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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.

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Joyfully wish lob a happy birthday on 16th February, with a year filled with simple pleasures, buckets of art, quality family time and great photo opportunities.
Happy Birthday lob!

Here is a beautiful zentangle birthday cake just for you :)

Wishing you a year ahead filled with happiness and love.

photo from pinterest

Wish Molliemoonlight a Very Special Birthday on February 15, 2013
Happy Birthday Mollie!

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and a wonderful year ahead.

February Bootcamp 2013: Full Steam Ahead!
Full Steam Ahead

I find February to be one of the most difficult months of the year. The winter – while I love it – drags on, there’s no break in school or work, and there’s really nothing exciting on the horizon. For me, it’s more or less the month to tolerate to get to the other ones. Needless to say, enthusiasm is in short supply.

Still, I have some things I’d like to accomplish in February. Some are goals that start the ball rolling for the future, and some are to help me push ‘full steam ahead’ to hopefully move beyond where I am now and into the next phase, whatever that may be.

Health / Well Being

✼ call POTS doc – to talk about DS/AR
see regular doc
stick with (and hopefully graduate from) PT
✼ -make the appointment by the end of this mon-th.
(that one you’ve been putting off for months.)

School / Work

find out about graduation requirements
✼ do some research into health insurance costs
✼ make an appointment with DS/AR
work on a qual question or two

Just for me:

put some money into savings
take the entrance test

post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :) (read all 55 entries…)

This is a question for the teachers out there, particularly those who teach at the college level.

While looking at job postings for instructors with master’s degrees, I came across a salary that said $600 “per contact hour.”

What the heck does that mean? Does that mean $600×3 hours per week instruction time x 15 weeks? (Meaning $27,000) ...or does that mean $600×3 hours per week? (Meaning $1800)

They don’t really explain what a contact hour is and I’ve never seen salaries put that way, so if anyone is familiar with what this means I’d appreciate some help!

post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :) (read all 55 entries…)
another deletion

Someone deleted, any idea who?

(I checked the roll call and it doesn’t appear that anyone new is missing)

Edit: It appears Francie Flowers deleted :(

Experience 100 new things while I'm 25 (read all 41 entries…)

74. Kahlua Flavored coffee. I don’t know if it tasted like Kahlua, but it smelled fantastic and tasted delicious anyways.

75. Coffee Mate Coffee Creamer. Not bad but not great. A bit oily for my taste. I’ll stick to milk.

76. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Saw this tonight. It was…solid, I’d say. Not life altering, but pretty good.

Life in my tiny corner of the world :) (read all 109 entries…)
spitting mad

On the news tonight I heard about a new proposed law that would require teachers in NYS to pass their own version of the bar exam in order to teach.

Hearing this made me see red.

To be a teacher in this state you must have a degree (at least 4 year but pushing for master’s as well), take three certification exams, take four seminars, and log over 120+ hours in a classroom.

Doing all of the above allows you to receive an “Initial Certification” which is only good for five years.

To apply for permanent teaching certification you must get a Master’s degree, and log a certain number of hours (50-100) of continued education ever year. Meaning workshops. As well as have a teaching position in a classroom for three years. All in the five year span.

We have moved to no longer offering permanent certification at all but are required to continuously maintain the above in spite of never being able to receive permanent certification in our field. We can call ourselves teachers but will never be permanently certified as such.

We’ve also moved towards removing tenure- the one thing that teachers had to look forward to as an achievement. It’s very difficult to get as it was, but not no longer offered in the interest of ‘weeding out’ the bad teachers. While I understand their reasoning, and I’m on the fence both ways as I’ve seen awful teachers who should never have had it…I’m not sure removing one of the very few incentives for the most underrated and underpaid careers is the best thing to do.

They are also considering basing teacher salaries on student performance. Which, for sooo many reasons, is wrong.

I’m so sick of everything being blamed on the teachers of this country who work their asses off and are repeatedly punished. It’s one of the most thankless jobs in this country.

If you paid a teacher minimum wage per hour per child for a7 hour work day with summers off it comes to around $220,000 per year. They actually make $18000 to start here. Maybe. Not to mention that they care for the children, babysit as well as teach them, are vigilant in checking for signs of abuse and substance abuse, and teach them manners and etiquette that a lot of parents sure don’t. On top of many other vital roles. A day is not 7 hours but near 15 per day with planning and required coaching/mentoring at the schools here. Five jobs in one for 15 hours per day for the same money as a fast food worker.

The requirements in NYS are already strict. Some of the most stringent in the country which is why a degree and certificate here is accepted pretty much anywhere else in the US. I just wonder how much more they (lawmakers who have never spent a day in a classroom by the way but feel they know better) can push until people just decide the detractors of the career outweigh any benefits. Then what? What happens when no one becomes a teacher?

There are just no words to describe how sad/disgusted/angry /disappointed/... I am over this.

pass the Qual (read all 5 entries…)
Third time's the charm (hopefully)

I found out today that I was nine points from passing. Which, in itself, is a massive improvement from the first time I took the qual (10 times better) but is obviously disappointing to have been so close and still not pass.

Looks like I’m on track for the third time around.

As an aside, it’s quite rude to be sent a letter saying “I’m writing to inform you that you failed the qual”. I mean really, couldn’t you write “you did not pass this attempt” instead of “you failed”. Way to make your students feel supported and encouraged for the next go at it. It’s insulting and borderline disrespectful.

pass the Qual (read all 5 entries…)
Round 2

Taking round two this morning.
(In 30 minutes in fact!)

Do the C25K (almost) Running Plan (read all 2 entries…)
Challenge: Accepted

My sister and I have been talking about ways to get into better shape this year because she has to pass a physical requirement for jobs in her field. As a part of the requirement is running, I suggested the Couch to 5K running plan.

I’d like for us to do it together, but for that to happen I have to modify it for me.

With POTS, walking is good, power walking is okay, but running is not recommended. So, when we go out, she’ll be doing the running but I’ll be working up to power walking a 5K; which seems a good enough compromise and a decent step up from my marathon challenge.

Experience 100 new things while I'm 25 (read all 41 entries…)

72. Ice Age: Continental Drift. Z and I rented this over the weekend. We both enjoyed it. I’m a big fan of the Ice Age series and this was a worthy addition.

73. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I’ve been working my way through this book for the last month. It was just ‘okay’. The idea behind the book was interesting and the sprinkling of real historic fact was nice but overall it was a boring read broken up with bouts of violent, gross gore. (Which you’d think would make it exciting, but it sure didn’t.)

pass the Qual (read all 5 entries…)
The Qual

The Qual is a comprehensive exam that I’m required to pass as one of the (many) requirements to receive my Master’s degree.

In the two years I’ll be working on my Master’s, I’ll get four chances to take the Qual as it’s only offered once every six months.

I’m setting a personal goal to pass it in three; which would be by September of this year. A student doesn’t have exposure to enough material to pass until after the first year (two semesters) which would be the third attempt.

(They have us take it once before we start our program just to show us what it’s like, but I’m counting that as the first attempt even though it’s not really a chance to pass.)

Of anything I do this year, this is my biggest hurdle and most important resolution.

post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :) (read all 55 entries…)
Travel Abroad

For those who have been to, or who live in, Europe:

✈ Any specific locations, sites or activities you recommend? (Touristy or not)

✈ How about local foods or restaurants?

✈ Any stores or shoppes?

✈ Hotels/Inns/Chalets, etc?

✈ What season/time or year do you think is best for a visit?

✈ In general for those who have traveled abroad – any recommendations, suggestions or helpful hints for traveling abroad? (Documents needed, helpful websites/sources, etc.)

Experience 100 new things while I'm 25 (read all 41 entries…)

68. Norwegian Salmon. I ordered this when out for dinner last night and it was pretty tasty!

69. Harry Potter Scene It Lots of fun and a good challenge even for the most hardcore of HP fans.

70. Big Bang Theory Fact or Fiction Trivia Game. Also lot of fun! This game had a great range of difficulty in the questions as well. The only downside is that you get tired of playing Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock after a while lol

71. A new drink creation. Orange juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and (optional) champagne. Delicious!

Reach for the Stars: Apply for an internship at NASA through NASA: SOLAR (read all 3 entries…)
a snag

The SOLAR program had a snag in it’s email server. Even though I was signed up for alerts every time a new internship became available, I never received notifications. While I checked from time to anyways, I missed some of the ones that were applicable to me.

I’m very disappointed that I’ll have to wait a year now to apply. So in the meantime this goal is going on the backburner so it doesn’t take up list space for a year.

On the plus side, I have a year to get more recommendation letters and such, right?


Experience 100 new things while I'm 25 (read all 41 entries…)

65. Physical Therapy. Generally when I’ve been injured my body’s pretty great at healing itself (oh the irony!) but this time, no dice. So I’m trying PT out for the first time.

66. Keurig. My mom’s wanted one for years so this year my sister and I bought her one for Christmas. It’s pretty cool! Perfect for someone like me who only has one or two (max) cups a week.

67. The Hobbit I really enjoyed it! I’m very much looking forward to the next one.

December Bootcamp 2012: Embodying My Best Self (read all 5 entries…)
January's Bootcamp

Here is the link for the first bootcamp of 2013…

January Bootcamp 2013: Reinvigorate and Reinvent!

December Bootcamp 2012: Embodying My Best Self (read all 5 entries…)
Post Christmas/ Rest of December

I can’t believe another year is coming to a close. The rest of the year I have three main foci – prepping for the Qual, spending time with Z during his week off, and preparing for the New Year.

Oh, and playing in the snow. By this time tomorrow it’ll be a Marshmallow World here in Buffalo and I can’t wait! Z and I are going to make a snowman!

“First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie-dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle!” (Buddy from Elf)


- PT
- wash new clothes
- return library book
- finish and return N’s book (work in progress…)
- get to the insurance office for paperwork (ongoing process)


- work on Qual Prep
- return book
- make decisions on courses for spring (to be continued…)
- fill out tuition paperwork (TBC)
- find out about paycheck stuff


- make a snowman! (not the right snow)
- make snowangels!
- go see the Hobbit

Looking towards 2013:

- clean up goals list
- come up with resolutions for 2013
- go out for NYE dinner

43Things Secret Santa 2012 (read all 3 entries…)
Thank You Santa!!

I opened my Secret Santa gift this morning and was ecstatic to find Harry Potter Scene It!!

For the last few years my family has watched an HP marathon on New Year’s Eve and played games so this is perfect!

Thank you so much Santa! :)

On December 28th, celebrate the life of seasonsoflove.

As most of the community has heard by now, seasonsoflove has passed away.

From talking with her, and all of her posts about hope and positivity, instead of focusing on her death, I feel it would be more in line to celebrate her life and all that she brought to this place.

So, I propose that we make December 28th the day to do just that.

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