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Collectorofcats

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Collectorofcats Not Always

I’m not too crazy about 43 closing. I’m still hoping someone will change their mind or buy it. Now I guess it’s closing has sometimes to do with it not keeping up with technology and going mobile fast enough.

I cant change my husband. I’ve tried changing him for 30 years. LOL18 hours ago


Collectorofcats Your photo

looks like it could have been taken on our drive home yesterday. We traveled the scenic route through the countryside alongside pastures and cornfields. 18 hours ago


Collectorofcats Untitled

Hump Day, July 30, 2014

  • I was able to take the day of from work and take G to his appt. in Columbia. Everything went well.
  • One of the caretakers of Popclogs fixed my problem with my password and it has been reset. I am back on board.
  • G and I took the scenic route home from Columbia and I was able to get a few photos of barns and bridges.
  • We brought P home with us for the night. She is feeling much better although she’ll still be using eardrops and no swimming for the rest of the week.
  • Eating what we harvested out of our own garden for dinner. YUM19 hours ago

Collectorofcats I got an 8" tablet

But I’ve seen touch screen phones that look nearly as big. It use to be “you got such a huge awkward phone you can hardly carry it around”. Now it’s “you cant hardly use that dinky phone for anything but talk, can you? It’s got such a tiny screen.”
I loved it when the new flat screen TVs came out. They were so light. I could pick mine up and move it wherever I wanted. Now my stepdaughter just bought a new one and it took three people to anchor it into the wall it was so heavy. 1 day ago


Collectorofcats Going mobile

Everybody going mobile might have had something to do with it. I guess 43t has an app now. Everyone twitters or does Facebook from their phones. I see people constantly at work texting on their phones. I also noticed another thing about mobility over time. Cell phones started out huge then got smaller and smaller then now because of the mobile apps for all those social sites, cell phones are now getting bigger and bigger again with huge screens. Yesterday, a coworker brought her new phone to work and she couldn’t fit it into her pocket of the pair of jeans she was wearing that day. It looked more like a tablet to me. 1 day ago


Collectorofcats Tuesday, July 19, 2014

It looks like Tuesday turn into a Monday but I prevailed and survived. First, I left my cell phone at home and I was suppose to meet my brother at our empty rental house. He didn’t show and I had to wait until I got home to call him. I also had a tough day at work followed by a tough evening at the keyboard. I kept having to reset my passwords on my emails and decided to set up a new email and use it for both 43t and popclogs. I then inadvertently logged out of my popclogs account and forgot the password and now cant log back on. I’m waiting for the popclogs team to answer my email and get me back on. If they cant, I’ll have to set up a new account and new email for it.

  • I’m grateful to G for being there for me. He spent his day folding and putting away the clean laundry and even did a washer load for me. He also eats my cooking without complaint.
  • I’m grateful for my grandkids. For N who has grown up to be a fine young, even if typical teenager. For P who is always full of smiles and hugs for both grandpa and me.
  • I’m grateful for R for needing me. No matter how old she gets, she still calls me mom.
  • I’m grateful for J. We’ve become each other’s sounding board the last few weeks.
  • I’m grateful for 43 things being there thru good times and bad these last 7 and 1/2 years I’ve been aboard. 1 day ago

Collectorofcats Thanks for the PM

I hope it helps in my future entanglements although it probably isn’t helping me now. My biggest issue is that msn has decided to up their security and because both my hubby and I use the same computers and log into and out of our emails, etc, more often, it has decided that maybe our passwords have been compromised and keeps wanting to ask security questions and has made me reset my password more then once. I set up a new email account for popclogs when I opened an account and it started doing the same thing again. So I did a third email account and while resetting the email address to use for popclogs and 43t I accidently logged out of my popclogs account and couldn’t get back on because I cant remember the password.
If they don’t let me reset the password, I’ll have to abandon my account and open anew one which also means a new email. It is getting hideous. 1 day ago


Collectorofcats Untitled

It isn’t so much that they have left. It just seems everyone is on vacation. Their accounts are still open but the lights are off and nobody’s home. 2 days ago


Collectorofcats so........

I have so many damn passwords past and present it is hard to keep track of them. Which I cant. I decided to open an new email account and use it for my popclogs account because I’ve been having trouble accessing my email and it is ridiculous to keep having to reset the password. So changed my email and accidently logged out of my popclogs account and wouldn’t you know it, I cant remember the password so I tried to have it reset and each time I try it tell me to check my email which I do and click on a link which I do and then it goes to this page with a big OOPS! in the center. After the 4th or 5th time I sent a message to the folks managing popclogs and told them what happened and the message site says they will get back to me in a few days. So in the meantime, I’m locked out of popclogs. If I don’t get this resolved, I’ll have to set up a new popclogs account which will mean setting up a new email account as well. I am not happy. 2 days ago


Collectorofcats Untitled

Sometimes I want to do the same. You could have just deactivate you Facebook. My niece did that. 2 days ago


Collectorofcats Monday, July 28, 2014

:) Easy day at work which is unusual for a Monday.
:) P has another earache. This time in the left ear. I took her and R to the Dr. after work. There’ll be no more swimming this week. Grateful for the milder weather.
:) Finally getting enough tomatoes from our garden that we can have one or two a night and some to give away.
:) Talked with my brother on the phone. He is moving out of town but will only be 30 miles north of here. He is going to try to fix or replace our retaining wall on the rental house.
:) Watched Major Crimes. 2 days ago


Collectorofcats Popclogs

No, it isn’t 43T. 43 is unique and I don’t think we really just want a clone. But it is user friendly even if it is a bit confusing at first. I was scared and panicky when I first got on 43T. I’ve had to remind myself that it would take time and now I’m more comfortable to be there when 43 closes. 3 days ago


Collectorofcats Sunday, July 27, 2014

:) Started out warm and sticky but as the day progressed, lower humidity moved in.
:) Our first cucumber out of our garden. Hooray!
:) Got 3 big loads of laundry done. Used 1/2 cup of vinegar along with my detergent on my load of smelly towels. It really works.
:) I took P home in the afternoon after taking her to the park.
:) G and I spent a quiet evening at home. 3 days ago


Collectorofcats Online Searching

I guess I got the ball rolling then other night after telling J about finding my friend online. I told her I would try to do a search and find her half-brothers. Her mother had 2 other children by different men whom she didn’t marry. The older one C was taken away from her at the age of around 2 years along with J and put into foster care. J cant remember if she was in the 3rd or 4th grade when he was born. They were originally put into the same foster home which J had previously been in at an earlier time before being reunited with her mother for a time. This time, however, J was told she probably wouldn’t be going back to live with her mother ever again which we learned was just fine with her. When her mother gave up her parental rights to C, he was taken from the foster home and put up for adoption. J was allowed to visit him for a time with promises that she would be allowed to keep in touch which, of course, didn’t happen. The only thing she knew was that she was told their name was Smith which is very common surname so it may have not been their real name.
J’s other brother T wasn’t born until after she and C had been put into foster care. At the time she came to live with us in 1987, T who was less then a year old was still in the custody of his mother.
Over the years, J has expressed a desire to learn what happened to her half-siblings and reconnect with them especially C. We encouraged her to contact her mother’s parents and for a time she conversed with them on a regular basis and even visited them from time to time.
As a adult, J said she tried to find C several times but always came to a dead end. I told her the other night I would help her find both her brothers. Immediately, I realized that finding C wasn’t going to be easy. Even if Smith is his adopted name, how many C smiths are there out there? Especially since it is such a common name and we don’t even have a middle initial either. I joked after doing a quick search on Facebook and the Web that we can rule out all the more tanned notable candidates on Facebook. All we do know for sure is he is either 29 or 30 years of age and was towheaded as a toddler and has blue or grey eyes (she thinks).
Finding T was surprisingly simple. He was never given up for adoption and he and J’s mother remained in the same regional area of the state throughout his life. Although he apparently doesn’t have a Facebook account under his given first and last name, it was very easy to weed out candidates on one of those people search sites by age and relatives. Unfortunately, when I came across J’s mother’s name, I also found her obituary. She passed away in 2010. I called J with the news rather then message her. I also had to tell G since she was his first wife.
J took that news surprisingly well. No emotions and there was almost relief in her voice when I told her. I’m not sure she didn’t already know which she denied. G didn’t take the news as well. She was his first wife and they were together for a number of years since she was 15 even if they were only married for a very short time. They married as soon as M turned 18 and divorced 2 years later when J was a toddler.
J is now upset with her dad because he wants to announce M’s passing to his family. J thinks it should be her decision how it is handled because M was still her mother while G and M had been divorced for over 35 years. I tried to explain to J that with her dad’s age and his cancer, he has been watching more and more friends and family die and is realizing his own mortality. M was younger then him even though it looks like she wasn’t dealt much of a playing hand in life.
Anyway, she has her brother T’s name and last whereabouts known and it will be up to her if she wants to make contact. 4 days ago


Collectorofcats Saturday, July 26, 2014

:) Conversed a lot with Jessica on Facebook. I’m sure we found her half-brother Timothy online. Now it is up to her to make contact.
:) Cooler weather moving in with light rain. George and I got the yard mowed before it started.
:) Our garden enjoyed the refreshing rain. Baby cucumbers got to grow.
:) The thunder and lightning insured that the city pool was closed for the afternoon. Paige and I managed to stay busy.
:) It turned out to be family movie night for us. Tonight’s feature presentation: Bolt.4 days ago


Collectorofcats Gottawonder

Do you have an account on Popclogs, yet? 5 days ago


Collectorofcats Untitled

First, list five people that would be fairly universally accepted as successful. Why would they be considered to be successful?
Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Sam Walton, Steve Jobs.

Don’t look down at the next part until you’ve chosen all five.

List five people that you admire. Why do you admire them? Oprah Winfrey, Robert Downey, Jr., Bill Gates, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Sam Walton.

Don’t look down until you’ve chosen them.

What are some similar traits? Among those I admire, they overcame obstacles either in their personal, or public life to be successful in their chosen fields. With the exception of LBJ, none went into politics. I don’t admire career politicians as a whole especially the whole Kennedy Dynasty concept but I make an exception in LBJ’s case because he came from a humble background and was President in one of the most interesting decades of the 20th century. Those I deem successful by the general public have made their mark financially and probably wouldn’t have made this list without making money, lots of it.

What makes the people you admire different from the people deemed successful (if they are different people)? Successful people are generally measured on their personal fortunes. People I admire may be financially successful but how they handle their success with the rest of the world makes the difference. Bill Gatesand others like him have probably given back to the masses as much as any successful person has. I don’t begrudge him his fortune just because he doesn’t bankrupt himself to do so anymore then I would the Kennedys or Bush family because they chose to go into politics as fake philanthropists rather then give back directly through more positive acts of pure philanthropy. He also made all his money himself rather then through inheritance. Also, I don’t admire Donald Trump much although I know he probably has given back to the masses simply because of his arrogance. He is a wannabe politician and publicity hound and nothing more.

If each of those persons were to somehow achieve their accomplishments without becoming well-known, or receiving any money, would they still be successful? Or admirable? Such as, an athlete breaking a record, but without competing against others (racing alone) and never making the record public, or a person negotiating a peace treaty from behind the scenes, or a composer making a magnificent Opus, but no one ever plays or hears it? A big wig on the stock market who makes some incredible trades, but doesn’t get paid? I admired my dad greatly and although he wouldn’t be considered successful monetarily, he owned a few patents through his work as a computer analyst working for a large corporation that had contracts with the US government. He was happy doing what he loved later in his life (farming) and never resented not being recognized publicly for his achievements which were classified for several years by the government.5 days ago


Collectorofcats I don't mind the notification being on top of my life list's page

But having it on every page is ANNOYING. 5 days ago


Collectorofcats Untitled

I think everyone has that first best friend or at least first playmate other then siblings or cousins that you either have sharp or barely fuzzy memories or even you find yourself asking your mom who is that beside me when going thru old photos of your second or third birthday or over notable event in your early life. I remember my first friend. Her name was Debbie.
I don’t remember our being introduced, just her being there. Of course, being older, I finally started kindergarten and made friends and even best friends over the next several years but Debbie lived next door and my mom and her mom were the best of friends and our families got together for barbeques, usually in their backyard as they had a patio and we didn’t. As the years went by, we played at each other’s houses. Summer days and Saturdays found us having lunch on her front porch or mine. Her mom always served American cheese with Miracle Whip on Roman Meal bread (a popular brand name bread at the time). I remember never saying I didn’t like Miracle Whip because my mom would have tanned my bottom with a flyswatter if I had.
Her parents were more strict with her and as I got older I was allowed to go over to other friends’ house on my own and leave our street while she wasn’t allowed to even cross the street. She was allowed to come into our house only because our moms were best friends and we lived next door.
I guess it had a lot to do with her being an only child while I had 3 older brothers. I don’t remember her having any pets besides fish while we practically had a zoo. The perks of being an only child, however, did have it’s advantages. Although her parents weren’t rich, her dad built her a really nice playhouse in their backyard and each Summer she had a pool put up in the yard. As she grew older, the pool got bigger and I remember on my visit to California five years after our moving away, it was rather impressive. Other then swimming lessons, I doubt she ever had or was allowed to go to the public pool.
Shortly before we moved, our mothers had a falling out and I remember they weren’t on speaking terms when we moved. Debbie’s and my friendship was strained somewhat even though our mothers didn’t publicize the reason for the strife between them. I later learned that Debbie had been adopted and my mom got into an argument over her parents keeping it a secret from her. I do not know when she found out.
After we moved I sent a few Christmas cards and letters and maybe a postcard or two. I did go and hang out with her one afternoon when I stayed in California for a months visiting other friends and realized we had little in common by then. I may have continued to send a Christmas card for a couple more years after but lost touch after that
Anyway, after going through some old photos of my childhood a couple years ago, I guess I got nostalgic. I tried looking for Debbie on Facebook although knowing it is usually harder to find girl friends then guys because women usually change their names when they marry. As luck would have it, a friend from work suggested I check one of those adoption sites where adoptees and biological parents search and reconcile with each other. While helping her aunt find the son she gave up for adoption, my friend came across the name and birthdate of a long lost childhood friend she herself had lost contact with. It worked. I did find Debbie and registered on the site as a friend who might help and she accepted. I then tried to send her a number of messages but never heard back from her. This all occurred right after we moved to our current home.
So I sent another message to Debbie through that adoption site that she could find me on Facebook. After waiting for several months and getting no response, I searched Facebook again for her. Recently, I made contact with my cousins whom I haven’t spoke with in years and continued to wonder what happen that I haven’t had any response from Debbie. I finally did a search on one of those record sites and found her. It turned out she was living in the same state as me. So I searched her name and the city and state and immediately came up with the worse news. Her obituary. She had died last November. It even showed her picture which I immediately recognized as her as an adult. I am so sad. 5 days ago


Collectorofcats Friday, July 25, 2014

:) TGIF! Wrapping up the work week. It’s been a rough week. Glad it is over.
:) Hot and humid summer weather returned. Happily took Paige to the pool. I had my choice of places to sit in the shade to read as the pool was nearly empty in spite of the heat.
:) Found a James Patterson book I bought awhile back at a yard sale while cleaning up my laundry room downstairs. Turning out to be a good read. I read nearly 1/2 while Paige played in the water.
:) Carry-out pizza from Casey’s for dinner. While it is the only pizza place in our small city, it is the bomb as my stepdaughter says.
:) Jessica and Nick dropped by just in time for pizza. She had an exhausting and stressful week at work and needed to vent. I was glad to be her sounding board. We work at the same place so I can sympathize and know what she is going thru.

I am now posting duplicate entries for this goal on PopClogs.5 days ago


Collectorofcats Thursday, July 24, 2014 (My 200th entry)

:) Picture perfect weather!
:) Surprisingly easier day at work.
:) No weekend work scheduled for any production. I’m ready for the weekend once Friday is out of the way.
:) Paige did very well in her swimming lessons.
:) Locally grown corn on the cob to go with our own tomatoes. YUM! 6 days ago


Collectorofcats Twin bed

Have you considered a Hollywood bed? 1 week ago


Collectorofcats 3 weeks ago


Collectorofcats I'll be here til the end

It isn’t like any of us is going to be stuck with the check. 1 week ago


Collectorofcats Untitled

Great buy! 1 week ago


Collectorofcats I'm cleaning up my life list

It looks like it will take longer then just one sitting. 1 week ago


Collectorofcats I got to be me

That’s why this is getting put on the shelf for now. 1 week ago


Collectorofcats Giving up on this goal

It may resurface on Popclogs either under the same heading or something similar. I just emailed my entries to myself using the copy and paste method. It took 2 emails to send the 14 entries (2 pages) and only about 3 minutes total. I even got the pictures I posted. Time to give up on this one on 43 things. 1 week ago


Collectorofcats This isn't going to happen on 43things

Maybe on PopClogs? 1 week ago


Collectorofcats I still have about 35 days to complete this one

I’m keeping it for now. 1 week ago


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