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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Say farewell to 43Things :(
An exercise in gratitude. . .
  • I am so grateful for the Robots for inventing 43 Things, and for maintaining it as long as they did.
  • I am so grateful for finding it when I did, at a rather low point in my life.
  • I am so grateful for being able to share so much here on 43 Things with so many different people. It was by turns life-saving, distracting, sad, silly, inspiring, entertaining, and always enjoyable.
  • I am grateful that there are some new options to track goals and reconnect with friends that are available.

I like the quote to the right of where I am typing – it seems strangely appropriate for the occassion:

“We’re lost, but we are making good time.”
- Yogi Berra

So, fare thee well, 43 Things! It’s been wonderful. Thank-you.

take a break from 43 things (read all 3 entries…)
Taking a break due to technical difficulties...

It seems to take forever to go from screen to screen on 43Things on my old computer at home. It’s also running slow on the computer at the office where I volunteer once a week, and my hours there have been cut back as well. (I happen to be at the office right now to take care of an end-of-month task that didn’t get finished yesterday.) Other than that I am ok, and will try to check in every now and then until the problem can be corrected. I do miss being here.

On August 24 Wish New Isabella a Peachy-Keen Birthday and a Year Filled with Joy, Accomplishments & Happy Kitties!

How very kind of y’all to have joined this Peachy-Keen goal, and thanks to wren for creating it. So sorry I’ve been gone and missed my own party, and it may still take me awhile to get through the all the entries, but I do plan to respond to each and every one of you ASAP! My birthday was good, from what I remember, but life has been hectic lately. The kitties are happy, though, and seeing all your entries has filled me with joy today!

Fix the leak in my basement (read all 2 entries…)
The leak was fixed...

...although there was a mix-up and the plumbers took a few extra days to get back and get the work done. But they did get it done, and the basement is dry again. Yay!

go to First Friday
I've lived here for 10 years, and tonight is my first First Friday...

Oddly enough, I was scared off 10 years ago when I new here because a shooting incident happened at one of the first First Fridays after we’d arrived.

There was another shooting incident at last month’s (July’s) First Friday here. No one was killed, but several young people were injured by the gunfire. The local media wondered if that would be the end of First Friday, and then there was a move here to convince people to come downtown and support the local businesses and artists tonight. I have a friend who has been to lots of First Fridays here, and she wanted to go tonight, so I went with her. I’m glad I did. Everyone seemed to be making an extra effort to be friendly and greet each other. I hope it can continue for the sake of the whole community here.

give my guests the nickel tour of Augusta (read all 3 entries…)
I gave my brother the nickel tour of Augusta yesterday....

...and he said he was pleasantly surprised, since a friend had told him that there was nothing at all to see in Augusta unless you went in April during the Master’s Golf Tournament.

Since my brother likes history, we ended up at the Augusta History Museum. That added 95 cents to the price of the tour, but it was worth it, and I had never been to the history museum myself. That’s one of the benefits of this goal – I get to see and do things here that I never get around to seeing and doing on my own.

practice hospitality (read all 4 entries…)
My brother came to visit me this week...

...and gave me yet another opportunity to practice hospitality. As luck would have it, though, my basement started leaking right before he arrived, and I had planned to put him up in my guest bedroom, which is in the basement, because it is also the coolest bedroom in the house. At least the leaking problem was not in the bedroom.

It was bad enough that he had to sleep with my prior houseguest’s cat, who is still residing in the basement guest room, and who kept jumping into bed with him and waking him up. I had already told him about the cat, and since he has a cat of his own, he said he was ok with it, and he was only planning to stay over two nights anyways. They both seemed to survive, and as of early this morning my brother was on his way.

It was nice to have him here, if only for a short time.

Fix the leak in my basement (read all 2 entries…)
When I first found the wet spot on the carpet last Monday,....

...right inside the entry door from the garage, I thought maybe I had spilled some iced tea on my way in or out while carrying too much stuff, as I often do. So I blotted up the wetness with a towel and went about my business.

The next morning when I went out, the spot was wetter. Uh oh…it had been raining. I tried blotting it up again.

By the third morning, after more rain, the spot was wetter still. That morning I made a call and found someone who could come and look at it, and who was convinced that the problem was caused by rainwater seeping in due to erosion and improper grading of the ground outside. But he agreed that I should check with a plumber to rule out a water leak, as the water main enters the house near the wet spot, and had leaked down the outside wall of the house several years ago before it got repaired. So a plumber was called.

The wet spot kept growing even though the rain stopped, and the plumber finally arrived this morning. Sure enough, the water meter showed a leak, so we shut all water to the house off at the meter valve, because it will be several days before they can get back here to find the leak and repair it. Tonight when I got home it didn’t seem any worse, even though it has been raining again this evening.

Each morning write down 3 goals for Today (read all 487 entries…)
Week of 7/30/12-8/5/12 - Badgered into August...

“Badger’s footsteps” image via wikimedia commons

“Something I’ve not done
is following me
I haven’t done it again and again
so it has many footsteps…”

- excerpt from Something I’ve Not Done by W.S. Merwin
Tue.:N:- got a few things done, wasted some time, and discovered an unexpected new problem…
Wed.:Y:2 – took some action on the unexpected problem…
Thu.:N:- Spent the day with my brother…
Fri.:N:- call back & more action on the unexpected problem...
Sat.:N:- was up early shopping for and assembling and delivering Meals on Wheels, and had no energy left when I got home…


20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday (read all 5 entries…)
Sunday Questions report #4...

I actually got this done this week on this Sunday for a change, although I’m 2 days late posting an entry here.

And I actually stayed home 3 whole days last week, and took some painfully slow babysteps towards my #1 goal for the week, which was an accomplishment even though it didn’t seem like much of one. It seemed to help that I wrote at the start of the week that one of the things I was looking forward to was accomplishing my #1 goal.

Each morning write down 3 goals for Today (read all 487 entries…)
Week of 7/23/12-7/29/12 - Reeling through July...

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“Inebriate of Air – am I -
And Debauchee of Dew -
Reeling through endless summer days -
From inns of Molten Blue.”
- Emily Dickinson, No. 214, St. 2, 1860

Mon.:N:- busy preparing for leading spiritual formation group...
Tue.:N:- at least I belatedly answered my Sunday questions…
Wed.:N:- stayed home all day; de-cluttering office…
Thu.:N:- stayed home all day; some purging of old paperwork …
Fri.:N:- out and about; helped some people; made some mistakes; bought some groceries...
Sat.:N:- stayed home all day; some more purging of old paperwork…


read revelation by flannery o'connor
This story was our selection for our book group last Sunday...

wart hog – image via wkimedia commons

...and I had to lead the discussion. It’s my feeble excuse for not getting my Sunday questions done.

I guess I’m just an old wart hog from hell…

20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday (read all 5 entries…)
Sunday Questions Report #3...

Deja vu all over again!

I failed to work on my questions Sunday, and I finally got around to it on Tuesday, just like the previous week.

And I have the same problem with deciding something is important to do THIS WEEK, and then failing to work on it, that I had the previous week.

What can I learn from this? That if I do the same thing in the coming week and expect different results, I’m insane?

have 1 whole day when i don't get something on the front of my white shirt
I did this yesterday, but today is a different story...

I cut into a big juicy peach this morning, and there was some blood-red juice around the peach pit that came spattering out all over the front of my white shirt. Isn’t that peachy? :(

Well, I needed to do laundry anyways. I hope the stains come out of that poor shirt. I tried pre-treating it, and the stains changed from red to grey but did not disappear.

20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday (read all 5 entries…)
Sunday Questions Report #2...

Two Sundays ago, I didn’t get around to answering my 20 questions. And last Sunday I started but never finished. I finally finished this evening, which is Tuesday already. Better late than never, I hope.

Each morning write down 3 goals for Today (read all 487 entries…)
Week of 7/16/12-7/22/12 - July Q&A

bee on lantana; image via wikimedia commons


Answer July —
Where is the Bee —
Where is the Blush —
Where is the Hay?

Ah, said July —
Where is the Seed —
Where is the Bud —
Where is the May —
Answer Thee — Me —

Nay — said the May —
Show me the Snow —
Show me the Bells —
Show me the Jay!

Quibbled the Jay —
Where be the Maize —
Where be the Haze —
Where be the Bur?
Here — said the Year —

- Emily Dickinson
Tue.:Y:2 so far…oops, unexpected phone call set me back tonight…
Wed.:N:Sort of a lost day. :(
Thu.:Y:Sort of a lost morning; tried to make a new start but still didn’t get much done. :(
Fri.:N:No good excuse…
Sat.:N:Busy with other things but not my #1 thing. :(


practice hospitality (read all 4 entries…)
As of today, both of my friends have moved on...

...although one has left behind a cat and a number of boxes that she cannot take to her new living quarters, and which she promises to deal with soon. I’ll have to keep on practicing hospitality until that gets accomplished.

receive 20,000 cheers!!! (read all 2 entries…)
Thanks to everyone for their cheers!

I haven’t paid much attention to cheer counts (ever since I gave up on my goal of giving a gazillion cheers) until lately, but 20,000 cheers seems like a lot and worthy of celebrating.

The number of cheers I give these days seem to fall behind the number of cheers I receive, so now I will have another new goal to add soon: give 20,000 cheers!!!

receive 20,000 cheers!!! (read all 2 entries…)
Getting very close!!!


Read the Declaration of Independence
This seemed like a good thing to do on July 4th...

...since I’ve never read the whole thing before, and since it is easy to find on the internet, and since this declaration is what is being celebrated here today.

Don’t know much about history, but I found it interesting to read that the Constitutional Congress watered down Jefferson’s original draft. And it’s interesting that the final Declaration declared that maintaining a standing army during peacetime was one of the intolerable things that the King of England was doing back then. I heard on the radio today that the US has had a standing army ever since WWII, and it certainly doesn’t look like it could ever go away given the vast size and scope of our military/industrial complex today. There is more I’d like to learn, but I’m going to mark this goal as “DONE” and be glad that I’ve at least read what all the fuss is about.

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