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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.

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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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grow and care for my tiny backyard garden

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wembleyheads 4 years ago

wembleyheadsgrow adaptability instead

I’m doing a better job at gardening my parents’ yard hours away than my garden across the street! Yikes! The seedlings are gone and the larger plants are begging for attention.

Strike one: The garden is in my landlord’s old yard across from me (he just bought and moved into the house beside me instead). Since planting last month, the water supply has been reconfigured and I have not figured it out.

Strike two: Spending spare time on wildlife rehab, visiting family, and outdoors to see a lot of birds… :D

Strike three, the only real strike: My roommate is job-seeking in another city, near his sister. He’s had callbacks, so this is likely a matter of time. We are month-to-month, so I hang between status quo and quick change: find a new, random roommate, or move to an apartment.

Since I don’t know what will happen, letting go of my investment and attachment the garden will make moving out of this house (which I love) less painful, if/when necessary. I suppose the flexible answer is to move a few things into pots!

Missing the ground to put down roots… one of my only frustrations. 2 years ago


pulled so many weeds there was a rash on my arms for hours! Cleared enough space for several rows, and found some lettuce, cilantro, carrots and parsley that came up from last year. Planted early blood turnip beets, rainbow chard, and vienna green kohlrabi from seed. Also one best boy tomato and one large cherry tomato plant, one red chard plant and one basil plant. What a lovely afternoon of sunshine!

Need to figure out where the water hose hooks up and get some juice on these bad boys :) Also, need seeds for a few other things on my list, and take out the compost. 2 years ago

wembleyheadsThe planting clock is ticking!

This weekend is going to be soggy. It drizzled steadily today, and even had moments of small hail. I suppose it’s good that I don’t have seedlings to get beaten down yet, but I had planned to plant mid-February. I’m so late!!!

  • reassess what can be planted now
  • talk to the landlord again (the garden will be in his backyard across the street)
  • get seeds and fertilizer this weekend
  • see what I can get done Monday afternoon when we are predicted to have a respite from the rain

Muddy galoshes, here I come! 2 years ago

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