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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.

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Ru69/100

I released a bunch over the weekend for the 7th anniversary. I wish there was a better term in our culture for “death anniversary”. Celebrabis anniversario mortem?

Sunday we went on a quest for two more little free libraries and found both, so books were left there and a number of other spots. I brought more, but they didn’t seem to fit the area we were (a bit too edgy for the middle of a family park methinks), I didn’t want them tossed – an open mic night at the local cafe perhaps? I’m also hoping to prep a little bag for some friends to take to Burning Man (to leave, not to burn).

I need to sort through of the ones I still want to read and the ones that can be let go and do the final prepping (cover stickers, one of Paulie’s business cards inside – Isak’s been helping with that). 31 to go before I can check this off…

Books registered: 185
Released in the wild: 61
Controlled releases: 8
Total released: 691 month ago


RuTreading water

Lots to do lots to do… I’m splashing down into the new month with a heavy load but renewed gumption. It’s M’s first day back at work (fingers crossed it’s easy on his back), Isak’s got after-school pool plans with a friend, Iris is busy as a bee creating things, and I’ve got to keep slogging through this bigass editing project and figure out what my main goals for the month are.

Sunshine is out in full force, I’d like to get outside later, but first there are things to clean, stories to type, and little girls to chase. Happy Monday…

Main focus today: Editing project, order school supplies, clean up, Isak to pool


۞  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 √ – Great homework focus today
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M - 3/4


۞  New

  • School: Gr.4 school supplies order/$, note to teacher
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Sweep entrance
  • Pack swimming gear, Isak to pool w/friend
  • Post-weekend house clean-up √ – The bare minimum
  • Work: Continue editing project √ 3X!
  • Brainstorm June bootcamp
  • Garden: Pull some weeds
  • Play-date invite (Tuesday)
  • 43T: Continue back-up
  • Tackle dish mountain
  • Movie + popcorn w/M √ – Friends with Kids
  • 15 min: Paper purge
  • Pick up library holds
  • Write mom + dad √ – (LD phone call too)
  • Pick up clothes
  • Sunshine time
  • Weed fridge
  • BookX post
  • Vacuum


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Borrowers 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Weed out too-small kid shoes


۞  Queued

  • Buy more sunscreen (mousse)
  • Start moving vinyl to expedit
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell
  • Banking 1 month ago

RuUnder trees

Day 152: June 1

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

― John Lubbock, The Use Of Life1 month ago


Ru(Here's the post with the message)

http://www.43things.com/entries/view/6484241 1 month ago


RuI wish I may, I wish I might…

I managed to get quite a bit done, but unfortunately May was somewhat of a may not. Things got derailed for a number of reasons: an extra heavy workload, M’s back going out, unexpected black dogs, a school strike, and the forecasted doom of this much beloved site.

There were a few bonuses, like getting all the media racks up and safely attached to the wall and making headway backing up my entries here. In the end, the main idea was ‘making time for what matters’ and some priorities shifted, so I’m still happy with the progress.

Head’s up for June Bootcamp, I sincerely hope it’s not our last.

Done

10th Anniversary
365: respond, add favorites
5+ Playdates – More like 25+!
Attend a community event
Baby gates to A.
Back up computer
Bookcrossing (5+)
Buy a new game
Celebrate Star Wars Day
Declutter spice cabinet
Drop off donations
Eat at a new place
Empty / recycle 5+ boxes
Family adventures outside
Hair appointment
Happiness entries: finish January, start February
Khan Academy
Kiva loan
May long weekend (family fun!)
Meet new savings goal
Menchies
Paperwork sort/purge (buy organizers, start)
Pay off our credit card
Plant something in the garden
Recycling depot
Replenish closet
Start new books
Update FB photos
Use 1 gift card
Visit Free Library (trade)
Visit w/family
Work: Finish 3 projects + editing
+ Continue daily Things To Do



Progress

Buy a tree for the patio – Picked out, too heavy to move right now
Computer: parental block – Researched
Fix up our bicycles + kid-seat – 80% done
Sort kid clothes, buy kids’ runners X 2 Some clothes sorted, shoes + boots bought
Spring clean (house + crawlspace) – So much done, so much still to do…



Undone

Hang mirror – Too heavy to move right now
Mortgage (set lump or overpayments) – Required site currently inaccessible
Order family medical info CD for new doctor
Put up new shelves
See Only Lovers Left AliveRan out of time
Unpack vinyl – Too heavy to move right now1 month ago


RuWhispers; love

Retroactive happiness…

February 14, 2014

  • Valentine’s Day ~ ~ surrounded by love.
  • Winter ale and roses (Kraken for M), kisses and laughter. Lego and treats and vintage toy school-buses for the kids.
  • Isak went back to school; bandaged but excited to bring sparkly valentines and treats to his friends (later he aced a difficult spelling test too). I stopped in at the office and thanked them for taking such good care of him after his injury.
  • A fun play-date with the girls, who came bearing tiny homemade cupcakes.
  • Not being late for school pick-up despite being trapped behind 500 kids exiting an ice-rink and taking the same sidewalk as me. As a bonus, listening to their exuberant tweenish conversations all around me was vastly entertaining too.
  • A lovely letter from one of my oldest friends came in the mail.
  • Board games and wonderfully peculiar weather.



February 15, 2014

  • Relaxation. Weekendishness. Communication through numerous channels.
  • We found the AWOL arts & crafts box and finally gave the felt-spraying airbrush a whirl. Isak made some glorious space designs and flame-jobs on our cardboard boxes. I don’t know if we’ll ever go back to basic brown storage.
  • M went to visit the barber and looks even more handsome than usual. He also went to visit his best old-school buddy after far too long.
  • Snowdrops! Whispers of approaching springtime.
  • Perfect mashed potatoes and cool vanilla ale. 1 month ago

RuPrivacy settings

OOh, cheering that idea… I’d love the option of only having our entries available within the community (although I guess not having that is how I found the site way back when… funny how a simple random googling can change your life – and this site has certainly done that). 1 month ago


RuThoughts requested

Stephen has posted an entry titled Buy the 43Things.com web site, which he has requested feedback on, and I thought this was a good place to extend the invitation…

I was also happy to see no Banner of Doom flying this morning. Cheers to all and to still being here, for however long it lasts.1 month ago


RuWow indeed!

I would love to see this site survive. That’s an extreme understatement, so thank-you for even entertaining the idea.

I hope any other members of the community here who have deep enough pockets and/or wide enough techie capabilities will put their heads together to help make this happen.

I don’t oppose ads if it means the life or death of 43T (and they’re tastefully woven into the fabric) and would certainly pay a reasonably priced membership fee to get rid of them or to support the site.

Membership could be made extra enticing (I don’t know… no ads, bonus cheers, entry back-up?), or maybe a polite optional donation button that pops up once a month for non paying members… I’m certain the site could be streamlined to be more efficient / cost less / support itself if weeded and tended properly.

Could Kickstarter or something of the sort be helpful in attempting to buy the site? I’m sure many, many people here would love to see this happen.

There are lots of brains here… STORM! STORM! :) 1 month ago


RuYoung love, wet paint

Day 151: May 31

“I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say. They are not brave, the days when we are twenty one. They are so full of little cowardices, little fears without foundation, and one is so easily bruised, so swiftly wounded, one falls to the first barbed word.”

― Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca1 month ago


Ru7 years

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years (today) since he died. The weather was gorgeous so I left a handful of books out – my favorite was leaving one about how to deal with death on the “life” rock in the meditation garden. It was gone an hour later when we passed by on the way home.

I’m up to 66 released now; hoping to drop off more at some of the little free libraries tomorrow. Hoping to make it to 100 by the end of the summer.

I miss you dearly, Paulie. Cheers from here.1 month ago


Ru#59: Rosa's coffee crops

May’s loan went to Rosa Elena in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras, to buy agricultural supplies in order to once again help her coffee crop.

Rosa says that she had never chosen to take out a loan with any institution before, because the interest rates are very high and the process is a bit overwhelming and time consuming. However, thanks to the cooperative COMIXMUL, she can tell the difference because payment is very easy, the formalities are quick and the staff who work in the institution are very friendly and helpful.

Thanks to this funding she was able to look after her coffee crops: weed them properly, collect in the harvest on time, buy compost and fertilizer and apply them to her coffee crops to get better performance and better results. The seedbed that she had ready for sowing at that time was made possible by the same supplies which also helped her to treat them properly and open the holes.

Rosa is very grateful for the support given through her first financing. Her first action when she harvested her crop was to fulfill her commitment with the appropriate character and responsibility. This was also in order to keep open the opportunity, and have the confidence, to continue working with COMIXMUL and funds from Kiva.

She is hoping to be supported again this time, as her crops need attention once or twice a year in order to have excellent results and profits. Therefore, today she wants to again buy compost, fertilizers and foliar sprays, among other supplies, so that her goals, hopes and dreams can become a reality.

Fully funded!1 month ago


RuWeekend Top Ten (May 31 – June 1)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Memorial bookcrossing (for anniversary)
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Further peruse PopClogs + HTTrack
  • Work: Focus on editing project
  • Grade 4 school supplies form
  • Month-end bootcamp bust
  • Continue spring cleaning
  • Have a family adventure
  • Back up computer
  • May Kiva loan1 month ago

RuTempting at times

Unfortunately the only ones I have (for migraines) are mixed with caffeine and that would be bad for so, so, so many reasons. I will have to resort to running them around in giggling circles until their little energizer bunny batteries run down. Ah, my pretties… 1 month ago


RuPop!

Day 150: May 30

“Poppies… Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleeeeep. Now they’ll sleeeeep!”

~ Wicked Witch of the West 2 months ago


RuSavor the flavor

HP/yikes… sugared violet, honey, and toasted marshmallow sound lovely, but lobster, earwax, and the one-two punch of liver & tripe leaves a bit to be desired. I would try grass…

(As for the bellies, I’m the only one in the family who loathes black licorice, it’s a favorite of everyone else, which always makes for great trades…) 2 months ago


RuJelly-belly rainbow heaven

We dug into a rather rotund bag of the small but potent treats; matching them up hue by hue, checking the sacred jelly-bean code, and sharing what we thought of the various flavors. It was delicious fun… do you partake? 2 months ago


RuIn stitches

Retroactive happiness…

February 12, 2014

  • Unexpected sunshine left the day warmer and my fingers limber.
  • After a sudden computer crash I found the auto-backup had saved every word of the file I’d been working on all morning. HUGE relief.
  • A ridiculous youtube song about boobies that made me laugh.
  • Personal letters in the mailbox.
  • Iris trying really, really hard to read.
  • Vintage hot-rod flame-jobs.
  • Home-cooked chilli chicken dry.
  • A family game of Minotaurus (which I won!)



February 13, 2014

  • Waking up early and getting a head start on today’s work (and writing a difficult letter to a longtime friend).
  • When Isak was injured on the playground, the school they called right away, I managed to hurry over there and get my parents on route to help. The hospital is (thankfully) 5 minutes from the school, so we hustled to emerg. where everyone was fantastic, he remained calm, my folks picked up Iris, and we had some remarkably nice one-on-one time talking, doing madlibs, playing games, and reading. They did a beautiful job of stitching him up, and he was very brave through it all. I’m happy everything turned out as well as it could have under the circumstances.
  • I’m SO grateful the school book order came in right before we left, so we had some fun things to do and read in the hospital waiting room.
  • Gourmet jellybeans. Spy pens.
  • Staying up late making glittery Star Wars valentines for the class. 2 months ago

RuPutting it together

My technology is decidedly rough around the edges. It took me 7 tries to get the computer booted up this morning; something’s amiss with the power button, but I don’t want to leave it on because the fan eventually drowns everything out in the room. Sigh.

This is prompting me to do a sudden backup of the Very Important and make sure I do an extra diligent job with the usual end-of-the-month backing up this weekend. So much to lose, especially now that I’ve been trying to back up my entries here. The power button on my beloved camera is also not behaving.

On the shiny side it’s Friday, the sun has returned and the weather people (who don’t know their ass from their elbow lately, but I’m hopeful) have reported a good stretch of sunshine, which I’m glad for, and M’s back continues to feel better. I’m very glad that the weekend is here. (Have a great one!!)

Main focus today: Editing project, back-up, play-date, weekend plans


۞  Daily

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


۞  New

  • 43Things: Keep backing up entries, connecting, msgs.
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Beautify the living room
  • School: Take bocce set (for sharing)
  • Extra important file backup to flash
  • Work: Continue editing project
  • Take the kids to Menchies - Opted for school playground funding freezies
  • Clean up for company
  • Tackle dish mountain
  • Hand wash sweater
  • Bootcamp busting √ (A little)
  • Pamper M’s back
  • Weekend plans
  • Playdate (here) √ – (3 – 8)
  • Sunshine time
  • Run laundry √ X2
  • Goal entry


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Borrowers 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Weed out too-small kid shoes
  • Cosmos


۞  Queued

  • Start moving vinyl to expedit
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 2 months ago

RuA Rainy Day

Day 149: May 29

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

― Maya Angelou 2 months ago


RuSwimming indeed

Il pleut à verse! Cats and dogs and octopi. I returned from this morning’s school drop off positively soaked through, despite my big red umbrella. The rain is hard yet misty… I’ll probably be dry around the time I need to leave again. On the up side of the downpour, Iris got some very cute new fishy rainboots last night to splash around in, and is thrilled about the weather.

M’s off work again until his back is better, I’m slowly dissolving my workload, but there’s a long way to go. I gather the rotating strike will be continuing, so no school next Wednesday.

I wish the powers that be would make an official announcement or respond in some way in regards to 43T. It feels so purgatorial and is getting in the way of posting – I don’t want to pour too much time and energy into “catching up” on goal entries here if the site is going down, and yet I’m not ready to jump ship and do my posting elsewhere either. Sigh.

Main focus today: Editing project, back-up entries, baths


۞  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
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • 43Things: Keep backing up entries, connecting, msgs.
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Dust living room
  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Work: Continue editing project √ – A lot!
  • Call re. old tenant mail
  • Movie/popcorn with M. √ – Miller’s Crossing
  • Tackle dish mountain
  • Bootcamp busting √ – (A little)
  • Pamper M’s back
  • Baths for all!
  • Goal entry √ PC/365
  • Cosmos
  • Laundry √ – (Soaking)


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Borrowers 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • 365: Respond to 3 photo comments
  • Weed out too-small kid shoes
  • Bubblebath


۞  Queued

  • Start moving vinyl to expedit
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 2 months ago

RuTangled yoyos

Day 148: May 282 months ago


RuUntitled

I’m not alone…2 months ago


Ru:)

She could repeat it then… it could be her “something blue”... (snicker) 2 months ago


RuWe all float down here…

Up early, filing the list down… getting things done. There’s no school today, so Isak’s going bike riding with a friend from school, and I’m going to try to whip my towering workload into shape (I made a great start yesterday).

M came home from work yesterday – too much too soon – he’s planning on seeing the doctor again this afternoon. Fingers crossed. I’m happy the rain has held off, fresh air romping has proved an exceptionally good stress-buster lately.

Just. Keep. Swimming.

Main focus today: Editing project, back-up entries, something fun during strike day


۞  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
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • 43Things: Keep backing up entries, connecting, msgs.
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Dust living room
  • Work: Continue editing project √ – Another file down
  • Game (his choice) with Isak
  • Pamper M’s back, see doc
  • Isak – bike trip with friend
  • Iris – Play dough party
  • Movie/popcorn with M.
  • Outside time
  • Goal entry


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Borrowers 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • 365: Respond to 3 photo comments
  • Weed out too-small kid shoes
  • Summer shoes for Iris √ X2
  • Bubblebath


۞  Queued

  • Start moving vinyl to expedit
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 2 months ago

RuChasing the light

Day 147: May 272 months ago


RuShow & tell

I like that it’s an active/outside game, individual games are quick, it appeals to everyone in the family, and that any of us (even if they’re three years old) can win. Isak’s very excited about taking it to school to share with the class for his “summer activities” theme.

It also brings back of watching all the lovely old Italian fellows hanging out together and playing in the park across from us 10 years ago. Have fun! 2 months ago


Ruand...

I can now add “Clean daughter’s blue, blue nether regions” to the checked off list. That was a sudden jolt of wtf when I opened her diaper to find everything fluorescent blue.

Upon further inspection I realized this was because Isak was making “designer” diapers for her yesterday and she decided she’d join in the fun and drew with blueberry felt pens on the inside of the one I put on this morning, which I somehow missed in my tired flurry and now it’s transferred to her… uh… yeah.

This was probably better left unsaid, but I’m making an effort to grasp the levity straws tightly today.2 months ago


Ru 2 months ago


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