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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RuI think we have a month (?)

The last batch of messages from the co-op that I’m aware of said the end of July, and that they were working on a back-up tool for exporting entries… is there a bumped up death-date? I hope not.

I wish we’d had more of an opportunity to support the site and a better idea of what was required to keep it going. There’s a book/t-shirt kicking around here, but aside from those one-offs, I certainly pooh-poohed supercheers and wasn’t keen on ads… I definitely would have had a different perspective if it was put forth as a case of the site being here or not.

Yes – working hard doing something you’re passionate about gets to be a drag if little is being bounced back at you but complaints and criticism. That makes for eventual burn-out. (I hope your fellow artists develop more promotion gumption.) I’m just so sorry it’s come to this and there doesn’t seem to be the time/inclination to somehow keep things going. Sad times for all. 2 months ago


RuLeft turn

Day 173: June 222 months ago


RuCan-Can

Day 172: June 212 months ago


Rubokbokbok

T’was chicken, if I recall correctly… also tasty. :) 2 months ago


RuThe size of the skies

Retroactive happiness…

February 27, 2014

  • Blue skies, wispy clouds, then rain (glad I remembered the umbrella).
  • Isak barely containing his playdate excitement. Hope all goes well.
  • A reminder about a party I’d utterly blanked on. Thank goodness.
  • Crushing my to-do list. Shazam!
  • Homemade chicken pizza.
  • Last minute photos.
  • Tea is waiting…



February 28, 2014

  • E + A came by for coffee and a dress-up party, and Iris got a big bag of glorious hand-me-downs. Lots of laughter and javatherapy (and Iris made us all pretend tea).
  • Isak’s playdate-buddy got sick and had to cancel, which caused great sadness, but he asked if he could invite another friend from school on the spur of the moment. The other boy’s mom and I worked things out easily, he left with us, and they had a great time eating pizza, playing games, putting together things with an electronic circuits kit… it was great, and I was proud of him for turning his disappointment into a quick solution instead of letting it ruin his afternoon. (He also got 25/25 on a difficult spelling test.)
  • Flowers are starting to come out to play, and the skies were lovely.
  • The sink is finally unclogged and running smoothly.
  • It’s the end of the month! (and I got a Kiva loan in just in time)
  • Baba Yaga stories before bed. 2 months ago

RuWeekend Top Ten (June 21 – June 22)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Attend community parade + festivities
  • Finish February happiness entries
  • See live bands with V! Woohoo!
  • Have Isak’s friend overnight
  • Beat down cluttery hotspots
  • Welcome summer properly
  • Send project, start the next
  • Family adventure outside
  • Movie + popcornThe Lego Movie
  • Banking, library

Super bonus : M cleaned & vacuumed the much neglected car (ie. there were Christmas tree needles still lingering in the back) YAY! Now if we could just get that mirror up… ;) 2 months ago


RuPhilosopher's approach

Day 171: June 202 months ago


RuVortex

I’m feeling better physically, but anxiety is lurking like quicksand. I still haven’t backed up things adequately here, there are projects galore, and the kids get restless when I’m doing the work I need to do. I’d love to slough off the stress skin and run amok in the woods, so I’ll work on getting things done and then try to get out to clear my noggin.

It’s Friday though, that’s something… that’ll help. And there are some fun things going on – a parade, seeing a live show with a friend, the weather looks gorgeous, the spray park is open now… I’ll spin it up. Cheery weekends, all!

Main focus today: Current memoir, back-up plans, fun/expedition with the kids, avoid the quicksand


۞  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
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bathroom (general + clean faucets)
  • Start “summer learning” plan with Isak √ – 3/3!
  • Work: Continue rush memoir project √ – Finished! Need to send w/feedback
  • Explore further back-up options
  • Whittle procrastination list
  • Saturday gig plans with V.
  • Get outside with the kids √ – HUGE 4 hour adventure
  • Tackle dish mountain


۞  Repeat

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


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Bootcamp plans
  • 43T Back-up
  • Vacuum
  • Laundry
  • Baths


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 2 months ago

RuVenus of the beads

Day 170: June 192 months ago


RuRosy tint, yellow crocus

Retroactive happiness…

February 26, 2014

  • All the people decked out for Pink Shirt Day.
  • Sunshine and a little bit of snow.
  • Playdate invitations galore – Isak’s blissed. He joined a friend for a floor hockey lesson while Iris slept and the moms talked.
  • Popcorn and Epic entertained the kids while I blazed through a project.
  • Glowing violin wood & shiny brass trumpets.
  • Trust. 2 months ago

RuI'm finding this upsetting as well

Comments & private messages vanish with people when they delete too… there are some things I’d been hoping to back up that have now dissolved. I hope it isn’t a snowballing trend. 2 months ago


RuWaiting at the window

Feeling achy (head & body) and sort of low energy today. Not down exactly, just in need of a down day. Everything outside is gray and the clouds are less than trustworthy. I have a teetering pile of projects to work on, but at least they’re going fairly smoothly. Going to get onto things because Iris is sleeping now…

Main focus today: Current memoir, decluttering, fun with the kids, library


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


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bathroom (various), random decluttering
  • Work: Continue new project (rush job) √ – Over half
  • Download new strata documents
  • Take a walk with the kids
  • Play new game with Isak
  • Start summer journal
  • Pop into PopClogs
  • Library returns
  • Red Dwarf √ X2
  • Laundry
  • Vacuum
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

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


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Sort locked DVR
  • Bootcamp plans
  • 43T Back-up


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 2 months ago

RuEquilibrium

Day 169: June 18

“We were fascinated by the little glass spheres, by those dark waves of color, some narrow and drawn out into several swirls, and others that widened out in the center of the marble into a single bundle and thinned out smoothly at the ends. There were reddish streaks in Añuco’s new marbles, but in the cloudy, chipped ones the bands of color also appeared, strangely and inexplicably.”

~ José María Arguedas, Antología poética2 months ago


RuPurple heather, white snow

Retroactive happiness…

February 25, 2014

  • Subtle morning kisses.
  • Sunshine melting the icy patches.
  • Cheques in the mail.
  • Band-aid graduation. Isak opted for brightly colored dots.
  • Library bathroom blessings. Thanks, patron saint of potties.
  • Snow forts & mini snowmen. The expression on a little kid’s face when he threw a snowball at his friend and hit me; an unknown grown-up, instead. Priceless. Getting in on the snowball action too – as did Iris (and her friend, also named Iris), who thought repeatedly hitting me in the bum with snowballs was the funniest thing ever.
  • Working hard, playing hard, and relaxing in a tub full of hot water and lavender bath salts. Squeaky clean kids (I threw them in the tub after I got out).
  • Kraken & Coke. Buzz & Batman. Peanut M&M’S.
  • Oz! 2 months ago

RuUntitled

The end of July, I gather.
But still no public Banner of Doom?

More on the Save 43T goal and this message to Sherlock from robot Kathy2 months ago


RuNumerous people who wrote to inquire about shut-down rumors have now received the following message:



“Hi,

Unfortunately it’s true: After a wonderful 10-year run, 43 Things will be shuttering at the end of July. We are currently working on building an exporting tool so that you can save your goals, accomplishments, and achievements. Hopefully we’ll be able to roll it out in the next few weeks.

We are very sad to see the site go, and really appreciate your participation and use of 43 Things. We’ll really miss the community.

Good luck, and keep striving.

-The Robot Co-op Crew”

Insert heavy heart here2 months ago


RuDerailed

I’m still shaken from all the previous emotional yo-yoing and what now sounds like a solid demise date here in just over a month. I’d just started feeling rather hopeful again yesterday morning, so – yeah, wind knocked out again, only in a begrudgingly anticipated way.

After a house clean-up, a visit from friends, and a head start on my next project, I spent quite a bit of time on the long overdue music-sorting goal. I started categorizing and alphabetizing the two massive boxes of CDs we brought upstairs ages ago. It was strangely comforting, and nice to follow musical whims along the way. I’m about 2/3 done, and that was the hard part.

I sent work in and got work back, so there’s more of that to be done, and I should really experiment with one of the site copying programs. I don’t want to leave it until the last moment and discover it won’t work for me.

I wonder if anyone is copying the entire site? If so, I’d love to know…

Main focus today: Get back on track


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


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bathroom (Tidy, stock, laundry) - 2/3
  • Work: Download new new projects, Start rush job (#3)
  • Continue organizing CDs √ Finished the 2 main boxes
  • Battle the undone list
  • Sort locked DVR
  • Walk


۞  Repeat

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


۞  Recycled

  • Start kids’ summer reading charts √ – Both up to date
  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Tidy mantelpiece
  • Popcorn + movie √ – Prisoners
  • Bootcamp plans
  • Store 2 boxes √ (Better – empty!)
  • 43T Back-up


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 2 months ago

RuBroken dragon

Day 168: June 17

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit2 months ago


RuCelebr-8!

Retroactive happiness…

February 24, 2014

  • My 8th 43Things anniversary! So much has happened since I first found this place, it’s hard to believe. It’s played a big part, and I’m so grateful. (I didn’t know at the time this would be my last year here.)
  • SNOWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
  • Isak having a playdate with one of his new friends who lives in a townhouse across the street. I’m so happy we can do that now; so glad we’re here with our roots taking hold strongly.
  • An interesting book on body language and a brand new game to play.
  • Tortellini and chicken in a garlic kissed cream sauce.
  • Snowflakes on red roses.

I don’t know how long to keep going. I won’t catch up here now, but I’m compelled to continue…2 months ago


RuOne connection goal...

http://www.43things.com/things/view/5275197/stay-in-touch-with-43-thing-friends—2 months ago


Ru...

Damn.2 months ago


RuFriends approaching

So… Tuesday. Today is the first official non-rotating strike day – no unexpected agreements over the weekend. I’m not surprised. I found out about a great outdoor science program we could have participated in gratis, so I’m disappointed we’ll miss out on that, but I’m behind the teachers all the way on class size/composition.

I think it would have been a fantastic example for the kids if all the grown-up poohbahs in charge of their education could have found the cooperative sweet spot though. I really do.

I have to put the finishing touches on yesterday’s rush file and get that in before company shows up (plus clean up after a yesterday’s trip of kids.) I’m very pleased our medical file requisition is in – that was gnawing at me. I’ve also got plans to see a show with a gf this weekend, which should be fun, and signed the kids up for the library’s summer reading prog. (Iris too, this year).

Feeling pretty productive. Not caught up, but like my sword is sharp and my coffeepot is full. (Now if we just had some definitive news about the pulse of this place, that would put shaved chocolate in the gumption cup. I’m feeling hopeful.) Edit: – Again, damn.

Main focus today: Tidy up, play-date/coffee, new new project, library


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4.5/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy/restock bathroom, 27 boogie - A little
  • Work: Polish/send file, download + start new project
  • Pre-company whirlwind house tidy II
  • Start kids’ summer reading charts
  • Clear clutter beneath coffee table
  • Friends over for coffee + play
  • Organize music (1 hour) √ – Hours
  • 15 min: Sort bookmarks
  • Costumes/books away
  • Cruise for new news √ – Redundant damn
  • Tidy mantelpiece - A little
  • Popcorn + movie
  • Store 2 boxes
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue February happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music! √ – Lots while sorting
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Bootcamp plans
  • 43T Back-up


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 2 months ago

RuLittle suns

Day 167: June 16

“A perfect beauty of a sunflower! a perfect excellent lovely sunflower existence! a sweet natural eye to the new hip moon, woke up alive and excited grasping in the sunset shadow sunrise golden monthly breeze!”

~ Allen Ginsberg 2 months ago


RuYesterday...

Just in case I don’t get the chance to catch up to June happiness…2 months ago


RuFlip flopping weather

It’s peculiar out – I don’t trust the weather lately. Yesterday on the way to a birthday party we stopped to pick something up along the way and got caught in a ridiculous downpour on the way out of the building– walls of water, people gasping and taking pictures, sudden rivers in the streets, thunder… it was craaaaaazy, and we got wet, wet, wet regardless of trying to hide under my umbrella.

Later sunshine and blue skies broke out, then after a few hours there was more rain with the sun lingering long enough for a giant rainbow.

Monday. I have a few unfinished things from the weekend, so I’ll keep on with those and work on a rush file, have Isak’s friend over, trade our books and movies in for new ones at the library… hopefully we can do the errand stuff while the sun is out.

I was really hoping to get downtown to celebrate Cirque du Soleil’s 30th Anniversary and get in on the festivities, but it’s an awfully long way on the bus with kids in tow, especially if the weather tanks. Maybe if it’s nice we can drive down for the fireworks after M gets home.

Happy Monday!

Main focus today: Tidy up, new project, outside time, library, mail letter, play-date


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


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy tub + declutter bathroom √ – (Mini declutter)
  • Post weekend / pre-company whirlwind house tidy
  • Mail order for digitized family medical files
  • Work: Download + complete new project √ – Done, will check + send in the morning
  • Sign kids up for Summer Reader’s Club
  • Battle dish mountain, wipe counters
  • Popcorn + On the Road with M √ (Starting @ 11)
  • Contact V. re. this weekend √ – Yes!
  • Get outside with the kids
  • Pick up Isak’s hat
  • Playdate (here) √ 4 – 8
  • Library


۞  Repeat

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


۞  Recycled

  • Message re/ mortgage tweaking
  • Bootcamp plans
  • 43T Back-up


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell 2 months ago

RuThe Yggyssey

Excitement at the library when we found a sequel to The Neddiad, which we didn’t know existed. We’ve polished off several chapters already. Yay Pinkwater!

The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There ~ Written by Daniel Pinkwater & illustrated Calef Brown

A sequel to critically acclaimed The Neddiad told from the point of view of Ned’s friend, Iggy. La Brea Woman is missing. Valentino, too. The ghosts of Los Angeles are disappearing right and left!

Iggy Birnbaum is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, no matter what Neddie Wentworthstein and Seamus Finn say. There’s just the little matter of traveling to another plane of existence, first…and then, of course, not pissing off a witch once she gets there.

From L.A. to Old New Hackensack, fans of The Neddiad will be delighted to join up with Iggy, Neddie, Seamus, and the usual apparitional entourage for another weird and wonderful adventure by Daniel Pinkwater. As Neil Gaiman said about the first book: “it’s funny and tender and strange and impossible to describe. What Pinkwater does is magic and I’m grateful for it.”

The Yggyssey is vintage Pinkwater: laugh out loud funny, incredible characters, dialogue, humor. And like The Neddiad, this book is similarly illustrated throughout by Calef Brown.
2 months ago


RuPlayground of the Gods

Retroactive happiness…

February 23, 2014

  • Big Snow!
  • Working, cleaning, taking breaks to battle zombies in the garden.
  • An evening drive up the mountain with the family to go night sledding. There were quite a few other people there, kids laughing, snow falling in beautiful fat flakes, trees covered in white. We had a ridiculous amount of fun and each took turns going down on the toboggan with the kids.
  • Coming home to have cocoa by the fireplace. 2 months ago

RuWatcher at the window

Day 166: June 152 months ago


RuBlocks

Day 165: June 14

“Individually, every grain of sand brushing against my hands represents a story, an experience, and a block for me to build upon for the next generation.”

~ Raquel Cepeda 2 months ago


Ru43 Refugees

Set up by Meridia (more info), it’s a locked forum board for community members to avoid losing touch & further pursuit common goals. It’s here. (I’ve just bookmarked it) 2 months ago


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