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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.

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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Wish BananaPancakes a fantastic birthday on January 23rd
happy birthday, bananapancakes!

Thank you to everyone for the awesome birthday greetings! All of your well wishes mean a lot to me! As I read through the entries, each and every one of them brought a smile to my face! :o) Thank you!!!

exercise every day for one month (read all 22 entries…)
days 4 and 5

Day 4: Walked 6.4 miles, lifted weights, sit-ups, push-ups, leg exercises

Day 5: Same as day 4

If the place I want to go to isn’t closed tomorrow, then Day 6 will look similar to Day 4 as well.

exercise every day for one month (read all 22 entries…)
days 2 and 3

Day 2: jumped rope, elliptical, lifted weights, sit-ups, push-ups

Day 3: jumped rope, elliptical, lifted weights, sit-ups, push-ups, leg exercises

I was able to do 30 minutes on the elliptical non-stop on day 2. I used the elliptical for 30 minutes on day 3 as well, but I took one break after 15 minutes. Sometimes when I’m on the elliptical, I feel like I’m balancing on a tight rope and going back and forth on it. I sometimes also imagine myself using the elliptical while I take laps around a field.

I started keeping an exercise journal again. I’m focusing more on the exercise right now and later on I will start journaling my food intake too. My entries for this goal will end when I reach 31 days, but I will still have my journal to write things down and help keep me focused. When I exercise now, I try and do it before 10pm because I will just want to “chill” by then.

On days 1 and 2, it always felt like I was forgetting to do something when I was cooling down and stretching. Today I realized that I forgot to do my leg exercises on those days. I’ll start to do that daily again…

exercise every day for one month (read all 22 entries…)
day 1

Jumped rope for about 3 minutes, used the elliptical for 30 minutes, lifted weights, did push-ups and sit-ups.

My previous reason for attempting to lose weight and get healthy was stressing me out and pretty much getting me nowhere, so I changed my reasons and I’m happier with them so far. I haven’t used the elliptical in ages, so I had to take 3 breaks within the first 15 minutes to check my heart rate and drink lots of water. I later got the hang of it and was able to do the last 15 minutes non-stop. I hope to work my way up to doing the 30 minutes non-stop and then start getting 45 minutes of cardio daily. I sort of have my exercise plan set up. It has also been my dream for a couple of years to run a marathon, so I need to get myself ready for that.

Exercise has helped me get into a better mood again (I’ve been feeling very depressed lately). I’ll start counting my days today…I keep failing at this goal…

record my dreams in a dream journal upon waking each day. (read all 4 entries…)
awake or asleep

When I fully awoke on Sunday, I remembered that I had a dream that someone called me on my cell phone and I answered, but I didn’t know if it really happened or was just a dream. I did some investigating and checked my received calls and the number, date, and time were there. It really felt like a dream though and it was kind of odd to find out that it wasn’t.

Today I woke up because I heard a woman screaming. I’m not sure if it was from a dream or if there was really a woman screaming outside either…

read 23 books in 2008 (read all 5 entries…)
1. the ruins by scott smith

This book wasn’t really a page turner, some parts were predictable, and it gave me nightmares. I kept imagining how this book would look like as a movie when I read through the story…and I am not anticipating its release.

The next book I plan to read is American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

be part of a team that donates 10 million grains of rice through (read all 3 entries…)

1,508,370 + 10,000 = 1,518,370

be part of a team that donates 10 million grains of rice through (read all 3 entries…)

Thanks to ToddieM and russellviii for sending me an invite.

Are we including grains of rice that we donated before adding this goal? I’ve donated 10,000 grains of rice so far when I completed this goal, but I haven’t visited the freerice website since then…

Read more (read all 12 entries…)
the ruins

I saw the trailer for a movie called The Ruins recently and found out that there was a book for it too, so I borrowed it and I am currently reading it now. The novel is written by Scott Smith and the movie will be released in April 2008…

The last two books I read, Holidays on Ice and Me Talk Pretty One Day, were okay. I tried to read another book by Sedaris called Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, but I couldn’t get into it, so I just stopped reading the book. I don’t really enjoy his writing style…

watch 75 movies in 2007 (read all 4 entries…)
kiss kiss bang bang

I would definitely recommend this film if you are a Robert Downey Jr. fan. It was a very funny movie…

Volunteer (read all 5 entries…)

I received another flier from the Animal Services Dept. a couple of days ago and it had orientation dates for the animal shelter closer to me. It is going to be held next month, so I am going to attend that and also a Dog Basics class, which is right after the orientation. I think this is going to be fun…

Read more (read all 12 entries…)
me talk pretty one day

I’m currently reading another book by David Sedaris called Me Talk Pretty One Day. So far, my favorite chapters in the book are Big Boy and

watch 75 movies in 2007 (read all 4 entries…)
the polar express

This is a fun Christmas movie that both adults and children will enjoy. I liked the animation and my favorite part of this movie was the sleigh bells. It was music to my ears when I finally heard the bells ring too…

record my dreams in a dream journal upon waking each day. (read all 4 entries…)

I have this recurring dream that I’m still a college student enrolled in a math class. Just before going to the math class, I panic because I didn’t do any of the homework, study for the test, and make a math portfolio. Then I start to wonder how did I end up passing this class? One of the math professors I had at the university is even in the dream looking through my so-called portfolio. For some reason, I think this really did happen in real life. Probably connected to something else, but I just don’t know what. Maybe because I’m procrastinating again. Instead of doing schoolwork at the last minute, I did last minute Christmas shopping. If I have this dream again, I’ll see if it’s connected in any way to procrastination…

Read more (read all 12 entries…)
holidays on ice by david sedaris

I am glad that I found out about this book around this time of the year. The first short story (there are 6 total), Santaland Diaries, already makes this book worth reading!

About the last 100 pages were recipes in I Like You by Amy Sedaris, so I finished it sooner than I thought I would…

learn to sew with a sewing machine

I haven’t sewn anything in a while until today. I started sewing some small bags to fill with goodies for Christmas presents. I’m sewing them by hand…I’d still like to learn how to sew with a sewing machine because I think it will help me complete sewing projects more quickly. I’ve sewn 3 of the bags so far and I still need to sew 6 more…

Read more (read all 12 entries…)
i like you: hospitality under the influence by amy sedaris

I started reading this book yesterday and I’m already half way through it. I’m reading the main parts and skimming through the recipes. I might end up purchasing this book for the recipes. It’s a very light-hearted and funny read, which I like because images of deadbodies have been on my mind for about the past three days. I once read two true crime books back-to-back and that didn’t leave me with any happy thoughts either. I planned on not doing that again and now I don’t plan on watching violent documentaries and books that contain murder around the same time anymore (I’ll still read and watch those types of books and movies, but not concurrently)...

Read more (read all 12 entries…)

Possible spoilers ahead…

The Kite Runner reminded me that if we have something to say or do, then we should just say or do it instead of dwelling on what coulda, woulda, and shoulda happened. When I first started reading the book, I noticed that Hassan was a lot more like Baba and I thought that Hassan and Amir might have been switched when they were younger. When I finished reading chapter 24, I thought the opposite of what happened next was going to occur and that one character was going to be miserable (there were several horrific events in the story, so I really thought that was a possible ending).

The next book I planned on reading was What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones. The library it is at is currently being re-carpeted and isn’t going to open until next year, so I checked other library catalogs for Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (which I found out about on chaiTgirl’s entry), but it’s still on order or already checked out in several libraries. I know there are a lot of books I want to read, but I couldn’t think of any to check out right now, so I looked through people’s entries on this goal and came across another one of chaiTgirl’s entries that listed some of the books she has read. One of the books was I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris. I’ve heard about this book before, so I checked a library catalog and it’s available. I’ll read that book next and I plan on borrowing some of the books written by her brother, David Sedaris, too…

If you like to borrow books from libraries instead of purchasing them, then check out this website. You can search for titles and authors and it will give you results to a number of libraries in your area (and beyond) that have the book you are looking for…

Wish MaryHawkins a Simplified Birthday December 18th
hey mary!

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day! Have an awesome time at the Galapagos Islands too! :)

recycle batteries

I wasn’t sure where I could recycle batteries, so I googled it and found out that I can recycle them at IKEA. I have several AA batteries that I thought were drained because they didn’t work in my camera and the expiration date passed, but I tried them in my TV remote and they still work. I’ll hold onto them for a little while longer and I’ll for sure recycle them once they don’t work at all anymore…

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