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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.

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.

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Take the time to cook good food (read all 11 entries…)
Ginger tofu

One of my favorites, though I only make it from time to time: cut tofu into slabs, fry up in oil (and a little butter if you like, it browns nicely), remove from pan and put directly onto large lettuce leaves, add salt and lots of powdered ginger. Really delicious; sometimes I pick up the “lettuce boats” and eat the whole thing.

I also made whole wheat spaghetti and miso-yogurt sauce (about qual parts plain yogurt and white miso, this time I added a little soy sauce and a little ginger, sometimes I add vinegar).

I had some apples that were past seasonal prime and thus grainy, and a kind I don’t like to boot, so I cooked them – peeled and cut into quarters, threw ‘em in te microwave with a dab of honey, a sprinkle of nutmeg, and a little butter. Delish!

Plant a rooftop salad garden (read all 6 entries…)
Garden firmly planted

and the habit of checking on it kinda established – come home and step out onto the balcony to see how it’s going. Goal complete.

Project for March: bed (read all 4 entries…)
Bed improvement list

1. New sheets an absolute necessity.
2. Bedside water bottle – upgrade from overused disposable plastic to decent steel
3. Clean bedside basket

That’s really the basics. If I have more energy,

4. Make housewife pillowcases in shades of blue and/or red

(depending on the season, I like my bed to look warm or cool).
I think I will just go ahead and order Company Store sheets. I know I like them, they fit my bed, and they last forever (ours are finally wearing thin after ten years of constant use). The super-eco-friendly ones were super-high priced. These are mid-range, and sheets are one of those things where if I go to Target or Ikea I am fairly likely to find sheets that don’t stay on the bed and/or don’t last long.

study the art of peace (read all 42 entries…)
#31 Trust in the power of love

“Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.”

study the art of peace (read all 42 entries…)
#30 The call to sevice

“Each and every master, regardless of the era or place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit - love.”

Hang up some family pictures (read all 2 entries…)
At least I have the pictures in a pile

after yesterday’s cleaning, they are no longer tangled in the corner (they were mini-clothespinned onto a string for display at the old place), though lots of them are bent.

┌───── Take care of my home ────┐ (read all 36 entries…)
Two more sections complete

and another bagful of giveaway added. I’m debating whether to take some or all of the books to Powell’s to sell back or to take them straight to the swap.

Get back to dance class by April (read all 3 entries…)

I have been trying to increase to 15 but it’s been difficult and painful, and today I was back down to 5. I may not be able to meet this goal.

Plant a rooftop salad garden (read all 6 entries…)
I need a watering can

I use a pitcher for big plants, but to keep my seedlings damp I need gentler water. Right now I have nothing better than splashing handfuls of water so I don’t un-plant everything. I’ve never had much luck with punching my own holes in the lid of a milk jug, but I suppose I have nothing to lose by trying again.

┌───── Take care of my home ────┐ (read all 36 entries…)
3 out of 4 book shelves cleaned

and almost a dozen books in the give-away pile. Hooray!
I really feel much better, staying up an extra half-hour and getting something done than resting more, after three weeks of being under the weather and not having much satisfaction for my time.

┌───── Build Relationships ─────┐ (read all 9 entries…)
Something old

A close friend from my childhood just told me that she is getting married, and I was pleased that I could offer her my wedding dress – she lives near my parents and it’s at their house. Don’t know if it will fit her, she’s built different than me. She’s a bit taller, but if it fits we figured out that it would suit her style to replace the plain white crinoline I used with a longer and colored one that would stick out from under the dress to cover the length problem and add a bit more color to my fairly traditional dress.

┌───── Take care of my home ────┐ (read all 36 entries…)
Game shelves cleaned!

Sneeze dusty!
It was pretty quick, mostly restacking and a bit of dusting, a few things that were out of place. More and more of our bedroom looks crisp and neat!

┌───── Take care of my home ────┐ (read all 36 entries…)
Closet cleaned!

It feels so good, too! I found several things to get rid of, stored a few things in other places, and refolded/organized the rest, and there’s so much room!

┌───── Take care of my home ────┐ (read all 36 entries…)

I went through ALL of my bags and bins and baskets of fabric and trims and such, and got rid of quite a lot – couldn’t fit it all in the biggest bag I have. I also cleaned off a few shelves of books and things – none to get rid of, but some to go to work and other to be arranged more neatly leaves me with a good six inches on the shelf AFTER I added the overflow from the other bookshelf.

This shelf has two shelves left to go – they should go very quickly as they are games and will just want neatening and the extra junk that always accumulates put away.

┌───── Take care of my home ────┐ (read all 36 entries…)
Due for deep cleaning

I don’t really expect to even get started today, but my shelves are due for a good deep cleaning. I do it about quarterly; it’s time to go through absolutely everything, cull what’s unwanted, and tidy up/rearrange the rest as appropriate. I will use the Stuff Swap as a motivator – collect what I don’t want to be ready for that.

┌───── Ananda ────┐ (read all 7 entries…)
Library love

I haven’t been to the library in months and it’s amazing how much I missed it! It felt so good to go around and collect books on gardening, sci fi, mysteries, and teen books; selecting new ones that looked interesting and reconnecting with a few old favorites. I love books and am often sad to be out of books to read; a friend said that for her it’s like an addiction – if the supply gets low, she gets more, and I thought I would try more frequent library trips with having a good supply of books on hand in mind.
They have rearranged substantially in my little branch, which gives me a new perspective and increases my chances of finding an exciting new book. I will also keep in mind the ease of visiting the next-nearest library branch if this one grows dull.

study the art of peace (read all 42 entries…)
#29 All life is the manifestation of love

“All life is a manifestation of the spirit, the manifestation of love. And the Art of Peace is the purest form of that principle. A warrior is charged with bringing a halt to all contention and strife. Universal love functions in many forms; each manifestation should be allowed free expression. The Art of Peace is true democracy.”

Take the time to cook good food (read all 11 entries…)
Good ingredients

can be expensive and are essential to enjoying cooking, so I’m hoping that growing my own delicious food will help with this goal.

┌───── Build Relationships ─────┐ (read all 9 entries…)
Stuff swap

I just volunteered to help at the upcoming “garage sale” free stuff swap in April. I am excited; I really enjoy the swaps and think they are great, and this is a good way to get my feet wet with helping and get to know the organizers a little better.

Plant a rooftop salad garden (read all 6 entries…)
Steps taken

Arugula transplanted, carrots, lettuce, spinach, and radishes planted in tubs, basil planted in the windowsill planter. I didn’t have enough dirt to plant the other tubs; they’ll probably be more of the same when I come up with dirt, unless I get excited about other shallow crops. I have not planted the nasturtiums; I am thinking I’ll put them in a hanging pot; they seem to like that. I have a little one now; it might do. And I made cute little twig labels so I know which tiny green leaves are which.

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