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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Donna

"so glad we had this time together"



I'm doing 42 things
 

Donna's Life List

  1. 1. Thank the Robot Coop for everything, and wish them all well
    1 entry . 16 cheers
    0 people
  2. 2. Bid a fond farewell to this site in the old style
    2 entries . 11 cheers
    55 people
  3. 3. Clean up the things that are making me look like a slob!
    6 entries . 26 cheers
    1 person
  4. 4. Comment on old posts while 43T is broken and see if people notice them
    7 entries . 4 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. create my own set of happiness commandments
    7 entries . 11 cheers
    1 person
  6. 6. daily: reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful.
    1443 entries . 107 cheers
    871 people
  7. 7. describe how to invite people to goals (for future reference)
    1 entry . 42 cheers
    0 people
  8. 8. do muscle-building activities twice a week
    17 entries
    1 person
  9. 9. entertain Molliemoonlight with photos
    6 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. get a barbell rack or other storage for the barbells just sitting on the floor of our work-out corner
    1 cheer
    1 person
  11. 11. get a new-fangled smoke detector
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  12. 12. go out on "date nights" with my spouse on a regular basis
    43 entries . 48 cheers
    452 people
  13. 13. Heart & Soul Hooping 30/30 February 2014
    7 entries . 4 cheers
    1 person
  14. 14. hula hoop every day
    27 entries . 52 cheers
    10 people
  15. 15. identify 100 things that make me happy.
    51 entries . 9 cheers
    2,500 people
  16. 16. January Newfangled Old-Fashioned Scavenger Hunt 2014
    17 entries . 14 cheers
    1 person
  17. 17. keep doing cartwheels
    7 entries . 9 cheers
    1 person
  18. 18. keep track of all the books I read
    12 entries . 56 cheers
    3 people
  19. 19. keep track of my weekly aerobic activity
    19 entries . 5 cheers
    1 person
  20. 20. learn more about hockey
    7 entries . 15 cheers
    1 person
  21. 21. link to my ongoing goals
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    1 person
  22. 22. October 13 Dares
    7 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  23. 23. Play the Happy Scavenger Hunt every day
    3 entries . 13 cheers
    0 people
  24. 24. Post questions to see who is the best detective on 43 Things
    5 entries . 9 cheers
    1 person
  25. 25. purchase new rugs for the entryway and kitchen
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  26. 26. record my encounters with 43
    111 entries . 43 cheers
    2 people
  27. 27. ride my bike to work
    52 entries . 12 cheers
    122 people
  28. 28. see how long I can go without buying something in the vending machine
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  29. 29. see the chicago blackhawks win the stanley cup
    2 entries
    3 people
  30. 30. Send Kimber~ and her family strength and prayers in the wake of her brother's illness
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    0 people
  31. 31. Sending Seasonsoflove (((Kate))) Love, Light, Support, Strength & Waves of Positive Energy her way...:) ❤❤❤
    12 entries . 26 cheers
    1 person
  32. 32. Share my favorite 43 recipes with people on 43Things
    4 entries . 24 cheers
    1 person
  33. 33. take a break from 43 things
    5 entries . 5 cheers
    1 person
  34. 34. take part in a 43t Halloween Disguise Week 2011
    2 entries . 12 cheers
    1 person
  35. 35. The Emu's Birthday goal on 13th Dec. Celebrating by inviting you all to a roast BlackKitty dinner. 43 on 43T!!
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  36. 36. train for Biking Across Kansas
    18 entries . 21 cheers
    1 person
  37. 37. try Marmite
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    1 person
  38. 38. wash the windows
    2 cheers
    3 people
  39. 39. Wish CollectorofCats a Happy Birthday on Oct. 26th, 2013, full of fun and favorite things to start another young-at-heart year!
    2 entries . 6 cheers
    1 person
  40. 40. Wish JWillow a Fabulous Birthday on February 17, 2013
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    1 person
  41. 41. Wish Molliemoonlight a super California-dreamin,' Wicked Lady dining and takin' Cinderella to the ball Happy Birthday on 15 February 2014 so dazzling that she achieves all of this week's goals (and has fun, too)!
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    1 person
  42. 42. wish Sessygail a Happy Birthday on March 27th of her best year yet (2013)!
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    1 person
  43. 43. work while standing in my cubicle
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
Recent entries
go out on "date nights" with my spouse on a regular basis (read all 43 entries…)
Last Night's Dinner

We had a $25 gift card to a nearby restaurant. We got this card from my brother (and his family) for Christmas. All of this time since Christmas I was leery of trying the restaurant as it was a chain place we hadn’t tried, and it was new in our area.

It turned out to be a good place to have a dinner date as far as the food was concerned. They cooked the broccoli just like I like it. My husband liked his food, too. It was nice that we could take a break from the cooking and clean-up. He does the most of it at the end of the day, so I was especially happy for him.

We were seated in a booth that could seat 6 people, so I had this feeling of exposure, not the cozy feeling a booth usually provides. Plus, the table was secured to the wall, so no moving it closer to me. I felt like a kid having to be at the edge of my seat and leaning closer to the table when taking a bite of food.

The best part is I showed restraint on the portions. I didn’t stuff myself!



Bid a fond farewell to this site in the old style (read all 2 entries…)
Happy Dance

I’ve so enjoyed the analogies as we continue to log on and interact.

  1. Sessygail’s: “The stay of execution” is one of my favorites.
  2. Ambler: The longest slumber party you’ve ever been to.
  3. Jokes about the technical steps that are needed to get the site to “freeze” as we await read-only. (I’m guilty of that, a joke at the robots’ expense.)
  4. The various references to visiting someone at their dying bedside.
  5. I’m sure I’ve missed other comparisons that others have described!

Then there are the goals about the end:

And yet while playfully marveling at our ability to be here beyond the published date, we’ve gone ahead and actually played lots of games on Random Questions, dispensed oodles of cheers, had opportunities to wish others’ a happy birthday. It seems like we’ve been able to keep up with each other with more of a color commentary as the hours tick by and have turned into days. And now we’re approaching a week.

So dance a happy dance with me!

And surely someone has quoted Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

And that brings me to “Smiles everyone, smiles!” (Who remembers the origin of this command?)



keep track of my weekly aerobic activity (read all 19 entries…)
Aerobics for Week 34 of 2014

August 18 – 30 minutes (15 hula, 15 stair climbing)
August 19 – 40 minutes (15 minutes elliptical trainer PLUS 25 minutes treadmill of walking fast, jogging and then running at 6 mph for a tiny spell!)
August 20 – 20 minutes of walking.

This goal carries over to my list on PopClogs.



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