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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.

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DanadanadanaWe now have crown moulding


But the sad part is, I haven’t yet finished putting up all the caulking around it… sigh. Oh well, it looks good as is, just not perfect yet.

Still haven’t hung that picture though. 6 years ago

DanadanadanaI will consider this done

once I get the pictures hung and the closets sorted. 6 years ago

DanadanadanaI got my bookshelf for Christmas

Yes, the exact one that I wanted – and it looks very swank. Good thing too, cause it was pricey!

It goes perfectly in our livingroom. I am such a genius!

We still don’t have crown molding though. I guess I need to get a job so I can afford crown molding, sigh. 6 years ago

DanadanadanaNeed a bookshelf

Most of my books are in the closet, but the ones I use occasionally are in piles on dining room chairs. I want a bookshelf, but my boyfriend has decided he can make one. I’m really not into that, for several reasons (see stupid-project comment below).

So, when my student loan money arrives I’m going bookshelf shopping. I know exactly what I want. Actually, I think there’s a place on Main street that will custom-make stuff. Expensive, but possibly worth it.

I also finally found a lovely photo for the living room wall. Next I have to get it printed and framed. 7 years ago


Got some shoe organizers, finally. Looks a lot better in the hallway now.

But I really do need to find something to put on the walls. I haven’t been able to find anything that I like, in terms of conventional wall art. I’m starting to think that my best bet might be to look for some cool textiles which I could staple over top of blank canvases. I do find certain textile patterns very artistic, but I’m not the type who can carry off loud patterns on my clothes.

However, these days I don’t have a lot of time or energy to spend hours in fabric shops. Maybe I’ll work on it during Christmas break. If I remember.

I really really want to put crown moldings in the living room, but my boyfriend is all gung-ho about some other stupid project, which I doubt will even work out in the end :-/ 7 years ago

DanadanadanaThere's still a lot of organizing I need to do

But I don’t have any money to put into it right now.

Need some decorative boxes (to hide things away in), 2 lamps to dispel the gloom in the living room, some photography (or something decorative) on the living room walls, some kind of ingenious way to organize all the darn shoes, and no I haven’t managed to persuade my boyfriend to get rid of a single piece of clutter. Yet. :-(

Even worse, when I bought some plastic drawers to organize my stuff, he complained, and said they were ugly (well who cares, they’re cheap and effective and they’re hidden away inside the closet!). And then after all his strenuous resistance, when I got them set up at home he liked them, and asked if he could use half the drawers for HIS stuff! Aaaargh! 7 years ago

DanadanadanaGot a pretty jasmine plant

and a peace lily, which is supposed to be a good air filtering plant.

Couldn’t find the herbs, but I haven’t been to a proper nursery yet.

I’ve made the bathroom as nice as possible, yellow tiles notwithstanding (coordinated towels not yellow!, bathmat, new soap dispenser, shower caddy etc.)

Got rid of one offensively ugly rug (one left to go!), got a nice big ottoman… next I have to convince my boyfriend to give up some of the clutter.

Edit: I bought chives and some spindly mint at a farmer’s market while I was out for a walk today :-) That leaves me with basil and parsley left to buy -I may forgo the aloe for now. 7 years ago

DanadanadanaBathroom renovations

This will be really expensive, but worth it.

The mustard-yellow bathroom fixtures are bad enough, but I could live with them if it weren’t for the orange-yellow flowers painted on every single one of the tiles around the bathtub. Hideous! Every tile – why!?

Beyond that, most of the apartment is okay, just very dark. Might need to repaint the living room, one or two shades lighter would make a world of difference. I’m no fan of boring white walls, but taupe is just not a good wall colour! Something in between, maybe. 7 years ago


As listed elsewhere, I’m thinking:

A big jasmine plant, a moderate sized aloe, a pot of parsley, one of chives, one of basil and one of mint.

Not sure on the growing season of the herbs, but it’s definitely too late now to start from seed.

I’ll probably get a few others too, but will wait and see how things go, and how much space I have. 7 years ago


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