made me
Accomplished


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Grieve my cat who has passed away
Thomas has left our lives

T’knight wanted to write this under one of his entries, but he was having computer problems so I offered to help.

Plus, I wanted this to be a separate goal, as this once-special cat deserves as much.

Here is the entry that he wrote for us:

Thomas.

He was solemn.

He was a lovely cat.

He talked with many syla-la-buls if you get my drift.

Opinionated.

fluffy.

He was as strong as an ox.

All but for a thread….

From a carpet that he did shred.

Apparently he wrapped it around his tongue…

Antibiotics and surgery.

And now he is dead.

So please hug your pets, whomever and wherever they may be…

Do it now while you can.

I said good bye less than an hour before he died.

Love them while you can.

Farewell my friend.



Capture 43 unique observations about my sweetheart man (read all 34 entries…)
Sudsy shrines

Here’s a new one:

34. I have undeniable proof that my sweetheart man uses the fireplace mantle as a vanity and shrine to delectable French soap.

One thing about my sweetheart man is that he doesn’t like to ask for things. I myself have a new -vice- and that is treating my 40-something -old- young skin to a good skin care regimen. In my younger years, I either didn’t have time, funds or inclination to really make this a priority. Now, I want to work on getting my complexion to be the best it can be and look as healthy as possible.

The week before our wedding, when things were their craziest, I planned for some “time out” events for my sweetheart man and I. One of those was mini-facials, done at a local boutique, and for free, I thought what a bargain! What I didn’t realize was that I was going to be hooked on the products that were used on me.

My man looked at me, freshly washed and moisturized and said, “You look luminous.”

I said to the boutique manager, without missing a beat, “I’ll take two of everything you put on my skin!”

Then, I thanked him!!

Now, it was his turn – and boy did his skin glow – it took years off his face to get the dry skin scrubbed off and the healthy glow returned. He looked relaxed and rejuvenated, my handsome groom-to-be! It took some prying and eventually a conference in the hall, but he grudgingly admitted that he felt as good as he looked.

So now, I am a L’Occitane fan – not so unusual for a woman, I suppose. I have an investment of “potions and ungents” as my sweetheart man calls my “product system”.

However, there was an awesome sale, and so I bought some of his core facial product at 33% off in triplicate (times two). He loves these so much, he has these stacked on the mantle above the fireplace, next to his computer desk area. Oh no, these are not on a darkened bathroom or closet shelf, these are now part of the furnishings! Until they see the suds of day, one day, that is their ritualistic destiny….

Let us join together in our L’Occitane fandom!



Plan a wedding and honeymoon with HarmonyGirl (read all 12 entries…)
We are home

We are home and almost unpacked, which is amazing in and of itself, LOL!

I traveled more on the honeymoon than I ever have in my previous years of life put together!

We met so many people on the cruise, and sadly, did not see many happy marriages being emulated for us. However, that does not have to be our story.

OUR story is being written by us, a chapter every day. We are back home with cats and dogs, dishes in the sink and full trashcans to be emptied. We are home with the fact that we were gone for nearly two weeks, and storms didn’t take our home away and burglars didn’t break in and steal everything and vandalize the floors and walls.

The pets didn’t escape from the kennel or die, the freezer didn’t quit working, and the basement didn’t get flooded. The planes on which we rode didn’t have mechanical problems, and the ship was not boarded by terrorists.

None of the things about which I worried happened, which was amazing and affirming. I used to be so scared of leaving the house when I was still in Florida, because then I wouldn’t be in control to mitigate when bad things happened. (And bad things always happened, between storms, robberies, and just general neighborhood harassment.) This experience, as wonderful as the trip itself was, pales in comparison to the most uneventful homecoming I have ever had. We came home in darkness, yet to me the house was lit up like a beacon of safety and strength. This is the first time that I have left for so long, and yet, everything was perfectly fine as I had left it. Even the grass and garden looked better than when I had left (because of all the good rains)!

My faith renewed, I put down a small deposit on our next cruise, which means I am willing to leave my cocoon again for new adventures. It may be next year or even in 2012, as I have four (4) years to actually decide. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to something instead of dreading its outcome!

For now though, I’m basking in the familiar of home, enjoying the new blossoms in the garden, and sleeping more soundly with the sound of snoring dogs, purring cats and one happy husband.



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