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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compile a 100-things-about-me list (read all 6 entries…)
daram sai mekonam....

51) I like glass cups better than plastic. Any day, I will always reach for a glass. Why? Who knows. I like the heavier feeling? They don’t scratch after repeated chocolate milk mixings? They’re never right-side-up and filled with water when you open the dishwasher. If you leave one empty and momentarily unattended on a low-standing table, the animal of the house will not claim it as their chew/play toy. They’re a lot harder to melt, and easier to clean(no annoying corners at the bottom that some plastic cups have). What else? I’ll keep going at request :P

52) There is no better feeling than doing something perfectly by my own ridiculous standards of perfection. Alright, so there are probably lots of better feelings. But that one’s way up there.

53) Another one of those up-there feelings is good teamwork. Be it tomfoolery, sports, work, or a crystal clear understanding without words. It probably makes the list of things-I-live-for.

54) Who eats an entire box of oreos in one sitting? I’m one of those freaks. TV +milk +mint oreos -common sense -control =one unhappy stomach

55) When I was little-er, the movie Gremlins scared me. My older brother had a plastic figurine, maybe 8in tall, and would leave it in strategic places to scare me. When I woke up with it next to my pillow one morning, I took it outside and buried it. I never told anyone in my family, and it was never seen by any of them again.

56) I have lost both of my pinky toenails before, entirely. They grew back.

57) I lost the [right?] pinky toenail while moving boxes into the uhaul while wearing sandals(age 13). I tripped over a ceramic rabbit lawn ornament my mom had, and ripped the entire thing out. When my parents took the uhaul to our new place and left me at the house, I put the rabbit in the driveway and smashed it to bits with a shovel.

58) While on a family roadtrip to see relatives in florida, we stopped for dinner at a Bob Evans. While we were checking out, I handed my leftover box to my mother(who was checking out) and said I was going to the bathroom. She didn’t hear. They left me there. We had a 15 seater van, so that each child had their own seat to lay down on- and they didn’t notice that I wasn’t there for a full 10 minutes while I cried in the parkinglot. There was a lady trying to help me when they finally came back, and the look on her face when she realized I wasn’t just forgetting what our car looked like was… memorable. ^^

59) I love my dad’s side of the family, when everyone’s together and in a good mood. My memories generally include water balloon fights, watermelon seed spitting contests, pictures with big wax lips, and the older crowd dancing around the livingroom with drinks to ‘lime in the coconut’.

60) My dad’s side also tends to be on the heavier side, to be nice. I’m pretty sure there’s an obesity gene in there, since there’s no helping one or two of my cousins, and none of my aunts. My siblings are a bit thicker, but i’m my mother’s genes incarnate, so I seemingly avoid it completely. Instead I worry about heart health and diabetes.

keep track of the books I read (read all 7 entries…)
Next in line.

Finished Lamb a day or so ago. Now working on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I’m in love with it already. I’m only some 60 pages in, but i’ma throw out a guess and say Frank- you would probably enjoy it as much as I do. Mandi, you too. It’s a bit darker.

Otherwise… my reading has hit another slow point. It took me forever to finish Lamb, mainly just because I couldn’t find the focus in me to do it. Part of it is the sick and unconscious thing. The other part is that restless feeling of instability. What’s new?

Donate blood (read all 2 entries…)
Blood type

I can’t count it as giving, because it was more taken for medical purposes.

But yay me, i’m O+. Good to know.

watch the Top 100 movies (read all 2 entries…)
I can't keep up.

The list keeps changing, and I don’t have it in me to try and follow it right now.

Another goal on the backburner…

Complete my physical therapy (read all 5 entries…)
So close.

One more visit left, if i’m amazing. Two if i’m slightly less than that.

Change my phone plan (read all 4 entries…)

So, this is going to turn into a more long term goal, now that i’ve balanced out my usage a little better. This coming bill should only be $60, or thereabouts. That’s less than half of what last month’s bill was, in case you’re not keeping up.

At some future point, I will likely switch to verizon… But not today.

see the bodies exhibit
The verdict.

It’s kind of only worth seeing to say i’ve seen it. Perhaps I was just expecting too much.

They only have about 4 full scale bodies on display, and the rest of the exhibit is just different sections of bone, or plastic renditions(to their credit, still amazing). While interesting, I had specific curiosities, and it doesn’t go very far in depth. There’s nothing interactive, and no photography is allowed. How long the experience is depends entirely on how fast you read- I would say our group of 3 went through all of the material in 45 minutes or so.

Yes, interesting. No, not thrilling or exciting.

Find a four-leaf clover
It was a great moment.

Not only because I couldn’t remember if or when I had found one before- but because we three were sitting on the ground, and my friend says something along the lines of “I have never seen a four-leaf clover in my life, have you? It’s probably bullshit.”

I promptly look to my right, see one, pluck it and display

It was a patch in Philly, and it is pressed(and now glued?) into my friend’s journal.

run once a week (read all 4 entries…)
Here we go again.

My flip-flopping between kvegas and dad’s place made it more of a chore, and my trip to the northeast ruined it entirely.

So! Here we go again. Square one.

compile a 100-things-about-me list (read all 6 entries…)
Een hadaf ro sakht darad meshavad...

48) I am a huge procrastinator. Period. Not that I never get anything done… just that it’s never done until i’m good and ready to do it. My mood and whim generally dictates whether it’s sooner rather than later. Perhaps my mood and whim dictate too much in my life.

49) I suck at letting go. Things, people, places, whatever. I’m one of those people that holds on. While often difficult and occasionally hurtful, I like the way it has turned events thus far. I love my friends.

50) I love kids books. I expect to own a bunch, just for myself. Some of the childhood favorites include Yurtle The Turtle, Goodnight Moon, and that one where the mouse jumps in different buckets of paint.

Complete my physical therapy (read all 5 entries…)
It's more difficult than it should be.

I am, however, very happy with the progress i’m making- even if i’m all sorts of sore. I won’t be marking this as done until i’ve.. well, both a) done it to my satisfaction & b) have finished my physical therapy all together. Another month, say?

keep track of the books I read (read all 7 entries…)

I’m through The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher, soon up to #6.

Also currently reading Lamb(the gospel according to Biff, Christ’s childhood pal) by Christopher Moore. Amusement. :)

Change my phone plan (read all 4 entries…)

I just got a bill for $170. Only this time, there’s no mistake.

go on a train ride

I want to say it was worth it just for the experience(I loved the idea), but in all honesty I didn’t enjoy myself much. 10 hours from New York to North Carolina to start, and then the scheduling was horrible. It was cancelled on me once, and once that was fixed it was delayed the rest of the time.

Maybe i’m just grumpy for lack of sleep… or next time i’ll have to bring my own company.

compile a 100-things-about-me list (read all 6 entries…)

40) I seem to have an allergy to some sunscreens. I think the ingredient that I react to is oxybenzone. I break out in little bumps- doesn’t itch all that much, but they don’t go away for a few days. Looks like i’m going to have to get something special in order not to fry.

41) I like eating healthy.

42) Until the past year or so, I did not like onions, mushrooms, cooked peppers, shrimp, lobster, clams, almonds, walnuts or eggplants. All of that has changed mysteriously. I still do not like apples, or water chestnuts. It’s a texture thing.

43) Eating lots of sugar makes me feel sick. When I was little, I couldn’t have pancakes or waffles for breakfast because I would throw up. I try to stay away from sweets on an empty stomach.

44) I have now gotten a manicure/pedicure twice in my life.

45) I have twice gotten highlights at the recommendation of someone else, but have never dyed my head a different color. I don’t know if I ever will.

46) When something is bothering me, I am irritable, pig-headed, unfocused and occasionally bitter. If I think about it, I have spent a lot of the past year being so, despite how much fun I have been having. It may be partially due to the close proximity of family drama, or the lack of routine and stability in my present lifestyle.

47) I do my best to recognize my faults. If we’re close to a subject where I have made a mistake and I don’t bring it up, you should. Sometimes I don’t realize what i’m doing.

get a henna tattoo
Salisbury beach.

We were walking around, and there’s a guy doing henna tattoos.

Since i’ve been thinking about where i’m going to put my first tattoo, I decided I would get a henna and test out various areas and see what I like best.

So I currently have a henna tattoo on the inside of my left arm, toward my elbow. I don’t mind it, but I don’t think it’s where I want this specific design to be. Other tests will include my shoulder, back, ankle and maybe even hip.

More as it comes :)

Be more careful, less clumsy (read all 8 entries…)
The other day.

I think less than 24hrs since my last post on here, which is rather amusing to me.

I scraped the side of my foot on a brick. Ow. Yay sandals.

set up my weekly movie night (read all 2 entries…)
Yay :)

When i’m in town, wednesday’s are default, though open to change should it be necessary. We even have an official movie list going :)

study different religions
I'm putting this on them burner.

I was.. in an odd frame of mind when I added this, and while it is definitely something I would like to do, it’s not on my top 43 :)

So i’m putting it on the give-up list, to activate later when it reaches priority.

compile a 100-things-about-me list (read all 6 entries…)
fagat yeky degeh.

39) I was raised mormon(my mother, my father eventually converted thanks to my mother’s constant nagging), until I started refusing to go to church at about age 10. I was then very close friends with a numerous amount of wiccans. I currently do not affiliate with any religion.

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