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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RuFolding paper

I will catch up this year – I will, I will!

Retroactive happiness…

September 14, 2013

  • Isak is off enjoying an overnight adventure with his grandparents and cousin. Excited packing and long hugs goodbye.
  • M doesn’t have work today – we got a lot done around the house (things unpacked, junk to the recycling depot, another closet’s racks and poles up), been shopping (Stormtrooper headphones for Isak), and had some precious time alone (mostly).
  • Coming home to a hilarious and heartfelt goodnight message from Isak.
  • Having late night, homecooked comfort food (steak, corn, baby potatoes) and popping a cork on a nice bottle of wine.
  • Kicking back together to watch a 70’s flick, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry.



September 15, 2013

  • A restful Sunday morning – sleeping in.
  • Finishing a long, long file.
  • Helping A move – it was nice to do something for her for a change – she’s an incredible friend, always generous with her time and energy.
  • Brie, turkey, & avocado wraps with baby carrots and cold cokes.
  • Isak came home happy, full of stories, and in an incredibly huggy mood.
  • Everyone reading together.
  • Hard rain at midnight.



September 16, 2013

  • Rain, rain, rain – the flowers are thirsty.
  • Coffee, coffee, coffee – the grown-ups are groggy.
  • Iris and I weren’t pancaked by a late and incredibly impatient mom who was driving like a maniac; making an erratic turn in busy, morning traffic as we were crossing the school crosswalk (quietly seething but glad to be alive).
  • Amazing mailbox arrival: Origami treats (both to enjoy and to make ourselves) from the always thoughtful Avittorio. Thanks again, lovely sir!
  • A moving documentary, A Walk In My Dream about harmonica player Mike Stevens and how he inspired Labrador youth to trade gas huffing for music…. 9 months ago

RuPop!

Blasting off into 2014!

It’s New Year’s Day! We were all up late last night and slept in a little today. The plan is to have a late brunch and get about the day. Have a bite of brunch, get some things accomplished, and then have some fun. There will also be pondering and plan prodding for the upcoming year. Happy New Year! I wish you shovelfuls of gumption and joy.

Main focus today: Welcome the New Year! (and work on files, tidy up a bit)


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework √ n/a
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: 15 min. tidy front door area
  • Do some random house cleaning/decluttering
  • Start making plans and tweaking list for 2014
  • Message photolab re. free print promo glitch
  • Help kids clean up and declutter their rooms
  • A few more presents (post room cleaning)
  • Send some messages, make some calls
  • Celebrate New Year’s Day together!
  • Play new Mario bros. level w/Isak
  • Help M rest and get over his cold
  • Final December bootcamp entry
  • Back up hard drive for 2013
  • Continue new memoir files √ 1 out of 3
  • Work on holiday blog entry √ (Discussed)
  • New Year’s brunch
  • Pick up clothes (Half)
  • Outside time √ Long family walk
  • Groceries
  • Laundry
  • Library √ (Drop offs)
  • Bank


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue September happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Have our first fire in the fireplace
  • Pick up brunch fixins for NYD
  • Switch old + new storage
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 9 months ago

RuHoliday recap

Despite battling seasonal stress and the odd bugs this month, we had one of the best Christmastimes in memory, which was the perfect way to finish off the first year in our new home.

Celebration: We did nearly everything we wanted to do, had notable down-time, wonderful visits with family and friends, and despite missing tree cutting with my folks and truffle rolling with friends (all due to illness) and deciding we didn’t really want to wait in line for last minute Santa photos for 2 hours, we did just about everything else.

Dedication: I tried my best to maintain dedication to my daily lists and plans, and while I didn’t manage to catch up on my happiness entries by the end of the year, I’ve made progress (and it’s sort of nice reading about the highlights of past summer days in the middle of winter_.

Plans + Traditions : Done

Home for our own private family Xmas wind down (Boxing Day)
Buy/make wine/side dishes for Christmas dinner
Pick up sandwich fixins’ for Christmas brunch
Snow? Sledding! Snowmen! Snow angels!
Touch base with friends – still in progress
Tour Christmas lights (esp. Trinity Street)
Decorate Christmas cookies with friends
Find/play Christmas music/playlist
Attend school Christmas concert
Watch favorite Christmas movies
Attend several social gatherings
Christmas Eve with C. family
Christmas Day with L. family
Chocolate Advent calendars
Pick out our first real tree!
Get a vintage tree stand
Decorate Christmas tree
Make Christmas cards
Shop at Culture Crawl
Ponder goals for 2014
Ring in the New Year
Buy a new ornament
Donate to food bank
Hang lights outside
Live music/carolers
Buy new stockings
Pancake breakfast
Candy Cane Lane
Holiday Fireplace
Meet new babies
Festival of Lights
Letters to Santa
Winterize house
Work dinner (M)
Finish shopping
Decorate inside
Hang stockings
Visit with Nana
Wrap presents
Dinner with N.
Holiday Train
Lebkuchen
Mandarins
Party (E)
Eggnog
Wreath

  • Carried over into 2014: Snow tires and a fire in the fireplace.

Happy New Year to you all! Time to retire this goal and make plans for the first bootcamp of 2014, A New Chapter! 9 months ago


RuHappy New Year!

Toooooooooooooooooooooooooot! 9 months ago


RuGoodbye 2013!

What a full year it’s been… I’m so glad we’re entering the new one settled into our new place after having a wonderful holiday. Baby L got to go home from the hospital today and so we’re doing a quick post-Xmas trade (no visit today, M has some sniffles), then are hoping we can get outside for a wander before it starts raining, have warm baths and a bit of a rest. Later we’ll welcome the dawn of a new year – we might even try lighting the fireplace for the first time.

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I wish you many leaps forward towards your goals in 2014.

Main focus today: Drop off baby stuff, order photos, go for a family adventure, welcome the New Year! (Start it with a fire?)


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 3/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework √ n/a
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Put together co-sleeper, bring for baby L, trade presents
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: 5 minute decorative dusting
  • Finish sorting, send in photos for printing √ Yes (huge job) but promo failed. Grrrr.
  • Play another Mario bros. level with Isak
  • Celebrate the New Year together
  • Have our first fire in the fireplace
  • Pick up brunch fixins for NYD
  • Continue new memoir files
  • Start holiday blog entry √ Brainstormed
  • Recharge batteries
  • Outside time
  • Laundry


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue September happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Brainstorm the New Chapter: 2014
  • Switch old + new storage
  • Buy snow tires
  • Baths


۞  Queued

  • January bootcamp plans
  • Hang bedroom mirror 9 months ago

RuPeepholes

Retroactive happiness…

September 13, 2013

  • Rough sleep but good, strong coffee and notably cooler weather.
  • Isak telling me about the new school, going over his goal planner together.
  • Good, long talks with my parents. I’m glad we stay in such close touch, even if most of the time it’s via telephones or technology.
  • Laughing with M at our synchronized dancing kids at dinnertime.
  • Caramilk cake for dessert. 9 months ago

RuTick... tick... tick...

Rushing pell mell towards the New Year: things to do, people to see, lights to catch!
Life is currently a mix of luxuriously lazy and chaotically crazy. It’s an interesting mix.

Main focus today: Hospital visit (bring baby things) + lights at VanDusen


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework √ n/a
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean inside chairs/couch
  • Pick up + wash co-sleeper, sheets, check batteries
  • Visit hospital (bring home-cooked meal)
  • Brainstorm the New Chapter: 2014
  • Start sorting pictures for printing
  • Play Mario bros. level with Isak
  • Continue new memoir files
  • Go to the Festival of Lights
  • Post-weekend tidy-up
  • Return messages - 3
  • Outside time
  • Vacuum
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue September happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Switch old + new storage
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 9 months ago

RuBliss

in the breeze… 9 months ago


RuWarm breezes

Retroactive happiness…

September 11, 2013

  • 9/11 pause for thought.
  • Witnessing absolute joy at tiny sunlit feathers in the breeze.
  • Giddy kids running through the spray-park.
  • Distilling boxes, finding lost things and notes of restitution.
  • A late night picnic: cold cokes and chicken on dark picnic tables.
  • Fresh lavender in the bath.



September 12, 2013

  • Fixing the DVR. Yay me!
  • Friendly neighborhood people (it’s so noticeable here).
  • A visit to our local library: lovely librarians, the book we put on hold was in, and I magically caught the stained glass art piece Iris accidentally knocked over.
  • Decorating the furniture boxes with stars, crayon mandalas and prismatic marker mayhem.
  • A good chat about reigning in our new budget. Solid, painless plans.
  • Sushi & corn on the cob.
  • A relaxing bath and freshly shaved legs. 9 months ago

RuOperation Aftermath

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Continue reading George and the Big Bang with Isak
  • Clean up the ferocious aftermath of Christmas Past
  • Continue September happiness entries
  • Visit our new niece: bring real food!
  • Post-Xmas visits (cards/presents) – Everyone Ill
  • Wash, size-sort clothes for baby L – Started
  • Work on current memoir project
  • Set up the electric train
  • Recycle wrapping
  • Play + rest9 months ago

Ru 10 months ago


RuBoxing Day beauty

We met her yesterday evening and she’s g o r g e o u s.

She’s not being released for at bit yet, but all is well. She’s a beautiful, sweet, healthy, little – a shade over 5 pounds – baby girl.

We’re hoping to visit again this week and that the kids get a chance to meet her in person very soon (they were really excited to meet their new little cousin last night, but apparently non-direct-sibling kids aren’t allowed into the NICU).

Her mom (M’s sister) is tired but good, and her dad brims with excitement as he makes each big introduction to their little girl. Yay for family! What a perfect gift this year… 9 months ago


RuPost Xmas wind-down

Whew! What a busy couple of days we’ve had. Not surprising, but I’m more than happy to spend the majority of today decked out in pajamas with very few plans.

We had different family Christmases on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, then hustled ourselves off to the hospital yesterday evening to meet the new family member (my sister in law went into labor Christmas Day and delivered early yesterday morning) and had a quick visit with a family friend on the way home.

I’ve managed to contain some of the insane holiday explosions, the Great Unwrapping is mostly in bags, but there are toys needing to find places to live, leftovers to nibble, and mountains of dishes to wash.

The kids have been great, but everyone is getting a bit stir crazy from too much inside time, too many treats, and not enough sleep. We’ll start trying to balance everything out again.

Main focus today: Work on new project, tidy up, recuperate, quiet time (?)


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework √ n/a
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: (Pick a missed mission from earlier in the week)
  • Relax, stay in pajamas as long as possible, eat treats + drink coffee
  • Start tidying up some of the Christmas aftermath
  • Touch base about vintage Xmas lights
  • Put the majority of the new toys away
  • Track down the portable co-sleeper
  • Prep post Xmas cards + presents
  • Set-up + start new memoir files
  • Play a new game (Wii or board)
  • Whittle down the leftovers
  • Make plans to visit A + B
  • Make plans to see E + A - E-mailed…
  • Have a healthy dinner
  • Build some new lego
  • Clean up the kitchen √ Great start!
  • Replenish groceries
  • Tree: sweep + water
  • Pay credit card bill
  • Outside time :( Raaaainy
  • Visit hospital
  • Vacuum
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue September happiness entries - Worked on photos
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Switch old + new storage
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 9 months ago

RuO yes!

That’s my dad’s type too… except he’d need a special assessment to continue donations now, he’s past the upper age.

I should probably start eating more spinach and less of those holiday chocolates… 10 months ago


RuUnboxing a baby girl!

In the wee, wee hours of Boxing Day, my first niece was born! Things got a little tricky during the birth, but all is well now, and we’ll be off to meet her shortly. I’m excited and grateful and can’t wait to meet her in person! Welcome to the world little lady! 10 months ago


Ru 7 years ago


RuMerry Christmas 2013!

…and a happy, relaxing Boxing Day to you all.

Despite the usual stress (always needless in retrospect), we had one of the very best Christmases ever. It was truly special, memorable, and full of countless wonderful moments.

I’ll update this later, I have a zillion things to do – including collapsing – but wanted to throw some holiday (whatever you celebrate in your life) cheer out there; far and wide.10 months ago


RuBe positive

B Rh+

Woot! Let’s hope it’s also chock full of iron. :) 10 months ago


RuHigh 5

The last time I donated blood was my birthday just prior to getting pregnant with Iris, so it’s been years since I shared the red at this point. I’ve wanted to, but it’s tricky to coordinate things.

Last week I noticed that they’re doing a drive here in the neighborhood (easy walking distance) in January, so I signed up. Hopefully my iron will be up to par and the kid juggling will be smooth.

I’m currently at 3/8, so five to go. Fingers crossed. 10 months ago


RuT’was the night before the night before…

And Christmas is inches away. We’re pretty much ready, though a big wrap-up is still required – probably tonight after the kids go to bed. We have company coming tonight and lots to do, I wish M didn’t have to work today, but so be it. At least the weekend was productive – it feels really good to have the shopping done and the latest project in. Time to enjoy a little this evening.

Main focus today: Set up new project, Xmas prep, clean up, enjoy seeing our friends, relax.


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework - n/a
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Toss/recycle hidden trash
  • Work on homemade Christmas cards for family
  • Visit with out of town friends, meet baby R! - Waiting for the doorbell
  • Drop off Christmas card for old landlord
  • Big pre-company whirlwind clean-up
  • Tidy mantle, sort hooks + stockings
  • Put away shoes/boots/snow gear
  • Sort Xmas Eve plans – service?
  • Find/check free photos coupon
  • Get outside for some fresh air
  • Order tray for Xmas brunch
  • Set up new memoir project √ – Imported
  • Pick up mail from old place
  • Last minute stocking swag
  • Rebox unused Xmas stuff
  • Help clean up kids rooms
  • Ponder using fireplace - Hmmmmn…
  • Sweep + tidy hallway
  • Tree: sweep + water
  • Christmas photos? √ Took some at home, went to mall, declined 2 hour wait.
  • Hang new lights √ Beeeutiful – white and blue!
  • Start wrapping!
  • Vacuum
  • Laundry
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue September happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Start sorting big bag of baby things to give away
  • Switch old + new storage - Tidied both
  • Recycle/store cardboard
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Buy red + white wine for Xmas dinner – Done over the weekend
  • Shop for stocking stuffers – Done over the weekend
  • Hang bedroom mirror 10 months ago

Ru 10 months ago


RuEvery time a bell rings...

“He puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”


We’ve tried our best to pepper the Christmas craziness with as many fun things as possible, including holiday movies; both old favorites and new and unfamiliar offerings.

I love them! I think it’s an excellent unwinding tradition. From the silly and sentimental to the surreal stop-motion oldies I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen…

I even found The Great Santa Claus Caper with Raggedy Ann and Andy (which I haven’t seen in decades but was an annual staple when I was a kid) on YouTube and hope to watch it with the kids later. Ahhhhhrg! Gloopstick!!


George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.

Mary: I’ll take it. Then what?

George Bailey: Well, then you can swallow it, and it’ll all dissolve, see… and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair… am I talking too much?10 months ago


Ru"Bee happy!"

Retroactive happiness…

September 9, 2013

  • Iris brandishing her smiley face honey bee from the apiary making loud “bee happy!” declarations to everyone we passed. They all joyfully obliged.
  • The school routine is running smoothly thus far.
  • I didn’t break my neck falling down the stairs (but ouch).
  • Isak returned from being out on his own with 1 second to spare. We ordered walkie-talkies to keep in better touch when he goes out.
  • Receiving a saucy present.
  • Homemade burritos.
  • A devilish angel.



September 10, 2013

  • Wee glittery pink sandals.
  • Mums the colour of saffron.
  • I’m very achy, but not broken.
  • It’s sunny and hot, but a good sort of hot.
  • Teachers and classes have now been solidified. Stability.
  • A long walk surrounded by the smell of freshly cut grass.
  • Half price Moose Tracks ice cream. Soooooooo good. 10 months ago

Ru 10 months ago


RuArrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

The kids had great fun making this guy out on the patio today. (Now he looks a bit like he yo-ho-hoed with a bottle of rum, but he had a fine and respectable day for a snowman.)

Staring bravely into a wet weather forecast with melted marble eyes like the seven seas, the dread pirate Chilly Willy sniffed at the air with his carroty nose and sighed…10 months ago


RuHoliday Edition

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Continue reading George and the Big Bang with Isak
  • Continue September happiness entries
  • Finish current memoir project
  • Work on cards with the kids – Progress
  • Finish Christmas shoppingYES!!!
  • Sort baby clothes to give
  • Attend birthday party
  • Clean up the house – Progress
  • Build a snowman!
  • Banking

Bonus: Replaced faulty light strings! 10 months ago


RuGreat days, big sprays, rainbows

Retroactive happiness…

September 5, 2013

  • Iris spending another night in her room. She woke once, mumbled briefly, then rolled over and went back to sleep. We also bought Isak’s cool new loft bed which was unexpectedly on sale when we went to pick it up.
  • Noodly hot meal experiments in a thermos and love notes written on striped candy packs hidden in lunchboxes.
  • Not needing the spare umbrella because it didn’t rain.
  • BMI shrinkage.
  • Recognizing teenage stomping grounds on old cop shows filmed in town.
  • Watching a huge electrical storm rage out the balcony window. I love lightning.
  • Feeling reconnected.



September 6, 2013

  • Iris’ night #3 in her room. Newfound privacy after having a little person partying in our room for ages (sweet, but not so conductive to romance).
  • Watching Isak play soccer with a bunch of kids before school – he made a great save to impressed whoops by the other guys and was grinning and walking tall by the time the bell rang.
  • Friday! Feeling good, better rested, making progress.



September 7, 2013

  • We picked up a nice mattress for the loft bed and put it together. (I’m a little green! I really wanted a loft bed when I was a kid.)
  • M found a funky steel ring in the store parking lot. (Now posted in craigslist lost and found.)
  • We went to the summer block party at the complex. A city grant funded the BBQ, there was a lemonade stand raising money for the food bank, live music, games, chalk, and bubbles galore for the kids, plus the local firemen showed up and let the kids play in the truck before turning on the hoses and letting everyone play in the spray. Freaking fantastic! We met lots of our wonderful new neighbors too. Love it here.
  • Late night Indian food and pale ale.



September 8, 2013

  • A relaxing Sunday morning. Making a perfectly flipped omelette stuffed with ham and cheese.
  • Bidding farewell to the car bed of glory before bestowing it upon an excited nephew.
  • Getting rid of the nasty old giant TV that was in the crawlspace here when we moved in.
  • My parents came by for a visit (bearing a jar of delicious raspberry honey).
  • Flopping down on the couch to read a good book while Isak went out to play in the sun with his new neighborhood buddies. 10 months ago

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