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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Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 chopped medium onion (about 1 c.)
2 minced garlic cloves
2 T. vegetable oil
1 can green chiles (4 oz.)
1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (15 oz.)
4 c. chicken broth
1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded (add more chicken if desired—it’s more like a stew then)
1 t. lemon pepper
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. chili powder (I actually add 2t.)
1 t. ground cumin
½ t. hot sauce (I leave this out)
1 c. wild rice, cooked (or any cooked rice would do, or no rice, to make it low-carb. Finally, with no rice—if you want the familiar tortilla soup, this is where the tortilla strips come in, to sprinkle on top.)

  1. Saute the onion, garlic and oil in a large saucepan for 5 minutes until onion is softened.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. If you do want tortilla strips on the top (like you get at restaurants), add them after serving.

Acknowledgements: My recipe is based on Joan Lunden’s Chicken Tortilla Soup which was posted by Charleen on December 15, 1998 on this site.

see how long I can go without buying something in the vending machine
Well ~

I can’t remember if I was in a Tasmanian she-devil moment last Friday. I probably was. However, for certain, for the past 6 full days, I have not been wasting my coins and discipline at this mechanism.

I intend to keep it that way for as long as possible. I’ve been packing my lunches and snacks this week.

The switch has been flipped.

work while standing in my cubicle
I am determined not to sit all day at the office

I have a cabinet that is the perfect height for me to put my laptop there and stand while doing my work.

On the flipside, I’m not going to stand all day—I think that’s a bit much. There’s a happy medium. (I usually have a meeting or two every day, so I’ll be sitting in a conference room during that time.)

I started doing this Monday, and it’s been great!

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