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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FB * PopClogs * 43Refugees < Faithful here 'til the sky goes out



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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 1 month 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…) 1 month 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? 1 month 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. 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

RuTangled yoyos

Day 148: May 281 month ago


RuUntitled

I’m not alone…1 month ago


Ru:)

She could repeat it then… it could be her “something blue”... (snicker) 1 month 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 1 month ago

RuChasing the light

Day 147: May 271 month 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! 1 month 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.1 month ago


Ru 1 month ago


RuBocce ball!

M bought a set and surprised us with it this past Mother’s Day. We found a pretty little park we’d never been to and all four of us had a thoroughly wonderful time playing. Everyone won several times (even Iris, though we let her stand a bit closer).

We’ve taken it out several times since, including yesterday evening when we drove to the grounds of a long-abandoned mental institution and played amidst the ghosts. I’m happy to add this to our outside games; it’s quickly become a favorite! 1 month ago


RuTick tick tick

I’m feeling better today – I really did need to get out of the house and do something fun. Several things in the last couple of weeks have gnawed at my time and equilibrium and I need to get back on track. My work has piled up, but they don’t know yet because my project pile was so big they weren’t expecting it back quickly. I need to put extra time into this, it just requires better focus than I’ve had lately.

I slept a little, and we have sunshine and blue skies today, so that’s helping. Did I mention the stove? I went to make M and I a relaxing pot of tea the other night and the burner exploded in a dramatic and terrifying fireworks show that scared the crap out of both of us and melted said burner. The others work, so for now we’ve disconnected the funky one and switch the breaker off unless we need the stove, then we switch it on briefly. Wheeeee!

The teachers are going on strike tomorrow… I need a pause button for life (but at least my mood is better).

Main focus today: Parents’ tea, editing project, take a walk, back up entries


۞  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 √ – A+ test!
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M - 3/4


۞  New

  • 43Things: Keep backing up entries, connecting, msgs.
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: LR surfaces, vacuuming
  • Attend parents’ tea party at the school
  • Work: Continue editing project √ Good headway
  • Change play-date (here)
  • Send pioneer project, $
  • Movie/popcorn with M. √ (Cosmos with family)
  • Tackle dish mountain √ – Whew.
  • Plans for strike day
  • Touch up my toes
  • Outside time
  • Send thanks
  • Goal entry
  • Library


۞  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
  • Bubblebath


۞  Queued

  • Start moving vinyl to expedit
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 1 month ago

RuFriend finder :)

There’s also a “find friends” button that works really well if you’ve added a few people (in the drop down menu under name + notifications at the top of the page). 1 month ago


RuAbandonment

Day 146: May 261 month ago


RuSO much better now

We packed the family into the car and had the adventure we missed out on this past weekend – drove up to the sprawling grounds of an old abandoned asylum that has lots of gorgeous trees and grass and flowers. We played a dozen games with our new bocce ball set and explored creepy decaying buildings until it started to get dark… it was perfect.

(((Thank-you))) 1 month ago


RuStretched thin

I’m feeling pretty frazzed and anxious; kicking the black dog off my ankle and trying hard to search the underbelly of clouds for silver but I keep getting cloud-poop in my eye for my trouble. Hormone smacks, insomnia, delightful but stir-crazy kids, and a backlog of work I don’t seem able to focus on…

M got called into work all weekend, so the weekend didn’t really exist as such, and I completely ran out of goal gumption. I don’t know what’s up, but picturing the ground falling away under my feet here really isn’t helping. It’s the anniversary of Paulie’s death this week too. I’m trying to stay up. I’ll bounce back, it’s just some rough patchwork.

Thanks to a bunch of you (you know who you are) for the lovely messages lately.

Main focus today: Keep backing up, connect, editing project, take a walk, unwind


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep √ (Well, minus decent 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: Tidy living room surfaces √ – (Started)
  • See if mom and dad got to NC intact
  • Work: Continue editing project √ -(Not enough)
  • Help with pioneer project
  • Movie/popcorn with M.
  • Check out httrack √ Downloaded, untried thus far
  • Playdate (out)
  • Outside time
  • Bubblebath
  • Rest


۞  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


۞  Queued

  • Start moving vinyl to expedit
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 1 month ago

RuBah

Yeah… I used to have my toes in the web design business and once missed the renewal and someone scooped my site name. Vultures. There’s a lot that goes into running a big site, I know, I was just curious. Someone once posted a link to some stats, including the traffic and I think estimated ad revenue or something of the kind, but I can’t remember where. Just peeking down all the avenues I suppose… 1 month ago


RuBig sigh

It doesn’t hurt to throw wishes into the well though, I suppose. No, I would imagine the garden needs an immense amount of tending at this point.

You’ve honestly done so much already… thank-you again for the earlier archive PSA, that throws some rather large stones at the anxiety beasties. You’re a shiny diamond.

* Will PM you again when I have time to breathe.

Edit: Just for curiosities sake… what would it take? I’ve heard some mumblings here and there… what if there was a crowdfunded Kickstarter project or some such thing? 1 month ago


RuI think you've stated it very well

I don’t know of any other sites that even come close to what this is or means to people. How many sites have people returning (many of them daily) for years and years and years – some of us approaching a decade, and sharing the types of things we share here (which utterly runs the spectrum). None that I can think of. 1 month ago


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