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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.

- The Robots.

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KatieeSummary of my Christmas

This Christmas I actually got the chance to make it to Our family Christmas get together at my Grandmothers house. We have done it since I was a baby and before that! I was a little nervous going in the day before the dinner, But when the time actually came to sit around my family I forgot about how long it has been, and when I did that I really started to connect with the whole family again. It felt nice to put aside our troubles and just smile and enjoy each other. 11 months ago

freshstart1Finished wrapping before 11pm!

I actually had a nice day. I had made a point of getting a good night’s sleep. I went out shopping early for our dinner tonight and then went to our favorite patisserie for desserts. There were lines everywhere, trouble parking, etc…but I kept a positive, cheerful attitude and chatted with people about why we didn’t do all this shopping yesterday, and what we will try to do differently next year to feel less frazzled. I made a delicious meal, kind of like boulliabaisse, but less complicated. My parents came over and we all had a nice, relaxing time. Then I did my wrapping, all the kids did their own wrapping, and now I am happily in bed. I do have the companionship of a pile of clean laundry next to me waiting to be folded and put away, but that’s just not happening tonight! 4 years ago

freshstart1Pretty tired already.

I wish I didn’t find Christmas so stressful. The shopping was probably not as bad as when my kids were littler, but still, I even feel compelled to pick up some last minute things tomorrow, shop for dinner, clean the house, pick up my mom, make dinner,...finish wrapping presents. Next year I have resolved to get this all done earlier in the season. I have set up reminders in my calendar already. As for the next few days, I am working on creating new traditions with the kids. I think we will decorate gingerbread houses on Christmas day. Two days later, my sister and family arrive. I just want everything to be simpler. 5 years ago


wow! i wished for a better christmas for 2008 and it wasnt half bad its already 2009 and yup im wishin for a merrier merrier christmas!! how about a masters degree santa? 5 years ago

sabrynFantabulous Christmas

Everyone was really happy with their presents. Mom got teary when she saw the necklace I got her. Dad loved his keychain. (They also really liked the other presents I got them, and the ones they got from each other. :) We ate great food, listened to good music, and enjoyed each other’s company. I wish I could have spent more time with them, but last night I was in too much pain to do anything but writhe on the couch. :(

R adored his presents…I think he thanked me ten times! Best of all, the outfit I got him fit; it came from an import store, and he’s 6’3”, so I was worried it’d be too short. It’s a little shorter than it should be, but fits reasonably well. (You can only see the shirt in this picture – the pants are under his mirt.)

And I got some cool stuff, too. :)

I’ve told Mom I’ll go shopping with her tomorrow. I must love her… 5 years ago

sabrynIt's here!

And I’m in an exceptionally good mood, considering the circumstances. (Five hours of sleep plus a wall of pain from my waist to my knees, which is the reason I only got five hours of sleep.) It’s a beautiful morning, and today I get to spend time with my loved ones. And give them presents. I adore giving presents.

I just love Christmas!

I should get ready now…miles to go today. Literally. Merry Christmas, everyone! 6 years ago

sabrynThey're here!

The necklace and keychain I ordered for my parents have arrived! And they’re gorgeous!

Tomorrow I’ll wrap these, and pick up a few last-minute items for Christmas dinner, and I’ll be ready! (Just in time, too. :) 6 years ago

sabrynI am appropriately festive...

and ready to relax! A little more Lost, a little more wine, and bed. :) 6 years ago

sabrynThe evening's entertainment

Wrapping the ShopVac Mom bought Dad. Oh, this ought to be fun. (The Netflix and wine take some of the sting away.) The bow will actually wait until I get the box there…no sense mushing it needlessly! 6 years ago

sabrynChristmas update

I’m on vacation. 2 weeks’ worth. It still feels odd yet…I keep stopping myself from setting the alarm. I could get used to this, though. :)

I bought the last of R’s presents last night. I won’t say what they are, in case he stumbles across this entry between now and Christmas, but I will say they were heavy. And I had to walk a very long way carrying them. My arms are still sore. Well worth it, though. I think he’ll love them.

Last night and earlier today with R were…as close to perfect as I expect these days. Times like that restore my faith in a lot of things. Love. Happiness. The chance that my life might not suck at some point.

Tonight, I went out to my parents’. Delivered Dad’s presents to Mom. My tree looks naked now. The picture was taken before the present delivery. Most of those are Mom’s. Though not the huge bag, or the penguin bag.

Anyway. We baked two batches of oatmeal cookies (one with pecans, one with chocolate chips and coconut) in their new oven – the first time they’ve used it since they got it a week ago. (Also taught them to use the oven in the process…it’s quite complicated.) Plotted Christmas dinner (though we didn’t get much past dessert, which is still undecided).

Tomorrow, Mom and I will shop – she’s got one more thing to get for Da, which she wants to hide here until Christmas. (It’s a ShopVac. I know darn good and well neither of them will ever visit this site, so it’s safe to tell you that.) Then, if he’s not hurt himself too much with the drinking he and his buddy are doing right now, R will come back over and spend the rest of the day with me.

Hopefully Monday the last-minute presents for my parents will come. Once they’re wrapped, I’ll be all ready for Christmas. Tuesday, we go to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra. And then we’ll be almost to the big day itself.

And I’m starting to get really excited about Christmas. 6 years ago

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