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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Colleen_C_C6 August

Still more summer favorites….

  • lovely red currants & enormous blueberries (from the grocery store)
  • small sweet-tart yellow plums (from our CSA share at the farmers’ market)
  • steamed “string” beans & yellow “wax” beans (from the farmers’ market)—beautiful, tender, & tasty!
  • “English” cucumber (from the farmers’ market), served sliced & chilled with a little sea salt
  • a perfectly ripe avocado—yes, it’s a fruit! (from the grocery store)
  • lowered-fat milkshake made with Gevalia(brand) coffee & light vanilla ice cream (from the grocery store)

smile2 months ago


Colleen_C_C5 August

Just too hot today to want to cook or eat…. wry grin

Nonetheless, I made:

  • a terrific Insalata Caprese, using an enormous red-ripe “beefsteak”-type tomato (from the farmers’ market), basil (from my front-porch herb pot), & a mozzarella fresca (from the store)
  • milkshakes, blending together “light” vanilla ice cream, skim milk, & fresh pitted/sliced sweet Bing-type cherries

yum2 months ago


Colleen_C_C4 August

More Summer Favorites!

  • sweet white corn on the cob (from our CSA share)
  • steamed zucchini squash (from the farmers’ market)
  • potato salad & tabbouleh salad (from the grocery)
  • all-beef hot dogs, topped with spicy brown mustard, in bakery buns (from the grocery)
  • strawberries & blackberries (from the farmers’ market)
  • small sweet-tart yellow plums (from our CSA share)

smile2 months ago


Colleen_C_C3 August

Summer Favorites!

  • Pan-fried red-skin potatoes (from the store) with fresh rosemary (from my front-porch herb pot): very crisp & really yummy!
  • Another super Insalata Caprese, made with an enormous red-ripe “beefsteak”-type tomato (from the farmers’ market), basil (from my front-porch herb pot), & a mozzarella fresca (from the store)
  • fresh peaches (from our CSA share at the farmers’ market), sliced over a small serving of vanilla ice cream: the good, rich, calorific kind! (from the long-time local family-owned ice cream parlor)

smile2 months ago


Colleen_C_C2 August

  • A slightly different homemade four-vegetable Ratatouille (the vegetables from our CSA share), seasoned with a little black pepper & sea salt, & served over spaghetti squash (also from our CSA share), topped with Parmesan cheese. yummy!2 months ago

Colleen_C_C31 July

  • Fresh peaches from our CSA share, sliced over vanilla ice cream from the little local family-run place smile2 months ago

Colleen_C_C30 July

  • Homemade four-vegetable Ratatouille (the vegetables from our CSA share), seasoned with fresh basil from my herb pot & a little black pepper & sea salt, served over spaghetti squash (also from our CSA share), & topped with Parmesan cheese. oh my!2 months ago

Colleen_C_C29 July

  • Yet another wonderful Insalata Caprese, made with big & juicy “beefsteak”-type tomatoes from the farmers’ market, basil from my herb pot, & a mozzarella fresca from the storesmile2 months ago

Colleen_C_C24 July

  • A(nother) terrific Insalata Caprese, made with amazingly tasty large “beefsteak”-type tomatoes from the farmers’ market, basil from my herb pot, & a mozzarella fresca from the store
  • fresh black Mission-type figs from the store

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C23 July

A jointly prepared meal from RJ&W’s kitchen….

  • Wienerschnitzel-style pork chops (me)
  • corn on the cob (W & me)
  • a mondo salad, made with cherry tomatoes from their garden (W)
  • & for dessert, vanilla ice cream (W)
  • topped with fresh strawberries & blueberries (W & me)

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C22 July

  • Insalata Caprese, made with marvelous “beefsteak”-type tomatoes from the farmers’ market, basil from my herb pot, & a mozzarella fresca from the store
  • toast, made with a wonderful new (to me) hearty non-HFCS multi-grain bread from the store

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C21 July

A jointly prepared meal from RJ&W’s kitchen….

  • a turkey hamburger entree (W)
  • a corn & bean succotash (W)
  • steamed carrots (from our CSA share) with real butter! (me)
  • fresh blueberries from the store (me)

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_CCollation Entry

Miscellaneous….

  • fresh ripe corn on the cob
  • farmers’ market green beans
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Progresso lentil soup
  • Progresso chicken & wild rice soup
  • hummus & baba ghanoush
  • mashed potatoes (made with the red-skin type)
  • fresh ripe peaches sliced over ice milk
  • fresh raspberries & blueberries from the farmers’ market/CSA share
  • milkshakes made with pineapple sorbet

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C14 July

A jointly prepared meal from RJ&W’s kitchen….

  • salmon steaks (W)
  • pan-fried red-skin potatoes with fresh rosemary (me)
  • a “mondo” salad, with reduced-calorie raspberry vinaigrette dressing (W)

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C13 July

BRUNCH:

  • a one-pan meal of sauteed onion (from the store) & yellow/zucchini squash & tomatoes (from the farmers’ market), seasoned with black pepper & a little sea salt, & served over fresh hot steamed white rice
  • fresh raspberries, blackberries, & blueberries (from our CSA & the farmers’ market), served over vanilla ice milk (the reduced fat kind)

SUPPER:

  • hot dogs in buns, with (semi-)spicy brown mustard
  • fresh green string beans (from the farmers’ market), steamed & dressed with a little “butter” & salt
  • fresh raspberries & blueberries (from our CSA & the farmers’ market), served over (pre-steamed/cooled) white rice with skim milk

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C12 July

  • hot dogs in buns, with (semi-)spicy brown mustard
  • fresh sweet corn on the cob (from the farmers’ market), boiled with a little lemon juice & sugar, then dressed with a little “butter” & salt
  • fresh peaches (from the store), sliced over a small serving of vanilla ice cream (the good, rich, calorific kind!)

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C11 July

  • Insalata Caprese, made with (greenhouse) heirloom tomatoes & basil from the farmers’ market & some Mozzarella Fresca from the store, then dressed with some reduced-calorie balsamic vinaigrette
  • corn on the cob (from the store), boiled with a little lemon juice & sugar, then dressed with a little “butter” & salted
  • fresh peaches (from the store), sliced over a small serving of vanilla ice cream (the good, rich, calorific kind!)

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C9 July

A jointly prepared meal (with three of us in RJ&W’s little kitchen!):

PROTEIN:
  • Wienerschnitzel-style pork chops (me)
SIDE:
  • a “mondo” salad, with reduced-calorie raspberry vinaigrette dressing (W)
DESSERT:
  • homemade scones with fresh strawberries on top (RJ)

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C5 July

  • a quick & easy one-dish meal: all-beef frankfurters mixed with sauerkraut, sprinkled with caraway seed, & cooked together ‘til good-’n-hot
  • fresh green (string) beans from our CSA share at the farmers’ market, steamed & served with a little “butter”
  • “Blackcaps” (sweet, small, thimble-shaped black raspberries) from our CSA share

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C4 July

BRUNCH:

  • An omelette filled with sliced avocado & fresh tomato (greenhouse heirlooms from the farmers’ market), accompanied by toasted Italian-style artisan bread
  • Cherry pie (from the farmers’ market)

SUPPER:

  • Insalata Caprese with (greenhouse) heirloom tomatoes & basil from the farmers’ market & some Mozzarella Fresca from the store
  • The remainder of the fresh avocado, served with just a little sea salt: perfectly ripe & absolutely fabulous—probably the best avocado of the year grin
  • Pan-fried red-skin potatoes with fresh rosemary (from the farmers’ market): very crisp & really yummy!
  • Fresh peaches from South Carolina (per the sign at the roadside market), sliced over peach ice cream from the local family dairy (made according to their traditional recipes since just after the American Civil War)

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C30 June

  • Insalata Caprese, with (greenhouse) heirloom tomatoes & basil from the farmers’ market & some mozzarella fresca from the store
  • Fresh avocado & sweet corn (from the store)
  • Cherry pie (from the farmers’ market)

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C29 June

  • Homemade bacon-lettuce-&-tomato sandwiches – made with Romaine lettuce from our CSA share & red-ripe tomatoes from the farmers’ market – with (store-bought) baked beans on the side
  • “Blackcaps” (sweet, small, thimble-shaped black raspberries) from our CSA share

smile3 months ago


Colleen_C_C27 June

  • Sauteed Spanish onion & fresh asparagus (from the farmers’ market), mixed with a few capers & some slices of crispy thick-cut smoked bacon, tossed over Capellini
  • Fresh blueberries (not local, but wonderful!)

smile4 months ago


Colleen_C_C26 June

  • Capellini with Barilla-brand Vidalia Onion red sauce & Parmesan cheese
  • Steamed fresh peas-from-the-pod (from our CSA at the farmers’ market)
  • Bing & Queen Anne cherries (“imported” from Washington State)

smile4 months ago


Colleen_C_C24 June

  • Pan-fried red-skin potatoes with fresh rosemary (from the farmers’ market)
  • a quick & easy one-dish meal: all-beef frankfurters mixed with sauerkraut, sprinkled with caraway seed, & cooked together ‘til good-’n-hot
  • lovely fresh raspberries—not local, & all but over-ripe, yet just amazing, with that wonderful raspberry smell!

yummy4 months ago


Colleen_C_C23 June

  • a mondo one-pan meal, using steamed white rice & red pinto beans, plus fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, & garlic scapes, seasoned with a little sea salt & black pepper, with chicken breast (for him) & melted Colby cheese (for me)
  • lovely small, sweet, & ripe local strawberries (from our CSA share at the farmers’ market)

smile4 months ago


Colleen_C_C22 June

  • Insalata Caprese, with (greenhouse) heirloom tomatoes & basil from the farmers’ market & some mozzarella fresca from the store
  • lovely small, sweet, & ripe local strawberries (from our CSA share at the farmers’ market), served over vanilla ice cream

smile4 months ago


Colleen_C_C20 June

  • Insalata Caprese, with (greenhouse) heirloom tomatoes & basil from the farmers’ market & some mozzarella fresca from the store
  • nicely ripe, sweet & small, black “Mission figs” from California (from the store)

smile4 months ago


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