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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Weekend Top Ten (July 26 – July 27)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Computer nightmare: Get back online with something somehow
  • Computer nightmare: See tech guru. Salvage and/or backup
  • Rainchecked party prep: cake, fruit, games, etc.
  • A Happy 9th Birthday for Isak!!! Party!!!
  • Whirlwind house clean-up
  • Family adventure outside
  • Relax: bath, book, breath
  • Baby welcoming BBQ
  • Banking, library
  • See parents


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Walking on glass

Day 207: July 26



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Driven up the wall

Day 206: July 25



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Avoiding blades

Edit: This evening my computer crashed and seems to be dead. I don’t know if it’s going to be possible to get it going again or not. I haven’t backed up since last month and have irreplaceable files and photos on the drive, plus my backup of my years here. Feeling gutted again – I can’t work now either (or transfer photos). Grateful for the iPad, but all I can to is hunt & peck my misery. F@$?! Why now.


Yesterday offered hours of tandem stressy kid meltdowns that flanked other various monkey wrenches, all of which gobbled up time and energy. The evening was salvaged (thanks to Lush bombs and a rocky rum & coke), but I very much want to avoid a repeat today. I’m also feeling frustrated that 75% of the kids that were coming out last weekend are away this weekend, but we’re going to try to make the best of it.

Today is a fresh day. I slept pretty well, the sun is out, I’ve made a head start on some things that need doing, and at it’s Friday!

Main focus today: Party calls, clean-up, catch-up, order cake #2, outside time


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Postponed party plans: Make calls, order cake
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Freshen beds
  • Call cable company re. DVR lockout
  • Movie + popcorn with M
  • Hit the vintage shop
  • Outside adventure
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Hotspot bust (x5) - 3/5
  • Laundry
  • LHOTP


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue A Necklace Of Raindrops 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365 - Taken, can’t post


۞  Recycled

  • Random room-by-room decluttering
  • Consolidate bookcrossing boxes
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Sort + put away clothes (Iris)


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell
  • Banking


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State of mind

Day 205: July 24



do first things first (read all 959 entries…)
Wetter

The rain continues – this morning it was coming down so hard it was hard to see. Sunday the weather folks say 0% rain, so fingers crossed. I’m going to re-call people later today.

The kids are going stir crazy today, but I have a lot to catch-up on at home. Maybe if the rain lets up more we’ll go dance in some puddles later. I’m in a bit of a teacups and cupcakes mood right now. Hoping to get to that bubble bath today…

Main focus today: Party calls, clean-up, catch-up


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy jewelry box
  • Postponed party plans: Make calls
  • Bust the procrastination list
  • Conquer dish mountain
  • Tidy movies/books
  • Take a wet walk
  • Scrub tub
  • Laundry
  • LHOTP


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue A Necklace Of Raindrops 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice √ – Success!
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Random room-by-room decluttering - Progress
  • Consolidate bookcrossing boxes
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Sort + put away clothes (Iris) - Progress
  • Journal update (Isak)
  • Bubble bath √ – Bliss!
  • 27 Fling


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell
  • Banking


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$5 score

Day 204: July 23

Found today: A 1953 set of My Book House books in beautiful condition for a fin. Bliss!



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Running through raindrops

As the weather poohbahs warned, it’s a rainy, rainy day. Hopefully the sky will tire itself out over the next few days. I feel funny re-instating the birthday party while cats and dogs are descending, but I really should clarify plans with people. And order another cake.

Despite the Big Wet, I want to make sure we get out for a walk today. The library messaged me that the next Walking Dead books are in, and since the kids need to get their reading club charts stamped, we’ll try to head by there on route.

Best get on with it… the day is swimming along.

Main focus today: Birthday plans II, clean-up, library


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy nightstands
  • Random room-by-room decluttering - Started…
  • Consolidate bookcrossing boxes
  • Birthday: Postponed party plans
  • Sort + put away clothes (Iris) - Started…
  • Add to hand-me-down box
  • Blanket + box to storage
  • RSVP to BBQ invite
  • Take a wet wander
  • Re-check heads
  • Clean out purse
  • Scan computer
  • Tidy patio area
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue A Necklace Of Raindrops 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Update reading club calendar
  • Journal update
  • Bubble bath
  • 27 Fling
  • LHOTP


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell


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This wing'd hour

Day 203: July 22

“Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragon-fly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky:—
So this wing’d hour is dropt to us from above.
Oh! clasp we to our hearts, for deathless dower,
This close-companioned inarticulate hour
When twofold silence was the song of love.”

~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti



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A Necklace Of Raindrops

A Necklace Of Raindrops : “A beautiful new edition of Joan Aiken’s captivating collection of much-loved modern fairytales, now reissued with Jan Pienkowski’s original and iconic silhouette illustrations.”

“This is how it all began…” From ‘A Necklace of Raindrops’ to ‘The Patchwork Quilt’, here are eight classic stories to treasure and enjoy. Beginning and ending with a birthday, this spell-binding collection conjures up a world filled with magic, where wishes can come true. A necklace of raindrops that keeps its owner dry in the heaviest rainstorm; a tiger that runs faster than the wind; a huge floating apple pie with a piece of sky in it; a baker’s cat who swells to the size of a whale when his mistress feeds him yeast; a house that stands on one leg – these are just some of the objects and characters that figure in these delightful stories.

This one is a very special gift sent to the kids from afar (happy hearts to The Warrior Queen & The Jellied Eel – damn, I’m struck again with the amazing people and exquisite connections made via 43T ~ sigh).

We read our first story last night and loved it. This is equally magical for me, as I’m somehow not familiar with this book. Oh, the illustrations are gorgeous! Thank-you again, again, again!



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Fruity

Tuesday… again, bright sun, fluffy clouds, blue skies. Wheee! Weather folks say a few days of rain between now and the weekend, which makes me nervous, but we need to solidify postponed plans soon. We also need to gobble up the delicious fruit platter we got, because it won’t last until Sunday.

Our long-standing Friday playdate has been switched around (my friend is now working Fridays) and we’re catching up today while the kids play. I need to paint Isak’s nails (he’d really wanted some polish for his birthday and I picked up glow-in-the-dark and ‘Supernova’ which is a mix of dark purple and blue glitter). I have to check heads again, but all looks good (knockknock).

Hoping for a good productive week. It’s hard to believe we only have a few more functional weeks here. I’m not sure how well the transition will go for me, but I’m trying to think positively and work up to making it as good a change as possible. I wish it was a choice instead of something I have no control over. I’m going to go eat fistfuls of cantaloupe instead of sulking. I love a decent cantaloupe.

Main focus today: Birthday plans II, clean-up, visit with friends, outside time, kid-nails


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 3/4
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bedroom 27 Fling
  • Pre-company whirlwind house tidy
  • Birthday: Postponed party plans
  • Update reading club calendar
  • Coffee + playdate with friends
  • Delve into the fruit platter
  • Paint the kids’ toenails
  • Sunshine time / water!
  • Send congratulations
  • Double check heads
  • Open new lego set
  • Sort clothes bag
  • Bubble bath
  • Vacuum
  • LHOTP


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue A Necklace Of Raindrops 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour √ – X2
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • Journal update


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell


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Bark worse than bite

Day 202: July 21



do first things first (read all 959 entries…)
Them!

Monday… there are post birthday / after-weekend things to clean up, and M has returned to work after his week off. I’m still digesting this morning’s Banner of Doom. As much as I lament the fact that this site is closing soon (and oh, I do, I do), I’m glad to finally have a solid idea as to what’s going on and have a time frame to work with.

I’m still pretty bummed that we had to cancel Isak’s party yesterday, especially seeing as we’ve gone back to hot and sunny now. We’re planning to raincheck for next weekend, but some families are going camping. Frustrating. He still had a great birthday, and 75% of the stuff we got will keep (though we’ll be eating a lot of cupcakes this week!).

I heard from the mom of a friend Isak plays with a lot that she found magical head-bugs on her son last night, so I’ve launched into a full on battle against a potential nit-nightmare. I checked thoroughly and found nothing (whew!), but am doing all I can just in case, including a lengthy olive oil and tea tree oil treatment, extensive laundry, and furious vacuuming. I totally appreciate this mom telling me right away and have my fingers crossed – fortunately we’ve yet to experience this in our family, knock on wood.

Main focus today: Birthday plans II, clean-up, bug precautions, library, start new book


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 3/4
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean under the bed
  • Thorough head check + preventative measures
  • Choose a new bedtime book with Isak
  • Ponder the big wrap-up + wind-down
  • Birthday: Postponed party plans √ – Same time next week?
  • Post weekend clean-up
  • Tackle dish mountain
  • Test new squirt guns √ – AAAAAAAwesome!
  • Outside adventure
  • Journal update
  • Laundry √ – X 5
  • Vacuum √ – Even the stairs!
  • Library
  • Baths - 3/4


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Start a new book!
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell

By the way… does anyone know if the closure message goes away if you use the export tool? I’m glad to have seen it, but if I do another mirror-style back-up, I’d prefer to not have that prefacing all my content. It’s depressing.



SAVE 43things.com (read all 3 entries…)
And there it is...

The Banner of Doom. Expected, but it’s still sad to see the coffin nails shine after clinging to an irrational glimmer of hope that something else might be in the works.

Closing this as done, because I think we did all we could. I’m glad we’re not facing a sudden death screen/404, I’m glad there’s extra time to revisit and save entries, and that there are still a few weeks left to wind down and say goodbye. I will dearly miss this world of crossroads we’ve had here for so long. More than words.



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Slow spin

Day 201: July 20



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Gift

Day 200: July 19



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Weekend Top Ten (July 19 – July 20)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Party prep: pick up cake, gift bags, e-mail
  • A Happy 9th Birthday for Isak!!! Party!!!
  • Polish + send new memoir project
  • Whirlwind house clean-up
  • Start LHOTP series
  • Finish book w.Isak Fini!
  • Family adventure
  • Clean bathroom
  • Banking, library
  • See parents – Jetlagged (soon).

Edit: The heat wave broke into cold, stormy weather. I’ve had to cancel Isak’s party and feel terrible about this. Still trying to reach a few parents. Damn. I feel like a rotten mom.

Edit 2: We’re rescheduling for next weekend (the heat wave is supposed to return), I took 3 of the boys to Menchies, and we’re planning a special family party tonight. He’s happy, that’s the important thing.



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Found :)

Day 199: July 18

(You know those lovely notes some strangers leave behind for other strangers to find? I found one today – tucked into a cranny on a cement staircase. It really made me happy. Thanks, stranger!)



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Overhead

The weather is shifting, shifting… currently there aren’t matching precipitation plans for Sunday anywhere, but there’s hope, and we picked up one of the pop-up canopies last night. Cake’s ordered, more friends coming, list shrinking. There’s still a lot to do, made a bit more difficult with our crossed fingers, but we’ll get there.

Yesterday we were gone until fairly late (capped off with a beautiful walk as the sun was sinking), but took care of everything at my parent’s house – they’ll be back this evening. I got up early today and blazed through a number of new project files. Now I’m revving my energy stores with coffee and timbits. Mmmm doughnuts.

Main focus today: Birthday plans, clean up the house, toy store


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Birthday: Canopy 2, gift bags/swag, outdoor games
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean bathroom floor
  • Work: Work on new memoir project √ – Finished 10/10, need to polish/send
  • Touch base with parents post-flight √ – They left a message
  • Battle accumulated house chaos
  • Check in with a few more friends
  • Pick up supplementary presents
  • Pick up canopy tent #2
  • Tackle dish mountain
  • Pull up some weeds
  • Pamper tootsies
  • Journal update
  • Laundry
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Tidy medicine cabinet, sink area
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • Make iced mochas


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


complete project 365 (read all 207 entries…)
Mud Bay

Day 198: July 17



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