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Homeschool/Unschool my son, and be the best possible kick-ass teacher that I can be for him! \ ( ^.^ ) / (read all 5 entries…)
Testing in Progress...

I finally gave my son the first of seven (or eight) tests he needs to take for third grade as a homeschooler. I meant to give these a long time ago, but I put it off.

He only wanted to do one today, so we did the vocabulary portion of the reading test. 40 questions, 10 minutes, bubble-style answers. He made his time, perfectly, and did well. He was so anxious that I was afraid he was going to have a panic attack, or something, but he did it.

I went over his answers, and he got 34/40 correct. He has a wealth of a vocabulary, but some words he has just never heard before. He did great! He was very proud of himself for finishing a test, successfully. Hopefully we can get another one or two done tomorrow. I need to get them sent back to the company for the year.



Move out of this apartment complex/Find a house to rent (read all 12 entries…)
Had a showing of the house today...

finally. It is an okay house. It is quite smaller than my sister’s house (owned by the same landlord). There isn’t a main basement, but a drop-down second living room. The rooms are all smaller and the kitchen is much like the one in my apartment. But it will do for now. We may only be in this next residence for a year, before moving back to Minnesota.

The man we met there and his daughter were very nice. I wish they were our neighbors there, and not moving out. Dad is downsizing as his kids are all moved out, so that works. We are a bit perplexed because he still has not heard a confirmed word on the place he has been wanting to move into (the 31st is right around the dang corner!). The landlord said he is paid through the 31st, and that he would be vacated on that same day. Well, the renter tells a different story. Apparently, he may be there until the 2nd (GASP!!!) We will only have the moving truck until the 1st. It is a mess.

He mentioned that we could move small things into the garage a couple of days before he leaves, but that won’t really help us in any way, seeing as how we have to be out of this until on the 31st, and the truck has to be back on the 2nd, in the morning. It just isn’t sounding good, at all. We will likely be staying in a hotel for however long it takes him, but I have no idea what we are doing with our household items. He should be out of there, and the landlord should be pressuring him according to the lease. The landlord seems like he is slacking on this one.

I don’t know how this will all work out, but God willing, it will. One way, or another. I am trying not to stress too much about it. I pray he can get done and get word that he can move on the 31st, or he 1st at the latest, and be done so we can move in. Ugh, what a pain in the backside!!!

To be continued…

I have been slowly getting the apartment packed up and cleaned this past week. I need to kick it into high gear the next few days, though. We absolutely have to be out of here on time…or we pay a huge penalty and will probably have someone moving right in as we are still here, lol.



Complete the 200 Squats Training Program (read all 19 entries…)
Week 6, Day 2:

I took an unintentional break for a few days to collect myself. I have been feeling pretty off, so I felt I could tackle this day today and make it count.

Week 6, Day 2 Schedule:
30 reps
30 reps
40 reps
40 reps
32 reps
32 reps
29 reps
29 reps
Max (at least 81) 91

Total: 353!!!

I think I am definitely ready for my final day and final test. Yay! :)



stop biting my nails (read all 32 entries…)
Down to two now...

(ouch).

Over the past few weeks, I went off the wagon hard. I need to find a replacement stim for this one, preferably an oral-type stim to make up for this one. I have tried hand fidgets and manipulatives; they just don’t work for me.

Nail biting is one of the most common stims for adults on the autism spectrum, so that makes sense as to why I have been doing it since I was a baby, and have never been able to stop for any length of real time.

I wonder if one of those coil bracelets would work? I have seen them at the autism shop I frequent. They’re non-toxic and not too pricey. It might be worth a shot.

I may go and try to find an online resource or a chat thread for help with nail-biting and Aspergers. There should be a bunch out there.

Until I can find a way to replace this stim, I hope I can just keep my last two nails, and not damage the other eight too much. I am definitely feeling my fall of the wagon as I type. It feels like there are heartbeats in every one of those eight fingertips.



become a morning person. (read all 6 entries…)
BAHAHAHAHA!!!!

(This goal is laughing in my face).

I have been trying to get into some kind of morning routine, but, alas, I have not been able to get anywhere. I think I may be a bi depressed or something. I can’t even wake up fully before noon; I get up, do one or two things, and then get frustrated or irritated and go back to bed. I feel stuck.

I need to get back on track with taking my daily vitamins and supplements. I feel best when I am sleeping. I know that is not good, but I can’t seem to break it right now. My son is driving me batty all day long and I have no break; no way of getting away for a bit to collect myself. It is only at this time (midnight, and after) that I can decompress and chill out. It is really hurting my waking schedule though. I hope I can figure something out soon.



be the best "Mother Warrior" I can be; fight for/seek out the help and resources needed to better allow my son *gifted* with Asperger's to flourish and succeed; keep strong; never give up! <3 (read all 42 entries…)
49th in the country! :( (rambling/venting)

This past Sunday, my family and I went to an Autism Information Fair at our local Autism Store. There were over 40 different providers and service staff from various clinics and centers throughout the area who serve those with disabilities. Parents were actually able to meander through the numerous rows of tables full of each places’ information because they had a bounce house up and running for the kiddos. It was fun.

It was from 1PM-4PM. We got there at 1:30PM, and stayed until everyone was packing up. I gathered a bunch of information leaflets and talked to each table about what services they offer and how they work. It was a great opportunity to meet with centers I had yet to research myself. So many sounded so promising, but I kept hitting the same brick wall that I have been hitting since I moved back here.

Although there were tons of providers servicing the areas I have been looking for for my son, maybe two or three places said they took the insurance my son uses. It is so incredibly frustrating!! I wanted to scream. I felt bad for my low attitude in front of some of the providers when I asked what insurance they accepted and kept being deflated by the mostly unanimous “no, sorry.” And, the few that do take it, are either too far away to drive on weekly, or they are on a waiting list…OR, they only work with younger or older kids than my boy.

It was a nice day, and I have many papers to sift through; I don’t even recall which ones do accept his insurance. I have to take some time and call and go online. I was thankful for the event and for helping some parents take the load off their shoulders, but I was hoping for better news in our case.

Apparently (I learned from a few different providers there): Colorado is ranked number 49th in the country for autism services (or possibly for disability services, in general. I am not 100% sure of the exact information, but it sucks, royally, nonetheless.

Needless to say, all of this has hit me hard, and has me feeling quite dismal about my son’s progress, because he cannot access the means to help him further his learning and skills. I can teach him some, but I simply don’t have that knowledge. Hmm, I could probably go to school, get a degree and teach him myself before I could ever get him services in this damn state. I believe I will be moving back to Minnesota in a couple of years to get him back on track. This state is going to have an entire generation of adults who lack skills needed to integrate into the population. Those with severe needs can usually get services, but those like my son (not AS severe), have the troubles.

I need to find some silver linings here somewhere before I go insane. My son has been having so many issues since moving here, and I can’t find where to take him. I hope that once we get out of this apartment complex, we can focus back on getting into a steady routine and implementing new basics. It is just too hard here with the tons of kids and changes in routine so often.



Complete the 200 Squats Training Program (read all 19 entries…)
Week 6, Day 1:

OWWWW!! Today was rough, man. Yowza. My legs were screaming at me during the first set. My booty never pains, but my thighs…ugh. I kicked butt today! I think it was so difficult for me, because I am just really tired and blah today…plus, it is 2:00AM, lol. Only two more days left of this program. Now, I am going to sleep. I am wiped and about to pass out at my keyboard (not sure if it’s from being tired or dehydrated…or both).

Week 6, Day 1 Schedule:
63 reps
76 reps
47 reps
40 reps
Max (at least 76): 86

Total: 312 squats!

These puppies are so freaking adorable!!! (:



Collect quotes (read all 47 entries…)
Quote #191, on Happiness; Beautiful, Wonderific Happiness...

I LOVE THIS QUOTE!!!

I LOVE THIS PICTURE!!!

I JUST LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT ALL!!!!!

YES, I AM EXCITED!

...if you couldn’t tell, lol.



drink more water (read all 4 entries…)
Had to have a new filter, NOW!!

We were thinking of putting this off until we get moved, but it had to be done. The water just can’t be enjoyed without this awesome new filter system we found a few months ago. It is called Zero Water, because it removes inorganic water junk, so that when it is tested using this neat little tool that reads your tap water’s TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) levels, it will read at all zeros (000).

My tap water reads at 134, while the FDA recommends your drinking water be at Zero. Once your tap water is run through this wonderful filter (it does take longer, and is more expensive than your average water filter), the water comes out crisp, clear, CLEAN, delicious and reads at 000. I can tell the minute my filter needs to be replaced. When I noticed the change in taste the other day, my filtered water was reading at 010; not huge, but I can tell.

I’m happy to finally have my yummy water back. It wasn’t exactly cheap at $30 for two filters, but so worth it. I saw on their website tat there will be a Zero water bottle soon, too. :)



go gluten free (read all 19 entries…)
10 signs you're gluten intolerant:

I knew of most of these (and suffer from many of them), but I had no idea that the little bumps I sometimes get on the back of my arms (and probably the ones I get on my thighs at times, too) were related to gluten. Hmm, makes sense though. Gluten affects every part of the body when you’re sensitive or intolerant.

Good things to pay attention to and keep in mind for you and those around you.



Collect quotes (read all 47 entries…)
Quote #190, on Awesome People...

I really love this one that I saw just a bit ago on my Facebook feed! Had to share with someone who may enjoy it, too! :)

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Attend full-time classes at massage therapy school and graduate March 2014! (read all 11 entries…)
Anatomy Coloring Book :)

Within my school papers, there is a list of materials I need to buy, and a list of suggested material; one of which being an anatomy coloring book for Anatomy class. I know it is not a necessity, but I knew I wanted to buy one. I figured I could buy one for $10 or so, but I hadn’t looked for any as of yet.

Buuut, today…I found one at a homeschooling book fair, while looking for books for my son! For ONLY 50 CENTS!!!! Oh, yeah! Happy Dance Time! This book is loaded with information and all systems, labeled to be colored. What awesomeness. :)

This is the book I found for .50, originally $4.99:

I am so proud of myself for seeing it!



Homeschool/Unschool my son, and be the best possible kick-ass teacher that I can be for him! \ ( ^.^ ) / (read all 5 entries…)
SCORE!!!!

We went to a Home Educator Fair at our library today. They had a huge room packed with homeschooling familes selling new and gently used books. It was awesome! I tried to get my kiddo to come in and check out the books and the activities going on, but he wanted nothing to do with any of it. There were tons of homeschooled kids abound, and thought he’d be intrigued to meet other kids in the same boat as him, but, nope. He kept to his normal library schedule and went on the computer in the kid’s room while my mom and I stayed at the fair for an hour and a half.

All-in-all, we bought nine items, and gathered six items from the free table as they were getting ready to pack up for the day.

★ Learn Your Fractions And Decimals Kit
$3; retails at $15.99 (savings of $13!)
★ Social Skills Activities for Special Children
$15; retails at $29.95 (savings of $15!)
★ The Complete Book of Brain Teasers
$2; retails at $14.95 (savings of $14!)
★ The Complete Book of Science
$3; retails at $14.95 ( savings of $12!)
★ Human Anatomy (this is for ME, for massage therapy school)
.50; retails at $4.99 from Barnes&Noble (savings of $4.50!)
★ 2 books of Progress in Mathematics, grades 4 and 5
each were $4; can go upwards of $50 each (savings of $92!!!)
★ Discover! Body Systems
$1; retails at $8.95 ( savings of $8!)
★ Cursive Writing Practice
$2; retails at $3.95 (savings of $2!)

Total spent: $34.50, EVEN (NO TAX!)

Total savings: Around $171.50, (that’s not even including retail tax! Woo!)

It was a good day! Now, I just need to get my son to actually WORK in them. Oy vey!



drink more water (read all 4 entries…)
I was doing great with this...

and then (like usual), I wasn’t. I start things and get going, and then fizzle out and stop, almost altogether. I hate that.

The past few days I have not been drinking the same four massive glasses I was drinking prior. I think the main reason being that our Zero Water filter needs replacing, and they’re pricey. I can taste the difference the minute the filter starts going out. I can’t drink it.

Maybe until we get another filter, I can flavor it a bit and use it for tea and Emergen-C drink packets throughout the day. At least I would be getting the necessary water intake I need to feel hydrated.



Move out of this apartment complex/Find a house to rent (read all 12 entries…)
So far...

I have boxed up four boxes worth of apartment stuff – mostly items we’re not using right this moment (so glad our storages are already packed and NOT here for me to deal with).

I scrubbed down the tub and tiles to make everything shiny. I wiped down the front of the kitchen cabinets…the kitchen is really the only area in need of any real elbow grease now: oven and fridge, which I will be doing soon so we just need to wipe down before leaving.

We reserved our moving truck for three days. Apparently, they don’t usually do that; only 8-hour blocks of time, but with how our schedule worked out, we needed more, and the U-Haul guy is very nice. We will have it the 29th, 30th and 31st. Hopefully it doesn’t take as long as we are expecting and we can get it back to them early. We have to be completely moved out and cleaned by either the end of the business hours on the 31st (about 6pm), or midnight…we want to be out by the 6PM, because my mom will be heading to work at 9:30PM that same night.

EDIT: I also fixed a part of my patio that has been broken since we moved in (I figure they’ll want to charge us, because we didn’t get it listed on our move-in sheet).

We may be moving BACK to Minnesota sometime soon; we’re sick of Colorado already and not being able to find the services my son needs to function well. Ugh, gypsies I tell ya. ;)



become a morning person. (read all 6 entries…)
Morning, morning...

Go away! Don’t come back any other day.

I am an awful morning person. Waking up and finding A.M. motivation is my daily hell.

That being said, I need to learn how to become a peppy morning ng person. Somehow.

I really, really, REALLY love having nights to myself, and take full advantage of the peace amd quiet (kiddo sleeping time). My problem is that I don’t get to sleep until 3:00AM a few nights a week, and then need to wake up semi-early to homeschool my son. A few days over the past few weeks, I slept until 11:00AM (bad no-no). I think my hormones are all out of whack, too, so even when I do go to sleep at a reasonable hour, I still sleep half of the day.

I don’t hear alarms (my inner she devil turns them all off before I even get a chance to hear them), and I don’t budge to sunlight or noisy surroundings.

Come August, I will be needing to wake up around 6:00AM (possibly earlier) to get my morning started right and get to school in a wide-awake state, with a hopeful, peppy, happy attitude. :)

Last night, 3:30AM was the time I finally went to sleep, and was awakened at 6:30AM, but stayed in bed (in that weird half-awake, half-asleep mode) until I rose to a vertical position at 8:30AM. Better than 11:00AM, but I need a lot of work. I definitely need to get to bed earlier tonight.



Collect quotes (read all 47 entries…)
Quote #189, on becoming something greater!...

“In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” – Max de Pree



Homeschool/Unschool my son, and be the best possible kick-ass teacher that I can be for him! \ ( ^.^ ) / (read all 5 entries…)
Standardized Testing...blah.

The California Achievement Test (C.A.T.)

I have been putting this off and putting this off for long enough now! My son is really in no mood to be taking a state test, but ah well. We’ll just do it and get it done little-by-little, and hopefully be done soon. I don’t even think there is a specific time I have to be done by…and if there is, I don’t know it, and it’s not in the paperwork I received from the company.

I think I will start with the super easy ones with him tomorrow: spelling and some math. I need to quit overthinking this so much and letting the stress and anxiety get to both of us; he has been freaking out over it since I got the dang packet in the mail.

I will do one or two tomorrow (well, actually, technically it is today now, at 2AM), and I can also count any time on his tests as school work for the day, so that’s nice. :)



Attend full-time classes at massage therapy school and graduate March 2014! (read all 11 entries…)
Questions, questions...

I keep writing down questions that I want to keep track of for when I go in for registration…and continually keep losing the paper, or misplacing the notebook I write them in. So, I am going to keep track here whenever something pops into mind. Beginning now:

∙ How strict is the attire policy I see in the entrance material? (It says wear comfortable black pants, shorts or skirts…but no spandex or stretchy fabrics, like “Yoga pants”...that makes no sense. How is anything else comfortable?)

∙ Will I need my laptop in class?
(My son will be home with my mom while I am at class, and will be using our only laptop for homeschool sessions).

∙ Can I use an audio recording device during lectures or other important areas where information needs to be retained well?
(I have an awful problem with remembering detailed information, especially when it all comes at me so fast during an entire day. I am hoping the way this class is set up, though, that it will make it easier for my poor brain. I need to tell them that I have many ADHD and Asperger’s symptoms that can make some things a bit more difficult, but that I won’t let them hold me back if I can get a small helping hand here and there if I need it).

∙ Do I have to buy all extra items listed in the packet? Can the total price be added to my tuition fees that I will eventually pay back over time? And, what colors, if any? And, when do they have to be in by? Do I take these home with me everyday to clean them (sheets, towels and such)?
(I am so happy that I DO NOT have to buy a two-piece swimsuit from the listed items for school (they said shorts and a tank are perfectly fine…yay! This is what makes m think the list is a bit wishy-washy if that one thing is different from the list).

∙ Can I wear my black Converse as part of my attire?
(Comfortable, black shoes are listed as part of the attire, and my black Chucks are very comfy, but have the famous white bottom part. I am hoping it’s fine.)

∙ What happens if (God forbid) I can’t make it in for a class, for some unavoidable reason? Can I make that time up? Will I be punished somehow for it?

I think that is all that’s popping out at me for the moment. I’m sure the rep I am assigned to will be in awe of how many detailed questions I come prepared with, lol. I have gotten that many times in my life when I encounter a new environment; I like to know the rules and what’s what. I do not like to just see what happens and go with it. Plus, I am usually the ONLY ONE who ever gets called out for anything against any rules and regulations. I am that black sheep in the room all the time, no matter where I go in life.



Complete the 200 Squats Training Program (read all 19 entries…)
LAST EXHAUSTION TEST! PHEW!

I am excited that this is my last one, before my Final Test at the end of this week (Week 6). I was going to start Week 6, Day tonight, before I realized I hadn’t yet completed my Exhaustion Test.

In order to use Column 3 (like I have been using), I needed to complete at least 110 consecutive good-form squats. Cool, challenge accepted. My right knee has been a bit sore the past couple of days, so I was kind of happy to not be doing a full session.

I managed 120 consecutive squats, so I am good to go for Week 6, and starting in the third column.

ONWARDS!...



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