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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mib7's Life List

  1. 1. blog about our garden
    9 entries . 5 cheers
    1 person
  2. 2. organize my life
    1 entry . 65 cheers
    974 people
  3. 3. Tear down my garage and build a 12 seat theatre
    2 team members . 11 entries . 34 cheers
    2 people
  4. 4. share my nightmares
    5 entries . 9 cheers
    1 person
  5. 5. write it down!
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    8 people
  6. 6. take better care of my body
    3 entries . 90 cheers
    218 people
  7. 7. get rid of unnecessary possessions
    2 entries . 92 cheers
    814 people
  8. 8. learn to make tamales
    1 entry . 37 cheers
    64 people
  9. 9. Finish my PhD
    1 entry . 106 cheers
    715 people
  10. 10. knit something else
    2 entries . 37 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. make sausage
    2 entries . 8 cheers
    7 people
  12. 12. reconnect with old friends
    4 entries . 57 cheers
    502 people
  13. 13. get back to my high school weight
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    21 people
  14. 14. learn to fearlessly operate a pressure cooker
    1 entry . 49 cheers
    13 people
  15. 15. Teach people what feminism really means
    2 entries . 69 cheers
    42 people
  16. 16. publish a book of poetry
    1 entry . 46 cheers
    363 people
  17. 17. learn how to drive stick-shift
    1 entry . 34 cheers
    4,442 people
  18. 18. learn to fly and get my pilot's license
    1 entry . 29 cheers
    9 people
  19. 19. visit the Ice Hotel
    1 entry . 45 cheers
    98 people
  20. 20. hike the appalachian trail
    1 entry . 45 cheers
    2,111 people
  21. 21. learn to speak Spanish
    1 entry . 20 cheers
    2,713 people
  22. 22. Visit one-hundred museums
    1 entry . 27 cheers
    9 people
  23. 23. Learn Self Defense
    1 entry . 33 cheers
    325 people
  24. 24. shave my head
    1 entry . 46 cheers
    929 people
  25. 25. See a total solar eclipse
    1 entry . 27 cheers
    279 people
  26. 26. see the Daily Show live
    1 entry . 27 cheers
    232 people
  27. 27. renew my passport
    1 entry . 27 cheers
    228 people
  28. 28. See a Broadway show
    1 entry . 33 cheers
    390 people
  29. 29. Buy a kayak
    1 entry . 24 cheers
    147 people
  30. 30. fly in a helicopter
    1 entry . 24 cheers
    276 people
  31. 31. fly in a hot air balloon
    1 entry . 37 cheers
    410 people
  32. 32. drive a race car
    1 entry . 20 cheers
    271 people
  33. 33. Skydive
    1 entry . 21 cheers
    11,428 people
  34. 34. get my motorcycle license
    1 entry . 20 cheers
    447 people
  35. 35. Watch a space shuttle launch
    1 entry . 25 cheers
    918 people
  36. 36. Make paneer
    2 people
Recent entries
blog about our garden (read all 9 entries…)
A good week blog-wise

We upgraded WordPress recently and I haven’t figured out how to link our posts back to 43things as easily as I’ve done in the past. I’m working on that.

Meanwhile, some recent highlights include:

Our 100 Year Old Lilac

Lilacs & Rain: Sweet Spring Scents

Rhubarb Containers

DIY Cloches: A snake in the grass

Rub-a-Dub Planting Tub

Planting Peas

Hey, that’s a lot of posts! With pictures and everything!

blog about our garden (read all 9 entries…)
Finding my groove

I’m trying to find the right pace for the garden blog, the ideal of posts-per-week to shoot for. Every day blogging is a bit too much. A post each week isn’t really enough. Jimbo and I are co-blogging (is that a word yet??) which makes it a bit easier and more fun. We need to work on encouraging each other, I guess.

Meanwhile, I wrote a post yesterday about our current bush, which can be read here.

I need to finish some of the other posts I’ve started. Our garden is just waking up so there’ll be lots to write about in the coming weeks.

blog about our garden (read all 9 entries…)
DIY Garden Cloches

Have you ever seen traditional garden cloches? They are beautiful, glass bell jars that you put over tender plants to protect them from the harsh elements and insects. You can use cloches to get a head-start on the growing season. They add a very classy, Victorian look to a garden. Imagine a row of them, covering all the early seedlings in a garden. How lovely!


And imagine the expense! At $50 or $60 a pop, these beauties are not cheap.

Using cloches is an ingenious gardening technique, however, and we’ve managed to do so for the last few years with a bit of the DIY project. If you are itching to get your garden going again, this is an easy, earth-friendly recycling project with which you can pass a little time until the snow melts.

We save large-ish plastic juice bottles. With heavy sheers or a knife, carefully cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle. Once you’ve transfered your seedlings to your garden soil, top them off with a plastic cloche. The cloche keeps the air warmer, but vents itself through the spout, so it doesn’t get too hot inside. Cloches can cut down on insects on your plants. Using cloches has reduced the number of flea beetles that find and nibble on my baby eggplants.

Ours are not particularly gorgeous, but they serve the purpose. We switch them around after a week or two, moving them to the newer or smaller seedlings over the course of the start of our garden.

Jim came up with a clever and whimsical way of storing our plastic cloches too. He strings them on a rope, creating a very cute clear “dragon” that we hang on a peg in the barn when the cloches are not in use.

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