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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Marta Noble

I'm doing 38 things

Marta Noble's Life List

  1. 1. make love stay
    1 entry . 15 cheers
    8 people
  2. 2. go out on "date nights" with my spouse on a regular basis
    452 people
  3. 3. set a personal record for speed in using up a tube of toothpaste
    2 entries
    2 people
  4. 4. combat consumerism by creating things myself
    11 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. do 100 sit-ups daily for 100 consecutive days
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    227 people
  6. 6. learn to make Senfgurken
    1 entry
    1 person
  7. 7. needlepoint a growth chart
    2 cheers
    1 person
  8. 8. overcome my aversion to phones
    6 cheers
    107 people
  9. 9. improve my German
    2 entries . 10 cheers
    523 people
  10. 10. send more care packages to my friends
    3 entries . 6 cheers
    7 people
  11. 11. learn to make stained glass
    1 cheer
    137 people
  12. 12. listen to all 24 hours of 9 Beet Stretch
    1 person
  13. 13. learn to identify mushrooms
    2 entries
    1 person
  14. 14. downsize
    1 entry
    35 people
  15. 15. host Couchsurfers more often
    3 entries . 10 cheers
    3 people
  16. 16. Raise chickens
    2 cheers
    198 people
  17. 17. grow an herb garden
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    634 people
  18. 18. write more letters
    8 cheers
    1,879 people
  19. 19. return phone calls
    1 cheer
    68 people
  20. 20. put all of my opera recordings onto my iPod
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  21. 21. visit Alaska via the Inside Passage
    7 cheers
    1 person
  22. 22. visit all 50 states
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    9,057 people
  23. 23. get a visa for Germany
    1 cheer
    1 person
  24. 24. learn to play the cello
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    832 people
  25. 25. let myself cry more
    13 cheers
    2 people
  26. 26. learn the constellations
    7 cheers
    913 people
  27. 27. see Tom Waits perform live
    7 cheers
    67 people
  28. 28. get a pair of inline skates
    1 cheer
    2 people
  29. 29. learn to play the concertina
    1 entry
    18 people
  30. 30. try knitting a cable pattern
    3 cheers
    49 people
  31. 31. learn to crochet
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    1,124 people
  32. 32. make sourdough bread
    3 cheers
    21 people
  33. 33. try new things
    5 entries . 4 cheers
    419 people
  34. 34. go to pastry school
    1 cheer
    19 people
  35. 35. take a roadtrip across Canada
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    4 people
  36. 36. visit 50 World Heritage sites
    1 cheer
    4 people
  37. 37. watch 50 movies in 2010
    5 entries
    1 person
  38. 38. read 12 books in 2010
    4 entries . 2 cheers
    30 people
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watch 50 movies in 2010 (read all 5 entries…)

Ein Neue Wir



Valentine’s Day

grow an herb garden
It just happened organically

A nice semi-raised bed has come together gradually and very nicely over the last year. I’m so happy to go back there and see new leafy green sprouts or shoots. So far, I’ve got several types of mint, rosemary, sage, nasturtium, Italian parsley, fennel, chamomile, thyme, calendula, green onions. There are also some nice things that wouldn’t be classified as herbs, namely pumpkin, gem squash, cucumbers, rhubarb, lamb’s lettuce, potatoes, and sunflower. That’s all in addition to a good run of rapini, arugula, kohlrabi, snow peas, and cilanto/coriander.

It is extremely satisfying to pick flavorful fresh herbs and greens for cooking, snacking, salad, what-have-you, and to smile proudly for having tended the tasties from seed.

Underway in the garden, but not yet big and strong enough to do much with, I have some cumin, caraway, lovage (Bohnenkraut), ramsons (Bärlauch), dill, broccoli, rapeseed, and sorrel. Some will be ready for winter harvest, and some will have to wait till next year.

How exciting to look ahead! How mouthwatering!

Do 100 sit-ups daily for 100 consecutive days (read all 2 entries…)
The Last Minute, or This Last Week

Outside of injury/death, there’s nothing that should keep me from completing this; it is a matter of willpower. I don’t need any tools or gadgets, a vehicle or a special place, or even a half hour. I just need myself, my body, a flat surface, and 5 minutes. And discipline.

I jumped in a bit too enthusiastically at the beginning of the year, overestimating my abilities, and straining my poor little belly. This one is not designed to go 0 to 100 overnight.

Over the last month, I’ve comfortably built up from 30/night to 40/night to 60. Last week, I hit 100 and decided (well, didn’t have much choice considering the ticking clock) to go for the gold.

So far, so good.

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